Author Archives: Vivian Nelson Melle

Make Your Own Hydrating Sports Drink

January 26th, 2012 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

With the overwhelming number of sports drink choices it's easy to throw in the towel and stick to water. However, sports drinks help the body replace valuable nutrients and electrolytes lost during strenuous workouts. Luckily, you don't have to purchase your revitalizing quencher. Here's how to make your own hydrating sports drink, saving money and the endless flood of plastic bottles filling our landfills


Making More than Lemonade from Lemons

January 24th, 2012 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

It's easy to accumulate a pile of lemons and anxiously wonder what to do with them. In some parts of the country, rat populations increase and become a major problem when citrus fruits are left in the trees for too long. Bipolar temperatures rising and than plummeting can ruin ripened fruit almost overnight. There's several ways to use up your supply and interestingly enough, lemonade isn't always the most popular use for these golden citrus orbs. Here are a few ways to use up your supply of lemons making more than just lemonade from lemons


Eco-Friendly Exercise Gear

January 19th, 2012 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

There are several items made from sustainable materials that also provide impressive alternatives to traditional work out equipment. From shoes to water bottles, there's always an earth friendly choice. Here are a few basic eco-friendly exercise gear choices to add to your regimen and maintain excitement and motivation for healthy living


Coconut Water: Popular Post Workout Drink

January 17th, 2012 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

Perhaps you've made the choice to live healthier this year. Maybe more produce has taken up residence in your kitchen and yoga, pilates or other exercise regimen is a part of your daily routine. While pure water is one of the healthiest drink choices, coconut water is fast becoming a popular option for after exercising. Here are just a few coconut water choices to enjoy after your next workout or if you just need a refreshing drink


How to Make Compost Tea

January 12th, 2012 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

Before you pull up a chair and Grandma's delicate China tea set, read about how to make this garden libation which will not only replace toxic fertilizers and chemicals, but will make use of your kitchen leftovers. Here is a simple way to make compost tea this week.


Save Space and Water with Vertical Gardening

January 10th, 2012 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

Now is the perfect time for garden planning and this year why not save space and water consumption by giving vertical gardening a try. Here are just a few examples of simple and space-saving vertical gardening solutions for patios, small homes and even indoors


Organize with Recycled Containers

January 5th, 2012 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

It's all about bringing simplicity in harmony with environmental-sound living and it's actually pretty easy with a few ideas to jump start your year. Once you begin to look at items usually destined for the garbage as a potential storage item or organizational tool, a whole world of possibility and fun opens. Here are just a few ideas for organizing with recycled goods


Eco-Friendly Journal Ideas for the New Year

January 3rd, 2012 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

One method for staying on track with resolutions for the new year is journaling. It's not only a good way to stay on track with healthy eating and exercise, it's a great way to track emotions and stress levels. Reflecting on past posts can help pinpoint the cause of anxiety and emotional difficulties which can help in creating a plan for dealing with stress before it becomes out of control. If you'd like to give journaling a try this year, don't go out a pay a fortune for an expensive journal. Here are just a few eco-friendly journal ideas for the New Year


Cleansing Foods for New Year’s Celebration

December 29th, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

New Year's meals across many cultures are full of healthy ingredients that are not only full of antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins, but are known for their abilities to rid the body of toxins and other undesirables. Enjoy these cleansing foods for New Year's celebrating


Reuse Old Gift Cards

December 27th, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

ou daughter's teacher hasn't told you how her morning chai tea keeps her going all day but the gift card for the local coffee shop will help her buy a few morning's worth. While the simplicity in gift giving makes them popular, there is a downside being an abundance of plastic finding its way into landfills after they've been used. Here are a few ways to break the cycle by reusing gift cards


Teach Green Living with Gingerbread Houses

December 22nd, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

Many families are making major green improvements to their living that can be highlighted while enjoying a favorite holiday past time. This year you can teach green living with gingerbread houses to show young ones how your actions can make a difference towards a positive future


Hasbro is Greening the Toy Industry

December 20th, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

One toy company, Hasbro, has been named a 2011 Sector Leader by Climate Counts which is a non-profit organization which rates corporations based on their efforts to curb the climate crisis. By making sustainability a part of their business plan Hasbro is one company leading the way towards profitability while lowering the amount of harm done to the earth. Here are a few ways Hasbro is Greening the Toy Store



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