Author Archives: Vivian Nelson Melle

Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Live Christmas Trees

December 6th, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

The Christmas tree has become one of the staple holiday decorations for most homes but sustainable Christmas trees aren't always available. Sometimes severe asthma and allergy sensitivities can leave you shunning the evergreen as well. Fear not my festive friends, if you don't want a real Christmas tree you don't have to settle for a traditional artificial replica. The following are a list of wonderfully eco-friendly alternatives to live Christmas trees


Natural Culinary Dyes

December 1st, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

While birthdays, weddings and anniversaries are all occasions calling for festive and colorful treats, the holiday season screams for bright and beautiful decorations to don cakes, cookies and candies. There is ongoing concerns, however, about the safety and healthfulness of artificial dyes and it's hard to ignore the research showing side effects ranging from head aches to attention difficulties. This holiday season you can still enjoy a myriad of glorious colors by purchasing the following dyes or making your own. Here are a few options for natural culinary dyes


Candles Made from Renewable Resources

November 29th, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

Perhaps candles best represent celebration and the steady procession of festivities marching through the fall and winter seasons. Whatever the reason, now is the perfect time to enjoy the variety of candles made by renewable resources


Turn Black Friday and Cyber Monday Green

November 24th, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

Most of the big box stores follow similar methods for staying on top and it usually requires putting stress on the environment and their workers. The good news is there are ways to break away from the corporate giants by buying through local venders, making gifts ourselves or bartering. Here are some ideas to help you turn Black Friday and Cyber Monday green


Vegan-Friendly Blankets for Gift Giving

November 22nd, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

Vegan-friendly materials are those which do not take advantage of animals in any way. It turns out that many of these materials not only respect animals, they also make some gorgeous blankets which are also lovely to the touch as well. Here are a few vegan-friendly blankets for gift giving that your vegan loved ones will appreciate, as well as, anyone with a penchant for curling up in comfort


5 Earth Friendly Place Setting Favors

November 17th, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

While sitting around the family table, decorations are a focal point and significant detail putting the perfect finish touch on the dining experience. Place settings not only help guests find their seat, they create a welcoming, comforting moment not soon forgotten. Offer guests one of these 5 Earth friendly place settings they can take home and enjoy


Eco-Friendly Dinnerware Choices

November 15th, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

The holidays are a great time for families and friends to come together and enjoy conversation and good times and your dinnerware can actually spark some great conversations about being eco-conscious. Here are some great eco-friendly dinnerware choices for those who are avid environmentalists or those just venturing in to the world of green living


Protecting Plants from Frost

November 10th, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

For some, frost season has arrived while others still have a little planning time to ready crops. Gardening season may have ended for some of the country, while the rest will enjoy planting and harvesting fall and winter crops so long as they stay protected from frost damage. Here are five simple ways to protect plants from frost


4 Alternatives to Whipped Cream: Dairy Free Decadence!

November 8th, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

The traditional garnish for holiday pies may be whipped cream, with its white peaks standing in stark contrast against pies of pecan or the rusty tones of pumpkin. This year, why not step off the old beaten path and try a different topping on your holiday pies. With the holiday season just around the corner here are four delicious alternatives to try instead of whipped cream


5 Ways to Keep Warm During a Power Outage

November 3rd, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

While having an emergency kit with candles, a NOAA weather radio and other essentials is important, you must also know how to keep toasty. Here are 5 ways to keep warm when you lose power


5 Uses for Marigolds

November 1st, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

The spirits of the dead are said to follow the golden path back home for the evening. Here are 5 uses for Marigold petals after Dia de los Muertos festivities have ended


5 Patio-loving Veggies

October 29th, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

Patios afford shelter for plants from colder weather, frost and wind making it possible to garden through autumn and even through the winter in many places. Here are 5 patio-loving veggies to try


5 Pumpkin Recipes to Reuse Your Jack-O-Lantern

October 27th, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

Those cute, carved pumpkins that light the pathways for trick-or-treaters needn't be tossed aside. Full of nourishing vitamins and minerals and tasty potential, it's a shame to just toss them when Halloween is over. As long as your Jack-O-Lantern hasn't begun to rot, you can use it to make some of these pumpkin recipes instead!


5 Eco-Friendly Halloween Treat Choices

October 25th, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

With obesity on the rise within our youth, toxic candies the norm and products made at the expense of poorly treated and paid workers, there is a better way to celebrate this autumn affair. This year, bring a little green into this fall favorite with these 5 eco-friendly Halloween treat choices


Corporations to Kick Out of Your Kitchen

October 13th, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

While there is an unfair advantage benefiting the rich, there are a few changes that can make a difference in what fills your fridge and pantry. Here are just a few ways to ease the stress on your pocket book by breaking corporate control of your kitchen



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