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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


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


Forget the Resolutions, Make a Green Manifesto!

January 2nd, 2012 | by Sonya Kanelstrand

But today, in GLI's first post for the 2012, I would like to inspire you for something greater, bigger and more impressive than the usual list of resolutions. Make a manifesto! Get creative and after soberly revising your resolutions, start the new year with the most relevant ones written by hand or printed out on a sheet of paper (preferably the back side of an already used one). You can let your imagination roam freely here - use color pencils, water colors, paper cuts, anything that will look good on your wall, because that is the place of a manifesto, right


Health and Wellness Gift Basket Ideas

December 13th, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

While commercials would have you believe that big box department stores hold the key to happiness the truth is that happiness is found in simplicity. Sometimes a collection of quite common items can become a fabulously indulgent present. Here are some delicious, fun and useful products to go in a health and wellness gift basket your loved ones are sure to enjoy


Homemade Edible Gift Ideas for Christmas

December 12th, 2011 | by Sonya Kanelstrand

If you have decided to celebrate a handmade green Christmas with non-materialistic eco-friendly gifts this year like us, you may want to consider making edible gifts as well. Presenting your loved ones with them will not only increase your sustainability but also the love that flows back to you! It is great to express yourself with a tasty homemade treat - something that will be appreciated even by the most picky ones among us


Enviro-Log Review and Giveaway: Recycled Cardboard Meets Chiminea

December 8th, 2011 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

This Arizona girl does not get to enjoy warm fires often, but this weekend's low temperatures and light rain set the mood to perfection. With two three-pound Enviro-Logs samples and a chiminea aching for a blaze, it became delightfully warm and cozy on the back patio. Here is the review of my experience with the Enviro-Log


30 Cyber Monday Craft Ideas: Don’t Shop, CRAFT!

November 28th, 2011 | by Sonya Kanelstrand

On Cyber Monday I will not present you with a list of great deals and online places to spend your hard-earned cash. Instead, I will give you a list of my favorite green DIYs to make with your family for your family. Let's call it Buy Nothing Cyber Day, shall we? Turn to your loved ones, spend time with them and show them love. Material well-being is great but it cannot buy affection



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