Browsing the "Simple Living" Category

Fresh Cut Flower Alternatives for Your Sweetheart

February 7th, 2012 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

Sure it may be easy to stop by the local grocery store for a bouquet of blooms, but do you know from where they came? Are they organic? Were the workers who cared for them and cut them treated and paid fairly? Worry not a minute longer about the ethics of the floral world. Here are some fresh cut flower alternatives for enchanting your sweetheart this Valentine's Day


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



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