Posts Tagged ‘green living’

suga suga help me catch that fly

if the tune of ‘Suga Suga’ by Baby Bash doesn’t stream through your head at the sight of this blog post title, hit up this link and you too will be in the know :0)

…moving on…

what else can you use sugar for, besides the obvious choices?

natural home and garden put together this list of ‘6 Uses for Sugar’ – and none of them include ‘add to coffee’ or ‘use in a recipe for baked goods’!

make a body scrub
sugar is a great alternative to the bits of plastic found in many exfoliants
go HERE for some recipes for body and facial scrubs

clean dirty hands
it’s a natural abrasive – add equal parts olive oil and sugar to your hands, give them a good rub and rinse the dirt, grease and oil away

make cut flowers last longer
sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar into a vase of water, add your cut flowers and they’ll be nourished for much longer than just using water alone

keep baked goods fresher, longer
place a lump of sugar into the bottom of the container you are storing biscuits, cake or other baked goods in. the sugar will absorb moisture, keeping your treats fresher for a longer amount of time

heal wounds
this one sounds kinda gross, but a study has shown that sprinkling sugar on bed sores, leg ulcers and amputations can help heal injuries by drawing water from the wound, prohibiting the growth of bacteria and preventing infection

trap pests (especially FLIES!)
wasps, fruit flies and other insects are attracted to the sweetness of the sugar, luring them in and trapping them in the sticky mess. a homemade fly trap can be made by boiling equal parts of sugar, honey and water, stir until it’s thickened, dip pieces of kraft or brown packaging paper in the mixture and hanging them to dry. go HERE for instructions on how to easily make a fruit fly trap

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eco cars

thanks to higher gas prices, Toyota Prius sales were up 52% last month (source)

who else has noticed their gas bill budget climbing at a rapid rate recently? thankfully i do a lot more walking than driving, especially with mass transportation playing a large role in my daily commute… but what about those who have to drive hours to get back and forth to work every day?

will this rise plateau off and come back down as it has in the past, or is the rise here to stay?

do you see an energy-efficient car purchase in your near future?

natural defense

with the weather starting to warm up and the pooches spending more and more time outside, it’s all more the reason to make sure they are safe guarded from fleas, ticks and mosquitoes

Buddy: "who moi?!"

being i kinda have a thing for sticking to the natural paths as much as possible, something inside of me wasn’t sitting right… it seemed off when i’d apply the chemical based flea and tick repellant once a month between my dog’s shoulder blades. what is IN this stuff? why do i have to limit MY physical contact to it if i’m putting it right onto MY own dog’s skin?!

Lexi: "you're putting THAT on me?!" lovin' the stoic face!

hearing about ‘Natural Defense’ by SENTRY came at the right time! my SIL has been using it on her dachshund for a while now and couldn’t speak more highly about it. what’s there to not like?

it’s naturally derived from plant based oils

it smells good AND prevents fleas, ticks and mosquitoes for a month!

SOLD

it still leaves a bit of an oily slick on their back for a while, like the chemical based one, but i’ve figured out a way around this! put an old t-shirt on your pooch until the oils soak in

he may not look pleased, but he secretly loves the t-shirt!

as for deterring a certain someone from stealing the socks from the hamper… maybe there’s another natural remedy out there on the market?!

caught red handed

earthships

stumbled upon these the other day

they’re Earthshipsradically sustainable buildings made with recycled materials – pretty sweet huh?!

looking for something new, different and a way to WOW the neighbors?! these can be built in any part of the world, in any climate and still provide you with what you need to survive, with ‘modern’ amenities

Earthship Design Principles

Thermal/Solar Heating & Cooling
Earthships maintain comfortable temperatures in any climate. The planet Earth is a thermally stabilizing mass that delivers temperature without wire or pipes. The sun is a nuclear power plant that also delivers without wires or pipes.

Solar & Wind Electricity
Earthships produce their own electricity with a prepackaged photovoltaic / wind power system. This energy is stored in batteries and supplied to your electrical outlets. Earthships can have multiple sources of power, all automated, including grid-intertie.

Contained Sewage Treatment
Earthships contain use and reuse all household sewage in indoor and outdoor treatment cells resulting in food production and landscaping with no pollution of aquifers. Toilets flush with greywater that does not smell.

Building with Natural & Recycled Materials
House as Assemblage of by-products: A sustainable home must make use of indigenous materials, those occurring naturally in the local area.

Water Harvesting
Earthships catch water from the sky (rain & snow melt) and use it four times. Water is heated from the sun, biodiesel and/or natural gas. Earthships can have city water as backup. Earthships do not pollute underground water aquifers.

Food Production
Earthship wetlands, the planters that hold hundreds of gallons of water from sinks and the shower are a great place for raising some of the fresh produce you’d like to have in the winter, but find expensive or bland tasting from the supermarket.

not sure if you’re ready to dive into the sustainable, off-grid living? try out one of their many rental options to choose from in Taos, New Mexico – make a vacation out of it!