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The Pits.

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Wearing your favorite shirt and afraid to raise your hand because, you know…the dreaded yellowed pit?

Save the whites!

If you’re not ready to relegate your shirts, Tees and blouses to the rag bin, try this eco friendly recipe on pit stains and that ring around the collar – it works!

• Two parts hydrogen peroxide

• One part baking soda

• One part dish soap

• Mix together well and rub into stains heavily on both sides. Let sit for about an hour and wash as usual. Got a front loader? Rinse well first.

Word has it this treatment even removed red food dye from a white tablecloth. Try it and save your whites!

Pucker Up

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Weeds. My nemesis. No matter how many I pluck, a million more pop up somewhere else just to taunt me. Kind of like the gopher in Caddyshack.

Pucker up, weeds.

Well, it turns out, vinegar has become my new best friend. Not only does it unclog drains and take the sting out of bug bites – it helps win the battle of the weeds.

Just put vinegar into a spray bottle and spritz the offending plants* in driveways, sidewalks, mulch and gravel. SHAZAM! All withered up the next day.

Vinegar. For your yard and for your salad, naturally.

*Don’t overspray onto foliage you want to keep.

It’s a hot one!

In this weather remember to help those who can’t help themselves. Please try to keep your pets cool and watered.

Celebrate the 4th!

Pay It Forward.

It doesn’t need to be much. Just hold open a door for another. Smile at or acknowledge a stranger. It’s easy to push along someone else’s shopping cart with yours back to the corral. Or, take a moment to give call just to say hello. It’s not hard at all, these random acts of kindness, eh?

And, the next time someone picks up the pen that rolled off your desk, or pays a you a compliment, go ahead – happily accept it and pay it forward. Small gestures really do make a big difference.

Most Eggscellent!

Spring. I don’t know about you, unless it’s weeds, don’t you just love seeing those fragile little green sprouts popping up out of the earth?

The incredible, versatile egg.

Speaking of fragile, did you know that you can use eggshells as seed pots? Here’s how.

  1. Crack the shells open, remove the egg,  then rinse the shells.
  2. Pick the bottom of the shell with a thumbtack and make a hole for drainage.
  3. Fill the half shell with potting soil.
  4. Plant and tend your seeds as recommended on the back of seed package.
  5. Place them back in the egg-carton for support until ready to plant in the garden.

When it’s time to transplant them, gently crush the sides and bottom of the shell to let the root of your seedling grow into the earth. It’s biodegradable so you just plant the whole thing and the shell will easily compost. The eggshell contains soil-happy minerals and works as a fertilizer, too.

Egg salad to green salad – all from one egg. That’s most eggscellent!

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Bea My Valentine

Yellow Pages Gardening

The Yellow Pages. A very useful tool. Not only for locating a local pizza joint, but quite possibly use as a booster seat. Some make raised beds for herb gardens. And, on occasion Zoos actually give primates old books to interact with for enrichment – many even find them tasty.

No monkeying around.

Even though the Yellow Pages are made from recycled paper and lumber sawdust, you may not get as excited as the apes. If you’d prefer to let your fingers do the walking on the keyboard rather than on paper, you can easily choose not to receive the book at YellowPagesOptOut.com.

Rather than sending the Yellow Pages straight from the doorstep into the recycle bin, now you can be even more environmentally conscious. Just opt out.

Opt In To Learning With Green Living Science.

Rachel Klegon and Mary Claire Lamm of Green Living Science are up-cycling Yellow Pages in a very cool way. Find out about it in their guest blog below!

“Green Living Science is partnering with YP to provide a phone book recycling competition, Project ReDirectory, with fifteen Detroit Public Schools. This competition challenges students to collect phone books to win the first place prize of five hundred dollars. Schools will decide how to spend the prize money but some have already established that they will have a field day event while other schools will give pizza parties!

Green Living Science will be using some of the phone books collected to make a raised bed for herbs in the Lincoln Street Art Park. Those classes participating in Green Living Science’s in-class lessons will be given a free field trip to visit the Recycle Here facility and Lincoln Street Art Park. When students come to visit they will see how phone books can be reused to make neat new projects!”

Back To More Monkeyshines.

Interested in seeing apes interacting with the Yellow Pages? Click on these links:

http://bit.ly/WQLEAR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RacMM6bROPs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJO6c9rWdws

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Cheers to the New Year!

Here’s hoping it’s a blast!

Green Resolutions.

Resolutions. Who can get their hands on last year’s list? It’s probably wadded up back in a drawer somewhere with forgotten aspirations. I guess the problem is sometimes the goals just seem daunting and unachievable.

Little Means Big.

If you’re looking for some green and cause minded resolutions other than putting your recyclables to the curb each week, here are some pretty easy ones to stick to. Even past the first week of January.

Smile every day. It makes a difference. Really.

Give someone an unexpected hug once a week.

Pay it forward. Go “no trace camping”, start a garden, donate a little time to a local cause or shelter, or lend a helping hand to a neighbor.

Cut back on paper towels and use dish cloths or fabric napkins instead. You’ll help to eliminate the 3,000 tons of paper towels that end up in landfills EVERY DAY.

• Try re-usable bags at the grocery. Over 1 million plastic bags end up in the trash EVERY MINUTE, so pop some in your vehicle to always have one on hand.

You’re probably already doing some of these, but think of this list as a thought starters for your own “resolutions” list.

So Happy New Year, everyone  – make it happen!

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The Fortitude of Fruitcake

Fruitcake. It’s one of those things. Either you love it or hate it. No in-between as far as I can tell. Me? I’d rather up-cycle that brick of fruit.

The Gift That Keeps On Giving.

Don’t have a fruitcake on hand to re-gift and are in a pinch for a last minute present? No worries, there’s still time to get that special someone something without without having to battle shoppers at the mall. Perhaps a membership to a favorite Museum or a Zoo for year long enjoyment?

Maybe a membership to a local harvest in which fresh food and goodies are enjoyed throughout the year http://www.localharvest.org.

Or, how about help wash down that fruitcake with a Monthly Wine Club Subscription http://www.theorganicwinecompany.com/owc/pages/shop_wineclub.shtml. Then just pop a note in a card telling the giftee what awesome gift they can look forward to. Done and done.

So, cheers everyone, and have yourselves a very merry Christmas!

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Clean Green Pipes

The Holidays can be draining – or not. With all the festivities, holiday meals, and primping, have you noticed the water in your kitchen or bathroom sink may not be moving quite as quickly as it should?

Wash your troubles down the drain, naturally.

I’m sure you’ve used drain cleaner products found on grocery shelves or at the hardware store, but here’s something I’ve recently tried that I find works really well – if not better. Baking soda and vinegar.

• Pour in 1/2 cup baking soda into the drain.

• Then follow with 1/2 cup white vinegar.

• Let it sit for 2 hours and then run the warm water for a few minutes

It fizzes up kind of like a science experiment, who knew keeping your pipes running clean could be this much fun?

So, rather than using expensive drain cleaners try this and save your money for some extra holiday merrymaking. And oh, there’s a little something in it for Mother Nature, too 😉

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Doodie

Heh, heh…he said doodie.

Trick or Treat.

Enjoy your Halloween, just be careful who you scare!

Zombie Apocalypse

Speck’s guest caption by Lisa Revard via Pure Michigan/Facebook.

Zombies. Pale faces. Blood. Ghostly eyes. Screaming. Running. More blood. My significant other loves the “Walking Dead”, but a bit much too much gore for me.

Zombies bite.

But, if you’ve got Zombie in your blood, all ages are welcome to participate in attempting to set a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Zombies. Guinness requires certain attire – pale faces, darker eyes and some sort of red coloring.  The record to beat is held by a gathering in New Jersey with 4,093 zombies. So, get your Zombie on!

Part of the mission of this free event is to feed the hungry.  Osha Kelley, master Zombie and creator of the festival, is also collecting food for Loaves and Fishes and hopes to fill 2 crates with non-perishables. Kelly says for the food drive “think of what they would eat for a last meal during a Zombie apocalypse.” Or just bring the kidney beans that have been tucked away in the back of your pantry.  Kidney beans. Brains. I don’t think Zombies are that particular these days.

Want to know what type of blood runs in your veins? Stop in at the Red Cross Zombie station and find out. And oh! Be sure to get your zombie photo taken, too.

C ‘mon Zombie lovers, get yourself to the Zombie Festival in Kalamazoo this Saturday, October 20th and break a record and help feed the hungry. The living that is – not the Zombies!

Find out more at
http://www.zombierecord.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/ZombieFestival?fref=ts

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