15 Incredible Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide You Never Knew About!

I never knew how much you can do with Hydrogen Peroxide. – I’ve always just used it to treat cuts and scrapes. The big bottle retails at around $3 and takes care of so many things, that it could potentially save you hundreds every month! I’ll certainly get on that teeth cleaning right away!

15 Benefits From Hydrogen Peroxide You Never Knew About:

1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. No more canker sores and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash. (Small print says “mouth wash and gargle” right on the bottle). Continue reading

Fall Crafts Tutorial – Bring Nature Inside

All Natural Fall DecorationsIt’s finally fall! My favorite time of year. It’s when the weather gets chillier, the nights get longer, and you can sit by the fireplace with your Fall Harvest Candle making the room smell like comfort and joy. Wait, that’s Christmas. Well, we’re not far from that either! 😀

My favorite thing about fall is the changing seasons. The wind picks up, the leaves turn yellow, the rain starts falling, we get to wear long sleeves again. Being here in California, there’s not too much of that – which is a HUGE change from Germany, where I used to hate fall, but now just miss it even more so. Moving to my new apartment came at the perfect time. I moved from the beach (where the only green was on palm trees) so suburbia (where trees were planted on purpose, but are nonetheless there). I moved to an apartment community that pays particular attention to green landscaping, which I absolutely adore. So just in time for fall, I have all those trees around me and they’re currently turning yellow right in front of my living room window. Continue reading

Sunny Sundays: Strolling Down Memory Lane

Sunny Sundays

Today, we were outside on our deck that I loved so much when we moved in here. It definitely was one of the biggest selling points. Christopher was coloring with sidewalk chalk and I was watching him, helping him occasionally. We were playing with the hula hoop, too.

I had grand plans for this outside area when we first moved in; wanted to turn it into an oasis with outside couches and twinkling lights and lots of greenery. Well, that never happened. It turned into what I call a German backyard. Continue reading

How To Teach Your Child To Be Charitable (Part 2)

Goodwill DonatingIn part one of this series, I talked about how I am teaching Christopher to practically help others less fortunate by donating to Goodwill. Today, we had our second installment of this process. Instead of purchasing something from Goodwill, we actually donated the clothing we had sifted through a while back.

Today wasn’t so painful for Christopher because he didn’t have to try on clothes for two hours, he “just” had to take them to the donation center. On our way to Goodwill, I asked Christopher if he remembered why we’re donating to Goodwill. Given that it’s been over a month since we had last been there to purchase something to support Goodwill’s cause, it’s understandable that he couldn’t remember. Continue reading

Green and Creative Masks On A Budget

What do you do on a June gloom day? Why, paper bag masks! Especially good for those of us on a budget, this is a fun and easy craft your kids can make all by themselves. Except for the staples. Help them with the staples.

I call him Scary Pinocchio.

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Completely Green Father’s Day Cards @paperculture

Paper Culture CardsWith Father’s Day approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what to get for dad. As every year, it’s a battle finding something to buy for a man. And as every year, we are going to send out cards. One to Christopher’s dad, one to my dad. And some to a few dad friends we have who would care getting a card with our picture on it.

This year’s cards come from Paper Culture. Paper culture is a green business that produces products made from 100% post consumer recycled paper. With every order, Paper Culture plants at least one tree, too, as their charitable contribution to the planet. In the last 4 years, Paper Culture has planted over 300,000 trees in their customers’ names. Continue reading

10 Ways To Help Protect Your Watershed

Protect the watershedYes, we’ve all been there. Water running while doing dishes for 15 minutes straight. Water running while brushing teeth. Sprinklers on even though it rains. It would be so easy to not do these things, but it is so difficult to see the long-term repercussions of all these little actions that we simply don’t care about the outcome due to convenience.

What if we knew we’d have 100,000 gallons of water left for the whole world and that is it? No more water after that. Well, we’d be screwed. But how much water do you think would we really use anymore? Who would still turn on their sprinklers? If a more immediate disaster was visible, we’d all care a bit more about the environment, but the disaster is just not hitting home enough. It’s too far away, it’s too invisible. We have to all start realizing that it’s really NOT so far away. And if, in fact, it won’t affect US, how do you feel about your kids or grandkids running out of water? It’s a serious problem and we all really should care about saving water. It is so simple, there’s really no excuse.

Here are 10 handy and easy tips, assembled by the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano, on how you save water right on the home front. Maybe you could implement just a couple – what a difference that would make! Continue reading