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6 Reasons Why You Should Start Harvesting Rainwater

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With climate change wreaking all kinds of havoc on the environment and drought occurring more often nowadays, more people are starting to realize how crucial water really is to the sustainability of life on this planet. Many try to dig out the earth to harvest ground water, but there’s another free source that people are also starting to take advantage of: rainwater.

If you’ve just heard of rainwater harvesting and are wondering whether it really is a feasible and practical solution to your water consumption problems, here are some of its benefits that just might convince you:

#1: It reduces your utility bills
Collecting rainwater greatly decreases your dependence on your water company. It lowers your consumption and thus your utility bills. Imagine the amount of savings you could get every month when you start making this a habit. It also helps you cut down on your energy bill in an indirect way as it reduces the amount of energy needed to pump and treat water.

#2: It is cheap and easy
Many people have dug wells into the ground to get regular water supply. While you can certainly opt to do this, another thing you can do that is way easier on your budget and efforts is to harvest rainwater. While digging a well takes several weeks to complete and lots of money, with rainwater harvesting, all you need is a quality container from Rain Water Tanks Direct.

#3: It’s beneficial to your plants
Gray water (another term for rainwater) is more beneficial to your plants than your municipal supply. This is because the water in your pipes is full of chemicals and has gone through several stages of filtration to make it fit for human consumption. But this result is not always better for plants. Rainwater per se is one of the purest and softest kind of water there is, and thus, they’re more nourishing for your plants.

#4: It’s another source of drinking water
If you have a large family and you’re spending a lot of money on buying bottled water every week, this option helps you save. You’ll just need to invest one-time in a water filtration system and then you and your family will have free drinking water from now on.

#5: It reduces the possibility for flooding
If you live in an area where there is constant flooding, harvesting rainwater can help prevent this from happening. It prevents the ground on your property from being overly saturated with rainwater and ensures that your gutters are flowing properly.

#6: You’ll have your own backup supply
There may be times when the water company has to do maintenance work on some of their pipes, and when this happens, a shut-down almost always happens. You will be one of the lucky few who won’t be affected with this shut-down as you’ll have your own backup water supply.

The rainwater harvesting movement is a practice that is starting to gain more traction over time. Other people have gained a lot of advantages from this practice. It’s about time you enjoy them too.

You Might be a Minimalist

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Minimalism is becoming hugely popular, especially with today’s youth. But just what makes a minimalist a minimalist? There are a lot of things incorporated into minimalism and even if you don’t fit into all categories you might find that you’re a minimalist when it comes to money, your home or your environmental footprint. Whether you’re minimizing your impact in only one area of your life or multiple areas, you might be a minimalist if:

#1: You Hate to Spend Money
Whether you’re saving for that one special item over a long period of time or you simply hate buying more and more stuff, if you don’t like spending money and you feel a pang of guilt every time you oil that capitalist machine then you might be a minimalist. If you’re saving money by reusing what you already have, like old kitchen containers instead of buying more plastic wrap, sewing patches onto your favorite pair of blue jeans instead of hitting up your local stores, or simply buying used items instead of new whenever possible, then you’re minimizing your impact.

#2: You Live Clutter-Free
If you’ve taken a page out of the Japanese home style play book and you’ve simplified your home by decluttering and removing the heavy build-up of junk we Westerner’s seem to accumulate so quickly and easily then you might be a minimalist. The Japanese interior design aesthetic is heavily influenced by Buddhist/Shinto culture and the natural world. If you have incorporated bamboo mats, shoji screens to mark off different areas and uses for your rooms or have a miniature Zen garden on your tabletop then you might be a minimalist.

#4: You’re a Nomad
If you live at least part of a nomadic lifestyle, if you’re constantly traveling and live at least 3 months a year out of your backpack then you might just be a minimalist. Traveling light, often and for longer periods of time is becoming more and more common today. If you’re happiest when backpacking around the world, wearing the same clothes day after day, getting your entertainment from experiencing new places and cultures and that already-read-a-thousand-times book you keep in your back pocket then you’re probably a minimalist.

#5: You Live Green
If you’re concerned about the environment and want to do everything you can to reduce your environmental footprint by reducing waste, eating from your own garden, buying only what’s necessary and only spending on environmentally-friendly products then you might be a minimalist. Green minimalists often buy in bulk in reusable containers, shop for products that don’t harm the environment and are sold in biodegradable packaging. They shop only for environmentally sustainable products and often shop for second-hand items instead of new when possible. Green minimalists live sustainably to reduce their carbon footprint and waste.

Whether you’re a nomadic minimalist, a green minimalist, your decluttered home gives you peace of mind, you simply hate spending money or you fit into multiple minimalist categories, by living minimally you are reducing your impact and the world thanks you.

The Perfect Green Cocktail for Summer: Frozen Organic Gin Lemonade

Looking for the perfect drink for your 4th of July pool party! The mister whipped up a batch of his famous Gin Lemonade recently and I was reminded how much I love it this time of year! Be careful though, they are strong – one is all you need. Ha!

What you will need:
  • juice from 5 organic lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups organic sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup organic gin (you can also use vodka)
  • 8 cups ice

Directions:

Whisk the lemon juice and sugar together until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the gin and whisk again. Then, add the 8 cups of ice to a blender with the gin-lemon-sugar mixture and blend until smooth. Add lemon slices for garnish and enjoy.

Happy 4th of July weekend!

6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Your Dog Happy and Safe this Summer

During the summer, your pet may be spending more time outdoors and might even take a few road trips with you. Keep your pooch happy and safe this summer by incorporating these pet and eco-friendly tips into your summer routine. These tips will keep your best friend comfortable and safe during the dog days of summer.

1. Hydration Station:
A simple fact is – a hydrated dog is a happy dog. Keeping Fido hydrated during the summer months is especially important – remember they are wearing a fur coat! Keep several dishes of fresh, clean water throughout your home and outside areas. Also, remember when you are out for the day or traveling, offer your pet fresh water on a continuous basis.

2. Give that Dog a Pool? 
Many dogs love to get wet and a great way to keep them hydrated when you are outside as a family is with a wading pool. Or, better yet, if you live near a natural body of water, why not take your dog with you for a little water fun! Just remember that not all dogs are good swimmers – keep an eye on them at all times.

3. Make it Portable
If your travel plans or daily outings include taking your dog along with you, don’t forget your pet’s essential supplies. There are many great eco-friendly on-the-go dog supplies that making taking your dog with a snap. Don’t forget the collar (with I.D.), leash, biodegradable poop bags, food, water, and feeding dishes.

4. Just Say NO – to Cars
I know it can be tempting to take Fido with you when you just have a few errands to run. However, this is an absolute no-no, especially on summer days. The inside of a car can heat up to deadly temperatures in the matter of a few minutes. Also, studies show that leaving the windows cracked or partially rolled down does nothing to save your pet from the summer heat. It is simply too hot for them!

5. Think of Hot Paws
When taking your dog on summer walks, remember that hot concrete and blacktop do not mix with dog paws.  Especially the paws of dogs that spend the majority of their lives indoors. Instead, choose a grassy route for your walk or wait until the early morning or evening hours to take your best friend on a walk.

6. Keep Them Updated
One of the worst feelings can be losing your pet. Regardless of how careful you are, accidents do happen. Remember to never take your pet outside of your home without their collar and I.D. on. This simply act can be the difference between having your beloved friend returned immediately if lost and never seeing them again. It is definitely worth the few seconds that it takes to snap their collar on before taking them outside.

How do you keep your dog happy and safe during the hot months of summer?

Naturally Sweet: Pacifica Vegan Perfumes are Perfect for Summer

Do you have a go-to scent for summer? My all time favorites are from Pacifica Perfume – they are all-natural, vegan, smell fruity and are perfect from summer! I love the Tuscan Blood Orange and the Hawaiian Ruby Guava.The fruity scent goes hand in hand with summer and they are affordable too – $22 a bottle, which will last all summer long.

 Do you have a favorite all-natural perfume?

Organic Tacos + Jalapeño Crema Recipe

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield and Walmart– all opinions expressed are my own.

So, my family loves tacos! And by love, I don’t just mean love, I mean my husband HAS to stop at every single taco truck he sees. Ha! It’s no surprise that we enjoy tacos at home quite frequently. Especially considering the mister does 100% of the cooking at Casa de Sweet Greens. Thank goodness!

The mister does all of his marketing on Mondays and was excited to hear that I partnered with Stonyfield and Walmart to showcase the wonderful affordable organic options that Walmart has to offer. So, of course he said, I know exactly what I am going to make, tacos! Organic tacos with jalapeño crema (made with Stonyfield yogurt) to be exact!

The taco recipe is pretty simple, add a bunch of your favorite organic taco fillings to a tortilla! This time, the mister used a selection of organic products that he found at Walmart! And, of course, he found a bunch of other organic goodies for the week too!

The best part of the tacos is the jalapeño crema! Who needs a taco, just squirt it into my mouth!

So, now of course you want the recipe, here you go!

Jalapeño Crema Recipe

  • 1 jalapeño
  • 2 cups Stonyfield organic Greek Yogurt
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cumin

Directions:

  1. Cut the jalapeño in half and seed it.
  2. Broil the jalapeño until the skin is charred.
  3. Place jalapeño in a closed container for 5 minutes.
  4. Peel jalapeño.
  5. Add the jalapeño, 2 cups of yogurt, lime juice, salt and cumin in a blender/food processor and process until smooth.

Add the jalapeño crema to a condiment bottle and enjoy!

If you are looking for a crowd pleaser this weekend, hit Walmart, grab a bunch of organic taco ingredients and invite your friends and family over for some fun!

6 Eco Friendly Tips for a Great Green Summer

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It’s summer, summer, summertime! With summertime comes hot days, cool treats and lots of fun in the sun with your family. Before you hit the road for a hot sunny day at the beach, park or BBQ, check out my six favorite eco-friendly tips for a great green summer. The best part, most of them are free and will only make your summer more enjoyable, read on.

1. Get Outside
It’s much nicer to cool off outside than it is to sit inside with the air conditioning on high. Hit your local beach, lake, or pool and cool off in the waves. Also, it’s a good idea to keep your shades drawn during the hottest parts of the day and use the reverse function on your ceiling fans to circulate the air to keep your home cool.

2. Go Local 
You don’t have to go far from home this summer to have a wonderful time. Take advantage of summer time by exploring your local community – hit a park that you have never ventured to before, find a new secret beach for the first time or check out the local farmer’s market and pick up tonight’s dinner.

3. Stay Hydrated
Long hot days mean that you and your family will need lots of fluids to stay hydrated. Instead of stopping to buy a drink whenever you are thirsty, keep your reusable bottles with you. I am enjoying my Vapur water bottle, it is easy to roll up and throw into my handbag or pocket until I need it. Summer is also the perfect time to make your own fruit and vegetable infused waters and homemade ice pops.

4. Stay Protected
Keep yourself and your family protected from the sun with all-natural sunscreen. I think it is a good idea to have one on hand at all times. I like to keep one in my handbag, beach bag, car, and even one by the door making it easy to grab on the way out to the pool.

5. Green Your Bikini
If you are in the market for a new swimsuit this year, consider purchasing an eco-friendly one. EcoSwim has a fantastic selection of swimsuits for women. You may also find a great selection at your local eco-friendly stores or Etsy shops.

6. Go Solar
Summertime is the perfect time to take advantage of all that sunshine. Consider using a solar charger to recharge your portable devices when out for a day of fun in the sun. We have a solar charger that we use whenever we go backpacking or camping, it is great for charging up our cell phones and extra battery packs for the RV.

What ways are you going and staying green this summer?

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