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  • Green Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Home

    by Paula Gallagher | May 26, 2015

    green-cleaningI don't know about you, but spring cleaning is a big job around here. However, many of the products we may use while spring cleaning our homes are filled with ingredients that have proven negative long-term effects on our health. Ammonia, sodium hydroxide and triclosan are some of the culprits found in products ranging from laundry detergents to glass and mirror cleaners. These ingredients can linger on just cleaned surfaces and are easily absorbed by human tissues, exposing us and our children to hazardous chemicals with unhealthy side effects. For more information on what's in your cupboard, check out the Environemental Working Group's Guide to Healthy Cleaning.

    Although there are some fantastic safe products  available to purchase, there are also plenty of tried and true items sitting in your pantry right now that can clean your house from top to bottom without any harmful effects. And they work! Here are four recipes for green spring cleaning. Read more

  • Earth Day Sale on Personal Care Products

    by Paula Gallagher | April 21, 2015

    earth-dayEarth Day is April 22 and to celebrate, Village Green Apothecary is having a sale on personal care products through April 30, offering 25% off on brands like Dr. Hauschka, Logona, MyChelle, Skincando and Aubrey Organics, companies that strive to make the cleanest and most effective products.

    And – now is the best time to arm yourself and your loved ones with sunscreen. One of the companies we love is Goddess Garden. They carry a variety of sunscreens that offer effective protection from the sun without sacrificing their commitment to the environment and to you. They believe that sunscreen should be a natural solution to a natural problem and this why they use minerals, like zinc and titanium, instead of chemicals, to protect you from the sun. Their sunscreen is organic and made without chemicals or synthetic ingredients. It is also non-GMO, 100% biodegradable and 100% reef safe, and therefore not only protects you, but also the world around you.

    Aside from using personal care products from companies that care about our world, here are some other ways you can be green on Earth Day... and everyday! Read more

  • What to Do With Your Pumpkins After Halloween

    by Paula Gallagher | November 4, 2014

    Pumpkin Carving at the Gallaghers Pumpkin Carving at the Gallaghers

    Are you wondering what to do with your pumpkins after Halloween? Don't kick your them to the curb just yet. Whether you carved them, or left them whole, this mighty squash has plenty of life in it yet.

    Composting is a wonderful way to recycle your pumpkin. If your city offers a composting program, then make use of it, especially if your jack-o-lantern has been out for a while. However, if you have a garden, compost it yourself. It is as easy as burying it in the ground. Worms love the soft flesh of pumpkins! Burying it also keeps any smells below ground, keeps unwanted bugs away, and keeps your soil happily full of nutrients before next year’s planting season. Needless to say, make sure to remove any candles, wax, or foil beforehand.

    Here are three blogs that will give you tips on what to do with your pumpkin, once the ghouls and goblins have left.

    1. What to Do With Your Pumpkin: Did you know that pumpkins are fruits? They are part of the same family as melons and cucumbers. If you have whole pumpkins with seeds still intact, this blog will give you plenty of ideas to make the most of this nutrient dense fruit.

    2. Fantastic Benefits of Pumpkin: Plus get my recipes for roasted pumpkin seeds.

    3. Interesting Fact About Pumpkin Pies: Read this link to find out why you may need to do some baking. Attention, men!  :)

  • Why You Should Go to the Farmers' Market

    by Paula Gallagher | May 28, 2014

    Farmers' markets serve not only as a way for people to purchase locally grown produce, but also as a chance to connect with others within their communities. Purchasing local goods is an experience that promotes a sense of place and is important in helping individuals feel tied to their communities.

    Not only do farmers' markets give us the chance to support local growers, but they are also great teaching opportunities for kids. Farmers' markets allow you to talk to the growers and learn more about what it takes to get those green beans to your table. They also give you a chance to discover new things, and even ask farmers for recipes. Letting kids pick their own fruits and veggies is a simple way to encourage healthier eating, too.

    Farmers markets also support the economy. The USDA estimates the total annual sales at U.S. farmers' markets to be $1 billion. Not only that, studies show 60 to 70% of market-goers visit neighboring businesses on their way to and from the market.  Read more

  • 2014 Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

    by Paula Gallagher | May 5, 2014

    The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its 2014 Dirty Dozen™ last week. The list exposes the most pesticide-contaminated produce. Apples were at the top of the list again, followed by strawberries and grapes.

    Although washing produce thoroughly can help reduce the pesticide residue, I would still recommend choosing organic, especially for those first 12 (or dirty dozen).

    Organic produce can be very expensive, so if you are on a tight budget, consider filling your shopping cart with produce that was found to have the least amount of pesticide residue, like avocados, pineapples and cabbage. This list is call the Clean Fifteen™.

    EWG also offers two great tools for those who may find sticking to this list too expensive or limited, or even time-consuming. The first is EWG’s Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce 2014™, which can be downloaded as a PDF or used as an app for your smart phone.

    The second tool is Good Food on a Tight Budget, a site that offers tips on saving money on food, as well as tasty recipes!

    Happy eating!

    Photo from here, with thanks.

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