Freebies for Coffee, Christmas, and More!

After the chaos that come with shopping on Black Friday, (or on Thanksgiving day), it is nice to have some time to relax. Pick up a few of these freebies, before they disappear. You can do it from the comfort of your own home, and without having to fight the crowds. This time, I found freebies on coffee, Christmas items, and more! Seattle’s Best Coffee has a free sample of their coffee. To get this freebie, you must click “like” on their Facebook page. Next, go to the Coffee Break tab and grab a free 1.75 ounce sample of Seattle’s … Continue reading

Freebies from Twinnings, Green Mountain Coffee, and More!

Freebies on coffee and tea, for you and for me! This time, I found plenty of freebies for tea or coffee from many different companies. What could be better than that as the weather gets cooler? Those of you who aren’t so into tea can enjoy some of the non-tea related freebies I found. Several are for very good causes! Twinnings is still giving away three free samples of their teas. To get them, go to the Twinnings website, and tell them which three of their teas that you would like a free sample of. Fill out the form so … Continue reading

Big Green Purse by Diane MacEachern

The sub title for this book is – Use your spending power to create a cleaner, greener world- and that’s just what they show you how to do. Diane explains how every dollar you spend impacts manufacturers decisions and how pointing your spending dollar can influence how products are made and the environmental impact they have. One of the examples of this change is tea. Usually tea is grown with lots of pesticides by farmers who are not paid a fair wage and whose children usually have to work in those fields. Thanks to the demand for organic teas many … Continue reading

Special Needs Blog Week in Review – June 17 – 23, 2012

It is time, once again, for the Special Needs Blog Week in Review. It brings you a quick summary of each of the blogs that were posted here in the past seven days. This is an easy way to find the blogs that you might have missed. The Special Needs Podcast Roundup went up on June 18, 2012. This week, I’d like to point out an episode of The Coffee Klatch. The episode is called “The Best of Coffee Klatch – Dr. Ross Greene – Explosive Child”. Dr. Ross Green is the author of a book called “The Explosive Child”. … Continue reading

Green Uses for Vinegar – Part 1

Isn’t it a great thing when you can take something as simple as vinegar – something so cheap and easily assessable – and do great things around the house with it? For one thing, vinegar is great for cleaning household areas including the bathroom (i.e. getting rid of that bathtub ring and scum from the shower doors), countertops, soap dishes, the refrigerator, and cutting boards. My husband also buys dishwasher cleaners, but guess what? Putting a little vinegar in your dishwasher each month will clean it. And, if your coffee pot is getting a bit funky, run vinegar through one … Continue reading

Recycling Coffee Grounds

I’ve written about recycling a lot of things – blue jeans, magazines, but here’s something most people just throw in the trash – coffee grounds. But, before you toss those grounds, think of some of the ways they may be reused. Why would you want to find a use for old coffee grounds? When they break down, they release methane, which is a more powerful gas than CO2. If you need to dry the coffee grounds for later use, spread them out on a cookie sheet and sit near a sunny window to prevent molding. You can use coffee grounds … Continue reading

A-Tisket A-Tasket , A Green and Yellow Basket

Housekeeping is not just about cleaning. It is about keeping your home in such a state that you can actually enjoy it. Yet it’s also not about perfection. So now we are going to tackle the living areas of your home, most times called your living room or family room. This is the part of your house where you gather with loved ones and hang out. Maybe you watch TV, play games or just talk. What makes a living room or a family room special is when it feels “lived in.” It shouldn’t feel like a museum, where you are … Continue reading

Get Free Coffee From Starbucks On Earth Day

Earth Day is on Friday, April 22. It is a day when people focus a little more than usual on the impact that we have on this planet. It is an opportunity to make greener choices. It is also a day to go get some free coffee from Starbucks, when you bring in a reusable mug or tumbler for the barista to fill. I am a big fan of Starbucks. I go there a few times a week, at least, and greatly enjoy dropping everything to make a run to Starbucks. It makes my day a little bit brighter. One … Continue reading

Green Living and Eating

Maybe it’s just me, but I had never associated my eating habits with going green. However, a recent article I read suggested that by eating less we are consuming fewer resources. The world is all about consumption, and if we want to cut that down, then eating less would make sense. I also thought about the trips my family has made over the years to fast food restaurants. We have consumed a lot of McDonalds. Not only that, but if I were to calculate the amount of emissions that have been produced due to those trips I would probably be … Continue reading

Green Coffee

If you are like many people, you were drinking coffee this morning. You may have made it at home or driven through Starbucks to get it. Either way, as you enjoyed your hot beverage on this cold day (as it is in most of America), you may not have thought about the environmental and social issues behind that coffee. It is estimated that Americans drink 400 million cups of coffee each day. The only thing in higher worldwide demand than coffee is petroleum. It keeps us going on long days and some studies have shown that it may prevent heart … Continue reading