15 Upcycled Gifts Every Mom Will Love

15 Upcycled Gifts Every Mom Will Love

My mom is the original “upcycler”. She can turn mushy leftovers into culinary delights, old t-shirts into kid’s clothes, broken toys into newfound playthings.

In honor of my momma, I’ve rounded up 15 Upcycled Gifts Every Mom Will Love!

Why upcycled? Because upcycling is the process of turning old things into raw materials for something new and even cooler. It’s way more eco-friendly and sustainable than simply buying something new, plus there’s just that “cool factor” that comes with the creativity involved!

Read More

11 Reasons I’m Keeping CompostNow Even Though I Have A Compost System

11 Reasons I’m Keeping CompostNow Even Though I Have A Compost System

It’s official: CompostNow is coming to Charleston!

What’s CompostNow? A group that offers residential compost collection! They provide the bins, you fill ‘em, they cart them away every week.

They gave me a trial run and I’M OBSESSED. Today on the blog, 11 reasons I’ll be keeping my CompostNow subscription, even though I already have my own compost heap.

Read More

Easy Zero Waste Zoodles With Heirloom Tomatoes and Pesto

Easy Zero Waste Zoodles With Heirloom Tomatoes and Pesto

I love the idea of being zero waste, but it can be nearly impossible to avoid all forms of packaging waste when preparing a meal, and I think it’s important to remember that not everyone lives in a community where bulk stores are available.

From produce stickers to safety seals and plastic linings, pretty much every meal you eat has an impact… so here’s a quick and easy 5 ingredient (nearly) zero waste recipe for zucchini noodles with heirloom tomatoes and pesto!

Read More

How I Took $400 A Month Off My Electric Bill

How I Took $400 A Month Off My Electric Bill

Are you struggling with an out-of-control high electric bill? So was I, dear reader. There were a lot of tears and swearing involved back when I got that first astronomical power bill almost 5 years ago, but I quickly knocked that number back to something more reasonable and budget friendly.

Let’s save you some money and save the planet. How I took more than $400 off my monthly electric bill, after the jump!

Read More

5 Food Items to Stock Up On to Help Eliminate Food Waste and Stretch Your Budget

5 Food Items to Stock Up On to Help Eliminate Food Waste and Stretch Your Budget

When you’re trying to eat local and organic, it helps to pinch pennies which means buying what’s in season and cheaper but also using every single bit of those veggies and fruits.

Which is exactly why we’re delving into the 5 food items that can be used to help you preserve your perishables and eliminate food waste and how to use them.

Read More

15 Reasons Your Natural Dye Project FAILED (And Why You Should Do It Anyway)

15 Reasons Your Natural Dye Project FAILED (And Why You Should Do It Anyway)

If you’re reading this, you most likely saw an “Easy DIY Natural Dye” project on Pinterest but are now surrounded by mushy dye pots and soggy fabric, mid-primal scream, and wondering what the hell went wrong.

I got you, girl. Pour yourself a glass of bubbly and let’s unpack 15 Reasons Why Your DIY Natural Dye Project FAILED.

Read More

Spicy Beef and Shiitake Bahn Mi Tacos (Reduced Meat Recipe)

Spicy Beef and Shiitake Bahn Mi Tacos (Reduced Meat Recipe)

Show me a person who doesn’t like tacos and I’ll check for a charging plug: to be human is to love tacos.

Today on the blog I’m sharing a delicious reduced-meat recipe for Spicy Beef and Shiitake Bahn Mi Tacos. Going vegetarian or vegan isn’t right for everyone, but eating meat blended with mushrooms is a wonderful way to reduce your meat intake, cut costs, reduce caloric intake, and cram in some extra vitamins and nutrients!

Read More

DIY Rose and Meyer Lemon Salt Scrub

DIY Rose and Meyer Lemon Salt Scrub

Turns out, I love some self-care. I not only love it, I’m now constantly looking for little ways to squeeze more into my daily routine… including trashing my Valentine’s Day bouquet to make a DIY rose and Meyer lemon salt scrub, much to my boyfriend’s confusion.

Ready to upcycle your Valentine’s Day bouquet into a relaxing DIY Rose and Meyer Lemon Salt Scrub? Ready to relax and enjoy softer, healthier skin without washing toxic chemicals down the drain? Let’s do this.

Read More

How to Upcycle Your Christmas Tree into an Adorable Table Runner

How to Upcycle Your Christmas Tree into an Adorable Table Runner

Wondering what to do with your old Christmas tree? You can always compost or donate it, but let’s take a creative approach to waste… Why not upcycle it?!

Today I’m going to show you how to upcycle your Christmas Tree into a gorgeous spring table runner.

Save some money, learn how to think outside the box about waste, and break that West Elm addiction!

Read More

5 Easy, Realistic Ways to Upcycle Your Christmas Tree Needles

5 Easy, Realistic Ways to Upcycle Your Christmas Tree Needles

As I mentioned before, the real versus artificial Christmas tree environmental impact debate 100% hinges on the assumption that you are treating your Christmas tree as a single use disposable item.

Here are 5 ways to easily upcycle the needles from your Christmas tree that will allow you to get just a little more out of your ole holiday decoration.

Read More