Penny Roach's Blog Posts Tagged 'eco-friendly' (12)

Friday Favorites for April 5th

When I was a little girl in 5th grade, I had my first eye test.  I failed it – miserably.  My mom took me to get my first pair of glasses and I thought I was the coolest kid ever.  Back then, it was pretty rare for kids to wear glasses.

As I moved through middle school and into high school, more and…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 5, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

5 Steps to Better Fuel Efficiency

Not everybody is in a position to go out and buy a brand new, energy efficient vehicle.  But there are several things you can do with your car right now that will make it more energy efficient.  This will help you to go green and save green in the process.

1.  Make sure that your tires are inflated…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 4, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

REcycling is Good. PREcycling is Better!

This blog is all about my family and me and our journey to be green.  In other words, we’re trying to be healthier, smarter and care for the planet that we have so graciously been gifted.  I consider us stewards that, at the very least, should make smarter choices and clean up our own messes.

No, I don’t go around hugging trees (tree trunks are “scratchy” and don’t really smell that great), but I do think it’s important that we do our part.  And I assure you, I’m not a finger…

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Added by Penny Roach on March 27, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Spring Cleaning - With Kids!

Most people I know are eager to welcome the approach of Spring and all that goes with it:  opening the windows for fresh air, planting flowers, putting out the patio furniture.  What most people are probably not thrilled about?  Spring cleaning.

The idea of giving your house a good old fashioned…

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Added by Penny Roach on March 20, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Friday Favorites for March 15th

Welcome to another installment of Friday Favorites!  Here, you’ll find three items that help my family in our quest to be green and healthy.

Let There Be Light

Since most of the United States has switched over to Daylight Savings Time, we can expect to enjoy more hours of sunshine each day.  This is great news for those wanting to soak up more Vitamin D and chase those nasty Winter Blues away.  However, it’s still necessary to use light bulbs around the…

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Added by Penny Roach on March 15, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Friday Favorites for March 8th

I’ve written a few times about the progress I’ve made in my journey to go green.  While I certainly have a long way to go, I’m not the big-haired, wasteful consumer that I used to be.  And since we all struggle in our journey to do better and be better, I’m continuing my weekly entry of “favorites” that help me day to day.

Mini Trampoline

Honestly, I have never even considered buying a trampoline for my kids.  OK, maybe I did.  But only for about 5 seconds.  I have heard…

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Added by Penny Roach on March 8, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Hollywood Goes Green

Leave it to Hollywood to have its finger on the pulse of what’s popular in America.  Usually, if there is a new “movement”, celebs jump right on the bandwagon because they know it will keep them popular and relevant.  So, I decided to do a little research to see if there were any Hollywood types who really took…

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Added by Penny Roach on March 6, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Eco-Friendly Luxury

When most people think about staying in a nice hotel, eco-friendly doesn’t exactly come to mind.  Think about all the people taking hot showers, running the air conditioning in their rooms, and watching TV, not to mention washing all the towels and bedding.  It’s mind boggling to think about how much energy is being used.  But, believe it or not, there are hotels that not only care about offering comfortable amenities and convenience to their guests, but care about our planet as…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 12, 2013 at 9:49am — No Comments

Love That Lunch Duty

When I was working in our local school district, I had “lunch duty” each day.  Basically that meant helping the other two teachers make sure the kids each:

a.  had a lunch

b.  ate that lunch

c.  kept their “inside voices”

d. kept their hands to themselves; and

e. (my least…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 11, 2013 at 8:19am — No Comments

Hayden's Valentine Hugs

One of the things I miss most about working in a first grade classroom is the arts and crafts projects.  There’s nothing quite like a child’s piece of artwork to bring a smile to the face of a teacher or parent.  Whether we were celebrating a holiday like Halloween or Christmas or creating a memorable display for Veteran’s Day or President’s Day, arts and crafts creations were wildly popular with the kids.  We traced, colored, cut and glued our way through the entire school year and had a…

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Added by Penny Roach on February 6, 2013 at 9:40am — No Comments

How to Have a Valentine's Party Without Hurting the Planet

If you’re the parent of a child in elementary school, you are likely very familiar with the concept of the “classroom party”.  As a mom of three, I spent many years helping to plan and organize these festive events for squirming, giggling kids.  And I loved every single minute of it!

And then after my kids…

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Added by Penny Roach on January 31, 2013 at 9:58am — 2 Comments

Turn Your Trash Into CA$H

Recycling is not a new concept to most people.  People are now responding to the need for a greener planet by either reusing products around the home or recycling items they no longer wish to keep.  People are doing a better job of rinsing out their plastic containers, glass bottles and aluminum cans for pickup by the recycling agency.  More and more folks are bundling their newspapers and magazines for collection, rather than just throwing them away.  But what about those items deemed…

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Added by Penny Roach on January 17, 2013 at 4:36pm — No Comments

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