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But I Wanted Wiener Wraps and Tator Tots!!

My initiation into the mom scene was a bit different than most.  It wasn’t until after I had spent a few years helping to raise my step-kids that my son was born.  I wasn’t going to be able to bond with these kids while changing diapers or teaching them their ABC’s or snuggling with them at bedtime.  This was…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 16, 2013 at 2:01pm — No Comments

The Cost of Permanent Press

Nobody would argue that people are busier than ever these days.  Between work, spouse, children, home and other commitments, there is more and more competition for our time.  And those companies that manufacture goods understand this and cater to the demands of convenience and ease.  But at what cost?

After…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 16, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Cost of a Clean Home

If you’re like me, when kids came into your world you wanted everything in your home to be as clean as possible.  You probably went to great lengths to disinfect everything because you wanted your child to live in the cleanest environment.  And you may have even safely assumed that as long as the cleaning supplies you were using weren’t bothering you, they weren’t bothering your baby either.  Sadly, that’s not true.

Here are 4 of the most toxic ingredients that are found in almost…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 9, 2013 at 7:04pm — No Comments

Leave the Colors in the Crayon Box

Recently, I did a post that included a recipe for homemade Macaroni & Cheese.  In that post, I was discussing the backlash that Kraft is receiving because of its refusal to eliminate artificial dyes in their American version of Macaroni & Cheese.  The reason I say “American version” is because they have…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 9, 2013 at 7:01pm — No Comments

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

As my beloved Chicago Cubs celebrate their Opening Day, I thought I’d talk today about making healthier choices at the ballpark.  As a baseball fan and someone who used to work in professional baseball, I can tell you that part of the overall experience is the food and drink.  It just isn’t realistic to expect anyone…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 9, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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

I Think I Left My Self Esteem at the Mall

So yesterday I took the entire day off to hang out with my son, who is not quite 14.  I told him that we could do whatever he wanted to do - the day belonged to him.  He said he wanted to go out to lunch.  I figured as much.  He also wanted to check out the latest "G.I. Joe" movie.  That would not have been my first choice, but what the heck.  It was his day after all and there were cute guys and some fighting and car chases.  I could roll with that.  But I was more than a little…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 3, 2013 at 8:27pm — No Comments

Green Your Bathroom

One of the steps to Going Green is conserving our natural resources.  And one of the natural resources that gets wasted the most is water.  Here are some steps that your family can take to conserve water.  This will not help our environment, but save you money as well.

1.  Shower instead of bathing as…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 3, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Planning to Dry Clean Your Easter Sunday Best?

I don’t know anybody who enjoys dry cleaning.  If you want a really funny story about dry cleaning, you can check out my friend, Vicky, at the Pursuit of Normal here.

But besides the…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 2, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Breakfast - Most Important Meal of the Day

When I worked in our elementary school district, one of the most heartbreaking things I dealt with were the kids who came to school hungry.  Our school didn’t offer a lunch program, but it wouldn’t have mattered anyway.  Our school didn’t have “cooking” equipment.  We basically only had ovens to heat up processed…

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Added by Penny Roach on April 1, 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

It's Not Rocket Science

Last week, I did a post about the child obesity epidemic in the United States.  In that post, the first point I wanted to make is that food is fuel.  When you realize that very fact, it becomes easier to make better choices.   It’s all about how you view yourself.

If you could buy yourself a brand new car and money was not an option, what kind of car would it be?  Visualize that car.  Imagine yourself in the driver’s seat.  Take in that “new car” smell – actually don’t…

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Added by Penny Roach on March 26, 2013 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Kraft Ain't Got Nothin' On THIS Mac 'N Cheese

There has been a whole lot in the news lately about Kraft Foods and their boxed macaroni and cheese.  And with good reason.  Ever wonder what gives the product its golden, “cheesy” color?  Artificial dyes my friend.  I mean, come on.  The “cheese” is a yellow powder that you mix with milk and butter.

But here’s the kicker.  Several other countries have banned these artificial dyes and refused to sell any products containing them.  So did that mean that these European boys and girls…

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Added by Penny Roach on March 25, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Friday Favorites for March 22nd

Welcome once again to my weekly feature of Friday Favorites.  My journey as a green mom is only a few years old, and each week I highlight a few of the products that I have come to love as I travel down this eco-friendly road.  The products I’ll highlight could range from nutrition to cleaning to fitness to things that just make my life easier.  So, without further ado, here are the items that made the cut this week!

Kickin’ Dairy to the Curb

While it may not be…

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Added by Penny Roach on March 22, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

The 411 on GMO's

If I were to ask the majority of people in my little community what they know about GMO, most of them would probably say “not much”.  A few (sadly) would likely say “you mean the car company?”  Sure, you chuckle but it’s true.  Most people have no clue what a GMO is or why it would be important to them.

So, I decided to put something together for the average Joe that explains what a GMO is and why there’s so much in the news on this subject right now.  They say “knowledge is power”,…

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Added by Penny Roach on March 21, 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

Children - The New Faces of Obesity

It’s no secret that obesity is a problem in the United States.  And in spite of the fact that a hunger problem exists as well, our population as a whole eats more and moves less than the citizens of other countries.  Sadly, it’s no longer just affecting adults, but children as well.  Even though medicine has made huge strides and people, on average, are living longer, it has been said that today’s generation of children and teenagers may not live as long as their parents will.  So,…

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Added by Penny Roach on March 19, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Chocolate Cake That Can't Be "Beet"

If you read my post last Monday, which you can access here, you know that cooking was never my favorite household chore.  It always ranked right up there with ironing and scrubbing the toilet bowl.  But the family has to eat, am I right?

Actually, it wasn’t the cooking part that I had an aversion to, nor was it wondering what to make.  I have tons of great cookbooks and recipes that have been handed down over the years so culinary ideas are not the issue.  It wasn’t even the cleanup…

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Added by Penny Roach on March 18, 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

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