Penny Roach's Blog – March 2013 Archive (19)

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

Thrift Shop

I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket…(from the song, Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis).

When my two step-kids were still living at home, they were pretty easy when it came to clothes shopping.  Sure, they had certain likes and dislikes like everyone else, but they never really made a big deal about sporting the latest and greatest name brands on their backs.

As a matter of fact, when they each entered high school (they are two years…

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Added by Penny Roach on March 14, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Case of the Sneaky Spinach

The dilemma is probably as old as motherhood itself.  How DO you get your kids to eat their vegetables?  When I was a kid, I remember hating a LOT of things my mom put on my plate:  beets, apple sauce, mustard, spinach, radishes (still not a fan – sorry Mom) and a bunch of other things.  I always felt like they were on my plate to punish me for something I had done wrong.

As years went by, my taste buds matured and I developed a liking for everything on this list – except for…

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Added by Penny Roach on March 13, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Planet PVC

Oh how we love our plastic!  Nothing has shaped the modern world quite like it.  And it’s virtually everywhere you look:  vinyl flooring, electrical conduit, fencing, water pipes, windows, shower curtains, decking and wallpaper.

Polyvinyl chloride is one of those materials used for its durability and cost effectiveness.  It’s also very low maintenance and can be made softer and more bendable.  PVC is now a popular choice for outdoor furniture, upholstery and even clothing.

But…

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Added by Penny Roach on March 12, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Heart Healthy, Kid Friendly Chicken Recipe

One of the challenges I have faced in my journey to be green, healthy and fit is in the area of cooking.  If you have read my posts before, you know about my aversion to cooking.  It’s one of those necessary evils I suppose, even though I am what you might call “kitchen challenged”.  Don’t like cooking or baking, but I can clean like a champ!

My husband is, quite fortunately for me, the kind of guy who will eat pretty much whatever I put in front of him.  Even if he doesn’t like it so…

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Added by Penny Roach on March 11, 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

Beating the Winter Blues

I have lived most of my life in the Chicagoland area but, even before that, I lived in Pennsylvania.  Point?  I’m used to cold winters!  Doesn’t mean that I necessarily like them much, but I have learned to embrace them.

As I’ve gotten older (and colder) I’ve had my share of the Winter Blues.  They usually…

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Added by Penny Roach on March 7, 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

Are Cell Phones Making Your Child Sick?

Cell phones have become a way of life and more and more I see them in the hands of youngsters.  Many families no longer have a house phone (mine included) because everyone is reachable via cell.  Have you ever seen that commercial where everyone is fighting over the minutes in the data plan?  It goes something like…

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Added by Penny Roach on March 5, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Fussy About Fruit

I know that my son gets plenty of vitamins because he takes a fantastic supplement and I “hide” vegetables and fruits in just about everything (might have to do a post about that).  But when it comes to eating fruits and vegetables in their natural state, it’s all about the “dip”.

He doesn’t like apple slices unless there is peanut butter involved.  Forget about carrots if there is no ranch dressing.  Salad?  Better have some raspberry vinaigrette.  I should be glad, I know but I…

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Added by Penny Roach on March 4, 2013 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Friday Favorites for March 1st

Last week, I started a new blog segment that I refer to as my Friday Favorites.  These are things that I have discovered over the past couple of years.  Who knows what you might find here?  It could be a food, an appliance, or even a destination.  But each item, in its own way, contributes to the awesomeness otherwise known as my green lifestyle.  So without further ado, here are this week’s Friday Favorites:

“Cause” It Tastes Great!

Have any of you ever heard of Project…

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Added by Penny Roach on March 1, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

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