7 Superfoods to Fight the Common Cold

Have you ever thought about how much money we spend on medications every year? Americans spend more on pharmaceuticals each year than any other country (approximately $1,000 per the average person). Now, consider how this medicine is packaged. Most pills come in plastic bottles, or are individually wrapped in hard plastic. So, not only are we hurting our wallets, but the more medicine we purchase, the more plastic we use – since plastic isn’t biodegradable, we are hurting the environment every time we throw away those empty pill bottles. So, what if we changed the way we thought about food and started eating foods that could help ward off illnesses? We would save money and help the environment at the same time! Sounds easy right? That’s because it is. Here are 7 superfoods to get you started on your journey to healthy…

Important Disclaimer: Always seek the advice of a healthcare professional. If your illness progresses, make an appointment with your doctor. These superfoods may not replace all traditional medications, but will likely be used as a supplement. Continue reading “7 Superfoods to Fight the Common Cold”

All-Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Getting ready to throw out those old vegetables? Is your fruit too bruised for eating? Reduce your waste and use these in-edibles to create an all-natural dye for your Easter eggs! I used to love dying eggs as a kid. It was the perfect combination of science, art and food. As an adult without any children, I still enjoy decorating eggs to use as a centerpiece for my Easter table. You can even blow out the inside of the egg using a heavy pin and keep the colored shells as a scent-free decoration. But, I’m tired of using those cheap looking Easter dyes from the grocery store. This year, let’s try using a natural approach. This will keep you (and even your children) entertained for hours.  Continue reading “All-Natural Easter Egg Dyes”

Nature’s Healing Powers

“Spending time in nature is healing energy.” – Reiki

What a GORGEOUS weekend we are having! Mother Nature has finally calmed down and made up her damn mind about the weather. It is currently sunny and 70 degrees – Mr. GGC and I are sitting in the yard, catching up on work after an awesome weekend with friends. I’ve been enjoying many days like this, which has inspired this post about how going green and spending time in nature has been a source of healing for my mental illness. I’m about to get really open and honest folks, so get outside, grab a cup of herbal tea, and read on. Continue reading “Nature’s Healing Powers”

Waste Less: An Easy One Week Challenge

It’s time to mix up the old routine and challenge yourself to live a less wasteful life! Here are a few small changes that Mr. GGC and I have started to implement into our routine. We are wasting less food and saving money, recycling more, and finding creative ways to repurpose materials around the home! Try our One Week Challenge (pictured below) to get you started! Continue reading “Waste Less: An Easy One Week Challenge”

A Wasteful World (April Challenge)

“People say I’m extravagant because I want to be surrounded by beauty. But tell me, who wants to be surrounded by garbage?” – Imelda Marcos

Happy April beautiful people. Spring is here, even though it doesn’t feel like it in Delaware (come on mother nature – quit playin’)! This morning I spent a few hours cleaning out the fridge and decluttering the living room. It felt oh so good to throw out and recycle a bunch of crap that we never use. But, as good as it felt, it also made me realize how much waste we actually produce. There are only 2 of us in the house (not counting the pup) and it is pretty crazy to see how much trash 2 people can acquire (2 clean, environmentally conscious people mind you). So, that got me thinking about garbage which has inspired today’s post and this month’s challenge. Can we reduce the amount of waste we produce each week? Can YOU? Continue reading “A Wasteful World (April Challenge)”

A Green Home Makeover (live smart)

“Home is the nicest word there is.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

Mr. GGC and I love our home; how it looks, how it feels and where it is located are all representative of who we are. As much as we love our home, we often dream of the day when we will move into our forever home. When we think of this place, we see: lots of land, an herb garden, a big eat-in kitchen, the best appliances, lots of windows to let in natural light…the list goes on and on. We want our next house to be comfortable, safe and eco-friendly. So what can we do in the meantime to give our current home a “green facelift”? Read on. Continue reading “A Green Home Makeover (live smart)”

Save the Bees (Because the Bees Save Us)

“The flower doesn’t dream of the bee. It blossoms, and the bee comes.” – Mark Nepo

Gardens need honeybees, and we need gardens; its as simple as that. Yes, bees are a menace when they are buzzing in your ear when you are trying to enjoy dinner outside. Yes, they hurt like a bi*@! when they sting. BUT, bees are vital for our survival, and unfortunately, every year honeybees are dying at an alarming rate. So what do honeybees do for us, and why should we try to save them? Continue reading “Save the Bees (Because the Bees Save Us)”

What is the EPA (and why do we care)?

“The earth is what we all have in common.” – Wendell Berry

I’m going to be perfectly honest: when we started this journey, I knew there was an agency who’s sole purpose was to protect the environment. However, three months ago if someone approached me and started talking about the EPA, I would not have known what that was. Call me stupid, but as a teacher, acronyms are my life (ACTFL, IEP, LFS…oye!) and it is difficult enough to remember all of those let alone the names of all of the government agencies. YEA RIGHT. Anyway, you cannot turn on the news today without hearing some mention of the Environmental Protection Agency. So, why is everyone so heated about cuts to EPA funding? And why the HELL should I care? Here’s why…the environment. Let me explain this in layman’s terms.  Continue reading “What is the EPA (and why do we care)?”

The Environment is Changing (and so are we)

“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. Its not.” Yes, I am quoting the Lorax – one of my favorite Dr. Seuss characters. Maybe I love the Lorax so much because he is an environmentalist at heart, or maybe it is because he cares a whole awful lot about everything. Whatever the reason, this beloved character has inspired this post. The Going Green Couple is evolving, and we need your help! Continue reading “The Environment is Changing (and so are we)”

DIY Green Shower Cleaner

DIY Green Shower Cleaner Easy & Green

We’ve got another DIY cleaner for you this week. This time we are tackling the shower/bathtub. If you are at all like me, you probably hate cleaning the shower. First, there’s the scrubbing. Then, there’s the smell, its awful. And finally, there’s the harsh chemicals. This DIY shower cleaner takes care of all three of those issues, well…you might need a little elbow grease still. Continue reading “DIY Green Shower Cleaner”