5 Mosquito Repellent Plants

Mrs. GGC here – raise your hand if you are sick and tired of getting eaten alive by pesky mosquitos every summer? I dread that first muggy night when the bloodthirsty bastards come out to play. Mr. GGC tries to act cute, joking about how they only come for me because I’m oh so sweet. Love you boo, but this is no joking matter! Mosquitos have ruined too many BBQs and outdoor parties for me, and its about time that we stop the madness. I hate bug spray — it stinks, its sticky and it rarely works. Citronella candles? HAH – what a joke. I could walk outside in a turtle neck, high socks and jeans, and I would STILL end up with bites all over me. What am I to do? Look to Mother Nature to help a girl out.  Continue reading “5 Mosquito Repellent Plants”

DIY Composting for a Healthy Garden

Well, Mr. GGC was back for 1 post, and just like that he needs another break. Preface: he’s okay, thank goodness. On Friday, he was involved in a car accident (passenger) – everyone made it out okay, except for the car. He has some whiplash and possibly a small concussion, so no more writing for him for a few days at least. Mamma mia! Life certainly is a crazy ride.

But back to the purpose of this post – reducing waste and keeping your garden healthy through composting. Now, I know what you are probably thinking: composting? That’s a lot of work. That’s gross. I don’t wanna…Though making compost takes some patience, it is actually a simple process that just makes sense! Why throw your vegetable and plant scraps away when you can use them to help your garden grow? Continue reading “DIY Composting for a Healthy Garden”

7 Eco Friendly Tips For A Better Garden

Hello fellow Greenies, Mr. GGC is back! I’ve finished my first year of law school so I’m back to the blog for the whole summer. I missed writing and Tweeting and I’m happy to be back. Spring is here and it’s time to get outside and get your garden ready. I have a “greenish” thumb but I’m always looking for ways to grow greener, healthier plants.

This year we’re ditching all of the chemical laden garden products for more eco friendly options. To get your garden off to a green start we’ve compiled 7 eco friendly tips for a better garden. Give them a try and share your results in our comments section below and on social media @goingreencouple using #ecofriendlygarden. Continue reading “7 Eco Friendly Tips For A Better Garden”

What You Need To Know About Lyme disease

I hate Mother Nature right now. Sorry, but its true! About a week ago, our beautiful corgi Luna started acting weird. She couldn’t really walk up the steps, she didn’t want to play, she would shake uncontrollably and eventually, she began to feel pain in her limbs that made it impossible to pick her up. She would let out this awful shriek that literally left my in tears. Long story short, the vet thinks Luna has Lyme disease. So that got me thinking about how many people and animals are impacted by this disease. Mr. GGC and I never worried about it before, but now we want to learn as much as we can in hopes that we can keep our puppy, and ourselves safe in the future. Continue reading “What You Need To Know About Lyme disease”

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)”