3 recipes to love all summer long

When I think of summer, I think about 3 things: the beach, booze and food. Maybe you don’t love food as much as I do (doubtful), but when it comes to preparing my summer meals, I want something fresh and simple. Today I thought I would share three of my fave recipes that require little clean up and will satisfy your cravings. These are perfect for the “non-cook”, a.k.a those of us who prefer not to get our hands dirty in the kitchen. Continue reading “3 recipes to love all summer long”

Millennials and the Great Outdoors

Netflix. iPhones. Snapchat. Alexa (love that girl). With all of this crazy, awesome technology, its a wonder that anyone leaves their house anymore! I mean – I can have my coffee, groceries, mascara AND medication delivered to my doorstep with the click of a button as I sit comfortably on my couch binge watching Orange is the New Black (how amazing was this season btw?!). Pretty convenient I’d say. But even though there are tons of people out there spending more time with their Siri app and Hulu subscriptions than with their own families, I have come to realize that something pretty amazing is happening with us “millennials”. We are utilizing these incredible resources and getting the HELL out of dodge. That’s right, I believe that millennials have come to appreciate travel, and the outdoors much more than the generations before us.  Continue reading “Millennials and the Great Outdoors”

Save the Environment in 6 Easy Steps

Want to become a “greenie superhero”? Of COURSE you do! To truly make a difference and protect our beautiful environment, we cannot just sit around and wait for someone else to come up with answers. Instead, we must create our own solutions and start making changes to our lifestyle NOW. Don’t worry – we aren’t asking you to quit your job, move off the grid and forage for food. You can help save the environment by implementing these 6 habits into your lifestyle routine. Intrigued? You should be. Continue reading “Save the Environment in 6 Easy Steps”

7 Low-Maintenance Houseplants

I have what some professional gardener’s may call a “brown thumb”. When it comes to designing bouquets or picking the most beautiful flowers for our tiny garden, I have a gift – an “eye” for color and aesthetic. However, I cannot seem to keep my plants alive. Mr. GGC is the green thumb – he knows how to plant and tend to our succulents, Black-eyed Susan, and indoor spider plants. Being an environmentalist (a “greenie” as we like to call it), I think there is something really beautiful and calming about bringing the outdoors inside of the home. Many of my decorative pieces are fake – and though they are pleasing to the eye – we are missing out on two very important factors: scent and air purification. So what are the best, fool-proof indoor plants for the “horticulturally challenged?” Continue reading “7 Low-Maintenance Houseplants”

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”

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”