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”

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)”

How to keep ourselves & our children safe from toxic chemicals?

Allergenic preservative methylisothiazolinone. Sodium borate (borax). Isothiazolinone preservatives. Fancy words for toxic chemicals that can disrupt our hormones and damage our reproductive organs. We are exposed to these toxins from household products on a daily basis. So what does this mean for our health, and for the health of future generations (i.e. our children)? Continue reading “How to keep ourselves & our children safe from toxic chemicals?”

February: Another Going Green Couple Challenge Down

1 Month Going Meatless - What we learned

How this challenge impacted me (Mrs. GGC)

The February challenge has been interesting to say the least. It has certainly had its ups and downs! Let me start off by saying that going meatless was actually quite easy. I have not experienced any cravings and I have enjoyed experimenting with different vegetarian meals. Tempeh is one of my new favorite ingredients – I cook it up and add it to salads and rice bowls. Chia seeds have also been great because they are an easy way to up the protein and fiber quality of any dish. Continue reading “February: Another Going Green Couple Challenge Down”