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arbor day: 5 tree planting techniques

National Arbor Day is Friday April 25, and there is no better way to celebrate than by adding a tree to your yard this spring. Trees make great additions to our homes. They can offer shade in warmer climates, protection from wind in harsher climates, beautiful fruits and flowers, and even add to the property value of your home. Trees not only belong to our individual homes

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arbor day: tree planting awareness

Did you know that healthy trees add an average of 10% to a property’s value? Not only that, but properly placed trees can reduce air conditioning needs by as much as 30%! Arbor Day is the last 

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national park week: learn how to get invovled

This week is National Park Week and you can celebrate by becoming a volunteer at your local park. There are a number of ways for you to participate, including park cleanup, working at visitor centers, or joining research projects. There are more than 

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23 ways to go green the simple way

Going ‘green’ is the latest trend for homeowners and is surprisingly simpler then you could imagine. 

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the grass can actually be greener

Every neighborhood I’ve ever lived in, and I’m sure probably every neighborhood in the world, has that one guy and his yard. You know who I’m talking about. The guy whose lawn bursts forth in verdant splendor the minute the snow melts, while yours looks

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how to make the most of april showers

We’re all familiar with the old adage April showers bring May flowers, and even though I really do enjoy those flowers in the spring, sometimes the dark clouds, colder temperatures and wet hair can really bring a girl down. Luckily, I’ve been thinking about how to make the most of these rainy springtime days

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simply smarter ways to keep america beautiful

The environment gets a lot of love in April. You’re probably already familiar with Earth Day, which is held annually on April 22. But did you know that April is also Keep America Beautiful Month.

Founded more than 60 years ago

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online shopping 101

There are some things that I am just not good at in life. I am a pretty terrible housekeeper, I am even worse at sewing, and I am a pitiful athlete. But I am one lean mean online shopping machine.

Not all online shoppers are created equally. It’s kind of like a sport, online shopping. The more you do it, the more

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alternative energy of the future

The Back to the Future movies promised us a lot of technology that was supposed to be here by now. Even if we don’t have hover boards yet, you would think we would have at least developed more 

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earth hour: the one hour annual event

Have you heard about Earth Hour? It’s a one hour annual event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature to engage people in a conversation about energy use. They do this by encouraging people all over the world to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour. This year it’s happening 

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3 steps to de-winterizing your lawn for spring

Yards certainly take a beating during cold, harsh winters. In order to get the most out of your lawn in the spring and summer months, there are ways to prep your lawn in early spring so that you have a lush green lawn all summer long. As an added incentive, you’ll be saving

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national cleaning week: go green

National Cleaning Week is March 23–29, and you can bet you’ll be finding me doing some serious spring cleaning. Recently I’ve been becoming more and more interested in finding cleaning products that will do the job but are a little kinder to the Earth

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10 cool ways to use home automation

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first day of spring

It’s finally here, oh spring how much I have missed you! This winter has been a doosey for most of the country, so spring is definitely being met with open arms.  I was finally able to enjoy

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happy birthday yellowstone!

Time to break out your party hats and hiking boots! March 1st marks an important day in our nation’s history as good old Yellowstone Park turns 142 years old. The very first land to be designated as protected parkland

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gardening in the winter

Whether you have a green thumb or not, you can’t help but feel like anything remotely looking like spring would be a friendly face in a month such as February. Luckily, bringing a bit of lush green flora around the home won’t be too much trouble

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gotta get ahead: how to set up recycling for the spring

It really feels like winter will never end, but spring is finally only a few weeks away and that means it’s never to early to gear up for spring cleaning. If you are like me, once I start, I just can’t stop. One drawer turns into my kitchen getting a complete

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how to remodel your home in a green way

There are a ton of things to consider in a home remodel. Determining a budget, finding the right contractor, and deciding on every last detail of exactly how you want your home to look. If you’re considering

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show the library some love

When it comes to reading at our house, we are a bunch of regular bookworms.  I used to fly through a few novels a week, and now my time is spent getting to know the adventures of Curious George, Dr. Seuss, and

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recycling gun parts

Wondering how seized bullet casings can become the next big trend in upcycled jewelry?  Meet Caliber, the company dedicated to transforming guns and bullet casings seized by law enforcement into beautiful jewelry.

Founded by Jessica Mindich, who heads up Jewelry for a Cause, Caliber has taken gun parts from Newark, New Jersey, and Pittsburg, California, and transformed them into wearable art benefiting

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green ways to read

If you love to read, you understand the excitement of cracking open a brand new book. The corners are still crisp and paper smells freshly printed. But if you’re

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goodbye incandescent bulbs…

The time has come to say goodbye to incandescent bulbs in Canada and hello to LEDs and other energy efficient bulbs. January 1, 2014, marked the official day of new standards being introduced in terms of energy use and light bulbs

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recycle-a-bicycle

Last year I made a big purchase for a girl who lives in a small studio apartment: I bought a bike. It now lives in my kitchen waiting for those first hints of warm weather when I can break her out and bike down Riverside Park on a perfect spring day

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spreadin’ the word about solar

Lets be honest, most of us spend our YouTube usage surfing videos of cats dressed in costumes, LeBron James dancing the Harlem Shake, and Miley Cyrus coming in like a wreaking ball. Clearly YouTube surfing is a productive way to spend our time and every now and then we stumble across a clip of film that is a more altruistic, informative, or just gives us the warm fuzzies inside.

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ways to save energy at home

Going green doesn’t just mean switching from plastic bags to reusable ones or driving a hybrid car, it also means being energy conscious at home too.

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energy efficient ways to keep pets warm outside

While it’s true that our pets have a bit more insulation from the cold than we do, it’s still important to help them keep warm in the winter.

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diy door snake roundup

Unless you’re lucky enough to live somewhere warm year-round, it’s that time of year when the weather turns bitter cold and it seems like winter may never end. I’m looking for any way to keep the cold air outside,

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driving with solar power

Would you drive a car powered by the sun? Ford has just announced the new C-MAX Solar Energi Concept, a first-of-its-kind, sun-powered concept vehicle.

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be fit and green in 2014

January is so full of potential, isn’t it? I love the clean slate, the planning, and the opportunity to set some new goals.

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going green in 2014: it has a nice ring to it, right?

There are so many advances that are picking up speed in the going-green movement.

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