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Greening up My Apartment & City Dwelling: Phase 1

Although I've never been one much for "New Year's Resolutions," this year, I've been doing a lot of thinking about my way of "green living" and am dedicated to step it up a notch in 2012.  Since leaving the ranch and the idyllic Montana country girl life I grew up with and transitioning over the last 7 or 8 years to apartment life and city dwelling, there have been many aspects of what I deemed green living that I simply gave up on or didn't think to see if they were feasible.  The biggest is gardening.  Without endless acres at my fingertips, and in fact, not a blade of grass that I can put my name to, I sadly simply stopped thinking of growing green things, of watering tender plants and plucking stubborn weeds.  Composting followed shortly behind it.  I grew up with a large "compost pile" just over the fence and down the hill and that seemed natural and easy enough, but how could I compost in an apartment, and even more, why would I compost in an apartment?  Turns out, I don't need to give up either one of those, and in 2012, I don't plan to any longer!.  Here's what I plan to do in "Phase 1" of my Green Up.... read more

UPcycling Your Pumpkins!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been seeing the term upcycling all over the place lately, despite not being quite sure why the new trendy word.  In fact, it wasn’t until just recently when I finally searched the definition that it started to make sense, and I kinda got really excited about it!  (And since we’re talking upcycling pumpkins here, I thought you might like to know what it is too…)  Upcycling, at its basic core: is to reuse something in a way that cretes something of higher value or quality than what it started as.  Oooh!  Snazzy!  Instead of getting rid of something in a better way (recyling), here’s to a creating a whole new and improved item!  Love it.  So, since it’s October and we here in the U.S. are about to burn through approximately 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin, I thought it only appropriate to offer you some UPcycling ideas.  (Otherwise that’s a whole lotta pumpkin sitting in landfills…)... read more

Green Game Day Recipes!

When I sat down to write for Keen for Green today, I was originally going to do a piece on the top tips for greening up those fall tailgates this year, but upon a little perusal, I think they’ve already got that covered!  Between advising you to find local beer, or even better, brewing your own and an awesome article on the best tips for how to throw a fantastically green barbecue, there’s not much left!  (Of course as long as you can get yourself to the game with a barbecue in tote and a cooler full of your beverages, that is.)  In light of that, I thought I’d take a different direction and go strictly food.  Because, truth be told: I don’t drink nor do I watch football, so game days are, for me, 100% about the food.  And to be completely honest, I’d much rather “watch” from the comfort of my own home with a bowl of chili and a hunk of freshly buttered cornbread than stand outside in unpredictable weather with a possibly semi-burnt hotdog in hand.  In case I’m not alone (c’mon ladies!), here are some of my very favorite green game day recipe recommendations.... read more

You’re Green, Sure. But is Your Dog?

 

green dogs beaglesSo, chances are, if you’re reading this site, that you’re pretty green, or maybe you think you are, or at least you’re trying to be.  And, honestly, that’s more than half the battle.  And, if you think you aren’t but you want to be, that’s still more than half the battle.  But, for the sake of this article, I’m just going to assume you’re green and you’re taking care of yourself and your home in that way.  But, what I’ve seen far too often, is that the family Fido gets left out.  He still eats a mixture of who knows what (Ol’ Roy or the drugstore variety of food?).  His bowls are plastic, his bed is made from the local Petsmart variety, and his walks are sparse.... read more

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