Sunday, May 3, 2015

$500 Disney Gift Card Sweepstakes!

Celebrating Mother's Day with MPM 
and a $500 Disney Gift Card Sweepstakes

Where will this magic take you? 

Big thank you to all the fabulous co-hosting blogs: Memoirs of a Clueless Woman, Our Piece of Earth, PictureIt Creations, How Does Your Garden Grow?, Kelly's Lucky You, The Main Street Moms, An Organised Life, Flour On My Face, A Medic's World, Simply Sherryl, The Mommy Nest, Jenns Blah Blah Blog and The Lovebug Collection. Make sure you stop by and say hi! 

Since I know many of you are planning Disney vacations this year, I decided to participate in this giveaway just for you! I have high hopes someone in the Green Grandma community walks away with this fantastic prize. But you can't win if you don't enter... so enter away! And good luck!

Sweepstakes Rules: Ends on June 3, 2015. Open to valid residents of the US only, ages 18+. Void where prohibited by law. Only one entrant per household may enter. 

Sweepstakes is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest or Instagram in any way. Blog participants are not responsible for prize delivery. For questions concerning this sweepstake or to be sponsor in an upcoming MPM Network event, please email

Saturday, May 2, 2015

$150 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Thanks for joining us in this $150 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway! 

I don't know about you, but I can always use a few extra bucks. Tax time hit hard this year in our house and after my husband's heart attack in February, our medical bills started piling up. Finances. Ack!

That's why I'm happy to be a part of this giveaway because one lucky entrant is going to have $150 to spend on necessities or luxuries... your choice. What a nice choice that will be!

Now for the giveaway!  

One lucky winner will receive a $150 (USD) Amazon Gift Card. 

One entrant per IP address/household. 18 and up only. Void where prohibited. Winner will be chosen via the Giveaway Tools form and will have 48 hours to claim theiar prize once emailed. Giveaway ends 5/17/2015 at 11:59pm ET. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Vinegar Friday! Cleaning the yuckies out of your dishwasher


It's Vinegar Friday!

Today, we're talking dishwasher. As in dirty dishwasher. When is the last time you actually cleaned your dishwasher?

What do you mean 'cleaned?' you ask. Don't I clean it every time I run it?

Unfortunately, no. Every time you run your dishwasher, you dirty it up a bit. Food scraps cling to the drain and, if you've taken the time to notice, it simply isn't sparkly anymore. 

Since it's Vinegar Friday, you probably already know what I'm going to tell you. But here goes:

Every month or so, after you empty your dishwasher, pull out the bottom rack and reach in and clear the drain of all those yucky food scraps that have accumulated since the last time you cleaned it. You do realized they not only lay there breeding bacteria, but they also can clog the drain and affect the way your dishwasher cleans your dishes. Eww.

Now grab your distilled white vinegar and pour one cup into a glass container and place it upright (of course!) on the top rack. Oh, and don't forget to put the bottom rack back in the dishwasher. I don't want someone tripping over it or something.

Run the empty dishwasher through a cycle with hot water. I know it seems wasteful, especially in areas where water usage is restricted, but it is important to keep your machine operating at its full efficiency. Maybe in those areas, you might want to cut back to doing this every other month or so.

Now, you'd think that would be good enough. And maybe it is. But if you want to take it one step further in the cleaning/deodorizing arena, there's one more step. This time, I want you to grab your baking soda. If you're like me, it's not one of those little yellow boxes, but rather a monster bag of baking soda from the big box store. We use a lot of baking soda here.

Sprinkle the baking soda onto the floor of the dishwasher, close it up, and punch in the short cycle button (or turn to it on the dial). That's it. Your dishwasher will be so clean, you'll want to show it off when company comes over. Seriously. 

I wish I'd taken before and after pictures, but I didn't and it's not that time of the month yet. 

Keeping it green and clean with vinegar,

For more vinegar tips, check out my book, GREEN GRANDMA'S VINEGAR FRIDAYS.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Free wood chip mulch delivered to your house? There’s an app for that!

Image by Lilla Frerichs

Spring is the time when many of us are out buying mulch to spread around our trees and bushes. Wouldn't it be nice to have that mulch delivered directly to your door for free? Well, thanks to a Kickstarter program, that's now a possibility.

When we use wood chip mulch, it helps hold moisture and adds nutrients back into the soil. That means less watering.

I was contacted about this new Kickstarter project and decided to back it enthusiastically. Why? Because it not only provides the simplest way to request a load of free wood chip mulch, but it also saves diesel fuel and keeps mulch out of our already overloaded landfills. It's a win-win. 

Mark Russell, I.S.A. Certified Arborist and the project's founder explains:

Since 1997, I've delivered mulch across the city to the dump sites, all the while knowing that I was passing people who would love it. The problem was the inefficiency of tree services maintaining their own separate in-house mulch request lists. I realized that we needed one centralized list for maximum efficiency. So we built Phase One and people love it.

The Free Mulch app from is the fastest way for clients to get their mulch. It saves the tree service time and fuel, and for every connection the app makes, it prevents the needless waste of an average of two to five gallons of fuel, and keeps 12-30 cubic yards of valuable material out of the landfill!

Check out the Kickstarter project here and sign up for a load of free wood chip mulch here

This is a seriously cool thing, don't you think? It gets two green thumbs up from me.

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