Monday, August 3, 2015

#RootedInChange -- Changing the way you shop for office supplies. PLUS a GIVEAWAY!


#RootedInChange is all about changing the way you shop for office supplies. Let's face it, the office supply market is one of the most offensive industries to those of us trying to live environmentally-friendly lives. By consciously choosing recycled products as much as possible, we can make a difference. 

Shoplet is taking it a step further by partnering with Trees for the Future. With their goal of planting 1 million trees, Shoplet has pledged to donate a tree on your behalf each and every time an order is placed on their website. Plus, by using the hashtag #RootedInChange on social media, Shoplet will plant an additional tree. To date, they've reached a milestone by helping plant over 191,000 trees with the help of their dedicated customers. So I thought it would be a good time for the Green Grandma community to jump on board. 

Seriously, what do you have to lose? After all, it doesn't cost you a thing to add a hashtag to your posts about caring for the environment, right? And when you're in the market for office supplies, you can check out Shoplet's Shop Green tab, where you can choose from over 100,000 recycled products!

In collaboration with Shoplet, I'm hosting an Office Production giveaway! Here's your chance to win eco-friendly products and help plant a tree!

Note: Items in Message Center not included with product
 The Organizer Pack includes:
  • Deluxe Message Center -- Made from 30% Post-consumer Recycled Content
  • B2P Gel Pen -- With 89% Total Recycled Material!
  • Wide Track Correction Tape -- With 70% Post-consumer Recycled Content
  • Post-it Pads in Marrakesh Colors

To Enter:

1)  Fill out the following Rafflecopter form
2)  Answer the following question in the comment section: How do you stay organized? **
3)  Share this blog post on your social media account(s) with the tag #RootedinChange
4)  Good luck!

**This option is mandatory. Each comment equals a tree being planted.

Contest Guidelines:

1)  Open to U.S. residents only
2)  Entrants must have a valid U.S. address and phone number
3)  Valid from 08/03/15 12:00 AM EST until 08/14/15 12:00 AM EST
4)  Shoplet reserves the right to change prize packages at their discretion

Shoplet hopes that by giving readers a chance to win eco-friendly products, they'll encourage people to continue recycling and reusing materials.

Please note: By entering the contest, you are agreeing to oblige by the terms and conditions set forth by Shoplet. They may use the information from the giveaway entry to send future social media happenings (ie. other giveaways they are hosting, what's happening on their Twitter/FB). These emails are not frequent and only relate to relevant topics. They will not be sending out email blasts about Shoplet's products or sales, unless you subscribe to their shopping email newsletter. You will also have the option to unsubscribe after the initial email. If you are not comfortable with this, please do not enter the giveaway.


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Friday, July 31, 2015

Know your snakes!

Recently, a man from my area was bitten by a rattlesnake while camping in Elk County. From what I understand, he was simply sitting by the campfire with his family when the snake bit him. Unfortunately, the bite was fatal.

This past week, a dog was bitten by a copperhead while walking with his owner along a local walking trail. He survived, but not without some scary moments.

I came across the following chart on the MD DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service Facebook page today and thought you might find it helpful. While I'm not frightened of snakes and actually like them, it's good to know which ones to steer clear of, right?

 
Be safe,


Thursday, July 30, 2015

TBT -- Chill Out!

For this week's Throwback Thursday and in honor of the 90+ degree whether we've been having lately, I decided to revisit a post from July 2011. I hope you find the info helpful. 

Image by Peter Griffin
 
Between the introduction into the world of hot flashes and night sweats and the insanely hot weather, I am desperate to find ways to cool down.
So you can imagine my delight when this month's Good Housekeeping magazine decided to address this very issue in an article.

Here's what I learned:

  • AC (no kidding). Keep it set between 70 -75 degrees when you're home. Set it to 80 degrees when you're not. Bottom line on this -- if you let your house get too hot, it will take a lot more energy to cool it down. But make sure you don't have any heat-producing devices (TVs, computers, lights, appliances, etc.) located close to your thermostat. Some of you may be gasping at the recommendation to set it so low while you're home. But for me and my hot flashes, that's just the way it is going to be. Note: If your central AC unit is more than 12 years old or if your portable unit has been hanging out the window for more than 10 seasons, you may want to consider replacing it. The result could be a 30% savings on your electric bill.
  • Location, location, location. If at all possible, put your portable AC units on the north side of your home. Or plant some nice shade trees near the unit. Keeping your AC out of the sun can lower your energy use between 10% and 25%.
  • Keep the shades drawn. When sunlight is streaming through your windows, the temp inside your home can rise by as much as 20 degrees. Whoa!
  • Turn on the fan. Circulating air feels 8 degrees cooler. But make sure you turn off the fans when you're not in the room. After all, they don't actually cool. They just make you feel cooler. If you don't have or don't want to use your AC, consider buying a couple of window fans -- one that pulls air in and another that blows air out.
  • Set up a dehumidifier or two. We actually have 3 running in our house.
  • Take a cool shower or lukewarm bath. Supposedly, this will cool your body 25 times faster than hanging out in the breeze. Make sure you run your exhaust fan for at least 20 minutes afterward to dry out the air.
  • Remove your plants. I know I'm always telling you to load up your rooms with plant in order to help remove toxins, but in the heat of the summer, they actually are counterproductive. Plants produce moisture, thus making your indoor air a bit more humid.
  • Grab a sterling silver dinner knife. According to Heloise, this old-fashioned (and green) trick is pretty effective. Simply press the flat part of the knife against the back of your neck or inside of your wrist. Since your blood vessels are close to the skin in those places, the cool metal will immediately cool them. No sterling in the house? Grab an ice cube instead. It's a bit messy, but it will work.
Uh oh. I feel a hot flash coming on. Think I'd head down to the silverware drawer. If you have any tips of your own to share, please do. I can use all the help I can get!

Trying to keep cool,

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Life Hacks to make life easier

We all love Life Hacks. Whenever I see them on Facebook, I'm eager to scroll through them to see what tidbits of life hack wisdom I can glean. So I thought I'd share a couple of my own that just might help you out a little in your everyday life.

This morning, I was preparing an egg casserole for my husband and my cousin who was visiting from Lancaster County and thought it was the perfect time to share these life hacks.

I have a little clip thingy (I don't know the technical name) from a scarf or something I bought awhile back. I found it's perfect for hanging on the handle of my cupboard in the kitchen whenever I'm preparing a dish from a recipe card. I just clip the card to it and it's right in front of me the whole time. Before implementing this idea, I was constantly misplacing the recipe card in the midst of putting together a meal. It would end up underneath an ingredient container or something. And it always ended up dirty from messy hands or spills. Genius, don't you think?


When it came time to grease the casserole dish, I just reached inside the fridge and pulled out a Kerrygold wrapper. You see, every time I unwrapped a hunk of Kerrygold butter, I noticed there was a decent amount of butter left behind on the inside of the wrapper. Then it dawned on me: save it and use it to grease pans and casseroles. So that's what I do. And it works perfectly. How's that for a "green" life hack?




There you go. I'd love to hear some of your favorite life hacks. Please feel free to share them in the comments below.

Wishing you a magical day,


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