5 QUICK tips for going green

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Green Works. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and promotional item as a thank you for participating.

I think our family is pretty eco-friendly and we try to live “green” as much as we can. Sometimes the idea of going green can be overwhelming or you think it’s too time consuming or too expensive. I feel your pain! Some aspects of it certainly can be… so ya know what? You do what you can. Every little bit makes a difference and little bits add up.

Especially as a mom of two toddlers, also working from home, I don’t have a lot of time to make homemade everything… we decide what’s most important for OUR family and work on that. With two small ones in the house, we mainly focus on what goes on their skin and in their bodies. We try to stay “green” with cleaners, bath and body items, and food.

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  1. COMPOST. Okay, that might sound scary, but it’s not. It’s really easy. We actually created our own compost in our last backyard with some chicken wire and posts, but they even sell rotating bins you can buy… it really can’t get easier! Think of how much food and natural waste you throw away or down your drain every day… just throw it in your compost instead and get great fertilizer for your plants! We even have a mini composter in our kitchen to cut down on the number of trips to the outdoor one.
  2. RECYCLE. We have one of those dual trash bins in our kitchen. One compartment is for trash and one compartment is for recycling–that way we don’t have to make an extra trip to the garage just to recycle something (because then it wouldn’t happen as often). When we started, the smaller bin was used for recycling. Now, we’ve realized we can recycle SO MUCH of what we use, the trash bin is now the small one…. we recycle most!
  3. TURN THE LIGHTS OFF. Even our 3-year-old has this habit down pat. If I actually forget, he’ll remind me! Open the blinds and use natural sunlight during the day, turn lights off when you leave a room, and this goes for small appliances, too–unplug them when not in use. Turn your computer off overnight. Turn the faucet off when brushing your teeth. Small, quick, easy things!
  4. CLEAN GREEN. Your skin is your largest organ and what goes ON your skin goes IN your body! We especially want to protect our little ones from toxic chemicals. I don’t have time to make my own and I don’t want to spend a fortune, either. We’ve found a nice middle ground with Green Works (99% natural).
  5. REUSABLE BAGS. I have a lot of reusable shopping bags–you can buy them in packs for not very much, especially considering you get to use them over and over! I also LOVE the options at Thirty-One, like I use the large utility tote in my trunk to carry in a bunch of grocery bags (yes, a bag for my bags!), it’s great!

See? 5 super simple steps you can start using almost immediately to make changes. Then come the next steps 😉 like having your own garden, collecting rainwater, etc. But… baby steps! And to help you get started, Green Works is having a GAME on pinterest where you can win a $500 gift card!!! It’s super easy to enter, check out their pinterest page! I created my “GreenWorks Games” board and hope to check out yours, too! Quick, it ends Tuesday, October 2nd (11:59pm PT)!

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Green Works. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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