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Archives for November 2012

Oklahoma Eco Gift Guide

It’s hard to believe that Christmas will be here in less than a month! Holiday shopping can be stressful so we put together a few gift ideas to help you out. All of these gifts come from locally owned stores and many are even locally made. What better way to share some holiday cheer than to shop local and help support our state?

Soap for Goodness Sake has many great holiday scented soaps that would make great gifts. Some scents you will find are peppermint, pumpkin spice, fir and peppermint, and more. Many are even currently on sale.

Theraganics has all kinds of wonderful natural bath and body products that would be great for anyone on your list. One that is sure to be a hit is their Foaming Sugar Scrub. Their products can be found online or at their store in Tulsa in the Farm Shopping Center.

Native Roots Market in Oklahoma City has a lot of great items for gifts. Including the beautiful, local poinsettias seen above. Native Roots Market is located in Deep Deuce in downtown OKC.

Green Bambino in Oklahoma City is known for cloth diapers but they carry so much more, including great gifts. You will find gifts for moms and kids, like the super cute Ergo Baby Doll Carrier.

Someone on your list into vintage clothing and accessories? Check out Muse Studio Vintage for cute pieces like the 60’s vintage sweater above. Shop online or in store if you are in the Ardmore area.

SHOPGOOD in Oklahoma City is full of great gifts like the “Can’t Steal Our Thunder” shirt above. You can shop online or at their store in OKC.

Did you know we have our own store? We do and we have great shirts like the one above to show your support for shopping local.

These are just a few of the options you can find locally for your holiday shopping. Be sure to check out our business directory to find more shops near you. And share great green finds you have found locally in the comments below or on our Facebook page. Locally owned businesses feel free to share as well!



Local Eco-friendly Black Friday Deals

Instead of waiting in long lines in big box stores this shopping weekend, go to your locally owned stores, which often have less crowds and still have great deals. Shopping local is a great way to support your community. As we find eco-friendly deals around the state we will post them here, keep checking back all weekend.

Bouncing Woolies (online)- Sale on dryer balls.

Greenhouse (Ardmore)- Lots of great sales, see their Facebook page for more info.

Theraganics (Tulsa)- Their Woodland Hills Mall kiosk opens at 12:01am black Friday! Stop by, upper level by Teavana. FREE gift with purchase.

Roots & Wings (Ada)- Huge Black Friday sale, opens at 6 a.m. on Friday.

New (11/24 3:30 PM/CT)

Green Bambino (OKC)- Lots of great deals for Small Business Saturday.

The Changing Table (OKC)- “Scratch off Sale today and tomorrow (and Monday online). All purchases are 5-40% off. We have the new Rockin Green holiday scent: Cran-Siberian Pomegranate $11 for Classic and $12 for Hard Rock. Fuzzi Bunz Elite are B4G2F. BumGenius Freetime are B5G1F. 25% off all S3 Creations, The Peaceful Housewife and Okie Scents. The Scratch off Sale can be combined with these promotions.”

Shop GOOD (OKC)- Use code “spreadcheer” online and get 20% off, now-Nov. 26th. Also visit the store for Small Business Saturday.

Green Goodies by Tiffany (OKC)- Buy 1 cupcake, get one free on Saturday.

Remember to keep checking back for more deals and if you have found one please post in the comments below or share on the Facebook page. If you want to find some other online deals, check out Retro Housewife Goes Green’s Green Friday deals. Hope you are having a great holiday weekend!

Five Reasons to be Grateful for Living in Oklahoma

With Thanksgiving just a few days away it’s time to think about all the things we are grateful for. If you are trying to live an eco-friendly life in Oklahoma there are many reasons to be thankful this year.

  • Oklahoma is one of the top 10 states for wind energy potential. In 2011, Oklahoma ranked 8th for installed wind energy capacity. This is great for our environment and for Oklahoma’s economic future.
  • Our state is graphically very diverse. “Oklahoma is one of four to harbor more than 10 distinct ecological regions, with 11 in its borders – more per square mile than in any other state.”- Wikipedia
  • Oklahoma is home to many great locally owned green businesses, ranging from natural food stores to organic restaurants.
  • Oklahoma is home to two universities that will soon have all of their energy needs met by renewable energy. Oklahoma Central University already is purchasing 100% wind energy and the University of Oklahoma has signed an agreement with OG&E to purchase 100% of their energy  from renewable sources by 2013.
  • Oklahoma is home to many great organic and natural farms. You can get a wide range of food locally in Oklahoma and we are seeing an increase in farms that are now certified organic or switching to organic farming practices.

These are just a few reasons to be grateful for living in Oklahoma. We would love to hear your reasons, post in the comments below or share on our Facebook page.



Natural Thanksgiving Recipes from Around the Web

Thanksgiving is this week! It’s hard to believe it’s already here. If you haven’t figured out what you are making yet, you are in luck. Below are lots of yummy recipes to try out this year. All of these recipes are natural and easy to make organically.

Garlic Lime Roasted Turkey with Cornbread Chorizo Stuffing, this turkey looks quite tasty. And the stuffing is sure to be so much better than a boxed stuffing.

Simple Roasted Turkey, this is a very classic roasted turkey recipe. It’s a great recipe if you are new to cooking the turkey.

Green Bean Casserole, no canned soup found on this ingredient list. In place of soup it uses homemade alfredo sauce for a unique twist on this classic Thanksgiving dish.

Mashed Potatoes, you will ban instead mashed potatoes in your house after making the real thing. Don’t forget the homemade gravy.

Company Sweet Potatoes, this recipe sounds quite easy and tasty.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Parmesan, this recipe has been getting rave reviews.

Cranberry Sauce, canned cranberry sauce has become a staple for many families but did you know making your own is super simple? It can be quite impressive to bring homemade cranberry sauce to your Thanksgiving dinner and you don’t have to tell anyone how easy it really was.

Cran-Applesauce, another great option for homemade cranberry sauce.

Pumpkin Bread, don’t feel like making a pumpkin pie but want a pumpkin dessert? Why not try this quick bread? The recipe makes three loaves so it’s great for a crowd.

Pumpkin Brownies with Maple Glaze, here is another tasty looking pumpkin dessert that just screams fall.

Toasted Pecan Butter Cake, pecans are in season and a local favorite. Pecan pies are common around here but why not try something different this year with a Toasted Pecan Butter Cake?

Butternut Squash Pie, this award winning pie is sure to be a hit at your Thanksgiving meal.

Apple Cranberry Crumb Pie, a unique take on an apple pie that is even more festive.

And don’t forget your dogs this Thanksgiving, some leftovers will make your dogs tummy hurts. Skip table scraps and give them there own dog friendly treat, homemade sweet potato chew treat.

What’s on your Thanksgiving menu this year? Share below or join the conversation over on our Facebook page.

Symphony of Science- Our Biggest Challenge

A music video for the planet.