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Delicious Infused Water Recipes

Need to drink more water? Try these infused water recipes to help make your water taste amazing!

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Drinking enough water has been shown to help prevent all kinds of health problems, yet most of us still aren’t drinking enough. Infused water can help encourage us to drink more by making our water taste amazing.

Benefits of Drinking Water

  • Reduces risk of osteoporosis.
  • It boosts metabolism.
  • Helps prevent kidney stones.
  • Reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
  • May reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Can reduce fatigue and increase energy.

How to Increase Water Intake

  • Keep it with you. Using a water bottle that you can easily take with you can help remind you to keep drinking.
  • Drink a glass before each meal and snack. This habit can help remind you to drink water and quickly get you to your necessary intake level.
  • Drink a glass first thing in the morning. Many benefits have been shown for drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning, including increasing your metabolism.
  • Skip the soda. Drinking soda makes us less likely to drink the amount of water we need and can be very harmful to our health.
  • Eat more produce. Fresh produce contains a lot of water and can help you get all the water you need.
  • Use an app. There are a lot of great apps out there that remind you to drink water. Daily Water is one good option.
  • And of course, infused water can also help encourage you to drink more water. The recipes below are some great ones to try but you can also create your own flavors.

Infused Water Recipes

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Infused water recipes, drink more water, flavored water

Infused water recipes, drink more water, flavored water

Infused water recipes, drink more water, flavored water

Infused water recipes, drink more water, flavored water

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Cleaning with Essential Oils

Like to make your own non-toxic homemade cleaners? Cleaning with essential oils is a great way to up your cleaning game and leave your home smelling great. 

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Essential oils are everywhere these days. They are great for diffusing and making your house smell great but did you know they are great for using in homemade non-toxic cleaning products as well?

Conventional cleaners can contain harmful ingredients. Making your own is a great way to control what ingredients you are using and save money over the often pricey natural cleaners.

The fragrance is one of the ingredients in cleaners that can be harmful to our families. It can contain all kinds of toxic things including phthalates, which may cause serious health problems including liver, kidney, lung, and reproductive system damage.

A safer way to scent your homemade non-toxic cleaners is by using essential oils. Essential oils can also have cleaning properties that make your cleaners more effective.

Essential Oil Homemade Cleaners

There are many great essential oil cleaner recipes out there, these are just a few to get you started. You will find everything from toilet cleaners to reusable “Swiffer” mop pads.

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Commonly Used Essential Oils

These are some of the essential oils often used in natural homemade cleaner recipes. It’s a great place to start with your collectoin of essential oils.



Additional Essential Oil Resources

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Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips

Trying to live a more eco-friendly life? These eco-friendly laundry tips are not only better for the environment they also save you money. 

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The average American family washes 300 loads of laundry a year. That’s a lot of energy and water used. It also almost $300 a year just on water and energy costs.

With a few changes, you can save money and help the environment. You also want to consider making changes that make your laundry less toxic for your family.

Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips



  • Use white vinegar instead of fabric softeners. Many fabric softeners contain harmful ingredients and can also build up on your clothes and machine. White vinegar is cheaper and safer.
  • Use dryer balls. Dryer balls help soften your clothes, remove static, and speed up drying time.
  • Choose more efficient machines. When you replace your washer look for Energy Star washers and more efficient dryers. They can save you a lot of money over time.
  • Line dry your clothes when possible. Line drying is better for your clothes, saves on energy costs, and can even help whiten your whites. There are so many benefits to line drying.
  • Wash your clothes less often. If you wore something for a short time and it isn’t actually dirt, hang it out to air out and re-wear it. Also, use your towels more than once.
  • Keep Lint Screens Clean. Removing lint with every load helps prevent fires and also helps reduce drying time.
  • Separate your loads properly. Washing heavy items together and lighter items together helps keep a more uniform drying time.
  • Don’t over-dry. Over-drying is not only an energy waster but it’s also hard on your clothes. Many dryers now have sensors to stop the dryer when the closets are dry. If your dryer has this option use it.
  • Do full loads. Try to stick to doing full loads only. Even with more efficient washers that adjust the water level, you will save water by doing full loads.

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DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Avoid the waste and stress of buying Valentine’s Day gifts and try these eco-friendly, DIY Valentine’s Day gifts instead. 

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Valentine’s Day is coming up and it can be a day that costs a lot of money and comes with a lot of waste but it doesn’t have to. One way to reduce waste and save money is making your own eco-friendly Valentine’s Day gifts.

There are so many great ideas out there with something for everyone on your list. And homemade gifts come from the heart and can be a lot more special than a store-bought, generic gift.

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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6 Foods to Avoid During Cedar Season

Cedar pollen season is here. If you find yourself dealing with some new food allergies it may be oral allergy syndrome. Learn how to stop the symptoms.

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If you are currently experiencing allergies it’s likely due to tree pollen, mainly cedar pollen. Cedar allergies affect people usually November through April with the heaviest levels of pollen occurring in December, January, and February.

In Oklahoma “tree season” starts with Mountain Cedar pollen and is later followed by Eastern Red Cedar pollen. It can cause a lot of problems for allergy suffers.

Cedar pollen is very common in Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic has been showing a rise in the pollen counts lately.

The reaction to cedar pollen is sometimes called cedar fever. The symptoms are similar to hay fever which is usually caused by ragweed pollen.

Symptoms of cedar fever include-

  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Cough
  • Sinus and facial pain and pressure
  • Headaches
  • Decreased sense of taste or smell
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
  • While cedar fever doesn’t cause a fever, inflammation triggered by the allergic reaction can cause a slightly elevated temperature

Treatments include antihistamines, corticosteroids, allergy shots, decongestants, and other over-the-counter and prescription medications.

Another way you can help reduce your systems is by eliminating some foods that may be causing you to have Oral allergy syndrome.

Oral allergy syndrome is caused by cross-reacting allergens found in pollen and in raw vegetables, fruits, seeds, and tree nuts. The immune system recognizes similar proteins found in these foods and causes an allergic reaction to it. Cooked forms of the foods don’t often cause the same issue.

It’s estimated that up to a third of pollen allergy patients suffer from oral allergy syndrome. Most cases are mild but it can cause serious, even life-threatening reactions.

Treatments for oral allergy syndrome include treating the underlying allergy with sublingual immunotherapy, antihistamines to control symptoms temporarily, and it’s also important to avoid symptom-causing foods, especially during peak allergy season.

Common oral allergy syndrome triggers for cedar pollen suffers include-

  • Apple
  • Cherry
  • Bell Peppers
  • Kiwi
  • Paprika
  • Tomato

If you eat these foods take note of any symptoms after. This can be helpful for your doctor to help figure out if you have oral allergy syndrome or if your symptoms are a food allergy.

The most common symptoms of oral allergy syndrome include-

  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Tingling in the back of your throat
  • Itchy or swollen lips
  • Scratchiness on the roof of your mouth

If you notice any of these reactions be sure to let your doctor know and avoid the food. You can also avoid these foods as a precaution, as you may not be able to notice they are making your allergies worse.

Be sure to check the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic’s website to stay up-to-date on current pollen counts.

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Organic Food on a Budget

Eating organic food doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. These are great tips for eating healthy food on a budget. 

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Eating organic food is better for us and the planet. Organic food is grown without harmful pesticides and usually is better for the environment. Some studies have shown some organic food to have higher nutritional value as well.

Cost is often what stands in people’s way when they want to eat more organic food. While organic food doesn’t always cost more it often does. While the increased cost may be worth it not everyone is in a place where they can add the added cost to their budget.

As organic food has become more popular the cost is down and there are more ways to save. Now more people can afford to add organic food into their budget.

How to Eat Organic Food on a Budget

  • Eat at home more often. This will help you save overall because eating out can be very expensive. This is also better for your health. One thing that can help you eat at home more often is meal planning. Try this free guide to meal planning or if you’d rather have it done for you, check out Eat At Home meal plans. They even have a no flour/no sugar plan.
  • Buy grains in bulk. Stores like Native Roots Market, Whole Foods, and Sprouts have a great selection of bulk foods.
  • Eat less meat. Meat can be very expensive and most of us eat too much of it. You don’t have to go vegetarian just try adding more meatless meals to your diet. One great way to do this is, Meatless Monday.
  • Learn what is most import to buy organically. Check out the Dirty Dozen to find what produce is most important to buy organically.
  • Eat seasonally. Produce is cheaper when it’s in-season so learn to eat in-season produce. Frozen fruits and veggies are a good choice when the food is out of season in your area.
  • Be careful not to waste food. American’s waste around 27 percent of the food available for consumption. Making sure you aren’t throwing away food will help you save. Meal planning can also help reduce food waste.
  • Grow your own food. You don’t have to have farmland to grow your own food. Even a few pots with some favorite produce can help you save.
  • Check out local CSA’s, farmer’s markets and co-ops. You can often get better prices by going straight to the source.
  • Buy less packaged food. Packaged food almost always costs more than making it yourself. This also helps cut down on waste.
  • Use coupons. There are a fair number of coupons out there for organic food. Check out Saving with Organic Coupons for more.
  • Use apps to save money. There are some great apps that you can submit your receipt to and earn cash back. It’s a great way to save a little extra money.
  • Shop Online. Use online services like Thrive Market and Amazon Prime Pantry to find good deals on organic food.

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Following these tips can help you buy more organic food without breaking your budget. Do you have any tips to share on saving on organic food? If so please share them in the comments below.

Gluten-Free Holiday Treats

A gluten-free diet doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy treats during the holidays. Try these gluten-free holiday treat recipes, you are sure to love them!

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The holidays are full of delicious treats, cookies, cakes, pies, and more. If you are avoiding gluten it can be hard to be around all of these treats.

Having gluten-free holiday treats available makes the holidays more fun. Even if you aren’t gluten-free you likely know someone that is and having these recipes on hand is great in case you are going to a party or want to bake a fun treat for your gluten-free friend.

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Additional Resources: 6 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Holiday Party

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Additional Resource: 101 Christmas Cookies Recipes

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Eco-Friendly Artificial Christmas Tree

Artificial Christmas trees may not be the most eco-friendly option but if you have one you can make it a bit more eco-friendly with these tips.

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There is something magical about a Christmas tree, especially when it’s all lit up at night and you turn off all of the other lights. My brother and I used to love laying under our tree and just looking up at it. We also used to sleep in the living room at least one night during the Christmas season, just so we could sleep with the Christmas lights on.

We had real Christmas trees the first couple of years of my life. However, my parents figured out I was allergic to the real trees and the rest of my childhood we had an artificial Christmas tree.

There are advantages and disadvantages to real versus artificial. From an environmental point of view live is likely best but from a homemaking point of view artificial likely wins. For me, there is no choice, artificial or an asthma attack. Any surprise that I stick with artificial?

If you go with a real tree be sure to try to get one locally, bonus green points if it’s potted. If you do choose to go with an artificial Christmas tree, there are ways to make it greener.

HOW TO GREEN YOUR ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE

  1. TAKE CARE OF IT.

    The best thing you can do is take care of your tree and get as much use out of it as possible. If you do decide to get a new tree when your old one still has some life in it, donate it. Many can’t afford a tree and would be happy to take your tree, even if it’s not perfect.

  2. VACUUM AND DUST OFTEN.

    Most artificial trees contain PVC which can contain lead and most lights also contain lead. Make sure to vacuum and wet dust the room the tree is in often to reduce lead exposure. Also, don’t let kids touch the tree and wash your hands well after handling it.

  3. CHOOSE A LOW PVC OR PVC-FREE TREE.

    PVC-free trees are hard to find and quite expensive. However, you are now seeing more trees that use more PE plastic in place of some of the PVC. Our tree is mostly PE with just some PVC. It’s from Balsam Hill and we are very happy with it. Look for the trees they call “most realistic.” The realistic branches are the non-PVC ones.

  4. USE LED LIGHTS.

    LED lights use less energy and last longer. They also put off less heat making them much safer. Remember, even LED Christmas lights can contain lead. Wash your hands after using them and don’t like kids handle them.

Want more green Christmas tips and to have a stress-free Christmas? Check out A Stress-Free Christmas: A Complete How-To Guide.

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Eco-Friendly Gift Guide

Need gift ideas for the people on your list? These eco-friendly gift ideas that are perfect for everyone on your list!

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Christmas can mean a lot of waste but choosing eco-friendly Christmas gifts can help reduce the waste and help the people on our list continue to make a positive impact.

Eco-friendly gifts don’t need to be boring or smell like patchouli, there is a wide range of eco-friendly gifts now and they are anything but boring. Eco-friendly also doesn’t have to mean expensive, this list features a ton of items under $25.

These gifts are online but don’t forget to also shop locally to support your local community. Use these ideas when you can’t find what you want locally.

Eco-Friendly Gift Guide

These gifts are great for everyone on your list and all budgets. Don’t forget to wrap your gifts in eco-friendly wrapping paper.

Stocking Stuffers

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  1. Theo Holiday Organic Chocolate Bars
  2. Liquid Lip Trio
  3. Organic Farm Buddies Plush Toy
  4. Eco-Dough
  5. Upcycled Charm Bracelet
  6. Christmas Tree to Be
  7. S’Well Insulated Bottle
  8. Peppermint Bath Bombs
  9. NibMor Organic Drinking Chocolate
  10. Felt Penguin Ornament

Under $25

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  1. Toy Food and Beverage Set
  2. Recycled Wine Bottle Platter
  3. Salsa Grow Kit
  4. Camping Play Set
  5. World of Tea Collection
  6. Death Wish Coffee
  7. Multicolor Glass Tumbler Set
  8. Ceramic Travel Cup Gift Set
  9. Sari Lunch Bag
  10. Donut Baby Rattle

Under $50

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  1. Plant Therapy Essential Oil Gift Set
  2. NatureBox
  3. GlassDharma Straw Set
  4. Crepe Myrtle Bonsai Tree
  5. Alex and Ani Snowflake Bracelet
  6. Bodum French Press
  7. Organic Cotton Robe
  8. Toy Kitchen and Tableware Set
  9. Recycled Glass Rainbow Wind Chime
  10. Brew-in-Mug

Over $50

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  1. Instant Pot
  2. Play Parking Garage
  3. Wine Tasting Flight
  4. Thrive Market Membership
  5. Blue Apron Sub Subscription
  6. Dollhouse
  7. Phyto-Pigments Makeup Gift Set
  8. All-Clad Cookware Set
  9. Sea Glass Necklace
  10. Kombucha Kit

Looking for homemade gift ideas? Check out these great 20+ Homemade Christmas Gifts.

Homemade Christmas Gift Guide

Looking for some great homemade Christmas gift ideas? People will love these gifts and they are all eco-friendly. 

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Christmas is a magical time but sometimes the magic is lost when we are stressed about our budgets and finding gifts. Homemade gifts come from the heart and can save us money. It’s also a great way to reduce waste this holiday season.

There are so many great homemade gift ideas out there, you are sure to find some you would like to make and give this year. All of these ideas can use eco-friendly materials, many can even use upcycled supplies.

Homemade Christmas Gift Guide

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Additional Information: 25+ More Homemade Christmas Gifts

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Additional Information: 8 Reasons to Shop Locally for the Holidays

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Additional Information: A More Meaningful Holiday Season

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