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How to Actually Get Kids to Eat Healthy Food

It can be a struggle to feed kids healthy food, especially picky eaters. It is possible though, even on a budget. 

How to get kids to eat healthy food

How do you get kids to actually eat healthy food? Can we feed kids 100% organic and homemade food all the time? That’s not always attainable, especially in Oklahoma where good food can be hard to get. My goal is to make more things from scratch, learn to make better choices, and feed my kids as well as I can with the time and money available. The more organic, the better of course.


Are you a picky eater? Is your child? I sure used to be. The only vegetables I liked were french fries and corn. Don’t forget ketchup too. Those are not the makings of a healthy diet. I eat such a great variety of fruits and vegetables now, people are amazed. My daycare kids eat a great variety as well.

The best way to learn to like new things is to figure out how you like them. Usually, we don’t like a vegetable because we tried it when it wasn’t cooked well. Soggy, overcooked broccoli tastes awful and so does canned asparagus. There are ways you can make fruits and veggies taste amazing. The secret is to learn to cook them well and find out which way tastes good to you.

If you are wondering if I can help you with your picky child, believe me, I can. I have cared for 82 kids over the past 23 years in my home daycare, and I have met some of the world’s pickiest kids. It takes some work and creativity, but you CAN change at least some of the eating habits of any child. (and your husband too, believe it or not!) You CAN be a nutrition hero! Check out Little Sprouts Learning to see more about raising healthy kids.

How to Actually Get Kids to Eat Healthy Food!

Start early teaching kids to eat healthy

The earlier you begin to try to help your child enjoy healthy choices, the easier it will be. I remember changing our diet drastically from all processed food to home cooked, whole foods when my daughter was around the age 8 or 9. She was so upset, she asked for prayer about it at church. The changes we made gave her a much better life, but had we started earlier, it would have been much easier on her.

She is 24 now and on her own. Her diet is surprisingly healthy for a young woman who is just learning to cook for herself. I’m super proud of her for so many reasons, but it’s cool to see her see the importance of real, nourishing foods.

If you can begin making wholesome foods when your child is an infant, that’s great. Forget the jarred food and whip up easy-peasy baby food of your own. It’s super easy to bake a winter squash or sweet potato and toss it in the blender with a little water or chicken stock to thin it out. You can also buy bags of frozen peas or green beans, cook them up, and blend them with a bit of the cooking water.

No matter what age your kids are, it’s not too late. Try to introduce healthy foods to them anyway. Over time, they will get used to it. My husband and I learned new eating habits in our 30s. You can do it too.

How to get kids to eat healthy food

Be a good role model to get kids to eat healthy

Your kids are not going to want a heaping plate of broccoli if you are across the table making gagging noises and faces like a 2-year-old. If you are having a big mac and fries, they aren’t going to want the broccoli either. You have to learn to enjoy healthy foods yourself to entice your precious little ones on the path to health.

How to Actually Get Kids to Eat Healthy Food!

If you want even more tips on how to go from a nutrition zero to a nutrition hero, check out my new e-book, Zero to Hero Nutrition: How to Actually Get Kids to Eat Healthy Food. It will show you how to transition your family’s diet in manageable steps. Using my menus, shopping lists and cooking instructions, you can transform your family’s diet.

The book includes meal plans, recipes, and everything you need to be successful in changing your family’s diet along with information about why you need to make the changes. You can feed your kids healthy food without going broke or spending 24 hours a day in the kitchen. Pick up your copy of Zero to Hero Nutrition: How to Actually Get Kids to Eat Healthy Food today and find out how to bring more nutrition to your family and be a nutrition hero for them and you!

How to Actually Get Kids to Eat Healthy Food!

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How to Reduce Food Waste

Food waste is a big problem that is costing us a lot of money and is bad for our planet. There are some easy ways to reduce this waste and save money.

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In the US, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted! That’s more than 20 pounds of food per person, per month. Not only does that waste contribute to pollution, it also is wasting us a lot of money.


Things like meal planning, labeling and dating leftovers, planning your shopping trips, and even once a month grocery shopping can help prevent food waste.

There are so many other great tips to help you reduce food waste. Below are some bloggers’ top tips. They are sure to help you stop the food waste and save money.

Top Tips for Reducing Food Waste

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We’ve all had lettuce go bad. Sometimes it seems like the day after you bring it home it’s already going bad. Victoria at A Modern Homestead used to deal with this issue but not anymore. She learned a tip that can help keep lettuce fresh for up to 5 weeks.

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Merissa at Little House Living shares a lot of great tips for helping make your produce last. Produce is something that gets wasted a lot because of improper storage so be sure you are storing your’s correctly

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It’s never fun to be craving guacamole and go to the fridge and find it brown and gross. Paula at Dinner with the Rollos find the secret to keeping guacamole green longer and it’s simple!

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

No one likes a soft apple but don’t throw them out just yet. Habiba from Craftify My Life has an apple sauce recipe for using up old apples.

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

All food waste is bad but there is something extra sad about throwing away desserts that have gone bad. Thankfully Jennifer at The Jenny Evolution has tips on freezing cookies and desserts.

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You don’t even have to waste your citrus peels. They are great for cleaning your garbage disposal. Over on Retro Housewife Goes Green you can learn how to deep clean your garbage disposal with citrus peels.

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You can also use lemons that are past their prime for cleaning. Bren at Bren Did has 15 all-natural homemade lemon cleaning products that are perfect for those lemons you need to use up.

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Another way to prevent wasting lemons and limes is by juicing them and freezing the juice. Kalyn at Kalyn’s Kitchen shares how to properly freeze fresh lemon and lime juice. She also has great tips for freezing fresh basil.

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Did you know you can also freeze kiwi? Stock up when they are in season and freeze them for smoothies later. Pam at Sidewalk Shoes shares an easy way to freeze kiwi.

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Garlic scapes are a food that is often wasted before we can ever end up with it. They are often cut off to allow the garlic bulb to grow larger. If you garden or can find some at a farmers’ market Ellen at Confessions of an Overworked Mom has some tips for preserving garlic scapes.

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What about once you have cut fresh fruit, can you still keep it fresh? Yes, there are ways to prolong the life of cut fresh fruit as well. Kim at Two Kids and a Coupon has great tips for keeping cut fruit fresh.

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Did you know you can also freeze milk? Spoiled milk isn’t something any of us want to deal with so Victoria at A Modern Homestead shares how you can freeze milk and thaw it perfectly.

Reduce food waste, save money, go green

If you have chickens or just don’t always get around to eating all of your eggs, you may be wondering what you can do to avoid wasting them. Karrie at Happy Money Saver shares how you can freeze eggs.

When Food Does Go Bad

Even following the above tips you will likely end up with some food that is forgotten. For non-animal products the best way to deal with this is by composting. It helps keep more food waste out of the landfill and creates useful compost that can be used in food or flower gardens.

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Natural Red, White, and Blue Recipes

It’s almost 4th of July. It’s a great time to spend with friends and family, and of course eat some delicious food. These red, white, and blue recipes are not only delicious but are natural and dye-free. You don’t have to feel as guilty with these treats!

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It’s fun to make red,white, and blue themed food for patriotic holidays and parties but that often means a lot of artificial dyes. Artificial dyes have been linked to behavioral issues in children and a host of other health concerns.


You can still have fun themed treats without all of the dyes. These treats use natural dyes and ingredients that are naturally red, white, and blue. They are perfect for any patriotic parties like 4th of July, Memorial Day, etc…

Natural Red, White, and Blue Recipes

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Natural 4th of July Recipes, red,white, and blue recipes, no dyes

Natural 4th of July Recipes, red,white, and blue recipes, no dyes

Natural 4th of July Recipes, red,white, and blue recipes, no dyes

Natural 4th of July Recipes, red,white, and blue recipes, no dyes

Natural 4th of July Recipes, red,white, and blue recipes, no dyes

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Encourage healthy eating habits for your kids by teaching them how to cook. The Kids Cook Real Food eCourse can help your kids learn the skills they need to eat and cook healthy food.

Summer Skin Care from the Kitchen

Take care of your skin this summer with simple DIY skin care recipes using ingredients you likely have in your kitchen right now.

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Summer is fully in view now, and it’s time to get your glow on.  Luckily, you can do this at home with ingredients you may already have in your kitchen!  Not only are you controlling what fresh ingredients go into your skin applications, but you are also saving some money as well!  Below are some easy recipes you can make at home.

Summer Skin Care Recipes


You’ll want to concentrate on exfoliating first to remove dead skin and polish.  Body scrubs are easy to make and can really help your skin look its best.  You can use either salt or sugar depending on your skin type.  People with drier skin sometimes prefer sugar over salt, whereas others will prefer salt to give more of a glowing effect.  If you choose salt, it’s best to use sea salt as table salt is too harsh.  By making this on an as-needed basis, you can avoid having to worry about shelf life or rancidity.  It is recommended to use organic ingredients whenever possible.

Simple Body & Foot Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 1 part jojoba oil (olive oil, almond oil, or grapeseed oil also work well. Avoid using low grade cooking oils)
  • 2 parts turbinado sugar or salt (you can use regular white or brown sugar)
  • Pinch of Finely Chopped or Dried Herbs (optional – suggestions are mint, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, calendula)
  • Few Drops of Essential Oils (optional – suggestions are lavender, rose, eucalyptus, rosemary)

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined.
  2. Wet your skin.
  3. Scoop a small amount into your hands and work from the feet upwards on the legs, thighs, torso, and arms while rubbing in a gentle circular motion.
  4. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Next, you’ll want to focus on your face.  Making a fresh face mask from your kitchen is a great way to help rejuvenate your facial skin while also adding some useful vitamins and minerals.  You can use many kinds of fruits and vegetables, but this recipe is excellent for gentle exfoliation, cleansing, and toning all-in-on.

Mangos are excellent for the skin due to the vitamin C content, which helps brighten and fight against free radicals.  The oatmeal in this recipe gently exfoliates while the honey is an antioxidant powerhouse that also gently cleanses the skin.   It’s best to use organic ingredients wherever possible.  If using non-organic, then peeling the mango is recommended even though the skin contains a very high nutrient content.

Fresh Mango, Honey & Oatmeal Face Mask

Ingredients:

  • ¼ Mango with Skin, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp Oats
  • 1 Tbsp Honey

Directions:

  1. Wash face and neck area before applying.
  2. Blend ingredients in food processor or blender until a smooth paste is formed.
  3. Apply in a gentle circular motion and let sit for 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water and air dry.
  5. Use some of the leftover mango peel and pulp for an eye patch.

Finally, your summer skin prep would not be complete without taking care of your hair.  This fresh avocado hair mask is great for all hair types and will help boost shine and strength.

Fresh Avocado Hair Mask

Ingredients:

  • ½ Ripe Avocado
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor and blend into a paste.
  2. Add more lemon juice in tiny amounts if needed to blend completely.
  3. Apply to scalp and length of hair.
  4. Leave on for up to 30 minutes and rinse.
  5. Shampoo as usual.

With these easy DIY recipes, your skin will be glowing and ready for summer in no time.  And, always remember to use sunscreen.

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Delicious Smoothie Recipes

Smoothies are a quick and easy breakfast, snack, or even a light lunch. It’s a great way to eat more fruit and veggies. 

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Fruits and veggies can help fuel your body and give you natural energy. Many of us also struggle to eat enough produce. Smoothies are a great way to get some extra fruits and veggies. Also great for picky kids.


Another great thing about smoothies is you can use up produce that is about to go bad. Overripe bananas, slightly wilted greens, and any produce that you don’t really want to eat raw but is still good can be used up in smoothies.

Smoothies don’t have to be fancy, even if Pinterest makes us think they should be. The Produce Mom has a great infographic with easy smoothie ideas for when you don’t have all the fancy ingredients laying around. Basically you need some fruit and liquid. You can also add veggies, healthy protein powder, yogurt, and even some nut butter. The options are endless and it’s fun to experiment.

If you are getting bored with the smoothies you’ve been making or want some inspiration here are some delicious smoothie recipes. Remember you can easily replace ingredients in these recipes, it’s not baking so nothing needs to be very exact.

Delicious Smoothie Recipes

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Smoothie Recipes, Delicious Smoothies, Green Smoothies, Healthy Smoothies

Smoothie Recipes, Delicious Smoothies, Green Smoothies, Healthy Smoothies

Smoothie Recipes, Delicious Smoothies, Green Smoothies, Healthy Smoothies

Smoothie Recipes, Delicious Smoothies, Green Smoothies, Healthy Smoothies

Smoothie Recipes, Delicious Smoothies, Green Smoothies, Healthy Smoothies

Smoothie Recipes, Delicious Smoothies, Green Smoothies, Healthy Smoothies

Smoothie Recipes, Delicious Smoothies, Green Smoothies, Healthy Smoothies

Smoothie Recipes, Delicious Smoothies, Green Smoothies, Healthy Smoothies

Smoothie Recipes, Delicious Smoothies, Green Smoothies, Healthy Smoothies

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Find More Smoothie Recipes

Looking for even more smoothie recipes? Check out these great cookbooks.

 


Encourage healthy eating habits for your kids by teaching them how to cook. The Kids Cook Real Food eCourse can help your kids learn the skills they need to eat and cook healthy food.

7 Spring Cleaning Goals

Spring is here and it’s time to get your house cleaned out from the winter! These goals will have you on your way in no time.

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Have no fear, Spring is here! That means time to open up those windows, put away winter boots and start Spring Cleaning. Having goals when you start cleaning is the smartest way to get cleaning. Here are some great goals to help get your cleaning done right.

Spring Cleaning Goals

  1. Put all winter clothing away.
  2. Don’t forget the windows.
  3. Baseboards matter.
  4. Rotate seasonal tools.
  5. Move all rugs and clean under them.
  6. Power wash all the things.
  7. Donate 10+ things to Goodwill.

All these goals are easy. Make sure you clean things that you don’t clean during your weekly clean ups and may even forget during deep cleans. You can even use these tips to help get your cleaning done faster. When you are gathering stuff to donate to Goodwill, remember the more you donate, the more you help your community.

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Learn More About Goodwill

If you are not sure where your local Goodwill is, you can use the Goodwill Locator App available for Android and iOS devices and at http://www.goodwill.org/ (click “Explore Our Map” on the homepage). Simply input the items you’re donating to calculate the number of hours of career counseling, on-the-job training, résumé preparation, financial planning classes, and other services you’ve helped provide people facing challenges finding employment. When jobs thrive, communities thrive.

Goodwill’s career centers, training programs and staffing operations give people the resources, skills and confidence that changes thousands of lives each year.


Thanks to the programs and support services made possible by donations of clothes and household items, Goodwill helped place more than 312,000 people in jobs in the United States and Canada in 2015 – that’s one person finding a job every 23 seconds of every business day.

What goals do you have for Spring Cleaning?

Tips for Transitioning to a Green Life

Going green can be overwhelming. If you take it one step at a time though it’s not so hard and can be rewarding. 

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Being green sometimes seems like a never ending and expensive adventure. Seriously, how much do I have to change in order to “be green?” It can feel like you are going to go into debt just to switch over to being green!


Well personally, I feel that it is an one step at a time process. Pick the things that matter most to you and start there. Work your way into the other areas that might require more money and/or time. While I love living as naturally as possible every little bit matters. I’m still taking it a step at a time. So even if you are only doing a few things that are “green” it makes a BIG difference in the long run!

Green Living Tips

Here is a list of some things you can do in your home with/for your family to live more naturally.

  1. Recycle. Many communities offer free curbside recycling. But if not, there are often locations in the community where you can drop off your recycling. And for older kids it can be a project you give them, I know I did that as a kid- e.g., collecting old soda cans.
  2. Organic. It can be expensive to buy all organic. So, if you’re like me and can’t afford to go all organic right now, purchase organic items from the Dirty Dozen list.
  3. Meatless Monday. Reducing the amount of meat we eat is healthy for ourselves and the environment. Try cutting back one day a week. It’s also a fun day to try creative new recipes. Check out Meatless Monday for more information.
  4. Homemade Cleaning Products. Making your own cleaners is super easy and very effective. A solution of half vinegar and half water is an all natural disinfectant that can replace conventional disinfectants.
  5. Cloth Diapers. If your baby is in diapers consider switching to cloth diapers. There are less toxic chemicals exposed to the baby’s skin and they are better for the environment. Check out the Real Diaper Association for more information.
  6. Save Energy. Turn the lights off when you’re not using them. Also, when the light bulbs in your house need replaced, choose the energy efficient ones.
  7. Reusable Shopping Bags. Reusable shopping bags are a great way to save trees and avoid plastic. I have decided to just buy a few bags each time I go to the store, until I get enough to completely sack all my groceries in them. This way I don’t have to spend money all at once on bags.
  8. Read Labels. Try and not purchase processed foods. This can be hard for some families who are very busy, so read the labels and avoid high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils. Both are very bad for our bodies.
  9. Be Informed. There are many things in our products that we are unaware of, check your cosmetic products with the Skin Deep Database and join the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families petition for congress to have stricter regulations and guidelines for chemicals in our products.
  10. Be An Example. You don’t have to make a massive transition overnight. Show your friends and family that it is easy to make changes that are good for you and the environment, by simply taking it one step at a time. Share what you know!

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Mason Jar Upcycled Crafts

Mason jars come with endless possibilities. Reuse them for food storage or turn them into a beautiful new item that would make a great gift.

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We are learning more and more why we should avoid plastic. With this knowledge comes more glass in our homes. One kind of glass you likely end up with a lot of is mason jars.


While glass recycling is great not all towns offer it and it’s even better to reuse things. Glass is great for reusing because it doesn’t hold on to odors, stain, or break down over time.

Mason jar crafts are becoming very trendy and while you can buy new mason jars it’s even better to use ones you already have on hand. You can make some really cute crafts for yourself or gifts.

Benefits of Upcycling

Recycling is the process which breaks down products so they can be remade into newer consumer products. Many of these products, especially plastics, are lesser quality than the original item.

Upcycling on the other hand is taking a material and turning into something of more value than the original product. This is a great way to extend the life of products and keep them out of our landfills.

Upcycling also requires a lot less energy and resources, in general, than recycling. It really is the best option when it comes to keeping products out of the trash.

Mason Jar Crafts

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More Homemade Gift Ideas

These all would make wonderful gifts. If you are looking for even more gifts to make? Check out these posts.

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Free Handmade Upcycled Gifts

 

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Green Cleaning: Baking Soda and Vinegar

Green cleaning doesn’t have to require a lot of products. Most things can be cleaned with baking soda or vinegar. It can save you money and is safer for your family.

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When it comes to being green, the one thing we can’t forget about is cleaning products. Too often we just pick whatever name brand we know off the shelf and use that. However, there are some alternatives you can begin to use that are not only environmentally friendly, but cost effective to boot.


Specifically, I’m talking about baking soda and vinegar as two of the top green cleaning products you can use. Both are extremely effective in how they’re used. Hopefully this article will convince you to give these products a look next time you’re out shopping for cleaning supplies.

Baking Soda

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Baking soda has many uses beyond just simple cooking because as it turns out, baking soda is a pretty amazing cleaning product. Primarily as a cleaning product, baking soda works in multiple ways such as a cleaner for appliances like ovens, coffee makers, and can even polish silverware. Outside of the kitchen, baking soda can be used on shower curtains and even as a laundry detergent. One of the best things about using baking soda is that it works as a deodorizer, which helps get rid of many unwanted smells around the house such as in garbage disposals and many types of drains.

There are also a variety of ways that baking soda can be fused with other homemade cleaning products that you may have around the house. For example, using baking soda with toothpaste forms a white ring remover that is great for furniture or antiques. Another great way to use baking soda is to combine it with water so that it can effectively stay on a sponge like regular soap. This allows you to scrub stove tops and the inside of microwaves easily and baking soda doesn’t leave behind any smell, so it’s a pretty easy clean up.

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Baking soda also helps carpets out and is able to get out stains with ease. If you spill a drink or say a pet has an accident, using some baking soda, usually in tandem with vinegar, will help take out that stain with ease. If you use just baking soda to scrub out the stain, it won’t leave nearly the same strong scent that vinegar leaves behind. You can also use the same combination to polish pots and pans and help get rid of tarnish, but even baking soda by itself should be able to get the job done.

Because it’s so easy to buy, and cheap at that, baking soda is by far one of the best cleaning products available, plus it’s great for the environment. Its versatility makes it one of the better options out there and if you buy it in bulk that will save you in the long run since you won’t have to worry about getting different products for different messes. Not to mention, baking soda is one of the greenest cleaning products that you can use, so I would highly recommend it if you are deciding between a regular name brand or a newer and cheaper method of cleaning.

Vinegar

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Much like baking soda, vinegar is thought to be a kitchen or even food first item. Vinegar is a much more potent cleaning product as it gets your sinuses working, but is extremely effective for areas like drains or wherever there may be clogs. Instead of using name brand drain cleaners, which ultimately put more wear and tear on your drain, try vinegar instead as it can be easy purchased at a supermarket and like baking soda, is relatively cheap.

Vinegar is great for getting out bacteria and stains across all parts of your home. In fact, if you mix vinegar with rubbing alcohol and tea tree oil, this will create a spray that easily gets rid of mildew and odors for the most part. Vinegar can also be combined with olive oil and lemon if you’re looking to polish furniture, specifically wood such as tables or chair, or even the handrail of stairs should they be wooden. Basically, if you do use vinegar, you’ll want to use it on particular surfaces as it can’t work on areas like granite or marble countertops, hardwood floors, and even certain types of stains and spills on the carpet.

However, vinegar is versatile like baking soda in that it can also be used in appliances, but it a much different way. With baking soda, you can scrub or let it sit to clean an oven for example, but vinegar, it becomes a little more involved. If you want to clean your coffee maker, you’ll have to run the vinegar through the coffee maker in order to clean it. Unlike baking soda, vinegar typically doesn’t stay stagnant in the area it’s trying to clean.

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Still though, I recommend using vinegar as a major alternative to many name brand products out there. Vinegar works well with drains, floors, and even windows so it can be used all around the house. One thing to keep in mind though is that is that vinegar does have a bit of a lingering smell, so be sure to open a window or keep a fan running when cleaning with it. Also, you’ll want to remember that while vinegar can work in some of the same areas as baking soda, it ultimately works better with drains, repelling tarnish, and even some surface work.

I hope that this article was able to help you with more of an understanding about natural and green cleaning products. While the convenience of using a store bought cleaner for the oven, floor, or window is nice, they’re not always eco-friendly, plus they always end up costing a bit more, especially if it’s a name brand product. So if you want to save yourself some time, money, and a little of the environment all in one go, try some natural cleaning products such as baking soda and vinegar. You’ll be surprised with how well these work and I can fully endorse using both of them.

Inside Walmart’s Sustainability Agenda

Wal-Mart has been making changes to be more sustainable. What are those changes and when are they happening? 

Inside Walmart's Sustainability Agenda

Contrary to some critics, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recently announced that it plans to double to sales of locally-grown produce by 2025—putting the store at the forefront of the sustainable movement. In addition, it will expand its sustainable sourcing of 20 commodities including bananas and coffee, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This is all part of the company’s new commitments within its sustainability agenda.


Wal-Mart’s Chief Executive Doug McMillon said the objective is to reduce 18 percent of operation emissions by 2025. This plan was approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative, which is aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement. Moreover, the company will work with suppliers to reduce emissions by one gigaton by 2030.

In real terms, this equates to taking over 211 million cars off of U.S. roads. Other highlights include achieving zero waste to landfills in key markets by 2025, working with partners to treat workers ethically across the supply chain and reduce packaging waste.

Cage-free eggs

This isn’t the first step Wal-Mart has taken towards more sustainable operations, retailing and production. The company has changed the way America, and the world, shops. Back in April, the company announced that it will switch its supply chain to 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2025 for all of its 4,600 U.S. Wal-Mart and 650 Sam’s Club locations.

Since Wal-Mart makes up for 25 percent of all groceries sold in the U.S., that means around 11 billion eggs per year. Other companies that have made cage-free egg commitments include Target, Trader Joe’s, Costco, General Mills, Kellog, ConAgra, Unilever and McDonald’s.

Kathleen McLaughlin, chief sustainability officer at Walmart said in a statement, “Our customers and associates count on Walmart and Sam’s Club to deliver on affordability and quality, while at the same time offering transparency into how their food is grown and raised. Our commitment to transition to a cage-free egg supply chain recognizes that expectation and represents another step we are taking to improve transparency for food we sell in our U.S. stores and clubs.”

The cage-free initiative will  “require 100 percent of shell egg suppliers to be certified and fully compliant with United Egg Producers (UEP) Animal Husbandry Guidelines or equivalent standards.” After this particular announcement, Wayne Pacelle–the CEO and president of the Humane Society of the United States–praised Wal-Mart.

Inside Walmart's Sustainability Agenda

Fresh food at the forefront

The company already has a fresh food strategy. Greg Foran, president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart U.S. stated, “We’re seeing it with some better traffic, comps, bigger basket sizes, and it’s happening quite simply because customers are seeing better quality. Overall fresh impression is a measure based on customer surveys … and we have customers that rate our fresh department, and we use that to see how we stack up to our competitors. So as a data point, we’ve seen about a 700 base improvement (from a year ago). It’s a pretty big shift. We have more to do, though, and our fresh team is focused on getting more of the items customers want and laying them out really well.”

The company redesigned the produce section in 3,100 stores. Mr. Foran explained, “Project Dangle is what we’ve called it. I’m pleased with how that’s actually rolled itself out. And we’re working on flow so that we have less waste. And at the end of the day, that’s giving better shelf life to customers when they get home. We’re seeing that because we’re seeing that the inventory in fruit and veg has come down a day and a half versus a year ago. That’s good. And we’ve expanded our footprint with more sourcing hubs, both locally and in the U.S., and now working … internationally on how we can create even better leverage there.” Furthermore, Wal-Mart opened a new milk plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana in order to maintain freshness, with value.

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