Baked Spaghetti Bowls #ClassicoMakeItYourOwn


This post contains affiliate links. Are you bored with your "go-to" spaghetti night?  Our family relies on spaghetti a few times a month and I'll be the first to admit that it's rather boring most nights.  Tonight I reDEFINED our dinner to make it fun with CLASSICO® spaghetti sauce and a few simple ingredients. You'll need spaghetti noodles, ground beef, onion,CLASSICO® spaghetti sauce, taco bowls, and shredded cheese. Brown your beef with some chopped onion while you are boiling your pasta noodles.  This only takes about 5-10 minutes depending on how many hands have decided to help me in the kitchen that night.  Tonight my six year old decided she wanted to help mommy cook.  I love how excited she gets when she's in the kitchen with me. Once your noodles and ground beef are ready, you'll want to place your taco bowls on a baking sheet.  Fill each bowl with drained noodles and top with ground beef,CLASSICO® spaghetti sauce, and shredded cheese. This is seriously one of ... [ Read More ]

Angelic DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent

DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe

I've always wanted to try to make my own laundry detergent but I really wanted something simple.  I had read that you can use the Earth Mama Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash by itself as a laundry detergent, but I really wanted something with a little more....ooomph! After reading several different versions of recipes consisting of castille soap, I decided to try my hand cooking up a batch myself.  It was really simple and only took me about 15-20 minutes from start to finish. Supplies needed:  1 cup HOT water, 1/2 cup Borax, 1/2 cup Washing Soda, and 1 cup Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash (Castille Soap) Directions: Boil 2 cups of water (or bring it to almost boiling, you want it to be really hot). In a bowl or jar, dissolve Borax and Washing Soda in 1 cup of really hot water.  You don't want any powder left in your mixture.  Allow to cool. Once cool, slowly add 1 cup of Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash. Gently stir the mixture but do not shake or you'll ... [ Read More ]

Paying Homage to My Dirty Home

Ecos Earth Friendly Cleaning Products

The bottoms of our feet are dingy. There are dust bunnies under my bed. There is soap scum in the shower. There is pet hair on the sofa. Clutter and me? We're BFFs! ...and I'm OK with that!  Before you cross me off your "must visit" list let me clarify a few things.  I work a LOT, I have 2 kids, I have a cat AND a dog, and I also have one of those husband things.  I'm sure if you follow me on Instagram you know we don't stay around home much; karate, gymnastics, baseball, tball, etc.  When do normal people find the time to clean their homes?  They can't ALL have maids can they?   Can I tell you something else?  I hate cleaning supplies!  My husband and I disagree on the types of supplies we need in the house.  I would rather use the "all natural" cleaning supplies and he has a hidden arsenal of bleach ridden poisons.  I have asthma and using his stash of poison sends me grabbing my inhaler, so I let him clean the bathrooms!  It's his "job" to do the tubs, toilets, and ... [ Read More ]

Green Cleaning Tip: Shiny Stainless Sink


Green Cleaning Tip: How to get your sink to shiny naturally. The first thing you want to do is clean your sink. I just use hot soapy water, but for a really deep clean I'll follow up with a vinegar rinse to sanitize. Once your sink is clean, you'll want to dry it well. The trick to getting that new shine on stainless steel is olive oil! Using a dry rag, rub a thin coat of olive oil on all of the surfaces of your sink. Your sink will sparkle like the first day it was installed! To keep the shine, take the family out for dinner! ... [ Read More ]

5 Tips for Greening Your Kitchen

5 Tips for Greening Your Kitchen

  How "green" is your kitchen?  Do you still have a roll of paper towels sitting on the counter?  How eco-friendly are those cleaning products?  Transitioning your kitchen to be more eco-friendly is actually one of the easiest places you can "green" in your home. 5 Tips for Greening Your Kitchen People Towels - these organic cotton clothes are a great alternative for paper towels.  They are small enough to clean up small messes but thirsty enough to soak up toddler spills.  They come in cute prints and can even be used as napkins.  My daughter loves the "Wise Owl" print from the Protect Earth set. SKOY Cloths - another paper towel alternative, SKOY are more absorbent like sponges.  They are made from natural cotton and cellulose pulp and can be used over and over again.  When soiled they can be tossed in the washing machine or dishwasher to clean.  Once they are too soiled to clean they will biodegrade in about 5 weeks in a functioning compost bin. Natural Cleaners ... [ Read More ]

#SummerFluff Twitter Party Reminder 6/19 @ 9pm AND COUPONS!

Twitter Party Reminder!! The party is almost here and we're super excited to have you join us!  Set your alarm clocks so you don't miss the biggest party of the year!!  We have some amazing prizes, some great sponsors, and some of my favorite co-hosts! What will we be talking about?  Anything and everything related to summer with the kids! Safe sunscreens, cloth diapers, laundry, line drying, safe skin care, and more!! Official Party Time: 9pm ET on Tuesday, June 19th Where: Twitter using #summerfluff hashtag Shortcuts: RSVP TweetChat TweetGrid  Sponsor Specials (check back often for updated offers): EcoNuts - Use coupon code SUMMERFLUFF and save 10% off on EcoNuts. Rockin' Green Soap - Use coupon code SUMMERFLUFF and save 20% off RnG through the end of June. Earth Mama Angel Baby - Use coupon code HUGSFROMMAMA and save 15% off at EMAB. EcoStoreUSA - Use coupon code 25for25 and save 25% off your order for the next 25 hrs (starting at 9pm ET 6/18) at ... [ Read More ]

5 Ways to Use Baking Soda for Babies

Many parents don't start looking for environmentally friendly options in their lives until after they have babies.  We want only the most natural of items to touch those precious little babies and all of their baby parts.  We clean their clothes in gentle detergent.  We wash their skin in sensitive soaps.  We put the softest diapers on their little bums.  Here are a few ways you can use that little yellow box of Baking Soda - for your baby! 5 Ways to Use Baking Soda for Babies Stain remover - add 1/2 cup of baking soda with your favorite detergent to remove those pesky baby stains (like spit up on your favorite shirt or brand new onesie). Clean toys - make a solution of 1 part baking soda to 4 parts water and rub down your favorite baby toys.  Follow with a quick rinse and their toys will be squeaky clean. Diaper pail stinkies?  Sprinkle a little bit of baking soda in your diaper pail or wet bag to help keep the odors away.  This trick works for both disposable and cloth ... [ Read More ]

Pledge to Go Green in 2012

Easy Tips for Going Green

What do you think?  Can you make one teenie tiny little change each month to be more green?  I'm sure with a little help and encouragement you can think of 12 things you can do to be more green.  Don't worry, you don't have to tell me what they are.  You don't even have to know all 12 changes you plan to make right now.  All you have to do is make a commitment to go green.   To begin your pledge simply complete this simple pledge form:  Pledge to Go Green in 2012.  Once you make your pledge you'll be subscribed to receive my monthly newsletter with more easy tips for going green.   ... [ Read More ]

Why I Can’t Totally Go “No Poo”

Since the other day when I first told you about my issues with going "No Poo" I have learned a few things.  The first thing I've learned is that I can go several days without shampoo and my hair still looks ok.  Honestly though I've always known this because as any mom knows there are many days when you are lucky if you have time to take a shower!  I work at home so the only place I regularly visit is day care and the Elementary school car loop.  Seriously - why should I bother looking good for the car loop? All joking aside I have learned a lot from the links that you have all shared with me and from my friend Jenny at Conscientious Confusion. She actually did all the hard work on this one for me (thanks Jenny).  It seems that we both have color treated hair and we were both having the same (or at least similar) problems with excessive dryness.  I'll let you read Jenny's post about "No poo color treated hair and hair cuts" for the full explanation.  I know the real question is "Why ... [ Read More ]

How to Go “No Poo” – You Tell Me Because I’m Clueless!

How to Go No Poo

Thanks to my friend Jenny at Conscientious Confusion I have decided to take the "No Poo" pledge for 2012!  My hair is actually quite healthy and I'm not overly dependent on hair care products.  I hate mousse, gels, and other products that promise to make your hair bouncy or full or sleek.  I embraced the fact that my hair will always be straight and will never hold a curl or bounce for more than 5 minutes.  When I add all of those other products to my hair it just weighs it down and makes it look frumpy and dirty.  I've never paid much attention to my shampoo and conditioners either.  For the past year I have been using TRESemme Naturals and I've never even researched the ingredients to find out just how 'natural' they really are.  The worst thing that I do to my hair is color it 3-4 times a year.  I'm a highlight and color junkie and I love to cover up the grey ('d never know by looking at me how old I am so I won't let my hair give it away).  Regardless of my current hair ... [ Read More ]