10 Simple Ways to Go Green This Earth Day (and Every Day)

10 Simple Ways to Go Green for Earth Day

This post is sponsored by Flipp App. Earth Day is April 22nd and it's a good time for us all to refocus and find new ways to be more eco-friendly.  We all live different lifestyles and have different resources available to us.  Regardless of where you are in your journey to live a greener lifestyle, remember that every little step we take adds up in big ways.  Here are just a few simple ways that you may be able to go green this Earth Day... 1. Teach Our Children to Love the Earth - the biggest gift we can give to our children is the ability to love and respect the natural environment. Let your children help you recycle.  Give them a small section of the garden to care for.  Teach our children that the future of this planet depends on how well we care for it. 2. Buy Less - What items have you purchased recently that you could have lived without?  That new purse?  That new Lilly Pulitzer outfit from Target?  That extra cloth diaper in the newest print?  Think before you ... [ Read More ]

Menstrual Cup 101 – From Tampon to Menstrual Cup

From Tampon to Menstrual Cup

This post is sponsored by Sckoon Menstrual Cups. Have you heard about menstrual cups before? I'm sure you're intrigued since you're reading this and wondering how they differ from tampons and sanitary pads. I promise, this is not a "hippie thing" and all women should at least consider making the switch from disposable tampons and pads to reusable menstrual cups.   Everything you need to know about making the switch from tampons to menstrual cups. 1. Did you know that tampons actually dry out your vagina? Your body is always working and your vagina is always producing fluids to help maintain a perfect balance.  Tampons are meant to absorb but they absorb everything, blood and natural fluids.  Menstrual cups are made of medical grade silicone and do not absorb your natural body fluids, instead they collect the blood flow. 2. Did you know that tampons contain hazardous ingredients? Tampons contain dioxins, pesticide residuals, and other chemicals that can contribute to ... [ Read More ]

Valspar Championship Family Friendly Events 2015

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This post is sponsored by the 2015 Valspar Championship. Continue reading to the end and enter to win a 4 pack of tickets to the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, FL. We've lived in Palm Harbor for almost 10 years now and March is my favorite time of the year.  We didn't realize when we decided on Palm Harbor that Innisbrook was within walking distance from our house and that every March, the big blimp would be flying overhead.  It's fun for us to tell our out-of-state family to watch the Valspar Championship to see our house from the blimp and the kids love it.  What kid doesn't love to see a blimp in the sky? I don't think there's been a year that at least 1-2 of us have gone to a round of the Championship.  There were a few years when I stayed home when Bailey was a baby and let the boys enjoy the day on the course.  In 2014 we finally took our youngest (she was 5 then) to her first Championship and she loved every minute of it.  I would never have imagined ... [ Read More ]

Remember When…

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This post is sponsored by Stonyfield Yogurt. Keep reading to enter to win a YoBaby prize pack.  When did my kids grow up? I'm a mom of an almost 12 year old and a 6 year old.  They are hardly babies any longer; even if they do still like to cuddle with mommy. I decided to pull out the baby book from my youngest's first year and reminisce over all the "firsts." You know, the first time they roll over, the first time they crawl, the first time the stand up and of course the first time they walk.  I remember the days when they would try any food (or toys, noses, and anything that would fit in their mouth) you put in front of them. Both of my kids were fond of yogurt as babies and I love that my kids have been able to grow up as YoBabies, YoKids and now big kids who enjoy their yogurt.  YoBaby contains organic whole milk, real fruit and nothing artificial.  It was a great first food by itself or mixed with other ingredients.  I love mixing a little fresh banana and avocado ... [ Read More ]

The Hidden Gems Inside Ulele – Tampa’s Native-Inspired Restaurant and Brewery

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u-le-le (pronounced You-lay-lee) - Native-Inspired Foods & Spirits Tampa Bay I'm not a native Floridian but I am quickly becoming aware of the cities rich history.  Ulele is one of the Top 100 Restaurants in the U.S. by Open Table and quickly becoming "the" place to eat out in Tampa. Ulele is located in Tampa Heights on the Tampa Riverwalk in the old Water Works building.  The building was the original pump house in 1903 and served the city of Tampa water from the Ulele Spring on the property. The building has served many purposes in Tampa's history and the owners of Ulele have done an amazing job restoring the building. Ulele gets its name from a Native American Princess of the Tocobaga Tribe from the 1500's.  The stories say that the Tocobagan's captured three Spaniards and Princess Ulele saved one of them.  Their tale is very similar to that of John Smith and Pocahontas.  The owners commissioned an artist to create a statue of Princess Ulele that will be outside in the ... [ Read More ]

French Press 101 – How to brew a perfect cup of coffee at home!

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How do you like your coffee? Hot! Intravenously? A few weeks ago a friend introduced me to her French Press.  I've heard of them before but never researched them or really paid much attention to them.  I've been either a) Going to Starbucks every morning, or b) refilling my K-Cup and making a cup.  As much as I love my Starbucks, I don't always like making that daily trip to the store and spending the extra money.  I don't really enjoy my refillable K-Cup because the thing ALWAYS leaks.  I almost bought a traditional coffee pot but since I usually only drink one cup of coffee a day, it really doesn't make much since.  They also take up valuable space on the counter (which we don't have much to spare).  The French Press has solved all of those "problems" and has actually resulted in a tastier cup of coffee. The French Press has probably been around for ages, but was first patented by a Milanese designer (Attilo Calimani) back in 1929. The features are pretty basic and include a glass ... [ Read More ]

Happy Birthday Baby Girl

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She's been featured on my blog since she was just a baby and Sunday she turned SIX! I'm still not sure how time has gone by so quickly.  I'm now a mom of a six year old and an eleven year old.  My life is full and there is never a dull moment.  I know that sounds SOOOO cliche but it's true! She's in Kindergarten and reading like a pro. She still likes to sleep in our bed. She is independent...but really likes it when mommy helps her. She hasn't learned to tie her shoes yet. She's very artistic and loves to color, paint, and draw. She wants to be a vet when she grows up. She loves animals and always wants to pet any dog that walks by. She loves candy. She looks up to her big brother. She is the most beautiful, smart, and sassy little girl I've ever met.  Yes, I'm a little partial but it's true! She had a wonderful birthday with just our immediate family and asked for Outback for dinner.  She didn't have cake, but devoured the entire bowl of ice cream! Happy ... [ Read More ]

Best of 2014 on The Eco Chic

It's hard to believe that another year has almost ended and we're about to welcome 2015 in just a few more days! It's been a great year personally.  My blog continues to thrive and has me looking forward to some changes in the coming year. I find myself blogging more and more about life, family, traveling, and hobbies rather than eco-friendly living.  I hope you'll stay with me and share our families journey through life and I promise to still bring you some green living related posts. It's interesting to look back at the stats for the blog and see which posts were read most.  Many of my older content (from 2010-current) still brings in many of you; but I wanted to share with you my top 10 posts from 2014!  I left off the giveaway posts since those aren't really worth re-reading. My top post of 2014 is one I'm quite proud of.  As I continue to educate and share tips on cloth diapering (even though we haven't cloth diapered in several years), I felt it was important to share with you ... [ Read More ]

Techie Gift Gear Ideas

Techie Gift Gear

If you are anything like me, this is the week you scramble trying to find just the right gift for everyone on your list. I do most of my shopping online so this is THE week to get stuff ordered so it will arrive in time.  Here are just a few of my favorite techie finds this year that may or may not be found under the tree on Christmas morning. Powerslayer by Velvetwire: Can you ever have too many iPhone chargers laying around? In a house full of techies we're always fighting over the cords and you can never find them all when you need them.  With my old iPhone 5, I would constantly need to charge it because the battery was shot.  With the Powerslayer you eliminate wasted power because it automatically turns itself off once your device is fully charged.  Once my phone reached about 90-95% the Powerslayer would shut off; you could tell when the LED indicator on the front shut off.  The Powerslayer comes with a very long braided USB cable and a felt and leather travel case. I loved ... [ Read More ]

How to Bake the PERFECT Christmas Cookie

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I'm FINALLY in the Christmas spirit and in the mood to bake a few batches of our favorite cookies.  We don't bake much the rest of the year, but I always find time to bake cookies with the kids in December.  You probably won't stumble upon my recipes pinned on Pinterest or on the pages of a magazine, but I make the PERFECT Christmas Cookies!!  Do you want to know my secret? First, go to the baking aisle of your favorite store and pick up a few packs of morsels that look good to you.  I couldn't find our favorite mint chocolate chips from last year, but I did find some red & green morsels and a pack of toffee chips.  At least that will make up some good chocolate chip cookies, right!? Next, think really hard about what other key ingredients may be missing from your kitchen.  I know I needed eggs and I thought I was out of stick butter so I chunked those in our cart.  I can't possible think of anything else that I'm out of so we head to the checkout. After dinner is over and ... [ Read More ]