Five Things I Don’t Want You to Know

My husband and I have a great relationship but like all spouses we pick on each others weaknesses when we get frustrated. This weekend he picked on my green weaknesses so I decided to turn it into a blog post. (Love you huney!) Whether you are green-minded or not you will appreciate knowing that I'm not perfect and I don't claim to be. While I am The Eco Chic that doesn't mean that I am always living the perfect green life. I am human and there is no way that I will ever be 100% green. Our current lifestyle just does not allow for me to do everything to the greenest level possible. Like most parents out there I have real life responsibilities such as a career, a family, kids, house work, church, extra curricular activities, and so much more to juggle each day...being green is just one aspect of my life. Five Things I Don't Want You to Know About Me: 1. I'm a lazy recycler and I don't recycle everything. We pay to have our recyclables picked up once a week where we live. I am ... [ Read More ]

Goodbye Halloween

Now that Halloween is over you may be wondering what to do with your Halloween stuff.  Some things are easy...you eat the candy!  LOL!  DECORATIONS:  We reuse our decorations year after year so that's any easy thing to do.  We have a nice orange bin in the garage that houses all the decorations until it's time to use them again.  If you don't want to do that you can always donate them.  We have a Salvation Army truck at our local Wal-Mart and he takes EVERYTHING we don't need.   COSTUMES:  There are many reuses for those cute costumes.  1) Let your kid wear them again and again until they no longer fit.  We have a dress up box where we store a few key items and he loves to dress up like his favorite hero's (Superman, Batman, Capt. Jack...ect).  2) Donate them to your kids school.  Kids really love to dress up.  Most day cares have a dress up area and will gladly take your gently used costumes.  3) Donate them to libraries or Goodwill.  Our library has a borrow a costume section ... [ Read More ]

Just another green day…

Work trips really wear me out!  Today has been pretty boring but I have some updates for you. 1) Curbside recycling!  I'm going on three weeks of solid pick ups!  It looks like the driver now knows that I'm on his route!  YIPPIE! 2) The garden's a growing!  Well I've had some good and bad in the garden.  I'll have to share pics later but I have my first cherry tomatoe turning red and about 50 more green ones.  I also have a few cucumbers starting to take shape too.  We served out first helping of romaine from the garden last week for taco salad and it was pretty good.  Smaller than store bought and a little stronger in taste; but really good.  On the bad side...the zucchini is just not going to make it.  Not sure what I did wrong but it's turning yellow and wilting.  3) Compost!  The compost is a learning experience.  I forget to add the kitchen waste and food scraps most of the time but I do put all my yard waste in the bins.  The soil at the bottom is really nice and when I ... [ Read More ]

WysiWipe Samples

Well for my first product giveaway I was a little disappointed I didn't have more entries but I'm happy that I have a few new readers out of it.  The winners of the WysiWipe samples are: Mel (Of course my product whore BFF!) Hilary of www.modernlime.com who I just realized is in Tampa.  (Hello neighbor!) Lesha of www.fashionfling.com. I will be sending you each emails requesting your mailing addresses so I can get your samples sent out this weekend.  I hope you enjoy the product. As for me, I have found a new use for my WysiWipes!  Some of you know that I am an artist as well.  I have actually pulled my paints out of the garage and picked up the paint brush again.  WysiWipes are a great substitute for paper towels in the studio.  I use them when drying my brush in-between color changes.  The great thing is I can use them over and over again; wash them out between uses; and compost them when I'm done.  Since I can rinse them out I get all the paint residue out of them ... [ Read More ]

Exhausted EcoChic

It's the weekend, I'm suppose to be relaxing and spending time with my family doing fun things.  Well I have spent all day with my family but I can't say it was fun.  We've been laying sod, trimming trees, trimming bushes and all that fun spring yardwork that has to be done.  We're still new to all this tropical stuff so we're learning as we go.  Our old sod was dead and damaged so that was my husbands project over the past few weeks.  We have gone through 2 pallets of sod already and will need about one more to finish the side lot.  It looks fantastic though!  Now if I can get my husband to be conservative with the watering...we don't want it to die but we also don't want to over water it.  I wish I knew what some of the plants were in the yard so I could research different ways to care for them.  I have this one palm that I need to research because it has been a trouble maker since we moved in 2 years ago.  The problem is that it has these roots that continue to sprawl...above ... [ Read More ]

Our Green Day…

We've done it...we've got the stuff to make our garden in the backyard so I don't have to buy veggies at the grocery store this summer.  About 3 weeks ago my son and I planted our seeds in the seed cups and they have sprouted and are in need of some growing space.  I also got some supplies to make a simple compost bin out of chicken wire.  My husband is actually supportive of the garden however, he's not quite sure about this compost bin.  We have a pool and are always throwing away the leaves that we clean out of the filter...along with all of our food scraps and yard clippings.  Why not actually compost that material and use it in our garden later this year?  Do we really need to send yard clippings and leaves to the landfill in plastic bags...they really aren't going to decompose inside those bags.  So I'm fullfilling one of my New Year's Resolutions and going green in the yard.  The veggies at the grocery store look so hideous lately and the prices keep going up.  I'm excited that ... [ Read More ]