Meet the Brockintons

May 21, 2009

This is the cutest thing. Ever.

Meet the Brockintons from ashley brockinton on Vimeo.

(The video doesn’t appear to be showing up on my blog, but click the link!! Trust me, you will not be disappointed!!)

I saw this lovely video on rockstar diaries and I just had to share this with all of you (all 3 of you who read my blog) ;-)

How cute are Sam & Ashley?! I love EVERYTHING about this video and would like to find a boy who will make a video like this with me. And look at those adorable kiddies? Oh my goodness! Too freaking cute! And on top of all of it, I just checked out Ashley’s site and she is ridiculously talented! WOW WOW WOW! Hope you enjoyed the vid as much as I did!

Greenwashing Report 2009

May 8, 2009

I already knew that some labels found on products are false and companies sometimes use irrevalent terms when it comes to “green” products but I had no idea it was so common. Read the 2009 Greenwashing Report and educate yourself on the tricks marketers are playing on us.

How long can I keep this?

May 4, 2009

Check out this handy chart at The Kitchn blog. I know I’ve asked this question before so I’m sure there’s someone else out there who will appreciate this. You can even download a chart and hang it on your fridge!

image: thekitchn.com

image: thekitchn.com

The Great Coffee Cup Challenge

April 27, 2009

Check out The Great Coffee Cup Challenge on GardeningNude.

Green Scams

April 24, 2009

Whenever I talk about how I like “natural” or “green” cleaning products, someone brings up Clorox Green Works. Ever since Clorox came out with their “natural” line of products, I didn’t trust them. And now, there’s an article on MSNBC about “The Four Biggest Green Marketing Scams” and guess who’s on the list?? Yep, Clorox Green Works.

image: amazon.com

image: amazon.com

The moral of the story: you can’t always trust products that state they are “natural”, “green”, or “organic”. Until we find a way to regulate and limit the use of these words, you and I are going to have to be careful and selective when it comes to the food we eat, the cleaning products we use, and the products we purchase.

p.s. I use vinegar and water to clean my bathroom, mirrors, windows, tv, etc… =)

Mountain Rose Herbs

April 24, 2009

Looking to buy bulk organic herbs & spices or maybe some organic teas? Well look no further, Mountain Rose Herbs has it all!

image: mountainroseherbs.com

image: mountainroseherbs.com

They also sell carrier oils (make your own soap), wax (make your own candles), and lots of other bulk ingredients. I’m dying to buy some bulk herbs to make some homemade teas (mmm relaxing lavender tea) and when I finally get off my butt and decide to do it, you be I’ll be buying my supplies from Mountain Rose Herbs!

Priceless

April 23, 2009

One of my favorite movies! This trailer does not do it justice!

Happy Earth Day!!

April 22, 2009

Today has been a lovely day so far! I’m rocking a sinus headache but it’s just reminding me of how lovely Chicago weather is! Cold and rainy yesterday; warm and sunny today! I love it!

I am mostly enjoying the great shows that have been on today focusing on being Earth friendly. So far Oprah, The Price is Right, and Martha Stewart have all featured environmentally friendly products and/or tips. Like I told my Mom yesterday, “Earth Day is like Christmas for my people!”. =)

Step outside for a bit today and enjoy the weather no matter where you live! I hope you have a great Earth Day!

Tweet SAFELY at Work

April 17, 2009

I love this idea! A Twitter tool that looks like an Excel spreadsheet. Now you can Tweet SAFELY at work!

image: zoomdoggle.com

image: zoomdoggle.com

DIY: Tissue Paper Carnations

April 17, 2009

I am obsessed with poms lately but I have no luck when I try to make them (maybe I should just buy some from PomLove).

I found a tutorial via Twitter on Folding Trees for these super cute tissue paper carnations! So of course, I have been making them all day. They are soooooo adorable and super easy to make!

image: foldingtrees.com

image: foldingtrees.com

Here’s a picture of my lil work area on the kitchen table:

Eclec's DIY carnations Flowers

Eclec's DIY carnations Flowers

I strayed from the directions a bit:

  • I’m using my ColorBox fluid chalk inkpad to color my flowers. You can remove each plate so it’s super easy to color the paper.
  • I also reused some tissue paper that I got from the store when I bought something glass. I love the off white color and reusing paper is very green!
  • I’m using my Martha Stewart paper cutter minus the blade to make perfect circles. Instead of putting the blade in the hole, I use a pencil and get a perfect circle!

And a craptastic close up of the flowers:

More DIY carnations

More DIY carnations


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