Everything you want to know about hydrogen, diesel, hybrid, naturalgas, electric, flex fuel/ethanol and fuel-sipping gasoline cars isincluded. There's a video section which gives the reader an in-depth look at the latest eco-friendly vehicles out there, and even features a section it calls the Perfect Car Finder.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Help! I just moved into a rental home that has a backyard full of dirt. It is a sloping yard that is full of trees and pretty large. Grass will not grow and the owner of the home is not willing to have that yard sodded. Anyone have some ideas of how to landscape it? I have three dogs and every time it rains they are full of mud when they just go out to go potty. They (the dogs) are not the reason for no grass and never in any other place we have lived did they make it a problem to have a yard with grass in it. Other than put rocks in the whole yard, I need some more creative ideas. Post your ideas or read responses
Friday, August 29, 2008
Take time to investigate what the real problem is and make small corrections as long as possible to extend your hardware's useful life. If a replacement is in order try to find ways to save money on
your next computer with this article.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
It includes provisions for a first time homebuyer's tax credit, an update to the FHA loan program, help for our nation's veterans, and much more.
Does the Housing and Economic Recovery Act affect you?
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
In the interest of getting rid of the grocery bill, I have begun to get very serious about vegetable gardening. Last fall I converted a small shop into a greenhouse. This is a wood structure that required some bracing and lots of white paint.
Also late last year I made a long and deep double raised bed and built a greenhouse from scratch on top of the sunken walkway and beds. This structure is made from chain link fence top rail in a standard house configuration with 2 by 4 ends.
This spring I began construction on the third greenhouse for fruits and vegetables, also made of chain link fence top rail. This structure is a quonset hut style with 2 by 4 ends.
My intention is to get rid of the produce bill and feed us all year long by canning, freezing and drying what we don't eat fresh. We are also going to grow and harvest during the off season (late fall through early spring), with little or no additional heat in the greenhouses.
Is anyone else this gung-ho about avoiding the high price of produce and becoming more independent? I'm know to be excessive, but there are probably others that are interested in how they can do something similar with a minimal investment of money.
Read the posted ideas.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
What about books? I've added a link to the Kindle Wireless Reading Device to this website navigation bar. It's to books what iPod is to music. Some people can't imagine giving up the touch and smell of a book (by the way, that smell is toxic since it's all about glues and inks), but if you just can't retrain your the smell area of the brain, there's now BookSwim, which is to books what Netflix is to movies.
Fall in love with a book and want to keep it? No problem! You can pay for it online and then immediately receive another book from your list. It’s that easy!
Monday, August 25, 2008
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Amazon's new green shopping website includes these products:
• Books, Movies, TV, Magazines & Downloads
• Certified Organic Grocery
• Electronics & Computers
• Health, Beauty & Personal Care
• Home & Garden
• Home Improvement
• Sporting Goods
• Toys & Baby Products
Access the green information guides on topics:
• Composting 101
• Green Wedding Guide
• Green Tips for Your Lawn
• Greening Baby's Room
• Greening Your Child's Playroom
• Greening Your Laundry Room
• Greening Your Office
• Greening Your Car
• Recycling Electronics for Fun & Profit
• Tips for a Greener Bathroom
• Tips for a Greener Bedroom
• Tips for a Green Home Theater
• Tips on Green Cleaning
• Tips for a Green Kitchen
• Waste-Free Holidays
Sunday, August 24, 2008
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Thursday, August 21, 2008
Before long there are mountains of electronics, clothing, housewares buried beneath the earth leaking toxins into our soils that will eventually end up in our groundwater. We'd all be wise to do some serious freecycling – giving away, and getting already-used stuff for free.
The system is simple. You join a local Freecycle Yahoo group to view what people . People post want to give away and if you're the first to grab it, it's yours, for free. Rather than tossing things into the garbage dumpster, post them on Freecycle for somebody who needs it locally. There are plenty of folks who don't mind cleaning something up and even painting to not have to buy something new.
Reduce trash, feel a bit more green, and you can also smile over a win-win situation. Visit Freecycle to find your local group.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Does anyone know of a recipe/alternative for a daily shower spray -- the kind that you just spray on the walls & door after each shower? I've tried the commercial ones and they are so expensive to use everyday. not to mention they make my throat feel scratchy, and I haven't really noticed the shower staying clean. Soap scum is so stubborn & i hate to use harsh bleachy stuff on it. Thanks for any ideas!
Read the many responses and add your own at the forum post.
Monday, August 18, 2008
for a color walk. Take a walk through a garden and woodland and find
the colors in nature that most match what you have on the strips.
Mark them off as you find them making the more difficult ones a real
challenge for a keen eye.
Ants: Sprinkle cinnamon, bay leaves, cayenne pepper or baby powder in problem areas and along baseboards and Windowsills.
Cockroaches: Sprinkle equal parts of baking soda and confectioners' sugar in problem areas.
Mice: Place cotton dipped in peppermint oil near problem areas. Used kitty litter is another repellent.
Mosquitoes: Mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water placed on your deck or balcony or dab lavender oil on your wrists and elbows.
Files: Small sachets of crushed mint placed around the home will discourage flies. So will a potted sweet basil plant. -Sid Kirchheimer
AARP Bulletin – May 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Nearly 1 in 5 cars has a loose cap, causing 147 million gallons of gas a year to vaporize, according to Rich White, head of the Car Care Council.
A leaky cap can rob you of two miles a gallon, abotu 10% of typical mileage, which is as much of a gas-waster as under-inflated tires, dirty air filters and worn spark plugs.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
You can't always control your child's diet, but you don't have to be part of weakening the immune system with sodas, sugar drinks and sweet treats that knock out the immune system.
Here's some nutritional help for your kids as they head back to school.
Solid Nutritional Support for Growing Kids
by Jody Taylor
As the new school year approaches, parents everywhere are gathering the supplies their kids will need when they head out the door. This fall, arm your kids not just with backpacks but with the nutrition that will help them perform their best.
Nature’s Sunshine has a variety of products designed to help kids stay healthy, happy and ready to learn. Highlighted here are a few favorites.
Set Your Child’s Sights on Success with Focus Attention
Focus Attention combines powerful nutrients that help the brain maintain a healthy, balanced level of stimulation. By supplying the brain with the vital nutrients it needs, Focus Attention may help improve your child’s concentration so he or she can thrive at school. Available in capsules and a great-tasting powder drink mix.
“My 9-year-old, Jonathan, has trouble staying on task. After receiving a bottle of Focus Attention Powder from a family member, I decided to try it. I can’t say enough how wonderful this product is. My son has gone from being almost out of control and making horrible grades, to the wonderful child I knew he was. He has made the A/B Honor Roll. Thank you.”—Diane T., San Antonio, TexasStart their Day the Herbasaurs® Way!
Herbasaurs products are designed specifically with kids’ nutritional needs in mind. While mass-market vitamin supplements can be loaded with sugar and other extras kids don’t need, Herbasaurs products are sweetened naturally and contain no artificial colors, flavors, sucrose or starch. So you can feel confident giving them to your kids every day.
Chewable Multiple Vitamins and MineralsGreat Taste Makes Vitamin C an Easy Pill for Kids to Swallow
Getting your kids to eat their fruits and veggies might be a struggle, but you’ll never have to beg them to take their vitamins! This great-tasting chewable, naturally sweetened with xylitol, fructose and citrus flavors, contains 12 essential vitamins plus minerals and iron.
Liquid Multiple Vitamins Plus Iron
Recommended for children who prefer a liquid, this formula has a pleasant orange flavor. Each dose equips kids with a full day’s supply of 12 essential vitamins plus iron and zinc.
Chewable Antioxidants with Grapine®
Herbasaurs Antioxidants help young, growing bodies fight the damaging effects of free radicals caused by oxidation, pollutants, the sun and even exercise. Each lemon-lime flavored tablet offers antioxidant protection with beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, Grapine and licorice flavonoid extract.
Chewable Elderberry Plus
With a host of germs out there just waiting to be shared, it’s nice to know you can strengthen your child’s defenses before sending him or her off to school each day. Chewable Elderberry Plus contains elderberry, reishi mushroom and astragalus for immune and respiratory system support—in a great-tasting lemon-lime Dinotab®.
Kids and adults alike can enjoy the protective benefits of Vitamin C. Nature’s Sunshine chewable wafers are made with vitamin C and whole orange juice, along with rose hips, orange and natural lemon-lime flavor. Each tablet delivers 410 percent of the Daily Value to keep kids’ immune systems strong.
Keep Kids’ Digestive Systems in Balance with L. Reuteri
A healthy intestinal tract is home to billions of delicate microorganisms that aid in the digestion process. Stress, environmental conditions and antibiotics can destroy them, but NSP probiotics—including L. Reuteri—help repopulate these tiny friends. This strain of friendly flora is chewable, suitable for young children and requires no refrigeration—making it a great choice both for travel and daily use at home.
Monday, August 11, 2008
How to Create a Frugal Budget
Budget Lessons and Worksheets
How to Budget Using the Envelope System
If you're the type that needs something in hand, here's a good system at a reasonable price:
Saturday, August 9, 2008
We've used white vinegar for 15 years. Lots cheaper and it:
eliminates static cling
removes soap residue from your clothes
softens your towels and clothes
makes your towels more absorbent
deodorizes without heavy perfumes
Don't you just hate to walk around smelling like your laundry detergent? So many people do, ya know!
Learn more about toxic dryer sheets and alternatives for your laundry.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
If you need some encouragement to brush up on your Spanish or to consider it as a second language, the don Quijote website has many benefits. As a free member, you can access a database of archived lessons whenever you like. There are courses offered and information on studying Spanish in other countries.
A forum to exchange ideas with people around the world and even a pen pal if you'd like to practice your Spanish writing skills. There is a verb conjugator and even a couple of word games to play in Spanish. Take a look aroundHere's some additional websites providing review and practice:
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
1. Tell everyone you know you are now unemployed - There is no shame in telling people that you are looking for a job. In fact, the more people you tell the better your chances are in getting a referral. Tell people in your network what kind of job you are seeking and what your skills are, and someone may be able to help you get a new job.
2. Apply for unemployment benefits - As long as you were terminated through no fault of your own, you should be eligible to collect some unemployment benefits. It is not a lot of money, but it is something to help you with gas and food bills while you look for a job. In California it is fairly easy to submit a claim through an online form here . If you find employment before your benefits begin you can always cancel the claim.
3. Tighten your belt - When you suddenly become unemployed you may need to adjust your budget a bit and stretch whatever severance you received as much as you can. It could mean that you have to cancel the cable and not go out so much for dinner, but without your former income those small luxuries may prevent you from paying the bigger bills like the rent or the mortgage. If you do not have an adequate emergency fund to tide you through the job search then frugality becomes a necessity.
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Sunday, August 3, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Here's an article with a few tips to save money during the back to school shopping season.