Thursday, April 26, 2012

Living Green.

I've been on a bit of a "green" kick lately which has me inspired to share a few of my favorite "around the web" tips, tricks, and "truths". The truths being some not so nice facts about some food items that are causing us harm ;(. None of this is intended to be preachy, because we're all learning here, including myself but I will say that living a "greener' more organic lifestyle has been a work in progress for Mr. Jones and I ever since we moved in together. There is still a long way to go and a lot to learn but thanks to some informative reading we are continuing to change our habits and creating a home and a lifestyle that is more sustainable, better for the planet, and healthier for us.

So let's start with a few of my fav's!

Being a complete OCD cleaner/neat freak I thoroughly enjoyed Veronica's post about her cleaning routine! No joke I love cleaning day at my house ;)

Her post inspired me to share a few of my own favorite green cleaning products ;)

Mrs. Meyers! If you're not a fan of cleaning these products will surely make it a less tedious task if not change your mind entirely! Her scents are amazing and you'll feel good about using the all natural ingredients to get your home sparkly clean! I've used almost all of these and love them all.

 Method All Purpose Cleaner is a staple in the bathroom, I keep one in there at all times so I can quickly wipe down mirrors, counter tops, shelves or the floor with one great product! These also come in lovely scents.

My newest favorite! JR Watkins. Currently I have the lemon scent as my everyday counter top cleaner in the kitchen. Heaven in a spray bottle. The smell alone will make you want to find any reason to wipe down your counters any chance that you can ;)

(I buy all of my cleaning products at Target or Bed Bath and Beyond, great if you are always getting coupons in the mail for BB&B like I am ha!)

Next up the lovely Christina from Carolina Charm!

She has a great little series going on right now called Handy Homemaker Tips and Tricks which I love! I love all of the homemade cleaning solutions she has on there and am determined to try them out for myself! Going green doesn't mean you have to spend more money...there are a ton of homemade cleaning solutions that you can make in bulk that will literally save you hundreds of dollars over the year! Love this tub scrub idea!

Pinterest is also a great resource for handy home tricks!

 Ashley over at Adventures of Newlyweds is a great resource on healthy eating and exercise habits. She recently posted this info on how White Bread is made. gross. We LOVE Daves Killer Bread and all of the healthy benefits that come along with a super delicious taste. If you don't have Daves Killer Bread near you I would encourage you to look for breads/pastas etc. that are whole grain, and include things like flax, seeds, and as few ingredients as possible.

We really like this pasta as an alternative, while it's not 100% whole wheat it does contain all kinds of healthy vitamins, and it does not have that whole wheat chewy factor that I just can't get past ;( We eat pasta pretty regularly as we only eat meat once or twice a week so this is a great alternative.

Another eye opening article on the food we eat was this little expose on Chick-Fil-A posted by Food Babe via 100 Days of Real Food.  (another great read for healthy wholesome eating) Knowledge is power people. I'm really torn because I LOVE chick-fil-a and since we only eat it once a year when we are in the South I have a very good feeling it will be on our list of things to do..having said that  I LOVE that she provided an alternative recipe that will most likely be on our weekend menu sometime soon ;)

And last but not least, I am LOVING some free reads I scored on the Kindle recently which have been great for opening my eyes to all kinds of things.

I'm telling you we are really changing the way we view our food around here, we've stepped it up and gone almost 100% organic in our grocery shopping and are in the process of signing up for an organic produce delivery service.. we're leaning towards this one which allows you to customize what's in your order and the size of your order.

Learning to eat with the "seasons" is something I am really excited about not only will it be great to support local business, but it's fresh and organic and will teach us to eat and cook with the vegetables and fruit that is seasonally available.

Phew!! That is a lot of info to take in but I am just so motivated right now to continue to change our habits for the better and share what I've learned with others! I hope you can take something positive away from all of this and even better if you have something to share with me I would LOVE to hear about it!! It's a team effort to change the way in which we live and love our world and ourselves.

Peace, Love, and Granola,

xoxox Miss V.


  1. love green. we do rain barrels and composting at our house. and of course the normal recycling. every little bit helps!

  2. I got mentioned! I'm famous! ;) haha great post!