10 Ways to Make it Earth Day Every Day

Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is one of my favorite days because I am able to witness more being done for the earth than any other day. But wouldn’t it be great if everyone treated every day like Earth Day? Today is a great day to set some new goals for being more environmentally friendly.

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Here are 10 ways you can start living greener today.

  1. Ditch the paper towels. Every day in the United States, we use over 3,000 tons of paper towels! Replacing your paper towels with rags will save a lot of waste and is a very simple change.
  2. Use a reusable water bottle. The average American uses over 150 disposable water bottles in a year and recycles less than 40. Plastic water bottles can also leach harmful chemicals. Choose glass or stainless steel bottles instead. My favorites are Klean Kanteen and Lifefactory.
  3. Use reusable shopping bags. About 1 million plastic bags are used every minute! Reusable bags not only save the environment, they save you from ripped bags and groceries going everywhere. They can also save you some money! Many grocery stores now offer discounts for bringing your own bags.
  4. Be a smart grocery shopper. Food waste is a big problem. Every year, Americans waste 33 million tons of food. This not only causes issues in our landfills but means more food needs to be produced. It’s also just like throwing your money away. Planning your shopping trips, sticking to your list, and meal planning are a few ways to prevent food waste. Check back soon for a blog post all about preventing food waste. 
  5. Drive less. Plan your trips, bike, walk, or use public transportation. Even hybrids and electric cars have an impact on our planet, so we all need to drive less. The weather is finally becoming more favorable for walking and biking, so dig out your walking shoes or dust off your bike.
  6. Choose recycled paper products. When buying paper products look for recycled options. Buying recycled not only saves trees, it also helps encourage companies to continue producing recycled products.
  7. Eat local. Food at your grocery store traveled 1,300 miles on average. A lot of energy is used to transport food. Check out your local farmer’s markets, coops and even your grocery stores may carry some local products. Even better, grow your own!
  8. Use energy efficient light bulbs. When your light bulbs burn out replace them with CFLs or LEDs. Both use far less energy and last longer. Just remember to properly dispose of your CFLs as they contain a small amount of mercury. If you are worried about the mercury (only accessible if the bulb breaks) use LEDs. The bulbs cost more initially but you will save on your energy bill and because of how long they last. 
  9. Stop vampire energy. Vampire energy is the energy your electronics use while they are turned off. Turn off your lights, anything that is turned off but still lights up is using energy. Plugging these items into power strips and turning them off when not in use will stop the vampire energy. This tip will save you money on your electric bill!
  10. Buy less stuff! Some purchases, like a reusable bottle and reusable shopping bags, can help reduce waste but don’t get carried away. The very best thing you can do for the environment is to not buy new products. Ask yourself if you really need something before you buy it and when you can buy used.

Share your favorite tips in the comments below or join the conversation on the Retro Housewife Goes Green Facebook page.

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April Coop Haul

This month I’m not doing any major grocery shopping. I’ve picked up some cheese, produce and a few other items but my coop order is the main shopping this month. I have tons food in the house I need to use up this month. So here is what I got from the Oklahoma Food Coop, it’s all local.

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  • Pasture Eggs
  • Fresh Pappardelle Pasta
  • Whole Pasture Chicken
  • 2 packages of Grass-Fed Beef
  • 2 packages of Grass-Fed Hamburgers
  • Jalapeño and Cheddar Whole Wheat Bread
  • Caciocavera (a semi-soft Italian cheese, kind of like mozzarella)
  • Grass-Fed Cheddar Cheese Sticks 

I’d love to hear if you are a member of a coop what kinds of things do you get? I’m always so excited to pick up my order. I love getting so much great local food!

March Grocery and Coop Haul

Well this is just a little late. This past month was so busy with the launch of the new business I’m apart of and then I got sick. I’m still dealing with an asthma attack but starting to get better! So better late than never on this haul, right?

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Homeland
(Local Chain)

  • 2 gallons of white vinegar

Dodson’s
(Locally Owned Store)

  • Biokleen Bac-Out
  • Organic Hash Browns
  • Dish Soap
  • Pro-Biotics
  • 2 Mints
  • Organic Fair Trade Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 2 Organic Frozen Peas
  • Organic Fruit Snacks
  • Fair Trade Coconut Cream Dark Chocolate Bar
  • Wild Caught, Low Mercury, BPA-Free Canned Tuna
  • 3 Suncups

Natural Grocers

  • Organic Bananas
  • 3 Organic Mac & Cheese
  • 3 Breakfast Sausage
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • 2 Organic, Fair Trade Black Tea
  • 4 Organic Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Organic Tomato Paste
  • Organic Cheese Crackers

Whole Foods

  • Mini Cheese Pizzas
  • 2 Un-cured Pepperoni Pizzas
  • Organic Mozzarella Fried Sticks
  • Spanikopitas
  • 2 Organic Frozen Green Beans
  • Organic Cream Cheese
  • Organic Full Fat Vanilla Yogurt
  • 2 Organic Flour Tortillas
  • Organic Whole Wheat Spaghetti
  • Organic Sugar
  • 2 Organic Tortilla Chips
  • Organic Chicken Broth
  • 3 Baking Soda
  • Organic Whole Wheat Penne
  • Organic AP Flour
  • Organic Baking Cocoa
  • Organic, Fair Trade Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Organic BBQ Chips
  • Organic Apple Sauce
  • Organic Tomato Paste
  • 3 Un-Cured Pepperoni
  • Organic Chicken Lunch Meat
  • Organic Bacon
  • Grass-Fed Beef
  • Grass-Fed Tenderloin
  • 2 Organic Turkey Jerky
  • Cheese Tortelloni
  • 2 Organic Ricotta
  • 2 Organic Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Milk Chocolate Carmel Eggs
  • Milk Chocolate Bunny
  • 2 Organic Whole Wheat Bread
  • 2 Organic Sandwich Thins
  • Organic Pizza Crusts
  • Random Cookie Bar Treats
  • Organic Potatoes
  • Organic Onions
  • Organic Apples
  • Organic Kiwi

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Oklahoma Food Coop
(Local Food Coop)

  • Non-GMO Pasture Eggs
  • 5 lbs Grass-Fed Beef
  • 2 lbs Pasture Chicken Tenders
  • 2 lbs Grass-Fed Hamburger Patties
  • 1/2 Dozen Whole Wheat Bagels

Mint Blended Coffee Drink

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While it’s tempting to go get one of the many mint drinks being offered today the ingredients are questionable at best. However, this mint drink is one you can feel better about drinking.

Mint Blended Coffee

Makes 3-4 servings
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cold strong coffee
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups ice
  • 1/4 cup sugar (add more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract (you can add more if you want more of a mint flavor)
  • Optional: You can replace some of the sugar with chocolate syrup or add a little bit of cocoa powder. You can also top with whipped cream

Directions:

Mix all of the ingredients in the blender smooth. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

And be sure to skip the plastic straw and use glass instead.

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Why I Disappeared

It has been almost a month since I’ve blogged. This year has been off to a crazy start. If you follow me on Facebook you likely know I didn’t even get my Christmas tree put away until the very end of last month. This wasn’t because I wanted it out that long, I was just too busy to get it put away.

I’ve been dealing with extra fatigue, I already have a lot from Fibromyalgia, since the fall. I was starting to get concerned and I was thinking about going to the doctor to see if something was wrong. I was putting it off because I had found out I was vitamin D deficient and my doctor had put me on a pretty high dose and I wanted to see if that would help. I also struggle with a B12 deficiency and at times low iron, these can also cause fatigue.

However, in November I was eating at a local restaurant with my husband when I got really dizzy, felt like I was going to pass out, and my vision got really blurry and everything was really bright. We went home and I checked blood sugar and it was normal. I have food allergies but my breathing was fine so it didn’t seem to be an allergic reaction. I took my blood pressure thinking it was possibly too high, high blood pressure runs in my family, and it was very low for me. After taking it for a few days I noticed it was dropping quite low, at one point it was 85/56.

This has meant having an echocardiogram, 24 hour heart monitor, an EKG, blood work, and other testing. So far all we know is I have sinus tachycardia (which we already knew but it’s worse than we thought) and my blood pressure drops seem to be random. My doctor can’t find the cause so I’m currently waiting to get into a cardiologist to have more testing. With one of my doctor appointments lasting around 4 hours this has been pretty time consuming.

I’m also now working on a new business. Soon we will be launching and I will share more about that. It’s exciting and a business that is needed in my area but starting a new business is a lot of work. With meetings and all of my responsibilities for the business it’s been crazy the last couple of months, it will be worth it though.

Yesterday I did finally got pretty much caught up on housework. It’s finally back to the point where I can just do a little bit everyday to keep up with it and when I have time I will tackle bigger projects that aren’t urgent. Now I’m working on getting caught up on blogging and with Green Oklahoma.

Once I’m caught up on everything I’m wanting to create a schedule so I can stay caught up. I’m not a big fan of schedules but with so many responsibilities I need one. When I create one I will be sure to share it. And hopefully it will mean I will be back to regularly posting here.

If you have great advice for how to stick to a schedule or being more productive, please share. I’m excited to finally be back to blogging and have lots of things I want to share with all of you. Thanks for sticking with me while I have been gone!