On Green (Wedding) Fun

I was doing a search for eco-friendly business cards and stumbled upon
Their cards are so unique!
If you click under EYE CANDY
you will be directed to Inspiration Boards
with ideas for parties, showers, and weddings!

Ol' Timey Lake Wedding by Kiana Lee Mosley, see more unique Minted wedding invitations
How cute is this for an outdoor wedding?
La Boda by Bethany, see more unique wedding invitations
¡Que linda!
La Boda board by Bethany. See more unique wedding invitations

Many years ago, as a 21 year old bride I picked lavender, peach, and ivory
 invitations that I still think were pretty cute,
 but how adorable are these?

A Woodland Wedding?
Fun and Funky
Summer Garden Wedding?
Beach Vows

Teacher Wedding?
They also have adorable party invites and…
business cards!
You have a 100% recycled option on every item which makes it even more beautiful.

*Disclaimer:
Minted is giving me some lovely business cards for posting this, but I would have done it for free, they are just so cute! 

On Gettin’ Clean

Yesterday I tried a new recipe for laundry detergent.
I usually make a liquid detergent because I just think it dissolves better
when it’s colder weather (especially if you use mainly cold water to wash.)
I love my recipe and it’s so inexpensive to make.   The liquid recipe makes
equivalent to about 9 bottles of the HE detergent (medium bottles) or probably
one of the giant ones from Sam’s Club. 
Since it’s getting warmer I wanted to try a powdered detergent recipe and 
see how it compares. 
Powdered Laundry Detergent
1 bar of soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s Citrus) 
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of Washing Soda
*if desired a few drops of essential oils- I use tea tree oil for antibacterial properties and a drop of bergamot because it smells nice 

What you need

Put borax, washing soda, and essential oils (if using) in bowl and stir. 
Grate bar of soap into bowl.

I used my blender to mix it all into a fine powder
Finished Product
So far it’s working great.  
I like that it takes up less space in my cabinet.
I’ll let you know if it lasts as long as the other recipe. 
(Especially since it costs a little more to make.)
Laundry, 
the never-ending battle.
Spring?  
Are you here? 
Guess I have to get cleaning then…

Thinking about footprints…


I am thinking about the footprints we leave on this earth.

We really try to do the right thing, but as Americans we have some bad habits.

I was looking for Carbon Footprint Calculators, and thought this one was the easiest (and coolest to look at) that I’ve found so far. (It’s also posted as a widget at the bottom of my blog.)
Now, I do these periodically, just to see how a change we’ve made as a family has impacted our footprint. I was surprised at ours. The calculator breaks your footprint down in four categories:

Transportation
Housing
Goods/Services
Food

My household came out normal in transportation. (Do you know how hard it is to find a car that will hold 6 people that gets decent gas mileage? IMPOSSIBLE!) But, we do try and combine our trips- getting all errands run on a certain day, etc.

In Housing we were high. We have an old house, which I love, but our energy bills are crazy. Not sure what to do there. We’ve gotten all new appliances that are Energy Star rated, have all energy efficient bulbs in our lighting, etc. I think our main problem is our heat/air unit. It is OLD and probably really inefficient (thus the crazy electric bill.) Insulation would help a lot too, I’m sure. Our gas and water bills though are lower than normal. (Yay for the rain barrels!)

In Goods/Services & Food we do much better than average. I really have been trying to make conscious choices when I shop (and if I shop.) Trying to buy everything local and Arkansas made is my first wave. I make my own cleaning products which saves on packaging. We are buying all our produce at a local farmer’s market. I get my eggs and cheese there too when available. We don’t eat red meat, which also saves on carbon emissions. Watching what type of packaging when you shop is important (but I’ll admit that is hard sometimes.) We buy clothes only when needed, and lots of times we find what we need at the local thrift store (but I do love Hanna Anderson for the kids!)

Try the widget out and let me know how you fared!