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Gift Guide for the Dog Lover

I'm so excited to bring you guys today's holiday gift guide. This one is for all of the #dogmoms out there (and #dogdads). My husband and I have a German Shepherd named Emma (who is currently in a time out for pooping inside...again), but just like our other kids, we still love her. We'd also really love it if she'd quit going potty inside, but that is beside the point. The point is there is no shame in spoiling your sweet fur baby, especially during the holidays!! And while some of these gifts are items for your dog, some are great gift ideas for the dog lover in your life too.


The Dogist 2018 Wall Calendar by Elias Weiss Friedman author of The Dogist, for example, is the perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves dogs.



These super cute Christmas Plaid Dog Collars by Mr. Bow Tie Boutique would be the perfect holiday gift for doggies and dog owners alike! Whether you have family holiday photos coming up, or you simply want your furry friend to look festive for those…

10 Easy Ways to Go Green

by Stephanie Moram, January 21, 2012

Are you hoping to go greener this year? Going green is not only good for the environment, but it is also healthier for our bodies. Here are ten easy ways to get started.

1. One of the simplest ways to go green and help the environment in the process is to bring your reusables with you when you are out and about. Start by having your own grocery and produce bags handy for impromptu shopping and slowly add other reusables to your “on the go goodie bag” such as cups and mugs; utensils; glass containers for take-out; glass straws; cloth napkins.

2. Recycling is one of the most common and thought of ways to live a more green lifestyle. However, has it ever crossed your mind to recycle when you are not at home? The majority of the people use recyclable items outside of the house and their is not always recycling bin available. So, the next time you purchase your fruit juice in a glass bottle, perhaps think of bringing it home instead of just tossing it away to eventually sit in a landfill.

3. Reduce your waste- it is not as difficult as one might think. Recycling and/or composting can remarkably reduce your waste at home. As well, bringing new life to items that would otherwise end up in the trash or recycling bin will aid help in decreasing the amount of garbage. If you want to go one step further, you can practice refusing items that are unnecessary such as excess packaging, plastic bags, plastic straws etc. A good alternatives is to purchase in bulk with your own reusable bags or buy a glass straw to avoid using plastic ones that are not recyclable.

4. If every American skipped meat and cheese one day a week, it would have the same environmental impact as the country driving 91 billion fewer miles a year. Crazy! Give Meatless Monday a try and maybe it can be a weekly occurrence for your family.

5. Organic foods can be expensive and not always available to everyone. Buying organic has health and environmental advantages: fewer pesticides are sprayed in the environment and are less ingested when eating that apple. Try buying items on the dirty dozen list first (apples, celery, strawberries, spinach, nectarines imported, grapes imported, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce, kale/collard greens). During the summer months, look out for the local farmer’s market, where produce is less likely sprayed and will be a cheaper option.

6. Not only is walking and biking good for your health; it is equally as good for the environment. Take a nice walk to your local store instead of driving.

7. Ditch the toxic chemicals. Try to limit the amount of toxic chemicals you bring into your home. This can vary from what you clean your home with to beauty products to the mattress you sleep on. A safe and healthy way is to clean your home is with water, vinegar and baking soda.

8. Do it yourself. Why? First, it is cheaper to make your own; second, you choose the ingredients; third, it is just better for you. There are so many easy, simple recipes out there whether it is for food, cleaning products or hand lotions.

9. Living a more green life is as simple as remembering to turn off your lights in the home. You probably do not need every light on, so why not think to turn them off when not in use? Another trick is to plug your appliances and electronic devices into a power bar. That way, just flick the switch on the bar to stop the “phantom energy” from being sucked from the power grid. Believe it or not, even when your electronic devices are off, energy is still being used.

10. Wash with cold water. There really is no need for the super-hot water to clean your clothing. Cold water works just fine in my opinion.


Most people feel overwhelmed, judged, or even guilty when they can't do it all - forgetting their reusable container or throwing an apple core in the trash. It is not about what you are not doing, but about what positive contribution you are making to the environment.
Remember- every bit does help along the path to a green, and healthier you and environment.
What will you choose to do to add some green in your life?

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Stephanie Moram is passionate about promoting green habits, environmental values and doing what she can to bring about change through media. She is also the founder of the popular blog Good Girl Gone Green and can be found on Twitter: @GGirlGGreen


Comments

  1. Thanks so much for sharing, Stephanie!

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  2. For all the talk about reducing auto emissions, it's the meat industry that does the most damage to our environment. I'm not sold on global warming, but there are serious problems with pollution and deforestation due to the cattle industry. I don't advocate that people cut out meat entirely, but three meaty meals a day isn't doing the planet, or our bodies, much good.

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  3. Came by on the Weekend Warrior Blog Hop :-)
    Following GFC
    http://ramblingandadventure.blogspot.com/

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  4. Thanks for the comment JR! I totally agree about pollution and cutting out meat a bit. I started cutting it out a few times a week when I found how hard it is on the environment. It was easy to stick with it after my body started feeling sooooo much better.

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  5. Some plastic bags nowadays are recyclable and this can really change the way we think about plastic. Thanks.
    plastic bag manufacturers

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