Articles By: Allison Allison

Green is not Red or Blue

Green is not Red or Blue

During a discussion with someone I recently met, somehow, the conversation turned to light bulbs. “Oh those awful light bulbs that OBAMA wants us to use”, she said. I was confused thinking there was some new technology that I hadn’t

Green Your K-Cup

Green Your K-Cup

Single cup coffee makers are everywhere right now. They are easy and convenient, perfect for single people or solo coffee drinkers in a home. But, their popularity is causing some big problems – namely lots of landfill waste. Check out

Reusable Batteries vs. Disposable: It’s No Contest

Reusable Batteries vs. Disposable: It’s No Contest

It's almost that time of year again. Yes, almost, (you hear that neighbor down the street with all your holiday lights on already), I said almost. Almost that time for twinkling lights, decorating, shopping, entertaining, gift giving…and batteries…lots and lots

Natural Solutions for Flea and Tick Control (Video)

Natural Solutions for Flea and Tick Control (Video)

For many of us, pets are a big part of the family. But if you are using flea and tick control products on them, you are unknowingly exposing your furry friends to chemicals that are toxic to their nervous system

The Day I Gave Up

The Day I Gave Up

Maybe it was because it was a tough morning. My 11-year-old had raging hormones, had a meltdown over a pair of shorts, and missed her morning carpool. I drove her to school in my pajamas, there was no parking, and

Hazardous Waste Disposal: Easy and Free

Hazardous Waste Disposal: Easy and Free

I visited one of Orange County’s household hazardous waste facilities last week. I could not believe how fast and easy it was.   Orange County Waste and Recycling operates four locations for dropping off your household hazardous waste: Huntington Beach,

Breakfast made Easy, Healthy and Cheap

Breakfast made Easy, Healthy and Cheap

Mornings are crazy at my house. It seems like we are always rushing around, tracking down homework that has been left all over the house, packing lunches, and finding shoes and sweatshirts (yes, we have a central place to put

Buying Organic

Buying Organic

Most people want to buy organic foods for their family. Unfortunately many don’t because of the price.   Organic foods can fit into your budget – just remember it’s not an all or nothing approach. The more things you can

Enough with Stuff

Somewhere in between cleaning out my dad’s house, watching my next door neighbors move (leaving behind bins overflowing with trash) and organizing my mom’s move out of her condo (working against the clock to get all her things out of

Is real better than fake?

Is real better than fake?

I’m talking Christmas trees of course. And when it comes to which option is greener, well it really depends on who you ask.   Those in the artificial camp (read: the Vinyl institute) cite the disposal issue of throwing out

Better lunches kids actually eat

Better lunches kids actually eat

Today, like most days, preparing my kids’ lunches was a struggle – trying to find the right balance of healthy foods and foods that my kids enjoy and will eat. Over the years, I have searched websites for healthy, creative