Tag Archives: eco-friendly

Summer Fun with Green Toys

I received review samples of the toy products shown above; all opinions are mine.

Summer is going by much too fast—time really does fly when you’re having fun! And one way to make summer more fun for the kiddos in your life is with Green Toys®! If you’re not familiar with Green Toys®, this company creates super-fun, super-cute toys—all made in the USA and all made out of 100% recycled materials (mainly plastic). Isn’t that great? So not only do these toys provide loads of fun for kids, they help reduce waste in the environment. Continue reading

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Black Tea Window Cleaner

Black Tea Window Cleaner @ NancyC

Who would have thought that black tea could be used as a window cleaner? I think it’s a great idea–so many people drink it, so they have it on hand, and it’s a great eco-friendly alternative to conventional chemical-laden cleaners. I didn’t come up with this idea myself–the tea experts at Choice Organic Teas, makers of organic, fair trade certified teas, told me about it and sent me some samples of their black tea to try it out! They sent me their Classic Black, English Breakfast, and Wild Forest Black teas–any black tea should work for making the window cleaner.

I used the Classic Black tea and found that this window cleaner is really easy to make. I was also surprised at how well it cleaned my windows! Here’s how you make it:

BLACK TEA WINDOW CLEANER

What you’ll need:

  • a clean, empty spray bottle
  • 3 tea bags of black tea
  • 1 cup of hot water

Directions: Steep tea bags in 1 cup of water for 4 to 5 minutes; remove tea bags and let brewed tea cool. Pour the cooled tea into your spray bottle. Spray on windows and mirrors and wipe thoroughly with a paper towel or cloth.

That’s all there is to it! it’s nice to be able to clean your windows using natural ingredients instead of chemicals, isn’t it? This sure comes in handy for spring and summer cleaning! Have you ever tried making your own window cleaner?

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My New Cutting Board

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I have gone through lots of cutting boards in my time! 🙂 They don’t seem to last very long for me before they start getting scratched up and worn out. But lately I’ve been using a wonderful new cutting board I received, compliments of Epicurean. Epicurean is a kitchenware company based in Duluth, MN and is known for using unique eco-friendly materials to make great kitchen products–like their durable line of cutting boards.

The cutting board I received is from their Gourmet Series and it’s a really nice cutting board. One side has a juice grove, which is handy when you’re cutting fruits, and the other side is flat–so you can use either side, depending on what type of food prep you’re doing. I’ve been using it to cut and chop lots of fruit and veggies mostly, and haven’t noticed any marks on it yet! And I really like the look and design of it. The color of my board is called “natural,” but it’s also available in a darker brown “nutmeg” and black “slate.” It’s the nicest, sturdiest cutting board I’ve had.

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Epicurean also has cutting boards with handles (which are great for slicing and serving bread or cheese on), colorful recycled poly cutting boards, fruit-shaped boards, animal-shaped boards, and even boards in the shape of some states. All are durable and dishwasher safe. And I really like that these boards are eco-friendly, too! They’re made in the U.S. and distributed worldwide. So if you’re looking for a good-quality cutting board, you can read more about these at the Epicurean site.

Do you have a special cutting board or surface you like to use?