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It’s allergy time with all the pollen and grass cutting around. Take care of it naturally.

NATURAL REMEDIESDuring the spring and summer, most of us suffer from a little bit of allergies and congestion, even colds brought on by triggers of the season. Higher than normal amounts of pollen in the air, to simply driving in your car with the window down past someone cutting their lawn can bring on anything from the sniffles to a full blown sneeze.

Don’t just up and go to the nearest drug store for an instant cure. Commercials are all over TV when there are good natural ways as well that they sell there as well. Such as organic herbal teas that help ease your symptoms. To hot and cold packs to help relieve pain and pressure in the chest. Sometimes all you need is a little Mother Nature to help with this instead of the first cold medication you see on a shelf as soon as you walk through the door.

You do your part to live an eco-friendly life and keep the environment green. Why not start with yourself and keeping yourself healthy using eco-friendly products and not the first chemical that says it will take it all away with a pill or a liquid dose of medication.

There are times when you need a little help from a medication, but it doesn’t have to be the first thing you grab. Try to take care of it in a natural way. Soothing teas and warm compresses on your chest can do just as well as a chemically manufactured cold relief product that usually has a few side effects that come along with that territory too.

Home remedies clear up chest congestion brought on by the season well and have been used over many years to help bring relief when you’re suffering from it. Don’t count out home remedies there are some good chest congestion cures you can look into. As a matter of fact you have most of what you need, if not all, at home right now. You’ll definitely want to try these remedies at home and see if you can stay away from jumping into the medications head first right away and try to relieve your symptoms in an eco-friendly, green way.

Try these remedies at home and you’ll be surprised when you see where you can get relief from, and not just a drug store. They have been tested over time and to some success too as they have been around for a long while to work on chest congestion and other issues before there were even all these shelves of cold and congestion medications.

Just looking at all the medications they have you’d think if they worked they’d stop making new ones, stronger ones, and faster ones. If just one worked that’d be all you needed now wouldn’t it? So before you go spending your cash on a commercialized possible medication to alleviate your congestion issue, try a home remedy and you just might surprise yourself and wonder why you didn’t try sooner as it was under your nose the whole time.

Working with nature

ECO FRIENDLYMany people enjoy working in nature. Getting their hands dirty, playing in the muck and grime. There are many jobs that involve working in nature such as gardening, landscaping, tree trimming, stump pulling, forest rangers, and many more. The more you know about nature will help you with these type jobs. Knowing the necessary equipment needed for a job out in nature can be very confusing if you don’t know what type of equipment you will need for the job. Many people don’t know that the best chainsaw that is gas powered is the Husqvarna 435. Even though this is not necessarily the most eco-friendly chainsaw it is one of the best on the market for gas powered chainsaws and can handle many types of jobs.

Forest Rangers, stump pullers, tree trimmers and landscapers all need a great chainsaw, unfortunately most chainsaws aren’t viewed as eco-friendly. They help the environment by providing a way to remove dead limbs from trees and keep the tree from dying but they are all gas powered or run on electricity, which out in nature is not going to be provided. Gas powered is the most reliable chainsaw to have since you don’t need electricity to run it, but the use of gas doesn’t provide for a great green option when working in the yard.

Gardening is a great way to get out in nature and work with the plants and trees. To experience nature and all it’s beautiful colors. Gardening can be done eco-friendly by purchasing plants that were not grown with pesticides, and are potted in eco-friendly pots so the whole pot can be planted in the ground and is biodegradable. When you use biodegradable pots and no-pesticides to protect your plants you are contributing to environment by not releasing chemicals into the air and into your food or plants. This is a very eco-friendly job to have. Many people will support a green plant nursery more so than they will a non-green plant farm. So running a totally green plant farm is a great eco-friendly way to work with nature and be green at the same time.

Forest Rangers have a responsibility to nature to protect the plants and trees and animals. So they will make sure there are no fires stated, they will monitor the campers and picnic areas to make sure no one is feeding bears and other animals, and they will examine the forest to make sure no one is violating the laws of the forest and parks. Forest Rangers live a great eco-friendly lifestyle. They live in cabins and hike through the forest to monitor the grounds and animals. Many forest rangers have equipment that is not exactly eco-friendly but in order to do their job they need this equipment.

Having an eco-friendly career is a great way to help the environment and to make your mark on the world. Eco-friendly nature jobs are not only fun to have but also supports the green movement that has been making the world a better place for the past ten-twenty years. So when thinking about a career that can help the environment and make you a great income check out these options.

 

“The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades” – Timbuk 3

GOING GREEN 2The future must be nuclear bright because everyone’s wearing shades. That’s right, shades are making a comeback on the trendy side this summer. Even old school Ray Ban Wayfarers are being spotted everywhere from celebrities to your next door neighbor. The biggest sunglass trend though is one that actually seems to be a little off the beaten track, but people are snatching them up left and right. They are wooden sunglasses. That’s right, wooden sunglasses. No fake manufactured plastic materials here, so you might even want to consider the fact that sunglasses have gone green, a little eco-friendly.   That is great news to grab up a pair of handmade glasses shaped from natural wood to show your support for all that which is natural.

What cooler way to show your love for all things green by flashing a pair of sunglasses hand carved from wood? They are sharp looking and popping up all over from east coast to west coast and everything in-between. One of the most popular brands are Shwood sunglasses, they have been there from the beginning and even being on top of the wooden sunglasses food chain, they are still made by hand. That’s impressive. They could take it to the point where they are manufactured now that they are topping off the totem pole but they still are handmade, so you know you are getting green from scratch.

Shwood wooden sunglasses even come in 6 different designs so you are sure to find one that tickles your fancy as well. They are retro with a little hit of modern to give them a little bit of originality although you’d think being wood sunglasses would be original enough. There’s a lot of heart and style that go into each pair. This trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon either. There are companies that are coming out now trying to get on the bandwagon, but be assured that Shwood was one of the beginners in this area and know the insides and out of this trend and have a good foothold in where it is now and that they are not going anywhere.

So if you’re really into green and being eco-friendly and want to show it in a way that is different and a little different giving you a individualistic approach by taking a fashion approach, wooden sunglasses is the way to go. Have fun with being into green the way you are. There are fun ways to show it, so why not experiment a little. Wooden sunglasses are something fun and different. If your future’s so bright that you’ve got to wear shades, why not take a little walk and have a little fun on the green side. Show your spirit for all things green and eco-friendly every time you protect your eyes from the sun. There’s nothing wrong with finding your own path and showing your spirit without having to do everything exactly the way everyone else does. Show your individuality and have fun while you’re at it.

How a Home Fitness Regime Can Help You Go Green

ELLIPTICALIf you’re eco-conscious then you’re probably always looking for little tips to reduce your carbon footprint. One of the simplest ways to do this is to utilize the two things on the end of your legs called feet and get walking everywhere. Walk to work. Walk to school. Walk to the shops. A car can be handy in times, but as a society we overuse it. We rely on it way too often when a quick walk would do.

All that walking however is pretty tiring, so why not get yourself on the right track by investing in a Elliptical Trainer to keep you fit and active at home? On top of that, if you live in a rainy county then you probably don’t want to be out training all the time in the rain or the cold. An elliptical trainer at home is great for those winter or rainy seasons. An Elliptical Trainer is great if you want to get active at home before staying active in the great outdoors. There’s nothing worse than making it halfway to somewhere and having to get a ride back. You want to be in top-shape to be able to walk everywhere, and you want to maintain that top-shape your whole life.

For beginners, one of the best trainers out there is the Schwinn 430. It’s slim, sleek, professional and affordable. It has goal tracking capability so you can see yourself improve over time and has an easy to read LCD system. It comes with a range of twenty two different programmes, allows you to change your resistance levels and your inclination to give you a new challenge every time you step on. Or, if you don’t fancy all that custom ability, just hit Quick Start and away you go.

At $999.00 it’s not too pricey, and you can even get cheaper models online if you have a quick look. It’s a great addition to any household, can be used by the whole family and will be a constant reminder for you to stay in shape. A gym membership might do the trick, but then you’re talking monthly fees and probably driving there and back, and who’s going to mind the kids while you’re out at the gym? Why not invest in a quality piece of machinery for the home so you can maintain constant vigilance with your fitness while also keeping an eye on those little ones?

Get rid of the car and get walking. Get fit with the Schwinn 430 and keep your carbon footprint low. There’s no better way to get in shape, and it won’t just be good for the health of the earth, it’ll be good for your health too.

Knowing what to eat when being eco-friendly

EATING ECO-FRIENDLYLots of people are eating more earth friendly. By foraging for leafy salads from the daffodil field and purchasing free range chickens and beef they are eating from the earth more and eliminating the chemicals that big name brands add to the food. Getting tested for imbalances in your body and toxicities can help you to know what foods you can eat and what not to eat.

Hair mineral tests:

Hair mineral test can find the imbalances in your body so that you know what you are doing that is harming your body. Even though the test is not eco-friendly it will help you be more eco-friendly in your eating habits. There are laboratories that will test your hair and your food intolerance and help you plan a diet plan that you can stick to and stay healthy.

There are many eco-friendly options when it comes to food. Fruits and vegetables that are locally grown and sold at a fresh market are a great option for meal planning. There are many fresh markets in the cities. There is probably one on the corner of your street or by your favorite store. Farmers markets are a great place to get locally grown foods that are also organic. Many farmers in the area will grow a small portion of fruits and vegetables to make a small profit and promote locally grown farmers and farmers markets. This is a great way to get good deals on fresh vegetables.

Angus beef is a beef that is cultivated from a cow that is only raised on hay. It can cost more but it is well worth the taste and money. If you’re not into beef then free range chicken is a great alternative to beef. They are raised without boundaries and without hormones. They are feed with grains and are not tortured or juiced up to grow faster. Other meat options would be catching your own fish or going to a fish market these are the best options for fish. Fish markets have collected fresh fish from all over the world to supply you with fresh fish straight out of the sea. These are fish that haven’t been processed and haven’t been feed any chemicals to help them grow.

Eco-friendly eating to some people means being a vegetarian and that could mean eating only fruits and vegetables. If this is the case growing your own fruits and vegetables can be a healthy way to enrich the soil ad to eat healthy. Whatever you choose to grow is your choice and most vegetables will grow in any environment with the right settings. Fruits and vegetables are great for salads, grilling, boiling, and eating fresh. Making a fresh pie out of fruit that you have grown yourself is the best way to eat a pie. While you’re at it why not make some homemade ice-cream to put on top of that homemade pie. Delicious is not even word enough to describe eating something you have grown and made from a few ingredients all by yourself.

3 Ways to Cook Outside (and save energy too!)

OUTDOOR COOKINGEverybody loves a BBQ and what better way to get BBQ than to grill it yourself. There are many ways to BBQ your favorite meats. Summer time is the best time to BBQ. You can invite all your friends over and have a cookout with all the summer time foods. Some of the best summertime foods is potato salad, backed beans, garlic bread, and a delicious leafy green salad. But first you need to have a grill or smoker. They have all different types of smokers some are electric, some are charcoal, and some are wood. The best smoker is determined by what you like to use best. You can find the best electric smoker under $200 by searching online. Whether you choose a smoker or a grill you’re going to need some options and here is 3 ways to cook BBQ outside.

Open pit grills

1. Open pit grill is a great way to cook BBQ during the summer or even winter months. You can build this yourself with cement blocks and a wire rack. You can build it to your specific specifications and make it small or big. Some can be as big as a whole hog and some are just the size needed for burgers and steaks. Either way you make it you will get some really flavorful meat.

Store bought charcoal grills

2. A store bought charcoal grill is another option for grilling meats during the summer and winter months. They are designed to hold enough charcoal to grill burgers, steaks, ribs, and maybe a Boston butt or two. Charcoal grills are designed so that you can apply your meat directly to the heat or off to the side so that it smokes the meat till it’s juicy and done. There are many types of charcoal grills some are table top grills and some are pull behind ones that you can pull with your truck. The bigger the grill the more meat you can cook.

Electric smokers

3. Electric smokers are a great way to cook your meat over a period of time. You can set the temperature on your smoker and sit back and watch it cook for hours, checking and basting your meat every so often till it’s the perfect temperature. This way of cooking can provide the most moist, tender, juicy meat that you have ever tasted. The smoker flavors the meat with a smoky taste that gives it an interesting aroma and taste.

When cooking your meat don’t forget the most important part of the meal is the sides and without them it just wouldn’t be a BBQ. Add the coleslaw, potato salad, and of course don’t forget the desserts to make it the best BBQ ever. A summer cookout is something that everyone enjoys and is a favorite pastime of families all over the world. Many cultures have been having cookouts for centuries and each one is different. In each and every country they cook something completely different but the concept is still the same. Get some meat, get a grill or smoker, get some sides, and invite the family and friends to have a wonderful meal made with love and dedication to the craft of BBQ.

Eco-Friendly Activities for Employees and Co-Workers

ECO-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIESEmployees, no matter the profession, work hard and they play hard also. Some restaurant workers like to hunt and fish with their families and some just like to go clubbing. Here are a few ideas of activities, that are both inexpensive and eco-friendly, you can do with your co-workers to get to know them better and build a strong work relationship.

Hunting

Hunting can be a very fun activity when done with family, friends, and co-workers. Many companies do workers retreats to build a stronger working relationship between co-workers. One such retreat can be a hunting retreat like on Duck Dynasty from A&E. Checking out crossbows review can help you to determine which equipment is best for your hunting trip. Most resorts that offer hunting will offer equipment as well.

Paintball wars

A paintball war park is also a great way to build partnership between employees. You form teams and suit up with protective gear and head out into the field. The field will have barrels of hay and barriers for blocking the attack from the other teams. The last person left is the winning team. This will teach your employees about working together for the greater good. There are many areas that have paintball war parks and you can google search for your local area to find the closest one to you.

Camping

Camping for the weekend at a company retreat can also build partnership and help co-workers get to know each other better. Some exercises that can be done are trust exercises and survival exercises. These help build a relationship between the employees that will help them to work better together in the restaurant. They have special trust building camping retreats that are designed to work with companies that need help or just want to build a stronger company morale and relationships.

Fishing trips

Fishing trips can be both fun and beneficial to your employees. They help them get to know each other and add a fun activity with it. You can do shore fishing trips or boat trips. Both can be fun and build relationships. Many people love to go fishing and fishing is something that they can connect with and get to know each other better. This builds morale among your workers and bonds that last a lifetime.

Conferences for the food industry

Conferences are not the best option because it usually involves a lot of networking in their field and involves talks and classes but this too can also show the employees what the restaurant business is all about and help build solid teams. Conferences happen every year and usually involve a fun city like Las Vegas or someplace similar. They teach different classes for different fields in the industry and introduce new and exciting ways to market your business and help your employees get along.

Teaching your employees about the business they are in can be a reward in itself but it can also help your business grow. By showing them that they are all part of a bigger thing they will work harder to build the restaurant and harder to maintain the clientele. Many teams are formed at retreats and sometimes you can even weed out the bad eggs that have been causing trouble amongst your employees. This will help you to know who is dedicated to their jobs and who will help build your business a great name, not to mention positively impacting the environment!

Living Without Power-Go Green to the Extreme

Going-GreenCan you live without power? Would you be able to go one year without power in your house? By using natural light during the day, washing your clothes with water and soap and hanging to dry, bathing with boiled water from a fire pit, and cooking over an open flame fire pit you can possibly accomplish this task but would you want to? Some people have been doing this for years. They live off the earth and are truly living green. Maybe try it for a day and see how it feels before taking the plunge to do it for 6 months or a year. Here are a few helpful tips on how to accomplish this without feeling like you’re missing out on something.

Lighting

This can be easily accomplished with sunlight and candles or flashlights. Choosing the right flash light is important to this experiment. They do make ones that are eco-friendly and they also make some that use solar power to work at night. You have options between hand held lights and ones that you plant in the ground so you can see where you walk. These are all options for lighting when living electricity free.

Washing

When washing dishes and clothes you can be creative. Hang a line for your clothes to dry on, use a wash tub such as a bucket or barrel to wash your clothes in with a natural detergent. Scrub with rocks that have been cleaned prior to use. Wring the clothes out and hang them in the hottest part of the day. Washing dishes can be done in a similar way. Using cold water can clean your dishes or you can use fire to heat the water so you can use hot water. Either way is acceptable. Using a natural dish detergent will help sterilize and sanitize the dishes so that they are clean. Use a flat surface in direct sun to dry them once clean.

Bathing

Many people don’t like cold showers so using fire to heat the water can help with that but you will need a tub to soak in for that to work. If you don’t have a tub taking a cold shower is your only choice but you will adjust to the temperature especially if you shower when it’s the hottest outside. The heat can heat the water to room temperature and make it just a little bit more comfortable and bearable. Using natural soap will aid in your living green experiment. Many companies make natural soaps and detergents so doing research can help you find the right one for you, or you can purchase the supplies and make them yourself. Either way you will be living green.

Cooking

Electricity has been around for ages but before there was electricity there was fire and fire will cook anything to the perfect temperature. Just time it and check it to make sure you have cooked it thoroughly. You won’t be able to store cold items for long so purchasing them when you are using them will keep things from spoiling. By purchasing sustainable foods you can actually have a healthy diet while living green without needing a stove or a refrigerator to cook or store food.

Living off the Earth can be very rewarding and teach you a little about nature. Many people have lived off the earth for years and have had very healthy lives. So if you’re thinking of living without power know that it can be done and many people have done it before you.

 

 

Going green doesn’t mean you have to pass on the latest technology, it can even help!

Earth's Continents Formed Out of LeavesSay you decide to take the family on a “Going Green” weekend camping. Living off the earth and sleeping under the stars. You’re particularly excited because you’re going to spend one of the days fishing and then eating fresh food you caught yourself. Now that’s going green. No fast food this weekend. This weekend is fresh food and clean green living. You didn’t know if it would affect your living green lifestyle that you bought a fish finder to help you locate your family’s dinner. Don’t worry, it didn’t. You’re still the one doing the old school rod and reel fishing with worms, you just have a little help in finding the fish that are out there for the eating. You did your preparation too by looking up the best fish finder reviews and think you’re set.

This weekend excursion has you prepared to spend it a green and eco-friendly manner. You’ve taken containers to recycle anything that you use that can be recycled and packed a prudent eco-friendly manner of which to live on your adventure. You’ve done all your research and you have your family packed and ready to go. Everyone is looking forward to it. Cellphones, tablets, and anything electronic gets left behind at home. You’re going to live as close to the earth as you can and have an eco-friendly weekend no matter what comes your way. Lucky for you, the weather is in your favor and its sunshine and warm days and cool nights in the forecast.

You get in the boat with your family and head out on the lake. You get your fish finder and are pleased with what you got. Going through all those reviews really helped and you learned that having a higher price didn’t always mean higher quality according to some of those reviews. Some of the cheaper fish finders actually turned out to work better for a lot of fishers out there so you decided to follow their advice and tried one out that was on the cheaper end but had the best feedback around.

Wouldn’t you know it the fish finder reviewers were right on the money! Once you found a spot to settle in on the lake the fish were practically jumping into the boat on their own. It did pay off to do a little research and plan out this green weekend. Everyone caught a fish that day and was stoked about having caught dinner the old fashioned way. You weren’t looking forward to cleaning them, but that’s the way to do things the right way. It’s go all the way or don’t go at all.

Dinner turned out to be excellent and the next day you cleaned up your campsite, gathered any recyclables that you had with you to dispose of at home and realized that the next stop on the green bus was to get a family garden started in the backyard. Organic food grown at home. At first you didn’t live a green lifestyle, but now that you were, you were learning it really was enjoyable and left you with a good feeling. That deserves a good pat on the back!

Environmentally Friendly Toys

ENVIRONMENTAL TOYS

With the recent attraction to environmentally friendly living many companies have been manufacturing eco-friendly products for your home, your office, and even your kids. Children love toys and with everything becoming eco-friendly, toys are no exception. Here is a list of some eco-friendly toys and where you can find them.

Trampolines

Trampolines are coming in eco-friendly options, search trampolines for sale on google to find options for eco-friendly ones. Some trampolines are spring less and some are made from recycled materials. You just have to do your research to find the best option for your family budget.

Tree Swings

There are a few options for eco-friendly tree swings. You can make your own out of ply wood and rope, or you can purchase one made out of eco-friendly materials from the store. They come in all different types of swings. Some are the bucket seats for babies, some are flat seats, and some are designed like animals. Whichever you choose make sure it’s made with recycled products.

Play Cabins

Play cabins can be made eco-friendly by purchasing building materials that are recyclable. There are many companies out there that make play cabins but if you want something unique you can draw up your own plans and build it yourself making it an activity you can do with your children.

Cars, boats, and airplanes

Every little boy loves cars, boats, and airplanes so when going for an eco-friendly option look for ones that are carved out of wood. Lots of people can whittle their own wooden toys but if your one of those that cannot then purchasing them is just as fine. Many sites online will have a large variety of cars, trucks, boats, and airplanes in many different sizes and colors that you can purchase for pretty reasonable prices.

Wooden blocks sets

Wooden blocks sets are another great option for eco-friendly toys. Boys love to build things and building blocks made of wood are a great way to stay eco-friendly and provide your child with endless amounts of building block fun.

Skuut hardwood toddler Bike

Bikes are every boys dream, they get the freedom of the road, the wind in their hair and the exercise from riding the bike. But the best eco-friendly bike is not one made of metal but one made of wood. The Skuut hardwood toddler bike is made of hardwood and has rubber wheels and an adjustable seat. It’s the perfect option for a bike for a little boy just starting out.

Mini kitchen sets

Mini kitchen sets are the perfect gift for little girls. They love playing house and the favorite part of any house is the kitchen. There are so many interesting things to do in a kitchen and for little girls it’s a wonderland. So when purchasing a kitchen set look for the eco-friendly ones that are made of real wood and natural paints.

These are just a few of the many options you have when providing your children with eco-friendly toys. Parenting can be a challenging thing but one thing that should not be challenging is providing your kids with eco-friendly toys to fuel their imagination and help you to continue to live a green lifestyle.