Creative Ways to Re-purpose Everyday Items

Re-purposing is becoming more important every day! While recycling certainly has its advantages re-purposing material is imperative for everyone. By reusing items, you cut down on the amount of things that need to be dispatched to either landfills or recycling centers. Almost anything can be re-purposed in some way! The objects listed below are items I frequently use and re-purpose at home.

Plastic Containers

  • Butter/margarine containers when emptied and cleaned are perfect for lunches, snacks and baked goods
  • Crystal Light canisters are great for holding colored pencils, crayons and paint brushes
  • Reuse coffee creamer containers for snack storage

Cardboard /Tissue Boxes

  • Small cardboard boxes are perfect for drawer organizers
  • Use large boxes for playhouses and play kitchens
  • Empty Kleenex boxes are great for storing plastic grocery bags
  • Also a Kleenex box can be used as a mini-trash basket

Glass Jars 

  • Plant an indoor herb garden. Simply fill large jars with potting soil, plant the seeds and water
  • Reuse glass jars to collect cooking grease so it doesn’t go down the sink and clog the drains
  • Place colored pencils or brushes in a tall jar to keep craft tools organized

Plastic Milk Jugs

  • Make a DIY lunchbox out of an empty plastic milk jug. Great for organizing or preventing sandwiches from getting smashed
  • Turn a milk carton into a garden scooper. Cut around the top of the handle and around the side of the container
  • Make a watering jug by piercing holes through the lid
  • Create a hanging bird feeder by cutting out the sides of the container and poking a hole through the top for the string

Paper Towel & Toilet Paper Cardboard Rolls

  • Cut open one side of a toilet paper roll to use as a cuff to save your wrapping paper and keep it from unrolling
  • Wrap your Christmas lights around a paper towel tube to store them for next year
  • Keep extension cords untangled by folding the cord back and forth and stuffing it inside the tube
  • Make a knife sheath by flattening a paper towel tube and taping one end shut. Use toilet paper rolls for smaller cutlery

Tin Cans

  • With decoration, reuse cans for unique gift containers
  • Create little lanterns by poking holes into the sides of the can and inserting a tea light
  • Use tin cans as utensil holders at cookouts and picnics

 

For more creative ideas on re-purposing items check out my Go Green board on Pinterest!

 

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Ready for a Challenge! Plastic Free July!

I’m giving up plastic for a month!

Imagine a world without plastic waste. That’s the mission of Plastic Free July– to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling worldwide.

Will you join me and give up single-use plastic for July?

http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/

 

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Eco-Friendly Products in My Home

I’ve been Going Green since 2005 and my passion for environmental sustainability has only intensified over the years. When buying items for my home I intentionally look for Eco-Friendly products from companies that do not harm the environment and help reduce waste. With more consumers buying Eco-Friendly, it’s exciting to see so many new products that have been created over the years!

Here are a few of my favorites I use at home.

 

Reusable Snack Bags:

My family brings snacks everywhere we go. Reusable bags and containers are much better for the environment than using plastic bags and throwing them away. You can even make your own unique snack bags out of fabric.

Mrs. Myers Cleaning Products:

I use Mrs. Myers lavender scented cleaners all over my home. Mrs. Meyer’s products contains a special recipe of plant-derived cleaning ingredients, aloe vera gel, olive oil, essential oils and other thoughtfully chosen ingredients. Made without parabens, Mrs. Myers is a good choice for cleaning.

Tom’s All Natural Deodorant:

Tom’s deodorant is all natural and works great! The scents are inspired right out of the garden, lavender is my favorite.  It’s also aluminum free with no artificial fragrances or preservatives and is not tested on animals.

Reusable Shopping/Grocery Bags:

Reusable shopping bags are available in different materials, colors and designs. Common materials for reusable bags are canvas hep, jute and polypropylene. Most of these bags are lightweight, machine washable and durable for years. When you use a reusable shopping bag you save hundreds of plastic bags from landfills, forests and oceans.

Energy Efficient Light Bulbs:

LEDs are small efficient solid bulbs. New LED bulbs are grouped in clusters with diffuser lenses, which have broadened the applications for LED use in the home. LEDs bring more value since they last longer than standard bulbs.

Reusable Coffee Mugs and Water Bottles:

This option can reduce the amount of single use plastic bottles, cans or cups that you buy. It’s also cheaper to fill up reusable water bottles instead of constantly buying plastic ones.

These are just a few of the many products you can use to help make a positive change for our future. We need to be good stewards with what we’re given and pass on Go Green values to the next generation. It is our responsibility to take care of the Earth and make a substantial impact for tomorrow!

What are your favorite Eco-Friendly products?

A Day at Lake Claiborne

Liston and I had a great time spending Saturday at Grammy and Papa’s house at Lake Claiborne. It’s a refreshing joy to get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy city and relax in the quietness of nature.  The weather was perfect and the rays of sunlight sparkled across the water. As a lover of nature, Lake Claiborne is one of my favorite places to retreat for a weekend. A place surrounded by trees, flowers, family and a lake; what’s not to love!

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We took pictures in Grammy’s herb garden.

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Around the yard flowers were in bloom, such a colorful sight.

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Soon she will be able to walk all by herself!

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I am definitely going to have to buy one of these wagons. Liston loved being pulled all over the yard. My mom found this one at a garage sale for $25.00.

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My parents still live in the home where I grew up at Lake Claiborne.  I have countless  memories here from my childhood in this very yard. It is a place near and dear to my heart and a place where Liston will make her own memories.

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Racing Dragons on the Rez

Saturday, June 9th, I participated in the Dragon Boat Regatta Race held on the Ross Barnett Reservoir at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland, MS. This is my 4th year to be part of the team, Dominican Dominators. I do not actually row the boat..I’m the drummer. My job is to watch the lead stroke and relay that pace to the rest of the boat via the sounding of the drum. I sit on a small wooden chair at the bow of the boat with a large drum in front of my legs. It may sound a bit intimidating but it’s actually quite fun!

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Dragon Boat Racing is a 2,000-year-old tradition that originated in ancient China.  A 40-foot-long boat, adorned with an embellished dragon head and tail, holds 20 paddlers as they move in unison to the beat of their team drummer. This unique boating experience enhances work dynamics, increases employee motivation, improves communication, raises company morale, and shreds away any barriers among team members. Teamwork is crucial to be successful in this competition. Unison is more essential than strength. A perfectly synchronized team will more than likely beat a stronger, but less coordinated team.

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See the little wooden chair in the front, that’s my spot.

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We came in 4th place in the healthcare cup. Definitely not our best but there were a lot of competitive teams this year.

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This is where the teams would line up before getting on the boat. Piles of life jackets and buckets of paddles were awaiting eager rowers.

 

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We’re number 1!! Well actually number 4. We climbed into the boat and raced our hearts out until we reached the last buoy. The day was good and the comradery was better. Until next year dragon boats.

 

 

Grand Theft Auto Crew Color Paint Jobs

I’m giving a shout out to my husband Cameron! He designs unique and incredible paint jobs for the popular game Grand Theft Auto. Be sure to check out his YouTube channel to see all his great designs.Capture

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjHaWQcAtBZnl2Ubu1J2QJg/featured

My channel focuses on creating rare GTA 5 Online Crew Colors that have never been seen before. Because Rockstar Games limits the amount of colors given on GTA Online, I tend to develop paint jobs that are different and shy away from the typical colors as seen during gameplay. My R,G,B codes and Hex values are 100% created and founded by myself and will always be that way! If any player would like to add one of my modded crew colors, they can either create one themselves or join my Playstation 4 modded color crew on Rockstar Social Club. I also provide informative tutorials on how to create new and rare crew colors. In addition to creating crew colors, I am also a competitive GTA 5 Online racer as well. You may also catch me on the streets racing some of the top talent in the world as I have been a part of the racing seen for a few years now. Hope to see you on the streets of Los Santos. Peace!

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Everyone one needs a creative outlet and Cameron has found his niche!

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Fairy Garden Birthday Party

My daughter turned one last week and to celebrate her day of birth we hosted a Fairy Garden Party at my cousin’s lake house. The party was absolutely wonderful! There were beautiful cakes, delicious sweets, butterflies and fairies spread throughout the cabin!

 

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A cake donning fresh flowers was perfect for a Fairy Princess turning one!

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French macaroons and pink flower cookies were crowd favorites.

 

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Her 1st birthday party was so special and one we will always remember. We were blessed to be able to celebrate with family and friends.

Happy 1st Birthday Sweet Girl!!! 

 

Level Up Your Workouts with Progressive Overload

Today I am sharing with you a value I learned on personal fitness goals. I love being active and I’m always thinking of ways to increase my fitness routine. My husband Cameron, wrote an informative article on how to level up your workout. He has great insight on health and wellness and enjoys helping people progress their fitness goals.

 

 

There is nothing better than setting a personal fitness goal and achieving it through hours of sweat equity and hard work.  All that time and dedication you put into something will give you a sense of pride.  But continuing to set and achieve fitness goals becomes increasingly more difficult because our bodies quickly adapt and recognize the effort being placed upon it.

The key to leveling up your workouts and breaking those plateaus involves a principle called progressive overload.  This can be applied to many forms of exercise.  Progressive overload requires a gradual increase in volume, intensity, frequency or time within your workout in order to achieve a targeted goal.  If you are an endurance athlete looking to run a marathon, it would be beneficial to gradually increase the duration of your training runs to complete the 26.2 mile race.  Or maybe you’re looking to increase muscle mass or physical strength.  Try bumping up to a 25lb dumbbell for your biceps curl exercise instead of sticking with the 20lbs you’ve been using for the past six weeks.

To minimize the risk of injury, begin at a comfortable level and gradually introduce the overload by no more than 10 percent each week.  This will allow your body time to adapt to the new workload while maximizing results.

Seek advice from a certified fitness professional if you have any questions or concerns about changing up your exercise routine.  Exercise is all about having options, and getting another opinion is sometimes all it takes to break through those dreaded plateaus.  Be smart and stay consistent, and you will continue to make progress toward goal after goal!

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Cameron Vincent, is a Health and Wellness Specialist, and a Licensed Wellness Coach. He also ran Cross County and Track in college so he is well versed in reaching personal goals!  Here he is at a Cross Country race on September 15, 2009. Go Cameron!!1919344_133582877389_642333_n

The Value of National Library Week

The library has always been one of my favorite places to visit and now it’s time to help spread the love for libraries.

Libraries are cornerstones of our communites and schools. They enhance and transform the lives of everyone they reach. Join me in celebrating National Library Week!

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Working in a medical library, I provide medical research for healthcare professionals; as well as aid consumers to make informed decisions about their health. It’s a joy to help patrons increase their knowledge for overall health.

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Visit your local library for a wonderful learning experience!

The Value of a Date Night and the Viking Cooking School

Before my daughter was born my husband and I would go out to eat, go to the gym and travel a good bit. Since she made her debut last May our outings alone went from full throttle to almost non-existent. It is important to get adjusted to being a family of three and a new baby takes up all the extra time we ever had. We love spending time with her and she makes our world more amazing than we could have ever imagined! I do miss our date nights and time with my husband. With both of our families out of town it can be a chore to find someone to watch her. We needed a night way for just the two of us.

A few weekends ago my husband and I drove to Greenwood, a small town full of southern charm in the Mississippi delta. Our first stop was lunch at the Crystal Grill. The menu was full of tasty classic southern food and the best lemon meringue pie all around! We then headed to an amazing bookstore full of character Turnrow Book Co. I picked up a copy of my favorite classic for my daughter’s Easter basket. The inside of this historical building was incredible.

 

 

We checked into our hotel, the Alluvian around 3:00 pm. Then at 5:00 pm we headed to our cooking class at the Viking Cooking School. This was our main reason for visiting Greenwood, MS. The classes fill up quickly so I had to make the reservations  three months in advance. Our cooking class was so much fun and we had a great time!

The theme for this date night was “Playing with Fire”. We got into groups and everyone took turns preparing our food. We cut, chopped, grilled, boiled, sauteed, and set some mushrooms on fire haha! It was a blast.

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Our menu:

Steak Diane Flambe

Lobster Mac n Brie Gratins

Grilled Asparagus

Petite Rosemary Cheese Biscuits

We were able to try a sample recipe of Crostini with Fig Preserves, Ricotta, Prosciutto and Arugula

Dessert Double Chocolate Kahlua Cheesecake with Salted Caramel

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In a relationship it’s important to take your spouse on a date and continue to grow together.  Life gets busy and stressful so take the time to relax and enjoy a special date night with your love.