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Modern Vintage Attic Receives a Makeover by Groovy Web Design

Posted on Monday, February 8th, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Months in the making and Modern Vintage Attic is live with a brand new face lift.  What started out with a simple header re-design quickly turned into a full blown ultra cool website by Groovy Web Design.  It went from headers to business cards, banner design, trailer decals….but it did not stop there – oh no.  As I proceeded with this new look I received consults and mock ups for new site layout concepts as well and did it stop there. Well not quite – now I had to get  a blog lift as well; leading me right into a new logo design, letterhead re-design and banner links.   Read more »

How To Make Your Own Natural House Cleaning Products

Posted on Thursday, June 11th, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Avoid harmful chemicals to clean your house and mix your own ingredients to make a natural cleaner. The use of a natural cleaner is a much healthier alternative to conventional toxic cleaning products. Not only is it a lot better for the environment and saves you dollars on your cleaning products.
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Earth Day Actions To Live More Responsibly With The Environment

Posted on Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 in Uncategorized
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On Earth Day April 22, 2009 you can support a healthier environment. Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years, which started in 1962 and continually ballooned into something much bigger when the nationwide grassroots demonstration was announced to be held in the spring of 1970. This was the opportunity for the American people to express its concern about environmental issues. It was this spontaneous response that fueled the event and organized itself. By supporting Senator Gaylord Nelson’s efforts in founding Earth Day we can continue our commitment to environmental actions, reduce consumption and become leaders in sustainable behavior.
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Are We Slowly Being Poisoned By Mercury Found In High Fructose Corn Syrup?

Posted on Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Deceptive marketing, don’t be fooled. I was astounded to recently find out that in almost half of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) tested product samples contain mercury. High Fructose is being consumed quite frequently in North America though a number of products on the market today and can also commonly be labeled as Fructose-Glucose or Glucose-Fructose in Canada. Brands such as Coca Cola, 7-Up, A & W Root Beer, Minute Maid Berry Punch, Yoplait Yogurt, Quaker Oatmeal, Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars, Heinz Tomato Ketchup are only a few of many products containing HFCS. High Fructose sweeteners are also labeled as inulin, iso-glucose, dahlia syrup, tapioca syrup, glucose syrup, corn syrup, crystalline fructose, agave syrup, and fruit fructose. High Fructose Corn Syrup has become an increasingly common ingredient; which now amounts to 40% of added sweeteners found in the North American diet. Read more »

An Eco Lesson on How to Read Green Labels

Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2009 in Uncategorized
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There are many green labels out on the market today, understanding the meaning of the label should help the consumer determine whether the product is worth purchasing or not. I was reading an article in Good Housekeeping on How to Read Labels Right and I thought this might be a great way to get some feedback if other green shoppers agree on the following statements when purchasing their green products. Read more »

Feeling Broke – Why Buy Organic?

Posted on Friday, January 16th, 2009 in Uncategorized
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We are in times of economic crisis, where many of us become much more conscious of our shopping decisions. Many individuals who shop with green in mind are debating whether or not to spend the extra money to buy organic food or organic products for that matter. There are many reasons why organic purchases are a better choice and help to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This entertaining video provides a summary of organic food and farming benefits. Making organic purchases needs to be a collective of people who can drive the prices down. It is like any other product on the market, once there is enough demand the prices will fall and it will start to become the new norm. The next time you are making a purchase and wondering if you should spend the extra; try to see if you can make a compromise on reducing the quantity of one regular product to buy one that is organic. If you or any of your friends and family are skeptical of organics, send them a link to this video and you decide if it is a worth while cause. Read more »

Coconuts used for Car Parts

Posted on Friday, January 9th, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Coconut husk. Coconuts are the seed of the coconut palm tree, which grows throughout the tropics. The top 5 coconut-growing nations in the world are the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Brazil and Thailand. Credit: Baylor University Photography

Who would have thought the use of coconuts to replace synthetic automotive parts would be the next green automotive breakthrough? Are coconut cars going to be part of our future? I think it is a remarkable idea, not only is it an abundant renewable resource, but it uses coconut fibers from the coconut husks which are often discarded in piled up mounds creating potential health risks. These piles can collect water and become a breeding ground for malaria-causing mosquitoes. By using the waste from the coconut, this may as a result help to create a sustainable economic development for the coconut farming industry in various countries. Read more »

Recycle and Compost

Posted on Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Recycle and Compost

I thought I would try to reinforce the topic of recycling and composting your household trash. Last year the County requested that each household participate in a new green waste recycling system. Our County will no longer be able to take waste to our local landfill after December 2008, which means our residential waste will have to be transported to a facility further away, resulting in higher costs. So now, not only does it cost more in transportation, but increases the carbon footprint as well. The new recycling program that was implemented allows all households to recycle and compost. New rollout carts were provided, a black one for household garbage and a green one for compost. The County also supplied a small green covered pail for kitchen scraps that can be added regularly to the large green cart, as well as a large recycling bag for paper products.
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Food Allergies on the Rise

Posted on Sunday, January 4th, 2009 in Uncategorized
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I found the article Allergies are on the rise and we may be part of the problem very interesting. Going back to my childhood I had intolerances to some vegetables, grains, and dairy; however, it was nothing that posed major health issues. Going to school back in the day, you could take whatever you wanted in your lunch bucket. It was just last year when my daughter started pre-school and I realized exactly how many children in one classroom had a variety of allergies. There were no nuts of any kind including peanuts, sesame, and a few other guidelines that had to be followed. Grocery shopping now became an adventure each time. Read more »

Happy 2009!

Posted on Thursday, January 1st, 2009 in Uncategorized

Happy New Year! I can not believe how fast 2008 went by. It was a quiet New Years eve for our family as we watched the fireworks going off around the lake on the stroke of midnight. Read more »