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FREE :: Habanero Chili Peppers to a good home! by Laura
May 29, 2009, 6:33 pm
Filed under: Freebies, Giveaways or Great Deals

FREE Habanero Chili Peppers to a good home! Freshly plucked from my garden! I’ve tried to find anyone who will take them – and no takers yet. Come on, there’s gotta be a fan of SUPER HOT peppers! I’ve got 12 beauties for a willing victim, I mean person.

First and/or closest dibs will take em off my hands! I’ll drop them in the mail for you, no problemo!


How does your garden grow? :: Insect Control and Makeover by Laura
May 29, 2009, 9:55 am
Filed under: General Posts, News / Great Finds, Product Reviews

Figured I’d share one of the few photos I’ve taken of my garden. I should really get out there with a camera more often….

Since it’s almost the weekend,  I’ve got some great products for your garden & home, a garden makeover sweepstakes and some natural pest repellent recipes!

Ortho, makers of some of your more familiar insect control products, has developed a new EcoSense Brand. Formulated with specially selected active ingredients, Ortho® EcoSense™ Brand offers sensible effective solutions for insect control, plant disease and rose care. Kill bugs and control disease to help flowers, vegetables and roses thrive.

Enter yourself in the Miracle-Gro® Organic Choice® $5.000 Garden Makeover Sweepstakes and win a garden makeover: a consultation with a garden expert and products and plants that would be determined by the expert.

Good luck! Let’s cross our fingers on of us wins!

Want to fend off bugs naturally? Research has shown that some plant oils and natural ingredients combat pests as well as those harsh and harmful products. For all spray-on applications, dilute 20 drops of essential oil with 1 cup grape seed oil and 1 1/2 cups of purified water (shake well).

Ants? Use Peppermint essential oil or Citronella essential oil, use 3-5 drops on windowsills, doorways and under the sink.

Blackflies? Use Cinnamon oil or Tumeric oil, spray or dab on clothing and exposed skin.

Cockroaches? Use Citrus oil, especially kaffir lime oil, spray on problem areas.

Mosquitos? Use catnip oil or Thyme oil, spray or dap on clothing or exposed skin.

Ticks? Use Lemon eucalyptus oil, spray or dab on clothing and exposed skin.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Thrifty Thursday :: Pet Freebies by Laura
May 28, 2009, 3:16 pm
Filed under: Freebies, Giveaways or Great Deals, Thrifty Thursdays

Free samples, coupons and deals, oh my!

Enjoy this list of fun and free samples for your furry friends!

Cesar Canine Cuisine
Culinary Creations for cats (buy one get one free coupon)
Eukanuba ($5 coupon)
Halo Pet Food $5 Coupon
HEB Pet Birthday Club (Texas only)
Hill’s Science Diet ($5 coupon & pet care kit after entering 3 UPCs)
Hill’s Science Diet ($8 coupon & $10 rebate)
Iams pet food coupons
Mighty Dog (coupon for free can up to 99 cents)
Pounce Perks (collect points to earn rewards)
Purina Give A Bowl ($3.50 coupon plus $1 donation by Purina)
Rachel Ray Nutrish
Yesterday’s News ($2 coupon on cat litter)

Scotch-Brite Green Clean WINNER! by Laura
May 28, 2009, 9:40 am
Filed under: Freebies, Giveaways or Great Deals

scotchbriteWe had an AMAZING turnout for the Scotch-Brite Green Clean Giveaway – THANK YOU to everyone who entered!!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO Jennifer B at “My not so hurried life

She said: “I would like to try the scotch brite greener clean absorbent cloths”

Biodegradable Absorbant Cloths

Waggin’ Wednesday :: Mean Green Clean by Laura
May 27, 2009, 10:04 am
Filed under: Waggin' Wednesdays

I know I post a lot about cleaners on Waggin’ Wednesdays, and in general, but I think that it is the easiest and most beneficial set of products that cause us the most environmental and physical harm – and an easy way to make your pets live and smell a little better!

Green Bulldog makes high quality Eco-Friendly Cleaning and Pet Care Products. (They also have super cute pics of animals on the site!) They offer a Pet Shampoo – 16 ounce Concentrated shampoo with certified organic ingredients such as tea tree oil, neem oil, and eucalyptus oil for leaving your pet’s coat clean and shiny, soothing itchy skin, and warding off ticks and fleas.

Thanks to Kelly, here’s some additional info: Green Bulldog offers a lot of great products for pet owners. Another product I recommend is Fur-Zoff. It removes pet hair from fabrics and it’s made from recycled materials. They sell them for only $10 at http://www.furzoff.net

Recently, Meghan and I visited my favorite shop in Savannah GA – Nourish, a great source for natural and eco-friendly soaps, lotions, etc. I have already had a chance to try out “don’t BUG by DOG soap” on my gremlin, and it leaves her fresh smelling and has worked on all of the bugs that reside in Florida.

While I highly suggest visiting their store, you can also visit online and purchase all of your yummy smelling soaps and awesome assessories.

Need to feel clean after wrangling your pet through a bath/shower? Victoria Secret is having a sale on their “Naturally Victoria’s Secret” beauty line – buy 2 get 1 free. (Use offer code “NATURALLY“)

I know I’m enjoying my Acai Berry & Magnolia lotion, and the Blackberry & Tonka Bean “all-over moisture salve”. Both smell great, delicate but long lasting.

ALSO – if you purchase today, get 25% off any single item with code “VS25SAVE“.

Not clean and smelling good enough? Worrying about what to get the man in your life for Father’s Day?

Bath & Body Works is having a sale on their Lucky Tiger line for Men. Get a Free Shave Cream Sample with any Lucky Tiger Purchase.

What makes it green you asked?

  • Certified organic olive fruit oil lubricates and protects
  • Certified organic calendula extract cools and promotes healing
  • Certified organic chamomile extract calms and soothes

Go forth and get mean clean and green!

Green Giveaways :: Steals and Deals by Laura
May 26, 2009, 10:15 am
Filed under: Freebies, Giveaways or Great Deals

Ecobunga has a ton of new giveaways, contests and great sales – check a few or all of them out!

Don’t forget my giveaway, if you haven’t already entered!

Win Kiss My Face Body Care Products for Kids
Win a Ford Fusion Hybrid
EcoStore USA Green Cleaners Giveaway
Martha’s Vineyard Getaway Giveaway
Green Cleaning Goodies Giveaway
Buy One Seventh Generation Product, Get One 50% Off
40% Off Home Wind Generator
10% Off Coupon on Electric Bikes
Final Clearance on Eco-Clothing & Home Accents
Free Shipping on Purchase over $100 – Energy-Saving Products
25% Off Beauty Without Cruelty Products
List of Likes Beauty Care Giveaway
Win PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook
Win a Save Your World Soap Gift Bag
Win Eco Mist Cleaning Products
Green Up Your Wardrobe Sweepstakes
Win a Bamboo Sheet Set
Summer Sale on Sublet Clothing
Win Energy Efficient Appliances & More
Tie Dye Socks on Sale
Win a Copy of “Fresh Living”
SIGG Reusable Water Bottle Giveaway
Eco-Friendly Toy Giveaway
10% Off Eco-Friendly Gifts & Goods
$5 Off Coupon Zoe&Zac Shoes
Win a $250 Gaiam Shopping Spree
Win a Folding Bike and Child Carrier
Your Vegetable Garden Contest
May Coupon Codes at Gaiam
Coupon for EcoFlow Shower Head
Win Sesame Street’s “Being Green”
Eco Yoga Kit Giveaway
Vegetarian Times Cookbook Sweepstakes
Win an Energy-Efficient Washer & Dryer
Love Your Veggies Giveaway
MD Residents: Win a Solar Home Water Heater
Free “Stop Global Warming” Flip-Flops with Purchase
15% Off Voltaic Solar-Powered Laptop Bags
Win an Organic Cotton Crib Mattress
Win A Jade Harmony Yoga Mat
Win a 2009 MINI Cooper
10% Off Orders Over $100 – Eco-Friendly Furnishings
Save 15% on Earth’s Best Organic Baby Food
Win a $75 Whole Foods Gift Card
Win soleRebel Sandals
“Modern Vegetarian Cookbook” Giveaway
15% Off Lavender Soaps & Lotions
15% Off Eco-Friendly Handbags
Free Lip Balm with Purchase at Burt’s Bees
15% Off Walnut Acres Organic Foods
Save 15% on Bubble Bath
Tom’s of Maine Natural Products Giveaway
Revolution Organics Body Balm Giveaway
15% Off Graduation Sale on Eco-friendly Jewelry

Meghan Monday: Make use of your extra day by Meghan
May 25, 2009, 8:00 am
Filed under: Do-ables / Tutorials, Meghan Mondays!

Laura and I are spending the long weekend in Savannah, GA taking a much needed break, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of your can’t spend your extra day being crafty and green. Check out the links below for some ideas on some green craft ideas that you can work on today.

How about turning some junk mail into some funky beads?

You could even turn one of those shirts your hubby/boyfriend/dad/brother doesn’t wear anymore into a cute dress for your favorite little girl.

Here is a crafty little owl for your favorite little one.

Check Ali Edwards‘ tutorial on how to use some leftover paper scraps and your favorite punch to make some crafty wall art.

Does the phone company keep bringing your those pesky tree wasting phone books? Try making them into a desk organizer or two.

Make yourself a reusable lunch bag so that you can take your lunch to work this summer.