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Herbs You Can’t Kill

By Loretta White
April 30, 2011
File under: Gardening


Save money, reap the health benefits and enjoy the ease of picking your harvest instead of driving to the store!

In my article “Gardening for the Black Thumbed,” I mentioned herbs you can’t kill. For those who are hesitant to start a garden or feel it is too much work here are some fool proof items:

Mint: Mint is easy to plant and easy to start from a potted plant. Starting these from seed is for more advanced green thumbers, so, make it easy on yourself.  Mint will grow in full sun to partial shade in most zones. …read more of Herbs You Can’t Kill here

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Gardening for the Black-Thumbed

By Loretta White
April 27, 2011
File under: Gardening


Often when I talk to about gardening — one of my favorite subjects — I find that people are either afraid to start, feel they do not know enough or have enough time. In short, people feel that they just can’t do it.

Well, I am here to dispel the rumors. First, gardening can be done by anyone, anywhere and you do not have to have a huge amount of talent, experience or time to commit to. To take the pain out of the process, I am going to provide a few starters for the terrified; several things you can do, without fail. …read more of Gardening for the Black-Thumbed here

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A Quick Tip That Saves $400 a Year

By Loretta White
February 22, 2011
File under: Eco-friendly Decorating, Energy Efficiency, Office, Sustainable Practices, Waste Reduction


With all the gadgets today: cell phones, tablets, e-readers, GPS devices and a slew of other items, all needing to be plugged in and charged every night.

If you have just 3 phones that in a family, you can save $35.00 a month by using one or a combination of these quick tips. Yes, that is right, $35.00 a month, over $400.00 a year and in today’s tight economy we need to save every dime we make.

I tracked the savings in our home based on all other things being equal: we saved over $35.00 a month. You know what Abe Lincoln said, “A penny saved in a penny earned.” Still true today! Why don’t you try these effortless suggestions now? Save money, save energy, save the planet.

Charge devices for free, using these quick, convenient and easy tips:

·Use a USB to USB cord to plug into your desktop or lap top at work during the day (takes no more energy than to run the computer itself)

·Charge using your car cigarette lighter charger during your commute or whenever you are in the car.

I am all about BPO (Business Process Optimization) and this tip allows me to synch my phone to my laptop and/or desktop. Thus keeping all my contacts, tasks, documents and calendar events up to date, as well. Green, Lean, efficient: what more could you want?

I keep a mesh bag that I can pitch into my laptop bag for the cords and devices. On my desktop I keep a small wicker basket that will hold what I need when in the office.

Hope this saves you some time and aggravation as well. Anything that can simplify your life in today’s challenging world is great to share. Please comment, share tips and suggestions.


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Green Cleaning

By Loretta White
June 15, 2010
File under: Cleaning, Saving Money


Those who have read my articles before know I like to take the easiest, fastest and most economical approach.  And who doesn’t? We all would go that way if we were guaranteed success, quality and were happy with the results, right?

What if I told you about a number of ways you could save money, eliminate health risks associated with chemicals and VOC’s,  and have a home/office space that smells wonderful. All of these goals can be easily achieved the natural way. Green cleaning is all the rage, and you can save from $500 to 1000.00 over a season. …read more of Green Cleaning here

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Tax Refund Comes Early: Save Money by Using Natural Cleaning Products

By Loretta White
March 19, 2010
File under: Cleaning, Health, Products


If you’ve never tracked your yearly spending on cleaning products you may not have a sense of the magnitude we consumers spend each year.  I think you would be as surprised as I was, to discover how high that actually is. Consider just the multitude of categories of products we use for the care of wood, tile and other materials.

A couple of years ago while preparing my taxes, I took the time to calculate how much I was spending on cleaning supplies and was astonished by the results.

Not only was the cost over a thousand dollars a year, but the overall combination and amount of different products I was using was huge. This discovery prompted me to search for an affordable and effective general-purpose cleaner. …read more of Tax Refund Comes Early: Save Money by Using Natural Cleaning Products here

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