Hybrid & Electric Cars – Does speed matter when your saving the planet?

Hybrid & Electric cars… they both seem like an AWESOME idea, but man are they ugly?? And slow???…

Of course, over the years they have become better looking, but still… as a woman who has always LOVED cars (thanks to my dad!), the look and speed of hybrids have turned me off. I know, I know… people say, “but you’re GREEN and so is driving a hybrid/electric”, but, honestly… there are just some things I am not willing to compromise on! I am from Michigan, the home of the Motor City, cars are in my BLOOD!!

I am all about saving money on the ever-rising gas prices, but can I still have my speed & style too??

Guess what? Some car manufacturers are listening to green auto enthusiasts, finally!! Check this out…

Porshe 918 Hybrid sets speed record

How about electric cars? I saw this one a few years ago at the Detroit auto show, and now I’ve actually seen some driving around Metro Detroit! Check this electric car out… you will honestly say “Is this REALLY electric?”!

Of course, I can’t afford the $845,000 price tag on the Porshe 918, now the Tesla is a little more realistically priced, starting around $75,000. I mean $75,000 is still a lot of money, but you do get a Federal tax credit for purchasing an electric car, as well as the long term savings from gas prices! Both cars are out of my financial reach, but it just goes to show that the auto industry is listening when us green auto enthusiasts are talking!! Now we need the more affordable car manufacturers to follow suit!

Would you buy a hybrid or electric car?

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Little Artists

Well, Hello Monday!

What a great weekend! Yesterday I was trying to think of something fun to do with Bubs outside, we are having this AMAZING late summer Fall weather! It was perfect out, not a cloud in the sky, high 60s, with LOTS of warm sun!!

I pinned a safe kids finger paint recipe on Pinterest, MONTHS ago, and have been dying to try it out with Bubba. I kept putting it off, thinking “the older he is, the more he will enjoy the paint”, and hoping the weather would cool down a bit too. Well, Sunday was the day to find that recipe and make the paint! So I pulled up my Pinterest boards and went on a search for it, guess what?, it turns out, I pinned about 5 different safe kids paints… I had a specific recipe in mind, so it took a while to find it. Here it is if you want to make it yourself. (I made a double batch).

I mixed up the recipe, then added my food coloring… I had 13 colors!!

Paint 1I called our neighbors to see if N wanted to come paint with Bubs, they were in and headed on over! While we were waiting for them to arrive, I made a few stamps out of potatoes, I thought the kids would have fun using the stamps, as well as, painting with their fingers!

PotatoesBubba wasn’t that interested in actually painting, he wanted to eat the paint and eat the potatoes!

AustinWe tried to have N show Bubs how to use the stamps…

Austin 4It didn’t work out so well… Bubs took it and “ran”…

Escapee 1

Escapee 3As you can see, he was eating the potato (see the paint on his face?!), he ended up eating most of the square off of the square “stamp”!

Meanwhile, N was making a layered masterpiece!

Painting 1 Painting 3 Painting 4 Painting 5

All-in-all it was a fun Fall day, spent outside with friends! We will definitely do the paint again, it was a GREAT recipe, safe for the kids to eat, did not stain their skin and made vibrant colors! Now that we know it washes off easily, I think next time we will do it inside, maybe that way Bubba won’t be as distracted!

What are some fun Fall outdoor activities you have done to enjoy this weather??

Got Laundry?

Don’t we all? Laundry seems to be never-ending, especially if you have kids! I am always looking for green ways to do laundry and reduce the amount of chemicals used on our clothing, bedding & towels! Since Bubba was born, I stopped using fabric sheets. They recommend parents of new babies not use them, as they can irritate baby’s delicate skin. I wanted to do a little research of my own, so I went to EWG’s Guide to Cleaning and looked up our dryer sheets… WOW… way to scare a new mom!!

For the most part, I didn’t miss them! EXCEPT when I am washing fleece/fuzzy blankets and sheets! Those dryer sheets always helped reduce the extreme amount of static created by fleece and made our sheets seem softer & more comfy… well the risk isn’t worth it, in my opinion!!

I remembered reading somewhere (I am sorry, I can’t remember where!) that vinegar could be used as a fabric softener… so I decided to give it a go! And guess what? I LOVE it! No vinegar smell, clothes come out softer and less static-y, AND without the use of chemicals!! I use distilled white vinegar and a downy dryer ball…. This is what I do…

Step 1: Grab your dryer ball, here is mine…

Dryer Ball

Step 2: Grab your vinegar, I buy store brands and usually have a few bottles around (since vinegar has MANY uses!)

Vinegar

Step 3: Pour desired amount into dryer ball (I like to fill it to the Extra Large line). Pull the plug to lock vinegar in the ball.

Step 4: Throw the ball into the washer with dirty clothes. Run wash cycle.

Step 5: Take clothes out of washer, throw in dryer, when dried, fold/hang and go about your day!

Easy-peasy! And chemical free!! It works GREAT all around, vinegar can also help reduce the soap residue that stays in fabrics, especially towels!!

Do you have any eco-laundry tips??

*Please comment below, on my blog! Thanks!

Spaghetti Squash

This past Saturday we took a family trip to the Farmer’s Market. I love the market in the fall! There are always so many more options! Plus fall decorations are available as well!! One of the things I bought on Sat was this gorgeous spaghetti squash. I can’t wait to cook it! I have found so many recipes on Pinterest, I can’t decide which one to try first!

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These are the recipes I am trying to decide between…

Creamy Garlic Spaghetti Squash

Creamy Garlic Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

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Roasted Squash Parmesan & Herbs

What do you think? Which one should I try? Or do you have another recipe suggestion?