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About us…. well how much time do you have? We (N. and J.) are a married couple that recently moved to Philadelphia. I (N.) have a problem with reading more than is good for either one of us and have to realize the impact that human life is having on the earth. I won’t say that our earth friendly choices started because I read “Twinkie Deconstructed” because we bought a hybrid, bought recycled paper goods and some non-toxic cleaning products prior to that but it was the tipping point for us. It has also lead us to call lots of things “chemicals.” You will find we use the term rather loose and indiscriminately to refer to anything that is bad for us. Well learning about the chemical processes used to make our food led to learning about the chemical processes used to grow our food which led me to read “Our Stolen Future” which pretty much sealed our fates as being much more eco-aware. So now instead of zoning out watching “Law & Order” (although we still do that to, I mean we can’t lie to you) we are learning how to cook our food from fresh produce and unprocessed or less processed basics. We have stopped buying store bread entirely and now eat only homemade whole wheat bread but we want to experiment with herbs and cheeses. We have found tons of inspiration from other people’s blogs and love the fact that we can be part of a community of individuals committed to helping themselves and the earth live together.  We aren’t going to swear off electricity any time soon but we want to make changes in our lives big and small.

 We are slowly eliminating toxic chemical cleaning products (personal and otherwise) from our home. Some of them we have started to make on our own like soap and shaving cream. We are cooking a lot more and you can see our attempts under recipes and we are buying more and more bulk bin items. This has neccessitated some trips to Goodwill in search of glass storage containers but we’ve always been able to find them for under $1 which is great. We read a lot more and watch TV and play on the internet a lot less. We made our first attempt at a container garden this year with some success next year we plan on expanding. I bought a bike  and we sold our Xterra. We now own our hybrid that stays parked since J. and I both got company cars through our new jobs.

We try to be amusing, perhaps insightful and enlightening but most of all we hope we encourage others to do something, anything to help the environment.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. February 27, 2008 3:50 am

    Have a nice day !

  2. March 6, 2008 3:36 am

    I’m new at this too and love to read other blogs and see what people are up to. May I put you in my blogroll at http://greedygreengirl.blogspot.com ?

  3. March 13, 2008 11:48 pm

    Hi there! This is a great blog. Love the product reviews.

    I’m working on a site (http://greenhome.hudler.com) for user generated product reviews/research for a wide variety of green/sustainable technologies including everything ranging from green cleaning products to hybrid cars. I thought perhaps you’d like to check it out and maybe off your expertise!

    I’d really appreciate your participation to help educate the masses. I’ll hope to see you on the site.

    Thanks for such great posts!

  4. March 18, 2008 4:53 pm

    I’d love to add you to my blogroll. Our site are both pretty similar. Would you be interest?

    Keep up the awesome green work!

  5. March 30, 2008 7:10 am

    Hi I just started reading your blog and I love it already! It seems like we have a lot of similar interests. I’m looking forward to reading more. 🙂

    I also wanted to wish you luck on your tomatoes! I don’t think you’ll have any problems growing them with the plastic bag method. Just make sure the paper towel is moist and not too wet. You don’t want the paper towel to be too wet or the seeds will “drown,” grow bacteria and rot.
    If water is dripping from the paper towel it is too wet. If you have a water spray bottle handy, you can try just misting the paper towel. Let me know if you have any problems! 🙂

    Happy Growing!

  6. April 4, 2008 2:06 pm

    Hey there, you really have a wonderful blog. It’s great to have resources like this to keep me inspired on my own journey to be more conscious about the choices I’m making. Do you mind if I add you to my blogroll? Happy unpacking!

  7. May 14, 2008 2:37 pm

    Nice to find you on Garden Rant. I’ve been blogging in Boulder and collecting Colorado links so you’re there now.

  8. July 31, 2008 1:31 pm

    Hi there,

    My name is Sarah and I recently started a blog (www.furniturehomedesign.com) reviewing furniture, interior design products and designers that are focussed on eco-friendliness and sustainability. I’m in my second year of Environmental Science in university and want to use my blog to highlight great new affordable green products.

    I am hoping for a link exchange with your site. If you would like to do that please reply and I will add you to my blogroll. 🙂

    Keep up the good work with your site!

    Have a great day,
    Sarah

  9. November 12, 2008 12:51 pm

    Hi N & J,

    Hope that all is well! great blog….

    My name is Alyssa and I am with EcoSMART, an organic insecticide made of natural plant oils that is 100% safe to use around children & pets.

    Given the green interest of your blog, we’d love to send you a can of EcoSMART to review.

    You can learn more about EcoSMART at http://www.ecosmart.com/household.

    Please let me know if you are interested.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Alyssa
    alyssa@brandingbrand.com

  10. December 19, 2008 4:12 pm

    Hi. Thanks for posting on my blog recently, and for leaving your web address. Really like your blog and will add it to my blog roll. Share many of your views on chemicals, particularly with 2 small children. I’m past saving but they aren’t! May try the DIY shaving cream though. Hope you have a fantastic Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

    🙂

  11. January 6, 2009 12:25 pm

    Hi J. and N.
    I love your site! I’m sorry I missed including you on yesterday’s Carnival of the Green post, but I did post on your site today! I’m excited to hear more from REAL people living REAL lives and having fun being REALLY green. I’m going to add you to my blogroll.

    Namaste, Tao

  12. February 26, 2009 4:31 pm

    Hi N&J!

    I really like your site and your commitment to a green world. I was looking at your green wedding suggestions and I’m very glad you have posted them!

    I just created a list of 50 Green Wedding Tips: http://www.theweddinglens.com/green-wedding-tips that I hope are easy ways that people can green their wedding without compromising the quality of their dream wedding.

    In fact, the idea behind our company is, in part, green. The Wedding Lens allows couples to create an online wedding album, filled with photos from all wedding guests. The couple gets to see the same kinds of photos they would see had they placed disposable cameras on every table — but there’s no need to buy wasteful disposable cameras or print lots of blurry photos.

    It’s another little thing that people can do to green their wedding!

  13. March 30, 2009 2:10 am

    I love your site. Keep it up !

  14. May 22, 2009 9:44 pm

    Hey great blog! I would like to touch base with you about your blog. Please contact me directly at chris@greenpress.com

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks,
    Chris

  15. August 24, 2009 5:06 pm

    Hi!
    What an inspiring site 🙂 I love all things natural and homemade. I have a natural home remedies for acne web site at http://www.easyhomeremediesforacne.com – if you’re interested we can exchange blogroll links. Let me know…

    Sarah

  16. September 11, 2009 1:59 pm

    great blog but how do I do a search?

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