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Friday, April 29, 2016


If you could save money shopping online and divert waste from landfills at the same time, would you do it?

For example: Would you want to save 75% on power tools by buying one that came wrapped in bubble wrap instead of its original box?

Um, let me think...YES! Of course you would. 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Are you looking for a healthy, protein-packed lunch recipe? These tuna stuffed avocado cups will not disappoint! This recipe is simple and delicious - and it's Whole 30 compatible to boot. That's a win all around!
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

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Do you ever have a weeknight where you are too tired to cook? Or it's hot out and you don't want to warm up the house even more by cooking? I'll admit it: I've had several of these nights lately. Instead of ordering a pizza, though, I've been making smoothie bowls - and my family is loving it!

Making a smoothie bowl takes less time than picking up take-out and is SO MUCH BETTER for you. Plus, when you make your smoothie bowls extra thick, your kids will feel like they are eating ice cream for dinner - but it's actually full of healthy fruit, seeds and veggies. WIN!

Before we jump into the recipe, I want to thank Earthbound Farm for sponsoring this post. They have a delicious variety of organic salad mixes that are great for salads, sides, smoothies and more. During the month of April, pop over to EveryCartCounts.com to take a quiz and get a coupon for $1 off any Earthbound Farm product (plus  they will plant a tree for every quiz taken - up to 20,000!). Awesome!

Let's hop into the recipe shall we?

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016




There is no denying that homemade popcorn is much better for you than most varieties of microwave popcorn, but another thing that I love about making popcorn at home is being able to be creative with the toppings.

You can top popcorn with a variety of ingredients at pantry staples like spices, nuts, dried fruit, peanut butter, cheese, and chocolate.  I have a pretty strong sweet tooth, so I almost always opt for a sweet variety.

This chocolate orange popcorn is quite perfect for a sweet tooth, with a lovely coating of dark chocolate and some lighter notes of citrus peeking through.

I am also a huge fan of mixing sweet and salty, so I think the turbinado sugar and the sea salt play fabulously against each other.   Plus, the sugar adds a nice crunch.

This will be sure to please any crowd at any time, movie or no movie, day or night.  Just try not to eat the whole bowl in one sitting!
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Thursday, April 14, 2016


So you've seen the smoothie bowl trend and now you want a part of the action? I'm here to help!

I am constantly on the go and end up drinking most of my smoothies through a straw. A smoothie bowl, though, is a great change of pace. It gives you the nutritional power of a smoothie and the satisfaction of any other kind of breakfast you eat with silverware. It helps you slow down a bit to become more mindful of what you're eating instead of gulping it down on the go. Plus the toppings are great. The toppings can really make or break a smoothie bowl.

When I posted this smoothie to Instagram this week, I saw people mentioning they had never had a smoothie bowl before and wanted some detailed directions. So here they are!

Oh? And if you decide that eating your smoothie with a spoon isn't your style, my son proved that it's just as good in a glass jar with a straw

(PS if you don't already own stainless steel straws, you're missing out! These are the ones I like best for smoothies.)

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

This post brought to you by ezH2O Bottle Filling Stations. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Creative Green Living.



Do you carry a reusable water bottle with you? Nearly everywhere I go, I either have a water bottle or a travel cup with a lid so I can stay hydrated. 

If I run out of water, though, things can get tricky. Have you ever tried to fill a water bottle at a regular drinking fountain? You have to hold the bottle at an angle in order to catch the water - and often times you can't even fill it half way because the angle makes the water start running out of the top before it's full!

I'm so glad that I've started seeing ezH2O bottle filling stations by Elkay popping up at places like the airport, city hall and even grocery stores near me. The machines are super easy to use - just take the top off your bottle or cup and hold it under the spout. The motion sensor turns on the water and turns it off again when you take it away. 

The water is nice and cold, it fills your bottle all the way AND you didn't have to touch a drinking fountain - which is a huge plus during cold and flu season when the less you can touch community spaces, the better. 
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Friday, April 8, 2016


As a kid, one of my very favorite snacks was popcorn.  In fact, my mom used to buy these giant packs of microwavable popcorn from the grocery store, and I would make one every day for morning snack time. 

At the time, I thought they were were delicious, but as an adult, I cringe at the thought of all that fake butter, and way it coats your mouth for hours after eating it.  Even at the movie theater, the thought of eating the 'buttery' popcorn that you can buy there makes feel sort of ill.  It is just so full of junk. And chemicals.  And more junk. Did you know that the same toxic chemicals they use to make Teflon (read more about them here) line the inside of popcorn bags? No thank you.

A few years ago, my sister introduced me to the easiest way of making homemade popcorn.  It requires normal household tools (no whirly pops required), very few ingredients, and is made entirely of real foods.  Also, it takes about 3 minutes to make.  Basically it is the perfect healthy snack.  Just make sure you floss after you finish :)  

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Best detox water recipes - strawberry mint infused water recipe
Have you caught on to the infused water (or as some like to call it, detox water) craze yet? Why drink boring, plain water when you can make healthy flavored waters at home for hardly any money!

Pssst. Incase you didn't know, I wrote THE BOOK on infused water / detox water recipes. Check it out on Amazon here!

....but back to the strawberry mint water, because that's why you're here, right? 

This is one of my favorite recipes in the book! 

Something about the combination of sweet strawberries and fresh mint just mingle together in a way that is crisp - yet slightly sweet - in a way that is oh-so-refreshing!

We grow a mint plant mostly so I have a ready supply of fresh mint available for infused water! If you don't have your own mint plant, that's okay! Just pick up a small pack or organic mint in the produce aisle of your local grocery store. 

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Thursday, March 31, 2016


Do you ever feel like you need more time? Time to check your email. Time to get caught up on work. Time to get that text sent. If you feel like you're constantly using your phone to play catch up and get quick texts and emails sent while you're on the go (read: in the car), you aren't alone. 

Every week, 56 people in the United States will die in a car crash caused by a distracted driver.


So while you certainly aren't alone, that doesn't mean you're safe. 

When you're commuting long distances or traveling on a road trip, there is a safer choice that lets you get everything you want to do on your computer or smart phone done safely! CGL sponsor, Megabus offers service between 120 North American cities and includes free onboard wifi and electric outlets so you can crush candy, text friends or craft brilliant emails while you let someone else handle the driving! It's perfect for kids traveling to and from college, for work travel or in place of the traditional road trip.

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Monday, March 28, 2016



Pizza is practically a member of our family.  We eat it almost every week, and I can't imagine life without it!  We generally eat vegetarian food at home, so I have been trying all kinds of ways to make vegetarian pizza more interesting and delicious.

This one is such a fun and beautiful pizza!  It is flavorful, seasonal and has a fabulous little kick from the balsamic dressing!  Plus, peach season is beginning, so it will be a perfect way to use up those gorgeous ripe peaches!

Have at it!  Your tongue and stomach will love you!  

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016


So you drink wine. As a result you have a lot of wine corks. But what do you DO with them? I've written before about some adorable wine cork pendants (check that out here) but if you have a LOT of corks, you can up you recycling game even more and make a really cool bulletin board with them!
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016


As a kid, I was a serious onion-hater.  If they were part of dinner, I'd pick it apart to pull out the onions, or refuse to eat it all together.  Once I started cooking on my own, I realized that onions are in everything, and once they are cooked down, they add incredible flavor.  Now I always have an onion or six on hand and use them regularly.  

One of my favorite methods of cooking onion is to caramelize it.  It requires a little more time than some methods, but very little effort, so they are perfect for adding to a delicious dinner that requires your hands to be elsewhere.  
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