Scott Naturals Test DriveOver the next four weeks I will be partnering with Scott Naturals and The Motherhood to share ideas for green living—more specifically, what green living looks like for me and my family. One commenter on each week’s post will win a Scott Naturals Kit, which includes Scott Naturals Tissue, Scott Naturals Towels, Scott Naturals Napkins, and Scott Naturals Flushable Moist Wipes.

Scott Naturals will donate $1—up to $25,000 total—to the National Wildlife Federation based on unique click-through links from the 40 blogs participating in this campaign. The other blogs are listed at the bottom of this post. Please click through from those sites and help us reach our goal of $25,000 donated.

Click here and $1 will be donated to the National Wildlife Federation

Ford Fusion Hybrid giveawayOnce there, you can pledge to take the Scott Naturals 4 Week Test Drive and enter for a chance to win a Ford Fusion Hybrid.

Going Green

“Going Green” is a trendy thing to say or be these days, but what does it really mean in a practical, every day sort of way?

The Atlanta area spent two years in a serious drought. Lake Lanier was so low that I couldn’t imagine how it would ever get back to normal. Although it rained so much last spring and summer that we’re in good shape again, we adopted water- and money-saving habits during that period of time that just make sense to continue.

  • Only run full loads of clothes and dishes.
  • Don’t keep the hot water heater at it’s hottest setting: not only does it use more energy, but some teens will stay in the shower longer—using more water and energy—as long as it stays hot.
  • Collect “old” water from the tea kettle or cups left on the counter to water plants.
  • Using the same cup all day equals less dishes to wash.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
  • Reuse bath towels.

We own a High Efficiency steam washing machine, which uses a fraction of the amount of water of a traditional unit. I almost never run it with warm or hot water. For dark loads, I use cold; for whites I add steam: cold water is heated in the top of the machine and steam is added to the wash cycle. The clothes get cleaner while saving water and energy.

During the drought, I alternated every other day between showering and sponge baths. This wasn’t easy for me, but seeing the lake so low made me want to do something, now matter how small. Now I shower daily, but wash my hair every other day. Just spending that much less time in the shower saves water and energy.

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In 2008 I won a year’s supply of paper products from Scott in a blog giveaway. It was one of the best contests I’ve ever won! Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win a sample box of the Scott products pictured above.

What have you done to go green?

Other Blogs Participating in This Campaign

Not Quite Cookie Cutter
Mommy’s Wish List
Rockin’ Mama
Mommin’ It Up
Baby Momma Blog
The Suburban Mom
Multi-Minding Mom
Go Graham Go
Married My Sugar Daddy
Render Me Mama
Charlene Chronicles
Domestic Extraordinaire
A Mom’s Balancing Act
Faith and Family Reviews
Zen Mama Ventures
Free Is My Life
House of Hills
Jolly Mom
Mamma Mia
My Four Monkeys
Minnesota Mama’s Must Haves
Mommy Instincts
A Nut in a Nutshell
Just Precious
24/7 MOMS
Pretty Pink Momma
Momma Findings
Next Kid Thing
The Chatty Momma
I Dream of Clean
Wholesome Mommy
Dusty Earth Mother
Fits and Giggles
To Be Thode
Hale Mom
She Scribes
Main Street Mommy
The Diaper Diaries

{Disclosure: I am being compensated by Scott Naturals and TheMotherhood for my part in this campaign.}

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