Electric Vehicle Charging 101

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Last summer, my husband and I purchased a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. I’d been writing about green cars for years, and we finally decided that we were ready to trade in the gas-hogging sedan for a more eco-friendly vehicle. One of the biggest discussions we had prior to making the purchase was about electric vehicle charging. Although the car is a hybrid and not solely dependent on a solid EV charging infrastructure, understanding the ins and outs of electric vehicle {Read More}

Our First Disney Cruise – Day One PHX to MCO

First Disney Cruise Day One PHX to MCO

Spring Break 2015 was another first for our family – a cruise (kids surfed for the first time during Spring Break 2014). I’d never considered a cruise for a family vacation because 1) I get motion sickness easily; 2) the idea of being on a ship in the middle of the ocean is one of my irrational fears and 3) the news reports of norovirus outbreaks, broken ships that have to be towed, etc pretty much turned me off of {Read More}

How To Reduce Waste While On Vacation

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Going on vacation doesn’t mean that you have to leave your commitment to waste reduction behind. Even though you’re out of town and in a different environment, you can still take steps to reduce waste through simple reuse, recycling and waste-avoidance measures. Implementing these 10 tips will help you reduce your waste while on vacation. Read the entire post on the SCJohnson.com Green Choices blog: 10 Tips for Reducing Waste While On Vacation. Note: I receive compensation from SCJ for {Read More}

Refreshing Spring Fruit and Veggie Smoothie

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Spring is upon us once again which means my favorite fruits are in season again. I love saving money by shopping for in-season fruits and vegetables. Depending on the local sales, I can make these refreshing spring fruit and veggie smoothies for about $1 per serving. Read the entire post and get the recipe: Refreshing Spring Fruit & Veggie Smoothie. Note: I receive compensation from SCJ for my blog posts however my statements are truthful and based on my personal {Read More}

Budget-Friendly Spring Break Idea: National Parks

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Are you looking for a budget-friendly spring break idea? If so, look no further than your local National Park Service site. The nation’s National Park Service system provides dozens of low cost and even free spring break destination options. Multi-Park Admission Passes Depending on your destination, you may be able to save money by buying a multiple park admission pass. For example, a $25 pass purchased at Yellowstone National Park grants access to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks {Read More}

Quick & Easy Pesto Pasta Salad

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Both of my kids recently discovered that they love cold pasta salads, which is great because I felt like their school lunches were getting a bit monotonous. When I asked what type of pasta salad they wanted me to make first, they both settled on pesto. After a bit of brainstorming, the three of us came up with this quick and easy pesto pasta salad recipe. Get the recipe: Quick & Easy Pesto Pasta Salad. Note: I receive compensation from {Read More}

After-School Activities On A Budget

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Swim team, ballet, piano, and voice lessons – these are just a few of the after-school activities that my children have participated in over the past year. While they are fun, the price quickly begins to add up and the fees can put a dent in even the most solid budget. The good news is that there are several ways to participate in a variety of after-school activities on a budget. Read the post in its entirety on the SCJohnson.com {Read More}