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With the look of a gadget straight from the future, the energyEGG is ready to be your household helper. Find out how this innovative device can save you big bucks on your energy bills and prevent the release of CO2 into the atmosphere.

 

After making waves in the U.K., TreeGreen’s energyEGG is gearing up to take U.S. retailers by storm. The energyEGG promises to drive down energy costs and improve household safety with ease, but does it really help? Happy reviewers are claiming “YES!”

Why energyEGG?

This device has one job: to turn electronics on and off as people enter and exit rooms. It sounds simple, but this one action can be crucial to drastically lowering energy costs in your home. A few saved watts here and a couple more there seriously add up in the blink of an eye.

save money with energyEGG

This concept is similar to smart thermostats that lower HVAC usage when no one is home. We all tend to get caught up in our busy lives, and so we often forget to make energy-saving choices.

Think about the many times you’ve finished watching TV, left the room with your hands full, and neglected to turn off those devices and lights for hours! energyEGG steps in to rectify that.

TreeGreen promises that the energyEGG:

  • Improves home safety: Never worry about leaving the iron on again.
  • Reduces energy consumption: Lower your bills by turning off what you’re not using.
  • Is easy to use: It’s automatic and can be controlled via remote.

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How energyEGG Works

The energyEGG is a sensor that wirelessly controls a number of specialized plugs. The EGG itself uses “SitStill” technology, a motion sensor that detects when people enter and exit a room. It turns devices on instantly and off according to a preset timer. It also cuts so-called “vampire” or “stand-by” power from devices that draw energy even when they’re turned off.

How many plugs can the energyEGG control at once?

The basic energyEGG unit controls up to 10 wall plugs, and you can expand its usefulness by connecting the plugs to surge suppressors instead of individual devices. This makes it easy to customize what gets turned on and off. The unit can also be controlled manually using either a remote or a button on the EGG.

But Does It Really Work?

What consumers are saying about energyEGG:

The energyEGG has had wild success in the U.K. Users love how easy it is to control, even from a distance. It’s even found itself a niche market for people with limited mobility who struggle with out-of-the-way plugs. If your TV and cable box are left on for even a couple hours a day, the energyEGG can pay for itself in just 12 months and prevent the release of hundreds of pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere.

energyEGG reduces CO2

The energyEGG website offers a calculator that estimates your savings, and users attest that the projections are accurate. If you really want to see the difference energyEGG can make, snag a home energy monitor from New Egg and watch how much your savings compound over time!

Sounds Great! Where Can I Get One?

The energyEGG is available through Amazon. Everything you need to set up your EGG, even batteries, is included. The basic package will include the EGG and one wall plug, and extra plugs will be available for purchase. In less than 10 minutes, you can be set up and saving energy with your very own energyEGG!

healthy family outside

Children today interact with so many electronics, they’re more likely to stay glued to a TV or iPhone than blissfully run around outdoors; don’t worry – these endlessly entertaining, healthy family games will have them racing to the yard.

 

We know how it is: children these days have been raised in a technological age. They’re capabilities with laptops, tablets, and smartphones very likely already exceeds our own. Yet, what other time than childhood do we have the precious freedom, wild imaginations, and limitless energy to spend full days playing outside?

Exercise, fresh air, and active play are all crucial for children’s growing minds and bodies. These 6 healthy family activities are sure to please your kids and be far more entertaining and laughter-inducing than any iPhone game.

For the Active Healthy Family

scoop ball for healthy family

1) US Games Fun-Air Scoop Ball

With this scoop ball kit from Amazon, you and your family will no doubt enjoy hours of playful fun in the backyard or on the beach!

This game is perfect for young children (and the not so coordinated), as the scoops are large enough for easy catching and the whiffle ball moves slowly.

Fun fact: the game helps children develop hand-eye coordination!

healthy family on trampoline

2) Propel Trampoline with Enclosure

There’s nothing like a trampoline for endless entertainment. Kids, and even adults, flock to these for hours of laughter and exercise.

This large  trampoline from Sears includes an enclosure for extra protection. The excitement of such boundless bouncing can quickly lead to launching clear off the trampoline, so you’ll be grateful for this safety precaution.

For the Healthy Family with a Competitive Edge

badminton for healthy family

2) Competition Badminton Standard

This badminton kit from Walmart can be set up quickly and easily in your own backyard. This friendly competition is sure to get everyone in the household fired up and involved! Play teams of kids against parents for a silly challenge.

The full-size collegiate style net means the game is very simple to learn, but real skill takes determination! Kids and adults alike will bond over the thrill of victory when playing this ultimate outdoor game.

basketball set for a healthy family

5) 44 inch Portable Basketball System

Inspire in your children a love for sports with this professional-quality basketball hoop from Toys “R” Us. The rim is adjustable from 7.5′ to 10′, so it can grow along with your children! The rust-resistant pole and weighted stand help keep it upright and intact for years.

Best of all, there’s no concrete construction required–just fill the stand with water or sand, and you’re ready to go!

For the Crafty Healthy Family

healthy family play set

4) Alpine Custom Wooden Play Set Kit

Treat your kids to their own treehouse, swing set and climbing rope with this Alpine Custom Wooden Play Set Kit from Target. Made for children ages 3 and up, this play equipment includes 10 activities and is all-weather proof, so it will stand up to even the harshest environments.

The quick installation system will help you build it in no time, so your kids can begin the daily adventure of having a swing set and wooden fort!

healthy family enjoying the pool

6) Intex 32 ft. x 16 ft. x 52 in. Rectangular Ultra Frame Pool Package

This massive pool from Kmart is so large, the entire family can splash around at once (and even swim laps!). With a length of 32′ and a width of 16′, this pool is equivalent to having a full-sized swimming pool in your backyard without the added cost that comes with digging up your lawn!

Teach your children to swim or just cool off on hot days. Construction and cleaning are a breeze, and the pool is ready to be filled with water in just 60 minutes.

No need to spend any more money on taking your kids to crowded public pools. Your very own personal pool awaits.

Get going!

Well, don’t just sit there! Gather up the kiddos and get on your way. Endless adventures and memories now exist in your yard. Forget trying to convince the kids to play outside; now you’ll hardly be able to keep them in!

Dinner time? We hope you like backyard picnics, because your healthy family will be too busy exploring their fort and competing in a badminton match to sit still in your dining room.

Back to School Outfits

Back to school outfits are of major importance to kiddos and teens. Remember when you’d agonize over what to wear your first day? We have 5 perfect outfit ideas to help your kids feel confident and ready for a great new school year. We can’t guarantee they won’t stress over hitting the books, but at least they’ll be happy with their new looks!

 

Backpacks, lunch boxes, binders, pencils, pens, highlighters, textbooks… back to school shopping lists seem to go on and on. That’s why we’re here to make your life a little simpler, your errands a little saner. Our top 5 must-have back to school outfits are sure to please students from all elementary, middle, and high schools. Whether it’s a polished and trendy uniform for private school or a cute new style for public school, these items will make going back to school feel like an exciting and fresh start.

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Elementary Back to School Outfits

1) Gap Kids Uniforms

back to school outfits uniforms

Some kids may complain that uniforms limit individuality, but this definitely needn’t be the case! With Gap Kids uniforms, your child will find the most popular, original, and fashionable uniform styles to express their own unique styles. The best part? They come at an affordable price!

2) My Michelle Belted Chevron -Print Shirtdress

back to school outfits dress

This adorable, colorful, and sweet dress is a favorite among elementary school girls. Comfortable enough for long days at a desk and running around the playground, the My Michelle Belted Chevron-Print Shirtdress (available at Macy’s) will have your daughter actually excited to get ready for school in those early morning hours!

3) Sports Team Graphic Hoodie

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Wait! So, New York Giants aren’t your favorite team? Before you scroll past this comfy and sporty classic boy’s hoodie, note that The Children’s Place has a selection for just about any sports team you love! Chicago Bears, Pittsburg Steelers, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, you name it! Help your boy walk into his elementary school with pride, supporting his very favorite team.

Middle and High School Back to School Outfits

4) Lush Cross Back Layered Tank

back to school outfits tank top

Sweet, flirty, and sophisticated, the Lush Cross Back Layered Tank (available at Nordstrom) is the ideal choice for middle school and elementary school young women. Easily paired with a variety of seasonal looks, this multi-purpose tank looks perfect tucked under a cozy sweater in the fall and winter months or worn with shorts and flowy skirts in the spring!

5) RVCA ‘Hipe Stripe’ Short Sleeve Henley

back to school outfits boys shirt

Sporty, handsome, and sleek, the RVCA ‘Hipe Stripe’ Short Sleeve Henley (find it at Nordstrom) fits the middle or high school young man with any interest and taste, from skateboarder, surfer, and snowboarder to football player, track runner, and academic.

back to school outfits on little kids

 Get Your Back to School Outfits at a Discount!

Back to school shopping costs can really add up. Save serious cash on these outfits by checking out  the discounts and deals on our Giving Assistant website. You’ll find coupons for Macy’s, Nordstrom, The Children’s Place, and Gap! We hope your kids enjoy their back to school outfits and have a very happy school year!

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Feeling Heroic?

Check today’s to-do list. Does it include saving the planet? Many of us care deeply about protecting and restoring our planet from the terrible thrashing it’s been forced to bear. Still, how many of us can say we’ve actually stepped up to take responsibility and action? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless in the face of rising greenhouse gas emissions, polluted waterways, and overpopulation.

Find Motivation in the Pages of Eco Barons

Sometimes all we need is a strong dose of inspiration. Enter, Edward Humes’ book, Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet.

In just under 400 pages, the Pulitzer Prize winning author spins a compelling narrative about a select set of wealthy entrepreneurs, green technology engineers and nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving our planet’s environment.

Eco Barons then empowers its readers by providing ways each of us can contribute to the environmental legacy we leave for our children and grandchildren.

eco barons book cover

Funding Land Conservation in a Big Way

Doug and Kris Tompkins, founders of Esprit, North Face and Patagonia, are center-stage in Eco Barons. Together they are devoting $200 million to land conservation efforts.

Already, they have donated tens of thousands of hectares of pristine, wild land to Chile and Argentina to be set aside as national parks. They are not doing this in a hands-off manner either; the couple has spent years living in South America, working with local eco-entrepreneurs to create and shepherd these projects.

The story of Roxanne Quimby, the founder of personal care products “Burt’s Bees,” is also one of enthusiasm, creativity and foresight. She has directed much of her fortune to protecting 120,000 acres of Maine forest that otherwise would have fallen to clear the way for suburbs, strip malls and golf courses. She is now working to set aside the majority of her holdings for a new national park.

The Green Technology Game Changers of Eco Barons

Not all the heroes of Eco Barons are wealthy individuals. Equipped with knowledge, shrewdness and persistence, the humbler stars of Eco Barons make up for any lack of funds.

A perfect example lies in the efforts of The Center for Biological Diversity. Its members put up a large fight without a large wallet. This nonprofit is melding its limited resources with smart science and legal tactics to wage its fight against climate change by helping polar bears via the Endangered Species Act.

You’ll also come across the story of Andy Frank, an engineering professor. Andy and his students have spent over 20 years of personal effort in education and promotion of affordable plug-in hybrid automobiles to lawmakers and the auto industry. He is considered the father of PHEV vehicles.

Giving Planet Earth Your Personal Best

Humes knows that saving the planet is not entirely up to the wealthy or those with the scientific knowledge and stamina to convince others to employ green technologies. Everyone has a part to play in healing our relationship with the Earth’s environment, including you.

To emphasize how big an impact we can have on the world just by making changes at home, Eco Barons reinforces the maxim:

“Think Globally, Act Locally.”

Eco Barons includes an appendix of educational resources and practical tips for reducing your personal environmental impact every day.

One especially helpful tip is to make informed choices regarding where you shop. Consider that Kohl’s sells reusable shopping bags, has 78 stores with solar power and pursues green building techniques.

The Body Shop has held the health of the planet as one of their 5 core corporate values for nearly 40 years. They run numerous environmental programs that put their money where their values are.

eco barons earth hands

Eco Barons: The Takeaway

From examples of wealthy capitalists preserving ecosystems to scientists developing green technologies to individuals reducing their daily carbon footprint, Eco Barons will raise your environmental awareness and renew your faith that making smart choices can improve the world for everyone.

Eco Barons is available from Amazon in both paperback and hardcover versions. Once you have finished it, you may find that saving the planet does have a place on your daily task list.

host chilled wine glass

Hosting a dinner party at your place can be loads of fun, but it can also mean hauling around clunky ice buckets and serving rather watery alcoholic drinks. Sure, your friends will politely smile and say the wine is delicious, but what good is fancy wine if it’s gradually warming up and watering down?

Take the hassle, expense, and mess out of your parties by allowing a self-chilled wine glass, such as the Host Freeze Cooling Wine Glass, to stay perfectly cold and full of flavor for your (genuinely) delighted guests!

How Does the Self-Chilled Wine Glass Work?

No need to station cumbersome, unattractive coolers at your event. These glasses stay chilled for over an hour. Simply grab the freeze chilling glasses out of the freezer, deliver them to your guests, and let the party begin!

about self chilled wine glass

Key Attributes of the Self-Chilled Wine Glass:

  • Thermal cooling gel encased in tough acrylic
  • Insulated rubber grip
  • Holds at least 8.5 ounces of wine
  • Chills to as low as 6-11 degrees Celsius in the freezer
  • Chills to as low as 14-17 degrees Celsius in the refrigerator

Benefits of the Self-Chilled Wine Glass

1) Doesn’t shatter like glass.

The self-chilled wine glass is perfect for both indoor and outdoor parties.

2) No more drinking watered-down alcohol.

3) Save money and time.

The cost of buckets of ice adds up, and who has time for all that set up?

4) Less mess.

Ice melting in heavy buckets is a serious pain to clean up post-party.

5) No need for coasters.

The self chilled wine glass can sit on most surfaces without a coaster – dining tables, buffet bars, or picnic areas! Never stress about careless guests leaving drink ring marks on your table tops again.

6) Rubber grip means no frosty fingers.

Holding a freezing wine glass for hours can lead to very numb fingers! No more.

7) Made with BPA-Free plastic.

BPA – a chemical found in plastics – can seep into food and drinks and has been linked to many health problems, including: breast cancer, obesity, prostate disease and cancer, miscarriage, and impairment of the immune system.

chilled wine glass outside

Use the Self-Chilled Wine Glass for Other Drinks, too!

You don’t have to limit the use of these nifty glasses to wine sipping. Try pouring beer, juice, tea, and water into them for long-lasting cold drinks. This is a major plus for guests who don’t drink alcohol. They’ll fit right in with virgin cocktails in these thermal-insulated handheld coolers!

Potential Drawbacks

1) For large events, you’ll need several sets.

2) Not ideal for parties lasting much longer than 1 hour.

3) Require hand washing (can’t go in the dishwasher).

The Takeaway 

When used properly for shorter and smaller events, the self-chilled wine glass is a trendy, convenient alternative to hefty buckets of ice and watered-down wine.

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Where to Find a Self-Chilled Wine Glass Set?

You can find the Host Freeze Cooling Wine Glass at Amazon. Another wonderful choice is the brand Soiree Home. They have a Dimple Glass Self Chilling Glassware Set, available at Nordstrom. Party on!

hands holding green home

We do diet detoxes and even stress detoxes, but what about detoxing our homes? These super quick 5 steps to a green home will leave you with a natural, energy saving, eco-friendly abode in just 48 hours! 

 

Home is a place to relax and feel safe. If you’re inhaling toxic chemicals and racking up horrific energy bills, you’re more likely to feel fatigued, sick, and stressed than cozy and calm. We don’t want to overwhelm you with, say, a list of 48 changes for a greener home. Who has time for that? These 5 simple swaps are all you need to transform your space (and our planet).

Save the Planet, Your Family, & Your Energy Bill!

Sure, you volunteer for beach cleaning projects, support organic farms, and drive a Prius (all extremely helpful!). Still, many of us forget that one of the biggest impacts we have on the environment, every day and night, rests right under our very own rooftops. If all of us decide to create eco friendly homes, we can change the world. 

Even if you protect the people you love (and yourself) by implementing the healthiest of lifestyles, you may be missing some sneaky, scary health hazards. Kids touch (and sometimes – if you have a toddler – lick!) everything. When you choose toxic, chemical ridden cleaning products, your children absorb and inhale them. If the fertilizer in your yard is not organic, your kids are rolling around and playing in grass full of harsh chemicals.

Simple changes, such as switching to energy-efficient light bulbs and energy-efficient appliances, reduce the cost of your energy bill dramatically. You will be astounded by your monthly savings!

Detox: 5 Steps to a Chemical-Free, Green Home!

natural cleaners in green home

#1 Use Chemical-Free Household Products

The Problem:

Many of the common household products, such as spray cleaning products, disinfectants, air fresheners, beauty products and cosmetics, drastically reduce the air quality in your home. The heavy chemical load in these products may stay trapped in your household and potentially cause serious health conditions, including: asthma, eczema, and lung conditions.

Green Home Fix:

Products with natural ingredients not only cut down on pollution, but are much safer and healthier for you and your family. Seventh Generation Cleaning Products is a wonderful brand.

Find It:

Affordable, natural cleaning products can be found at Walmart and Target.

#2 Change the Light Bulbs to Save Energy

energy saving lightbulb in green home

The Problem:

Many of us waste extremely high levels of energy at home on a daily basis.

Green Home Fix: 

By using energy-efficient light bulbs, you’ll save on energy resources and reduce your energy utility costs. It’s easy to quickly change all of the light bulbs in your home in one day.

Find It:

Staples and Lowes offer energy-efficient light bulbs.

#3 Choose Natural Lawn Fertilizers

kids on grass in green home

The Problem:

Lawn fertilizers promote the proper growth of grass and plants, keep the lawn green, and add nutrients to the soil. That said, harmful chemicals in fertilizers can cause groundwater contamination and pollution in the air. Chemicals in fertilizers have been linked to several illnesses, including: gastric cancer, stomach cancer, cardiac disease and respiratory problems. Kids and pets love spending long days playing in the grass … rolling around in chemicals.

Green Home Fix:

You know your kids and pets love spending long sunny days frolicking in the grass. Help them enjoy their favorite playtime activity safely by switching to organic fertilizers. Organic lawn fertilizers improve the quality of the air and water both in and around your home. 

Find It:

Home Depot and Lowes sell organic fertilizers.

#4 Use Water-Efficient Shower Heads

save water with a green home

The Problem:

Stop wasting water and money! You may be using gallons of water in your bathroom. Paying such an outrageous amount for your water bills is simply unnecessary.

Green Home Fix:

Reduce the amount of water that you use in the shower by installing high-efficiency shower heads.

Find It: 

Purchase high-efficiency shower heads from places like Home Depot and Walmart.

#5 Select Energy-Efficient Appliances

The Problem: 

Common household appliances in your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room may be causing soaring energy costs (especially if they are outdated).

Green Home Fix:

Replace old, energy hungry appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, washers and dryers, room air conditioners and water heaters, with Energy Star qualified appliances. Extra perk: you get tax credits for purchasing energy-efficient appliances for your home! Don’t forget to unplug your small electronics when they are not in use to save even more!

Find It: 

Buy Energy Star Qualified Appliances at Lowes and Target.

Eager for more green home tips?

For an incredibly thorough, helpful, detailed guide to creating the perfect green home, check out this treehugger article! Then, of course, you can happily pin away the hours with all sorts of creative, Pinterest eco-friendly home tips. Good luck!