Save Money by Cooking at Home

By the end of a busy day most parents are very tired from working all day. It’s very tempting to just pick up fast food on the way home. Preparing home cooked meals don’t have to take a lot of time. Cooking dinner at home will save a family a lot of money every month. There are many ways to make cooking at home easy and fun.

Look at Weekly Grocery Store Ads for Sales and Specials

When the weekly ads come in the mail don’t just throw them in the trash. Plan the family’s weekly meals around what the store has on sale. If a busy family buys the items on sale, it makes eating at home much cheaper than eating out. When planned accordingly there are many meals a family of four can make for under $5. Using coupons is also a great way to save money on groceries.

Buying in Bulk can Save Money

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Different Learning Theories: A Complete Guide

Educational theorists, from philosophers like Socrates and Rousseau to researchers like Howard Gardner today, have addressed theories of learning. Many of their ideas continue to influence homeschoolers as well as traditional educators. A little familiarity with some of the ideas most popular among homeschoolers will help you make sense of the wealth of available materials when you begin to make choices for your family.

Overview of different learning theories

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Jean Piaget and Cognitive Development

Jean Piaget proposed that children go through several distinct stages of cognitive growth.

  • First comes the sensorimotor stage (birth t...
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Biochar – Promising Way to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Imagine this: You have a garden or yard full of trees. Each year you prune and cut dying branches to make room for new growth. Each autumn you rake in several pounds of dead leaves, fallen fruits and other garden “leftovers.” What are you going to do? Ordinarily, you would just leave them alone scattered on your yard, where they would just decay or be buried in winter frost. You probably would clear out a fallen branch or two as well.

How to make Biochar

  1. Clear your garden of all living, organic material.
  2. Dig a trench approx 12 inches deep.
  3. Use a fork to loosen and turn the soil at the bottom.
  4. Pile brush in the bottom of the trench, approx 8 inches deep.
  5. Light the brush on fire, and allow it to smolder until the smoke thins and turns bluish-gray.
  6. Cover lightly with an inch of dirt and le...
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10 Easy Ways to Be More Green

Here are 10 easy ways to reduce your environmental impact:

1. Bring a Towel.
Instead of using paper towels in the restroom at work, use a hand towel from home. It’s much more absorbent and does a better job at drying hands than thin paper towels and by the end of an average day, you’ve saved about 4 ft of paper.

2. Keep a Set of Dishes at Work.
Keep a cup, plate, and bowl at your desk to use during lunch time or an office potluck.

3. Use an Insulated Mug.
Drink from an insulated mug instead of a standard mug and reduce the need to reheat your coffee.

4. Pack a Lunch…Without the Brown Bag.
Not only does packing a lunch save calories and cost, it also saves resources. Use a lunchbox instead of a bag; bonus points if you bring a cold lunch that you don’t have to heat.

5. Turn Off Your Monitor...

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The Best Soy Yogurt is Homemade: How To Make Nutritious Yogurt At Home

homemade soy yogurt

Soy yogurt is a wonderful food, providing a nice balance of protein and carbohydrates, as well as a dose of calcium. Soy yogurt, when not heat-treated, is also a good source of probiotics, or the beneficial bacteria that encourage digestive health. This easy, healthful food can be made at home with little trouble and thus enjoyed without the sugar and other additives found in most store bought yogurt. Try preparing the recipe below and serve homemade soy yogurt with fruit, jam, honey or maple syrup for a delicious and healthy snack.

Recipe for Homemade Soy Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons unflavored live, active culture yogurt (or yogurt starter, as directed on the package)
  • 1 Quart of soy milk

Instructions:

  1. Bring the milk to the boiling point and cool to 110 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Mix th...
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5 Easy Green Tips on Being Eco-Better

Are you eco-better conscious?

Most families have been shopping more Earth-friendly for themselves, their children and for their pets. This is not a trend; rather it’s a way of life, an eco-better life. You can change your habits by changing your way of thinking and doing. First ask yourself why do I want a better, cleaner, less cluttered life for myself and my family? Once you have determined your reasons, next is to change your habits and transform your lives, for the eco-better.

Start out small by replacing your traditional incandescent lights bulbs with the more energy-efficient light bulbs. These energy-efficient light bulbs save more than $40 in electricity costs over their lifetime, use 75 percent less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs and produce about 75 percent less...

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Natural and Frugal Sunburn Treatments

It’s happened to us all at least once: The sunscreen may have failed, or been sweated off without re-application, or a small spot may have been missed. The result is an angry red patch of skin, and in extreme cases, blistering and peeling.

For those who are reluctant to get an over-the-counter solution, there are more eco-friendly solutions that are neither expensive nor complicated. In fact, you may already have some in your home right now.

Aloe: A Green Alternative to Burn Ointment

A handy houseplant to keep in the kitchen is the aloe plant (featured in the photo.) This member of the succulent family of cacti contains juices that are extremely soothing when applied directly to burn...

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Go Green with Your Laundry Routine

Although laundry is a necessary evil, there are a lot of ways you can make it less “evil” for the environment. By taking some simple steps not only can you make doing laundry more eco-friendly, but you can actually save quite a bit of money as well. It’s a win-win situation.

Here are some easy ways to green up your laundry routine:

1. Wash in Cold Water

Whenever possible, wash your clothes in cold water rather than hot. As much as 90% of the energy that your washing machine uses goes to heating water. If you can avoid using hot water as much as possible you can significantly cut down on the energy usage of your machine. Not only does it help the environment by saving power, but you also can save money on your power bill each month.

2. Line Dry Clothing

Skip the dryer all together and h...

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Summer Gardening To Do List: Tasks and Projects for Summertime Garden Maintenance

Annuals

Annuals should be dead headed (the dead blooms picked or cut off with pruners) regularly in order to stimulate continued growth. Any annuals that have died should be pulled and – if the plant otherwise seemed healthy – should be tossed in the compost pile.

Weed your annual beds regularly to keep them neat looking, and add mulch as needed to keep moisture in.

Perennials

Dead head any spent blooms to keep the flowers coming on your perennial plants – the plant uses energy on spent flowers instead of growing new ones.

Stake up any taller perennials that might sway in the wind and break.

Prune rose bushes and cut off any spent flowers as they begin to brown in order to promote new flowers. Fertilize and check the plant for diseases and pests, and treat as needed.

Be on the lookou...

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Air Condition Your Garden

July, it is the time of the year when air conditioning is as important in the garden as it is in the home. You, as the temperature rises, can cool off with an electric fan, a cool drink or by hiding away in a cool spot. Your plants are not quite that lucky; yet certain gardening techniques can be employed to help your plants through the summer months.

The benefits of air conditioning in your garden will show up in the form of increased production, greater resistance to disease and pests and, in general, a more attractive vista. An improper over-heated environment during the warmer months often leads to wilt, dropping of buds and yellowing of foliage.

Aeration of the soil is concerned with its exposure to the air. If this is lacking then your plants very likely will suffer this summer...

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