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My Life (as told by my morning coffee) #CoffeeJourneys

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If you want to get to know a person, just have a look at their coffee.

For coffee lovers, a quote from T.S. Eliot. #CoffeeJourneys #shop

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Earth Day Feature: Eco-friendly Watches from Sprout {40% Off Sale!}

This post about eco-friendly accessories was brought to you by Sprout timepieces. Sprout provided a sample product to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest based on my experience with the product.

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Hey, it’s Earth Day! You didn’t think I’d let this one go by without sharing a great eco-friendly company (and deal!) did you? In the name of all things green, I’d like to introduce you to Sprout®, the makers of beautifully sustainable timepieces for the eco-conscious consumer! (That’s you…and me!)

Sprout sent me a sunny yellow watch with a cork band and corn resin face, and it’s the most comfortable watch I’ve ever owned. I was worried about the sturdiness of the cork, but it’s very strong and the unique look of it won me over immediately. I’m digging the refreshing pop of color it gives my spring wardrobe. Now, when I forget to wear it, I feel like a glass of water without my lemon! :)

Sprout Eco-friendly Watches and Accessories

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If you’re buying candy, don’t miss THIS candy from @LovelyCandyCo

This post about natural candy and better Easter basket options was brought to you by The Lovely Candy Company, who provided a media sample to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest.

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Still looking for new ways to stuff those Easter baskets? Well, it’s time for the chemical and dye-laden jellybeans and other junky stuff to move over and make room for the newest candy in town. Made with all natural ingredients, Lovely Candy is one option that you just might not want to part with when it comes time to play Easter bunny. Continue reading

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Breakfast for Baby: Rise and Shine with Ella’s Kitchen! @EllasKitchenUSA

 This post has been written in partnership with Ella’s Kitchen, who supplied the sample product at no cost to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own and honest.

EllasBreakfastSo, if you don’t mind my asking, how do YOU do with getting a healthy meal in your family’s tummies each morning? Because honestly, I’m not setting the world of breakfast on fire. We all know that whole “breaking the fast” thing is the most important meal of the day, but I’m a zombie mombie in the morning, for real.  Continue reading

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Teaching Kids About LED Power with @GELighting

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For the past several months, I’ve made it my mission to reduce our energy costs. I’ve been targeting everything in our home that uses electricity, and we even had a home energy audit to show us exactly where our opportunities are. It was really eye-opening, and best of all, it piqued my son’s interest and now he’s always asking questions about how we can use less electricity. An unexpected, but welcome, side effect! We’re starting with simple lessons, like the life cycle cost analysis of different light bulbs, to show how we can save both energy and money each month.

But wait, let me back up a minute. About the light bulbs…

Recent lighting legislation has stated that between 2012 and 2014, all standard 40- and 100-watt incandescent light bulbs must use 30% less energy to meet minimum efficient standards. It simply means that manufacturers will have to stop producing those bulbs, and that we have to find new alternatives. CFLs are a common choice because they last up to 7 years and use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs. But now, LED bulbs offer the same energy efficiency with a lifespan of up to 22 years!* #LEDSavings

LED benefits:

  • Directs light more efficiently
  • Compact size
  • Resists breakage
  • Long lifespan
  • Turns on instantly
  • No infrared or UV emissions
  • 1 LED Bulb lasts as long as 15 traditional incandescent bulbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, as we finish our bathroom remodel, we’re using GE energy smart® LED bulbs in our new lighting fixture. And then, as time goes on, we’ll replace the rest of our bulbs with LEDs, too. And yes, believe it or not, when we went to Walmart to look for our new bulbs, my son was actually excited to pick them out. I love that!

Find GE Smart Energy LED bulbs at Walmart! #LEDSavings

The huge array of light bulbs they had gave me a good opportunity to explain which kind we were looking for, what the difference is, and all the places we could put them in our home.

Should you be switching to LED light bulbs? #LEDSavings #cbias

I was a little concerned about how they’d look since they will be visible, but I’m happy to see that they are simple and understated without being intrusive. I don’t want my light bulbs to be the first thing people see in my new bathroom!

I love the look of our new GE Energy Smart LED bulbs. The #LEDSavings is great, too! #cbias

I’m also really excited to see that these bulbs are dimmable, too, because we plan to put them in the kitchen and dining area, and I have always wanted dimmer switches. And with only 7 watts of energy per bulb and an estimated yearly energy cost of only $.84, we can afford to install them!

Get the Kids Involved:

So, how DO you get kids interested in energy? Make it fun!

Here is a handy little quiz that you can use to spark the conversation…

Teach kids about saving energy! Fun FREE kids activity via abcsangardenpeas.com #LEDSavings #cbias

1. Who invented the first practical and safe electric lightbulb for home use? Thomas Edison

Fun fact: Edison held a total of 1,093 US patents!**

2. How many lightbulbs do you have in your home? Take a guess, then walk around your home and count. How close was your guess?

Take it one step further and guess the usage on this month’s energy bill. See how close you can guess!

3. If a single 100-watt bulb were to burn for a year, how many pounds of coal would it take to generate the electricity needed to run a single 100-watt bulb for a year? Over 1000 pounds of coal!***

4. Choose one light bulb in your home and figure out the life cycle cost analysis of a conventional bulb vs. an LED bulb. (It’s easy to explain using the GE online energy consumption calculator.)

How much could you be saving? What could you buy with that much money?

5. What does the the Energy Star® logo mean? ENERGY STAR®-qualified bulbs are the same or better than standard bulbs, only they use less energy. When you choose a GE Lighting product that has earned the ENERGY STAR® label, you can trust that it meets strict energy-efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and the Department of Energy.

Other items can be Energy-Star®-qualified too – look through your house and see how many you can find! Learn more here. 

THEN, Take the EnergyStar® Pledge and make a plan to lower your energy use over the next year!

To stay in-the-know about energy savings, connect with GE online:

• Facebook  • Twitter • Instagram •

Ready to get started with GE Energy Smart LED bulbs? The line offers bulbs for every part of your home, from table lamps and ceiling fans to floodlights and track/recessed lighting. You can even find decorative candelabra bulbs!

Click on the image below for a $1 coupon! (Live through 5/1/14.)

Save $1 on GE LED light bulbs.

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*Based on usage of 3 hours per day.
** Source: http://www.thomasedison.org/index.php/education/edison-patents/
***Source: https://www.youtube.com/embed/BaxqkY4b8AY?rel=0

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