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Bee a Hero: 6 Easy Ways to Save Your Pollinators

Lake County Beekeepers AssociationI went to an Introductory Beekeeping class this month, and it was AMAZING!! Offered by the Lake County Beekeepers Association, it was chock-full of information, useful strategies, history and biology, and specific steps for starting your own hives.

I left with the very firm conviction that I want to commit to beekeeping; however, with a daughter who is still hesitant, neighbors right next door who are somewhat nature-phobic, and still so much to learn… I’m okay taking one more year to plan carefully, feel fully prepared, and find a good home for my initial hives.

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5 Green + Easy Resolutions for the New Year

Green ManHappy New Year everyone! I’ve been a bit MIA with all the crazy weather, canceled schooldays, and general household-type-busy-minutia (with a few unexpected mini-crises thrown in).

To kick things off as I get back in the routine of posting regularly, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on some of the most significant things you can do to help green things up this year. Most of these ideas not only save you money, but they also ensure you have a less toxic home, an increased amount of self-sufficiency, and are actively engaged in planetary stewardship through sustainable efforts.

All of which should make for a pretty rewarding 2014!

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How to Save a Turkey for Thanksgiving

Adopt A TurkeyRecently, a friend of mine posted on Facebook that she had adopted a turkey. Intrigued, I followed the link and stumbled upon something that will now be a Thanksgiving tradition in our household.

Farm Sanctuary, with three locations nationwide, runs an “Adopt a Turkey” program every year to enable people to sponsor turkeys in the organization’s shelters. You get a certificate of adoption, info about your turkey, and all manner of fuzzy feelings in return.

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Go Meatless and Save Money: 9 Essential Vegetarian + Vegan Cookbooks

Mango Eggplant Lentil SaladOne of the best reasons in the world to go meatless at least one day a week is because it saves you so much money! Meat prices seem to have sky-rocketed lately… and if you want to eat organic, local, grass-fed, or the like – you’re paying  a pretty penny for the privilege of noshing on animal protein.

I am a firm believer that everyone has to figure out how their body wants to eat. We aren’t all made the same, and I do not advocate for a one-size-fits all diet. So I suggest going meatless now and then more as a money-saving, Earth-stewardship, eco-friendly, mindful-consumption sort of option. It just makes common sense – on multiple fronts – and with the right tools can be entirely painless… one might even say surprisingly enjoyable.

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Welcome!

august_13 102Hello and welcome to Do It Now + Green. Somehow you found yourself here (which is awesome!), and you’ve probably got good reason for landing in this spot.

Maybe you’re worried about money, or your food choices. Maybe you dream of casting off your sub/urban lifestyle and running away to the wilds of Wisconsin to start your own mini farm. Maybe you want to revamp your living environment or try something totally radical… like geothermal heating and cooling, hydroponics in your basement, homemade biodiesel fuel, backyard chickens, and the like. Or maybe you’re just sick of the clutter and eager to save some green while going more green. (Win-win, right?)

If so, this blog is for you. It’s all about diving in, trying a few things, and seeing what you think. What works for you? What’s sustainable for you? How do you choose to be responsible to others? What resonates for you or feels like that “ah ha” moment you’ve been waiting for? (And what holds you back?)

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