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[ Repurpose And Reuse To Save Money And The Environment ]


I bet you didn’t know that there are tons of opportunities within your home to repurpose old or broken items and turn them into something fabulous again. Not only will this help keep trash out of our already overflowing dumps, but it can also help you save money too. It’s truly a win, win!

Growing up repurposing was a way of life. Old margarine containers became the budget version of “Tupperware.” Brown paper grocery bags covered books and packages that needed to be mailed. Newspapers cleaned windows and lined the cages of our pets. Quilters never let a piece of fabric go to waste.  We shouldn’t turn our backs on the good ole days of finding new uses for old things.

Every trip to a yard sale or thrift store brings an opportunity to give new life to an item for very little money. The window treatments in my home office were once a cotton throw. Drapes from an old house that didn’t suit my new home were fashioned into beautiful cascade valances. Grandma’s old clip earrings gave a little interest to some plain black flat shoes.

In some cases you might want to give the job to a local alteration shop; in other cases, all you need is a glue gun or staple gun. Here are a few ideas for you…feel free to offer a few of your own!





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[ Green Weddings Will Be A Huge Trend For 2017 ]


Wedding season will be here before you know it. And with all of the couples that took the next step and got engaged over the Holidays, there will be more people planning than ever. If you’re looking to have a trendy wedding, you’ll want to go green! No, I don’t mean throwing an outdoor wedding, although that could make your shindig greener. And I am by no means suggesting green be the color of your bride’s maid’s dresses. (Sidenote: there are so many pretty shades of green to choose from.)

The kind of green this article is about is eco-friendly weddings. More and more people care about their carbon footprint and the impact they’re making on Mother Earth. And this is why these new eco-friendly wedding trends are becoming so big for 2017!

Here are a few suggestions to make your BIG day more Earth friendly:

  1. Have your wedding ceremony and reception in the same location. This will save on the amount of gas you and your guests will need to use to get between the two locations.
  2. Cut out the waste! Pick wedding party dresses that your bride’s maid and wedding party will want to wear more than just once.
  3. Reuse or got the vintage route: You don’t have to buy all new wedding decor. If you do some googling, you’ll find many websites dedicated to the resale of wedding favors and centerpieces. And you don’t have to buy a new dress either. There are many vintage dress options that would blow any new, mass produced dress out of the water.
  4. Choose a dress made of organic materials or use a designer that creates sustainable gowns. Get more info on these here!
  5. Local flowers and local food are the best: Skip the flowers that need to flown in. And when it comes to the food, think farm to table.

If you search Pinterest you will find a million and one great, green suggestions. I found this video of a couple’s eco-friendly wedding and was blown away. Green is beautiful and helps out our environment.