Eco-Friendly Resolutions to Make in 2017

Posted on December 30, 2016 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

 Go green in 2017

Want to make an effort to be more eco-friendly in 2017? Me, too! But where do you start? What is realistic for you and your family? Here are some ideas. 

Going green doesn't have to be all or nothing, and it doesn't have to mean completely changing your lifestyle. Every little bit helps, and we want to help you get started with 6 resolutions you can make in 2017 that will make an impact. 

1. Buy No New Clothes: I have already been doing this for the past few months, and I love it so much, that I have decided I am going to buy no new clothes in 2017. That doesn't mean I cannot buy clothes, but I will either buy them from thredUP, the thrift store, or buy and borrow from friends. If you don't know about thredUP, you have to check it out. I am obsessed.  thredUP is the best resource for high quality secondhand clothing, shoes and handbags for women and kids. It allows me to purchase high quality, like-new clothes at an affordable price. 
2. Go Paperless—Eliminate Paper Towels: Paper towel. We buy them in bulk at Costco, and use them for everything from cleaning the house to napkins at meal time. But if you stop to think about the waste, does it make you cringe? If so, you may want to consider going paper towel free in 2017. Emily from Daily Garnish has a great system that she uses with two young boys that feels realistic. Check it out here. 
3. BYOB - Bring Your Own Bag: Ditch the plastic bags, and bring your own. Think beyond the grocery store, and bring reusable bags everywhere you go - the pharmacy, take out restaurants, retail stores, and more.
4. Replace Your Lightbulbs: Replace your lightbulbs with compact fluorescent lights. It may sound like a pain, but CFLs last longer than traditional bulbs, you'll be saving time for years down the road while cutting your energy use by as much as 80 percent. If you don't want to tackle it all at once, stock up on CFLs, and whenever a bulb needs to be replaced, swap it with a CFL. Easy, peasy! 
5. Unplug: Use power strips to turn off all your appliances at once; put your television, DVD player, game system, and stereo on a timer so they automatically shut off overnight; and invest in chargers that stop drawing current when the device's battery is full. You could cut your energy bill by as much as 10 percent annually — without lifting a finger. 
6. Fundraise the Green Way:  Little Green Pouch wants to help and support your school’s fundraising efforts while also promoting and instilling the concept of recycling to the future generation. We welcome all other groups and organizations that have fundraising needs. Contact us to learn more

 

What are your New Years Resolutions? 

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Let's Do This — Little Green Pouch Takes The 10 Day Real Food Pledge

Posted on January 06, 2014 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

Alright. It’s 2014, and that means resolutions. The residuals from partying like it’s 2013 are officially gone. Vacation’s over. It’s Monday. It’s time to get serious. (I hope that was somewhat motivating, if not, try reading again with the Rocky Theme Song playing in the background. It works, right?)  

It’s time to take 100 Days of Real Food’s 10-Day Real Food Pledge, along with us here at Little Green Pouch.  By doing so, you’ll start of your 2014 with a commitment to Real Food, and real health. 100Days of Real Food predicts that, upon completing your 10 days, you’ll notice improved health, “such as having more energy, losing weight, improving regularity, or just feeling healthier overall.”  After the 10 days are over, you can continue with your life however you’d like, but with knowledge as to how and why you should avoid processed foods.  

We hope you do this with us! Don’t forget to sign up for the 10-Day Pledge with 100 Days of Real Food, and review the Real Food Rules while you’re there. Also, be sure to "Like Us" on Facebook where we will be checking in with you on how your 10 days are shaping up along with giving away a 4-pack of Little Green Pouches and an accessory of your choice each day when you engage in our daily Real Food Pledge posts. 

Finally, start cooking some real food. If you need inspiration for recipe ideas don’t forget to check out our Real Food Pinterest Board and Real Food Recipes hub. And 100 Days’ Real Food Tips is another wonderful resource.

On our end, we’ve made a few real food plans to get started. Here is Melissa's Plan for 7 month old daughter, Parker.  And Maggie's plan for, her, her two boys (3.5 and 5) and her husband. You can download a blank meal planner HERE

We’ll make sure to let you know how it’s going here on our blog and on Facebook. And please do the same. We’d love to hear from you on Facebook, in our inbox (maggieandmelissa@littlegreenpouch.com), on TwitterYouTubeInstagram, or carrier pigeon. Let us know you are taking the plunge, we mean pledge, with us. Let's do this!

On a parting note, we’ll leave you with some motivation from the king of all motivators, Rocky Balboa. It is a little bit over the top, and not entirely appropriate for the situation, but we couldn’t resist.

“Going in one more round when you don’t think you can – that’s what makes all the difference in your life.”

I guess what I’m trying to say is, if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change.”

(Rocky IV (curse you Ivan Drago!))  We’re looking forward to getting healthy with you (and hanging out) these next 10 days.

- Maggie & Melissa

Coming next week: guest post by Courtney Haswell at Family Gone Healthy, “Real Food Inspiration”

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Little Green Pouch Takes The 10 Day Real Food Pledge - Join Us

Posted on January 01, 2014 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

Alright. It’s 2014, and that means resolutions. One of the most popular resolutions is to eat healthy. If you are trying to make the switch to a Real Food lifestyle, or just want to reboot and get back on track after the holidays, join us as we take the 100 Days of Real Food’s 10-Day Real Food Pledge. Don't worry, we aren't starting until Monday, so you have time to prepare and come to grips with the challenge. Plus, we will be right there with you every step of the way because we are taking the pledge, too! 

By doing so, you’ll start of your 2014 with a commitment to Real Food, and real health. 100 Days of Real Food predicts that, upon completing your 10 days, you’ll notice improved health, “such as having more energy, losing weight, improving regularity, or just feeling healthier overall.”  After the 10 days are over, you can continue with your life however you’d like, but with knowledge as to how and why you should avoid processed foods.  

We hope you do this with us! Don’t forget to sign up for the 10-Day Pledge with 100 Days of Real Food, and review the Real Food Rules while you’re there. Also, be sure to "Like Us" on Facebook where we will be checking in with you on how your 10 days are shaping up along with giving away a 4-packs of Little Green Pouches and an accessory of your choice each day when you engage in our daily Real Food Pledge posts. 

Plus, each day you participate, you will earn an entry into our grand prize drawing—a $200 grocery gift card and Large Starter Kit so you can continue to enjoy the Real Foods we are sure you and your family will crave after the 10-Day Pledge. That means you can earn up to 10 entries into the grand prize drawing if you join in the conversation each day. Note: Winners for the daily and grand prize will be chosen at random, and are available for residents of the U.S. and Canada who are 18 years or older). 

So, here's the next steps:

  1. Head over to 100 Days of Real Food and take the pledge 
  2. Start planning your meals for the week of January 6th. Here is our Meal Planner you can use as a template and Maggie's meal plan for Week 1. Feel free to copy her meal plan if you'd like (imitation is the highest form of flattery, right?). 
  3. For recipe inspiration, visit our library of  Real Food Recipes, our Recipes We Love board on Pinterest, or the 100 Days of Real Food Recipe Index
  4. Tell us how you are feeling. We'd love to hear from you in the comments below, on Facebook, in our inbox (maggieandmelissa@littlegreenpouch.com), on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, or carrier pigeon. Let us know you are taking the plunge, we mean pledge, with us. Let's do this!
  5. Check back on January 6th for more updates and inspiration. 

Here's to a healthy 2014!

xoxo,

Maggie & Melissa

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Share Your New Year's Resolutions and Win a Starter Kit

Posted on January 01, 2013 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

We are ready for 2013—how bout you? Head over to our Facebook page to enter our New Year's Resolution Pin to Win Contest. 

Share your New Year’s Resolutions for a Chance to Win a Little Green Pouch Starter Kit

Here's how it works:

1. Follow Little Green Pouch on Pinterest

2. Create a board titled "New Year's Resolutions with Little Green Pouch"

3. Pin at least 1 pin from the pins below

4. Add at least a total of 5 total pins to your board

5. Submit the link to your board with your entry


Starter Kit Includes:

One 4-pack of Little Green Pouches

One dispensing/measuring funnel

One set of dissolvable content/date labels

One bottle brush

A $25 Whole Foods gift card

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