Originally Posted 6.20.2008 “hey there…”

i went to barnes and noble today and bought this great book called gorgeously green..8 simple steps to an eco-friendly life..
since all of this has happened ange and i have gone from looking for foods with no preservatives to completely organic..which
is not that difficult and feels so very good..and once you start you just can’t stop there..you start thinking about everything that is
around us..
the book has tons of great information that i will certainly share along the way..but here are two that seem super useful and fabulous..
laura..an answer to our question yesterday with the second one!!!

1. is an all-purpose spray..that is effective on cutting grease, germs, and grime..and can be used on just about everything..fridge, countertops, walls, doorknobs (for germs)
toilet seats, sinks, and so on..
32 oz plastic spray bottle
2 cups water
1/2 cut distilled white vingar
1 teaspoon pure castille soup
3/4 cups hydrogen peroxide
20 drops tea tree oil
20 drops of lavender or lemongrass essential oil

2. for the garden..
make your own insecticidal spray..
fill a spray bottle with water and 1/2 cup of castille soap..(for more repellent, add 3 cloves of finely chopped garlic)
let spray stand for an hour before spraying..

– use beer for slugs..
they love it, so bury a small bowl of beer in the most visited ared and watch them drink..clean your trap out every two or three days.

– grow garlic around your plants as it naturally repels pest

love you all..more to come….
p.s. have all of my female friends had a mammogram yet????? (you better do it soon..or else!!!!)

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by Nicole Ricchiuti at Friday, June 20, 2008, 6:35 PM

Wow…thanks for the info. Jen. We try to do organics when we can (it’s a bit more difficult in Akron). I’m very big on the organic milk for the kids, and Rino’s ridiculously large garden is all organic. He even has a large compost bin in the back…so we save all of our scraps for compost.

I’m glad you brought the cleaning products to my attention. I was just cleaning the countertops with Fantastic and realized that I was running low…I’m constantly wiping up things with the stuff. I will definitely try the recipe you recommended. I still don’t know if I’m ready for the “green” toilet paper yet, though!!!

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by Jennifer Merendino at Monday, June 23, 2008, 9:20 AM

i was always a charmin girl..and wouldn’t budge..until this..and i really thought about all the new trees i am destroying..you get very used to using it..and that seventh generation brand seems to be everywhere now..thats so cool about your garden and the compost..if only i could do that here..

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by Jessica Arnold at Friday, June 20, 2008, 11:19 PM

That is super interesting my pretty girl. Thank you for the garlic in the plant tip!! Trying to get insurance this week. It has been on my mind since you sent Kathleen’s phone number to me. Healing & loving energy coming your way. x

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by Katie Chery at Monday, June 23, 2008, 6:47 PM

After reading your email last Friday, I opted not to give Yonald Jr. strawberries. I’d bought some at great store nearby but they aren’t organic. I put one in my mouth, thought about all the pesticides and could NOT give him any–felt like they were filled with poison! While I already knew about the potential harm, your email has REALLY made me think. Fortunately, his baby food is organic and tonight he enjoyed bananas and strawberries, minus the chemicals. Thanks for keeping an eye out for all of us! xoxoxoxo

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