National Cut Your Energy Costs Day

I have no idea what inspired me to look at the National Day Calendar today, but today’s theme was right up my alley… National Cut Your Energy Costs Day. This is a particularly good topic this year because North Vancouver is having a colder than normal winter. We’ve had snow on the ground for a…

May your Christmas be merry and green…

Merry Christmas from my family to yours! Christmas is a loving time of giving, but it also produces a lot of waste. Did you know that a lot of wrapping paper can be recycled? If it isn’t metallic, glossy, or filled with sparkles, it can most likely go in your paper recycling bin. You can…

Cold relief for little people

I love winter! I love snow, cozy sweaters, skiing, snowshoeing, just to name a few… What I don’t love about winter is cold and flu season. I hate it when my poor babies get sick. We always try our best to keep our immune systems healthy by eating well, getting enough sleep and exercise, but…

Energy Efficient Pasta

Did you know that there is a energy and water efficient way to cook pasta? I love to use this method especially when cooking a small amount for little ones. Instead of bringing a large pot of water to boil first, in this method you can put your pasta in first thing. All you have…

LED lights up my life!

We recently purchased our first home (ok, condo… we live in North Vancouver!) and immediately wanted to replace the lighting. The fixtures were all original and not our style. To us, the obvious choice was light emitting diode (LED) technology. LEDs are one of the most energy efficient technologies on the market. They last longer (up…

What’s in my skincare products? Facial Serum Recipe (updated May 2018)

Seriously, what the heck is Methylisothiazolinone?!? In most commercial skin care products, you will find a number of ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Many of those ingredients are toxic, carcinogenic (petrolatum), hormone disruptors (parabens), or common allergens (fragrance/parfums). A survey by the David Suzuki Foundation showed that 80% of the products contained at least one…

Tips for Saving Energy At Home

Here are some easy ways to save money while keeping your home comfortable. Take advantage of these LOW/NO cost opportunities to improve the efficiency of your home. 1. Wash your clothes in cold water for up to 90% energy savings, hang to dry for even more savings. 2. Install low-flow shower heads & faucets. A…

Divorcing your anti-perspirant, without the stink

A couple of years ago I made the switch and stopped using anti-perspirant and drugstore deodorant. Do you know what’s in that stuff!?! Aluminum which blocks our sweat glands to prevent sweat from getting to the surface (yikes!), and other hormone disruptors that are potentially carcinogens. No thank you! My grandma battled breast cancer twice…

Dry clothes faster (and cheaper!)

The great thing about saving energy is that it saves you money! (Cha-Ching) One of my favourite dryer tips is to put one or two clean, dry towels in with your wet clothes. It helps to absorb some of the excess moisture and dries the clothes faster. This is also a great way to repurpose…

Glad you stopped by…

Welcome to my blog!  I’m Mariko, a nature-loving mom of 2 adorable children living in North Vancouver. I love the outdoors and high adrenaline activities like skiing, but I also love getting into my sweatpants and knitting in front of the TV (the knitting is so I can at least feel a bit productive). I’m…