25 Alternative Olive Oil Uses

There are many olive oil uses beyond what you might normally think of (cooking!). It's an incredibly versatile substance that you can put to good use in a lot of interesting situations. Here's how … 

olive oil uses

Nutritionists will continue to tout olive oil for its high content of healthful, monounsaturated fats, like oleic acid, and polyphenols. The fruit oil practically propelled the entire Western world in antiquity, and is mentioned in nearly every sacred text this side of the Tigris and Euphrates.    Continue Reading

12 Alternatives to Oil-Based Products

Whether we like it or not, oil-based products are everywhere. From the kitchen to the nursery and everyplace in between. If you’d like to curb your consumption of such things, you’ll want to check out this eye-opening list from Mother Nature Network. Here’s the dozen highlighted on MNN, but for specifics and alternatives, follow this link.

  • vinyl toys
  • vinyl tiles
  • synthetic fabrics
  • shampoo
  • plastic food storage containers
  • plastic bags
  • laundry detergent
  • chewing gum 
  • crayons
  • candles
  • canned food
  • lip balm

Curbly Recession Busters: Free Alternative Christmas Trees

created on: 11/25/08
Christmas trees are the conifers of cut flowers: Beautiful but with short life spans. And, of course, they can be expensive. Just because you don’t have the bucks to spend on a tree this year doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the tradition of a Christmas tree.  Let’s think about this for a minute. What says ‘Christmas tree’ to us? First and foremost, the scent. Next might be their green-ness and conical shape. Of course they support ornaments–which give the holiday its bling. Continue Reading

Top 15 Alternative Uses for Ice Cubes

This time of year, ice becomes troublesome. Around here, it’s everywhere. Roads, roofs, sidewalks. A certain hatred develops. What’s it good for, really, besides keeping my drink cold? And who wants a cold drink when it’s 8 degrees outside, anyway? Do I even NEED ice cubes in my refrigerator's feezer for the next three months? Apparently so, if I’m to attempt any of these alternative uses for the frozen blocks.

Water Plants and Christmas Trees: Throw a few cubes on top of the dirt of a potted plant. Continue Reading

Make Coffee Substitutes

whole grain barley

If you’re trying to cut down on your coffee intake, check out these recipes for coffee substitutes from make-stuff.com. The java alternatives are made from beech tree, chicory, wheat, barley, garbanzo beans and parsnip. Parsnip? Hmm, a little odd perhaps, but less expensive than coffee and I bet they won’t stain your teeth either, which means you’ll save money on teeth whitening too. Bonus!