Category: Be Magnolia Green

Follow this Mississippi heroine as she embarks on transforming her day to day life of consumption to becoming more environmentally aware.

From Thread to Spread

I’ve been on a sewing kick lately, making pillow covers, tote bags, throws and patching holes in my family’s clothing. Literally having a hands on approach to the fabrics in my environment brings to my attention the materials of each piece. I’m prompted to ask this question of the blanket in my hand, “What is…

“Life Without Plastic” – Grocery Shopping, Part 1

I was browsing the internet this morning and ran across the Life Without Plastic‘s website. “Life Without Plastic,” seems ideal but is it doable today to not rely on this widely used product? As I sit in my office and look around I’m surrounded by plastic. I’m literally blogging on it right now. It is…

GE versus GMO – What’s the difference?

I read an interesting article titled EWG’s 2014 Shopper’s Guide To Avoiding GE Food. I have to admit I am confused about the difference between GE and GMO, so I decided to do a little research on the matter. Click here to check out EWG’s Genetically Engineered Food Guide. Why should I care if the…

Start Here to Be Magnolia Green!

Here are 7 easy suggestions to get you started on a more frugal sustainable lifestyle!  1. List the skills you have and if practical, don’t pay someone else to do it. For example, I’m the family groomer. I even cut my own hair. Sorry, no pictures of me (wink) but I will share one of our…

Mississippi’s Arbor Day!

It’s Arbor Day in Mississippi. Per Arbor Day and Tree Planting Week Proclamation by Governor Bryant, we Mississippians are encouraged to participate in “Tree Planting Week” from the February 8th to February 14th. I plan to check out the woods on my relative’s property and dig up a few sprouting trees and transplant them to my…

Rosemary Citrus Dishwasher Gel

I’ve been using this dishwasher gel recipe for over a month and am very happy with the results. I do rinse most of my dirty dishes before I load my dishwasher; therefore, my dishes are coming out clean. Here is my recipe and I hope it works out well for you. Rosemary Citrus Dishwasher Gel…

Laundry Powder Recipe

I’ve been making my own laundry powder from borax, washing soda and bar soap for years. I’ve tried using different varieties of bar soap…cheap, expensive, scented and unscented. You name it, I’ve tried it. Since I have sensitive skin, I make my own bar soap from 3 simple ingredients: Coconut Oil, Spring Water and Lye…