Emily Hester

“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…

From Temporarily Green to Be(ing) Magnolia Green

I have spent the last year learning and using greener products and implementing more environmentally friendly techniques in my home. What did I discover? Well as you have probably already guessed, there is no going back to my old way of living with my head in the sand, oblivious to the consequences of wasteful consumption.…