Tag Archives: Going Green

Using The Lorax To Teach Children

Did you know you can use Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax to teach children to live a greener life? Below there are 10 lessons that you can teach your kids using The Lorax!

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A Green Challenge: Cleaning The Kitchen With Baking Soda

Since we are officially finishing up the kitchen in our 52 week home organization challenge this week, I figured it was a good time to start a challenge for you all about cleaning the kitchen! This week, we are cleaning the kitchen with baking soda, so please read on because it will definitely be interesting and worth a read!

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Save Money Going Green- Save Water!

Keeping with the theme from last week, we are going to talk about 5 tips to save money going green. This week has a HUGE focus on saving water, which will save you lots of cash year round on your water bill.

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5 Tips To Save Money Going Green

Last week we discussed what going green was and I gave you five challenges that would help you save money while going green. That went so well that I decided that each week I would give you 5 tips to save money going green.

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DIY Dog Rope Toys

Long before I knew I was getting Trigger, I started looking into DIY dog toys… Mostly because we do have Izzy, and I have been trying to win her over for over a year now (I’d like to report that I think it’s working too!).  Anywho, with my research, I found a way to make DIY dog rope toys that are absolutely awesome, mostly because the dogs LOVE them, but also because they are virtually free to make!

DIY Dog Rope Toys

So, how do you make DIY dog rope toys for free? By re-purposing old t-shirts! That’s right, we’re making these dog rope toys out of t-shirts.

Let’s start first by making t-shirt yarn. I love this tutorial!

You can make the toys out of just one color, but I like making them colorful with at least 3 colors or more (which means finding several t-shirts that you don’t need anymore, so you’ll be doing yourself a service by cleaning out your closet!).

Now comes the even more fun part!

It’s time to make the DIY dog rope toys!

Take your t-shirt yarn, in the colors of your choosing (here’s a hint: your dog won’t care what colors you choose, but you will!) and lay it out. Now, you’ll want to cut your t-shirt yarn into strands that are about five feet each. I use double the length of my arm to judge the length.

Now, how many strands you use for your DIY rope toy will depend on the size of your dog. You can make them with as few as 12 strands, but I prefer to make them nice and thick with 24 strands.

After you have the amount of strands cut that you feel are appropriate, grab all of your strands together and tie them in a knot about 2-3 inches from the end. Once you’ve done this, you’ll separate your strands out into 3 equal bunches, and start making your DIY rope toy with a simply braid. When you’ve reached your desired length, you’ll simply tie it off and trim the edges.

I’ve made these toys in various lengths, so that Izzy and Trigger can play with them alone, or have a fun match of tug of war with them.

These DIY dog rope toys have been a HUGE hit at our house, and I’m sure that they will be at yours too!

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