Eco-Chic in Suburbia’s Makeover and Announcement!!!

May is going to be a FABULOUS month for Eco-Chic in Suburbia – I just know it.

We already have 2 huge announcements and a giveaway in works – what could be better?

Announcement #1: I am SO pleased to announce that, thanks to Rachel at Just b.Cause, Eco-chic in Suburbia has had a head to toe makeover and we are feeling gorgeous.

Announcement #2: But you have jump over to Eco-Chic in Suburbia’s new site to actually see the fabulous updates and for all new posts…

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Check it out soon! The giveaway to celebrate the new look and move will begin tomorrow!

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Eco-Chic Events of the Weekend! 4/29 – 5/1

It’s been a week or two since Eco-Chic Events BUT life has a funny way of doing that…but now it’s back and get ready for a seriously crafty weekend!

I’m going to make a stop at the Kent Farmer’s Market and then head over to Crafty Mart (below)…FUN! Being in Downtown Akron will be the perfect time to use my Groupon to The Stew Pot and Posh Pierogis too – a triple stop saves gas and makes this even more eco-chic!

If you have $5 and some extra time…Go to the brand-spankin’ new Jeni’s Ice Cream Shoppe in Chagrin Falls! Jeni’s is a local to Ohio ice cream shop that focuses on local, natural products with a creative twist on flavors! SO DELICIOUS. My favorite flavor is Salty Caramel but Riesling Poached Pear, Corn Syrup Custard with Whiskey & Pecans, and Goat Cheese with Cognac Fig Sauce are yummy as well! Indulge yourself with a “trio” so you can try 3 different half scoops of this sweet (or savory depending on the flavor) treat!

All Weekend…

Portage Trail Barn is having a Spring Sale. I’ve never been but they focus on crafts that use reclaimed materials and have a very eco-chic focus! Check out her website/blog for more info!                                                                                                                                    Details: April 29th- May 1st, 9 AM – 4 PM, Under the Hemlock Trees @ 151 Portage Trail Ext W, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223

Saturday, April 30th

Kent Farmers Market – this is a fabulous market at Lucky Penny Creamery – GO! I promise you will find something new and delicious.                                                                        Details: 9 AM – 1 PM @ 632 Temple Ave, Kent, OH 44240

Crafty Mart is back with a Mom and Pop theme this Spring! If you haven’t attended a Crafty Mart before, it’s a craft show focus on all the super fabulous crafters around the Akron area – definitely not your grandma’s craft show – it’s young and hip and the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon!                                                                                  Details: 10 AM – 5 PM @ 51 E Market St, Downtown Akron

Bees are good for you! A naturalist and beekeeper John Irvine talks about why bees are not that bad. (I have a slight obsession with having a bee hive)                                                   Details: 3 PM @ F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Akron, OH

Garlic Mustard Pull – Join Naturalist Jenny McClain for a morning work party to help rid our forests of invasive garlic mustard.                                                                             Details: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM @ Brecksville Nature Center – Brecksville Reservation, Brecksville, OH (also on Sunday, May 1st)

Medication “Take Back” Event – Why is this eco-chic? Because medicines pollute the land and water when they are thrown in to the trash. Studies have shown that they pop up in our food and are affecting our hormones, etc. So don’t throw your leftover meds away – save them for an event like this!                                                                                               Details: 10 AM – 2 PM @ Mercy Medical Center & Mercy Hall, Canton, OH

Celebrate Arbor Day and the role of trees in our lives and promote tree planting and care. Details: 10 AM – 4 PM @ Holden Arboretum, Willoughby, OH

Grow Youngstown is hosting a work day at Fairgreen Neighborhood Garden on the Northside off Wick Park. Community gardens are fabulous and you should support them!   Details: 1:30 to 4:30 @ 260 Park Avenue Youngstown, OH 44504

Add to your calendar immediately…

Midwest Craft Caucus is happening in Columbus, OH on June 4th-5th.

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How did I NOT know about Heartsy?!

Do you love Etsy?

 (hand up in air) I do! I could peruse through the pages of Etsy for hours finding inspiration, gift ideas, and items that I lust over.

BUT (and isn’t there always a but?) the prices for handmade, created with love items is high…especially when you eyeball an item and think to yourself, “I could make that!” 99% of the time though, I don’t. So I’ve saved money but my life is calling for that cute, swoon-inspiring item.

Disclaimer: I ABSOLUTELY believe that crafters and creators of all sorts deserve to be paid appropriately for the love and time that went in to creating their wares…It’s just not too friendly to my budget now.

Enter Heartsy.

It’s like Groupon for Etsy. Swoon. Squeal. LOVE.

I literally just found out about this yesterday so I haven’t bought a deal yet…Have you?

Why is this eco-chic? Many sellers on Etsy have a focus on upcycling, repurposing, recycling, etc. Supporting these sellers means supporting the environment.

Etsy Eco-chic Hint: Want to reduce shipping pollution or support your local economy? Use the “Shop Local” link to find sellers in your area!

My favorite Etsy finds…

Click on the photo to go to the seller’s shop!

Too sweet.

We love cake here...almost as much as each other!

I love creepy things sometimes...Heartsy deal available for this seller!

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Inspiration in the form of a craving…

I’ve been craving something sweet alllll day long. But I couldn’t quite but my finger on what it was…

A giant cookie? Too dry.

A milkshake? Too cold.

A Malley’s MallowEgg? Not rich enough.

Hmm…and then it dawned on me at CVS while I was browsing the clearance Easter candy. A cupcake would solve my all day long craving. Specifically, a chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting and smashed whoppers on top. YUM. My belly was growling with excitement.

One minor problem – I had no chocolate to make chocolate cupcake mix or cocoa. Hmm…so I settled on a light and fluffy white cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting for Round #1. Then I saved half of the frosting and added some homemade cherry jam that I picked up from the Countryside Conservancy a few weeks ago. See those pink beauties? Cherry-vanilla frosting. DELICIOUS. A brilliant move on my part if I do say so myself!


Don’t worry about those two missing cupcakes…They are safe and sound in my and Paul’s belly. And their friends are sure to follow…

How do you satisfy your cravings?

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How are YOU going to celebrate Earth Day?

There are oodles of Earth Day events happening in NEO…My heart is happy. Even if you aren’t so eco-chic, go support a local Earth Day event and your community – just for the good karma.

The “Who’s your Mama?” Environmental Film Screenings & Local Food Reception is happening in Kent..Below is the info from their Facebook page.

WHO: Standing Rock Cultural Arts with the cooperation of the Kent Free Library, The Kent Stage, and Totally Cooked Catering, and Lucky Penny Creamery presents…

WHAT: Annual “Who’s Your Mama?” Environmental Film Screenings & Feature Presentations & Local Food Reception
-Powered by a solar power station courtesy of Dovetail Solar and Wind to run the DVD Projector
-Films pertinent to sustainability and the environment including the lush, moving, and amazing “Turtle, the Incredible Journey” and the big-screen animated hit and 3-time Oscar winner “Avatar”
-Children’s Hour

WHEN: Wednesday, April 20-Friday, April 22, 2011 (times below)


-6:30pm: FREE FILM SCREENING of “Truck Farm,” The Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St., Kent. Directions:


-7pm: FREE FILM SCREENING of “The Vanishing of The Bees,” North Water Street Gallery, 257 N Water St, Kent. More info:



-5-6pm: Local Food Reception featuring Locally Grown Foods catered by Totally Cooked Catering with the support of Lucky Penny Creamery. FREE!

-6-7pm: Short Eco Films for Children (Children’s Hour) including “The Man Who Planted Trees” by Frederic Back. $2 admission.

-7:30pm-8:45pm: “Turtle: The Incredible Journey” by Nick Stringer. See admission below.

A little loggerhead turtle follows in the path of her ancestors on one of the most extraordinary journeys in the natural world. Born on a beach in Florida, she rides the Gulf Stream all the way to the frozen north and ultimately swims around the entire North Atlantic to Africa and back to the beach where she was born. This film was a hit at the Cleveland International Film Festival in 2010!

-9:00pm–Midnight: “Avatar” by James Cameron. Won 3 Oscars in 2010! See admission below.

A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

-Film Fest Admissions: $2 Children’s Hour Only, $5 General – One Feature Film, or $10 General/$7 Students & Senior Citizens covers entire evening

WHERE: See locations for each event above

COST: See details for each event above

Other Eco-Chic Earth Day Events…

4/20 – Become a Backyard Steward – learn how to compost, grow native plants, attract wildlife and much more at the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm from 12 – 3 PM.

4/21 – Tour of the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm in Sand Run Metro Park @ 7 PM. Reservations required – Call 330-865-8065.

The Seiberling Nature Realm has so many great events that take place year round…Check it out!

4/22 – Earth Day Celebration by Summit County Metro Parks! Drop off recyclable paper products and e-waste (batteries, cell phones, VCRs, radios but no TVs and computer monitors). 5 – 7 PM – Cal 330-865-8065 for more info!

4/22 – Earth Day Hike @ Cuyahoga Valley National Park from 9 – 12 PM.

4/22 – Party for the Planet @ the Akron Zoo! 11 AM – 4 PM.

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Ten on Tuesday – 10 Eco-Chic finds at Big Lots! Who knew?!

Being eco-chic does not mean unloading your wallet for organic, natural products or giving up your style for bland clothes. Eco-chicness encompasses reducing resources – all resources – while still living a creative, fun, fabulous life.

One of the ways that I do this is by saving $$$ – all the time. I buy all of my natural, organic products at a discount – or use the savings from those products to stock up at the farmers market ($15 worth of delicious cheese anyone?) I apply the same concept to my wardrobe. Some of my work staples come from Goodwill or Village Thrift. And then there are my Hunter Boots…my first splurge of 2011 but I’m so in love with them that I wear them when the sky even *thinks* about rain.

So I was in shock when I discovered the wide range of eco-chic products carried at Big Lots. There really are some hidden wonders (like the über-fancy vanilla!) on these shelves if you know what you are looking for…and keep your eyes wide open! Big Lots has definitely become my go-to shop when the eco-chic deals are spare at other stores…go and see for yourself!

BTW, I was just exploring the Big Lots website and they have created a shopping card called Buzz Club Rewards. I’m not 100% but it seems that you can earn up to 20% off your order after spending $20 in the store 10 times in a year? Sounds like an opportunity for making an even sweeter deal!

On to the deals!!

I found 4 or 5 different types of Tom’s of Maine toothpaste for $2.50 (Could it really be easier to cross something off your Ten on Tuesday – Eco-chic your Bathroom List?)


Method baby products…The first baby is making an appearance in our family sometime in October…I will definitely be adding these cuties to my gift at the shower!


$1.50 for lotion is great – and even better for USDA Organic lotion!! (that means it is the real, organic deal)


I’ve never heard of this brand but the list of ingredients passes a few of the checklists for a good hair product. $2.50 for a product that doubles as a shampoo and body wash. The stylish bottles will also look great in the care packages I send my brothers!


The largest container of glass cleaner ever. It would take me years to make my way through this bottle – and it’s only $4! Hmm…I’m pretty sure that no one will want to visit me with all the hints about my dirty home!


If you have to kill some bugs, do it in the best way possible! These are $6-8 at Home Depot and Wal-mart but only $3 at Big Lots!


Seventh Generation Spot and Carpet Clean for $2.50. This is a good price for Seventh Generation…I’ve gotten cleaning products for less at Target but never carpet cleaner. I didn’t pick this up then but now we do have a few spots that could use some 7Gen love. I will probably go back this week…


Biodegradable food storage containers anymore for $2.50?


Or maybe some kitchen utensils created from recycled plastics? Love the measuring cups.


Method candles and oil warmers…$3. These are $6-8 at Target. Soy-based candles are better for you in so many ways and I would love to put one on a candle warmer in my office!


Canned green beans anyone? I actually love canned green beans…they bring me back to my youth!


All the Kashi crackers you can dream of! Several of these crackers were only $1.60. I always buy Kashi products when I can get them for $1.50 or less with sales or coupons. Who knew I could just cross the street to Big Lots and get them without the hassle? Yay!


You will never have an excuse to eat non-organic or natural cereal again…


I’m not joking…one of the easiest switches you can make! They even had organic kids cereal too! I wonder if I could score some organic Cocoa Puffs or Count Chocula? That might be the best day of my life.


No (non-organic) soup for you!!


Indulge your juicy side with some Cranberry or Grape juice! I love to mix some juice in with my Soda Stream water to make an Italian Soda – delicious and refreshing!


Some iced tea for picnic on a hot day? Honest Tea ($1) actually says that it uses plastic instead of glass bottles (widely deemed as the better container) because it uses fewer resources to transport the bottles…very thoughtful. I still try avoid individual bottles as much as I can (some days are better than others…) but I do enjoy a nice peach Honest Tea with lunch every once in a while.


These are delicious! And only a $1. Enough said.

I’m planning on devoting just a smidge more of the blog to deals of all sorts…so be ready to save green! Is there a product that you would like to try? Let me know and I will be sure to keep an eye out for deals!

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So many great natural and organic coupons!

Earth Day means so many great things – fun events (more to come), learning how to protect our world, and…great deals? Apparently so! It’s a great time to try some new items without making your wallet cry.

Keep an eye on your ads over the next few weeks. Earth Day works just like any other major or minor holiday. Stores promote it! You will be able to find great prices on expensive items…and they usually throw in a free reusable bag or two as well!

Here’s a round-up of some great deals and coupons out there…

Organic Valley has coupons for all sorts of organic dairy products (look at Giant Eagle deals below to see how these will help you get half & half for $0.29!)

Mambo Sprouts is a great resource for recipes, product reviews and coupons.

Giant Eagle Deals 4/14 – 4/20

Thanks to the Cherry Picker as always!!

AlFresco Chicken Sausage $3.00
Use $1.00 printable
= $2.99

Organic Valley Creamer $1.79
Use $.75 printable
=29¢  buy two get Free  Reuseable Bag
Use $.50 printable
= 79¢ Buy two get Free  Reuseable Bag

YoBaby $2.00
Use $1.00 printable
=$1.00 included in Free Earth Day Bag Deal

RWKnudsen $3.00
Use $1.00 printable
=$2.00 included in FREE bag Earth Day Deal

Reynolds Recycled Foil 50 ft $1.49
Use $.50 from 4/10/S
Use $1.50/2 from  4/10/S
= $1.48/2
Use $1.25 coupon (has error – maybe it will work tomorrow)
= 24¢
Use $.75 from 4/17/S

Seventh Generation Detergent $7.99
Use $1.50 printable
=$6.49 Included in reusable bag Earth Day Deal

Cascadian Farms Cereal $3                                                                                                                 look for $1 off coupons on many boxes and included in Bag Deal as well.

Muir Glen Organic Canned Tomatoes (sauce, whole, etc) $2                                                        $1/2 coupons on these  and included in bag deal as well

Quite a few other items are on sale too including GE Nature’s Basket recycled paper products and organic salad…Again, this is a great time to try these types of products when the price points are so close to non-green/organic/natural products.





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