Sunday, April 20, 2014

How processed food took over the American Meal (book excerpt from Pandora's Lunchbox by Melanie Warner)

Monday, April 14, 2014

The coolest and hottest thermostat ever (Honeywell review and giveaway)

And do we mean ever! This thermostat will keep you cool or warm whenever you need it.

Our Daily Green was contacted over the winter to test out the latest product from Honeywell. We received a Wi-Fi Color Touchscreen Programmable Thermostat (retail value: $200+), and installed it in our home.

Immediately, we were impressed by the interface. From a purely aesthetic view, you can actually choose the color of the screen to match your decor. But beyond that, the precision programming options are incredible. From a daily option based on when someone is in the home, this thermostat is simple and straightforward.

But beyond all the immediate benefits, is the amazing smart phone APP and remote benefits.

Imagine heading out for the day and forgetting to reprogram your thermostat to know the house would be empty. Why heat a house that nobody is in?

Honeywell's APP solves that problem. Within seconds, you can pull up an APP to turn off or lower your furnace/air until you will be back in the house. Remotely. Yes, you can adjust the thermostat without even being in the house.

The instructions are clear and concise; we've included a photo journey of our installation:
Ease of installation is an important factor: clearly labeled wires and easy to follow instructions result in a painless and accurate installation. Simply remove each wire as instructed, re-label and reinsert.

WiFi Thermostat

Like a kid with a new toy, we've been testing our new thermostat whenever we head out and about. We've paused, lowered, stopped and restarted it to see how well we can control it from afar. No difficulties to report and truly, we can imagine tremendous savings. Picture this: You no longer have to heat or cool a home where nobody is in the home. You can adjust the temperature so that when you are home, it's a comfortable temperature. 

Honeywell WiFi Thermostat considers today's homeowner and today's issues. It's the right thermostat for our times. 

We are honored to offer one free Honeywell WiFi Thermostat to give away to one of Our Daily Green's readers. (follow link to see if your home is compatible). 

What's in it for us? Well, this is the disclosure part, we received our thermostat free of charge. We are excited about it and want to share it with you. To qualify for our giveaway, we are inviting you to tell your friends about Honeywell and Our Daily Green. We work hard to bring you the latest and most relevant news in the world of energy savings and green living. We want you to tell your friends how you heard about our giveaway. 

To enter, please post about the giveaway somewhere on social media, either Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

Include a link to this post as well as a mention of #Honeywell and #OurDailyGreen. Leave a comment on this post with the link to your entry.

Good Luck!

Thermostat APP
Honeywell Wi-Fi Color Touchscreen
Programmable Thermostat

One entry per person, accepting entries up until April 27th, midnight EST. To qualify, you must comment and include a link of your shared post. 


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Allergy season bursts onto the scene (from

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Allergy season bursts onto the scene (via Repost Video News)
Cedar is a major allergy right now. Oak and hickory will begin pollinating in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Zabada clean is natural, safe, and effective (product review)

In January, Our Daily Green received a cleaning kit from Zabada clean to test and review for our readers. Not only did we receive the merchandise, I also had the opportunity to talk to the company founder, Damian Pike, from Australia, where Zabada is a household name under the label ENJO.

Our Daily Green's communication with Zabada began when they were preparing their US product launch. Though we were unable to attend (it was in California, we're in Ohio), they took great care in sharing information about their product and how it would revolutionize the way we clean in the United States.

As Americans are starting to learn more and more that killing bacteria only makes it more resistant, we need to rethink what it means to clean our homes. The Zabada cleaning system is a household staple under the name ENJO in 20% of the Australian households.

In their San Francisco launch, Zabata proved that chemicals are not necessary for a clean surface, water and good fibers are.

From the press release:
Zabada’s environmental thought leaders toured San Francisco this week, demonstrating how the company’s microfiber cloths (when combined with water) decrease bacteria levels from household areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and floors. The science of this process is proved by using a bacteria monitoring device called a Lumitester to measure bacteria levels on a surface before and after cleaning with Zabada. Bloggers, high end restaurateurs and eco-friendly activists marveled at the demonstrations, where the Lumitester’s speedy measurements showed that Zabada’s microfiber products removed exponentially more bacteria than leading household chemical cleaners, including those claiming to be “environmentally friendly.”
Zabada Clean
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We actually meant to clean our house and post this review sooner than April, (much to Our Daily Green family's chagrin), but now that we've used Zabada, we're believers! You can clean with water and their tools.

We especially love the cleaning mitt pictured in the photo to the right. It did a fantastic job on our bathroom mirror and glass shower doors. See the video below for a demonstration of the product. Add water, wipe and dry. It's that simple.  Think about how many paper towels that will save!

For tougher cleaning problems, as pictured below, we asked Zabada about hard water stains. As you can see from the door of our front loading washing machine, we had a tremendous calcium buildup. We took photos before, during, and after cleaning with their Calcium Dissolver. We used the same product in our sinks but the images were not as easy to demonstrate how effective the product was.




If the photos or my willingness to share the crud inside my washing machine door, for the sake of a review, haven't convinced you, try it for yourself. Check out the different ways Zabada can make your house sparkle without chemicals.

disclaimer: Our Daily Green received the bathroom cleaning system and the calcium dissolver in exchange for this review. Our opinions remain our own. Our opinion will always remain, cleaning isn't fun. But at least with Zabada, it's safe and effective. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sell your old iPad for cash (sponsored post)

Now is a Great Time to Get Cash For Your Old iPad
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