I live in the suburbs with a bear, a peanut, two wienerdogs, and a very attractive computer geek.  This blog is an account of our journey as a family to decrease our carbon footprint, to be a little green in a world where there’s too much faux-food, needless energy output, and plastic water bottles…and too few easy opportunities for greenness. But we’re trying!

EDIT–Just to be clear, especially when I offer information about natural treatments I’ve tried for anything, I am not a doctor, I have no training, and I am not equipped to give medical advice to anyone! So when I relate whats worked for me, please don’t assume it’ll work for you, or that I have any idea what I’m talking about.  Do your own homework, your own research, and make your own informed choices. (There. That’s the disclaimer.)

I can be reached via gmail, as greenmomintheburbs!

  1. A Kahlua Recipe from our North Dakota past.

    1 lb Yuban Coffee (don’t know if this still exists, but it needs to be strong coffee – ground)

    Boil in 1.5 qt. water for 15-20 minutes…let cool…strain through light cotton dish towel 3 times.

    Mix 7 cups sugar & 2.5 cups water and bring to boil and simmer covered 45-50 minutes…let it really cool down! Then after it has cooled down, mix the sugar water and coffee juice together. Add 2 oz. of Vanilla Extract and a Fifth of clear brandy (the original recipe calls for Everclear, but that has been removed from most liquor store shelves long ago).

    Pour into empty liquor bottles (recipe makes 5.5 fifths of “kahlua”) and let sit in a cool place for a couple of months.


  2. Hi Jenn,

    I came across your blog post today on riding the train and wanted to reach out about an opportunity for you to get some great exposure for your green content. I work for Lunch.com, a site for sharing opinions and reviews on any topic. We’re about to launch the “Lunch Network,” featuring interest-based communities, and are particularly focused on the Green category (we’re working with sites like ENN.com, TreeHugger, and PriusChat as launch partners). We are reaching out to bloggers and online contributors about how you can participate in the Lunch Network to get more exposure to other enthusiasts in the green living space. We’d love to have you share your thoughts on topics that will be viewed on our launch partners’ sites as they debut their communities (using the Lunch platform) in mid-January. Naturally, the content shared on Lunch will have an advantage for distribution as the green channel of our network launches. It would be ideal to see a high quality writer like you get to benefit from that.

    We will be featuring reviews in our launch in the coming weeks and would love to include your profile as we talk to press and promote the network. Check out the site and let me know what you think. I’d be happy to show you around and can share more info on ways you can participate if you’re interested. In fact, you can even set up your own community to feature your blog content and/or engage your readers, if you like (more info here).

    A great way to start would be just posting one of your pieces as a review to get a feel for the community. In the meantime, feel free to visit our about us and press pages for more about Lunch.com

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Tu Nguyen

  3. Good Morning,

    My name is Jason, and I have been following your green living blog, It’s Not Easy Being Green, for the past few months and I am very impressed with your content. As a fellow green enthusiast, I think that your posts are quite interesting! I particularly like your post on how you managed to make your own purses out of linen, that’s quite impressive! We have a green living blog ourselves, Be Green, that was designed for people who are interested in arts, crafts family and anything else home-related. I think that your ideas are fantastic and would like a chance to review your blog with a Best of Web opportunity.

    We are always looking to feature new websites that have content relevant to our readers and would therefore love to share links with your blog. We currently average between 3 to 3.5k unique visitors per day at our shopping blog home page with users clicking through an average of 500 single posts. Please let me know if you would be interested in this unique opportunity. If you have any questions, I would be more than happy to answer them.

    Best Regards,


  4. Dear Greenmomintheburbs,

    While surfing the Internet I came across your wonderful site and thought you might be a good match for our Affiliate program. Our Santa Barbara based company Happy Tiffin provides unique, high-quality, stainless steel eco-friendly food containers. The company motto is, “Practical, Earth-Friendly and Stylishly Hip!” A mash-up of green products with an eco-centric style.
    By creating an affiliate account at Happy Tiffin you will be able to earn valuable extra revenue by referring your website’s visitors to us. Please stop by today at https://www.happytiffin.com/affiliate_affiliate.php or send me an email with any questions you may have. Thank you for your time.

    We are the premiere site on the web when it comes to tiffins. What are tiffins? The “tiffin” — from a multitude of countries – each and every one is functional and beautiful and a unique example from the country they came from. Somewhere along the way it occurred to me to make these eco-friendly boxes available to everyone, hence, Happy Tiffin.
    Since then, amazing things have happened along the way: Our fellow bloggers, vegetarians, and green eco-fans have embraced us, magazines have written about us and YOU have sent us images of your lunches and stories to share. This could be a great opportunity for your company and website! Just go to Google and put the word tiffins in the search engine and you will see that we are #1. Not only can you drive more traffic to your site, but, you have an awesome opportunity to make a hefty income.

    Dan McHugh
    Affiliate Manager

  5. I read your story about SPD in Hartley Steiner’s new book. It so much mirrored my son’s. Thanks for sharing. It’s always nice to know there are other families like ours!

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