Thursday, October 27, 2011

Week Five of the 12 Week Holiday Plan - Happy Halloween Week!

Don't be scared... we have everything under control!

First:  Check your budget be sure you are on track... adapt accordingly.

Next:  Prepare last minute Halloween supplies and costumes (for your children and pets).  After Halloween- Put away Halloween decorations - place them in a labeled bin- "Halloween"; with pictures for next year as well as for great memories for years to come.

At the same time retrieve you fall and Thanksgiving decorations.  Go to your HG Labs Holiday Notebook found in "Week One" and prepare for a great fall and Thanksgiving!

Cleaning:  Stay current with your cleaning and always make it green cleaning with "Brightly Green Household products".  Give a quick 15 minute cleanup for each room this week.

Homemade Green Gifts:  If you are making some homemade gifts finish a few more of them, wrap and hide them well.

How much more memorable will be your Holidays if you make some special homemade gifts for your special friends and family.  Sustainable Green gifts can mean so much more!

We have had a few readers ask for some green gift suggestions.
Thank you for asking!

We suggest you check out these green homemade gift ideas at:

Green Craft Ideas for the Holidays

10 Elegant, Inexpensive, Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

We would love to see your great green gift ideas.  Send them to us at:

Next week is all about the Six Week Green Holiday Countdown!

Have a Safe & Happy Halloween!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents on Halloween

Brightly Green & Joshua, the Maltese pictured here, would like to share with you what pet lovers need to be aware of during Halloween!

Article Courtsey of: 

The American Society of the Provention of Cruelty to Animals 

and also:

St. Matthews Animal Clinic
111-R Fairfax Avenue
Louisville,  KY  40207
(502) 895-8100
(502) 893-0450 Fax

Attention, animal lovers, it's almost the spookiest night of the year! The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet safe.

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick or treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms-especially dark or baking chocolate-can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call St. Matthews Animal Clinic at 502-895-8100 or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. 

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively non-toxic, but can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.

3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

5. Dress-up can be a big mess for some pets. Please don't put your dog or cat in a costume unless you know he or she loves it (yes, a few pets are real hams). For pets who prefer their "birthday suits", wearing a costume may cause undue stress.

6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go "au naturale" or donning a festive bandana.

7. Take a closer look at your pet's costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.

9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn't dart outside.

10. IDs, please! Always make sure your cat or dog has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you.

& Deborah Ackerson, Practice Manager of St. Matthews Animal Clinic
 for this helpful article to keep ours pets safe during Halloween!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween Costumes!

Still wondering what your children should wear
for Halloween?

Brightly Green has some suggestions!


Aren't they all adorable! 

We at Brightly Green would love to see YOUR adorable
children's Halloween costumes! 

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Week Four: Kitchen Cleaning & Halloween Preparations

Budgeting:   First, go over your budget before shopping.  Update your budget as needed.

Halloween:   If you haven’t already put out your Halloween decorations do this now. Add to your list of serving pieces and guest items that need to be purchased. Purchase all the serving items needed for Halloween.

Shopping:   Also, buy more presents that need to be purchased. If you plan to make a few homemade gifts this would be a good time to begin. Try to finish some of the homemade gifts this week. Wrap them and hide them well. Add to a list of decorating supplies that need to be purchased. Buy any items you can find off of your list. Include all of your lists in your HGL Holiday Notebook.

Cleaning & Organizing:   Now that we de-cluttered last week it is time to clean your kitchen and pantry. Focus on thoroughly cleaning your kitchen and pantry this week.  We want everything in great shape for cooking and entertaining.  If you didn’t complete your de-cluttering go back to the three -step organizing plan we did in Week Three. Time yourself to clean each room in your home. Give yourself just 15 to 20 minutes in each room. This will help you maintain a clean home.
In order to have a smoothly organized holiday season, we need our kitchen and pantry ready to go.  Use your Brightly Green Kitchen Cleaners for a sparkling and healthy Eco-friendly kitchen and pantry. You may need Brightly Green Granite & Tile Cleaner, Brightly Green Glass Cleaner, Brightly Green Multi-Purpose Cleaner, Brightly Green Wood Floor Cleaner, Brightly Green Stainless Steel and Brightly Green Dish Wash.  Brightly Green’s aromatherapy cleaners will make cleaning almost fun!  Need some Brightly Green Cleaners; we have a special gift with purchase for you! Don’t miss out shop now!
Clean out and organize your pantry. Remove any old food. Donate any good food that your family won't eat to a local charity. Wipe down shelves and reorganize with whatever system that works for you.
Restock your pantry with supplies you will need for the holiday season.

Continue sketching your decoration plans in your HG Labs Holiday Notebook laid out in Week One.

Next week we continue with our Holiday Plan! Check back each week for a plan that will help make your Holidays memorable and fun!

Don't wait, get started today! 

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Special Purchase Gift for You!

(Can make a great stocking stuffer too!)


Surprise gifts +special gift=$10.00 value
(Limited time only with $20.00 purchase or more!)


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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Week 3 of the HG Labs Holiday Planning Notebook!

If you have been following this blog you know that I went through my house last year and purged most everything we did not really need.  Wow, I loved the outcome!  This week we are going to do a mini-purging to prepare for the holidays.

DE-CLUTTER:  Supplies you need

A large trash can and 2 boxes:

Throw Away - If you know these items are not sellable or good for donating because they are broken or damaged, throw them out.

Box 1:  Give Away (Charity) or Sell - These items you could sell at a garge sale or gently used store.  You may also consider giving them to a charity and make a donation.  Be sure and list them and itemize what you think they are worth (donations made are tax deductible).

Box 2:  Storage - These items you want to keep but may be out of season or you may want to use them at a later date.  You should "really" want to keep them.  Organize them in a group of "same as" items.

Sharron's Tip:  I really like to decorate and hold parties and events. Over the years I have accumulated a lot of decorations, wreaths, etc. I use plastic bins that I label for each holiday or occasion. They stack nicely and I can find them easily when it is time to decorate for the party or event!

My Christmas decorations are the most extensive and receive a large area in my storage.  The rest I can put in smaller bins.  I have a bin for Easter & Spring, Halloween, Fall & Thanksgiving, New Years, Derby (I live in Kentucky), Fourth of July & other patriotic days, birthdays & showers (baby & wedding).

This week you should also shop for a few more gifts, wrap and hide them.  Gifts that need shipping or mailing should be first on the shopping list.

We at Brightly Green hope you find this holiday planning guide to be of help to you!
If you have any holiday tips, be sure to leave us a comment!
We welcome your suggestions!    

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Why Organic Is Best!

Guest Blog:

Toni Jurkiewicz

You wouldn't poison yourself so why poison your child?

Why organic is best.

Even though using organic baby products or even organic products for the whole family can be very expensive, your children and family are worth every penny.  It will protect the ones you love from unexpected illness or skin irritations.

As a busy military wife with two adorable children, who both have allergies, I came to the realization that I too wanted to use all organic and eco friendly products; I just didn't know how I could afford it.  Not only using foods from the local grocery store, but going as far as using organically produced cotton and dyes on my children's skins.  Both of them have eczema, and any parent who has children with eczema kows how difficult this is to control and how to keep your child comfortable.  My son was diagnosed with ADHD when he was six years old.  I have a strong passion about ADHD and decided that through this site I would like others to make an informed decision if the time ever arises.  This can be done by organic products and learning the truths about ADHD.  I will talk more about this in the future.

Having been in medical reaserch, I know firsthand the effects of chemicals, toxins and other products that we use on a daily basis, to our skin and bodies.  We don't realize that the skin is the largest organ of the body.  The skin abosrbs substances like a big sponge.  The adorabe clothing out there that we purchase for ourselves and our children have all these beautiful colors, however, we don't stop to think what these are made from.  Unfortunatley the scary thing is that all these dyes have very bad chemicals in them, dioxin, formaldehyde, azo dyes and heavy metals such as alum, chromium, copper, iron, and tin.

"Dioxins and furans are some of the most toxic chemicals known to science.  A draft report released for public comment in September 1994 by the US Environmental Protection Agency clearly describes dioxin as a serious public health threat."  (
"Formaldehyde can be used for many purposes and is a poplular chemical because of its low cost.  It also is found in items such as dyes, textiles, plastics, paper products, fertilizer, and cosmetics."
I have only addressed two of the many chemicals/toxins that are in dyes that we expose our skins to 24 hours a day.  They say that it all depends on exposure.  So if we expose our skin to clothing with all these dyes and chemicals that we wear 24 hours a day, I would surmise that we are at high risk to exposure, wouldn't you? not only endeavors to provide affordable organic and eco-friendly products for babies and the whole family, but to provide informative infomation, topics, and ideas on how to move forward and make a difference.  I am committed to saving the environment and providing the children today and the future, a healthier more sustainable, nontoxic life.  We wouldn't consciously poison ourselves, so why would we do it to our children and babies?

Think about it!

Our kids matter!

Thank you Toni
for a great article!

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address below!

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Week Two of the 12 Week Holiday Plan!

One of the first things you want to do is determine a budget.  Budget now for gifts, food, new decorations, holiday outfits, and anything else that relates to your holidays.  After you create your budget stick to it!

Try to purchase some of the gifts on your list this week.  Wrap them and hide them from prying eyes.  Be sure to look for "on sale" items.  Include all of your lists in your Holiday Notebook so that you can add to them or modify them as needed.  To learn more about how to make an HG Labs Holiday Notebook-read blog post "Week One".

Include travel plans in your Holiday Notebook.  Schedule now to get the best accommodations and deals!  Also, schedule any help from cleaning companies or meal services now.  Don't forget making hair appointments!  If you like to take family photos this would be a great time to schedule your session.

Design your decorating plans in your notebook.  For example your Halloween look, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's.  You may even want to carry this ideal out for additional holidays such asValentines, Easter, and any other special days you want to include.  (This could be added later too.)  Hint:  Take pictures of your tables, trees and decorations if you would like to duplicate any of them again next year; using the pictures for inspiration.

Make a list of your favorite dishes that everyone would miss if you didn't bring to holiday gatherings.  Also make a list of holiday meals you would like to prepare.  Check out new recipes in magazines and gather recipes you have gleaned from other great cooks you know!  Decide where each event is being hosted and
what each person will be responsible for... including you!

Next Week (Week Three)...Organizing cllutter and more Holiday Notebook ideas!

Why not give us some holiday planning tips that work for you! 
Please include them in our comment box!

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Special Surprise From Brightly Green!

(Can make a great stocking stuffer too!)


Surprise gifts +special gift=$10.00 value
(Limited time only with $20.00 purchase or more!)


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