• 8 Do-It-Yourself Home Facials

    By Annemarie Conte

    8 Do-It-Yourself Home Facials

    Facials are a great way to keep your skin glowing, but they can be pricey. We asked Louisa Macan-Graves, author of Hollywood Beauty Secrets: Remedies to the Rescue, and Elda Argenti, owner of the Plantogen skincare line, for their favorite make-at-home face masks crafted from common household ingredients.

    For All Skin Types

    Brighten: Cut a slice of ripe papaya and remove the seeds and pulp (save the pulp for a snack later-it's great for digestion). Rub the inside of the papaya peel on your cleansed face, focusing on lines around the mouth and eyes, crow's feet, thinning temples, neck and hands. Let it dry for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse with tepid water. This mask can be done twice a week. "The enzymes in papaya exfoliate, repair sun damage, diminish age spots and smooth skin. Your skin will look brighter, with a more polished finish," says Macan-Graves.






    Exfoliate: Combine 1 tsp honey and 1 tsp olive oil. Separately, prepare a

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  • April may be the month dedicated to celebrating Earth Day, but we all know it's good practice to be eco-friendly 365 days a year, not just the 30 days of the month. It doesn't have to be difficult, in fact, being more green conscious is just the opposite. Check out these ways you can make a slight switch in your life to become a go green getter.

    Decrease Your Carbon Footprint, Decrease Your Weight

    It's no secret that when you get out of the car and on your feet your waistline will shrink, but sometimes it's just not feasible to hit the gym everyday after work when you have hungry mouths to feed. If you live within biking distance to work, try riding to decrease air pollution and burn calories at the same time. Start practicing now so you can take part in Bike to Work Week May 17-21. For more information visit bikeleague.org. If the average woman (approximately 160 pounds) biked 20 minutes to and from work, she would burn 292 calories on top of getting killer legs! Just remember,

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  • Sustainable fabrics will keep you on your toes throughout spring and summer!
    - PJ Gach, BettyConfidential.com

    When you think of Vegan, vegetarian, eco-friendly shoes or whatever you want to call them, do you think of hard plastic shoes without any style or comfort? Think again! You can find the latest trends in eco wear. Natalie Portman an avowed vegetarian designed a line of fashionable veggie shoes for Te Casan that had fashionistas clambering for them. Designer Stella McCartney only designs veggie shoes, they're chic and but not cheap. Here's a round-up of shoes that don't hurt the environment, some are made from sustainable ingredients and a few that are made from recycled materials. Sanduk's Yoga Mat flip flops are made from, yes, you guessed it, recycled yoga mats!

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    1. Lovely People women's Aziza Pump ($61.02 endless.com)

    2. Stella McCartney Cork stripe pump ($635, barneys.com)

    Evening Shoes

    3. Kiwi by

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  • Sherri JamesSherri JamesSherri James loved sitting on the front porches of her small, progressive college town in Ohio, sharing stories and a glass of wine with friends. What she didn't like was the idea of throwing away the empty bottles, since her town doesn't recycle colored glass. But instead of a conundrum, Sherri saw an opportunity and created Blue Moon Bottles to turn waste into beauty.

    Blue Moon Bottles' recycled glass tumblersBlue Moon Bottles' recycled glass tumblersBlue Moon Bottles, now six years old, creates handheld works of art from reclaimed wine bottles. Sherri's drinking glasses and vases are made from bottles that vary in color, size and shape, but all catch the light beautifully. She collects the bottles from friends, neighbors and local restaurants that save them for her so she's got enough material to keep working. Each piece of "wine bottle reclamation art," as Sherri calls it, is a hand-cut original. This idea came from one of our good friends here at Daily Grommet, Barbara Gordon.We love the smoothed edges and weighty feel of the tumblers, and the graceful curves

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  • Your diaper bag has to be a lot of things: practical, functional, stylish and stocked with essentials. If eco-friendly is also on your list, you might start thinking your dream diaper bag isn't much more than a pipe dream. Not so fast. We found five eco-friendly diaper bags that meet all of these criteria - and you can even add affordable to the list: All five of these are less than $100.

    Shop more of the best diaper bags in our buying guides.

    1. We think Paul Frank's signature monkey is adorable without being cloying - all the more reason to love this organic cotton diaper bag ($98).

    2. Skip Hop's Studio diaper tote ($89) is PVC-free - instead, it's made with eco-friendly materials that are good for the environment, not to mention you and your baby.

    3. Sherpani's Nuvie diaper bag ($74) is made from 67% recycled materials. When baby graduates from diapers and bottles, this also makes a great (and unisex!) gym bag.

    4. This diaper bag ($98) by

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  • At the end of the day, it is up to us all to start leading healthier lifestyles- for us and our planet! Kermit may have said being green wasn't easy but it doesn't have to be hard! All it takes is introducing some changes and turning them into habits. From taking reusable grocery bags to unplugging electrical devices that aren't in use (even when they're off), simple routines can make a world of difference. Here we have compiled 11+ ways to make the world a greener place from your daily life!


    Eat greener!

    1.) Seek the local advantage. If you can get fresh local produce in your community you are doing yourself and the planet a world of good -- minimal transportation, minimal greenhouse gas emissions, minimal preservatives (and probably pesticides) and maximum flavor and nutrition.


    2.) Eat your veggies…and fruit. Mom was right, and there is no denying it. To paraphrase healthy eating pioneer and Fit for Life author Harvey Diamond, those scientific discoveries of health enhancing nutrients

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  • Kelly Ripa Goes Green!

    Kelly Ripa, the chatty star of Live! with Regis and Kelly and former All My Children actress is one busy bee. Besides being mom to three kids (Michael, 12, Lola, 8, and Joaquin, 7) with husband, Mark Consuelos, she's also recently teamed up with ElectroLux appliances to promote living eco-consciously. To celebrate Earth Day, we caught up with the perky talk-show host to discuss parenting with a "green" thumb - and the hardest thing she's had to learn to live without.

    Has going green impacted the way you parent?

    I've learned far more from my children about going green than any other outlet. They go to a school that stresses protecting and saving the environment and preventing future damage. Recycling, reusing - even their school projects are made from what's called "beautiful junk": old paper towels, tissue boxes, things we [would throw away at home]. They're beautiful treasures; the kids display them proudly at the school. Plus, energy efficient auto-flush toilets and

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  • Goody Goes Eco-Friendly for Earth Month

    We swear by Goody barrettes-the flat, small, colored ones that have become increasingly scarce at drugstores nationwide (if you stumble upon a ten-pack, buy in bulk). Our general love for the brand was only amplified when we discovered its new Eco Movement brushes, which are arriving at Walmart stores just in time for Earth Month. Comprising two different shapes-a large cushion paddle and an oval paddle-the tools are made from natural bamboo and boast patented ComforTip wood bristles that won't snag or pull. You'll appreciate them for their simple, sustainable design-and the gentle scalp massage you get with every swipe.

    Photo: Courtesy of Goody

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  • You've banished bottled water from your fridge and vowed to hit the lights whenever you leave the room. Now that you're in the green groove, it's time to add a little eco-spice to your love life. Here, the hottest ideas for getting it on - for the good of the planet. While you're feeling green check out these 10 easy (and cheap) ways to save the planet.


    Invite a Shower Buddy
    Bathing with your guy is a lot more fun than doing it alone, and it's also a steamy way to save water and money. To slash the bill even more, install an eco-friendly showerhead. Most standard designs waste up to 5 gallons of water per minute, but Niagara Conservation's Earth Massage showerheads come in models that use only 1 1/2 gallons in that amount of time yet dispense a flow that we swear feels just as strong.

    Slip Between Eco-Sheets
    Bamboo is one of the earth's most renewable resources, and despite its rough texture in the wild, when it's used in bed linens, it has a silky, slinky feel that's really

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  • I'll be the first to admit that I am less than a tree-hugger. Sure, I love the environment but living in the Bay Area where granola is the norm I know I have plenty of room for improvement. Yes, I have the reusable shopping bags but sadly seem to forget them at home 90% of the time. I was inspired by the Yahoo! Mother Board this month as they talked about how they incorporate green living into their homes.

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    All of the women have great ideas. Teach Mama suggests sneaking in some learning while you and your family tend to the garden. Tippy Toes and Tantrums brought my attention Snack Taxi bags which are cute little reusable sandwich bags that can help eliminate my overuse of the Ziploc bag. I love that It's All About Balance's children are "the fiercest advocates in our family when it comes to being green…Wherever we are, they ask if there's a recycling bin for their papers or plastic bottles, and make sure the lights are off before we leave the house. Clothes that they've outgrown go in bags to give to Goodwill."

    While I may not be the shining example of green motherhood, I look up to those women who make such a concerted effort in their homes. I can relate to MamaLaw as she talks about how last year she wondered "whether busy moms could really be "green," because it just seemed like such an impossible feat at the time."

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