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Finally, some good looking outdoor modern furniture! The people at Loll Designs have come up with some really cool colors and styles. It’s pricey, or “spendy” as they say in the northwest, but think how long they will last. Check them out and get started on your new garden for 2011!

Cool red rocker!

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Sunflowers

Stop and enjoy the flowers!

Ok, what’s “green” about sunflowers you ask? Well nothing I suppose; except for their leaves and stems. But these sunflowers I saw along the road in Oregon were so beautiful I just had to snap a photo. And what loves sunflowers? Well, BEES of course! Just wanted to make sure you knew that the two girl bees at BeeModern were still moving forward and exploring new concepts in green design. And we’d really like to hear from you!

What’s green in your life?

What green thing have you discovered lately?

What green ideas do you have for BeeModern?

Now get out there and enjoy your day!

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It’s fun to decorate your home, and why not go “green” while doing so? VivaTerra is offering some creative and colorful roosters and ducks made in Haiti from papier-mache. The local artisans use recycled cement bags, newsprint, and starch from locally grown arrowroot to craft these clever animals. You will feel good buying them AND have something creative and colorful for your home.

We at BeeModern are always searching to find creative, artful, colorful, fun and clever ideas from around the globe!

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Now that I am making a concerted effort to #BeeWasteFree, I’ve been using my reusable coffee mug every chance I get. This has been saving me money in two ways. First, I’m less likely to stop for coffee if I leave the house with my own perfectly tailored brew. But here’s what else I’ve noticed. Some, though sadly not all, coffee vendors give a discount if you bring your own cup. One of my favorite places, Best Buns in Shirlington, charges for a mere refill if you provide the cup. A refill as about half the cost of a regular cup of coffee!

Here’s to being green and saving green at the same time. $$$

Check out our #BeeWasteFree Challenge!

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I don’t want to be negative, but I know I can do better with my waste-free efforts. Starting in July with the celebratory picnic and BBQ activities, including a Bethesda crab feed, it’s been difficult to stay on the waste-free path. Everything seems to come wrapped in paper! (FYI – I brought my own fork and cloth napkin to the crab fest, but couldn’t call it a waste-free meal.)

So, now that the celebrations are over, including the most recent wedding shower, I will concentrate on our #beewastefree initiative. Just so you know I haven’t been a total slacker, I did make a recycled paper card and flower sculpture for the guest of honor. It took more time than I expected because I haven’t been that crafty for a while…

Recycled Paper Flower 2

Recycled paper tends to be crinkly which lends itself to organic shapes.

Recycled Paper Flower

Another view of the recycled paper rose.

Oh, and one last thing… The gift for the bride (and groom) is a live tree and some bulbs for their yard. ~Paula

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Waste Free Parties

In my small town we have a cooking group, and we meet about once a month to have dinner in each others homes. Since we don’t have a restaurant in town, it’s nice to have a fabulous meal that you don’t have to prepare all by yourself. Our group is a potluck affair and we each bring our recipe instructions as well. We used to print the recipes out for everyone, but now we only print out one copy for the book, and we email the recipes around so that anyone can print them out if they want to (thereby saving trees and being quite green!).

Because I like to entertain large groups, I began collecting large amounts of things. I now have 18 wine glasses (glass), 12 margarita glasses (glass), about 50 dinner plates (china), 20 cloth napkins, 2 sets of silverware, and recently purchased 12 sturdy plastic glasses for outdoor entertaining. So I’m always looking out for the next thing to add to my pantry. In addition, we share all these pieces of equipment around the neighborhood as needed. So all this combines to create a more “green” party experience!

What are you waiting for? Get going! Start entertaining your friends in your own green way. Got an idea I can add to my bag of tricks? Let me know…I’d love to hear from you. — Lisa

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Here at   we get a lot of people contacting us to promote their green products. We dutifully and eagerly check out the recommendations, hoping for the occasional gem. Well, I’m happy to introduce www.KidsKonserve.com. They have a total lunch kit solution that is waste-free and food-safe all the way. In 2010, the company was honored by the fashion design company, Eileen Fisher, with a Business Grant for Women Entrepreneurs!

And, yes, the company caters to children’s lunch kits, but these are good-looking enough for adults!

Butterfiles decorate reusable lunch kit.

DEAL: SAVE 15% through the end of July. Just remember to use this coupon code when you buy from www.kidskonserve.com. (Code = summer15)

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