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by Maryann Ridini Spencer
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Protecting,  preserving and appreciating our surroundings and our beautiful home — the Earth — so that we may ensure a healthy tomorrow is essential and all mankind’s responsibility. When we choose to act in support of a sustainable future for ourselves, as well as for those that come after us, this, my friends, is a profound act. Living sustainably also reinforces our sense of purpose and commitment to one another.  For you see, we are all connected, and we must remember this. Every act we commit and every thought we think and manifest has a cause and effect. Therefore, it is so important that we be mindful. So remember friend, always think green and sustainable!

Sustainability Now News Column

READ the “Sustainability Now News” Column in the Ventura Breeze (In Print and Online). Maryann’s articles also appear under the “This ‘N’ That” column. February 27-March 12, 2019,  Page 15:…

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Safe GREEN Cleaning Ideas

“Caution,” “Danger,” “Poison,” “Keep Out of Reach of Children,” “Toxic,” — We’ve all read these words on traditional cleaning product labels that we purchase off the store shelf. While exposure…

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Farm to Table: What’s in Season?

I had a lot of fun this week talking to farmers at a Certified Farmer’s Market in Ventura (Pacific View Mall) about “What’s in Season?”  Here’s what they told me…

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What’s in season for WINTER in Southern California?

What’s in season for WINTER?  Find out in this Sustainable Ventura News segment. For the filming, I went with our cameras to a local Certified Farmer’s Market at Pacific View…

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4 Tips to UP Your Health & Wellness in the New Year

Be Good To Yourself! By Julie Morris for SimplyDeliciousLiving.com With the arrival of 2018, here are the top four gifts you can give to yourself to help you achieve your…

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Got Turkey & Veggie Leftovers? Five YUMMY Green Recipes

Got leftover turkey and veggies from  holiday entertaining? Here are some creative “Green” ways to enjoy & re-purpose: Turkey Tacos In a taco shell or soft tortilla round, place some…

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Five Stormwater Tips for When It Rains

When it rains it drains into our storm drain system and out into our waterways and ocean. Here are five simple reminders to prevent stormwater pollution: Check your vehicles for…

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REDUCE WASTE: Celebrate with GREEN Holiday Cheer!

Did you know that during the November and December holidays, three times as much food is wasted than at other times of the year? In addition to food waste, it’s…

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Clean Eating: It’s Good for Your Body, Mind & Soul

  –By Maryann Ridini Spencer, Author of “Lady in the Window” (May 9, 2017, SelectBooks) Avoid Foods that are Processed, Preserved, Refined, and Sodium Heavy When you eat lots of…

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Green Your Holidays with Recycled and Reusable Decor!

Green Your Holidays! Recycling, reusing and repurposing items around the house are a wonderful eco-friendly way to keep “green” for the holidays. It’s also great on your budget! Here are…

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Curb Holiday Food Waste with Green Stew

Many of you may know that in addition to Simply Delicious Living, and writing novels, I work as a lifestyle reporter.  One of my beats is reporting environmental news (for…

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A simply delicious farm-to-table dinner under the stars

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Mother’s Day GREEN Gift Ideas

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Dine Under the Tuscan Sun in Your Own Home!

Dine in Tuscany any day of the week!  Create an Italian-inspired Tuscan table with colorful plates and goblets in bright colors.  For this setting, I used the painting in this…

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Holiday Table Spice: Unique Napkin Holder Ideas

Create a gorgeous holiday table mixing and matching china in white, red, green, gold and other holiday colors as well as patterns that make a fun setting (see above).  Get…

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Fall Flavor

Fall is a a gorgeous season that showcases so many beautiful colors with the turning leaves — golds, reds, oranges, yellows, shades of green, coppers, and other warm hues.  Some…

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FREE Seafood Watch APP

Our ocean sustains life on earth. That’s why the more we know about our ocean, about how to treat it and what species that live in it may or may…

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Exotic Summer Table Settings

During summer, my husband and I enjoy delicious retreats at our Hawaiian home away from home.  To create a tropical feeling, inside as well as outside, I like to use…

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Baskets of LOVE for Mother’s Day

What better gift for the mothers in your life?  Whether it be your Mom, your sister, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, good friend, every mother loves a gift from the heart — and…

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Food Waste Prevention Tips

Did you know that Americans throw away approximately 165 million dollars of food a year?  This costs the average family about$1600 annually!  Here’s some helpful tips to prevent food waste…

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Organic Labeling & Costs

“Natural” and “All Natural” Food Labeling When shopping at the grocery store, outdoor market, or other venue, what does the label “natural,” “all natural” or “organic” really mean? Ironically, foods…

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What’s in Season for Spring?

What’s in season for spring? When you eat farm to table, fresh, in season produce from your local certified farmer’s market and/or local farm stands and grocery stores, you get…

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Green Home Renovations

“When doing a home renovation, it’s important to think sustainably and be stewards of our environment,” said Rhett Jacobi, contractor, designer, and owner of Arbor Construction.  “I really enjoy working…

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Gift Worthy Recycled Presents

Gift Worthy Recycled Presents ‘Tis the season to be jolly and green — and part of what makes the season happy and bright is giving a gift from the heart, a…

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Tips to Avoid Thanksgiving Holiday Waste

Thanksgiving is a joyous time of year when we express our appreciation and love by sharing a memorable meal with family and friends. In fact, food takes center stage not…

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Composting: For a rich soil and to help fight the California Drought

Composting is the recycling of fully decomposed organic matter such as food scraps, fallen leaves and grass clippings. Compost can be used as an amendment for your garden, potted plants…

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5 Fun Green In The Sun Tips

Get ready, get set and get GREEN for summer!  Here’s  5 easy tips: Green your Activity Calendar Summer is a great time to kick back and relax with family and…

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Create a little Tableside Paradise

   Summer conjures up exciting thoughts of glorious seaside picnics and relaxing barbecues with friends and family.  However, why, not bring a little of the ocean to your dinner table…

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Drain Health: Just say NO to FOG (Fats, Oils, Grease)

There’s a popular saying “only rain down the drain.” Well, when it comes to cooking and preparing meals in the kitchen, only “water down the drain” is apropos. However, more…

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Set Your Table With Fresh Produce

I’m sure you’ve seen baskets filled with fake flowers and fake fruit in a many a centerpiece. However, why do “fake” when real beauty is found in nature?  For a…

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Simply Green: CoverMate Covers

Have you ever lost the lid to your favorite Tupperware container?  What about the lid to a juice decanter?  Are you tired of putting tin foil or saran wrap over…

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Meet Your New BFF

The next time you’re headed to your favorite coffee or tea shop, remember to do something positive for the environment — bring your own reusable cup. Why? Disposable cups provided at…

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How to Dye Easter Eggs

Dyed, hard-boiled eggs make gorgeous Easter table centerpieces when placed in clear glass vases, wicker baskets or other pretty containers by themselves or with a grouping of pretty flowers.  …

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Desk-side Recycling Tips

Did you know that the U.S. (which has less than 5% of the world’s population), consumes 30% of the world’s paper?!  Help save the environment and save money by placing…

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Beautiful Centerpieces with Reusable Boxes & Jars

Create a beautiful centerpiece or decorative item by filling reusable boxes and pretty jars with garden flowers and flower arrangements.   If you don’t happen to have appropriate flowers in your…

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From Farm to Table

Buying local fresh fruits and vegetables, whenever possible, is a great way to support the local economy. Purchasing produce when it’s “in season” is also the best way to enjoy…

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Bring Nature to Your Fall & Holiday Tables

  The gorgeous oranges, yellows, greens, golds, reds found in nature create beautiful fall and holiday tables.  So bring the outdoors in!  Create inviting autumn centerpieces, decorative mantles and harvest…

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Green Your Entertaining – You Can Make A Difference!

Having a dinner party or planning an event?  When you do, remember to Think Green.  It’s so easy and it can also make a huge impact on our environment.  We…

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Setting the Table with Herbs – A last minute idea is a big hit!

The other night, some friends called and wanted to drop over.  I was making a big dish of lasagne anyway, so I said, “Sure, Come on over!”  Normally, when I…

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Easy Steps to Help You & the Planet!

It’s really simple to be green.  Choosing the sustainable path will also save you money as well as help the environment.  Here are some easy steps to help you and…

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Simply Green Living: 9 Easy Everday Tips

  The Road to Simply Green Living Every person can make a difference in the health and sustainability of the planet. If every person does their part — a little…

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Maryann’s Simply Delicous Living.TV “You Are What You Eat” Podcast

In this fast-paced world, we have to make sure we STOP and take the time to READ labels and WATCH what we’re putting into our mouths.  For health and longevity,…

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Clean it Green and SAFE

Did you know that many household cleaning products, while even used “as directed” could be hazardous to your health as well as the environment? Many household products are toxic and…

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Think Green Everyday!

Everyone can make a difference in the health of our planet!  How?  By living and thinking GREEN.   Follow these easy tips to Simply GREEN Living! •When you buy something packaged,…

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Simply Green Living: New Year’s Resolutions for 2013

  While your making your New Year’s resolutions in your personal and professional life.  Keep the environment in mind! Here are some green tips to help save the planet that…

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Holiday Table Setting Ideas & Crafts: Get Creative with items you have in-house!

This holiday season have some fun with your table and home décor by using materials you already have in-house or around the house!   •Decorate with pine cones (from the…

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5 Easy Ways to Green Your Holidays!

Saving our earth and natural resources is everyone’s gift to the planet.   Everyone can make a difference.  So why not start this holiday season?  Here are 5 easy ways to…

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10 Tips for Keeping Green at Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving marks the true beginning of the holiday eating and gift-giving season. Here are some great tips to keep green and sustainable and GIVE THANKS to MOTHER EARTH! Save on…

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Reduce•Reuse•Recycle with Creative Halloween Costumes!

    Halloween costumes, can cost at a minimum, $25 dollars on up per costume.  If you’ve got several children or family members to outfit, the costume bills (along with…

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The Lady’s Lunch: Creative Table Setting & Craft Ideas

  The next time you have the girls over for lunch, create a table and craft ideas that are memorable!   Watch “The Lady’s Lunch” video below.  SimplyDeliciousLiving.tv host Maryann Ridini…

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GREEN Tips for Watering Your Landscape This Summer

GREEN Tips for a Waterwise Landscape This Summer Did you know that more than half of the average household’s water expense is from outdoor water usage? With temperatures on the…

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Express Yourself with Arts & Crafts!

Getting creative with arts and crafts is a fantastic way to express yourself.   Not only is it fulfilling, it can give you a wonderful sense of accomplishment, boost self-esteem, and…

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Conscious Eating: It’s More Than Just A Meal!

  By Maryann Ridini Spencer Simply Delicious Living is, in part, about making every meal an experience and – when it comes your body-mind-spirit balance – it’s about living a…

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Creative Table Setting Ideas Create The Elegant Table

Get Creative with Table Setting!  Mix and match your china, wine and drinking glasses, napkins, centerpieces and more!   SimplyDeliciousLiving.tv Host Maryann Ridini Spencer demonstrates some fun table decorating ideas and…

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No Fats, Oils or Grease Down the Drain!

    Save the life of your home’s laterals — Don’t wash or throw fats, oils or grease down the drain! This video is a segment of the “Sustainable Ventura”…

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Setting The Romantic Table

On Simply Delicious Living with Maryann®”, host Maryann Ridini Spencer sets the stage for romance with a romantic table setting that’s wonderful for Valentine’s Day — or any day! “Simply…

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Lawn to Ocean Friendly Garden

by Maryann Ridini Spencer, VC Style Lawn, as defined in the dictionary, is an “area of aesthetic and recreational land planted with grass and other durable plants.” It’s believed that…

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Great Gift Recycle Ideas

By Maryann Ridini Spencer, VC Style While exact numbers for holiday gift expenditures in 2011 are still to be tallied, according to the American Research Group, Inc., consumers from around…

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Shabby Chic Table Setting Ideas!

  I was having four girlfriends over for lunch and a scrapbooking session recently,  and wanted to create a FUN setting with a look that was both feminine and special.…

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Great Fall Table Decorating Ideas for under $10.00!

Want to create a beautiful Fall table under $10.00? Fall vegetables (small pumpkins and a variety of squash – acorn, ambercup, autumn, banana, buttercup, carnival, sweet dumpling squash, etc), which…

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