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Are You Ready to Be A Better Earthling?

 Hi! I’m Cathy Tiffany, founder of  Be A Better Earthling.  I founded this site out of my love for nature and keen interest in living a sustainable lifestyle:  that means striving to be healthier, wealthier and having a good impact on the environment here and abroad.  I’ll share my knowledge, discoveries and failures and together maybe we can make ourselves and the world around us a little better!

Healthier

Happiness Tip: Why You Should Volunteer

Volunteering.  Everyone thinks it’s nifty and such a nice thing to do, but do you know what the actual percentage is of Americans that volunteer their time to helping others? 26.4% – which is actually better than I thought it would be. The study that cited the most stats is actually pretty interesting and if you’d like the breakdown, click HERE To me, there are two different kinds of volunteering.  Anything we do to help… Read more »

Wealthier

Money Matters: Are You Saving Enough

Tomorrow I have an appointment with my financial adviser at Ameriprise. Beforehand, I had to fill out a survey about my thoughts about retirement – Do I think I’ve saved enough, am I anxious about retirement, what do I want to be able to do in retirement, will I still have debt, etc. Currently we’re remodeling our house and paying off debt (again).  I have a good plan going and am disciplined with money.  Perfect?… Read more »

Eco-Wise

Eco-byte: Air Conditioning or Fresh Air While Driving?

It’s going to be over 90 today and my car’s air conditioning is awaiting a part to make it work.  Awesome. Since we were on the subject of air conditioning this morning on the way to volleyball camp, the debate was this:  do you get better gas mileage using your air conditioner or with your windows down?  My husband said rolled down windows, I said air conditioning because that’s what my Momma told me and… Read more »

Parents & Kids

The Importance of Mothers

Right off the bat, let me just say that fathers are important, too.  But, since this is Mother’s Day……     I have an an awesome Mom.  She was/is a single Mom.  She worked 40 hours a week, was me and my sister’s sole provider, took care of the house, did the laundry, shopping, bills and most yard work.  That’s a lot of stuff! And you know what? Kids don’t care much about any of… Read more »

B.A.B.E In Action

Happiness Tips: Try-it Tuesday List #15

    This week’s list covers  B.A.B.E’s Sustainability Triad:  Health, Money & the Environment (doesn’t that sound so fancy!?) For Your Health:  Over the course of the next week, add one more glass of water each day or if you already guzzle a ton, why not get in a bit more movement >> work in 25 jumping jacks each day for the next 2 weeks. For Your Money:  Not a saver?  Find $5-10 and start… Read more »