10 Tips to Simpleness

I have lived the simple life and loved it. I felt great, I looked great, and I was completely happy. In the past year I have really lost my way. I became depressed, gained weight, and just wasn't really living. Now I am on a journey to get back to the simpleness and beauty that I know life can be. Here are my tips to minimize the excess and maximise your life....more

The Benefits of Talking to Strangers

“You did not talk to her,” my 9-year-old said incredulously. “Not only did I talk to her,” I retorted, “I asked if I could videotape her.” ...more

Home Energy Audit: Incentives and Insulation

Spring is almost here, and you may be ready to open your windows, turn off your heater, and forget winter. But before you do, consider calling an energy auditor to find out about rebates and incentives for improvements to your home's energy efficiency. That was my first step in my latest project,  which is the focus of a series of posts at home(re)made. ...more

DIY home insulation: the whys and hows

Insulation – fiberglass, cellulose, foam board, rock wool – rarely the subject of conversation around my house, until recently. From the moment I stepped inside my home to view it for the first time, I started compiling a list of projects, mostly ones that would increase the resale value....more

Which Wild Animals Have You Spotted in Your Own Backyard?

Spring has almost sprung and that means it's time to start spotting the "critters" that might be visiting your backyard. Whether you live in the city, the suburbs or out in the country, there's always a chance to get in touch with your inner Ellie May and witness the wonder of our furred and feathered friends. Spotting wildlife helps us recognize that the environment is healthy and functioning....more
@reverberations  I have two wild bluebirds (official name is Western Scrub Jay) that visit my ...more

New Spring Fabrics

Another bunch of fabrics that are new to the website. fabric406.com The green is such a spring-time color - I just love it. (Hmmm, wonder if I'm a little tired of winter?)...more

Which Tech Helps You Stay Green?

How many of you made a decision to be more environmentally friendly in 2013? We know from our many research studies that the women in the BlogHer community tend to be more "green" than the general population....more
@KarenLynnn I looked it up. It sounds very interesting and probably a good thing to have. Thanks ...more

Safe Green Lunch Boxes

The parent groups that I belong to have lots of chatter about safe "green" lunch boxes and food storage. With all that we have to worry about, having a green lunch box is just one more of those things. I'm going to discuss a product/ brand of safe green lunch boxes and cotton storage bags....more

Mint Green Paired With Sea Green

I absolutely love this combo.  Adding different hues of the same color can be very complimentary.  Here I have also added a navy blue scarf to the look which ties in beautifully with the mint green top, and makes both colors stand out nicely. ...more

How Green is Your iPad Mini?

I got a new iPad Mini as a Christmas gift, and I just can't seem to shut up about it. Clearly, I am totally taken with this technology. Thanks to my tablet I'm reading more. I'm catching up on blogs and checking out magazine articles and finishing actual books. I feel like I'm a hungry person, and I've just finished a restrictive diet. I'm re-immersing myself in words. It's wonderful, particularly as someone who writes for a living. ...more
@Virginia DeBolt I have seen the story of stuff, and I am appalled.   At the same time, there is ...more