5 Reasons to Hit Fall Garage Sales

Fall isn’t only the best time to go apple picking, gaze at colorful fall foliage and think about costumes for Halloween. Fall is also a good time to hit your local garage and tag sales. Unlike spring and summer sales, depending on where you live, fall garage and tag sales are often chock-full of items to get you and your family decked out for the holidays....more

Shopping List: 5 Must-Have Natural Beauty Products

My interest in using natural beauty products has definitely increased over the past few months. I've begun to explore different, more natural products to replace the go-tos that I've been using for years. Here are a few of my new must-haves. ...more
Great suggestions, Perle!more

Hated the Commercial, Loved The Car: 2014 Cadillac ELR Plug-In Electric Hybrid Review

You remember the car commercial that aired during the Winter Olympics and the Oscars? The one with (Neal McDonough extolling the virtues of workaholic Americans accepting luxury cars as our reward in place of vacations like those lazy French bastards? You might have passionately argued for or against this commercial's message, but I bet you don't remember the actual car being advertised. And that's a shame, because the Cadillac ELR is a terrific car that, despite being a super-niche offering, more people should know about....more

How To Clean Your Menstrual Cup

 Did you know that you don’t have to use the menstrual cup washes that are sold by companies like Lunette and DivaCup? You certainly can, and they’ll work just fine–but there are a plethora of ways to clean your cup and most of them are less expensive than the fancy washes. NOTE: I am talking here about silicone cups.  For latex ones or other materials, follow manufacturer instructions!  ...more

National Food Recovery Week: November 17, 2014

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 96% of the food we throw out ends up in landfills....more

The Walking School Bus

When I was in kindergarten, we lived close enough to the school to walk. I only remember walking and biking to the school grounds on the weekends, but the option was there. I would have loved walking to school on school days with a group of my peers and my mom, who probably would have been our group leader. She drove me to school most days anyway....more

Bella Gaia: "Ground Control to Major Tom"

Go the lyrics of the David Bowie classic "Major Tom." The chorus refers to the Major's glorious view from his space capsule, as he drifts out of radio contact. In this case, the same imagery might instead call out, "Attention climate change deniers."...more

The Keurig 2.0 Is An Environmental Disaster

(Note - this is the most popular post in the 9 year history of my blog. I received a lot of flack from product reviewers for not appreciating the freebie. So I wrote a follow up post detailing why a product review is not a freebie at all.)...more
Whatever happened to the simple French press, that's what we use in our house, it makes the best ...more

Pants to Poverty!!!

This week on the blog, we’re featuring Pants to Poverty, an award winning Fairtrade and Organic fashion brand started nine years ago as part of the global ‘Make Poverty History’ campaign....more

A Lily Cup Compact Review

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Evil is Like Peeing in the Ocean

I came across this science video that explains about peeing in the ocean and it reminded me of evil. No, I’m not saying that pee is evil – it is a natural part of human life, and all other animal life for that matter, that can often feel quite enjoyable and relieving. What I mean is – evil is like a tiny amount of pee and God (good) is like the huge vast ocean.  Maybe Gandhi said it a little more eloquently than I:...more
ScientologyDad Well, I guess the title worked then.  :)  And yes - I believe that at the core ...more

Homemade Swiffer Mop/Clorox Wipe

Please read my homemade disclaimer.I’ve seen different versions of this idea around on Pinterest and the interwebz lately.  I made my own thing to try it out, and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I initially used it to clean the floors....more

Litterati: Using Technology to Make a Social Impact on Our Environment

 Photo: Flickr, "Plastic Ocean" by Kevin Krejci  ...more