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 Go Vegan in 9 Easy Steps

SURPRISE! The blue-haired hippie is a vegan! Who'd have guessed it, right? There are a number of reasons why people go vegan, which is a post for another day, but in this one I'm going to assume you already have your reasons and are ready to take the plunge. Making a change like this can be really intimidating, especially when you realize that vegan is a lifestyle and not just a diet. But you're not alone! I'm here to walk you through all the basic steps. ...more
I just want to add, avoid vegan junk food if your purpose is improving health! Remember that ...more

Christmas Confessions: I am an Axe Murderer

I have a confession. I am an accessory to a brutal axe murder.  On more than one occasion.  And I've involved my whole family - including the children and the dog - in my transgressions.  That's right.  Just yesterday, the family and I went out into a wooded area with a large saw and a tarp.  And we butchered an innocent living being that had never done us any harm. My family’s Christmas traditions have usually included a healthy dose of plastic.  Up until my husband entered the picture, I’d never had a real tree.  And truly – I was OK with that.  In addition to the fact that I’m allergic to just about every tree on the planet, I have a healthy respect for nature and felt like killing a real tree to watch it slowly die was against my nature. ...more

Top 5 DIY Cleaning Products for a Healthier Home

Let’s face it: Raiding your stash of cleaning supplies isn’t the best way to feel like a domestic goddess. All those bottles and sprays in toxic colors with their lists of unpronounceable ingredients make you feel like you need to don a hazmat suit every time you clean the bathroom.But there’s a way you can channel your inner June Cleaver and revolutionize your cleaning routine (without vacuuming in pearls and pumps): making your own cleaning products from natural ingredients....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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Me too. Although I'm a first time cup user... So it's probably even more likely that it's my ...more