[How many of you made resolutions to spend less or consume less in 2014? Morra's done it twice -- read on for her plan for how to go without new clothes and cosmetics and check out the link to BlogHer News Section Editor Grace Hwang Lynch's own similar experiment. - Rita]
Got a loved one who has everything or is trying to declutter? I scoured the Internets for you, and here some very interesting charitable gift ideas. Of course, you can still send me real presents....more
Being a chemical/toxin free house is an ever growing chore ... between foods, beauty products, and cleaning products, practically everything needs a second look to determine if it's safe or not.Tooth-whitening treatments are no exception.I tried a commercial at-home tooth-whitening system a while ago, but it literally stripped layers of skin in my mouth away. After rinsing, I could peel a layer of skin off of the inside of my cheeks. Gross, and seriously painful.I didn't get past two days....more
I'd like to introduce you to my latest army of little garden helpers. Their names are Eisenia foetida, all 2000+ of them. I'm using these cool little red wiggler worms to help me build great soil in my garden through vermicomposting. Now that we're getting settled in our new home, I'm back to creating a more sustainable life, particularly in the kitchen....more
Many household items can be used for more than one chore, and your bar of soap is no exception! In addition to keeping you squeaky clean and smelling fresh, here are two more usages for your soap you may have never thought of:...more
I've often considered home cooking to be one of the best things you can do on your journey to a more sustainable lifestyle. Cooking gets you away from the very unsustainable industrial food system and supports good health. At our house, the kitchen is the joyful center of our universe since Mr....more
The Man is the primary laundry-doer here at the Homestead, which is something that I'm ever-so-grateful for. He was asking me the other day if there are any all-natural alternatives to chemical dryer sheets, to deal with the pesky problem of all the static we get in the laundry this time of year, when all those fleece pajamas are in the wash. I had heard of wool dryer balls, though I had never tried them myself before....more
As the Winter Olympic Games begin to ramp up in Sochi, Russia, the usual sports hype has been overshadowed by controversy. Not only has Sochi provided questionable accommodations, but many believe the Russian city has failed to take action for human rights and has destroyed one of the region's most ecologically valuable sites....more
Going green is good and all — it's certainly trendy — but what ever happened to good old-fashioned humanity? There's a lot more to changing the world than saving the trees (although that's on the list). Consider the daily life adjustments you could make that could impact the future of the planet both socially and environmentally. Read on to learn about four lifestyle changes you can make today that could actually affect the world tomorrow....more
Fair warning: This post contains descriptions and images of animal butchery that some readers may find offensive. Reader discretion is advised.
Meat. It's delicious. I love it. I don't, however, love how much of the world's meat is managed. Anyone who has seen such programmes as "Food Inc." will understand the impact that intensive farming of animals for meat has on the lives of the animals, the quality of the meat produced and on the environment. This is not the kind of meat I want to eat.