How Minimalism Is Going to Get Me What I Want Out of Life

There’s something you should know about me: I consider minimalism to be a big part of my life....more

Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Yard With These Plants

Hi, friends! I love enjoying my coffee on our back deck in the morning & my after-dinner fruit before bedtime, but here in Austin we have had lots of rain & with rain we get lots of mosquitoes. ...more
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Lessons From My Year-Long Shopping Ban

I faced the dresses, skirts, and shirts hanging in my closet and did not feel fresh.I don't want to wear that dress - again!...more
Thanks for writing this! I did something akin to this. In my own life I often observe that a ...more

Succulent Propagation: How to and Results

It has been a  little over a year since I tried propagating my succulents and I must admit that they may have been the start of a gardening obsession. Not only have I started collecting more succulents, but I've now added historical and English roses into the mix......more

Local Communities Vital to Forest Conservation

By Kristin Drexler, faculty member, Human Ecology and Forestry, School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at American Public University...more

Amazing Women in the Yucatan!

Two weeks ago I met a stunning group of women. We were all citizen science volunteers on the Ray of Hope Expedition 2015 to the Yucatan. Our goal was to take ID photographs of Manta Rays and Whale Sharks, and to obtain 30 genetic samples from Mantas. The Whale Shark goal was awesomely met, the Mantas were elusive, but the group of women on the expedition made the trip more than worthwhile. (There were absolutely wonderful men on the trip…but Wednesday is for women! Sorry, guys.)...more

Why Glass Straws are the Eco-Friendly way of the Future

Last week the video of the scientists who assisted a turtle by removing a plastic straw that was lodged in its nose went viral.Did it make you sad?It definitely made me sad. Watching the turtle suffer for such a senseless reason was extremely heartbreaking and frustrating.It made me want to do something....more

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Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. Papillon (French for “butterfly”) is one of the world’s largest “flightseeing” companies with 4,500 passengers served daily, and nearly 70 state-of the-art helicopters and airplanes. Family owned and operated, its brands include Grand Canyon Helicopters, Grand Canyon Airlines, Grand Canyon Coaches and Scenic Airlines....more

Harvest Time!

Goodness! I am soooo ready for Fall! I have been looking for festivals around here and in the surrounding area so I can make up a calendar of things to do this fall. I have some making up to do too! I haven’t gone to any kind of festival in years. Every year I say I am going to go to all I can, but then comes the morning of whatever I was planning on going to and I think sleeping sounds better. I am the world’s worst at backing out on things because I’m sleepy....more

Seven Things You Should Never Buy New

Most people would prefer a new thing over its pre-owned equivalent. The reasons for this tendency range from squeamishness to status consciousness to simple habit. You may never have the commitment or the time to comb through craigslist for the perfect end table. I get it. Even if you do not normally dip your toe in the used market, however, if you have even the tiniest inclination towards practicality and frugality, there are some deals too good to pass up....more

Lost in the city and making friends

A mysterious passage to nowhereYou can have a nice day in the outdoors even if you live in a huge city, no long rides required, as long as there is a park close to you. Today I did just that....more