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
Laurend1985  I feel like I've been the same way with my husband. He's much better about ...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

Organization Spotlight - Mission:Wolf

The stars create a mosaic of brilliant light in the clear summer sky, and a crisp breeze runs through the leaves of nearby aspen trees. As I sit on the ground gazing up at the milky way, the song of the wolves begins in a hushed tone. The song crescendos as more wolves join in, creating a moment that I will never forget....more

Mini Me OR I Want to Be a Tiny Home Owner

Dear HGTV,You make me lust over Tiny Houses. You dedicate no fewer than five shows to these treehouses and miniscule apartments and itty-bitty cabins in the forest, and you make this suburban hippie wanna-be drool over the idea of reducing my carbon, albeit wedge-heeled footprint....more

Christmas Cards, Oh, Christmas Cards...

Does anyone really want to receive season's greetings via snail mail anymore? Have we really ever liked the whole idea of sending and receiving Christmas cards? Well, I guess I do, or did. In recent years, the few I find in the mailbox during the holidays do put a smile on my face. But, I'm still not exactly sure if I'm just going to end up doing this again....more

Oil Pulling???

It was one of those annoying conversations with my ex-husband .... yes they happen .... more often than I would like and they tend to stem around him forget most conversations. He started to tell me about some adverts he had seen around London and then continued to enlighten me about this new thing called oil pulling. So why was that annoying, I mean, I understand if you are there thinking it was so nice of him to think of my blog when he saw those adverts?...more

How To Channel Your Inner Homesteading Hippie Mama (No Matter Where You Live)

Will your neighbors think you’re a weirdo? Maybe.Do you ever yearn for a simpler time? A time without smartphones and global warming and Donald Trump? Me too, and then I remind myself that those simpler times came before the advent of birth control and deodorant and toothbrushes and I’m like, “Maybe 2015’s not so bad.”...more

Risks of Climate Change: Dispatches From the Future

I originally published the following tongue-in-cheek post on our blog at The Climatographers in May 2014. With the upcoming meeting of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change starting in three weeks, it seemed like a good time to re-visit this issue....more

10 Household Products That Cause Cancer

Scoob Edoo Hello, thank you for your comment. First off, let me thank you for bringing the ...more

I Unknowingly Exposed My Children To Lead - Could You Be Doing The Same Thing?

Considering most parents today were young (or not even born) when lead based paints were banned in household paint in the United States in 1978, it comes to the surprise of many that childhood lead poisoning is still a big problem. The culprit?  It is still the paint (although cheap toys and other items made overseas could expose you to lead)....more

Revisiting Our Climate Path

Just about four years ago, my husband and I changed professional course. Trexler Climate + Energy Services, our environmental and energy consulting firm, had started as a one-person shop in 1991. It grew into a 15-person firm well-known among companies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and governmental agencies. We worked on the first carbon offsets, the first carbon footprints, took the first companies carbon neutral, built the first carbon pricing model, and more....more