7 Quick Tips to Garden on a Budget

I have some good news and some bad news about gardening. The bad news is that it can cost a fortune to have and maintain a garden… but the good news is that it doesn't have to! One mistake we all make when it comes to our gardens is not having a clear idea of how much we are willing to spend on it. We go into it without having a plan of attack, and end up spending way more than we had originally wanted to. ...more
katespov  that is such a great idea! I haven't ever heard of that before, but it would be ...more

Spring Cleaning: Top 10 Things You'll Forget

As I start to think about spring cleaning, I asked other BlogHer staffers what people always forget to clean but really, really need attention. As in, ew. Brace yourselves....more
When the sun comes out, the dormant flies, and those cute little bugs that look like lady bugs, ...more

Could You Go a Year Without New Clothes or Cosmetics?

[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] ...more
This is my second time around too. 2012 was the first year I gave up shopping. And I'm trying ...more

The Cult of Organics: Is It Worth the Extra Money?

At a playdate with a group of mothers, I once horrified an impossibly hip, young mom by telling her I refused to eat organic food because it was too expensive and that I felt I wouldn't be buying a better product. The look of shock on her face made me wonder if I had suddenly experienced a Janet Jackson-esque wardrobe malfunction. After glancing down to make sure I wasn't flashing anyone (and to check that Justin Timberlake wasn't lurking behind a bush), I tried to calmly explain my position on organic versus conventionally grown food. ...more
Here is the thing. Genetically modified food contains truncated proteins and, like trans fats, ...more

Greening Your Easter Baskets

The Easter Bunny is getting ready and is calling everyone to help him go green this year! There are so many eco and healthy treats to make baskets fun and delicious so here are a few ideas on how you can make the greenest baskets ever!...more

30 Days of Earth Day

This month I am blogging about sustainable living.   Every day includes a tip or other infomation on how we can create a more sustainable world. Each of us can make a differece.  Visit me:  http://www.spinsterjane.com/...more

7 Quick Tips to Garden on a Budget

I have some good news and some bad news about gardening. The bad news is that it can cost a fortune to have and maintain a garden… but the good news is that it doesn't have to! One mistake we all make when it comes to our gardens is not having a clear idea of how much we are willing to spend on it. We go into it without having a plan of attack, and end up spending way more than we had originally wanted to. ...more
katespov  that is such a great idea! I haven't ever heard of that before, but it would be ...more

10 Reasons To Get Kids Into The Garden

There is a rumor going around that it may touch 60 degrees in this part of Michigan today. If it does, it will be the warmest day we've had in four months. It has been a long, cold winter and everyone is more than ready for spring!  I'd be willing to bet garden centers all around the area will be bustling, even though it's really too early to trust the warmth....more

The Terrible Tragedy of the Healthy Eater

I know you. We have a lot in common. You have been doing some reading and now you are pretty sure everything in the grocery store and your kitchen cupboards is going to kill you. ...more
CoreConceptsMH haha so funny! Although I do like kale :-)more

Spring Cleaning: Top 10 Things You'll Forget

As I start to think about spring cleaning, I asked other BlogHer staffers what people always forget to clean but really, really need attention. As in, ew. Brace yourselves....more
When the sun comes out, the dormant flies, and those cute little bugs that look like lady bugs, ...more

Maple Syrup Season Has Arrived

Three years in a row now we have been tapping the maple trees on our property to produce maple syrup. We do it to get just enough for us and to give a few bottles away. This year started later than usual because of our ridiculously cold weather. It's March and we have had nights close to zero and days barely above 20 degrees. We really need it to be below freezing at night and above freezing during the day to get the sap running. This year we tapped 20 trees and we boiled down approximately 18 gallons. We now have around 50 ounces of yummy maple syrup....more