Coconut Oil for Sunburns: Just in Time for Summer!

I am a big proponent for coconut oil. I slather the stuff on my skin; use it in my baking and as an agent for soothing sunburn. Coconut oil works wonders as a moisturizer, so when I came home from the beach the other day with a nasty sunburn on the backs of my legs (we’ve all been there, you know, that upper part near your butt that you always miss when you put on sunscreen), I decided to try a little coconut love. ...more
sonjafoust You could be right but I'm not sure that a sunburn is quite the same type of burn as ...more

Look to Sam Champion to Keep Us Safe and Smart on The Weather Channel

No, Sam Champion is not just another handsome talking head. To prove it, he has taken the bold step of leaving perhaps the number one weatherperson position in the world at ABC's Good Morning America to become Managing Editor at The Weather Channel. His new show is called AMHQ, for America's Morning Headquarters. It is an amalgam of news, sports, lifestyle and, of course, weather forecasting and reporting, running each weekday from 7-10 a.m. ET. ...more
I enjoyed watching him on GMA until I realized he's not actually a meteorologist, like Ginger ...more

Greener Cleaner Daily Shower Spray

Years ago when I first had my babies I began feverishly switching over harsh cleansing products for cleaner and less fumy alternatives.  I noticed that when I cleaned windows with that blue stuff in the  spray bottle, the ammonia smell would almost knock me out.  Having a husband with asthma and a baby on the way, I didn’t want anything to harm my loves.  That was 10 years ago.  The one thing I could not find was a daily shower spray that did the job and didn’t smell odd.  That has changed – I now si...more

4 [natural] Reasons to Start a Family in Philadelphia

Okay, so I don't live in Philadelphia, but I live close enough to reap all of the benefits the metro area has to offer.  After an 8 month absence, I'm excited that my family is moving back to the Philadelphia area because of the plethora of resources, activities and abundance of like-minded parents....more

National Climate Assessment: Why I'm Cautiously Elated

The National Climate Assessment, the culmination of a four-year effort to catalog the effects of climate change on the United States, is a breath of fresh air in the national discussion of climate change. ...more
I would have hoped there would be more comments on something that will affect us so deeply. I ...more

Homemade Cleaning Products - How Well Does Lemon Work on Sinks?

When I clean, I try to avoid chemical based cleansers as much as possible. My lungs just can't stand up to bleach, and I find the lingering smell unpleasant at best....more

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Host a Mother's Day Tea Party with Vintage Decor

Celebrate Mother’s Day this year by getting family and friends together for a tea party! Your mother will be so touched as nothing could be more ladylike than sipping on an array of delicious teas. Consider hosting your tea party outdoors for a special day filled with desserts, luxurious gifts, all while being surrounded with the colors vibrant of spring.Spruce up your table decor by using vintage elements such as mismatched tea cups. You can collect cups, saucers, and even vintage teaspoons from your own house or thrift stores....more

Early Conservation Efforts and America’s Urban Parks

As the final day of National Parks Week has arrived, we reflect on the amazing contributions of the father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted. Born in 1822, Olmsted is credited with designing some of our nation’s most beloved landscapes, urban parks and academic institutions....more