How Should You Talk to Your Kids About Hemp and Marijuana?

"I really want to hang up my weed leaf tapestry in the basement," said my main mansky, Cransky, as we stood in the kitchen amongst piles of moving boxes. "So hang it up." "But it's got a giant WEED LEAF ON IT AND THERE ARE CHILDREN LIVING HERE." Cransky makes a potent point. But! The green times they are a-changin'. "Welllll, maybe we hang it up and it'll be a conversation starter about all the wonders of hemp," I responded....more
Hemp? Nope. I think we left that out of the drug talk.more

Shopping for Eco-Friendly Clothes, Part 3: Choose Hemp

Part 1 of this series suggested you read the label and look for specific certifications that indicate clothes were made to reduce their environmental impact....more

Quick Lesson About Hemp - Sustainable Product and Superfood

Tuesday was election day here in the United States (in case you missed that…) and here in California, Prop 19 and its effect on the state’s economy has grabbed lots of attention....more

Can Clothing Be Green & Fashion-Forward Too?

Meet my new favorite top. Ever since my lunch with Tim Gunn at BlogHer '09 this summer (yeah, I won that contest), I've been trying to upgrade my image. Tim suggested I stay away from pastels, wear V-necks (which this top, unfortunately is not), and show off my "perfect hourglass figure." Oh, yes he did. And shortly after that lunch, Green LA Girl Siel Ju advised me to stop dressing in such baggy clothing. Maybe not in those exact words. Fine. But my new style has got to be not only flattering but green, and I'm not talking about dye. So, what makes clothing "green"? ...more

Welcome Back Macrame! Every Old Craft is New Again

I've followed a number of the crafty trends during my life: crocheting granny squares into afghans and vests in the early 70s; needle pointing medevil scenes of unicorns and princess later that same decade. Moving to cross stitch when the monotony of filling backgrounds on needle point wore old. Quilting when cross-stitch lost it's challenge. Knitting when quilting finally stopped developing new things to try. ...more

Yes, indeed crafting, like fashion, ebbs and flows.

I remember my grandmother doing ...more

What's So Great About Hemp?

  Hemp is a touchy subject in this country. There’s an incorrect assumption that hemp and marijuana are the same thing. For the purpose of discussing hemp from an environmental perspective, let’s clear up some misinformation right off the bat. ...more

Hemp And Chocolate: Our Kind of Alternative Medication

Hemp And Chocolate: Our Kind of Alternative Medication The Daily Mantra has a new favorite chocolate. It's a delicious and nutritious gourmet confection that borrows its name from the Sydney suburb of Woolloomooloo. ...more

Typical North American diet is deficient in omega-3 fatty acids - fish isn't the only solution

New research from the Child & Family Research Institute has shown that the typical North American diet (think meat and potatoes) is deficient in omega-3 fatty acids. This information is especially important to pregnant and nursing women since the deficiency may pose a risk to infant neurological development. ...more

Hemp milk is a fab dairy alternative. I love it!

Unfortunately I'm allergic to flax and ...more

Environmental Friendly Pets

1. Clean up after them ...more