Power Off Weekend II WOOHOO!!

An Amazing weekend I participated in last December is having another round and this time I'm determined to let as many people as I can know about it! The Power Off Weekend is organised by Malcolm Handoll from the Orkney Islands, who along with his wife, does his best to live as ecologically as possible. The idea behind the weekend is to turn off your electric (11pm on a Friday ) and leave it off until 11pm on the Sunday. A whole 48 hrs without TV, internet, radio, lights, fridge, electric cookers and heaters....what will you do? ...more

In 2001 I did this, although admittedly not by choice. We had a massive snowstorm that ...more

For the Love of Compost- A Tale of Roses and Horse Manure

From botrytis blight to thrips roses get a bum rap and rightly so. They’re susceptible to all sorts of gnarly fungal diseases and house unwelcome guests. Currently, my sole Chris Evert rose bush suffers from rust. If I’m lucky I get a few blooms and efflorescence is always staggered. Hmpf. ...more

Are Mom Bloggers ethical?

  Now, before you get your panties in a bunch, I am not against mom bloggers. I am a mom blogger myself and blog almost everyday at www.thismamasays.com. I created this entire web site based off some content I had read online about how “unethical” mom bloggers are becoming.   ...more

What Does "Natural" Mean?

 Dictionary.com defines natural as "not artificial" or "having undergone little or no processing and containing no chemical additives." When I think of "natural" I think of thi...more

PPD For Recovering Purists

Since this is my first blog entry I should introdue myself. I'm a 28 year old mother of 2 living in Ontario, Canada. I love being Canadian. Universal healthcare, great public schools and a dramatic parliamentary system. My sons are the light of my life but I suffered a terrible bout of PPD after youngest was born. More about that later. For now, I just want to say thanks for reading!...more

The Organic, Green, Natural Fallacy in Skincare Products

Nowadays a lot of people think that “natural” or “green” or “organic” skincare products are better for them than “regular” skincare.  But these terms are pretty meaningless.  “Natural” and “green” are label terms that are not regulated by any government or non-government body.  The only label term that has any real meaning is “organic”....more

Grand Opening February 8th!

Ten years of research….three years of planning……and months of details we never anticipated!  BUT WE DID IT! Please celebrate with us by visiting our website at salonnaturalsonline.com. All bloggers receive 20% off the retail purchase of any shampoo and conditioner pair through 3/31!  Sign up for our monthly newsletter while you’re there!  We look forward to hearing from you!...more

What Does "Natural" Mean?

Consumers are spending more than $600 million dollars annually on hair and skin care products marketed as “natural.”  This trend will likely continue as researchers discover indisputable links between the ingredients used in personal care products and a wide range of health issues.  ...more

Minimizing toilet Paper Waste

We have a fourteen year gap between our second and third last child. I feel like I am having to learn how to parent all over again. I am sure that I have forgotten more than I ever actually knew. Most child rearing tips come back to me AFTER an incident. This tip is no exception!...more

Does this work for cats (and dogs), too? I've had animals who were worse about unrolling ...more