Potty Pots

In September I made an appearance on E Entertainment's That Morning Show. I was demonstrating Potty Pots; upcycled toilet paper rolls into seed starting pots! This is a frugal living, eco/family friendly activity and a really great way to introduce gardening to children. Enjoy!  ...more

Walmart and the unsustainable Thanksgiving

Late last week, a food blogger friend of mine Tweeted about a Walmart press release advertising a $20 Thanksgiving dinner. According to the press release, the dinner, which was available starting on November 4, included the following list of ingredients:...more

There's a debate going on in my blog about this on a global scale: ...more

Logistical Nightmare of Holiday Planning

Let me start by saying, I LOVE the holidays.  All of them.  I enjoy learning about why that day became a holiday, and I enjoy sharing that with my kids.  However (you knew that was coming), they're becoming more and more of a pain in my backside than I care to deal with. ...more

There's no place like home

Have you ever felt like you are living in a black and white world?  You wake up, look around your house and feel like everything is staring back with a blank expression?No one sould have to live in such a world!Creating spaces and making houses or apartments or shacks for that matter, into homes, might be one of our most valuable skills as women. ...more

To Flush or Not to Flush, That is the Question


Say No to Fake Plastic Wishbones & Other Thanksgiving Waste

Fake plastic wishbones? Around Thanksgiving time last year, I read a post by blogger Rejin from Urban Botany blasting People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for promoting plastic Lucky Break Wishbones. She wrote: Hasn't PETA ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? They claim these wishbones and their packages are recyclable, but let's face it: 99.99% of them are going to end up in a landfill, or in the ocean, where they will probably be swallowed by sea turtles [And I would add baby albatross chicks] who will choke and die.... Animals, PETA, animals! Do you hear me? Apparently PETA did not because the organization promoted the wishbones again this year. Products like these are what blogger Linda Anderson from Citizen Green would call "stupid plastic crap." ...more

My husband son and haven't eaten meat in a while but we decided to buy free range turkeys for ...more

Thanksgiving Now & Then

With Thanksgiving coming, I wonder if it is the same now as it was then. Families getting together as one big family sharing their lives, interests, feelings, forgiving if need be and of course, dinner. That one special dinner that everyone can hardly wait for. A BIG turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, beans, cranberry sauce, homemade bread or rolls, and PUMPKIN PIE with whipped cream! Do all people still share this sentimental scene of days gone by?...more

Making hypertufa: autumn is the perfect time

Hypertufa is an artificial stone ( Named for "tufa," a natural, porous limestone), used to make light-weight, weather-proof garden ornaments and pots.  It's sold at fancy garden stores, but you can make it your very own self: Have a Hypertufa Party! A couple of weeks ago, I decided to try making hypertufa pots with a couple of my crazier, more experimental friends. Fall is a good time to make hypertufa, as the pots need to cure in a couple stages before you use them. ...more

Make a Snowman Kit - Christmas Gift Idea


Operation Difficult Gifting: Finding Stylish, Organic Gifts For A Friend's Newborn

'Tis the season ... for shopping headaches and annoyances.  Yes, folks, the holiday gifting season is upon us. I love my family, I do.  But finding gifts for my "no drinking, no dancing" born-again in laws?  Impossible for this wine-imbibing city girl.  Tracking down the right baby gift for my friend's new daughter?  The only time I ever look at baby items is when I'm trying to figure out if my cats will fit into infant clothes (don't judge me, I work from home - the hours get boring).  ...more