Warm and Cozy Window Coverings for Winter

Today’s post is sponsored by IKEA. Thank you for supporting the occasional sponsored post that helps support this site and all of the gingham-ness you see here. Keeping our home warm and cozy in the winter and cool in the summer – especially the living room where we spend lots of time – can be tricky with a 100-plus-year-old home ....more

How to Have a Sustainable Wardrobe

Here’s how to have a sustainable wardrobe: buy fewer items and wear the ones you have for a longer period of time. That’s the simple answer. Having a sustainable wardrobe is easier for men but more difficult for women ....more

For a Healthier Home, Change Cleaning Supplies

Over several years, we have switched out all of our laundry detergents, dish washing detergent, dish soap, window cleaner, grease cutter cleaner, gritty scrub, hand soap, and shampoo. While this may sound like lots of work (it’s actually not) the result has been a much healthier home and family. While I do make several cleaners, I also buy some products from companies who I trust ....more

Stay Healthy and Fit by Exercising Outside All Winter

Baby, it’s cold outside, isn’t it? And, when it’s cold outside, I don’t always feel like going out and exercising. When it’s dark, rainy, and wet, I know what’s coming: me being cold and wet ....more

Artichoke, Spinach and Cauliflower Dip

‘Tis the dipping time of year, isn’t it? Usually dip recipes are too rich for digging in with a spoon but not this one. It’s got all the favorites – artichokes, Parmesan cheese, and sour cream – but lots of health, too ....more

5 Tips for Green and Healthy Holidays Without Going Broke

The average cost of Christmas spending is up to about $800 this year. That is a staggering amount of money for one season. How can you have fun and be festive during the holidays but not go broke? ...more

10 Sustainable Gift Ideas

My holiday shopping was done before Thanksgiving. What’s the secret to being done so early? Not buying stuff ....more

How to Have a Zero Waste Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again – when the shopping, spending, and wrapping frenzy kicks in! How can we embrace the holiday season and still keep waste to a minimum? Have a zero waste holiday season, of course! ...more

5 Things You Should Do Instead of Shopping on Thanksgiving

It’s too bad Thanksgiving has turned into such a shopping holiday. There aren’t special gifts for Thanksgiving or even particular candy with turkey wrappers made for it. It’s just a day for giving thanks – and eating really good food! ...more

7 Tips for Being the Best Thanksgiving Dinner Guest

Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday to host – probably because it’s all about good food, family, and simple decorations. Even if we don’t host Thanksgiving dinner at our house, we still cook the entire dinner. The dinner is so good and the leftovers can’t be beat ....more