One Car, Two Parents, Three Kids

Editor's Note: I once didn't speak to my husband (then boyfriend) for two days over the two of us sharing a car. Having to add thirty minutes to each of my commutes to drive him to work and pick him up did not work for me (and I am pretty sure it still wouldn't). Later in life after our daughter was born, we ended up getting two carseats because it was so hard to predict which car would be which place at which time. It turns out there are a few secrets! -Rita...more
I'm at the same point right now though unfortunately I'm a little too attached to my car and ...more

Mind the Store: Female Consumers Demand Fewer Chemicals

One of my favorite childhood memories was going to Target, of all places. My mom would buy a small popcorn as a little treat and while she pushed the cart through those long red aisles, I got to munch on a salty snack....more
Maybe it's me.......why don't more retailers list the materials the products are made from?  Not ...more

Drink More Green: Organic Booze

Eating an organic diet doesn’t have to mean giving up mixed drinks. I’m sure you know about the growing popularity of organic food and wine but did you know the availability of organic spirits are also expanding?...more
Yum these look really tasty! I'm putting this post in my bookmark bar for future reference! ...more

An "Epic" Film About Environmental Concerns

What really goes on in a forest? And why should we care? Is a forest just a bunch of creepy vines, trees too tall to climb, and annoying insects that bite and sting? Or is it a place where Nature works the magic the Earth needs every day to keep our world going strong?...more
biggreenpurse Thanks for the RT. Hope the EPIC campaign is going well!more

A Family Experiment: No Car

Ever notice how The Universe will often force you into a healthy transition that you've been pondering anyway? Even when employing my very best avoidance and denial tactics, I'm always amazed how the mighty hand of Change will swoop in and rearrange my life's furniture with a sharper feng shui in mind. Swift acceptance is key, I believe....more
The story is inspiring. I have just stopped driving and am beginning to find ways to do without ...more

Drink Green: Organic and Fair Trade Wines

I love to drink wine of all sorts and I’m open for wine tasting with friends anytime. I don’t ordinarily buy organic or Fair Trade wine, I’ve tried a few but our local stores don’t offer much of a selection. I’ve also seen wines that claim to be "ethically produced", whatever that means. I just figured fair trade and organic wine was merely greenwashing, just another marketing ploy. And what about the price? Isn’t the production of organic wine going to be more costly?...more
Great recommendations!more

Crying For Our Children Over Climate Change

As my husband and I read aloud to each other at dinner last Friday the news that a big symbolic global warming milestone had been passed, his eyes filled with tears and I cried outright. It was 25 years ago that he and I, working together at an environment-energy information office in the Congress, first learned about how we humans — doing such basic things as heating our homes and driving our cars — might change our little planet in ways unknown....more
Climate news--especially of this magnitude--is invariably depressing, but it can't freeze us in ...more

Non-GMO Corn, and Other Food Fantasies

Editor's Note: In the ongoing effort toward conscious eating, sometimes we get hung up on labels, categories, phrases and semantics, which naturally (organically?) leads to misperceptions. This thoughtful post offers one perspective on the fallacy of non-GMO corn, the "myth" of organic food and our love/hate relationship with mold. --Heather...more
Selective breeding is different from genetic modification.  GMO food is laden with pesticides ...more

A Self-Watering Herb Garden

Editor's Note: A bountiful herb garden is at the mercy of one's frantic schedule. When watering becomes just one more thing to remember, it might be time to consider a more efficient system. Scott, the husband of one lucky blogger, took it upon himself to create the ideal solution. --Heather...more
Automatic drip systems are the way to go for an herb or veggie garden!more

Birds and Birders: Look Up and Learn

I love the term "leaf out." For a plant or tree, it means to open its leaf buds. "The trees leafed out late this spring." The time before the trees leaf out in the spring is a special time. The birds are back from their winter retreats, they are busy, and they are easy to watch because there are no leaves on the trees. The birders are also busy. ...more
@kisschronicles  Check your local Audubon or Nature Conservancy chapter, they may offer birding ...more