The Man is the primary laundry-doer here at the Homestead, which is something that I'm ever-so-grateful for. He was asking me the other day if there are any all-natural alternatives to chemical dryer sheets, to deal with the pesky problem of all the static we get in the laundry this time of year, when all those fleece pajamas are in the wash. I had heard of wool dryer balls, though I had never tried them myself before....more
As the Winter Olympic Games begin to ramp up in Sochi, Russia, the usual sports hype has been overshadowed by controversy. Not only has Sochi provided questionable accommodations, but many believe the Russian city has failed to take action for human rights and has destroyed one of the region's most ecologically valuable sites....more
Going green is good and all — it's certainly trendy — but what ever happened to good old-fashioned humanity? There's a lot more to changing the world than saving the trees (although that's on the list). Consider the daily life adjustments you could make that could impact the future of the planet both socially and environmentally. Read on to learn about four lifestyle changes you can make today that could actually affect the world tomorrow....more
Fair warning: This post contains descriptions and images of animal butchery that some readers may find offensive. Reader discretion is advised.
Meat. It's delicious. I love it. I don't, however, love how much of the world's meat is managed. Anyone who has seen such programmes as "Food Inc." will understand the impact that intensive farming of animals for meat has on the lives of the animals, the quality of the meat produced and on the environment. This is not the kind of meat I want to eat.
2013 brought about a lot of newness. I moved back to San Francisco from Beijing, married a tall, man version of me — a friend of 12 years — and we are now expecting a son next month. It's all quite exciting and overwhelming at the same time. I had no idea what pregnancy would entail. It's more than a positive stick test, morning sickness, big belly then baby. There's a whole narrative and volumes of dialogue to fuel an industry of blogs and books, nonstop....more
It's that time of year when us gardeners are "busy" daydreaming. We're dreaming of that first sunny day in the 40s when we can get some fresh air and do some late winter pruning. It's also the time to start planning layouts and ordering seeds for our vegetable gardens....more
Many years ago, I used to love Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar body spray. This was back before I realized how harmful seemingly "safe" body products can be. As I became more conscious of what I was using on my skin and hair, I began to pay attention to ingredients, and I did NOT like what I saw there. All sorts of unpronounceable ingredients, and even artificial colors, being absorbed into my skin every day. Yikes!...more