Goodie Bags and Other Green Parenting Dilemmas

This week my kids collected quite a haul of plastic 'stuff' and lived a very non-ecofriendly life with their friends and it challenged me as parent. When my daughter started to cry wanting to drink out of the toxic water bottle she got from the gymnastics studio we went to for trial class it hit me... I have to deal with not being like everyone else....more
Not to freak you out or anything, it is just the tip of the iceberg. I find that as my kids get ...more

Pervasive and Harmful: Phthalates

Ok so it’s a little hard to pronounce, I know.  The first time I heard of phthalates (thal-ates) I had flash backs to high school chemistry class and it wasn’t pleasant. But it wasn’t when I was sixteen, but rather as an adult when I learned about phthalates, a class of chemicals linked to a host of effects like hormone disruption, birth defects, and decreased sperm count. I was simply trying to find safe lotion, make-up and shampoo. Little did I know where my path would lead....more
@FlourSackMama Yes, they do listen Anne! It takes time, but our elected officials are still ...more

Can the 'Sharing Economy' Go Mainstream?

Following years of consumerism, technology has offered new interpretations of ownership. Competitive services touting the benefits of “sharing” and “access over ownership” have gained ground as viable alternatives. Consumers have revisited past generations’ routines of sharing, swapping, lending, and bartering. Businesses are allowing access to both tangible items and less tangible assets of space and skills. Sharing services are progressively gaining traction in densely populated areas....more
It took us years to remember to bring our own bags to the grocery store!   Consumerism is a ...more

Tales From a First-Year Urban Farmer: Lessons, Battles and a Little Relish

Meet a Seattle blogger whose passion for food and cooking led to an urban garden, which led to even more passion about growing food. This post details hard-won lessons for next year along with plenty of joyful success:...more

The Light Bulb Conundrum of the Easy Bake Oven

I had lunch with Kelli. I told her about the consignment sale. And then I went to Lowe's for a 100-watt incandescent light bulb. You see this coming? I did not. Neither did the guy working the light bulb aisle at Lowe's....more
 @HomeRearedChef It still smells good, even if it doesn't TASTE good.more

Anti Anti-Microbials: 'No!' to Germ-Free Pencils

As if I don't have enough things in my life to be irritated about, my kid came home from school yesterday with a box of pencils. Oh, but not just any pencils, pencils impregnated with Microban. In little print, it says: "Microban protection inhibits the growth of odor and stain causing bacteria on the pencil." ...more
 @ldskatelyn Thank you!more

Are Those Toxic Chemicals in My Couch?

You know those moments in the late afternoon when the sun comes into your home at just the right angle and you can see all the dust flying around? Or worse yet, when a guest sits on the couch and in slow motion, a cloud of dust rises, and you hope you’re the only one who noticed....more
great article. Look for Organic and ask your sales person.  more

Air Fresheners: Not So Fresh

Upon closer inspection, many of the market claims that air fresheners make turn out to be a farce - a very tricky, dangerous one at that. This nugget of info is just the beginning......more
@BlogHer who knew?more

The Last Jar of Grape Jam

This week I finished the last jar of grape jam. Let me explain why that is significant. Before moving to Connecticut, I lived in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. When I bought my house there, it came with a broken down, overgrown grape arbor....more
This was so much fun to read. We are beginner gardeners and have started canning. Last year we ...more

Homemade Toothpaste

Leah claims to make her own toothpaste because she's "super cheap", but her frugal efforts also cuts down on packaging waste, not to mention additional unwanted chemicals in the body or bodies. I believe this is what they call a win-win:...more