Thanks, The Home Depot, for helping us be more self-sufficient!

If you are in need of energy efficient appliances or just want to know what kind of light bulb will reduce energy consumption, it's all there on one simple page, just a click away on The Home Depot site. I was interested in the changes I could make with cleaning products and gardening so I clicked on "Healthy Home"...more

Dirt Wisdom: Gardening Gradually

Looking back on the summer of gardening that was, I ponder lessons learned. The first is one I have read in countless gardening books and magazines: “Start small and plant only as much as you can handle.” Every time I read those words, I yawn and skim. My ability to continually romanticize things is definitely where the trouble started....more
I would love to be able to grow all the food for my family of 5 except for cheese and eggs... ...more

Outsmart Corporations...With a Sharpie

Have you ever wondered why the measurement cups for laundry detergent are so impossible to read?Consider that the outside of your box, carton, or bottle is stamped in bright colors in a giant font. Yet the cup they send you to measure out the high performance serum (or powder) is barely legible.  This is not an accident. ...more
I've been doing this for a while..... too much detergent leads to dirty looking clothes here in ...more

DIY Deodorant

For many of us, the gradual habit of making your own (insert product here) is becoming habit. Concerns about excessive packaging and harmful chemicals are leading us back to our DIY-roots. Here's a wonderful 'recipe' for deodorant that evidently works great. Being Green doesn't mean we have to stink:...more
Funny, I'm making a new batch this weekend :)more

Can Car Seats Be Recycled?

I've been hearing concerns about child car seat disposal, namely, can they be recycled? Car seats are the only piece of kid gear required by law and, in some places, for kids up to age 8, so one child could have two or three different seats before they graduate to standard safety belt. With four million babies born in the U.S. annually, and each requiring three car seats before age eight, Americans buy as many as 12 million seats a year. And even though 90 percent of the materials are recyclable, where does all that metal, foam, fabric and molded plastic end up?...more
recycling all (safe) baby items is a wonderful idea and is the inspiration for a new ...more

Mood Lighting with CFL Bulbs?

Much to my chagrin, we are now in that time of year when days are getting noticeably shorter (I almost feel the vitamin D leaving my body as I type…). The lights in the house will indubitably get turned on earlier in the morning and earlier in the evening. I never used to think about how much energy a light bulb consumed but now, in trying to conserve resources, I do think about it every time I turn on a light....more
@craftyb LOL! -Momomore

Growing Your Own Garlic

In gardening, every plant has its prime sowing and harvesting season. Many things overlap or happen all at once, but there is a steadiness and rhythm too. Late spring and early summer brings something new to pick almost every week. By late summer, the pace quickens to daily harvesting and preserving. And by the time the garden is finished in early fall, it is time to begin thinking about planting garlic. I love that garlic gets to be planted separate from the spring rush, affording a little extra attention to be lavished....more
Yes, nothing beats home grown food - especially garlic!more

Are You Wasting Money? Four Myths About Organic Food

People believe a lot of things that we have little to no evidence for, like that vikings wore horned helmets or that you can see the Great Wall of China from space. Christie Wilcox, a blogger at Scientific American, loves to bust these myths. In this piece, she takes on conventionally believed untruths about organic food. ...more
You had me interested until you started praising GMO's. Eff that noise! I am the only proof I ...more

China's Smog Problem

I spent a week in the Chinese cities of Beijing and Xi’an recently, and in the entire seven days, I never saw the sun or sky.That’s not because the sky was stormy or overcast. It’s because the air is so polluted that, more often than not, it’s cloaked in a thick grey haze that even obscures the tops of office buildings....more
Diane, This seems like an example of how American multinational corporations offload the cost ...more

California Passes Shark Fin Ban

Late last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill banning the sale and possession of shark fins, thus insuring that California will play a central role in lowering the demand for sharks. Bill AB 376 has invoked praise from environmentalists and condemnation from Chinese-American communities which serve Shark Fin Soup at weddings and other cultural celebrations in a centuries-old tradition....more
i hope this type of activism continues, because the pillaging of shark fins is disrupting our ...more