The Art of Traveling Lightly

[Editor's note: Packed two full suitcases for BlogHer '11? Stop stressing out about luggage fees and start streamlining -- for lighter, greener, freer travel -- with these tips from simple living blogger Tammy Strobel of RowdyKittens. - Siel]  Five years ago, I was a one of “those travelers.” You know who I’m talking about, the person at the airport who is juggling large bags stuffed to the max and has to shove their giant carry-on suitcase into the overhead compartment....more
I am the queen of the carry on, and sometimes even manage to share one with my husbandmore

I Bought My Clothes for BlogHer '11 at Goodwill

I have done almost all my BlogHer '11 shopping this year at Goodwill. And no, I'm not making that up....more
100% of my husband's clothes (excluding underwear & socks) are thrifted. 100%. We found a ...more

New Fuel Economy Standard: 54.5 mpg by 2025

Clean air lovers rejoice: Cars in the U.S. are going to get a lot more fuel efficient. Earlier today, President Obama -- along with automakers -- announced new fuel economy standards. As NPR reports, "The agreement pledges to double overall fuel economy to 54.5 mpg by 2025, bringing even greater under-the-hood changes to the nation's automobiles starting in model year 2017. Cars and trucks on the road today average 27 mpg."...more
Good news! For the next few years, all car manufacturers would have to do in order to meet the ...more

What the 'F...' Is Fracking?

It sounds like it could be a new dance ("Let's do the frack!"). Or maybe it's a cool way to clean your house ("I really fracked my floor this week; it looks great now!")...more
this is such a great post! such substance. I am geared up to watch gasland now!

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Surprising Frugal Finds for Home Decor

I wrote a bit ago about an unbelievable stainless steel sink and dishwasher my husband and I got at the Habitat for Humanity Restore for $46 (plus a TV). So I was pleased to see another blogger outfitting her house with furniture from such a great cause....more
After Rita's and The Mrs's trips to Restore we went a few weeks ago. Got a great deal on some ...more

Sport, Sustainability and the Environment: A Tangled Web

(Editor's Note: As the Rabbit Hole points out, sport is a consumptive activity. It taketh more than it giveth back. Grass for golf courses, soccer fields and baseball diamonds.  Water to keep the grass green and ourselves hydrated. Trees to make bats, sticks and bleachers.  Oil to make  fantastic protective gear.  What does sport give back? And what's the best way to achieve environmental sustainability in sport?)...more

The Importance of Local Food

I recently spent two days, two glorious days, with Julie Kramer, the publisher of Edible Ohio Valley magazine, visiting Snowville Creamery in Southeastern Ohio. The creamery itself is a metal-clad building that occupies a piece of The Brick, the dairy farm whose milk is bottled there....more
I work for my family's organic farm at a local farmer's market and I always get people who can't ...more

How I Lost and Kept 40 lbs Off -- By Eating Green

I like to think my obsession with food is a healthy one. But sitting here, pondering the secrets of perfect sourdough and the merits of homemade ricotta cheese, I realise that the "healthy" part of my love affair with food came only after many years of trial, error, gains and losses. Some of that was body weight - I'm 40 lbs less than I was 10 years ago - but the rest has been learning how to live in way that makes me feel good about myself and comfortable in my own skin. ...more
Thanks, Monica, for sharing your encouraging story! Subscribed to your blog & Looking ...more

Make Lipstick Less Risky: Support the Safe Cosmetics Act

If you're anything like me, when you buy lipstick or eye make-up, it's because you want to look better, not feel worse. But many cosmetics contain questionnable ingredients that have been linked to cancer, reproductive problems, and asthma and respiratory disease. I've switched to more eco-friendly, non-toxic personal care products, but shouldn't EVERY cosmetic be eco-friendly and non-toxic?...more

Sharing the Harvest

Yesterday, I enjoyed a couple of sweet and tangy Lemon Boy tomatoes from my neighbor’s garden. A few days earlier, I noticed that they had some large, green Big Boys, which looked perfect for frying, so I picked a few, and in anticipation of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance‘s upcoming pie baking contest, I also grabbed several of their ripe peaches....more

Thank you for the link. I am so excited! My hubby and I grow tomatoes every year. Presently, we ...more