No Child Left Inside: Why Digging for Worms Is Good

There is a little piece of me, the usually dormant compulsively tidy piece, that gets irritated when she digs up worms in the middle of our not very stable lawn-on-a-hill, or builds forts with sticks woven through newly planted shrubs. But I bite my tongue a lot, because really? I like that she's outside communing with nature and making hosta leaf boats for ants and acting as midwife to worms. Digging in the dirt, learning to fish, planting seeds -- it's all part of keeping her connected to the earth, something that is incredibly important for lots of reasons....more
Get into the garden with your kids. Whether it is in your own backyard or someone else's. There ...more

Downsizing -- A Thousand Square Feet Per Person, A New American Standard

Let's face it, the Great Recession has not been a plus for the green movement overall. Most ordinary Americans are still sympathetic to the cause, but their willingness to spend even a penny extra for environmentally friendly products has been dampened by four dollar gas, five dollar cereal and loss of equity in their homes....more
I too was waiting for the punch line. 1000 square feet per person??? I'm a single parent. Even ...more

DIY Party Favors: Recycled Scrapbook Kits

[Editor's note: One woman's cardboard is another woman's keepsake. Learn how to turn cereal boxes, scrap paper, and a little twine into beautiful scrapbook kits from Jen of New Green Mama, who's got a photo-illustrated guide to making your own memory savers. - Siel] Recycled Scrapbook Kit- Party Favors ...more

Along similar lines, I recently wrote about all the items I could create from one pair of my 16 ...more

The Easy Way To Becoming An Organic, Chemical-Free Gardener

We're all pretty familiar, by now, with the idea that wasting water and using chemical fertilizers and pesticides is bad. Every year, thousand of chemicals are poured into the environment and millions of gallons of water are needlessly wasted. Sure, most of this is done by large agricultural producers, but some of it is still done in personal gardens, perhaps in yours! So what if you'd rather not garden with chemicals and participate in wasteful practices? Sounds like a lot of trouble, right?...more

Working at my family's plant nursey we did well in the spring selling contaiers of ladybugs, but ...more

How to Make Sunshine

Today we rose to a sun that was trying it's darndest to burn through the mist that shrouds the redwoods. It'd peek through momentarily, lighting up the whole living room, and within minutes hide again beyond the mist....more

You have a way with words! I felt I was there...Thank you for the sunshine. in ...more

After My Son Was Born With a Birth Defect, I Got Anti-Plastics

Few things in life are as stressful as having a baby. After years of disappointment from unsuccessful infertility treatments and multiple miscarriages, my husband and I were overjoyed to learn we were once again going to be parents. It had been two and a half years since the birth of our daughter, and naturally we were excited about the impending arrival of our son.A routine ultrasound provided us the first clue of the rollercoaster of emotion that lay on the horizon. ...more

Thank you for sharing your story -- and for doing something about it. I love that you started 5 ...more

Seven Bicycling Tips For Beginners (or Re-Beginners)

Better weather is finally here, and more people are getting out on their bikes! I know, there are plenty of articles out there with tips for beginners. But I've been pondering things that I wish I had known when I started bicycling again....more

I do so want a bicycle. There are some great paved bike trails around here and it looks fun. I ...more

Get Growing -- Watermelon

Planting watermelon in a backyard garden is rewarding and fun. Planting watermelon with children is rewarding, fun, and a great way to introduce the idea of gardening and growing food. This heat-loving annual can be grown in all parts of the country, but higher temperatures and longer growing seasons are more favorable....more

A Simple Cure for Needless Stuff Lust

[Editor's note -- Often tempted to buy things you don't need? Cure yourself from the lures of advertising and the temptation to try and keep up with the Joneses by adopting a quick, helpful mantra from The Everyday Minimalist. -- Siel]   I've gone so long without it... what's another year? I use it to squash any desire for something (after I really determine that I don’t need it), by saying: ...more

Is it Possible to Green a Freelance Business?

Yes, it is. Doing as much as you can to green any business is important.   Greening your freelance business may seem like an intimidating task, but it doesn't have to be. Baby steps may be taken if you are feeling overwhelmed. Do whatever works best for you.  ...more