Beekeeping: A Matter of the Heart

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Guest Post by Kate Ferry A few years ago, the Ferry family experienced a traumatic death. We lost all our girls. During the winter, approximately 50,000 honeybees vanished from my backyard. They went into hibernation after Halloween and never woke up. I don’t know where they went, but come spring, there was no one home in either of my hives. As the air began to warm and the flowers started turning their faces to the sun, the hives remained dark and empty. No one was […]

Get Outdoors and Get in That Sunshine!

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Guest Post by Kait Curran Palmer Summer is upon most of the Northern Hemisphere at this point–minus the cloud-covered and still-chilly Pacific Northwest–but for the rest of you lovely people you are kicking off your flip flops and getting to have a grand ole time basking in the warmth of long and sun-filled days. No bitterness here as I sit wearing flannels and a fleece. None at all… Seattle drudgery aside, as the kids are out of school and it is the season for “fun […]

Enjoying the Blessings of Today

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Guest Post by Amy It seems that I have learned so much about myself and my walk with God since becoming a mom! One day I was watching my son, Joshua, eat some crackers. (He absolutely loves crackers!)  When he started eating the ones that I gave him, I noticed that he wasn’t even really enjoying them.  He was shoving them in his mouth as quick as he could so he could get more! When he got more, he still had his eyes on the ones […]

The Lesson of the Pickles

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Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer As I am writing this, I am currently working on my third batch of pickles.  I’ve been buying cucumbers from the farmer’s market and making all kinds of pickles, although garlic dill is definitely my family’s favorite.  Pickles are just such a tangy and refreshing treat! This is my first summer to try canning, drying, and freezing enough food to put away for the rest of the year. Last summer, I did some canning, but nothing more than a […]

Simplicity and Freedom

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Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It’s been a little over a year that I have really been pursuing this “frugally green” lifestyle.  I still feel very new to it, there is so much I still want to learn about, changes I want to make, and areas that I want to grow in. But, in other ways, it feels like I have always been on this journey.  Now, it’s sometimes hard for me to remember what it was like to wash my hair with conventional […]

Simplifying Babyhood: Top Items for Baby’s First Year and Beyond

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Today I’m sharing over at Simple Mom, with my own top items for baby’s first year and beyond for keeping babyhood simple: Last summer I was blessed with my third baby. It was a truly beautiful time, as I found it so much easier to relax, follow my mothering instincts and care for my baby in a simpler way than I did with the birth of my first two children. This relaxed approach wove its way not only into my interactions with my baby, but […]

Learning to Live With Less

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In a little over two months, our family will be moving to a new abode. This move is exciting for a number of reasons. The new house has more bedrooms and will allow us to have a girls bedroom and a boys bedroom (yes, we only have one boy so far, but we hope to have more one day!), in addition to an office and guest room. It will also allow my husband to set up his own studio for his music school- very exciting! […]

29 Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Home (and Save Money While You’re At It)

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Image by rezlab 1. Cloth diaper your baby. 2. Buy in bulk whenever possible. 3. Shop with an eye for packaging, and try to buy only products with minimal or recyclable packaging. 4. Compost your kitchen scraps. (Or try worm composting for those in small abodes) 5. Switch to mama cloth (or reusable feminine products). 6. Go paperless in your kitchen. 7. Eat whole foods, not packaged ones. 8. Make your own simple cleaning supplies, or buy ones that are concentrated. 9. Use reusable shopping […]