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 […]

We Are So Rich

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**I’ve returned from a much needed week-long computer break and I’m glad to be back! We had a very blessed Christmas, rejoicing in our Savior’s birth and enjoying special times with family. I’ll post just a little bit this week and then be more back to normal posting by next week. I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday as well!** It’s easy to complain about what we don’t have isn’t it? I often find that in the fall and winter, as the stores […]

Goals and Plans for a Slower Season

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Image by PhotoVandal There’s something about fall and winter that makes me want to shift gears. To cozy up in my home and just slow down a little in general. Much as I absolutely adore summertime and warmth and sunshine, the change of pace can sometimes be a welcome thing to me. After what has been a particularly busy summer and early fall for our family, I am anticipating this slower season even more than usual. Some years I am so loathe to say good-bye […]

Simple Dinners: Making Meals that Work Together

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I am all about simplicity in the kitchen. If there is a way that I can make my meals work together and save myself time, effort and dishes, I am all over it! One of my favorite ways to do this lately has been to coordinate the meals within my weekly meal plan. By this, I mean that I try to think of dishes that will work together to create leftovers and/or other elements that will lend themselves to different dishes that same week. The […]