4 Simple Steps to a Sustainable Household

By Nina Nelson, Contributing Writer Over the last several years, I’ve made lots of changes to create a more sustainable household. And while I’d love to tell you that it all began as a means to reduce my family’s footprint and do our part to save the planet, it really started because we needed to save money. You see, we were in debt, had two small kids and one on the way. I worked at a job I hated, but couldn’t quit and we knew that […]

How I Overcame My Obsession with Paper Products

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer It’s safe to say that until a couple years ago, I had an obsession with paper products. As I cleaned my home, I HAD to use paper towels. Paper towels for my windows, paper towels for my bathroom (sinks, bathtub and toilet), and paper towels for my kitchen — used to clean countertops and to dry freshly washed produce or hands. I frequently replenished the boxes of paper tissues in my bathroom, and restocked our toilet paper with the cushy, quilted, multi-ply varieties. I […]

12 Ways to Go Disposable Free

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer  One of the easiest transitions to living a more natural life is to reduce using disposable products. Not only does cutting back on using disposable products minimize your exposure to toxins found in plastics and bleached paper, but it is also an eco-friendly way to save you money! The most important thing in learning to live a healthier life is to take one baby step at a time. These 12 ways to go disposable free can get you started. Perhaps some families […]

Free Seventh Generation Dish Tabs and a $10 Credit for Natural Cleaning Supplies (for all KOTH readers!)

As naturally-minded mamas, we’re all doing the best we can to use safer home and beauty products. But as busy moms, it can be so helpful to find ways to cut down on our errands and shopping time. I know that these days, with four kids, homeschooling, working from home part time, and another baby on the way, I can seriously use all the help I can get! This month I was asked to try out a new-to-me service called ePantry and I’m excited to tell you […]

A Back-to-School Change for our Family & How I’m Getting Ready for School Lunches (plus Cinnamon-Raisin Quick Bread)

The school year is upon us. And didn’t it happen so fast? Where did the summer go?  For our family, this is a novel year. We’re trying out a special program, just for homeschoolers in our area. It’s called Innovations, and it means that our two biggest (Abbie, 9 1/2 and Caden, 7 years old) will be attending “school” twice a week.  In a nutshell, the program functions sort of like small one-room schoolhouse, with a max of 16 kids per class and one teacher. Each child […]

An All-Natural, Homemade Oven Cleaner

  By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer I love to clean. Since I have two young children, my ideal of a clean house has greatly changed over the past seven years, but I still enjoy cleaning – especially spring cleaning. Each March, April and May I gladly welcome the warmer temperatures, sunnier skies and longer days by thoroughly cleaning each room in my home. I love the dusting, polishing, vacuuming, purging and reorganization that my chores bring. But I dread one chore in particular. I just […]

Moving Forward on Your Natural Living Journey This Year!

By Emily, Contributing Writer My green and natural living journey began, probably like many of you, when I became pregnant with my first child, just about seven years ago. I started out slowly, changing things like our cleaning products, ditching paper towels for reusable cloths, and eventually cloth diapering our new daughter. As I was just starting out and learning about green and natural living, I went searching for information. I wanted to learn from others who were already living this way and could share […]

What is Fair Trade Coffee, and Should You Buy It?

By Jessica, Contributing Writer  This month Stephanie challenged us to think deeply about a “tough” food issue. Fair trade coffee stuck out to me, not because I’m an expert – but precisely because I am not. I love coffee, I buy coffee… And I always feel a twinge of guilt when I bypass the “fair trade” section for something more affordable. I decided it was time to get to the bottom of the issue. What exactly is fair trade coffee? Does it really matter if I buy it? This is not an […]