The All-Natural, Eco-Friendly Way to Dry Laundry (Homestead Drying Racks Review & Giveaway!)

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One of the most delightful things about living life abroad this past year was that, almost everywhere we traveled, I had to line dry my laundry. How is that delightful, you ask? What sounded somewhat like a chore at first quickly became a cherished, ritual, liturgical part of the day. Walking outside and breathing in the fresh air. Stopping and quieting myself from whatever I was doing or surrounded by in the house. Methodically, soothingly, picking up one piece of laundry at a time, feeling […]

8 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas

8 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas!

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  Disposable wrapping paper is a multi-billion dollar industry that sells a product designed to be used and then immediately torn up and thrown in the trash. Not the most eco-friendly practice, obviously. However, we cannot deny that gift-giving is fun, partly due to the surprise element. So what’s an eco-conscious, naturally-minded gift-giving mama to do? I wrote a guest post at Simple Homemade last year on the 3R’s and how to prioritize them. In it, I talked about how I had learned the […]

(Summer Giveaway Week 2013) Win $100 Worth of Back-to-School Gear from MightyNest!

WIN $100 worth of gear from Mighty Nest!!

OK friends, let’s talk about the products we busy homemaking mamas own. There’s a lot of marketing out there these days aimed at us – stuff they try to convince us that we need… and usually I’m just kinda meh about it all. I’m the type of that doesn’t really want to buy something unless it speaks to me. How does something speak to me, you ask? I connect with things that are both useful and beautiful. Accomplish that, and you’ll likely have me as […]

Spring Giveaway Week: MightyNest Picnic Gear Pack (with Review!)

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By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer What’s summer without a picnic or two or twenty? Um, nothing, that’s what. OK, maybe that’s a bit extreme, but isn’t it true that two of the most universally loved human experiences are eating and enjoying the great outdoors? Put the two of them together and you’ve got sheer bliss, baby! My kids love picnics so much that they have pretend ones all year long indoors. A blanket on the floor and a plate of snacks = happy little people, […]

Natural and Eco-Friendly Laundry Soap Reviews: 5 Moms Test and Compare

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In light of the growing interest in more natural and environmentally friendly products over the past several years, the number of cleaning products lining the shelves of your local health food store (and even conventional stores) has grown enormously! For a mom with a limited budget and barely enough time to get through the mountains of laundry, who has time to purposefully buy and compare various brands to know what works and what doesn’t? This fall, I asked 4 of my dear friends who also […]

Learning the Gentle Art of Infant Toilet Training

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Image Credit Guest Post by Louisa I toilet-trained my first child when she was four-months-old. I thought I would start this guest post with a statement that knocks most people’s socks off when they hear it. “Four months old, you are kidding, aren’t you?” No, I kid you not. I had worked extensively in China and seen what mothers did there; always aware of their children’s needs, able to listen to the signs that told them when their child wanted to pee and available to […]

Eco-Friendly Grocery Shopping at its Best: Moukisac Review and Giveaway

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I’ve been using cloth shopping bags for the last couple of years whenever I go out grocery shopping, and I just love using these sturdy, reusable bags to avoid the usual plastic offerings. Still, I wasn’t happy. I may have been avoiding some waste, but my beautiful fresh produce was still sitting in (what else?)… a whole lot of plastic! Enter the Moukisac! This little discovery made my trip to a local cranberry festival last month so very worth it! I found the Moukisac, an […]