How to Save Money and Score Big At Garage Sales

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I love garage sales and our house is full of garage sale finds, bought for a song (sorry, no dance). Frugality is the topic of the month, and I happen to think that buying used is one of the most important strategies for saving money on a regular basis. Not only that, but you can’t get much greener than reusing something, saving it from the dump, and not needing to purchase a new item made with valuable resources (and complete with excess packaging). These are […]

How to Make Water Kefir

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Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer What is water kefir? Water kefir is a lacto-fermented beverage made with water kefir grains and sugar water. It is easy (and relatively quick) to make, and provides an abundance of probiotics to improve digestive health. Water kefir grains are not grains at all, but rather “bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship” (as noted by Julie of Cultures for Health.) The term grains really just describes their appearance. Because the grains feed on sugar, the resulting beverage […]

Finding a Local Farmer

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer With spring just around the corner, that means it’s time for outside activities!  Gardening is a big one we’ve been talking about in the last couple of weeks. But maybe, for some reason, you aren’t planning a garden.  Maybe you don’t have the space, or the time.  I understand that!  I’m having a baby in early August, right in the middle of “harvest” season, so gardening isn’t exactly my first priority this year, either. But just because you’re not […]

How to Prepare for Going on the GAPS Diet

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Just today I was over at a friend’s house and as I said “no thank you” to the offer of coffee, I casually mentioned we had just started a special diet. She asked which one, and (as a mom of children with special needs) when I said the GAPS diet, she responded with a knowing “Ohhh. I’ve heard of it, but it’s way too intense for me.” Yes, I agree. It really is intense. And work intensive. But thankfully, still entirely possible! I’m sure it […]