Strawberry Chia Muffins

Strawberry Chia Muffins

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer “Mommy, I want to make something with you!” The words echoed through the kitchen and melted my heart. It had been weeks since I had allowed my toddler into the kitchen with me. With my husband’s decision to quit his job, our routines had been thrown off. We were finding our new normal, and the fun baking activities got put on the back burner. Now my 3-year-old wanted to make something with Mommy. He didn’t care what we made. […]

6 Steps To a Naturally Clean Home {Plus 48 recipes}

6 Steps to a Naturally Clean Home

By Jami Leigh, Contributing Writer When I first began my natural living journey, it all started with food. I was concerned with eating healthy and what I  put into my body. But it wasn’t long before I realized that the chemicals, lotions, and cleaners that I used everyday can actually seep into our skin and affect us as much or more than the food we eat. I began doing research and it didn’t take long for me to land on The Environmental Working Group’s Guide to […]

Nourish Your Face with Homemade Skin Care

Nourish Your Face Naturally

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer I’m the first to admit that my so-called “wisdom lines” have often tempted me to take drastic measures. Don’t get me wrong. I definitely believe in aging gracefully. But I also think there’s a graceful way to put up a fight. Yet, as much as I want to keep that youthful glow, slathering my face with expensive chemical-laden skincare products is not an option. Why? Because our skin is the gateway to our body. In other words, what goes onto […]

DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer  Switching from mainstream cleaners to natural alternatives is honestly one of the easiest possible baby steps toward a greener, more natural life. Throw a few ingredients in a spray bottle and toss your Mr. Clean in the trash. It’s pretty much that simple, and the benefits far outweigh the 30 seconds of your time that it takes. In our home we don’t buy commercial cleaning products for anything (except for a natural dish soap). We make our own – and we reduce […]

DIY Dishwasher Detergent Pucks

DIY Dishwasher Detergent Pucks

Making a DIY version of dishwasher pucks was something I stumbled upon completely by accident – like many good things, of course. Over at DIY Natural, Matt and Betsy had shared their very excellent dishwashing detergent recipe, which includes citric acid for shine and non-cloudy glassware and which does its job well. The problem is, citric acid is hydrophilic – that is, it loves water, and thus when mixed in the recipe, it attracts moisture like crazy and if you don’t stir the mix every […]

7-Day Real Food Menu Plan {20-Minute Meals Version}

7 Day Real Food Menu Plan 20 Minute Meals Version

  By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer Do you want to eat real food but feel like it just takes too much time to cook from scratch? Do you resort to prepackaged convenience foods or carry-out meals because you’re exhausted and just need something quick? I have been there. Wait, I AM there! I have a very active toddler that I homeschool preschool. I’m still waking in the middle of the night to nurse a baby. I run my own business from home. I’m a […]

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

What is fair trade coffee? And should you buy it? This AMAZING post explores just that! A must read!

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 […]

Cheerful Tips for Brightening Gray Mornings

cheerful tips for brightening gray mornings

By Michele, Contributing Writer  If you’re in the midst of the “bleak midwinter,” with cold, dark mornings and gray days, it can be challenging to get the day moving in the right direction. Whether you’re struggling with grumpy children or tackling the day’s projects, a few simple sensory additions might brighten your day. I’ve spent my entire life residing in the Pacific Northwest (including several years in Alaska), so I’ve had my share of gloomy mornings, when curling back into the cozy quilts wasn’t an […]