Basic Necessities for a New Baby

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Written by Natalie Klejwa, Contributing Writer I’m not a child expert or anything. I’ve had a few babies. I’ve learned over the years that there is a lot of paraphernalia out there you could purchase or register for to get ready for your new family member, but most of it is completely unnecessary and a total waste of money. This is my list of the good stuff that I have not regretted purchasing, and some of it I have only recently discovered. I wish I […]

5 Tips for Saving Money on Natural Skincare

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer As we learn more about how our skin absorbs the products we slather on, it’s only natural that we desire to use safe alternatives as part of our regular skin care routine. If you’ve taken a peek at some of the organic/natural skin care products on the market, you already know how expensive they can be. When we are seeking to do what is best for our health and the health of our family, this can be really frustrating. […]

21 Ideas for Celebrating a Simple, Natural Thanksgiving: Eats, Decor, Gratitude

I have to confess something… I will not be celebrating Thanksgiving this week. That’s because as a Canadian, that day came and went back in October! But I know that for most of you, Thanksgiving is your focus this week and so I wanted to share some ideas and inspiration with you. I had far too much fun putting together this selection of tasty-looking real food holiday recipes, frugal and nature-inspired decor ideas, and gratitude printables and activities for you. This is only a small […]

11 Simple Meals for Busy Nights

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  As 2011 comes to an end, we’re sharing helpful lists to help you save money, stay healthy, get organized, creatively repurpose, frugally gift-give, intentionally celebrate and more in our “11 Things for 2011” series throughout these holiday months. Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer It’s already mid-November.   Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and after that is Christmas, and then New Year’s. With a myriad of family gatherings happening on or around these dates, plus Christmas plays and other school events, and holiday parties — […]

I’m a Mess, You’re a Mess, We’re All Just Lovely Messes

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Outside the window, leaves of crimson and burnt orange shiver on the trees, and every once in a while, a cluster of them swirl to the ground as a gust of wind blows urgent. The seasons have shifted and I find that as the weather turns chilly and the sun hides its face and the branches become bare, I turn inward, physically and mentally. Physically, I begin to look at my home as the lack of warmth and the steady drips of West Coast rain […]

Simple and Fresh Tomato Salad

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer To make a superior tomato salad that is full of flavor, buy locally grown tomatoes that are of different shapes, sizes, and colors. This will make the salad visually interesting as well as delicious! The following tomato salad is a perfect side dish. Alternately, serve as an dinner entree or light lunch with a few mozzarella balls or freshly toasted bread. Fresh Tomato Salad This recipe is adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Mothership Tomato Salad in Jamie at Home. Serves […]

Preserving the Harvest: Sweet Fruit Chutney

by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer Summer, and the fruit it brings, has a way of overwhelming many of us. If you’ve got a pile of peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots or any other kind of fruit sitting in the middle of your table, you need to figure out a way to deal with it!  One of the reasons I love this recipe is that it not only lets me preserve a little taste of ripe fruit for a few months, but it adds great probiotics to […]

3 More Reasons That Cloth Diapering is Easier Than You Think

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Last week, I began to dispel some commonly held myths about cloth diapering. I began with two of the biggest myths, that cloth diapering is more expensive and that it is more disgusting. The reader response was fantastic and I think that you will find the comments section extremely valuable to take a read through. {As well, the cloth diapering $75 gift certificate giveaway is still going for a few more days… go get entered!} Today I want to continue on with three more myths, that cloth […]