By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer While many people today are caught in an excessive, materialistic lifestyle, others are embracing minimalism. Aspiring minimalists often have lived with too many belongings and appreciate the freedom that comes with un-stuffing their homes. When... Read More
"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... Read More
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,... Read More
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... Read More
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... Read More
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... Read More
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... Read More
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... Read More
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... Read More
By Emily, Contributing Writer Christmas is just around the corner, and I'm sure you've been preparing: shopping, cooking, wrapping, baking, planning and more. It's a wonderful season of waiting, but also so full and busy for many of us. And... Read More
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... Read More
By Kelly, Contributing Writer Perfect on a cool crisp morning, or any time you’re in the mood for a hearty delicious breakfast, this easy-to-make oatmeal bake is packed with creamy banana flavor reminiscent of its namesake! Whether it’s a special... Read More
By Stacy, Contributing Writer Do you want to clean your home naturally, but feel overwhelmed by the idea of making the cleaners yourself? If you are anything like me, you might get carried away and think you need a new cleaner... Read More
By Jessica, Contributing Writer When I was younger, I would get excited about normal things. Going out with friends, a new outfit, an upcoming trip. Now, domestic life overcomes me. I'm a grown-up. A woman. Oh, I still get excited,... Read More
Ever considered a clothing fast? You won't want to miss Hilary's story! Guest Post by Hilary Kimes Bernstein Until New Year’s Day 2013, retail therapy was one of my favorite pastimes. If I was bored, I loved to window shop.... Read More
By many people's standards, I suppose my children don't have that many clothes. I certainly don't spend a lot of money buying clothes, and we sometimes have lean seasons where we run a bit low on boy's shorts or wish... Read More
By Michele, Contributing Writer A life of simplicity sounds nice, doesn't it? But what does that really mean? Stories abound of families selling everything to live off the land, leave a small footprint, travel lightly, or other endeavors. But does... Read More
By Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer I get questions a lot from women who want to know how to get their husband on board with their new healthy diet. I’ve been very blessed to be married to a man who pretty much... Read More
By Mandi, Contributing Writer We recently discovered finger knitting and my 7- and 8-year-old daughters are having so much fun knitting these fluffy yarn ropes. This is a cozy winter craft and also a great activity for road trips, time... Read More
Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer When I was expecting my first baby, I bought so much stuff. Some of what I bought was all the "usual" baby care products -- shampoo, baby wash, baby lotion, and so on. All... Read More
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