Is Where the Heart Is
better month to acknowledge the love in our families and beauty
in our homes than the month of February, a time to remember
those we cherish and a time to honor how we live our lives.
Our homes can be a reflection of love, and there are many ways
to express this sentiment to those around us — in our
décor, our behavior and our daily gatherings.
Uses for Prefolds — Besides Diapering!
diapers have been popular since before most of us were born, and
they've had a resurgence in the last few years. But prefolds are
great for all sorts of household uses.
Has Yoga Become So Popular?
you know that over 15 million people practiced yoga in 2003,
according to a landmark study by Yoga Journal magazine? And
the numbers are expected to increase dramatically in subsequent
Mold Without Toxic Chemicals
can grow anywhere there are damp conditions, from a windowsill
to a bathroom to a whole house. While the health effects of
most common molds are minimal, the chemicals we commonly use
to remove the unsightly growth can harm our health.
Art Supplies for Creative Kids
brings joy to life. Stimulate kids' imaginations by having these
inexpensive supplies on hand.
the 10 Most Common Toxins in Your Home
like to think of our homes as being a safe place to be, a refuge
from a dangerous world. Yet some of the exposures that you
have day to day that are most hazardous to your health and
the health of your family happen right at home.
Rise of Eco-Parenting
An article about organic foods, organic clothing, cloth diapering and chemical-free
toiletries as it matters to parents. Written by an author in the UK, but affecting
Stress? Go Gardening!
its purest form, gardening is about connecting with the earth
and resetting our clocks to the simple, natural rhythms of life.
Try as we may, we can't really speed up a tomato plant and make
it grow by our timetable. We must adapt, and in doing so, gardening
offers us a gentle reminder about what's really important in life:
food, water, warmth, a bit of loving attention and some room to
Ways to Have Fun Outside
Are you looking for fresh ways to spend time with your friends
and family? Outdoor activities getting a little boring, are they?
With your fast-paced life gaining speed all the time, it’s
easy to stick to what’s familiar — but is that any
way to live? Let’s take a few minutes and look at how easy
it is to break out of the same-ole-routine and into the new with
wholesome activities near home and out of doors. Read on to see
why it’s tough to beat having fun with friends and family
outdoors in the fresh air.
Cleaner Air in Your Home
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concludes that indoor air
quality is one of the top five environmental health risks in the
United States today. They say indoor levels of pollutants can
be two to five times as high as outdoor levels and sometimes more.
Some problems of indoor pollution can be traced to energy efficiency,
according to the Texas Institute for the Indoor Environment at
the University of Texas. A tighter home is good for conserving
energy but bad in terms of air pollution.
are some frugal entertainment ideas for the whole family. This
is just the tip of the iceberg. Keep your eyes and ears open and
you will find many more opportunities to have fun with your family
without spending a lot of money.
a Car With Great Gas Mileage
cost of transportation can be expensive, and higher fuel prices
do not help matters. The following vehicles have good ratings,
and they will help to stretch your fuel dollars. SUVs can really
eat the fuel; however, they are convenient for hauling cargo,
and some definitely have a real advantage in bad weather and off-road
I absolutely dread all the chemicals involved in commercial bug
sprays, but I can’t seem to find any natural remedies that
work. Is there anything tried and true? Bugs! Do I respect them
as part of Nature’s miraculous design? Yes. Do I like them?
21st Century: The Age of Plastic
Plastic has seeped into nearly every aspect of
modern life. It's molded into our computers, phones, wires, pens,
carpets, flooring, window blinds, water pipes, shower curtains,
kitchen gadgets, credit cards, cars, planes and even our clothes.
The inventory seems endless. We define ourselves as the Information
Age. But archeologists uncovering our mounds of rubble might
label us the Plastic Age. Many of us have a love-hate relationship
with plastic. On one hand, we're addicted to the affordable and
unbreakable luxuries that plastic offers.
So you didn't
know orienteering was hot, did you? Do you even know what orienteering
is? Orienteering is one of the most thrilling activities available
for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, and here's the good news:
It's inexpensive. If you enjoy spending time out of doors and
you are looking to break out of your regular routine, orienteering
may be the challenge you've been hoping for. Thousands of men,
women and children around the country are addicted to the mental
and physical rush of orienteering. Let's find out why.
Steps to Becoming a Back-Country Hero
Have you thought about helping
to protect wildlife or wildflowers, but you don't know how? Or
maybe you want to protect your favorite camping site or that cool
little stream nobody else knows about? Making a difference in
the backcountry is easy for anyone — you don't have to be
Ted Turner. Not everyone can fly to the Amazon delta to move bird
nests or trek off to the Aleutian Islands to remove crude oil
from a pristine beach, but everyone can help right where they
are. Follow these three easy steps, and you'll be on your way
to giving back to your backcountry and you'll have a ball doing
Your Green Wedding
A wedding is
one of life's major rites of passage. It is certainly something
to celebrate! Today, wedding books and magazines promote large
weddings so that more and more wedding products can be sold. Wedding
expenditures run into many thousands of dollars. And after this
major outlay of money, most of what is purchased is never used
"Green" or Ecological Wedding
seem like the phrases "ecology" and "wedding"
could hardly have less in common? With the average wedding costing
well over $15,000 today, one would think so. And yet the do it
yourself green or ecologically friendly wedding is gaining momentum
across the nation.
Garden Pests Naturally
Everyone loves beautiful
plants, but most of us really don't care for the pests that sometimes
go along with them. If you love plants but hate bugs, you can
get rid of the naturally. Below are some great natural pest control
remedies for those unwanted creepy-crawlies.
violent movies, video games, and television programs harmful
my child’s education?
The answer is “yes”
— experts agree that violent media is harmful to children
and their education. Education is the act of acquiring knowledge;
therefore, any activity that impedes this knowledge acquisition
is undesirable and problematic. There are many factors that contribute
to a child’s education, but popular media such as movies,
video games and television are profoundly influential because
statistics show that the average child spends more time in these
activities above all other activities except for sleep.
more Time, Energy and Money!
Time, energy and money are chronically lacking
in parents’ lives. They are too tired because their children
keep them up at night, they are strapped for time between juggling
work and family, and they spend all their resources on their kids,
the house, the car and the mortgage. Everybody
has a dream. Whether you know it or not, at one time you dreamed
all the time. As children grow, their imaginations grow with them.
Then they become adults, and the reality of the world sets in.
Have you forgotten how to dream? Do you feel as if you have no
time to breath, much less make your dreams reality?
Natural in Your Yard or Garden?
Your garden: what fun —
and frustration — await you there! The best mentor you can
choose, as far as I'm concerned, is nature herself. Nature likes
life everywhere. Have an open field and plants magically appear!
This is the way plants grow when left to themselves. We don't
have to struggle so much. It is wisest to let nature have her
way. Nature has her own agenda, and your life as a gardener will
be easier if you bow to her desires. Better to dance with the
fairies than struggle with eliminating "weeds."
Your Microwave Oven Safe?
Inside your microwave oven, an electron tube called
a magnetron produces the microwaves, which bounce around inside
the oven’s metal interior until they are absorbed by food.
The microwaves cause water molecules in the food to vibrate, producing
heat that cooks the food. Since the microwave energy is changed
to heat as soon as it is absorbed by food, it cannot make food
radioactive or “contaminated.”
In an ever-expanding global
market, it's easy to forget that most of our needs can be met
by using the resources we have access to in our own communities.
As gasoline prices rise, which in turn tend to increase the price
of every item transported, it's to our advantage as well as the
environment to buy locally.
Your Home With Feng Shui
Most of us look at cleaning our
homes as a chore, but revitalizing and organizing your life
should be a joyous activity. When there is harmony in the home,
all feelings and emotions within the space are harmonious.
The Chinese view their lives as having chi energy, which is
a "cosmic breath." There is yang energy, or good
energy, as well as yin energy, which is negative energy.
Your Own Summer Cabin
Of course, when the job is all done, you'll
find much hidden and real enjoyment in telling your friends
how you did it. If you have an office job where you sit
at your chair for eight hours, you'll probably tell them
that you ate like a horse all the time you were doing the
work and that you never felt better. The truth is, you
will probably have forgotten about the office for the first
time in ages and found yourself creating something that
you didn't know you could.
Control the Frugal, Natural Way
Whether in the garden, yard or in
the house, all of us have at one time or another had to deal with
pests. Here are some ways to get rid of insects and other pests
without spending a lot on expensive products.
Families who tread lightly on the earth can make substantial impact
by reducing consumption. Besides, reusing materials, buying second
hand and furnishing a home with loved pieces of art and sentimental
objects creates a more interesting and individual look.
a Clothes Swap!
I was invited to a clothes swap two years
ago after a friend (who probably realized we were about the same
dress size) invited me to a clothes swap she organized at her
Fuel Efficiency When Buying a Car
a compact car with good gas mileage is both friendly
to the environment and your pocketbook. You will enjoy
the savings throughout the life of the vehicle.
keep hearing about cloth menstrual pads, and it sounds like
great idea – I think! What’s the scoop?
Simple Ways to Make a Difference with Your Dollars
you know that even the brand of toothpaste you buy can
take the world closer to -- or further from -- peace?
It's true: Every dollar you spend can make a difference.
of Your Disposables!
is as close as that old stand-by our grandmothers
and great-grandmothers relied on: cloth.
Spring Cleaning the Frugal,
Are your household cleaners doing more harm
Cleaning Burner Pans and Covered Casserole Dishes
70 Uses for a Humble Jug of Vinegar