Fruits and Veggies: When To Buy Organic

We have all heard that it is better to buy organic produce so that we can avoid exposing our systems to unnecessary pesticides.  But let’s be honest: organic food is expensive – and with good reason.  It takes a lot of work to grow healthy food without toxins and miracle formulas. So, if you’re on (read more…)

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Sunday Links: Now is the Month of Maying

• From The Progressive Pioneer: Making Your Own Herbal Remedies • From Small Notebook: Small Container Gardening, Part 1 and Part 2 • From Natural Parenting Tips: Non-Toxic Cornflower Fingerpaint • From Keeper of the Home: Video Blog: Making My Own Shampoo and Conditioner • From Fimby: Small Yard Composting • From Kitchen Stewardship: Healthy (read more…)

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Use the good stuff

This post was first published on June 19, 2009. I thought it apropos after this past month’s emphasis on decluttering and spring cleaning. Basically, if you’re going to keep it — use it. A few years ago, I read this excerpt from one of Erma Bombeck’s columns, when she discovered she was dying from cancer (read more…)

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How To: Repurpose, Reuse, Refinish Furniture

It seems like as soon as the temperature starts to rise and the flowers begin to blossom my need to redecorate and rearrange my house shifts into high gear. I feel the need to move the chairs closer to the windows.  I want everything to look lighter and brighter.  I find myself pouring over decorating (read more…)

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The blessing of stewardship

Yesterday I was over at (in)courage, talking more about the internal, spiritual side of spring cleaning.  Specifically, I’m talking about decluttering — why do we hold on to our stuff?  What does it say about what’s going on inside us? From the post: • Do I keep an endless supply of coffee mugs just in (read more…)

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