Reversing Desertification: One Amazingly Simple Solution

Desertification of the land. About two-thirds of the world's grasslands are at risk. This accelerates climate change and impacts the societies where it's happening, causing food and water shortages. Allan Savory proposes doing something unthinkable. Unthinkable because for years, we've been told it's the problem. Turns out, grazing animals are the solution. One more reason to choose grass fed beef and […] Read More


Repurposing Waste into Beautifully Artistic Homes

You might call Dan Phillips the Dr. Seuss of home building. His roof lines bend and pitch wildly; the angles are all wrong. This is so inspiring. Dan Phillips diverts materials headed for the landfill and recycles bits and bobs to create his distinctive affordable homes. And he's not just building them -- he's teaching […] Read More


Give up the {Coffee} Cup

Still grabbing a cup to go every day? Have a look at this infographic; you might be tempted to alter that habit!


10 [MORE] Supermarket Products You Can Make at Home

  My earlier post entitled 10 Supermarket Products You Can Make at Home really resonated with people. Some were indignant about the "food" we find in the stores. Others were happy to find DIY recipes to make some of the products they usually depend on from the grocery store. As we traverse the supermarket we're […] Read More


A Honey of a ‘Do

  Meredith Resnick, my writing colleague and author of this book, contacted me awhile back to tell me about her success in eliminating some of the "product" from her beauty regime. I have excessively curly - kinky-coily - hair that is on the medium-long side, and have bought products upon products upon products for years...lots of money. […] Read More


Fired up for Fall? Step Away From the Matches!

For years we lived in a rural area that meant a longish drive on a country road to get home. In the autumn, one resident on this winding country road - a stranger to us - seemed almost to wait for leaf fall. As soon as the oak leaves started dropping, the homeowner started raking. […] Read More


66 Small Changes to Make a Big Difference

Changing how we do things - even just a little bit - can make a huge impact on our environment and the sustainability of this planet.

Waste-Free Window Cleaning

If you're still using paper towels to clean your windows, it's time to make a switch. One solution is to use crumpled newspaper instead, but it does tend to leave your hands black and inky. I prefer to use cotton rags. My system is two-handed: squirt homemade window cleaner on the window, then use one […] Read More

September Challenge: Cut Fuel Usage

With gas up well over $4 a gallon (here, a brief pause while you all gasp) I've been limiting my own gasoline usage for quite awhile. I'm fortunate that we live within walking distance to town and both of my boys can walk to work. Since I work from home, I generally only drive the […] Read More

Patchwork Living Blogging Bee #3

Welcome to the Patchwork Living Blogging Bee, our Internet version of a quilting bee. Each of our lives is a patchwork of what was passed down to us, what we find around us, and what people share with us. Hosted by myself and Frugal Kiwi, we hope that you'll join us by adding a virtual […] Read More