a pink reblooming orchid in a white pot, sitting on a wooden table

Orchid care for beginners, it’s easier than you thought!

“Orchids don’t make good houseplants; don’t buy an Orchid”.  That was Grandma’s advice.  And since I considered Grandma a gardening expert, I believed her.  Yet, I couldn’t resist those tall exotic blooms and one day found myself leaving the grocery store with a beautiful white Orchid in hand.  “Oh well I thought, I don’t know how to take care of orchids, but I’ll enjoy it while it lasts” Well, Grandma[…]

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a chopping knife sitting on a cutting board and linen napkin with a jade succulent along side

Handmade and Eco-Friendly Home Gift Guide (updated for 2019)

Looking for gifts that any woman would be happy to have in her kitchen?  Here’s a collection of beautiful, reusable, and practical eco friendly gifts for mom that didn’t come from a factory half the world away. Here it is: Your eco-friendly gift guide, the kitchen edition All these items have been designed or hand-crafted by small business crafters.  By shopping on-line with small businesses, you both get to financially[…]

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A child holding up a climate protest sign which reads save the turtles

An open apology (to Greta and to all children)

“How dare you?” she asks. And, she’s right. How dare I forget? How dare I go about my life in blissful ignorance? How dare I disregard the truth? How dare I not stand up and speak out? I’m sorry Greta. I’m sorry for my failures. I’m sorry for my inaction. But, most importantly, I’m sorry for my cowardice. Somewhere in the messy middle of leaving my youth and entering adulthood[…]

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A sandwich and glass bowl waiting to be covered with beeswax wraps

Beeswax Wraps | Frequently asked questions

Entering left field is plastic wrap… versatile, indestructible, mindless, and easy… a destroyer of the environment and filler of landfills.  Entering right field is beeswax wrap… the new kid on the block, ready to go head-to-head with our old time standard and armed with a gold ribbon in eco-consciousness.  Who wins? Imaging this:  You’ve been gifted an infant-sized zucchini.  You’ve made 4 loafs of chocolate chip zucchini bread, but that[…]

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a collection of natural christmas tree ornaments to make and decorate with

Easy DIY Natural Christmas Tree Ornaments (nature crafts)

At a time when we should all be trying to conserve our plastic consumption, I walk down the Christmas decoration aisle and cringe.  Sorry to put a damper on all the cheer, but have you considered the carbon footprint to all your holiday decorating?  Here is a handful of natural Christmas tree decoration ideas. Sure, some of these still use plastics and such, but making this ornaments from natural treasures[…]

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An ice lantern filled with pine boughs, berries, and pinecones

Ice Lanterns: 4 creative ways to celebrate winter

Winter sometimes gets a bad rap.  Frozen windshields, slippery walks, grey skies, and red noses.  But, it happens.  It’s going to happen again next year.  Let’s learn to celebrate it and take advantage of this snowy cold season.  You can’t make ice lanterns in July, right? So, when that temperature falls, get out your tubs, round up some of nature’s treasures, and take your littles outside to help you put[…]

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Invite nature to dinner with these simple fall table decorations

Bring nature inside and make it the centerpiece of your thanksgiving dinner with these simple and inexpensive fall table decorations. Below you’ll find a collection of diy tablescape ideas perfect for your thanksgiving table or mantelpiece. (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase through my link I receive a small commission at no added cost to you. I only recommend stuff I use and[…]

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pink poppy against a wooden fence. text reads gift guide for the gardener

Handmade and Unique gifts for gardeners

Are you on the hunt for some beautiful gifts for the garden lover in your life?  This collection of Etsy handmade and unique gifts for gardeners is is sure to give you a few great ideas… maybe you’ll even see a few things for yourself! All these items have been found on Etsy (an online marketplace for small crafters and businesses to promote and sell their work).  You’ll find gardening[…]

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