Natural Garbage Disposal Cleaner and Deodorizer

I recently created this natural garbage disposal cleaner and deodorizer recipe to freshen my stinky garbage disposal. It is all-natural and it works really well. Enjoy!

 

I have never lived in a home with a garbage disposal until recently.

For the first few months of living in our new … Read the rest

Easy Refried Beans

 

Where have pinto beans been all my life? I dismissed them after a couple of lackluster Mexican restaurant meals, but I’ve recently realized pinto beans in their full glory. They’re creamy and rich, and mix in beautifully with scrambled eggs, soup, rice and more.

Pinto beans also … Read the rest

Climate-friendly burgers: fact or fiction?

 

Here’s a crazy idea: What if your love of steak wasn’t a massive environmental problem but part of a solution instead? What if we could suck carbon out of the air and save the world simply by eating beef?

A new study suggests that all this is possible, but … Read the rest

Spring Picnic Bread

 

Picnic season is finally upon us and we are kicking it off with two new favorite things. The first one is a bike and the other is a bread.

We have been dreaming of a Danish cargo bike for years and years, and last month we finally splurged on … Read the rest

Healthy Blueberry Muffins

 

Would you look at those blueberry-studded beauties? These blueberry muffins are golden on top, moist and fluffy on the inside.

Best of all, they’re bursting with jammy blueberry flavor. These are my favorite homemade blueberry muffins, and it’s about time you met them.

blueberry muffin ingredients

These healthy blueberry muffins are easy … Read the rest

Natural Treatments for Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears)

If you are searching for a natural treatment for tinnitus, you’re in the right place. Several causes for tinnitus mean several approaches to natural treatment.

 

Does the spring mean an increase in ringing in your ears? For many, the time of year that others enjoy the arrival of green … Read the rest

Maybe This Is What Happiness Is

 

With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done and he did it.

Edgar Guest

I’ve always believed in the adage “actions speak louder than words.” I’ve never … Read the rest

Five Essential Oils Great For Springtime DIY Projects

In Spring I use cedarwood essential oil for my scalp and breathing problems. Lavender, geranium, and these other essential oils are also great this time of year.

 

Spring is just around the corner!

At least that’s what I tell myself when I see another week of snow in the … Read the rest

SeaWorld Orca Spotted With Horrific Injury To Fin

Katina, a captive orca living at SeaWorld Orlando, was recently photographed with a horrific-looking injury — the backside of her dorsal fin has been cut open and bears a long, deep gash.

On Saturday, photographer Heather Murphy entered SeaWorld Orlando after hearing rumors about Katina’s injury. Katina is not currently … Read the rest

Relaxing Detox Bath with Red Clay and Epsom Salt

After a long day, there is nothing I love more than a relaxing detox bath. I enjoy taking plain baths but I really love the luxury of taking an aromatic detox bath!

 

I use the term “aromatic” to refer to any bath that imparts an aroma. Whether relaxing, … Read the rest

What to Do If You’re Not Passionate About Anything

 

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” ~Unknown

I’ve always believed in the benefits of having a healthy, strong body.

I admit, as a young adult my healthiness was driven predominantly by fear. Fear of being … Read the rest

Energizing Mocha Latte Aromatherapy Roller Bottle Blend

I love cold-pressed coffee essential oil. It smells warm and energizing, just like a fresh brewed cup of coffee. So I made this mocha latte aromatherapy blend. Enjoy!

 

Anyone feel like you just can’t get enough caffeine these days?

With a one year old and a four year old, … Read the rest

Why Feeling “Bad” Isn’t Really So Bad

 

“We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

From an early age, most of us get the message that we should be happy—from well-meaning … Read the rest

DIY Drawer Fresheners for Naturally Fresh Clothes

I love pulling fresh and clean smelling clothes out of the drawer. So I came up with this DIY Eucalyptus drawer freshener recipe that delivers fresh smelling clothes without any synthetic, chemical fragrances.

 

Drawer Freshener Done DIY and Natural

I know I’m not the only person who loves freshly … Read the rest

Easy Gluten Free Oat Waffles

 

I’m pretty particular about my waffles. I want light, whole grain, crisp-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside, Belgian-with-deep-pockets, quintessential WAFFLES. No soggy waffles allowed! Bonus points if they freeze well so I can pop them in the toaster like Eggo’s.

These waffles meet all of the aforementioned qualifications. After tweaking five batches of … Read the rest

Grow Microgreens: A Treat for Frustrated Gardeners

I’ve been growing microgreens here for a few weeks to keep myself sane. The songbirds have returned to Ohio and the fishing worms are popping up on the driveway. It won’t be long now before I’m back outside, but until then I’ll have something fresh and green to eat.

 … Read the rest

Why Trying to Feel Good Can Make You Feel Bad

 

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” ~Paulo Coelho

We’re bombarded by images of people living apparently perfect lives. They suffer no bereavements or breakups or losses or failures. They look perfect, make perfect choices, and act perfect.

Everyone seems … Read the rest

Vegan Love Shakes!

 

 

 

The base is a deliciously thick nice cream made with frozen bananas, frozen raspberries, dates, nut milk ice cubes and beetroot. Because we wanted it thick, you need a strong blender or food processor to get it smooth. But you can also just replace some of the … Read the rest

The Difference Between Letting Go and Running Away

 

“It’s about our ability to leave our death on the battlefield of life. Or having the strength and courage to give them our love and to bring them back.” ~Edward Frenkel

It took me almost twenty years to realize that running away from ourselves isn’t the same as letting … Read the rest

Devil’s Bargain

 

A trope of sci-fi movies these days, from Snowpiercer to Geostorm, is that our failure to tackle climate change will eventually force us to deploy an arsenal of unproven technologies to save the planet. Think sun-deflecting space mirrors or chemically altered clouds. And because these are sci-fi movies, … Read the rest

The first half of 2017 was the second hottest to date

At the halfway point of the year, 2017 remains the second-hottest year to date — a surprise given the demise of the El Niño that helped boost temperatures to record levels last year.

The continued near-record warmth is a marker of just how much global temperatures have risen thanks to … Read the rest

25 Fun Avocado Recipes

 

I’m writing this on my laptop from a bar seat in Minneapolis on Friday evening. I’m afraid I’m cramping everyone’s Friday night work-is-done style with my laptop. I’m feeling awkward, so I’ll keep this quick. I’ve rounded up twenty-five of my favorite recipes featuring avocado, everyone’s favorite creamy green … Read the rest

They’re being told it’s a rare herb.

Hatha jodi. The people selling this strange, cactus-shaped product say it’s the rare root of a plant that can be used as a lucky charm. But in reality, it’s made from the body parts of monitor lizards. And the lizards used to make hatha jodi go through absolute hell.

First, … Read the rest