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Single Use Wipes

 

Single use wipes are the next product that has been brought to the general publics attention for its impact on the environment.  Most of the attention seems to have been focused on baby wipes, but the single use wipe market is actually huge, according to Smithers Pira, the global … Read the rest

A Greener Period

This week we are talking periods.  Now, even if you are not someone that has them, chances are pretty high you know someone that does. A wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, after all, there are about 1.9 billion of us in the menstruating phase of our lives – … Read the rest

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

How to Tune Out Your Inner Critic and Enjoy More of Your Life

 

“Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening.” ~Lisa M. Hayes

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a laser-sharp focus on achieving “success.” From the outside, it looks like I’m pretty close to it, too. But on the inside, I wasn’t … 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

The Lost Art of Silence: Get Quiet and You’ll Know What You Need to Do

 

“Silence isn’t empty. It’s full of answers.” ~Unknown

Last week I was visiting the Scandinave, a Scandinavian-style bath spa, with my mom, when it struck me how rare true silence has become. By true silence, I mean silence in the form of not speaking, but also silence in the … 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

Simple Changes Series – Bags

Our blog posts seem to have taken on a bit of theme of late, so I have decided to call them the simple changes series, because that is what they seem to be, a series of simple changes you can make to make your home a greener and hopefully healthier … Read the rest

Learn to Grow Fennel for Food, Health, and Pleasure

Growing fennel is easy! Whether you’re growing it for bulb, leaf, or both, it can be direct seeded into your garden after your last frost. You can even grow it in a pot if you are short on space.

 

We’re planting a lot of fennel this year. I’ve been … Read the rest

Meltdowns, waste, and war: Here are the real risks of nuclear

 

Is it any wonder that nuclear power scares people? The word nuclear alone conjures up a parade of terrors: the sinister radiation, the whiff of apocalypse, and the tendency to go boom.

Those are the obvious sci-fi horrors. But nuclear power comes with plenty of other risks that aren’t … Read the rest

People Couldn’t Believe What They Found Inside This Whale’s Body

The body of a dead sperm whale that washed up on a resort town’s shore reveals a sad truth about animals who live in the oceans.

An autopsy at a local wildlife rescue center in Cabo de Palos, Spain, revealed that 64 pounds of trash — including plastic bags, fishing … 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

Eco Spring Cleaning – The recipes

Following on from our last post about switching up your eco cleaning products we have had some requests for recipes.  So I have listed some below for you.  These are not of my own devising, although we do use some of them at home, but they have all been sourced … Read the rest

Orangutan Who Spent 5 Years In Box Wouldn’t Let Go Of Rescuer

When the baby orangutan was pulled out from the cage, he scrambled into the arms of one of the female rescuers — and he didn’t let go.

Last week, a team from International Animal Rescue (IAR) found Utu, a 5-year-old Bornean orangutan, on a property in West Borneo in … 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

Spring Cleaning (Even if Spring is AWOL!)

In previous posts we have looked at how changing the products you use to do your laundry can have a dramatic effect on; you, the environment and your purse/wallet.  So to continue our theme, we are going to look at another easy place to make simple changes that have … 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

Bamboo – The Wonder Plant

No doubt you will have come across something made from Bamboo. It is perhaps the most versatile plant that I have come across, so versatile, it can be used to make anything from a house to a pair of socks! Whilst that fact on its own is pretty mind blowing, … 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

The Healing Power of Compassion: I See You, I Hear You, I Feel You

 

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ~Dalai Lama.

It wasn’t until my mother died that I was able to feel her love and have that mother-daughter relationship that I’d been craving all my life. It was not until she died that I was … Read the rest

How To Make The Best Fizzing & Spinning Bath Bombs

One of the best parts of using spinning bath bombs is watching how it spins and colors the water. The secret to making them spin is simple. Here’s a great recipe!

 

I’ve made (and sold) more bath bombs in the past six months than in the past 10 years. … 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

Eco Laundry – Part 3 Stain Removers

                                             

Stains are big business in the laundry world, especially if you ever wear white, own a carpet or live within 5 miles of a child. Most washing detergents advertising is based around how good they are at removing stains, but there are also a plethora of stain removers on … Read the rest

Woman Spends Night In Shelter So Dying Dog Won’t Be Alone

When Janine Guido first met Watson a few days ago, his expression said everything.

“The first thing I noticed with him was his eyes,” Guido, founder of Speranza Animal Rescue, told The Dodo. “He looked exhausted — like he was ready to give up the fight.”

Credit:
Speranza Animal … 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

Eco Laundry – Part 2

Originally I was going to include fabric conditioners in with the detergents in part 1, but it was getting very long! And really fabric conditioners need a space to themselves because, well, you’ll see!

Considering how long people have been washing clothes, fabric conditioners as we know them today … Read the rest

Only 12 Of These Rare Porpoises Are Left In The World

The vaquita — a tiny, rare porpoise who lives in the Sea of Cortez in the Upper Gulf of California, near Mexico — is the most endangered cetacean in the world. Last year, experts determined there were only 30 vaquitas left. Now, they say, there are only about a … 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

Trees, our best defense against climate change, are going up in flames

 

Each year, the Earth’s trees suck more than a hundred billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. That’s an impossibly huge number to consider, about 60 times the weight of all the humans currently on the planet.

Our forests perform a cornucopia of services: Serving as a Read the rest

Eco Laundry – Part 1

Many people believe that eco practices need to be big bold statements, a complete 180 on the things they currently do, which scares people off the idea. This is a shame, I am a big believer in taking small steps, making small changes and it adding up to a … Read the rest

How to Escape the Emotional Eating Cycle and Stop Feeling Lonely

 

“When you no longer believe that eating will save your life when you feel exhausted or overwhelmed or lonely, you will stop. When you believe in yourself more than you believe in food, you will stop using food as if it were your only chance at not falling apart.” Read the rest

Move Your Body, Calm Your Mind: 5 Practices That Help Ease Anxiety

 

“Get out of your head and get into your body. Think less and feel more.” ~Osho

Do you want to meditate but the idea of sitting with your thoughts for twenty minutes gives you anxiety? Or maybe meditation seems like one more task you have to add to your … Read the rest

Choc Chip and Banana Chocolate Mousse (secretly healthy & vegan)


Chocolate Mousse. That can’t be healthy right?

It can the way I make it. Only three ingredients too. Bananas, silken tofu and cocoa powder. That’s it!

A rich indulgent chocolate mousse that’s good for you. Although I do admit I added some dark chocolate chips for a change this time, … 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

Planted Skincare – A Revelation!

Over the past couple of months we have had the pleasure of trialing the range of skincare from Planted. Being able to try out new products is definitely one of the perks of what we do, but not just because we get to use the products, but we also get … Read the rest

Melting ice could unleash hazardous waste from abandoned Cold War project

 

This story was originally published by Atlas Obscura and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

The creation of Camp Century, from the outset, was an audacious scheme. Under the thick ice of Greenland, a scant 800 miles from the North Pole, the U.S. … Read the rest

Be Good to Yourself: 10 Powerful Ways to Practice Self-Love

 

“Self-love, self-respect, self-worth: There’s a reason they all start with ‘self.’ You can’t find them in anyone else.” ~Unknown

It was one of those nights.

I was in a busy New York bar, having fun and enjoying myself. That was, until someone asked me: “So, what do you Read the rest

5 Ways to Calm Your Mind When You’re Exhausted (Without Meditation)

 

“Calm your mind. Life becomes much easier when you keep your mind at peace.” ~Unknown

Let me start with a confession.

If I’m honest with you, even just writing these words actually makes me feel kind of uncomfortable.

But I’m going to say it because it’s true, and some … Read the rest

800 Dogs Are Living Without Food Or Shelter In This Landfill — And People Are Trying To Save Them

Crystal Carson never thought she’d be rescuing dogs in Turkey. She was busy enough rescuing dogs in her hometown of Goldsmith, Texas, and her house was always filled with at least a dozen foster dogs.

But when her friend and fellow dog rescuer, Ayse Hellig, told Carson about a woman … Read the rest

Creamy Blueberry, Banana and Coconut Porridge for the Perfect Breakfast

I have to hold my hands up and admit I’m the worst person at eating breakfast. When I head to work in the morning I never eat breakfast. It’s just too early for me and I can’t face it. Somewhere between 9 am and 10 am is my … Read the rest

Forest Bathing

Theres no doubt in my mind that the woods or forest is my spiritual home. I love the countryside, I love the beach, I even enjoy a walk up a mountain from time to time, but it is in the forest that I really feel my soul relax and my … 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

There’s a new contender in the quest for the next superbattery

 

It’s been nearly 40 years since the battery world had a major shake up. In 1980, a researcher at England’s University of Oxford made the first breakthrough that would eventually take lithium-ion batteries from theoretical to possible. But the industry was slow to embrace the shiny new design. It … 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

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