Natural Mosquito Bite Relief – What Works and What Doesn’t Work

Tweet Pin It During our camping trip last summer I got an excessive number of mosquito bites on my legs, upwards of 25 on each leg. The main thing I learned from that was that it’s important to use a reasonable amount of bug spray, especially when it’s hot out and you’re wearing shorts. Around […]

Greening your Camping – Reusable Utensils

Tweet Pin It Camping is one of those times when you commune with nature, so why would you be less environmentally conscious when camping than at home?  Unfortunately, a number of people use disposable plasticware while camping and then throw it away or worse, burn it in the fire.  People argue about the health implications […]

New Garden: Starting Seedlings Indoors or in the Garden?

Tweet Pin It I was recently talking to someone who is thinking about starting plants from seeds for the first time.  Some of her questions included whether it’s too late to start seedlings for this year and if she is going to do indoor seedlings,  how should she get started?   Since these are some of […]

Tip: Simple Water Saving Ideas

Tweet Pin It Here’s a very simple tip for saving water that I never did until it was pointed out to me: when filling the tub for a bath, close the drain before turning on the water.  I find that most people adjust the water running out of the faucet to the temperature that they […]

Calming the Wrapping Paper Madness

Tweet Pin It This morning I read a blog post on Practically Green about how to avoid mountains of holiday trash.  It’s a good article.  You should read it and take the quiz on Practically Green.  Love the site.   Then reflect on how you can best apply their advice to your holidays.   I started thinking […]

GreenTip: Latch Your Windows

Tweet Pin It Are your windows closed but the outside sounds are a little noisy?  Does there still seem to maybe be a draft?  Before running out to price new windows (and fall over in shock), check to see if the latch is shut.  Those latches aren’t really there for security,  they are there to […]

Line-Drying Your Laundry

Tweet Pin It I never thought I’d hang dry my laundry.  I kept thinking about how heavy the laundry basket would be coming out of the basement and then how I wouldn’t want my neighbors seeing my laundry hanging out. We’ve hung blankets in our basement before, but I’m not comfortable with the dust and […]

Toxins in Your Life – Fragrance

Tweet Pin It As part of “greening” our lifestyle we have have also been starting to look at what is in our products, both in terms of ingredients that are good or bad for the environment and ingredients that are good or bad for people. In recent months I have been surprised to learn that […]

Keep Out The Drafts Quickly and Cheaply

Tweet Pin It Last night the wind was blowing here in Massachusetts, and it was blowing hard.  I’m working on a post about windows, and whether you should replace them, but right now, in January, I think most people want to know what they can do today to keep out the drafts. My favorite quick […]

Tip: Save Water, Time and Money: Train Your Hair To Need Less Washing

Tweet Pin It About ten years ago I decided that I wanted to grow my hair very long.  I searched the web for resources and learned that the best way to have healthy hair is to not wash it every day.   There were tips for training your hair to not need washing every day. […]