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Saturdays in the Garden: #FlourSackMamaGarden

Abundant tomatoes for juicy eating and preserving, convenient lettuces & herbs just outside the kitchen door, our own organic strawberry patch — all enticing reasons to grow our own little organic family garden. It’s time for 0ur Saturdays in the Garden series to hibernate for the winter.  While we’ve been harvesting late batches of leaf […]

Continue Reading By on October 31, 2014 in agriculture, garden, organic 0

Community & Messaging Matters at #ShiftCon Eco-Wellness Social Media Conference

Wherever you grew up, wherever you call home, there must be some sense of community, isn’t there?  Not that everyone thinks or looks alike.  Hopefully, your life has been richer because of diversity.  Yet, there are some things everyone in your community may have in common. Social media can create a similar sense of virtual […]

Continue Reading By on October 29, 2014 in blogging, health, life, safer chemicals 4

Gardeners Call on Big Box Stores to Stop Selling Bee-Killing Pesticides

Did you realize that without bees we wouldn’t have most of the freshly grown food we enjoy? Everything from field crops like clover and alfalfa to melons, tomatoes, beans, berries and almonds are produced thanks to the hard working efforts of bees. Unfortunately, well meaning gardeners may have been duped into buying what seem to […]

Continue Reading By on October 28, 2014 in agriculture, bees, pesticides 1

Toxic Chemicals Spoil the Party in Popular Halloween Costumes & Accessories

Could toxic chemicals be playing a dirty trick on your family’s Halloween fun?  As a parent, you’re already protective about stranger danger, staying visible after dark, checking candy and more.  Have you heard about the elevated levels of toxic chemicals in some new Halloween gear? If you had no idea this was even an issue, […]

Continue Reading By on October 27, 2014 in cancer, conscious consumerism, holidays, parenting, safer chemicals, toxic 5

What You Missed at Strong, not Scared #CleanCouponing Twitter Party

Put a dozen people in a room together, and chances are they’ll find something in common. Put dozens and dozens together in a Twitter chat, and odds are, many have either had cancer, lost a loved one to cancer or realize they’ve already been unwittingly exposed to cancer causing substances.  The upside to this rather […]

Continue Reading By on October 24, 2014 in health, safer chemicals, women 2

Family Raising Light the Night Funds for Blood Cancer Support

There seems to be an inner strength that moms find inside when their families and communities need them most.  Patti Baker is a beautiful example of that.  She’s been busy caring for both a husband and daughter who are fighting blood cancers, and yet she’s back again raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society […]

Continue Reading By on October 23, 2014 in cancer, health, Healthy Families 0

Strong, not Scared: A Daughter’s Raw Story of Cancer Awareness beyond Pinkwashing

We sat in the dim light together on the uncomfortable hospital cot as she tried to force back the nausea from the barium sulfate suspension.  If she could just tolerate it long enough, the scans would be over and I could drive her home.  I held her hand, assured her I’d be there for her […]

Continue Reading By on October 21, 2014 in health, safer chemicals, toxic, wellness, women 5

Grocery Shopping Gets Easier if Colorado or Oregon Pass GMO Labeling

You’re already watching the budget, counting calories and sugar, and maybe you have someone in the family with special needs like a gluten-free diet.  You may think you can’t afford exclusively organics, but you wonder about all those processed foods that likely contain genetically modified organisms.  How can you know? Unless you shop strictly for […]

Continue Reading By on October 16, 2014 in eating better, food, food labeling, GMO, shopping 0