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Great Smoky Mountains Recovering from Historic Wildfires

It was an unusual drive into the nation’s most-visited national park in January.  Light green, winter rye grass was growing along the edges of the parkway entrances, as if hastily sown by the developer of a budget-priced subdivision.  Instead, this grass was holding together the frail edges where, in some steeper places where deeply-rooted trees […]

Continue Reading By on February 11, 2017 in biodiversity, East Tennessee, mountains, outdoors, outing, Smoky Mountains

Safe Summer Sun Tips from Environmental Working Group

Shop here for Beautycounter Protect All Over sunscreen & more at the Beautycounter by Anne Brock website!  Post may contain consultant links to related products. You’re invited to my next #CleanCouponing Twitter party featuring Beautycounter products and inviting all independent consultants on June 11, 9 pm ET.  RSVP here. Spring and summer are my favorite […]

Continue Reading By on June 9, 2015 in beauty, health, outdoors

Summer Family Travel Ideas

  Enter my giveaway of squeaky clean & safe sunscreen & bath supplies from Beautycounter! Bring on the vacation days, the long, unstructured family time together, the wanderlust!  Where will your family be headed this summer?  Are you looking for adventure, relaxation, an appreciation for American history, or just a chance for Dad to act […]

Continue Reading By on May 25, 2015 in family, outdoors, outing, travel, vacation

Green Goes Mainstream: Kentucky Coal Businessmen See Potential in Renewable Energy

Climate change concerns versus coal dust celebrations, clean air rules versus community freedoms, environmental ideals versus mining jobs? What if the way America’s been debating its energy future is based on false dichotomies?  What if the very industry blamed in part for climate destruction has the most power to build a renewable energy future?  In […]

Continue Reading By on July 29, 2014 in Appalachia, energy, environment, mountains, MTR, outdoors, solar, sustainable

Family #FitNStonyfield into Summertime Fun

*Sponsored post with Stonyfield to help bring you more fun content!  #FitNStonyfield Summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime…what isn’t there to love about this season?  Days get longer and sunnier, flowers bloom, and a pesticide-free lawn beckons bare feet to run and explore! As I write this post there’s a tent in my backyard because my […]

Continue Reading By on July 6, 2014 in agriculture, organic, outdoors, Ozarks, parenting
Anne Brock from Flour Sack Mama blog finished Mamavation 5K in May 2014

How the Mamavation Community Motivated Me

Have you ever felt intimidated to try something and then after doing so realized you’d been missing out on something great?  That’s how I feel about the #2WeekChallenge I just tried with the #Mamavation community! I knew Mamavation was a super-popular online community with some pretty intense fitness challenges for women.  Being neither perfectly fit […]

Continue Reading By on May 16, 2014 in fitness, health, Healthy Families, motherhood, outdoors

Explore the Outdoors this Weekend

Has the warmer weather been calling you outdoors?  No matter the season, there’s plenty to explore in the national treasury of parks that span across the United States. The National Park Trust is challenging you to take your kids to a park this weekend and is running a special promotion to get the entire family […]

Continue Reading By on May 14, 2014 in nature, outdoors