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Stretching the Winter Food Budget

FREE newsletter here! Have the holidays left you tapped out, stressed and dreading the next credit card bill?  Did Christmas dinner and New Year’s revelry stretch your budget beyond the limit?  Maybe you can ease into the new year by using some simple tricks to become more frugal in these winter months. Here are a […]

Continue Reading By on January 7, 2016 in canning, cooking, food, frugal
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Five #CleanCouponing Back-to-School Tips for Parents & Students

This post may include affiliate or consultant links to help support this independently produced blog. Who’s ready for back-to-school time? You’ve settled into a summer routine, or maybe completely unstructured days of bliss.  You’ve spent long hours at the pool.  You let the kids sleep in late.  You’ve celebrated the fireflies, the family visits, the […]

Continue Reading By on July 21, 2015 in education, health, Healthy Families, safer chemicals, safety, school

How are you #CleanCouponing in 2015?

How do you stretch a dollar AND provide the most wholesome value for your family’s dinners and more?  Like many people across the country, maybe you’re attuned to #CleanCouponing, being frugal with MORE than money! When you shop, do you bypass the cheapest item for the one that is made with more care so you […]

Continue Reading By on January 8, 2015 in clean couponing, conscious consumerism, green frugal, Green Goes Mainstream, shopping

Saturdays in the Garden: Completing Tomato Seed Saving

Don’t you wonder who the first person was to discover that letting something sit and ferment can be a good thing?  Even for organic gardening, where it’s common to play in the dirt and appreciate microorganisms, this seed saving method seems pretty gross. We told you last week about our beginning efforts to save tomato […]

Continue Reading By on September 13, 2014 in agriculture, garden, organic, seeds
preparing tomato seeds for fermenting and saving

Saturdays in the Garden: Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds

Are you saving your own garden seeds for next year?  It’s fun to try, even if you plan on purchasing seeds from an heirloom seed company, as well.  We’ve been pleased with the flavor of the Brandywine and Yellow bell varieties we’ve grown this summer, so we wanted to save some seeds. The process of […]

Continue Reading By on September 6, 2014 in agriculture, food, gardening, green, organic, pioneer, seeds
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Colorful Lunches Make Back-to-School Time Fun! Rock the Lunch Box Giveaway

*This is a sponsored post in cooperation Rock the Lunch Box brands Organic Valley, Stonyfield and others, bringing you yummy content plus a giveaway! Kids want fun, festive food for their school lunches!  Parents want ideal nutrition and perhaps even made-from-scratch foods. Reality is, we will all have mornings, days, weeks when we just don’t […]

Continue Reading By on August 9, 2014 in food, organic, school

Green Goes Mainstream: 10 Tips for Greener Home & School Habits

Would you believe that each of us generates around four and a third pounds of garbage from normal living in the United States each day?  Of that, we might recycle or compost a small portion, keeping less than half of that garbage out of expensive landfills. The Environmental Protection Agency says in 2012 alone, we […]

Continue Reading By on August 5, 2014 in education, green frugal, Green Goes Mainstream, green parenting, recycle, school

Green Goes Mainstream: Solar PV for Home Sweet Home

Home sweet home, complete with your own solar energy array?  It’s becoming more and more common.  In our Green Goes Mainstream series, we meet a Pennsylvania couple on the leading edge of an American clean energy movement. Bob and Donna Weikert’s home looks like any other quaint homeplace in rural Pennsylvania except for the photovoltaic […]

Continue Reading By on July 28, 2014 in frugal, green, home, solar, sustainable