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Creating a Baby-Safe World Amid the Chaos

Rocks dug into my left knee, not once, but twice, during my tomboyish days growing up on the family farm.  The worst gash involved tiny bits of gravel that my mother picked from the bloodied pit in my leg. Neither gash impressed my parents enough to drive me to the doctor for stitches.  I was […]

Continue Reading By on August 25, 2014 in child development, climate change, creation care, green, Healthy Families, parenting, safer chemicals, safety

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

Down the Dirt Road, Past the Bend in the Creek

Down the dirt road, past the bend in the creek, where the sliver of pasture widens into a hundred acres of bottomland, will always be the way I remember home. Dust flying, fast pickup driving, shotgun hauling folks in rural places like this have fueled their version of the  American dream with ingenuity and grit. […]

Continue Reading By on June 30, 2014 in agriculture, home

Talking Non-Toxics & Organics for Home at March Clean Couponing Party

*The following is a sponsored post for #CleanCouponing sponsors Zoeganics & SOS From Texas.  My opinions are always my own. So you know about eating organic.  What other ways can an organic lifestyle benefit you or your family? Did you know a large portion of the globe’s pesticides are used, not on food, but on […]

Continue Reading By on March 1, 2014 in clean couponing, environmental, health, home, organic, parenting, pesticides, safer chemicals, textiles, Uncategorized

Clean Couponing Twitter Party Tonight!

Family dinner is done, the kids are tucked into bed, you’ve finished those last few things on the to-do list.  It’s 9 o’clock Eastern time, 8 Central, so it must be time for a Twitter party! YOU are invited to our first ever Clean Couponing Twitter party tonight, co-hosted by and  We’ll chat […]

Continue Reading By on January 16, 2014 in frugal, green, shopping

New Year Brings New, Less Toxic Choices in Household Furniture

Shopping for new furniture and following some big New Year’s deals?  You might consider waiting a while, or at least asking the right questions before you buy, according to experts in science and sustainability.  The United States has entered a new era of environmental safety in household furniture. At some point soon, you should be […]

Continue Reading By on January 6, 2014 in children, health, home, safer chemicals, toxic, Uncategorized

The Housing Hour Shares Green Home Tips

Ready to save money and energy in the new year?  A great place to start is at home.  A few simple updates might make you feel cozier this winter, too.  Host Kevin Rhea and Co-Host Mark Griffith at The Housing Hour are sharing practical ideas for making your home more energy efficient.  On their radio […]

Continue Reading By on December 31, 2013 in conservation, green, home