Think about this Thursday: What are the benefits of essential oils?

Today's Think about this Thursday post has been written by Jo from Jo's Health Corner. I would love it if you could check out her blog and say hello! She offers some great suggestions for obtaining optimal health without going broke! Here is some helpful information that she has put together about the benefits of essential oils!Benefits of essential oilsEssential oils are a wonderful addition to a natural medicine cabinet at home. They are very versatile, and I love that I can use the same bottle for multiple things. I use the same essential … [Read more...]

How many legs did that thing have? (Think about this Thursday)

You are innocently washing your dishes or cleaning your kitchen floor, your neighbor has his yard service fertilizing his lawn, when you realize that you need a fresh pineapple from the grocery store for that new recipe you want to try. You hop in the car and drive to the store and pick up your conventionally grown pineapple from half way around the world and then head back home. Sound familiar? Every aspect of our lives create pollution of one sort or another and that pollution ends up in our water, our air, and in every living creature on … [Read more...]

Beekeeping For Dummies: Everything You Need to Know About Beekeeping

Beekeeping is a great way to support our pollinators.  Of course, raising honeybees isn't easy!  How do you build a beehive?  Where do you buy honeybees? If you want answers to these questions, Beekeeping for Dummies can help! Interested in raising honey bees? Beekeeping for Dummies is a friendly, practical guide to starting your own beehive. It includes expert tips for maintaining a healthy honeybee colony. You get the latest on honey bee medication and treatments, harvesting and marketing your honey, and the impact the … [Read more...]

Support Eco Conscious Crop Biodiversity for a Stable Food Supply

According to The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, only about a quarter of crop diversity is left.  One dozen species now gives 90% of the animal protein eaten globally. In addition to that, just 4 crop species supply half of plant based calories in the human diet. Eco conscious crop biodiversity needs to become a major concern for a stable food supply.  Eco Conscious Crop Biodiversity “In other environmental issues we tell people to stop something, reduce their impact, reduce their damage,” states US Ecologist … [Read more...]

Eating Locally: How and Why You Should Support a Local Farmer

I am always looking for educational opportunities to share with my children. A trip to the grocery store is a geography lesson all by itself. Apples from New Zealand, oranges from South Africa, and grapes from Chili. The list of countries goes on and on. Eating locally is challenging when you shop at a large chain grocery store but it is vital for a sustainable food supply! There are many benefits of eating locally grown food for both you AND the planet.  Eating Locally: Does it Matter? We hear every day about how we live in a … [Read more...]

The River Cottage Bread Handbook

Want to start making homemade bread?  The River Cottage Bread Handbook should be added to your bread making cookbooks and supplies!  I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the art of bread making, whether you are a novice or a pro! The River Cottage Bread Handbook Buy This Bread Making Handbook! Title: The River Cottage Bread Handbook   Author: Daniel Stevens ISBN: 978-1580081863 Publisher: Ten Speed Press Genre: cooking Pages: 224 (Hardcover) From the back cover: The River Cottage farm, … [Read more...]

Green Toys for a Safer Play Time!

Green Toys are rising in popularity over the last few years. With so many recalls every day regarding hazardous children's toys, we really need to start demanding a higher quality product for our kids. We should not have to worry about lead, phthalates, or other cancer-causing agents being incorporated into their toys. Green Toys takes pride in their products and makes toys that are free of harmful chemicals and made from recycled plastics.    Why Choose Green Toys? All the toys made by Green Toys contain no BPA, no … [Read more...]

Asphalt or Concrete Roads: Which Is More Eco Friendly?

My husband is really getting into the whole eco friendly lifestyle. I have even heard him telling friends and family how little trash we throw away each week. I 'm glad he doesn't think I'm a complete nutcase! So, recently he asked me "Which is better for the environment: Asphalt or Concrete roads?" To be honest, I had never given it much thought so I did a little research and thought I would share! Which is better? Asphalt or Concrete Roads? Are Asphalt Roads Greener? Asphalt or concrete roads? Which is the better choice for the … [Read more...]

Natural Pest and Disease Control

Over the last few years, I have been trying my hand at organic gardening. I am learning, quite quickly, that it is NOT easy! Luckily, books like The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control are around. It's a great help to poor souls like me who just don't have much of a green thumb! The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control Title: The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control Subtitle: A Complete Guide to Maintaining a Healthy Garden and Yard the Earth Friendly … [Read more...]

Will You Boycott Blueberries Over Child Labor Concerns?

If you are against child labor, you may have to boycott blueberries after you read this post. Did any of you see the MSN article about the crackdown on farmers who hire underage children? Did you know that current laws allow children as young as 12 to be employed in the fields? When we go to the grocery store and see all those lovely little baskets of blueberries, they look so inviting. Ever stop to think how much work went into getting them to the store in those nice little packages? Child Labor in the Farming Industry In no other … [Read more...]

Considering Desert Gardening? Read Tough Plants in a Fragile Land

Tough Plants in a Fragile land is an amazing look at the challenges and joy of desert gardening. From the fragrant Desert Lavender to the hearty Creosote Bush, Fritzie Von Jessen introduces beginning and avid gardeners to the beauty of desert gardening. And by using native plants and learning to garden in a chemical free and holistic manner, you can grow beautiful desert plants while still being gentle to our planet. Tough Plants in a Fragile Land Love Desert Gardening? Buy this book on Amazon! Title: Tough Plants in a Fragile … [Read more...]

The Dirty Six: Worst Practices in Agribusiness

If you are worried about the worst practices in agribusiness, there are a few that are worse than others. In the food industry, those are called the dirty six. The absolutely worst 6 agricultural practices according to people who care about such things. I am one of them. If you are equally concerned about the state of our food production system, this post may help. Food, Inc. is Eye Opening I have been reading the companion guide to the movie Food, Inc. I have not seen the movie yet since I wanted to read this first and it has been quite … [Read more...]

Sproutman’s Kitchen Garden Cookbook

Sproutman's Kitchen Garden Cookbook contains 250 flourless, dairyless, low temperature, low fat, low salt, living food vegetarian recipes. This cookbook would be great for someone dedicated to removing dairy, wheat, and meat from their diets. Title: Sproutman's Kitchen Garden Cookbook ISBN: 978-1878736864 Author: Steve Meyerowitz Publisher: Book Publishing Company Genre: cookbook Pages: 322 pages (paperback) Buy this book on Amazon About Sproutman's Kitchen Garden Cookbook The information in this book includes: Dairy - the Pros and … [Read more...]

The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible

The Vegetable Gardeners Bible contains everything a gardener needs to know! Join Ed Smith and hundreds of thousands of happy gardeners who are using the W-O-R-D system to grow their own delicious, abundant, organic vegetables. Title: The Vegetable Gardeners Bible Author: Edward C. Smith ISBN:978-1-60342-475-2 Genre: Gardening Publisher: Storey Publishing Pages:336 (paperback) Buy This Gardening Book on Amazon About The Vegetable Gardeners Bible Already loved for its friendly advice, vegetable specific information, and unwavering … [Read more...]

Raw Food Made Easy For 1 or 2 People

Raw Food Made Easy For 1 or 2 People is a good book for someone just starting out in the kitchen who wants to follow a raw food diet. It would also be good for someone who may just want to include some raw food recipes into their diet as a way to improve their health. Title: Raw Food Made Easy Subtitle: For 1 or 2 People Author: Jennifer Cornbleet ISBN: 978-1-57067-175-3 Genre: cookbook Publisher: Book Publishing Company Pages: 185 (paperback)  Buy This Raw Food Cookbook on Amazon About Raw Food Made Easy Well Known Chicago … [Read more...]

The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!

Grow the vegetables and fruits your family loves. Keep bees, raise chickens, goats, or even a cow. The Backyard Homestead shows you how it's done. If you are interested in learning how to homestead, this is a great beginner resource for you. This book seems to have enough information in it that you can use it to begin your journey to self sufficiency. If you are interested in homesteading, check out some of my posts like the one on uses for wood ash and my soap making book review. Book Title: The Backyard Homestead Subtitle: Produce all … [Read more...]

The Beginner’s Guide to Preserving Food at Home

Preserving food at home doesn't have to be hard. You don't need a lot of time or years of experience to preserve garden fresh fruits and vegetables. This book has simple step-by-step instructions five you the confidence and know how to freeze, dry, can, root cellar, and brine the abundance from your CSA share or summer garden. Check out my post on how to freeze zucchini and if you really want to start preserving your harvest, keep reading to learn more about this book! The Beginner's Guide to Preserving Food at Home Book Title: The … [Read more...]

Children’s Earth Day Book: Be Cool, Follow Earth’s Rule

Looking for a children's Earth Day Book? Just in time for Earth Day, Be Cool, Follow Earth's Rule by Penelope Ann Kysiak is a wonderful book to teach young children the importance of caring for our planet. Check out this list of other Earth Day Books for Kids and teach your children how to be kind to the earth. Children's Earth Day Book Be Cool, Follow Earth's Rule by Penelope Ann Kysiak Book Title: Be Cool, Follow Earth's Rule Author: Penelope Ann Kysiak Genre: Children's ISBN: 978-1-4349-0250-4 Publisher: Dorrance Publishing Co., … [Read more...]

Grandma’s Back to Basics All Natural More Than Just a Cookbook

Grandma's Back to Basics All Natural More Than Just a Cookbook (published by Dorrance Publishing) by Teresa Thompson is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in learning how get back to a more simple style of cooking. This cookbook is a paperback and has 281 pages of recipes, including chapters on Appetizers, Beverages, Breads, Breakfast, Desserts, Soups/Sandwiches, Sauces/Dressing, Vegetables, and Main Dishes. Every recipe uses simple and easy to find ingredients such as whole wheat flour, real butter, eggs, and fresh fruits and … [Read more...]