Can you keep a China-free home? The challenges of buying American: Part 1

About a month ago my husband and I were discussing something or other when we stumbled across a major revelation:

“I hate bed skirts,” he said.

To me, someone who has had bed skirts and used them to hide storage bins under the bed for pretty much her entire life, this came as quite a shock.… Read the rest

How to Spot the Fake At Your Local Farmer’s Market

Who doesn’t love throwing some cash in your pocket and some cloth bags on your shoulder, grabbing a cup of coffee, and hitting up an afternoon or weekend farmer’s market? I know I sure do….I look forward all winter long to the time in late spring/early summer when the markets will start to open again.… Read the rest

How a wanna-be expat in her 20’s became a homegrown patriot in her 30’s

 

“You don’t have to agree with your politicians to be a patriot.” 

– Corbin O’Brien

I write to you today from my humble Wisconsin home, snuggled into a ridge overlooking the shores of Green Bay from the Door Peninsula, surrounded by a patchwork of farm fields and forest. The sight is one of beauty and contentment to me now, but had I shown it to my 20-something self, it would likely have seemed quite the foreign concept.… Read the rest

Great Tools (and Gift Ideas!) For Making the Kitchen Zero-Waste and the Home Non-Toxic

During the chilly winter season I find myself spending lots of time staying cozy at home. With the holidays just around the corner, even more of that time is spent in my kitchen participating in two of my favorite activites – cooking and baking.

But I find modern world I cook and bake in a far cry from ones of my mother and grandmothers…today’s world seems to be all about cheap convenience and disposability, with an emphasis on how fast something can be done instead of the quality of the experience.… Read the rest