Can you keep a China-free home? The challenges of buying American: Part 2

Last week I was talking about the alarming rise of Chinese imports in the U.S., including food items, and just how difficult it is to keep your home free of these foreign goods.

While it may not always be an easy path to follow, I don’t like supporting another country over my own if given the choice.… Read the rest

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

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

Choosing Self-Sufficiency in A Consumer Society

Adjusting to my new job has been an interesting process. Even though it was only a couple of months I’d had a completely free and open schedule, in that short period of time I seemed to have forgotten the basics of time management. Until recently I’d found myself scrambling over the past few months to keep up, get everything done, and stay in shape whilst simultaneously ensuring I was performing at peak efficiency for my new boss.… Read the rest