Fermented Food Guide: the basics + 19 beginner recipes

4 Reasons to Make Your Own Cleaning Products

When my daughter started crawling and putting everything she could find in her mouth, I really started questioning our household cleaning products. Although I had an idea that they were somewhat toxic, I never realized the full extent of their destruction until I started to do more research. Turns out, the common household, multi-purpose cleaner is far more toxic than I’d imagined, and inside the home, it’s our little ones and pets who suffer from these products the most. Here are 4 reasons to make your own cleaning products…

Homemade Cleaning Products

18 Creative Ways to Conserve Water During a Drought

Sunshine Coast, B.C. Canada is finally living up to it’s name – it has become a very sunshine-y coast, indeed. I never thought I’d be wishing for rain in August, but I am! Yesterday, for the first time since I’ve lived here (20-somethin’-years), the Sunshine Coast has entered into Stage 4 water restrictions, which is as “strict” as water restrictions get. This means no outdoor watering of any kind – including your garden!!! These stage 4 requirements definitely have me scratching my head. Am I supposed to let my efforts and organic vegetables wither away and die, just to re-buy them at the grocery store?

Save The Bees – 8 Things You Can Do!

If you follow environmental news at all, then you’re aware of the steady decline of pollinating insects, like bees and monarch butterflies, which are currently at historical lows. We rely on these pollinators for fertilization and reproduction of 75% of our food, and 90% of the world’s plants. This is a crisis, as our lives depend on the regeneration of plants –  pollination is simply an invaluable service! Did you know? Honey bees aren’t actual native to Canada. They’re originally imported from Europe and are very different from native bees.  Honey bees colonize in hives, and native bees are solitary and live in…
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Save the Bees

No Grocery Store/Eat Local Challenge

Do you remember last summer when I shared my family’s experience about our summer without visiting the grocery store, and strictly relied on food from local gardens and farmer’s markets? If you don’t, you can read alllll about it here – Our 2014 No Grocery Store Challenge. To sum it up, last summer, as an incentive to eat cleaner, support local farmers, and decrease our ecological footprint, we set up a challenge for ourselves that included a vacation away from grocery stores and supermarkets. This included the butcher, drug stores, corner stores, etc. … essentially, anywhere where there’s a roof and tax.

10 Reasons to Spring Clean with Norwex

I don’t know what it is, but the transition into spring gives me and overwhelming urge to clean and purge! It must be the way the sun hits sticky finger prints and illuminates dust this time of year…or maybe something psychological entices me to start fresh, clear the cobwebs, wipe the slate clean, so to speak, at the change of the season. Whatever the reason, spring cleanliness has got a hold on me, right in time to discover a certain, revolutionary, cleaning tool. I’d heard rumours about these super-duper-cleaning-cloths from friends, and now I see what all of the fuss is…
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Why I Ditched the Bag & Switched to Loose Leaf Tea

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you order something from one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission, but this does not effect the price for you. I also received a free Libre Tea mug to “test,” and, sincerely, like it so much that I chose to include a review on it – all opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure here.   I never thought I’d say it, seeing as how I’ve been a total coffee addict for the past decade, but, I’m a “tea person.” Which, of course, is totally different from…
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Our 6 Week “No Grocery Store Challenge”

Are you tired of your weekly grocery store routine? Do you wish to eat more local, organic food? Do you need a reason to stop buying processed snacks and meals? Do you want to know where your food comes from? Do you want to feel great? Well if you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then you may want to consider a No Grocery Store Challenge too! Does this sound like an infomercial? Sorry, let me explain…

5 Reason Why I Love My Diva Cup!

Warning: this conversation is not for boys or immature women. I will be talking about periods, tampons and vaginas. Okay, so there’s your warning. I have to write this post, even though I know my friends are cringing, just as I did when my mom told me about the Diva Cup for the first time, because it has

10 All-Natural Air Fresheners for Your Home!

Part of living greener and detoxing your life includes replacing your synthetic “air-fresheners” with all-natural, non-toxic versions. Even if you’re not in to living a “modern hippie lifestyle,” synthetic fragrances should always be avoided! They contain formaldehyde (a known carcinogen), naphthalene (a suspected carcinogen), toluene (known to cause liver and kidney damage) and xylene (a neurotoxin). Synthetic fragrances include scented candles, spray-air fresheners, plug-ins, car-fresheners, and anything else that may have an artificial fragrance.

10 All-Natural Air Fresheners for your Home

Soaking Your Produce, and The Dirty Dozen

Growing up, I never heard my parents say, “don’t eat your fruits and vegetables, they’re not good for you.” But as a parent today, it’s something I have to consider when buying produce for my family.

Do You Soak Your Produce?