Phew! It’s been a week, hasn’t it?

Whether you were already a homeschool mom or not, I think all of us can agree that this is not our normal. I happen to be a big homebody myself, but I live for my coffee shop happy place on Monday/Wednesday/Fridays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. while my youngest is in preschool.

It’s not easy to deal with all of our responsibilities when our social outlets are taken from us. Being cooped up under the same roof 24/7 with all of our beloved family members is not normal. …


Spring is a time for rebirth, summer brings fun in the sun, and autumn offers us nature’s color dance . . but then there is winter. With frigid temps and dark days that make you want to drop all responsibilities and get cozy, it’s often hard to find your groove in winter.

Half a million Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, a temporary depressive disorder that arrives as the days begin to shorten. Three quarters of these sufferers are women. The condition often involves anxiety, irritability, and apathy. …


Recycling is not typically a topic that kids get excited about. The good news is, there are ways in which we can approach it that will get them more engaged.

Break it down to their level

We’ve all seen those horrifying images of entire islands covered in trash, like the one below. That’s a good place to start in order to help children grasp the importance of the task at hand.


Due to my niche as a green living blogger, I can safely assume that the majority of my readers place the health of their families near the top of their priority lists. That said, the act of living a healthy life means different things to different people.

For some of us that may mean getting ourselves to the gym regularly. For others that may be eating a well-balanced diet. But what exactly is a healthy diet?

There are so many trendy new ways of eating that have come out in recent years. Paleo, keto, whole 30, gluten-free . . …


plastic-free July

Plastic-free July

In honor of Plastic-free July–the nationwide awareness of and attempt to purge the plastic in our lives–I am sharing tips on how to do just that in all areas of our lives where plastic is involved. And that comprises many.

The Invention of Plastic

I realize how hard it may be to believe this, but there was a time when Americans survived without plastic. There were no plastic shopping bags clogging our oceans. There were no plastic straws impaling our turtles. For every use that plastic now has, we either substituted something else or we lived without the use.

Plastic was invented in 1869…


Glyphosate, known commercially as Roundup, is a herbicide that has been sold by Monsanto to farmers since 1974. While this product was originally deemed safe for human exposure, there have been studies and media reports in recent years that portray otherwise. This has led to a public outcry and a panic among parents, especially.

“The EPA has calculated that 1-to-2-year-old children are likely to have the highest exposure, at a level 2x greater than California’s No Significant Risk Level and 230x EWG’s health benchmark.” The Environmental Working Group

A Brief History

When Glyphosate was first introduced to farmers, the product was merely sprayed…


A lot of us have good intentions when it comes to “going green,” but get overwhelmed when trying to figure it out. We just don’t have a lot of time to learn how to go about it.

Lucky for you, I’ve taken the footwork out of it! Here are 69 ways to “go green” as a family:

In the Kitchen

1.Find ways to base most of your family meals around locally sourced foods. A lot of gas goes into getting your food to the grocery store. Besides that, it loses a lot of its freshness in the process.

2. Eat at least one…

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“Spreading the word about living green & clean.”

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