Baking soda – it’s not just for baking! If I could only have one type of cleaning product for my whole house, it would be baking soda – pure and simple. Non-toxic baking soda has so many practical uses without the worry of harsh chemicals. Here are just a few: Safely clean baby or pet toys – Use 4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water. Wash toys with a clean damp sponge or cloth, rinse and dry. Clean baby equipment (stroller, high chair, changing table, exersaucer, swing, etc.) – Just sprinkle baking soda on a clean damp sponge and rubRead More →

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I posted about the new Mothers Milk Bank of New England’s quest to win $10,000 from Ideablob? Guess what! They won!! Thanks to everyone who voted and posted about it elsewhere. Your willingness to vote and spread the word will make such a difference to many babies and families in the New England area! :) You can read more about the big announcement over on Ideablob and here’s a link to the Mothers Milk Bank of New England.

On Wednesday Jody and I got a surprise letter from the IRS, an early Valentine if you will, stating we owed $2,000 in back taxes from 2006. Isn’t that the sweetest thing? Apparently we made an error in filing our 2006 taxes and failed to include some stocks Jody received through work. He was under the impression that taxes were already deducted; they were not. It was an honest mistake on our part, but a mistake nonetheless and the IRS has come a-knocking to claim what is theirs – with interest. The shock of finding out we will need to part with $2,000 by MarchRead More →

Inspired by Crunchy Chicken’s recent funny posts – Planning a Green Valentine’s and Sex is Greeny, I assembled my own green list for last-minute Valentine’s day preparations. Chocolate – In my opinion you can never do wrong giving chocolate as a gift, just make sure it is the fair trade (slavery-free) variety. Here’s a list of companies known to sell fair trade cocoa products: Clif Bar Cloud Nine Dagoba Organic Chocolate Denman Island Chocolate Gardners Candies Green and Black’s Kailua Candy Company Koppers Chocolate L.A. Burdick Chocolates La Siembre Montezuma’s Chocolates Newman’s Own Organics Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company Rapunzel Pure Organics The Endangered Species ChocolateRead More →

Check out the heart that showed up in my first batch of brownies made from scratch. It’s like they knew Valentine’s day was right around the corner (oh, and how much I love brownies too)! :) Seriously, I didn’t alter the brownies or the photo at all. This is how they came out of the oven. Jody declared them “Valentine’s brownies” and I said, “I have to take a picture of that!” More Wordless Wednesday.