It’s been a while since I posted for Wordless Wednesday, so since I’ve been busy with other things and not had a chance to write much, here goes (though its not entirely wordless). Picking raspberries in a neighbor’s vacant yard. The kids ate them almost as fast as we picked them. And pickin’ green beans in our own yard. Had ’em for dinner last night. :) More Wordless Wednesday and even more WW at 5 Minutes for Mom

If your house is anything like mine lately, you’ve had an infestation of flies – both of the house and fruit variety. Here are some tips I’ve run across over the past several weeks that have helped me deal with mine, naturally. For Houseflies (or poop bugs as my daughter called them until her preschool teacher corrected her – hehe): Using a fly swatter is the best way to rid your house of them Hang a clear plastic bag of water (half-full) on or near your door. It will deter them from coming in your house in the first place. (I’m still trying out thisRead More →

We are now nearly a month into the Ditch the Disposables challenge and at last count there were just over 100 people signed up! That’s wonderful news! Thank you all for giving the challenge a go. How are you doing with it? As for me and my switch to the MoonCup and cloth pads (for backup), I don’t have anything new to report. It went well for me earlier in the month, but I haven’t had to use them again yet. As for my switch from tissues to handkerchiefs, I can’t say I’ve been doing quite as well. I received the cloth handkerchiefs that myRead More →

Ruth Lubic is a woman on a mission. At an age when most people would have already retired, she embarked on a new project – starting a midwife-operated birthing center in one of the poorest areas of Washington D.C. The infant mortality rate in D.C. is almost double the national average, yet after 800 babies in 8 years the center has “never lost a child in childbirth, and has cut the rate of premature births – the biggest risk factor for infant mortality – in half.” At age 81 Ruth Lubic continues her labor of love. She believes that low-income women can really benefit fromRead More →

After something like a year and a half of being without a functioning dishwasher (thank God my husband washes the dishes the majority of the time), I am happy to report that we finally have a new (to us) fully-functional dishwasher. Woohoo! (Thank you to my hubby and my father-in-law for fixing the pipes and getting the “new” dishwasher installed.) Now the question is – what dishwasher detergent should we use? I’d like to avoid phosphates and chlorine (for health reasons) and find something as environmentally-friendly as possible. We were using Seventh Generation or Method dish soap when washing them by hand. This topic wasRead More →

On Thursday of last week I went to my first EcoMom party/meeting at Alison’s (of Green Me) house. I didn’t even know she was local to me until a few weeks ago when I met up with her on Facebook thanks to Julie. I picked up Melissa (‘cuz carpooling is the environmentally-friendly thing to do, yo) and we joined about 20 moms in attendance – all of us concerned with helping to make the world a better, safer, greener place for our children. Add some local food and drinks (beer and wine) to that green mama passion and I think it’s safe to say aRead More →