This week I wrote over at 5 Minutes For Going Green about all the brown material you’ll ever need for your compost bin. Check it out and then keep it in mind this weekend when you are raking and bagging leaves, which is something I’m sure to be doing since our trees have dumped a ton in the past week! Though since the weather is going to be awesome, and Jody will be back home (hallelujah) after 6 days in California, you might catch me and the fam at a pumpkin patch too. :) Have a great weekend.

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 →

While I’m on vacation until Aug. 9 (and quite possibly for the day or two after I get back), I’m featuring several guest bloggers. Today’s guest post comes from Carrie who blogs at Passage. “Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow At my last birthday, a friend gave me a pot of assorted mint plants. I keep the pot in a sunny window, and I catch the scent of mint over my breakfast in the morning. My husband and friends lavished me with attention and well-chosen gifts that birthday. Admit it, birthdays allRead More →

This weekend Jody aggressively brushed out our older dog who has been shedding like mad lately. The pile grew larger and larger as he added more and more to it, and I joked that we had enough to make another dog. When he and the dog had had all of the fun they could stand, he looked a little surprised when I told him to knit a sweater throw it all into the composter. I admit I was going out on a limb, but it seemed like a good idea. After all, it’s organic material, surely it couldn’t be bad for the compost heap, right?Read More →