Coriander comes from the Greek word, "koris," which means bed bugs, because the little seeds resemble bugs. Its peculiar smell doesn't help either. And recently, scientific studies have found a correlation between the fat cells in coriander and that of bed bugs. Bear with me as I shriek, EEEEW! Many people have that reaction to this plant, the leaves of which are … [Read more...] about Coriander – the good, the bad, and the ugly
I love getting new clothes. I love finding something that makes me feel either pretty, is super comfortable, or is perfect for a certain occasion. But I'm often torn with the feelings of guilt from spending needless money (I really don’t NEED anything new) as well as the fact that acquiring things I don’t need just seems wasteful. One solution is to buy one thing that … [Read more...] about Clothing Swaps: An Easy, Eco-Friendly Way to Get New Clothes
My family was lucky enough to be invited by our in-laws to join them for a few days of sailing through the North Channel in Canada. My husband used to go on this same trip growing up and has told our kids many stories. We were all excited for the adventure and there were lots of highlights. The kids spent quality time with their grandparents, our oldest learned the … [Read more...] about Smart Sailing: 7 Conservation Lessons Learned On The High Seas
While out for a run today, I was reminded of all the times I tell my kids to turn off their electronics and just appreciate what is around them. Well, it took me over 3 frustrated miles of my run to truly learn that lesson. I woke this morning to find that the humidity that has blanketed the Midwest this summer had finally lifted, the sun was shining and I was excited to go for … [Read more...] about Disconnect From Distractions And Try Running Unplugged!
I try to live a healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle. I recycle and try to buy eco-friendly cleaning products. I eat healthy foods (most of the time) and exercise regularly. The motivation for this lifestyle has come from my need to feel good, and from reading blogs and magazines about the need for us all to live greener lives for the sake of our environment and ourselves. Part … [Read more...] about Using Nature To Inspire Kids To Live Green