Our New Creations Inspired by Nature

Typical of a Montana spring, we had a few warm and sunny days in the last month but this week has been a return to gray, dreary days. We've been getting some much needed rain so I cannot complain although it is challenging to be cooped up in the house again, especially when I look out the window and see the half dug new garden expansion in the yard. One of the best things … [Read more...]

How to Start Garden Seeds Indoors

Since we live in a cold climate with a short growing season, starting some of our garden seeds indoors is a must if we want to maximize our harvest. Last week I shared about selecting garden seeds that grow well in cold climates so this week I’m going to share how to start seeds indoors. Most seed packs recommend you sow your seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. … [Read more...]

Garden Seed Selection Tips For Cold Climates

Selecting garden seeds was something I never used to give much thought to. I would pick out seed packs of vegetables and fruits I grew up eating or thought “it would be fun to grow this.” After several years of failed attempts at growing corn and melons in the cold climate of Montana, I realized that some produce just does not grow as well in our area. I started chatting with … [Read more...]

How to Naturally Polish Silver

Polishing silver is not something I do very often but when I need to, I use this easy natural polish: toothpaste. I’m sure you’re asking yourself “Toothpaste?” and thinking I’m crazy. But I swear it works wonders. Even the natural brand toothpaste we have does the trick. No need for special chemical cleaners or polishing cloths, just a dab of toothpaste!I read a number of years … [Read more...]

How to Regrow Green Onions Year Round

Green onions are one of those things that always used to be on my grocery list. At 99 cents a bunch it may not sound like a lot of money but over a month it would add up to a few dollars. Being able to grow green onions year round in Montana helps us save money over time. Plus it is always fun to have a mini-garden indoors while it dumps snow outside in the winter! Growing … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why Cloth Diapers are Better Than Disposables

I always knew that I would be a cloth diapering mama. Why? Because I’m an earth conscious consumer and because I was a cloth diapered baby. It just seems like the “normal” thing to do in my mind. If you’re considering cloth diapers and not sure if they are for you, here are five reasons why you should choose cloth diapers over disposables: Environmental impact. Of … [Read more...]

How to Use a Neti Pot to Clear Sinuses and Congestion

The neti pot is a simple, natural cold buster and sinus cleanser that has been around for thousands of years. Oddly enough, not many people know about the neti pot. It is so easy to use and is much healthier for your body than taking decongestants from the drug store. Plus it is more frugal than buying expensive cold medicines since you can purchase one for less than $15 and … [Read more...]

A Confession of What We DON’T Do To Live Eco-Friendly

 Welcome to the January 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Green Confessions. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about areas of their life where they aren't as "green" as they may want to be. Ok, it is … [Read more...]