getting back to my roots: my journey in true health and natural living

Urban Homesteading

I Wonder What My Neighbors Must Think

I Wonder What My Neighbors Must Think

It’s something I do wonder quite often. What must my neighbors think of my homesteading ways? Do they think I’m strange when I cut the front yard with my reel mower? What must they think when I hang all my laundry out on the clothesline? Do they wonder about the piles of dirt, leaves, and […]

Ditch the Lawnmower. Get a Reel One.

Ditch the Lawnmower. Get a Reel One.

Nope, that’s not a typo. You may not be familiar with the term reel mower, but it’s the correct name for a self-propelled mower without a motor (gas, electric, or otherwise). And no, this isn’t anything like the mowers your father and grandfather have told you horror stories about. I know you’ve heard the anecdotes […]

Don’t Be Disposable (A Challenge)

Don’t Be Disposable (A Challenge)

This post is #3 in the Growing Green series in honor of Earth Day on April 22. You can find other great posts related to THINKING green this week on these blogs: i Dream of Clean Broccoli Cupcake The Frugal Seed   I wouldn’t necessarily call my myself a pack rat (though through my life […]

5 Simple Tips to Green Your Backyard

5 Simple Tips to Green Your Backyard

This post is part of a series in honor of Earth Day on April 22 – Simple Tips for Going Green. You can find other great posts related to going green on these blogs: i Dream of Clean Broccoli Cupcake The Frugal Seed   I am all about baby steps when it comes to starting […]

New Printable PDFs (FREE!)

Something free! Is that why you clicked through? Just for the record, if you did, I don’t blame you one bit. I’m in the same boat. If it’s free, I’m potentially interested in whatever it is (though this can be incredibly dangerous for someone with multiple pack rats in their generational line! I’m learning the […]

Upside Down Fire

Wood burning stoves may not be all that common in America (at least in the South where I’m from), but they are in just about every single home in New Zealand. Most homes there are hopelessly uninsulated, but at least most of their heat sources are energy efficient and completely natural. Drew and I struggled […]

25 Tips for Going Green

25 Tips for Going Green

I believe in caring for the earth we live on. I believe we are called to be good stewards of what we’re given. To have authority over the plants and animals around us, but I like to think of it as a mutually beneficial relationship instead of a dictatorship. To husband the earth, in effect. […]

5 Reasons to Eat Local

The ‘locavore’ movement has been gaining attention over the last few years. Plenty of people have documented their challenge to eat only local, all the time. Some may even call it a food trend (imagine that), but there are heaps of reasons why eating food that’s been grown in your area is definitely not a […]

Vinegar in Every Room

The Ultimate Guide to Multi-Tasking with Vinegar I find it fascinating all the multi-tasking you can do with one simple substance. Take baking soda, for instance. Cook with it, clean with it, and make your fridge smell nice. Or lemons. Make lemonade, juice them, clean with them, prevent sliced apples and avocados from turning brown. […]

Homemade Cleaning Products

This isn’t exactly the time of year for spring cleaning, but as I’m preparing to move out of my apartment at the end of the month, making sure everything is spic and span has found it’s way higher on the to-do list. But you won’t find Windex and Clorox Clean-up under my kitchen sink. The […]