Advice Articles

Here are our 8 best tips to reuse and renew in the kitchen! Tired of the disposable lifestyle? It’s... read more
Make your own soap, lotion, and other DYI natural body products! Have you ever wondered what... read more
Among only a few native North American fruits cultivated commercially in the modern era,... read more
Baking soda is amazing! The white stuff can be used to remove stains, keep your sneakers smelling... read more
Celery. Almost every refrigerator holds a sleeve of it. Raw, it’s a grab-and-go food, with a... read more
When it comes to pumpkin carving, the idea is to have fun. We’ve got tips on carving the best... read more
Here are your pet profiles based on the zodiac signs! Capricorn December 22–January 19 Capricorn is... read more
Preserve your fruits. See how to make jams and preserves. Here are a few canning tips and recipes.... read more
“After the ecstasy, the laundry.”  I’d say that famous zen saying also holds for agony. Yes, the... read more
Since the beginning of time, it seems, people have gone above and beyond to try the latest love... read more
This contest is now closed, but we hope you enjoy these wonderful wedding photos—and we thank our... read more
Learn how to store your vegetables, fruits, and herbs—so that they keep longer and stay fresher!... read more
I’ve blogged about apples before, but it’s time for an update since it’s apple harvest season. Find... read more
This contest is now closed, but we hope you enjoy these wonderful pet photos—and we thank our... read more
I’ll admit to a lifelong coffee addiction. I drink it strong, black, and unsweetened. We buy ours... read more
There's a famous New Yorker cartoon from the early 1990’s (click on image to enlarge) about ... read more
Our ancestors knew how to preserve food—they had root cellars, storing large amounts of produce in... read more
With canned tomatoes, enjoy that garden-fresh tomato taste in sauces, soups and stews all year long... read more
Scientists have determined that each of us has a unique “odor-print,” as distinctive as our ... read more
A few years back, my adult daughter moved to a toney Virginia suburb, where she found it... read more
My mother dosed her family with generous amounts of dandelion greens as soon as she discovered... read more
The snail’s got it made—for shelter, at least. The house he’s born with, soft as a baby’s skull,... read more
Decorate your front door with a cranberry wreath this holiday season. Here's how to make your ... read more
Make a glove turkey, a cute decoration for a Thanksgiving table centerpiece. Here's how: Use... read more
Pickling is a way to preserve the bounty of the season's harvest. See our tips, pickling measures,... read more
If, like me, you grow or receive more zucchini in August than you know what to do with, this post... read more
Drying is one of the oldest forms of preservation in the world. Virtually all indigenous tribes... read more
Time to get the house prepared for Thanksgiving guests! The Old Farmer’s Almanac has long been a... read more
My yard is abuzz with bees from early Spring until late October.  Sometimes, I have to swat them... read more
It ain’t easy bein’ green ~ Kermit the Frog, 1970 Green living, green goods, green buildings, green... read more
It’s easy to find something good to say about every season – except flu season. When the cold... read more
I made my own Halloween Makeup this year and thought I would share the instructions. My son was... read more
A personal observation, a concrete seasonal reference, a pivot word or turning point that... read more
In the kitchen, we tend to waste a lot of food, water, and supplies. Here are some ways to save... read more
Create a sweet-smelling handkerchief sachet with herbs. Give the sachet as a gift, or tuck it into... read more
There’s a lot of competition for the cat food dollar out there, with advertising featuring... read more
 You, too, can understand what your cat is saying—and even talk back in a way that the cat can... read more
Pressed flowers make lovely cards, pictures, pretty boxes, and much more. Here's instructions on... read more
No, I’m not Rumplestiltskin, the cranky gnome in a Grimm fairy tale; I can’t spin straw into gold... read more
I don’t own a clothes dryer, which means using sturdy indoor and outdoor drying equipment. The year... read more