October 1000 Hours Outside Update

Fall is here and I’m trying to take advantage of the crisp weather and green grass before snow covers the ground. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my kids started a new school and get less recess than before. It really worried me because I do believe kids need to move in order to beContinue reading “October 1000 Hours Outside Update”

Products We Use: Organic Cotton

We buy most of our clothing used from local shops or from online retailers, but there are some things I just can’t bring myself to buy used. Masks, underwear, bras, pajamas, socks, towels, and sheets are the obvious ones for me. All of these fabrics touch our bodies up close and personal and I’m justContinue reading “Products We Use: Organic Cotton”

Invasives are Everywhere! How can YOU help NH?!

This fall, I am participating in the UNH Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Program and I am absolutely loving it. This week one of the sessions was on invasive species in New Hampshire and I was astonished to learn that many of the plants and trees I see on a daily basis are not only invasive,Continue reading “Invasives are Everywhere! How can YOU help NH?!”

Why I grow my own food

In a world where I can drive ten minutes to the grocery store and buy perfectly clean, spot-free tomatoes and bright green, uniformly-sized greens, and scrubbed, spotless potatoes for less than $20, why did I just spend an hour bent over my garden, hands in the dirt, to harvest funny-shaped, nibbled tomatoes, greens, and potatoesContinue reading “Why I grow my own food”

August’s Zero Waste Wins and Goals

For our family, this is the last true week of summer vacation before school starts again! Three of us head back to schedules and our daily routines. While I’d say we’re looking forward to getting into the swing of things, we’re also sad to say goodbye to leisurely beach and pool days. My to-do listContinue reading “August’s Zero Waste Wins and Goals”

My Five Favorite Gardening Books

I have been growing vegetables for six years now. Each year I gather a bigger, better harvest and feel more confident in my abilities, but I still have SO MUCH to learn. Luckily, there are hundreds of gardening books available to help me. Here are my five favorite books: Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardening Handbook by RonContinue reading “My Five Favorite Gardening Books”

Back to School Products We Use

It’s that time of year again! Time to pack up the dear children and send them back to school. When I was a kid, that always meant a trip to the mall for back to school clothes, shoes, and sometimes even a new backpack or lunchbox. Then we’d head to Staples for all new schoolContinue reading “Back to School Products We Use”

Fun Recipes for Eating Local in August

It’s August in New Hampshire. Gardens are overflowing with fresh, local vegetables and fruits; chickens are laying lots of eggs and cows are giving lots of milk; orchards and berry bushes are laden with fruits. It’s a wonderful time to be a Granite Stater! I’ve included breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert ideas to get yourContinue reading “Fun Recipes for Eating Local in August”