What’s Bringing You Joy in April?

RACHEL: Any rain we get! I feel like these things tend to sneak-up on us (unless you’re the type of person who meticulously tracks the weather), but New Hampshire is heading towards a drought again. It feels a bit early in the year, yet here we are. Hannah offers some great suggestions with preventative measuresContinue reading “What’s Bringing You Joy in April?”

Earth Day Prep

Earth Day is one week from today and there is so much to do! Trees and flowers to buy. Organizations to research. Gloves and bags to find. Books to borrow…. You may not think of Earth Day as a holiday that requires preparation, but a successful Earth Day requires just as much forethought as anyContinue reading “Earth Day Prep”

Be the Change – Join these two challenges today!

The family and I have been working hard this spring on our new Square Foot Garden (post on that to follow). Our goal is to plant salad green and snack foods close at hand so we don’t have to bike to our community garden every time we want a snap pea or cherry tomato. WeContinue reading “Be the Change – Join these two challenges today!”

Maple Syrup is on tap at Kearsarge Gore Farm

When I texted my friend Sarah Hansen, of Kearsarge Gore Farm, last week to see if I could come learn about maple sugaring and take some pictures of the process, her response was enthusiastic: “Yes! The weather is A+++ next week.” When we arrived at the farm in Warner, everyone was busy, busy, busy. “It’sContinue reading “Maple Syrup is on tap at Kearsarge Gore Farm”

Small Wins: Tiptoeing into Sustainable Living

I have been listening to The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg on OverDrive whenever I am in the car. It’s fascinating on several levels, but the thought that keeps jumping out at me is this – sustainable, green living is all about habits, smallContinue reading “Small Wins: Tiptoeing into Sustainable Living”

Seed Starting 101

The beautiful weather these last few days has had me thinking Spring, Spring, Spring! And Spring makes me think of gardening and gardening makes me think – it’s time to start some seeds! (I wrote last month about planning for your garden, if you want to start there). March is a good time to startContinue reading “Seed Starting 101”

Stop! Don’t trash that! Thin Plastics Edition

It happens all the time! I’m trying to be all low-waste and then suddenly there it is – plastic film. Birthday presents come shrink-wrapped in it. Produce comes enshrined in it. Lovely neighborly baked goods come packed in it. Toilet paper is encased in it. Somehow, even though I haven’t bought a sandwich bag inContinue reading “Stop! Don’t trash that! Thin Plastics Edition”

Why I am NOT a minimalist.

If you’ve been following GreenLifeNH for any length of time, you have probably noticed a theme to my posts. I’m all about buying less, taking care of what you have, and doing things yourself if you can. So, it would be a natural jump to assume I am a minimalist. In fact, minimalism and environmentalismContinue reading “Why I am NOT a minimalist.”

Five Questions with Laura Johnson of Design 645

I had a fun and inspiring chat with my friend, Laura Johnson, this weekend about sustainable ways to redecorate your home using what you have, found treasures, and eco-friendly materials. Laura runs Design 645, an interior design studio based in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. You can see Laura’s work on Instagram and Facebook. I think IContinue reading “Five Questions with Laura Johnson of Design 645”

What’s your magic number?

This has been a cold February here in New Hampshire. Cold and snowy and Februarish and I’m not complaining in the slightest. But this month has been a test of our magic number, so I think it’s time we talk about it. Our magic number is 63. That is, we set our downstairs thermostat toContinue reading “What’s your magic number?”