Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

My girls’ school read this book last week, in relation to the election. While there’s obviously a lot to say about our new first woman Vice President (yay!) and how we await the first woman President, that’s not the only reason why I like reading this story with my daughters. For me, I think it’sContinue reading “Sofia Valdez, Future Prez”

Earth Jams for the Kids

Matt Loosigian’s album, Hungry for the Sun, is just the right mix of fun and educational. Kids learn about important environmental topics – recycling, energy use, composting, and habitats – through Matt’s excellent lyrics and classic blues, rock, and reggae music. It is one of the few made-for-kids albums that I actually enjoy listening toContinue reading “Earth Jams for the Kids”

The Omnivore’s Dilemma

I love to read and tend to gravitate towards novels. Yet it’s the non-fiction books that have changed my life and way of thinking. The Omnivore’s Dilemma (OD) is one of those books. I first read the OD when it was published almost 15 years ago. If you are looking to understand the terms “free-rangeContinue reading “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”

A Vegetarian Cookbook for People who like Meat and Potatoes

Do you wish you could be vegetarian, but you don’t know how? Are you worried you will leave the table hungry or dissatisfied? Or are you a vegetarian already, but your partner and kids think you’re crazy when you suggest they try it? Often vegetarian and vegan cookbooks don’t help the matter. They are filledContinue reading “A Vegetarian Cookbook for People who like Meat and Potatoes”

How Bad are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything Review

I love this book! I read it first in 2010 and it has shaped a lot of my decisions since then. I am rereading it now to refresh my memory. The basic premise of the book is obvious from its subtitle. Mike Berners-Lee spent a considerable amount of time researching the carbon footprint of overContinue reading “How Bad are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything Review”

Think you’re making good climate choices? Take this NY Times Quiz to find out!

Want to cut down on your carbon footprint, but not sure the best way to proceed? Wondering whether you should go vegetarian or switch to a hybrid… it turns out a lot of us (me included) have misconceptions about which of our behaviors are the most carbon intensive. Take this New York Times quiz toContinue reading “Think you’re making good climate choices? Take this NY Times Quiz to find out!”

David Wallace-Wells “The Uninhabitable Earth”

As a lay person, I’ve been interested in the environment and climate change for about a decade. However it was a few years ago- when I watched my child pull off her coat because she was too hot to ski (it was 55 degrees on that January day) – that I became truly passionate aboutContinue reading “David Wallace-Wells “The Uninhabitable Earth””

We Are The Weather

Jonathan Safran Foer has been writing about vegetarianism for over a decade. I read his book “Eating Animals” a while back but admittedly didn’t finish it. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve tried going fully vegetarian many times but always go back to meat. I think my difficulty is due to a combination of factors; I’mContinue reading “We Are The Weather”

Going Green & Living Clean Quick Start Guide by Rebekah Lara

Available on her website,, Rebekah Lara’s e-book is a great resource for those who want to make greener, cleaner life changes, but don’t want to do all the legwork to research and find new products. Set up as a check-list, the guide walks you through swaps* for your bathroom, laundry, kitchen, and cleaning suppliesContinue reading “Going Green & Living Clean Quick Start Guide by Rebekah Lara”

Pretend Soup and Salad People by Mollie Katzen and Ann Henderson

Want to raise vegetarian children who love cooking and eat their vegetables? These two books are just what you need! Full of fun and inventive recipes, they make cooking easy with step-by-step pictures that even non-readers can follow (there is also an adult version of each recipe). All the recipes are vegetarian, which makes choosingContinue reading “Pretend Soup and Salad People by Mollie Katzen and Ann Henderson”