Today I’m joining with Wooly Moss Roots to celebrate Gratitude Sunday.
It’s the time of year when people start counting down the days until spring. I begin hearing a lot of complaining about the cold, the snow, and winter in general.
I understand. It definitely will be nice to feel warmth, wear sandals, and get into the car without scraping off ice.
However, we’re doing ourselves a disservice to wish away the rest of this season. Despite how it might feel, winter will end, and there are even ways to enjoy the rest of it. Continue reading
Here we are at another turn of the wheel of the year.
Today marks the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Many who celebrate the seasons of the Earth call this day Imbolc, although it is also known as Candlemas to some and Bride’s Eve to others.
This is the time when winter may start to feel long, gray, and drawn out, but the spirit of this holiday reminds us to keep searching. Just beneath the snow are the rumblings of spring. Just as we look out to another gray sky, we also see the days growing longer and new buds on the trees. Continue reading
As you might have guessed, we are a cloth diapering family.
From day one, our baby has had a fluffy bottom and she’s still going strong at 13 weeks.
The soft, sensitive skin of our babies deserves extra special care. So many body products contain chemicals that aren’t as safe as we’d hope. You can see how your products rank on the Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetic Database. More than 74,000 common products are evaluated for their safety including their risk to contributing to cancer or development of allergies. It’s a pretty impressive resource!
The site also provides tips for specific chemicals to look out for and avoid in each age group. For example, in babies, be sure to avoid diaper creams that contain BHA, Boric Acid, or fragrances. Better yet, make your own diaper cream by making plantain salve!
Similarly, it is quite possible to make some of your own products for baby’s bath time. Today I’d like to share a simple recipe for calming and cleansing baby bath herbs. Continue reading
One of the best things about blogging is discovering a new community of people with shared interests and goals. One such kindred spirit is Mari of the blog Gather and Grow. She is a fellow lover of permaculture and has graciously shared some great tips and inspiration for many of us who are interested in being more self-sufficient but feel limited by the space constraints of the urban environment.
Whether you live in an urban environment, or on many acres of land – I think you’ll find something useful here!
Permaculture Strategies for Urban Homes and Small Spaces
Permaculture designers love challenges. After all, permaculture is not just a set of organic gardening techniques, but a toolkit, a decision-making process, for designing sustainable human settlements. And one of its fundamental principles is: “The problem is the solution.”
What if we apply this principle to a challenge that many of us are all too familiar with: living in small urban spaces with little or no access to actual soil on which to grow food? Permaculture and gardening books present pictures of lovely, lush farm landscapes and large suburban lots overflowing with greenery, fruit trees, and vegetable gardens, perhaps even with small livestock. But what do you do if you live in an apartment, or have only a postage-stamp-sized bit of yard by your front door?
The permaculture answer: you can still do a lot. In this case, seeing the problem as the solution means turning the seeming constraints of an urban environment – the density of buildings, people, and resources – to your advantage, and doing things like intensive planting, vertical growing, and maximizing solar exposure in- and outdoors. Here I present ideas and strategies first for the apartment dweller, and then for those who do have yard space but it’s limited. Continue reading
Here’s a quick and easy project to help “green-up” your laundry: felted laundry balls. They’re non-toxic, save energy, and can be composted when you’re done with them!
But why would you want to use balls of wool instead of your usual dryer sheets? Commercial dryer sheets often contain harmful chemicals that attach to clothing allowing them to enter your body as you wear your clothes.
I figure I’ll jump on the bandwagon and do a “best of” 2013 post. The following 10 posts were the most viewed this year (even though some were published in 2012). It looks like my herbal how-to posts are very well received. I have many more of these up my sleeves so I’ll be sure to do more in the future!
The Light Footsteps Family has been busy enjoying the transition to a family of three. I’m not sure how so many other women bloggers manage to keep cranking out posts once they have a new baby. Guest bloggers, perhaps? Anyone interested in doing some here? I’d take ‘em!
Hopefully sometime in the new year I’ll be able to start posting more regularly again. Recently, I thought I’d have a lot of new content soon as we were planning to close on a new 23-acre homestead tomorrow, but unfortunately, it has fallen through yet again. I’m not sure if we’ll keep waiting around or start looking at new properties again. This certainly has been a long search.
In other news, today is Baby Light Footstep’s 2-month birthday! I wrote her a letter today that I thought might be fun to share here. I hope you enjoy reading the highlights of our first two months, too.
I’m late in wishing you a Happy Solstice and Festive Yule — one of the most promising Earth-based holidays of the year (the light returns!), but you’ll have to excuse me for I am often distracted by my favorite gift of the season. Continue reading