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Why the Monarch Butterfly Needs Your Help

Why the Monarch Butterfly Needs Your Help

Posted by Maureen Wise, guest blogger Butterflies may be common, but I’ve always found myself stopping for a better view when one flutters by. And despite how many species there are, you know a monarch butterfly when you see one. These well-known butterflies are declining by alarming rates: populations are down between 50 percent and an […]

Six Ways to Improve the Environment in Your Neighborhood

Six Ways to Improve the Environment in Your Neighborhood

Posted by Maureen Wise, guest blogger Everyone tries to keep their lifestyle in check with more environmentally friendly habits at home, but it may be time to widen your reach. Look beyond your own domicile and help those in your community green up their lives too. You don’t have to be an “activist” to do […]

How to Make Cloth Napkins

How to Make Cloth Napkins

Posted by Maureen Wise, guest blogger I collect cloth napkins; it’s a functional hobby. These reusable napkins keep trees from being cut down and our landfills a little emptier, and they can be so pretty, too! Making your own napkins from scraps of extra fabric or old clothing you have on hand is a great […]

Spring Cleanup: For Your Stream and Your Home

Spring Cleanup: For Your Stream and Your Home

The end of this long, cold winter brings sunny spring cleanup days and new outdoor projects. My family is going to be creating a new compost area and adding to our gardens, all the while considering how that stream across the way will be impacted. It’s easy to see how choices on our property affect […]

DIY Homemade Vanilla

DIY Homemade Vanilla

Posted by Maureen Wise, guest blogger In the nineties, I was into vanilla perfume and body wash—big time. My taste in perfume has since changed, but I still can’t get enough of vanilla’s scent while baking a batch of cookies. After one particularly expensive purchase of vanilla, I decided to look into how to make vanilla […]

How to Achieve Zero Waste in Your Home

How to Achieve Zero Waste in Your Home

Posted by Maureen Wise, guest blogger Zero waste is a concept that can morph into a personal lifestyle, business practice, and community movement—if enough people join in. And the movement is really starting to take hold; Tom’s of Maine has already put forward a goal for its manufacturing facility to be waste-free by 2020. The […]

Enjoy the Benefits of Sea Salt Through Unconventional Means

Enjoy the Benefits of Sea Salt Through Unconventional Means

Posted by Maureen Wise, guest blogger Everyone has salt and pepper shakers in their kitchen for sprinkling over food at the table. Martha Stewart and Alton Brown both support its value to a home cook: “salt makes food taste more like itself,” says Stewart. It’s important stuff for sure, but there are more uses than just […]