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  1. Family Life
    Living the simple life tends to be an idyllic notion for many, and lessons from Ma Ingalls, the comforting mother in The Little House on the Prairie, teaches us how to embrace the simple lifestyle we want. Recently, I picked up The Little House on the Prairie series with my daughter. We sat...
  2. Family Life
    When you first get the bug to homestead, it can be hard to withstand the urge to buy a few acres of land. Focusing on homesteading skills lets you get started sooner. Homesteading is more than gardening and raising animals. It involves the constant development of skills and reliability on...
  3. Green Goods
    By Heather Cori Rader "Mom, why don't people love the Earf?" asks my son, Jamin. He holds a bag bulging with the trash that he and his dad have picked up from our street. "Because we don't teach our children about reverence," I reply. I smile as he tries the word out for the first time...
  4. Family Life
    My blogging life (my entire life, actually) was rudely interrupted one week ago today, when I was badly bitten by a neighbor's dog. It has put the issue of dog owner denial front and center for me. I realize it could have been much worse, and then my mind spins out further into other scenarios...
  5. Family Life
      Summer is here! Which means it's vacation time! Of course, vacations are a little different with a little one in tow.   Before having a baby, my husband and I used to love vacationing in Thailand. We didn't even mind the 24 hours in transit to get there, or the insane jet lag. Things...
  6. Family Life
    Five Ways Frugal Living Benefits Kids by Laura Grace Weldon   Sophie is a single mother raising a five-year-old boy. She's working to establish her own house cleaning business after losing her job nearly two years ago. Sophie and her son live in a small trailer home. Marissa and Jack run a...
  7. Family Life
    This week I did something that may sound a little crazy. I took the Amtrak train from Washington, DC to Milwaukee, WI. I had to make the trip for a work meeting, and I wanted to see if I could do my part to lower my carbon footprint by not flying. The train was about 0.04 tons of carbon...
  8. Family Life
    I've always said that I'm not a good crafty mom. I'll take my kids on a hike, a bike ride, or swimming all day long, but when it comes to creative indoor ideas, I'm definitely lacking. Recently however, my kids and I have been having a ton of fun making our own body care products that we all...
  9. Family Life
    Talcum powder can be irritating to a baby's respiratory system. You can make your own powder out of any combination of these natural ingredients found at your natural foods store:   Powdered oris root Finely ground oatmeal Finely ground rice flour White cosmetic clay   Experiment to see...
  10. Family Life
    Thanks to a freak storm bearing a name no one recognized, Washingtonians are being thrust into figuring out how to live without electricity. The Derecho not only created a post-apocalyptic scene around town, it also led to some pre-industrial conditions. Hundreds of thousands of people were...
  11. Family Life
    By Jennie Englund, M.S. Ed. Web Exclusive, November 20, 2006   As I join other Americans pouring out thanks over mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, I consider this question: does money buy happiness? My answer, based on experience, is a resounding "no." In fact, I treasure my little family's...
  12. Family Life
          Bugs, bugs, and more bugs! Some are cute and cuddly, others outright nasty. Then there are those sneaky ones that can devour a garden seemingly overnight. I have a no nasty rule in my home and on my property, meaning that I will happily spend an entire day pulling weeds because I...
  13. Family Life
    By Annie Berthold-Bond   My friend Rachel is pregnant with her second child. Like many pregnant women, she is distilling all of society's free-floating anxiety about exposure to toxic chemicals into nine months of serious worrying. Rachel asked me to teach her how to do nontoxic cleaning, and...
  14. Family Life
    By Rebecca Balcarcel Web Exclusive   Fifteen dollars, a trip to the local hardware store, and I was all set. One retractable clothesline, guaranteed not to break, rust, or raise the electric bill. Since I own a perfectly-running dryer, more than a few folks wondered at my new purchase. At the...
  15. Family Life
      Corey from Celebrate Green! shows which foods make ideal dye for Easter eggs. Click here for step-by-step instructions on the Celebrate Green! blog.    Also check out Fun Upcycled Easter Baskets from the Celebrate Green! team.   Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are the...
  16. Family Life
    Need some simple and frugal gift ideas? Check out these great suggestions from members of the Mothering community.    Now through Dec 19th, share your own homemade gift ideas in our 2012 Homemade Gifts Contest for a chance to win a $100 gift card from Nature's Fabrics!!   Also check out...
  17. Family Life
    This giveaway has ended. The randomly chosen winner is Amy, comment #331. Congrats! You will be emailed. If you didn't win you can still grab up some great LunchBots on their website! - Win a set of 4 LunchBots stainless steel lunch containers! One each of our most popular items...
  18. Family Life
    For many small nonprofits, affording something as basic as a vehicle to carry out their work can be a near impossibility. Whether it is delivering meals to an elderly person, moving injured animals to a safe shelter, or transporting a sick child to and from a doctor's appointment-a car is a...
  19. Family Life
    By Brandy Ferner Web Exclusive - January 30, 2009 It's amazing how life can turn on a dime. One week I was rolling my eyes at all the coupon clipping my husband's great-grandma does, and the next, I was begging her to keep an eye out for deals on Newman's Own pasta sauce. My journey from...
  20. Family Life
    I imagine many Mothering families can relate to The Healthy Home author Dave Wentz when he says that having a child made healthy living more of a priority for his family than before.  That was how the book began.  Wentz, with his father biologist Dr. Myron Wentz, "set out to prove that you don't...
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