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Herb’s Garden

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Herb’s Garden

How do you say it: herbs (pronounced like a man’s name) or (h)erbs (silent h)? I usually say “(h)erbs,” (silent h) because I’m from the US. Still, when my family and I visited a lovely, family-owned plant farm near Lancaster, PA, Groff’s, the conversation in the car went something like this: Husband: What are you […]

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Hot Process Soap – *Ready to use quickly!* – Green Marble (Citrusy Bergamot)

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Hot Process Soap – *Ready to use quickly!* – Green Marble (Citrusy Bergamot)

When I recently noticed my family was running low on our homemade soap, I knew hot process was the way to go. Why? It’s easy to make (as long as you don’t mind dedicating a slow cooker to soap making–you might pick one up secondhand, if so). It’s also ready to use much sooner than […]

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Saving the Green: Earth-wise, Budget-friendly Choices

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Saving the Green: Earth-wise, Budget-friendly Choices

Green is one of my favorite colors. I like it in terms of growing, planty things, and I like it in terms of cash. Nope, I’m not materialistic, but I am a realist (as much as reality requires, anyway). Since nature and I are already on pretty good terms and because I’m trying to form […]

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Parenting with More…of Less

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Parenting with More…of Less

Generation after generation, parents have set out to give their kids more than they had. So why do I feel the constant desire to give my kids less? On the surface, it might sound like a simple case of bad parenting, and I definitely have had (and will have) my share of parenting fails. I […]

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A Wealth of Weeds

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A Wealth of Weeds

Have you heard the one about the weird lady who walks around her yard, staring at the ground? Hey, wait a minute. That’s me. As if I didn’t already have my share of quirk, this is my new favorite hobby–except I’m not staring at the ground, I’m staring at lawn weeds. Much more normal, you […]

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Infinity Jars (Make Me Infinitely Happy)

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Infinity Jars (Make Me Infinitely Happy)

Guess what came in the mail today! Yes, it was a present from Infinity Jars! Seriously, how did you guess right on your first try? Oh, I get it. You, too, like to store things and have already heard of the awesomeness that is Infinity Jars. The beginnings of my new Infinity Jars collection I have so many […]

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For the Love of Dandelions

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For the Love of Dandelions

I love dandelions. Maybe “love” is a strong word, but I really do like dandelions.  I’m also a fan of what they represent: a chemical-free lawn. Unfortunately, I live in a neighborhood where many lawns are chemically treated and mine tends to stand out … especially at the height of dandelion season.  I bite my […]

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