Simple Living

How to become self-sufficient & grow all your own food: A step-by-step guide

There’s a lot of reasons for wanting to become self-sufficient and grow your own food: home-grown food is healthier and tastier, it gives you food security, and it allows you to not be a part of the devastating environmental impact…

I tried to get Crate & Barrel to take back their non-recyclable packaging and here’s what happened

So I ordered three of these ceramic berry baskets from Crate & Barrel. I have lots of berry bushes here on the homestead. I figured I could also put my garden produce in them or even bring them along to…

FREE organic fertilizer you can start using today!

There are so many people out there who think they can’t keep a plant alive because they just don’t have the time, attention, and yes even magic, to tend to it. The truth is, most of these people are over-watering…

Who are you really buying for? Thoughts on our purchases and motivations

I was in Richmond over the weekend and happened into quite a few vintage homegoods stores. Anyone who knows me knows I love to go antiquing and that vintage kitchen goods in particular are my weakness. These days I’m mostly…

Tangping: This movement needs some color!

Tang Ping or Tangping is a movement in China that translates roughly to “lying flat”. Although China is a communist country and the United States is a capitalist one, what the two countries have in common is a ethos of…

My easy recipe for safe organic vegan pesticide

If you’re trying to do any kind of serious gardening, at some point you will run into the issue of bugs and pests. They can quickly take over and destroy a vegetable patch and “leaving nature to handle it” is…

Giftless Birthdays

A Birthday without gifts! How sad! Well, maybe not! When I embraced minimalism and downsized to a house half the size, I really got acquainted with just how much stuff I had. Once you empty every cabinet, once you open…

The transformational power of a gallon of paint and time to think

I LOVE painting a room. I know that’s probably going to sound strange to a lot of readers. After all, painting is supposed to be a chore right? When I decide to paint a room, I feel excitement. I daydream…

Everything I was told about living in the country turned out not to be true!

Before making my decision to move from the city to the country, I obviously did a lot of research first. I didn’t need anyone to tell me what the pros were: fresh air, more space, friendly people, peace & quiet,…

How to downsize to a house HALF the size

Are you dreaming of downsizing to a little cabin in the woods? Or perhaps a sweet little cottage in the country? It was a dream of mine that I finally made a reality last month! I downsized from my 2400…