Cooling Growing Pain Spray

Girl Playing With Exercise Ball

My five year-old son is growing like a weed these days. He is eating everything in sight and all of his pants are getting way too short, both of which are tell-tale signs of long nights ahead. As with many kids, whenever he is in the throes of a growth spurt, he suffers from horrible [...]

Summer Salad Dressings

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There is nothing like the salads you can whip up over the summer. The colors, flavors, freshness, and crispness are too much to handle when everything is in season. It’s impossible not to go hog-wild at the local farmer’s market or even in your own garden. The summer months also make it so easy to [...]

Making Your Own Rosewater and Rose Oil

Rose-Water

Legend has it that Emperor Djihanguyr once ordered all the fountains and canals in his gardens to be filled with rosewater  in order to celebrate his marriage to Nour Djihan. Dreamily floating down the canal, her hand trailed in the rose water, the scent lingered on her hands, and humanity began its love affair with [...]

Garden Variety Vinegar

garden variety feat

I am fairly convinced that distilled white vinegar is the nectar of the gods! I fell in love with vinegar when I purged my home of all toxic chemicals and cleansers years ago and I have never looked back. If I have a particularly yucky or potentially disease-spreading spill, I do keep a spray bottle [...]

New Baby Food Recommendations

baby eating watermelon

New Recommendations from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology With the rising prevalence of atopic disease (or diseases that pertain to allergies), primary prevention may play a role in reducing its incidence, especially in high risk infants. The Adverse Reactions to Foods Committee of the AAAAI (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology) [...]

Metabolism for Dummies

Weight-Loss-h

I keep hearing about methods to increase your metabolism and this often invokes visions of a stubborn little toddler inside my body. If I feed him correctly, he rewards me by working harder and helping me squeeze into my skinny jeans. But, if I feed him poorly, he punishes me by stubbornly storing fat and [...]

Zen and the Art of Eating

healthy woman with berry

As a high school English teacher, the list of books I find profound and poignant is about a mile long. Most of these books, however, are fiction. When I first got into whole foods and living more of a “green” and natural lifestyle, I read a fabulous book called Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering [...]

Preggo No-Nos in the Kitchen!

Assortment of vitamin pills

It’s very easy to maintain a pre-pregnancy and pregnancy diet that is healthy and supports both the needs of mother and baby. But there are few foods and other things around your kitchen that should be avoided in order to reduce risk of abnormal development, miscarriage, or a sick baby (or mom): 1. Big Fish - [...]

Making Crackers at Home

flax crackers feat

Once you get into the process of making cheese, making your own crackers at home seems to be the next logical step! Whenever I bust out my dehydrator, I like to make sure I get all those trays going with something , so I always whip up a quick batch of crackers when I have [...]

Tiny Plots for Tiny Tots

toddler gardening

One of the best parts of living New England is watching the slow process of spring unfolding before our eyes. The very last bit of snow melted from the yard this weekend and the crocuses are starting to free themselves from the frozen ground. As most gardeners can attest, this is the most exciting time [...]