DIY Homemade Silver Polish

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A good silver polish is hard to find. And by good, I mean one that’s not full of harmful chemicals, strong odors and that actually works. Luckily, making your own out of just a few ingredients you already have on hand is incredibly easy! Yes, incredibly. Water, baking soda and salt are all it takes. […]

Home to Roost

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So, after ten years of pining for chickens, two weeks ago, three generations piled into the van and took a drive to a chicken farm in Connecticut to pick up four new family members, whom we have affectionately dubbed “the girlies.” And the girlies are just awesome in every way. Not yet old enough to […]

To Parents Everywhere: Relax Now

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When I moved into my new house six months ago, I vowed that I would keep rooms, walls and spaces completely empty before I would fill a void with something I didn’t love. Suffice it to say, I currently have A LOT of wall space and some very sparse rooms in my house because I […]

DIY Anti-Itch Stick or Spray for Summer

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If your kids are anything like mine, this is the time of year when their pediatrician raises an eyebrow at their physical condition and I always fear someone is going to report me to social services or something. Let’s just say, that my kids have A LOT of fun over the summer and this fun […]

Constellation Night Light

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Looking for a fun and educational craft you can do with your little one? In trying to find a way to quell my son’s fear of the dark, we came up with this fun and interactive project that not only helped him enjoy his room when the lights were out, but taught him a little […]

Making Artisanal Butter

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It never fails: I go into the fridge to retrieve the butter for baking, only to realize that I don’t have an entire stick left or that it is gone entirely. It also never fails that I realize this at a time when running out to get some is not an option. Well, never again […]

All Natural and Easy-to-Make Tick Repellant

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Just when we were basking in the sunny, warm days of spring after a long, snowy winter, I picked up my daughter to bring her inside to wash up for dinner and spotted the one thing that can stop my love of nature in its tracks: a tick in her ear. The very next day, […]

Quality Time: Getting Out Into Nature

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We live so close to the beach, the coast, and so many hiking trails, but we rarely take the time to get out and enjoy them with my husband’s busy schedule and two young children. Honestly, it can take us up to two hours to get everyone ready to leave the house anytime we go out. But last […]

Turkey Meatballs

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Now that my 10-month old daughter Elle is eating solid foods, I’ve been introducing her to a variety of meats. She has four little teeth and she loves to eat chicken and turkey, well-cooked and chopped into small pieces. Elle is getting very dependent and wants to pick up her own food, inspect her food, […]

Salve for the Sore Gardener

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I have been perusing gardening books and magazines and pouring over Pinterest posts for months, planning and replanning my new gardens. Having a bare landscape is both exhilarating and daunting: so much potential, so many ideas, so much time, so much money, so much effort, so overwhelming and so back breaking. Yes, I could call […]