Is Your Child Safe in a Seat Belt?

Kids are now in full swing – the school year is wrapping up, which means school activities, extracurriculars, exams, and, of course, gearing up for summer time activities! That means parents will be driving more than just their own children to and from school and activities. As a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, I know that passenger safety is important […]

Herbarium Project for Kids

As an English teacher, it should come as no surprise that many of my personal interests and passions are rooted in literature. For example, I became deeply and profoundly interested in studying natural and herbal medicine after reading Hamlet in high school. Poor Ophelia’s herb-infused meltdown ignited one of my lifelong joys. In this same […]

Making Your Own Tomato Sauce

This is the time of year when gardeners can happily find themselves up to their ears in tomatoes. As an Italian, I don’t ever have a problem making those bad boys disappear. However, sometimes we find ourselves needing a change from fresh caprese and bruschetta or desiring to save some of our tomatoes to enjoy […]

Home to Roost

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 […]

Can Mommy Put Her Pants On?!

I am a high school teacher, which means that I have summers off, which can be a sensitive subject for many people. I am not here to get into the politics or efficacy of educators having summers off; instead, I’m here to tell you that I have children now, so I DO NOT HAVE SUMMERS […]

All Natural and Easy-to-Make Tick Repellent

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, […]

Homemade Turkey Burgers

I’ve never made turkey burgers before, I usually just buy frozen. So when my dad invited us over for a barbecue, I decided to give it a try. My sister was visiting from out of town and she tries to eat only organic meat, so when we were wandering around whole foods we decided to […]

Summertime Safety

Summertime triggers an American ritual: the rolling out of the grills, the dusting off of the patio furniture, and the beginning of BBQ season! Unfortunately, each year, many hungry participants end up bent over the porcelain throne, suffering from the ill effects of grill-side grubbing. Why? With most of us grazing our way through lazy […]

Making Your Own Rosewater and Rose Oil

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 […]

Fire Safety this Fourth of July

Fireworks and July 4 go hand in hand, and yet, every year, when consumers use fireworks, problems abound! Here are the statistics: Fires  In 2011 an estimated 17,800 fires were directly caused by fireworks 1200 structure fires 400 vehicle fires 16,800 outside/other fires On July 4, fireworks account for 2 out of every 5 reported […]