Pregnant again? How the second time is different than the first

Oh the joys of pregnancy.  Being pregnant is an interesting journey.  In nine short (or long) months your body takes over and you are just along for the ride.  While I love the fact that there is a baby growing inside of me, the rest I just kind of tolerate.  Some women absolutely love being …

Why we want to be homesteaders

I grew up in your typical sidewalk lined residential neighborhood.  It had shortcuts through peoples backyards and a small store on the corner.  My best childhood pal didn’t have a phone, so to see if she was home I had to walk down the block and knock on her door.  (This was the early 90’s …

My tips for exercising in the winter cold

The winter has been pretty mild here in Connecticut this year.  In fact we’ve had quite a few unseasonably warm days where it has gotten into the 50s, and one day it even hit 60.  It’s easy to get out and exercise on days like that, but lets face it, there are still two solid …

Easy chemical free all purpose cleaner

When I began looking for alternative spray cleaners I noticed a lot of them were made with a vinegar base. I started experimenting with store bought vinegar based cleaners and I must say there are a lot of good options out there.  However most of them smelled too strong for me.  Let’s face it, I’m …

Confessions of a (former) Laundry Detergent Junkie

I’ll admit it, I was a tide junkie. Not to mention my obsession with the smell of snuggle dryer sheets.  I never really put much thought into what exactly was in my laundry detergent or dryer sheets.  Good smelling laundry meant squeaky clean clothes, right? Who doesn’t love the smell of “clean cotton”? I had …

10 money saving ideas for the holidays

  Do you always feel crunched during the holidays?  Every year I try to plan ahead but somehow I always find myself waiting until the last minute and then wishing I had thought about buying gifts three months earlier. That’s not to mention how I am somehow always tight on cash during the holidays.  Sigh. …