Category Archives: Organic living

Eating Organic – the Essential Fruits & Veggies

It’s super expensive to buy local, organic produce.  I find myself dividing it up – every other week I shop at the Farmer’s Market and then supplement with conventional produce from my local grocery.  This may be better than going all conventional, but it’s still not nearly as effective as I’m hoping for…and that’s why I was super excited to learn about the ‘Dirty Dozen’ and the ‘Clean 15’. Continue reading

Homemade Dish Soap

As I was running a sink full of hot water, I realized that we’re fresh out of our Green Works dish soap.  Now that I’ve made this soap recipe and seen how well it works (and how great it smells) I don’t think we’ll be going back.  Reuse your plastic bottle by refilling it with your new soap solution.

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The Scary Truth About Shampoo

As gross as it sounds, I haven’t used shampoo in about 2 months.  I recently read a story about using baking soda and vinegar in lieu of shampoo and conditioner and decided to try it out.  It’s true, it works — but you have to be one tough cookie not to miss the soapy lather and sweet smell of store bought hair products.  So for the past few months, I’ve been trying out different versions of shampoo and conditioner recipes.  I’ve had some really greasy days, some dry scalp from hell days and some unconquerable knots.  But the search has now ended — I’ve found the perfect shampoo and conditioner recipes and I’m going to share! Continue reading

Trials & Tribulations of an Eco-Friendly Hostess

When I decided to baptize my daughter, Mia, I knew it would be a big event.  I have so many family members and friends that live nearby that I didn’t even consider keeping it small.  But I did have two major concerns: how to throw a party that won’t end up in a landfill and how to throw a party that wouldn’t break the bank.  I think that I was successful in making a few key changes that Mother Earth would be proud of, although there were some things that I had a hard time avoiding and some I didn’t even think of until it was too late.  If you are throwing a party soon, try some of these tested ideas and see if they work as well for you as they did for me. Continue reading

Hollygrove Maket & Farm

Much to the dismay of my friends from other cities, I was just recently introduced to the concept of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).  To my understanding, CSA is a way for members of the community to buy shares of a farm in exchange for a portion of what the farm produces.  When I began to look into CSA here in New Orleans, I was shocked to find Hollygrove Market & Farm, an urban farm here in the city that has everything I’d ever hoped for.

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The end of deadly deodorants

When I first read this article at the website of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/AP-Deo), I was stunned.  I’m sure everyone heard the rumors that anti-perspirants were linked to breast cancer, but I assumed that if this was true the FDA would take these products off the market.  Unfortunately, I was wrong.

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Homemade Teething Cookies

My 11-month old, Mia, is in the process of cutting her second tooth.  I used to buy Earth’s Best Organic Teething Biscuits, but figured I’d try to make some on my own.  After browsing bunches of recipes, I came up with this one.  They were cheap, easy & she loves them!

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