Browsing the "Simple Living" Category

Powerlessness & Gratitude: Message from post-Sandy NJ

November 6th, 2012 | by The Green Divas

We are in northern, New Jersey. We were hit pretty hard by Sandy, but from what I can tell, we got off easy compared to lower Manhattan, Queens and the Jersey shore. We experienced 5 days of powerlessness. By day 3 I stopped flicking light switches, and quickly adjusted to candlelit dinners and huddling around the fireplaces for warmth, light and quietude.


Easy DIY Gift Ideas for the Non-Crafty Green Diva

September 26th, 2012 | by The Green Divas

I'm not the craftiest green diva, but I have been so inspired by some of my creative friends lately. Pinterest has become a visual buffet of craft porn and I've been having this urge to stop everything, run to Michael's for supplies and get creative with so much of the old stuff lying around here.


Make Your Own Lipstick Alternatives

March 13th, 2012 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

Feel Good Style reports, lead is toxic enough to warrant candy makers to only allow .1 parts per million (ppm). However, it's now surfaced in the cosmetic world that popular companies like L’Oreal are putting out products with up to 7.19 (ppm). While lipstick does serve the fashionista purpose of coloring the lips, most of us simply like the soft way it leave s our lips so risking our health just isn't worth it. Finding a replacement is actually rather easy. Here are a few lipstick replacements easily found and created at home


Make Your Own Chicken Feed

February 9th, 2012 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

For a while I fed our backyard gals feed store varieties of feed. I thought for sure the bag of food had some magical properties that sustained our girls and kept them producing gorgeous, tasty eggs. After learning about the dangers of GMOs though I had to take a look at what was being fed to our poultry darlings. Some research showed not only could our chickens be sustained mostly on scraps and free ranging, but that feed could be made easily and cost-efficiently. You can make your own chicken feed to save money and avoid GMO ingredients


Fresh Cut Flower Alternatives for Your Sweetheart

February 7th, 2012 | by Vivian Nelson Melle

Sure it may be easy to stop by the local grocery store for a bouquet of blooms, but do you know from where they came? Are they organic? Were the workers who cared for them and cut them treated and paid fairly? Worry not a minute longer about the ethics of the floral world. Here are some fresh cut flower alternatives for enchanting your sweetheart this Valentine's Day



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