Our pet caterpillars

This spring, we bought our first milkweed to create a natural butterfly habitat.  Milkweed is the host plant for monarchs, and ours came with a tiny caterpillar.  Watching the transformation from caterpillar to chrysalis to a beautiful butterfly was awesome!! This is Day 1.  It got windy at night, so we kept the milkweed plant […]

Monarch Love

We adore visiting the local butterfly garden and observing these fascinating creatures. There were at least 11 caterpillars in all stages on one milkweed plant. Milkweed is the host plant for caterpillars.  Monarch butterflies need these to survive.   Monarch chrysalides are green and will change to brown, yellow and orange when ready to emerge. […]

Grow green onions from kitchen scraps!

Composting kitchen scraps is good for the earth.  But regrowing fruits and vegetables from kitchen scraps – now that’s ultimate recycling!  Plus it’s good for your wallet.  Here’s how to regrow green onions, and now you will always have fresh scallions for your favorite recipes. 1. Wash green onions and line up the ends. 2.  […]

Country Composting

We had an extended family trip to a rural country house.  One of the best things about living in the country is composting directly into the land. For those of you that live in the country and don’t want to commit to having a composter, you can bury your food waste so that it can […]

Composting: turning trash to treasure

Composting is a natural biodegradable process. It takes food waste and turns it into fertile soil. It simultaneously solves the problems of landfill pollution, production of methane while reversing damage to soils. Food waste is transformed into nutrients, and beneficial microbes improve the composition of the soil. The secret to healthy plant is healthy soil, […]

Transform “stiff-neck” with yoga

I recently started to read the Bible with the intention of reading the whole book.  Actually my mom told me to, and the Bible instructs us to “Honor your mother and father, and all will be well with you.” Ephesians 6:23.  In Exodus, it is clear God does not like a “stiff-necked people.”  “I have […]

ABC’s of Feng Shui

Feng shui originated in ancient China as farmers sought to survive by finding harmony with nature.  It  is based on the I Ching, the Chinese Book of Changes.  Today, feng shui is used as the art of placement to make intentional changes in your life. How you arrange your home and how you place items […]

DIY Worm Compost for $35

Looking to improve the soil of your plants or garden? Then home composting is for you! Composting is a way to provide nutrient rich fertilizer to your soil and a way to repurpose your food waste. Instead of putting food waste in the landfill where it creates yucky methane gas, you put it in a […]

Google, thank you for composting.

This is what greeted us at Google’s sales division when we visited my cousin Grace who works there. It was a welcome sight to behold.  I was thrilled to see composting bins throughout the facility and cafeteria! Composting diverts food waste from rotting in landfills and transforms something that harms the environment into nutrient-rich fertilizer.  […]

15 carbon-friendly ways to be cool

This blog post was inspired by the increase in heat we have been experiencing recently.  Scientists believe that rising temperatures are caused by greenhouse gases trapped in the atmosphere. National Geographic writes:  “Most come from the combustion of fossil fuels in cars, factories and electricity production. The gas responsible for the most warming is carbon […]