good friends

Photo by Shanna_Mae

We all love having friends, and a few close, good friends are a special thing. Did you know that there are also health benefits involved with having friends? And when you are a friend to someone else, you are boosting his or her health. Here are some things to think about the next time you talk on the phone or hang out with your friends. Read the rest of this entry

There is a growing trend toward raising children in a minimalist way – that is, without accumulating massive amounts of “stuff” – but it is still an uphill climb. When you choose to raise your children in a frugal, non-consumerism sort of way, you are going against a powerful advertising media. Read the rest of this entry

wood stove

Photo by Adam Franco

When it comes to heating your home with a wood or pellet stove, it’s a good idea to make a comparison among the main types. Both wood and pellet stoves have pros and cons. Here are some of them. Read the rest of this entry

compressed earth blocks


Compressed earth blocks are an ancient building material and technique – just ask the ancient Egyptians! There is no question such structures are durable. Buildings made with compressed earth blocks have lasted hundreds and even thousands of years. As people are becoming more concerned about the environment and sustainable building materials, compressed earth block construction is enjoying a resurgence. Read the rest of this entry

What are some of the things you want your child to learn through play? Many – if not most – parents want for their children’s toys to encourage healthy mental development and motor skills. But many modern toys “spoon feed” entertainment to children without enhancing their individual skills. Rather than encourage creativity, many toys today aim only to entertain, and in a particular way. Here are some problems with today’s toys. Read the rest of this entry

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