Superfood Quinoa

This Food Should be Part of Your Diet

I don’t know if you’re familiar with quinoa, but if you’re not – or you’ve only heard of the name – you should know it is a genuine superfood. One of the things that make this food so special is that it is so rich in protein and contains all nine essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein that your body needs. Soy and quinoa are the only plant based foods that have all the amino acids. Read more

Indoor Insect Pests

Don’t Be Bugged

I wrote about natural pest control last year for outdoor insects, but now that the warm weather has finally arrived – especially for those of us who live in the Northern US – we are starting to see pesky insects inside of our homes – ants, flies, mosquitoes, wasps, and more. I’m not talking about spiders– they aren’t insects, they’re arthropods – and I don’t consider them pests at all. Read more

The Power of Pets

The Power of Pets

More than half of the people in the US own at least one pet. Given the opportunity, most pet owners will talk a lot about their animals. Besides the pleasures and fun these pets provide, research has shown that living with pets, whether it be a cat, dog, or some other animal provides certain health benefits – both mental and physical.

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Dangerous chemicals may be present in skin care products

You Won’t Believe What’s in Your Everyday Products!

I’m not sure when it all started – five years ago we had a whole-house water filter installed and sometime last year we stopped eating processed foods. Then our daughter introduced us to Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products. We loved that it was all natural, smelled great and did a wonderful job cleaning – we were hooked. Recently we became label crazy, reading the ingredients of everything we eat. When the Jet Dry for our dishwasher ran out and needed to be replaced, we tried white vinegar in its place and discovered it was just as good a rinse aid – if not better.

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The Power of Pomegranates

Pomegranates (punica granatum), are one of the oldest known fruits, dating back thousands of years to Babylonian times. They were mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible and some say the pomegranate was the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, not an apple. They are native to Persia and are sometimes known as Chinese apples. Pomegranates grow on deciduous shrubs or small trees and today are cultivated in India, Southeast Asia, Malaya, East Indies, and parts of Africa. In the US, they are grown in Arizona and California and are usually available from late summer to mid-winter in the local supermarket. Read more

Taming Your Trash

OK so let’s just say for argument’s sake that there really is a global garbage crisis. And it’s not the point of this article to prove that there is one. All over the world, populations are growing and becoming more affluent, consuming more goods and producing more waste.

The United States is the top country for producing waste, with a whopping 4.6 pounds of waste per person, per day. While only 55% of that is attributable to residential garbage, that’s still 2.5 pounds a day for each of us.

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