Chlorine has long been the additive of choice for swimming pools to keep them clean and sanitized. It is a powerful disinfectant which kills the harmful bacteria, making our pools safe to swim in. But chlorine also has become recognized as a harmful chemical capable of causing illnesses and cancers. Read more
I’ve always loved the taste of kasha and have been eating it for many years. I guess I thought it was some kind of cereal or grain and never found out what it was until recently. I was a little surprised at what I learned. Read more
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
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
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.
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.