How to Get Clean Energy at Home For Free

How to Get Clean Energy at Home For Free

The electricity bills we pay each month primarily go towards supporting America’s many dirty, smelly fossil fuels. Renewable alternatives are few and far between among these utilities, and when they do exist, they’re far from affordable. The good news is that B Corporations like Arcadia Power are now giving us the choice to support cleaner,… Read more

How to be a Better Husband: See the Big Picture

How to be a Better Husband: See the Big Picture

Sometimes focusing on the details is a good thing in a relationship, and a great skill to have, and sometimes it’s more of a distraction or a liability for us. When we get unbalanced, and can’t see the forest because there are too many trees in the way, it’s time to zoom out. There can… Read more

Opium Poppies: Homegrown Pain Medication

Opium Poppies: Homegrown Pain Medication

The source of one of nature’s best pain medications, opium poppies, thrives in your garden, and can be prepared in the kitchen with only some basic instructions for an all natural home remedy. I’m a DIY kind of guy, so I’m always on the lookout for ways to make the things I need, and since… Read more

Co-Sleeping with Baby: Attachment Parenting for Dads

Co-Sleeping with Baby: Attachment Parenting for Dads

Co-sleeping is one of the cornerstones of attachment parenting, and also one of the most contentious. For those who practice it, it’s normal and healthy. For those who don’t, it’s dangerous and irresponsible. “You really let your baby sleep in the same bed with you? Isn’t that dangerous?” Before our first child was born, my… Read more

Fatherhood: 100 Ways to Be a Better Father

Fatherhood: 100 Ways to Be a Better Father

Fatherhood is a tricky proposition. We all want to be great dads, but chances are, our fathers never sat down with us and taught us how to be a better father. And we don’t necessarily want to be our fathers. I mean, we want to emulate their positive influence on us, but we also want… Read more

Woodworking Projects for Kids: Free Online Resources

Woodworking Projects for Kids: Free Online Resources

Woodworking projects for kids: woodworking with your children teaches basic skills for planning, measuring, and the use of basic carpentry tools. Kids love to make things. My daughter is always asking me “Papa, what can we make? Let’s do a project together.” And woodworking is our usual mode for making things. Messing about with wood… Read more

Our Tiny House Experiment

Our Tiny House Experiment

The nuttiest thing we’ve ever done as a family was to move out of our house and into a one room trailer. A tiny house. Two adults, a four year old, and two cats in a 120 square foot camper. We hauled all of our own water, used a composting toilet, a solar shower, and we… Read more

Turnip the beets, learn how to make kimchi

Turnip the beets, learn how to make kimchi

Even if you don’t carrot all about fermented veggies, Formidable Vegetable Sound System will rock your kitchen with their ‘glitch-permaculture-ukulele-wonk-swing.’ I first encountered this group back in 2011, through their song “No Such Thing As Waste,” and back in January, I shared the group’s ‘ecological electroswing’ celebration of soil here, titled “You Are What You… Read more

Getting Your Kids Acquainted With the Outdoors

Getting Your Kids Acquainted With the Outdoors

Time to put the video games on hold. Turn off the television and close the laptop while you’re at it, because the outdoors is calling. The adventures your youngster will experience outside the house are far more exciting than the ones on the screen. All you need to do is provide some motivation. Don’t worry,… Read more

Tips for Teaching Children Valuable Lessons With Actions

Tips for Teaching Children Valuable Lessons With Actions

Children learn by example, and the best way to encourage good habits is to practice your own healthy habits. It can send mixed signals if you’re trying to encourage your child to eat healthy while you don’t have a healthy diet yourself. It’s important to be a positive role model to your children so they… Read more

Forest communication: Trees talk via mycelium

Forest communication: Trees talk via mycelium

Paul Stamets famously posited that “mycelia are Earth’s natural Internet,” and a variety of research has borne out that concept, but like many things we can’t see an obvious connection between, most of us tend to ignore the micro in favor of the macro. And when it comes to conservation and natural resources, our systems… Read more

How to Save Money on Your Heating Oil this Winter

How to Save Money on Your Heating Oil this Winter

Before you know it, summer will be over and you’ll be firing up your trusty old boiler once more. The only thing is, it’s getting more and more expensive to keep your home warm, so here’s a few ideas to help you to stay cozy without worrying about your bank balance. Buy your oil early… Read more

Five Tips For Making Your Home Eco-Friendly On A Budget

Five Tips For Making Your Home Eco-Friendly On A Budget

It’s important for many families these days to find the most energy-efficient, eco-friendly ways to run the household in order to stay green. For some, this means expensive home repairs or upgrades that can be time-consuming, but there are many ways you can make your home environmentally sound that don’t require a lot of time… Read more

How Independent Play Encourages Your Child’s Development

How Independent Play Encourages Your Child’s Development

Do you spend most of your day entertaining your child? If you are not giving your child time to play independently, you are actually robbing him or her of an important developmental activity. Yet, some children struggle to play independently — especially in today’s media-centric world. Before handing your child the iPad to keep him… Read more