Archives for February 2013

My Food Philosophy

After publishing a post one week ago about embracing a food philosophy without judging others, I’m featuring a snapshot of my food philosophy. I do not assert that my philosophy is “correct” or “the best.” In fact, issues such as food allergies, diseases that are influenced by diet, and nutrient … [Read more...]

Hospitality in a Less-Than-Perfect House

I am so grateful for the house my husband and I own. We are blessed to have a home we can afford that is cozy and has every feature we need. Though we are quite pleased with it, you’ll never see it grace the cover of a home decorating magazine. Why? There is nothing remarkable about the architecture … [Read more...]

Benefits of Walking for Exercise

It may not be as suave as Zumba or as exhilarating as kickboxing, but walking is an effective form of exercise. In fact, experts say that it can achieve benefits similar to those achieved by running if it is performed frequently and for long enough periods (at least 30 minutes on five days each … [Read more...]

Navigating the Nutrition Maze: Embracing a Food Philosophy Without Judging Others

Our culture is rife with various food philosophies, which are the beliefs, attitudes, and values a person holds regarding food selection, cooking, and eating. The philosophies seem innumerable—real food, traditional food, organic, fair trade, free range, unpasteurized, locavore, paleo, vegetarian, … [Read more...]

Making Unpleasant Housecleaning Tasks More Enjoyable

There are women who claim they love all aspects of keeping their homes. I’m not sure if I should admire them or suspect them to be liars. Either way, I’m simply not a fan of all housecleaning tasks. Most tasks are things I don’t mind and a few I actually enjoy. Sweeping and mopping, though, are … [Read more...]

Ridiculous Kitchen Gadgets

For a while now I have had somewhat of a prejudice against single-purpose kitchen gadgets. I tend to be focused on utility, so I prefer gadgets that have numerous functions. There are a few exceptions, of course. One example is a coffee maker. Besides heating water or making tea, there’s not much … [Read more...]

The Significance of Standby Power

I’ve read that minimizing the use of standby power (sometimes termed vampire or phantom power) can decrease energy bills. I’m always looking for ways to save a few dollars, so I turned to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to see what the fuss is all about. What is standby power? Many … [Read more...]

Rampant Reusing: Old Socks

I knew it was time to buy new socks when I could feel the cold tile floor against my bare feet after putting on a pair of my old socks. Before throwing out my old ones, I looked into some ways I could reuse them. 10 Ways to Reuse Old Socks Use socks to customize flower pots. Simply slip a sock … [Read more...]

Communicating Opinions to Elected Officials

Which political issues are on your mind? Gun control? Immigration reform? Gay marriage? The sustainability of Social Security? Have you communicated your opinions on these topics to your elected officials? I’ve never been short on opinions, yet I’ve rarely taken the time to express them to … [Read more...]

Common Housekeeping Conundrums: Static Electricity

Over the last few weeks I’ve been having some experiences that are literally shocking. I'll walk across the room and flip a light switch or give my husband a welcome home hug and experience an electrostatic shock. I’ve looked into the causes of this phenomenon and, more relevant to me at the … [Read more...]