If you watch TV you’ve seen the Roundup commercials featuring giddy men reciting a cheesy jingle while spraying chemicals on their drive ways and yards, all in the name of beauty. These commercials make weeds out to be the teenage acne of our lawns, and herbicides to be the cure-all for these “ugly” blemishes. Americans spend millions on herbicides each year, but what is it that makes us feel we need to do so? Who decided that weeds were not allowed in our yards? And what can we do to remove and prevent weeds in a safe way? Continue reading
Its almost 3 pm and I have been cleaning for four hours in preparation of the diaper party my boyfriend and I are throwing for ourselves. I’m 31 weeks pregnant. I take a break and put on some Eisley. Of course, the first song that plays is the anthem to the last year of my life. Its funny how a lyric can give you the confidence to push forward. As I listen to Smarter, I wonder how I got from an attempted suicide just last year to being a soon-to-be mama with such fluidity. My past sometimes makes me question my ability to be a parent. How can someone who once cared so little about herself decide to take on the task of creating new life? How can a woman who, since age 13, has struggled with depression, anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia and body dismorphia have a healthy pregnancy? My answer is complicated. Continue reading
This entry is for the people who keep telling themselves “I’d like to grow my own food one day” or imagine themselves as the growers of prize-winning rose bushes, but never actually do those things. If you have been contemplating a decision to dabble in some gardening but think you have better things to do, I can give you five reasons to start dabbling right now. Continue reading
In recent years, urban farming has brought a whole new level of sustainable living to those in urban and suburban areas. The
urban farm movement has popularized container gardening, allowing folks with limited or no outdoor space to creatively maximize their garden area. Whether you want to add some color to your front steps, turn your balcony into a secret garden or grow your own food, there is a perfect container for you.