The “dog days” of Summer

  Avoid boiling seas, languid animals and madness… In the northern hemisphere, the dog days of summer are the sultry, hot, sticky days from July to mid August. We call them the dog days, thanks to the Greeks and Romans. Ancient cultures mapped and named the constellations long before we got here. They associated the […]

So What’s in Your Mattress?

Did you know the typical mattress gains 10 –20 pounds over its life because your home contains millions of dust mites and their fecal matter live in mattresses, furniture, carpet, and children’s stuffed toys?  Not a very pleasant topic but there is an easy, safe solution to a nasty household problem. Here’s the scoop: Dust […]

Have You Ever Had Someone Bring Out That “Mama Bear” In You?

You know, when some person or some situation ignites that primal protection instinct and your inner Mama Bear leaps into action ready to defend & destroy! Has it ever been a real Bear? An excerpt from Wikipedia explains the concept of the Mama Bear! “…however, when a mother feels her cubs are threatened, she will […]

Busy Mom Bread Making Solution #2

It is 93 degrees in beautiful western Colorado and I have no bread to feed 3 hungry children. Did I say I was busy? Yes, adding work into my normally busy day has made me rethink a few things.  So, might I share a few solutions for such a time as this? Solution #1- buy […]

Solar Cooking Tips from a Pro

Written by Marilyn My friends Tara Miller and Sam Brown have compiled numerous practical tips including a Five-Day Kitchen Diary to make cooking in the Global Sun Oven successful and fun.  Sun Ovens are the perfect way to keep a kitchen cool while reducing energy consumption during the hottest days of summer. Ed Note: They […]

Father’s Day Family Favorite Recipes

Dad’s are so easy! The way to a man’s heart really is through his stomach. Make these fantastic and oh so simple meals for dad on “his” day and watch the grin spread from ear to ear… throw in a little back rub and a few words of encouragement and his ‘tank’ will be filled. […]

Summer Tradition- Granola Bars

“What’s that recipe for granola bars?” – my hair stylist asked me. (She’s the best!)  Ok I’ll share! Enjoy…. I make these for most camping trips (whether camper camping or backpacking.) We eat them during the summer and it has become a summer tradition of sorts. I love that my family expects them and I […]

Shanty? Fort? Survival shelter?- Complete Brilliance!!!

This last Monday my kids were free! Yes, our homeschool year is complete and I, Kathy, am working hard on the Urban Homemaker! So freedom abounds for the Marsh Trio who are full fledged 2nd grade graduates! This week has been full of rain, but that is not a deterrent for the kids. They set […]

Cleaning Without Chemicals – 8 Key Considerations

I just received this testimonial about the all-purpose Norwex Enviro Cleaning Cloth: The other day my grandson was making “pancakes” out of  silly putty at the kitchen counter. The moment I turned my back I found him making pancakes on the Living Room carpet! I was horrified at the mess on my new rug, but […]

Rhubarb Cream Pie

Rhubarb is now in season!   Here is a delicious, unusual twist on the traditional rhubarb pie since it contains eggs. Now is the time to harvest rhubarb and freeze 1″ slices in 2 cup portions for quick and easy fruit desserts this summer or later in the winter. Try the no-fail pie crust – it […]