December 01, 2014
Home for the Holidays
Fruit baskets and footie pajamas, looking at lights and “It’s a Wonderful Life” . . . when December rolls around, I can’t help but think of home, and family, and traditions. Growing up, our family had holiday traditions that I never truly appreciated until I had children of my own. Here are some of my favorites...
November 04, 2014
Giving Thanks for the Harvest
In North America in 2014, it is easy to overlook the significance of the harvest season. I must admit, I usually give very little thought to where my food comes from. I rarely think about how much work goes into getting those foods to the shelves at Kroger. I haven’t even planted a single seed, but I can run to the store and bring home apples from Washington and avocados from California, and even fruits and vegetables that are not in season, like those bananas from Guatemala. We have this incredible access to all kinds of healthy foods (and some not-so-healthy ones), year-round, and it’s good to give thanks and celebrate the harvest.
October 01, 2014
Temperatures are falling . . . and so are the leaves.
Autumn is heralded by the brisk exhilaration of falling temperatures and the dazzling hues of falling leaves. The air is cool and the colors are warm. October glories in the grandeur of oranges, yellows, and reds. Nature puts on a theatrical extravaganza, and we have the privilege of watching the show every single day. This is an incredible time to grab a sweater and enjoy the majesty of the outdoors...
September 01, 2014
Go OUTSIDE and PLAY!
I heard this refrain all the time growing up, and I’m guessing you did too. We played. And we played outside. In the sprinklers during the summer, and in the snow during the winter. We played tetherball and tag. We played Red Rover and Red Light, Green Light. We jumped rope and roller-skated and biked until we were hot, sweaty, and utterly exhausted. AND we walked. We walked all the time. We walked to our friends’ houses. We walked to the Little League ballpark to watch our friends (or little brothers) play ball...
August 04, 2014
How to Beat the August Heat
Hopefully, you’ve all had a chance to cool off at the pool, beach, lake, or river this summer. But now, for most of us, vacation is over, it’s still seriously hot, and we’re all looking for some sweet relief to beat the heat.
July 03, 2014
July is here & the mercury is rising - it’s time to go swimming!
Swimming pools and beach vacations, waterskiing at the lake and rafting on the river, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, boating, wake boarding, tubing, jet skiing, snorkeling, sailing, surfing, and swimming - when the kids are out of school and the mercury is on the rise, it’s all about the water!
June 02, 2014
Summertime Fun...Endless Opportunities!
Summer is finally here, no worries if you don’t have any plans to go away on vacation, lots of fun can be had in your own backyard. Take a look at some of these kid friendly activities and enjoy making new memories.
May 01, 2014
Water is a scarce resource. As an environment buff, have you ever found yourself turning off running taps even those you come across in a property that isn’t your own? Our survival is dependent on an abundance of water, yet most of us take this resource for granted...
April 01, 2014
Spring marks the seasonal migration of the Canadian geese all across North America and Canada. The familiar and melodic honking from up in the sky reminds us that winter is drawing to a close, and it is time to shed the wool sweater to prepare for spring. Personally, this year, we are ready!
March 11, 2014
Hundreds of years ago, long before the invention of chemical pesticides, farmers and homeowners created effective remedies for removing insect infestations from their garden plants. Those same remedies can still be used today. They are easy to make, inexpensive and better for our families and our environment - especially water-the most precious resource we own!