4 Tips to Navigate the Holiday Emotions



Behavioral research has long-recognized the association of shorter days, less sunlight and an increase in people’s anxiety [1]. Along with an increa…

Wild Bird Seed Ornament Recipe



Suet Birdseed Ornaments  1 cup of cornmeal 1/2 cup flour 1/3 cup lard (Lard is an acceptable substitute for actual suet) 2 tbsp. chunky peanut but…

7 Fun Fall Facts



Plus Tips to Prepare for Jack Frost!   Autumn or 'Fall' as it is called in North America, begins September 22. This is the Autumnal Equinox, a term …

Grow Cool Season Annuals in East Texas zone 8b



Grow Cool Season Annuals in Zone 8b - I grow in commercial landscape fabric. After tilling in compost and making rows the fabric goes down over drip l…

5 Holiday Safety Tips to Protect Your Youngest Guests



November may be a good time to review safety tips to ensure your youngest holiday guests are safe from accidents. If it’s been a few years since yo…

Now You Know The Secret of Thyme & Flu Season



How This Amazing Plant May Protect Your Family during Winter Cold & Flu Season   When properly extracted and bottled to preserve its antiv…

Why We Need to Read the Product Label



Why Reading Product Labels is Important to Your Health     A product that is labeled non-GMO is not derived from any genetically modified sources…

5 Amazing Health Benefits of Ningxia Red



5 Benefits of the Chinese Wolfberry; Lyceum barbarum   In a province in China there are four times as many people living beyond 100 years than anywh…

Top 4 Cover Crops for East Texas



Winter Cover Crops for Zone 8b East Texas Annual rye - Hardy in zone 8b and germinates quickly. This is a moderately fast growing cover crop that wil…

How to Cultivate a Good Night's Sleep



Why It’s Important to Get a Good Night’s Sleep The quality and quantity of an individual’s sleep influences the body’s ability to repair, grow tissue…

What is Forest Bathing



East Texas is very different from Alaska! The photo above this article is a great childhood memory for me. After driving from Houston, Texas across t…

What you need to Support an Active Lifestyle After 50



Aging is a given. How can we maintain our active lifestyle after 50, 60 and  even into our 70’s +? My grandmother lived to be 98 and she would say…

Top 5 Health Benefits of Cucumbers



Did you know cucumbers are classified as a fruit? According to the European Food Information Council, any edible that develops from a blossom on a pla…

5 Tips to Support Your Gut Flora



How do you support your gut flora?  Refrigerators were only invented and available for home consumers in 1913. By 1923 they were common in middle cla…

10 Zone 8b Garden Hacks



Save an empty pump bottle. Fill it with mineral oil and use a rubber band to attach a small wire brush to it. Every time you put away your garden too…

Happiness and Fun



What is Happiness? Happiness is defined as the quality or state of being happy. Good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy. Synonyms for happiness: bl…

Top 5 Products Toxic Chemicals are Hiding in Your Home



Did you know endocrine disrupting chemicals are hiding in plain sight in many homes? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency indoor poll…

The Amazing Power of A Flower!



Officially called Calendula Officinalis, it’s a member of the daisy family called asteraceae. Calendula has been used as a medicinal plant for centuri…

"Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard." Guy Kawasaki



Starting your own business can be overwhelming. There’s the time it takes to thoroughly plan out every tiny detail of what your business will consist …

Now You Know: Why Our Food Does Not Need Fake Colors



Why do Americans eat fake food with ‘make-up’ on it?  Most artificially colored foods are colored with synthetic petroleum-based chemicals called …

How to Maintain a Healthy Immune System



10 Holistic Steps to Maintain a Healthy Immune System Your immune system defends you against the viruses that cause colds and flu. These ten tips can…

What is oil pulling and how to do it



What does the National Institutes of Health say about Oil Pulling?   ‘The oral cavity harbors billions of microorganisms. Some contribute to develop…

Entrepreneur on the Farm



Hi everyone! My name is Heather. I am a registered nurse and I love helping people. I also love being creative! Starting a balloon business has bee…

How to Hygge in the Summer



You can hygge at any time of year and summer is the perfect time of year to get back in touch with nature. Flowers, whether you buy a cheap bunch fro…

Windowsill Baking Co.



I’m Jill, a home baker & full time stay-at-home mom. I sell my baked goodies locally under the name Windowsill Baking Co. I got the courage about …