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How to thrift shop like a pro

MOTHER EARTH NEWS - Unlock the secrets of savvy shopping with our guide on how to thrift shop like a pro! Make the most of your trip to the thrift store with these tips, ideas, and inspiration. Thrift stores can be an amazing place to find bargains of all kinds, from the practical to the ...

Pick Compatible Houseplants For Your Home

MOTHER EARTH NEWS - A garden doesn't have to be outside on a large piece of property to be considered a garden. In fact, I'd argue a garden can be a collection of cared-for and compatible houseplants strategically placed across the home for enjoyment, design, and function. Maybe you can't ...

Easy Winter Art and Craft Activities

MOTHER EARTH NEWS - Winter in the Midwest always reminds me of the Christmas vacation I spent as a young girl with my grandparents in southern Germany: the bright snow and crisp wind that gives way to muddy ground, and then back again to snow. We often went on what felt like long walks to the ...

Winter Season Food Items

MOTHER EARTH NEWS - Winter is a magical time of year, filled with cozy evenings by the fire, twinkling lights, and snow-covered landscapes. But as the temperature drops, so does our motivation to eat healthy and take care of ourselves. It's all too easy to indulge in comfort foods and neglect ...

Mental Wellness During Winter

MOTHER EARTH NEWS - Every season has its challenges, but wintertime can present some increased obstacles to our health, notably our mental health. When temperatures drop, when the weather gets bad, when sunshine seems scarce for weeks, many of us struggle to feel like ourselves. However, ...

Thrifty Sewing

Ingrid Butler - MOTHER EARTH NEWS Repairing your clothing is one of the most time-honored traditions. Whether you’re beginning your journey of sustainable living, looking to stretch your budget, or just wanting to preserve that special article of clothing, learning to mend will serve you ...

Planning Vegetable Gardens

Winter and spring are exciting for gardeners: We receive seed catalogs, look at beautiful photos, and imagine that bounty filling our kitchens. But with all the choices available, how can we plan a vegetable garden that ensures enough bounty for our needs? When planning gardens, take several ...

Winter Heating

MOTHER EARTH NEWS - Do you feel the pinch of inflation and want more economic heating options during the cold months? Truly efficient heating systems may involve new construction or a home overhaul. But small changes can accrue big savings. Here are some economic heating tips for winter ...

DIY Home Cold Remedies

MOTHER EARTH NEWS - A quick internet search shows that people want to heal a cold within 24 hours or eve overnight. While the science behind colds - immunology and the different viruses that cause colds - claim this can't be done, we can alleviate symptoms with head cold remedies so we can ...

Tips for Sustainable Holidays

By: MOTHER EARTH NEWS It can be difficult to celebrate sustainable holidays with a culture centered around single-use items. But reducing waste can be simple year-round and the financial savings add up! The “3 Rs,” lengthened to “reduce, reuse, recycle,” don’t appear in random ...

Is Leaf Compost Good for Vegetable Gardens

Autumn brings cold weather, fallen leaves, and yard work. While raking up leaves consider using them for next year’s vegetables. Is leaf compost good for vegetable gardens? It’s some of the most beneficial (and FREE) organic matter you can find. But factors like pests, diseases, and tree ...