The many lives of autumn leaves: A weekend project (with free high resolution pictures)

five o'clock

How to keep enjoying all the breathtaking colors of the autumn foliage long after the season is gone? Here’s my suggestion for three fun and simple projects that you can embark on with your kids. It starts by going outside, finding and collecting different leaves (pretty, atypical, fulvous…) and pressing them between the pages an old book. Last weekend, for our extended fun time, Zoe and I decided to uncover our precious selection of leaves for the first time (although {Read More}

Catch of the Day: A Fish Alphabet Soup for Kids (and Tired Parents)

Fish Swimming, Art by Zoe

On my list of kid-friendly foods that are both nutrient-dense and inexpensive, a fish-head broth secures the prominent spot. Fish heads are, too often, abandoned by customers who fancy flawless fish fillets or who disregard heads for various reasons. Unwanted and not attractive to many, they are sold at bargain prices. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, or your fishmonger is in a good mood, they are even free. That’s what happened yesterday when my husband went to a fish market to {Read More}

A Natural Remedy for Sinus Infection

natural remedy for sinus infection

I have great news for chronic sinus sufferers: There’s a natural and simple remedy you can make to help you get rid of your sinus infection forever. This remedy is completely natural and comes to life through a merge (hack) of two products: bee propolis and saline nasal spray. The particular propolis I had in mind is propolis with herbs made by Twinlab –a  concentrated source of propolis in glycerin with added herbs. How to make your propolis sinus spray? {Read More}

Lavender: Eat, Sleep, Love

lavender field

We know that Romans enjoyed to take baths in addition to their other epicurean habits. But only recently I learned that the name of one of my favorite plants—lavender, is associated with the Roman practice of taking a bath. Apparently, the word lavare (hence, Lavandula, the Latin name for lavender), means “to bathe”. Yes, you guessed it right—Romans loved taking a bath perfumed with lavender flowers. Ah, these Romans. Our family recently returned home from a trip and the first {Read More}

Conventional vs. Organic Farming Series, Part IV: Know Your Organics (Certification and Other Issues)

organic farmer in asia

Buying organic food is a great way to support the health of the soil and wildlife. Also, many select organic food for being more beneficial and nutritious to themselves and their family. But the true significance of organic farming is that supports a long-term environmental sustainability. For concerned consumers a range of issues comes into play when choosing organic foods. And, particularly so if they want to extend the impact of choices they make beyond the walls of their own {Read More}

Conventional vs. Organic Farming Series, Part III: Benefits of Organic Farming

benefits of organic farming

The word “organic” has a holistic, deep-rooted implication referring to living organisms. The term comprises of a system of farmer, food and consumer. According to the organic philosophy, consumer’s health is achieved by “whole, fresh and organically raised food.” (Oelhaf, 1978). Organic means a special and nurtured connection between the farmer and the soil. The philosophy of the food system starts with the soil; this is the center of attention of organic farming. Organic farmers perceive themselves as feeders of {Read More}

Conventional vs. Organic Farming Series, Part I: Environmental Effects of Conventional Farming

organic vs conventional farming

If you were raised on a farm and your parents were organic farmers, you might be naturally equipped with everything you needed to get the best from the soil by using ecological principles. But if you were raised in an urban environment and your parents were, say, a journalist and a lawyer, your learning about the soil and farming methods might not come so easy. You might need to consult literature (and, most likely on your own) about different approaches {Read More}

Why and How Encourage Your Child to Eat Lentils

Unhulled red lentil

Does this scenario sound familiar? You’ve spent several hours consulting web-pages and books in order to advance your knowledge of child nutrition. Then you’ve selected quality ingredients, chopped them, cut your finger in the process, cooked, pulverized and carefully seasoned a meal. You’re feeling as you’ve accomplished a small feat when you finally get to serve it to your little one. And the only thing she says (with a super-sad face) is: “Oh, no…but, something smelled so good from the {Read More}