When organic matter such as leaves, grass clippings and food scraps break down, you get compost, a dark, dirt-like "soil" that is rich in nutrients. Compost happens even without human involvement; for example, the leaves that fall on the fo... Read more
The rains are ready. The garden tools are ready. Is your body ready?
There are all types of outdoor activities to enjoy, just waiting for you while the weather is nice. But there is something special about beautifying your yard with flower... Read more
Many of us assume that a backyard vegetable garden can save us money, but is it really true? After investing in equipment, soil, seeds and water, do you really come out on top?
The answer varies upon the size of your garden, whether you start yo... Read more
Imagine that you are the same age as your child…
What grade were you in?
Who was your teacher?
Your best friend?
Imagine that you are outside…
Did you have a place that you considered your own?
A treehous... Read more
The next time a recipe calls for fresh basil, skip the poor substitute of dried basil, forgo the last-minute dash to the supermarket for some overpriced wilted basil, and just pluck a few tender leaves off of the basil plant you have growing in your... Read more
Points are motivation tools. You get points for doing things on the site that are helpful, like talking on here, or tracking food/exercise, reading articles, answering trivia questions, etc. I find it very motivating-my goal is 100 points/day.... Read more
My friend is going through something rough so I'm taking her out to dinner tonight. I told her we can go absolutely anywhere she wants. She chose Olive Garden. What is the lowest calorie thing I can eat there. Generally if I eat it out I ask for a to... Read more
I need a tool to track my progress. Spark offers that. I do use FB a lot for motivational purposes and I do belong to a group on there for support as well. Anything to help with accountability!... Read more
All of the guidance and directions on Sparkpeople in regards to joining teams and adding friends is just that. Guidance. They are not hard and fast rules. Do what is right for you. If you don't want to join groups, don't. There's no need to let... Read more
website called texthog. You can set up a free account that shows you a pie chart of your spending. It allows me to e-mail texthog using my smartphone, with info about how I am allocating money. Every time I buy , I e-mail texthog. Then I can k... Read more
Gardening season is almost here. Whether you want to start your first herb garden or expand on the number of veggies you grow this year, now is the time to take stock of your tools and accessories and see what you need. And there's no reason why... Read more
A new children's book entitled Vegan is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action was released last week with mixed reviews over concerns about the books use of graphic images and a potentially unhealthy diet message. Author and illustrator Ruby Roth&... Read more
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