2018 Business Accomplishments

As I do each year, I’ve looked back at what we have accomplished in 2018. It’s nice to see what has been accomplished over an entire year, rather than day to day. In January, we took part in the Outdoor Industry Association trade show in Denver. This was an exciting...

Two New Herbal Books!

I received advanced copies of these two new herb books; The Healing Power of Herbs, and The Herbal Medicine Cookbook. Both are written by fellow herbalists that I have known for many years. Both are appropriate for those who are new to herbs and those who have used...

Hydrolyzed Protein

. . . or why hydrolyzed wheat protein is gluten free. Various types of hydrolyzed proteins are used in cosmetic products. I like to use proteins in a product for a few reasons; they tend to give a very nice skin feel and they coat the skin to improve the barrier...

Five Pieces of Advice for Grads (or anyone)

It’s graduation season and I’ve been feeling much like a Crone lately. So here are some things that I didn’t necessarily know when I graduated and they are my advice to grads – or to anyone who cares to read it for that matter. 1.  Don’t think that the first job you...

10 Weeds to Put in Your Salad

Many of what we consider weeds are quite edible and can be used in salads or steamed veggies. This time of year I like to see what’s growing, both wild and in the garden that can be eaten. I can’t help but think of people in earlier days who depended on these wild...
Three Tips to Grow Your Business

Three Tips to Grow Your Business

Starting a business is one thing, growing it is another. As business owners, we are dependent on finding customers, relating our story to them and looking for opportunities to serve them to increase our sales. You can build it, but that doesn’t mean they will...
10,000 Steps A Day

10,000 Steps A Day

Do you have a step or exercise goal each day? Mine is 10,000 steps. I received a Fitbit for Mother’s Day last year and I also got a new phone with an exercise ap so both of these have helped to encourage this goal. Walking that much each day is said to reduce the...
Ten Ways to #optoutside with Children

Ten Ways to #optoutside with Children

It seems we spend less and less time outdoors, leading to a generation that has respects and protects the outdoors less. We can appreciate things better when we experience them. So how do we give out children good outdoor experiences? Here are 10 ways to help children...
Early Snow

Early Snow

After a beautiful 70 degree day yesterday, we woke up to snow this morning and so far its about 3 inches. We knew it was coming of course; modern meteorology has a way of knowing these things. We spent the weekend preparing by gathering all of the squash we were...
Butterflies in the Garden

Butterflies in the Garden

Gardens are a lovely place to enjoy birds, bees and butterflies. Do you want to attract  more butterflies to your garden? Besides being beautiful to watch, butterflies also pollinate our gardens. Butterflies eat liquids that include the juice from fruit and the nectar...