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How it started: A life in the wild

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in A Life in the Wild, All | 0 comments

Somewhere there are some old, old photos of a baby me in a diaper next a yellow canvass tent in a Pennsylvania state park – I think it was Poe Valley State Park in Centre County. We camped there a lot when I was kid.

Even before my memory stream begins I was in the outdoors. You can see I had very little choice other than “A life in the wild.” Did I have great parents or what?

Back home, the routine of my childhood incorporated almost daily doses of the wild.

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Homemade, non-toxic solutions for what’s bugging you: Book review

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in All, Gardening & Homesteading, Green, Pets | 0 comments

Stephanie Tourles has packed an encyclopedia of pest repellent into what at first appears to be a small package.

On further consideration, Naturally Bug-Free may rest comfortably on the palm of my hand, but there are 176 detail-packed pages there.

It’s a powerhouse of everything you need to know to make your own, non-toxic, insect-repelling sprays, balms, sachets, shampoos, powders and cleaning products for you, your family, your pets and your home.

They’re all made from herbs, essential oils and other natural ingredients in 75 of Tourles’ own recipes, each one complete with details on background, origin and application.

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