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articles by: Shelley Stonebrook

5 Ways to Use Shipping Pallets in the Yard and Garden

Shipping pallets are one of the best sources of lumber for little — or no — money. Also, they can be sourced from nearly any shopping center or grocery store. For these two reasons, I've made it a men…

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Upcycle Your Home Décor!

There is a lot of buzz in the air about upcycling. Upcycling lends a jazzy new twist to the "reuse" part of reuse, reduce, and recycle. From turning old maps into wallpaper or window shades to creatin…

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5 Tips to Grow a Food Forest

There has been a lot of interest lately in food foraging. A nature walk in the woods can turn into a bountiful buffet of forest produce when you know which plants are edible along the trail. Plenty of…

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6 Natural Sunburn Remedies

While I do know the basics of skin protection to get me through summer without too much exposure to harmful sun rays — avoid being outside during the sun’s peak hours, wear a wide-brim hat and long sl…

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Make Your Own Cologne

The natural soaps and detergents industry has gotten quite creative in recent years when concocting their fragrances. Grapefruits and sandalwood lend their scents to laundry powders and eucalyptus and…

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This May Increase Your Property Value By 18%

Summertime is the season to showcase your home. Porches and decks are stained to avoid splintering in blistering heat, old siding is replaced, and window boxes brim with peonies. These façade facelift…

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7 Tips to Cut Cooling Costs This Summer

Oh, no! Not another heat wave. Staying cool all summer long is not an easy — or cheap — task. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, nearly half of the average home’s energy bill during the…

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Natural Food Cures for a Hangover

A hangover is your body's reaction to toxicity. Author Kate Hunter lets us know what goes on in our bodies after the wine hits your gut: When alcohol breaks down in your liver it produces acetaldehyde…

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4 Easy Ways to Start Composting

My close friend recently moved to an older, one-story apartment building. Off the back decks, each unit enjoys the tiniest strip of dirt adjacent to a clunky air-conditioning unit. Since he wants to g…

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10 Versatile Uses for Vinegar

I remember my first taste of vinegar, and at the age of 8, it was anything but a pleasing sensation. In fact, most of the distilled white vinegar ended up on the carpet along with whatever other conte…

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about Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.

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Wow did you really just say Sh*t in your article.... seriously?

Of the 15 items listed, dying is not something I worry about. The other 13 items I try to plan an…

Must give a few of these a try. Thanks for sharing.