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articles by: Shelley Stonebrook

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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DIY Refreshing Drinks For Warm Weather

As spring gives way to warmer weather, a cold, homemade drink can be a refreshing, easy way to find relief from the heat. So when thirst comes calling, don’t hit up the juice aisle in the grocery stor…

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4 Homemade Spring Salad Dressings

I know springtime is here when salad bowls begin to fill up and become increasingly colorful as fresh lettuces, herbs and edible flowers such as violets come into season. And for every springy salad, …

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The Basics of Making Your Own Pet Food

Commercial pet food has a lot in common with commercial breakfast cereal: Both are tasty, uniform and power-packed with added nutrients formulated for what a body needs; and both make a nice jingle wh…

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Break Out Your Bicycle for Spring!

Spring is here, and in the Northern Hemisphere we’ll begin to see more hours of daylight and warmer temperatures — so what could be better than a two-wheeled tour through your neighborhood? Or perhaps…

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DIY Natural Toothpaste and Mouthwash

I wouldn’t want to take the time and care to prepare delicious, healthy, organic meals only to brush and wash out my mouth with a toxin-filled toothpaste or mouthwash. Many big-brand oral hygiene prod…

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Bring Your Cast Iron Skillet Back to Life

Many of us have countertops full of modern-day kitchen gadgets. With a quick glance, you’ll catalog blenders, mixers, electric tea kettles and countertop grills. However, as I scan my own kitchen, one…

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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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So - if I cook poisonous mushrooms, apple seeds, rhubarb leaves - I'm safe from their toxic effects?…

Very useful! Thanx for sharing ;0)

Thanks. I need a picture or a video for the last tips though...

I don't drink milk, but this is interesting.

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