Marianne recently got a windfall of tuna and, like the master homesteader she is, she decided to can it.  In this episode she outlines the steps she used for pressure canning the fish and what she did to make sure none of the fish went to waste. For details including a step b-by-step guide, check out Marianne’s “Gift of Fish” post.

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you didn’t have to “make a living?” For a growing number of folks, this dream is becoming a reality.  Vicki Highfield shared her progress toward this goal recently on the social media platform Tsu. Jenise took the opportunity to ask her to share more of her story in this interview.

Natural building methods are rising in popularity these days due to their often simpler designs, affordability and eco-friendliness. This week, Marianne interviews natural building expert and sustainable living aficionado Patrik Schumann who shares his knowledge and experience on the topic.

For many, the death of a loved one signals the beginning of confusion, new responsibilities, family conflicts and a huge list of to do’s. As Jenise recently found out, the stress can be overwhelming. In this episode Jenise interviews Stacy Maddux and Daniel Logan of The Bereavement Team who share heart-centered ideas and resources for the bereaved.

With September just around the corner, we decided it would be a great time to take a look at some of the alternatives to public school.  So we went straight to one of the biggest names in alternative education, Jerry Mintz of the Alternative Education Resource Organization, to get the scoop on some of the options available to parents.

 

Our recent hiatus took place because of unforeseen events having to do with the title of this podcast.

I lost my Dad to a case of undiagnosed lung cancer in June.  The experience taught me a few things that I think may help others who find themselves in similar situations.

In this episode Marianne and I discuss what happened and how a heart-centered approach can transform the process of death and dying.

-Jenise

From transportation to housing to the foods we eat, everything affects our environment.  And if you live the usual “modern” life, chances are just about everything you do has a detrimental effect on Mother Earth.

But each small step we take to change our habits can be like a water droplet that creates ripples that grow into other areas of our lives as well as into the lives of those around us.

In this episode, Marianne and I share a few small changes each of us can make to get started on the path to a more sustainable life.

 

 

Chickens are near and dear to our hearts.  Both Marianne and I are raising our own.  But I’m a newbie and Marianne has been doing it for a while.

In this episode we discuss getting started with backyard chickens.  What does it take? What’s the time and cost commitment?  We answer a few of these questions. But chickens are a big topic, so we reserve the right to explore it further in future episodes

How did a breastfeeding support group influence us to lead more sustainable lives?  Find out more about La Leche League and how it continues to help new mothers with vital information that also supports the sustainability of humans and the planet.