Category: Gear

Can you keep a China-free home? The challenges of buying American: Part 1

Can you keep a China-free home? The challenges of buying American: Part 1
About a month ago my husband and I were discussing something or other when we stumbled across a major revelation: “I hate bed skirts,” he said. To me, someone who has had bed skirts and used them to hide storage bins under the bed for pretty much her entire life, this came as quite a... Read more »

Great Tools (and Gift Ideas!) For Making the Kitchen Zero-Waste and the Home Non-Toxic

Great Tools (and Gift Ideas!) For Making the Kitchen Zero-Waste and the Home Non-Toxic
During the chilly winter season I find myself spending lots of time staying cozy at home. With the holidays just around the corner, even more of that time is spent in my kitchen participating in two of my favorite activites – cooking and baking. But I find the modern world I cook and bake in a... Read more »

The Best Winter Gear of 2015 for the Cold Midwest

The Best Winter Gear of 2015 for the Cold Midwest
It’s January in the midwest, and that typically means one thing: COLD. I love all four of our seasons here in the midwest, even winter. Some people think I’m crazy, but I thoroughly enjoy the stark beauty of a snow-covered landscape, the crisp air turning your cheeks rosy, and coming inside to snuggle up with... Read more »
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The Rolling Suitcase VS. The Backpack

The Rolling Suitcase VS. The Backpack
In the last couple years, as my traveling lifestyle really started to pick up speed, it occurred to me that the occasional borrowing of my parents nice carry-on sized Briggs & Riley wasn’t going to cut it anymore, and my only piece of luggage that would suit travel for more than a few days (not... Read more »

Mac Love: Moving from a PC to a Mac

Mac Love: Moving from a PC to a Mac
Despite years of efforts to the contrary, I have officially joined today’s hottest cult, also known as Apple. I recently decided that a serious writer needs a serious laptop. Especially if she’s aiming to be a travel writer, in which case the laptop needs to be not only highly functioning but highly portable, both of... Read more »