Category: Enviable Ideas

Make Your Home Staycation-Worthy

Make Your Home Staycation-Worthy

It happened again just a few weeks ago. We had a friend over to the house for a pool day. After just a bit of time in the water surrounded by the garden in full bloom, icy-cold beer in hand, and buoyed by a pair of Super Noodles, she said, “If I had this, I’d […]

September 9, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
DIY Hand Soap

DIY Hand Soap

On the continuum of green living, Mr. President and I are somewhere in the middle. When I began sharing with you my dreams of living more sustainably, I reasoned that it’s the small changes we make that, cumulatively, can have a big impact on our world. I am keenly aware of my still-too-big environmental footprint, […]

June 23, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Top 10 Reasons to Shop a Farmers’ Market

Top 10 Reasons to Shop a Farmers’ Market

It’s been many years since I’ve shopped for food at conventional, mega-grocery stores and now I find them depressing with their fluorescent lights and aisle after aisle of packages and boxes that are mostly devoid of identifiable food. Thankfully, I’ve discovered my local farmers’ markets. Between my garden and these markets, my trips to the […]

May 5, 2015 | By | Reply More
Magical Immune Boosting Tea

Magical Immune Boosting Tea

Here I am, days away from what will be a challenging business trip requiring this 42-year old to exhibit the stamina of a 25-year old. It’s the kind of event where your face starts to hurt from the forced smiling and your feet hurt from all the standing. And, I’m getting sick. I can feel […]

March 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
Growing Air Plants

Growing Air Plants

Show of hands: who thinks they always kill houseplants and therefore, have none? If you raised your hand, I’ve got something for you. Plants add life and color to your home, but some can be a challenge to care for. Not so with air plants, or Tillandsia. There are more than 500 species of Tillandsia […]

March 3, 2015 | By | Reply More
7 Reasons to Take the Meatless Monday Pledge

7 Reasons to Take the Meatless Monday Pledge

What if I told you that you could help save more than 1 billion animals from a tortured factory farm existence each year, reduce climate change, save money, and improve your heath all with just a tiny little lifestyle change? Would you be interested? Well, all it takes is for you to eliminate meat from […]

February 24, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Planning a Cutting Garden

Planning a Cutting Garden

When I started Tomato Envy, I wanted to share ways to help you create a “deliberately decadent” lifestyle – the simple little things that add up to everyday luxury. One of my favorite everyday luxuries is fresh, colorful flowers throughout my home. Flowers are a special touch that will make you feel like you’ve escaped to […]

January 6, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Six Habits for a Clean Home

Six Habits for a Clean Home

Did you ever pay a surprise visit to someone and, upon walking into their spotlessly clean home, wonder if they may have known you were going to show up? You assume they haven’t just spent the morning cleaning or that the housekeeper has just left. I grew up in a very clean home and my […]

December 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
Enviable Gift Giving

Enviable Gift Giving

The holiday season is once again upon us, and with it, all the reminders about what we’re supposed to be doing, buying and feeling. I’m not the first person to notice the irony of how Americans take part in a holiday that’s all about gratitude on Thanksgiving, and the very next day, we’re road raging […]

November 18, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Garden Tool Maintenance and Care

Garden Tool Maintenance and Care

Before you start thinking that just because I’m a passionate gardener, all of my pruners and trowels are gleaming, sharp and clean enough to eat with, I need to confess to you that this is so, so far from the truth. To me, the biggest buzz kill of a successful day in the garden is […]

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