Category Archives: Family

This village is home to the tiniest apartments in the US

Are tiny rental apartments the future for the growing number of single and double occupancy households? You might be surprised to learn that the tiniest apartments aren’t found in a mega metropolis like New York, but in a small midwestern town. — Read on finance.yahoo.com/news/ferrelview-missouri-this-village-is-home-to-the-tiniest-apartments-in-the-us-181838974.html

Is the Pet Industry in a Bubble, too?

My family welcomed a pure-bred Toy Poodle puppy to our home in 2011. He was so tiny, but brought with him an unforeseen financial burden until he passed away from health issues last year. A healthy dog will require significant lifelong expenses, but one in poor health, like ours, will increase costs dramatically. For instance, […]

The Average US Farm Is $1.3 Million In Debt, And Now The Worst Farming Crisis In Modern History Is Upon Us | Zero Hedge

We haven’t seen anything like this since the Great Depression of the 1930s. — Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-13/average-us-farm-13-million-debt-and-now-worst-farming-crisis-modern-history-upon-us

What is a Contemporary Ecovillage? | MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Learn about the history of this type of American intentional community, which focuses on sustainability and meshing people on a small scale. — Read on www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/contemporary-ecovillage-ze0z1905zsta

Is Co-housing the Win-Win Answer to a Global Affordable Housing Crisis?

Cohousing isn’t just a place to live, it’s an intentional community. — Read on www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/blogs/why-cohousing-could-be-answer-housing-aging-baby-boomers

What Everyone Gets Wrong About the Homeless

Mark Anthony DiBello, a homeless man, tells about his experiences on the street and about the misconceptions people have about him and others like him. He said that most homeless are not there by choice, but by unfortunate circumstances. Some, like him, were once regular citizens and even have university degrees. Source: I Used to […]

Making Family Health and Wellness a Routine

The most effective way to impact your family’s health for the longterm is to establish healthy routines and habits. A great way to do this is to give yourself regular reminders to stay on course. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not great at scheduling reminders on my calendar. I prefer physical, analog […]

What Happened to America’s Middle-class?

Alissa Quart, author of the new book, Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America, suggests that America’s middle class is being wiped out by a cost of living that far outpaces salary increases.   A couple earning nearly $140,000 can’t make ends meet without taking after hours jobs? Tiny starter houses cost $680,000 and up? Highly educated […]

Hawaii Bans Oxybenzone Sunscreens-Are There Any Alternatives?

Many people are already booked and ready for their dream vacations to Hawaii this summer. Unfortunately, recent news has revealed that their beloved sunscreens used since childhood are no longer welcome in Hawaii, because of their destructive effects on coral reefs and surrounding ecosystems. As a result, environmentally conscious travellers are desperately searching the internet […]