Guest Writer

10 Benefits of Air Purifiers

41osHoneywell Compact Air Purifier with Permanent HEPA Filter |

This week we have a guest post from Janet Miller who is passionate about living with clean air. Kirsten previously wrote about how air purifying plants can play a very important role in naturally cleaning the air in our living environment. In this article I would like to share an alternative to air purifying plants:…

Flood-Proof Mum: What’s My Why?

Flood Proof Mum |

I am still travelling – mostly camping, and currently on the way up to Yellowstone – and have much more limited internet access than I expected, hence the long silence. But this week I have an inspiring story to share with you from Tanya of Flood Proof Mum. Please leave her a comment below, or…

7 Favorite Safe Lawn and Garden Solutions

7 Favorite Safe Lawn and Garden Solutions |

A month or two ago, knowing that I would be pushed for time (and internet access) while I am travelling, I put out of a call to my regular readers for guest posts. This week I have a guest post for you from Mary Jo Nieson of, sharing her favourite safe garden solutions. Please note…

Holly’s Homemade Dog Food

Healthy Homemade Dog Food by Holly Lindsey |

This week I have a guest post for you from dog lover & rescuer, Holly Lindsey, who will help you SAVE money, while still giving the dogs in your life a healthy diet. I have two beautiful dogs, both strays that found their way to me. One is a half lab, half chow that used…

Soap Making & Living Simply after Cancer Strikes

This week I am so pleased to bring you a guest post from artisan soapmaker of more than ten years experience, Ros Wathen of Larkrise Soaps, about her inspiring journey to more natural living. My family had always lived a fairly healthy life, cooking from scratch, growing our own vegies, keeping chooks, making bread, preserving…

DIY Non-Toxic Drain Cleaners

DIY Natural Drain Cleaning with vinegar, lemons and bicarb soda

Almost everyone has experienced problems with clogged drains at one time or another. Most people really don’t think about potential issues with their drains until a problem actually occurs. When it does, the reaction of many people is to run out and buy commercial drain cleaners in the hopes of quickly putting an end to the problem. However, there are many things that you should be aware of regarding the use of commercial drain cleaners.

Guest Post: Ditching the Chemicals with a Natural Swimming Pool

A water fall feature - Natural pools |

Many people really like the idea of having their own swimming pool, but are concerned about the potential health issues that associated with exposure to chlorine and other pool chemicals.  Chlorine has been linked to a variety of health concerns including heart disease, asthma and even some cancers. The good news is that there are…

Got a Toothache? Visit Your Kitchen Pantry

Got a Toothache? Visit your kitchen pantry. Sea salt by happy Krissy |

Most of us will have some traditional remedy lying around the kitchen to relieve a toothache in a pinch. But, if you’re anything like me, there were some remedies your grandmother swore by that left you a little doubtful. So you splash out on highly branded products which manufacturers promise will relieve your ailments, rather…

Repairing & Restoring Your Way Towards a Sustainable Future

a child and his grandfather examine a bike wheel

If, like me, you are trying to live more sustainably, there is much to be positive about. In the world of fashion, slogans like ‘ethical fashion’ and ‘slow fashion’ are joining the mainstream,  while the trend for upcycling, recycling and restoring or  buying vintage clothes and jewellery is continuing. And despite the economic climate Fair…

Rob Hopkins on the Power of Just Doing Stuff

How local action can change the world

We are living in times of great change. Changes in climate, resources and economy are encouraging people around the world to take the view that the well-being of their local community and its economy lies with them. These are ordinary people, people just like you and me, and they’ve had enough.

Beware of the Trees

Forest of fairies: light coming from the sky creates an ethereal feel to the forest

This is a guest post from Emily Duncan of Being a townie, I don’t naturally feel at ease in the forest or the bush. If I really want to enjoy myself I have to not think too hard about what may be hidden amongst the trees. As we are heading into summer in the…

5 Vegetarian Dishes That Are High in Protein

a plate of cubed feta

This is a guest post from Sue Chalmers. As a vegetarian, it is always important to maintain a balanced diet. People can sometimes be deterred from vegetarianism through ignorance: many meat eaters think they will not be able to get their fill of protein through a vegetarian diet. Wrong. Here’s how to do it. There…

Choose Alternatives to Plastic Water Bottles

Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too by Beth Terry author of

The Australian Go Tap campaign offers some stark facts, some of which may surprise you. It’s probably not surprising, though, to learn that Australians spend over half a billion dollars per year on bottled water when you think of the volume of people you see in the gym, on the street and in cafes with…

What is the Future of Solar Power?

Solar panels at a solar power plant in Germany

Movies are definitely not the only things that look great in 3D, there is something else that has taken quite positively and effectively to being 3 dimensional. Solar Panels were designed in 3D in 2011 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and they are making waves again with new developments that might provide much needed…