Mother Earth Living

Jessica Kellner

It's especially important that we pay attention to our psychological health during the holiday season.
Editor-in-Chief Jessica Kellner sheds light on the question of whether animals are sentient beings (science says they are!), and shares her favorite articles from this issue.
Check out these health benefits of eating more curry!
Get inspired by early winter to decorate your home.
Learn more about growing vegetables and herbs with a hydroponic system with Worm’s Way.
The office hydroponics system has taken off and is producing food quite rapidly, prompting an investigation into the pros and cons of hydroponic vegetable growing versus conventional gardening.
In the first of this series, we test out a hydroponics growing kit by planting lettuce and herbs indoors under the lights of a Worm's Way hydroponics system.
Eschew corporate goods and instead choose handmade gifts for everyone on your list this holiday, using these excellent Etsy shops as a jumping-off point.
Spice up your holiday recipes with the warm spicy notes of Bhakti Chai concentrate in classic pecan pie, cozy egg nog and festive spiced nuts.
Create a healthier Halloween for your family by choosing secondhand costumes, nontoxic face paints, fair trade candy and smart snacks.
My home is going nearly 100 percent solar thanks to a local solar leasing program.
With 65 properties in Oregon and Washington, McMenamins historic hotels are a must-see if you’re traveling to the Portland area.
These three easy and delicious herbal popsicle recipes will help you make good use of an overflowing summer herb garden.
These three pregnancy skin care products will help prevent stretch marks and keep your baby belly soft and smooth.
In this update on nursery renovations, Jessica shares her progress on re-wiring, installing windows, insulation and new drywall.
In the third in a series on potential toxins to avoid during pregnancy, Jessica discusses the dangers associated with use of retinol in skin products.
Don't overlook the health impacts of the container when shopping for healthier premade beverages.
Jessica is beginning research on electric in-floor radiant floor heating products as an efficient method of heating the new nursery.
As nursery renovation begins, Jessica is just beginning an investigation into remodeling options.
An organic cotton and wool body pillow goes a long way to help relieve pregnancy back pain.
In the second in a series on chemicals to avoid during pregnancy, Jessica discusses why and how to prevent dangerous pesticides and herbicides from entering our bodies and homes.
In the first in a series of posts on the most important chemicals to avoid during pregnancy, Jessica discusses the dangers of BPA (bisphenol-A)exposure to developing babies.
Healthy baby shopping begins with an investigation into nontoxic cribs. Check out these three solid wood options.
For a nutrition-packed, hearty vegetarian dinner, try these three recipes for one-dish savory dinner pies.
The path to a sustainable New York City will involve covering much of the urban space with food farms and gardens.
If you're starting seeds indoors, consider making your own biodegradable seed-starting pots out of newspaper, cardboard or eggshells.
These three great design blogs share inspiration to redecorate our homes on a budget—using rescued and reclaimed items.
If you're hoping to grow some of your own food but are short on space, use these three tips for small-space gardening success in containers, on your patio, balcony or roof.
Use these five excellent resources for help planning a productive, healthy, money-saving vegetable garden this spring.
Looking for inspiration for meat-free meals? Try these three of my favorite sources of vegetarian meal recipes.
BPA is a dangerous chemical found in canned foods and polycarbonate plastic. Avoid it by following these easy steps.
It can be hard to remember which types of plastic are most hazardous to our health. Use this simple guide to plastics as a refresher course, and keep toxic plastics out of your life.
Choose healthy whole grains for nutritionally complete and delicious vegetarian meals.
Our Natural Home & Garden cover shoot process has evolved throughout the year. Read a behind-the-scenes take on our covers.
A Detroit neighborhood garden demonstrates how citizens can work together to reclaim rundown sections of their cities and benefit their entire community.
Fight common ailments with these seven herbs for health and wellness.
If you're planning to plant a garden this spring, now is the perfect time to start choosing plants, ordering seeds and making plans.
Try these intriguing Mashed Potato Pancakes next time you have leftovers to use up!
Use a simple hobby kit to cut glass wine bottles and transform them into drinking glasses, candleholders or this stylish candelabra.
Warm up winter with a vegetarian tofu curry.
The depths of winter are officially here, but with a few slight behavior modifications, you can beat the winter blues.
Revive a feeling of ritual at your dinner table by summoning the family with a dinner gong made of reclaimed materials.
A National Restaurant Association survey found that serving more local food tops chefs expected trends for 2012! Keep you home diet seasonal and local, too, with this vegetarian recipe featuring winter vegetables.
Choose chemical-free organic bedding to start off the new year with healthy rest in a healthy bedroom.
Former editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares the lessons of holiday simplicity she learned as a young, busy, working mom.
Follow these three quick, simple steps to take your guest room from lifeless to luxurious.
Try a vegetarian version of traditional Hoppin John for good luck this New Year's day.
Forget the time and money that goes into conventional giftwrap. Use these inspirational ideas to wrap lovely gifts with materials otherwise bound for the recycling bin.
A comforting herb-baked macaroni makes for a simple meal on a short winter night.
Protect children's health and the environment by choosing responsibly made toys that are free of lead and other toxins.
Check out this roundup of 10 favorite sustainable gifts for the gardeners on your list--all under $50!
Reuse burnt-out lightbulbs to make this adorable, unique DIY holiday wreath.
The New York Times reports our carbon emissions in 2011 were the highest on record. Reduce your family's carbon footprint by choosing vegetarian recipes such as Fennel and Leek Soup and Delicata Squash Stuffed with Wild Mushrooms and Herbs.
Medicinal mushrooms can help ward off colds and flus this winter.
Two years ago, the Natural Home & Garden staff had the honor of decorating President Obama's guest house with sustainable and handmade holiday decor. Try some of these "president-approved" projects yourself!
Although winter is setting in, that doesn't mean an end to the garden season in desert climates! Get inspired by this beautiful rainwater-harvesting, food-producing desert landscape!
In the down real-estate market, more people are choosing to renovate rather than relocate. Use these tips to create a customized home that supports your lifestyle.
If Thanksgiving weekend left you craving light, nutritious meals, try these recipes for winter-friendly salads.
With a few simple tips, you can transform the leaves overtaking your yard into valuable, nutrient-dense compost, mulch or leaf mold.
To give your bedroom a boost, consider new paint suited to your personality. AFM Safecoat's Ayurveda Essence line allows you to choose colors based on your dosha, or personality type, within Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicinal system.
Veggie meatloaf makes for a hearty, delicious entree or side dish perfect for vegetarians and vegans at Thanksgiving. Check out these three varieties: one features chickpeas, one lentils and one vegetarian meat substitute.
Jessica visits the 890-acre farm belonging to the nonprofit Seed Savers Exchange, the largest nongovernmental seed bank in the U.S. and a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving our nations heirloom seeds and biodiversity.
The shopping website Hipcycle offers beautiful upcycled products for your home and garden.
No one will miss the meat when you serve up fabulous vegetarian versions of Thanksgiving favorites. Try two versions of mushroom stuffing, mushroom gravy or delicious roasted Brussels sprouts this holiday!
In more shocking news about the honey on U.S. store shelves, a Food Safety News study analyzes more than 60 jars of honey and finds that nearly all of them have been ultra-filtered to disguise their potentially tainted and toxic origins.
Soy-free, mushroom-based Quorn frozen products offer convenience without sacrificing a healthy diet.
An amazing, off-the-grid Welsh hobbit house was built in less than four months and for less than $5,000.
A recent study by German carpet company suggests that its Cradle-to-Cradle-certified carpet might actually improve indoor air quality.
Warming winter soup can keep away the winter chill and make us healthier.
A lookout tower home featuring reclaimed materials connects its homeowner with her past, present and future.
It's not too late to plant cover crops to increase your garden soil's fertility and enhance garden beauty this winter.
A night in turns culinary delight with delicious pumpkin sage risotto made with local pumpkin and homegrown sage.
Jessica revisits Maison Madeleine, a beautifully restored historic Southern French cottage.
Jessica recommends several sources for inspiration to grow vegetables into the fall and winter.
Inspired by an upcoming article on winter garden design, Jessica shares a project that turns autumn and winter plants into an elegant holiday centerpiece.
Jessica shares a vegetarian trend she's noticed everywhere lately: Pan-Fried Veggie Cakes!
Jessica expounds on the concept of "Cures in Your Cupboard" from the September/October 2011 issue with a few additional natural remedies for anxiety, general wellness, headache and menstruation/menopause.
Jessica features Dan Phillips, Phoenix Commotion founder and builder of fascinating houses built with reclaimed materials, as the first in her Throwback Thursdays series.
Jessica reports about all the fun and wonderful information at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
Jessica invites readers to visit her at the upcoming Green Festival in Seattle and the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.

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