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How to Live without Shampoo

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The Birth of Venus by Eugene Emmanuel Amaury DuvalAll my life, I’ve wondered about the personal hygiene of my favorite heroines. How often did Anne of Green bathe? When did Jo March wash her hair? I couldn’t believe that all of my favorite characters were dirty and greasy all of the time.

It turns out that millennia of women washed less often than we do in part because they didn’t have to wash so often. In fact, the more often we wash our hair, the more often we have to. It’s like an addiction. And, once I found out I was addicted, I wanted to sober up.

That’s why I’ve gone “no poo.” Read the rest of this entry

A Wife’s Guide to Winter Squash

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Even though most of us are more familiar with winter squash’s less doughty cousin–summer squash like zucchini–winter squash is an excellent addition to a cold-weather diet. Winter squash lasts three to five months after it’s autumn harvest time, so there the closest thing to in-season vegetables most of us can find until early spring. Winter squasheare also nutrient-dense, full of vitamins like iron, folate, and fiber. They’re even a great low-carb or gluten-free alternative for those with special dietary needs. Experimental Wifery shares our favorite winter squash and three recipe ideas to get you cooking. Read the rest of this entry

How to Make Your Own Homemade Laundry Soap

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Before I had a baby, I would never have imagined what a mess babies can make. Thomas’ clothes are constantly covered with food, drool, and dirt. Fortunately, this homemade laundry soap removes virtually all of the stains he manages to get on his clothes while being gentler on his skin—and on the environment. Borax and vinegar remove stains, soften the fabric, and kill many of the bacteria that lurk on his clothes. Read the rest of this entry

How to Buy Great Baby Toys

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When I was a baby, my mother’s mother showered me with dozens of toys—so many toys I didn’t know what to do with them. In fact, my second Christmas I absolutely refused to open another present, even with a pile left for me under the tree. While her heart was in the right place, my grandmother was so excited to buy me things that she didn’t take the time to think about what kinds of toys I would really enjoy. Read the rest of this entry

How to Plan Menus with Seasonal Food

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Local, in-season produce can change the way you think about food.

In-season food just tastes better. Chances are, there is some vegetable you grew up loathing. But eat that same asparagus or tomato fresh and in season to taste a world of difference. That difference means your family is more likely to eat the healthful produce you serve up. And their enthusiastic response means you can take more pleasure in cooking a well-loved meal. Read the rest of this entry