Natural Living Des Moines


iPhone/iPod Touch Apps by sarahtar
April 20, 2010, 1:38 pm
Filed under: Check This Out!

There are some interesting Natural Living iPhone apps out there for you iPhone or ipod Touch owners. Here are just a few, free ones unless indicated:

Go Green. Get a new Green tip every day, though the reviews on this particular app seem to indicate that the tips are not always accurate and can be pretty lame, lol.

Locavore. Tells you what foods are in season in your area, and helps direct you to local farmer’s markets. Seems like it would be great for frequent travelers as a fast and easy way to find markets. (NOT a free app)

iRecycle. Tells you what is recyclable and where to take it in your area, including hours and locations of recycling facilities.

Seventh Generation Label Reading Guide. Helps you figure out what’s in the stuff you buy. The images in the iTunes store show an alphabetical list of ingredients, what they are, how they affect you, etc.

Dirty Produce. Helps you remember which produce you should buy organic, and which it’s probably OK to stick with conventional.

I’ve downloaded iRecycle and the Seventh Generation Label Reading Guide for my iPod Touch. I’ll let you know what I think. Please do comment here if you decide to try any of these – or if you have any other relevant apps!



62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer by sarahtar
February 28, 2010, 7:14 pm
Filed under: Books, Check This Out!, Waste

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Considering we’ve just offloaded 4 old computers at our house, this new book seems particularly timely.

You can enter a giveaway and read Craft magazine’s review <a href=”http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/02/book_giveaway_project_excerpt_1.html”>here</a&gt;.



Iowans for Informed Consent by sarahtar
October 2, 2009, 5:24 pm
Filed under: Check This Out!, Community

Iowans for Informed Consent seems to be a relatively new organization in Iowa. They are focused on informed consent relative to vaccines, and particularly the H1N1 vaccine.



Sample Sundays have their own website by sarahtar
April 14, 2009, 10:22 pm
Filed under: Check This Out!, Neat Web Pages

And if you haven’t been to Prairieland Herbs, Picket Fence Creamery, and Northern Prairie Chevre for Sample Sunday yet… um, you’re seriously missing out.

Check out all the yummy sample goodness here.

Next Sample Sunday: May 3



Easier navigation of county park system! by sarahtar
February 2, 2009, 9:39 am
Filed under: Check This Out!, Neat Web Pages

The mycountyparks.com website is just a few hours old, but looks very promising if all the counties hop on board!

Our family has often been frustrated with the clunky county park system. When looking for new trails, parks, or campsites, it’s cumbersome to look up each county conservation board and hope their website’s up to date. Our counties have some awesome natural resources, but finding out about them sometimes means a few phone calls and, well, if your family’s like mine, that’s not likely to happen.

Enter mycountyparks. com! Only a few of Iowa’s 99 counties (Lynn, Polk, and BlackHawk, mainly) have entered their information, but the organizers think the other counties will be adding their information over the next few months.



The Livewell Clinic by naturaldsm
May 14, 2008, 12:38 pm
Filed under: Business, Check This Out!

Just a note, there’s a new wellness clinic open in town, and I’m really excited about the things they offer. It’s called the Livewell Clinic. They offer such a wide variety of services, from food allergy testing to female health problems to pregnancy and labor support to well child visits. I think it will be an asset to our community!

I had a chance to meet the owners a few months ago and they are super people. I’m going to be making an appointment there in the near future to find out more about their services and I’ll definitely report back!!



Bill Nye the Science Guy by sarahtar
May 1, 2008, 1:56 pm
Filed under: Check This Out!, Neat Web Pages

My husband found this fun article on Bill Nye greening his house.

You’ll also note if you keep reading that Bill Nye is a swing dancer. See, all the cool Crunchies are swing dancers.