Basil: How to Grow, Harvest and Store


Basil is a very aromatic and flavorful herb used in cooking and medicines. Basil is native to India, Asia and Africa but can now be found growing all over the world. Basil is part of the Mint plant family; some may … Continue reading

What are we going to do with all that spinach??


How to harvest and freeze spinach… This year we planted two rows of spinach, each row is about 30 feet long. This has provided enough fresh spinach for about six weeks. Spinach likes cooler weather (not hotter than 80 degrees … Continue reading

An Herbalist’s Point of View: Catnip (nepeta cateria)


Disclaimer Catnip (nepeta cateria) Family: Lamiaceae (mints) Also known as: Catmint, Catswort, Field balm Catnip is native to central Europe but is now naturalized across Northeastern U.S. and parts of Canada. Catnip can grow up to 2-3 feet wide and … Continue reading

An Herbalist’s Point of View: Yucca (Yucca spp)


Disclaimer Yucca is a plant that has been used for centuries by many Native American tribes. These tribes used Yucca for food, soap and medicinal purposes. They even used the leaves and fibers to create clothing, footwear, rope and other … Continue reading

How to Holistically Relieve Seasonal Allergies


Always consult a medical professional before starting any alternative therapies. Seasonal allergies can strike at any time, leaving you tired, dizzy and even itchy. You never know when you are going to have an allergy attack. All people are different … Continue reading

One Step Stainless Steel Cleaner


I have always used my All Purpose Cleaner to clean, especially on my kitchen appliances. I loved how easily it took of burnt on food or dirty finger prints and with barely any scrubbing. When we moved I found out … Continue reading

Featured Blogger: Janice at MostlyBlogging

I stumbled across MostlyBlogging last year when I started blogging regularly again. I spent many hours looking through all the helpful information. Janice sure did hook me right

away. Not too long after that we became great Blogging Buddies!

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Janice Wald of MostlyBlogging

Janice Wald is an extraordinary woman, who not only LOVES to share great tips about how to network and bring traffic to your blog; she also teaches Middle Schoolers about Medieval times and supervises her school’s yearbook design class. Janice moved from New York to California as a young child and has stayed there ever since. Janice has been blogging since November 2014 and in January 2015 she found her niche. Janice’s blog MostlyBlogging teaches blogging tips to new and veteran bloggers. MostlyBlogging helps bloggers engage readers, improve content, and increase traffic.

When Janice is not busy being a super teacher, she loves to snuggle up and relax with her husband in front of a good television program. She also enjoys a good musical.  Not only is Janice’s husband a great snuggle bug he is also the family cook. She says he makes great steaks, which is her favorite.

When I asked Janice how she stays healthy and well during stressful times she responded with, “I like to talk stressful matters out. I don’t believe in harboring. That’s not healthy. Honestly, when I have stress, I try to redirect my thoughts. Thinking about my next blog post helps a lot!”

When you become a part of the MostlyBlogging family you have a number of ways to network and share your blog. MostlyBlogging provides weekly blog link-ups, group boards on Pinterest and StumbleUpon. Janice also offers blog coaching and blog critiques to help your blog be more successful. Some of the areas she helps in are traffic generation, SEO, MailChimp set up and use, Pinterest coaching, and headline writing.

I asked Janice, “What have you learned from blogging?”

She responded with, “Be patient. You don’t experience success overnight. At the same time, you need to put yourself out there and network with others. If you wait for them to come to you, you will be waiting a long time. If everyone thinks others will come to them, blogging will be lonely and disappointing.”

If I have learned one tidbit of advice from Janice and MostlyBlogging I would say it would be…To network, Network, NETWORK!

When I asked Janice this next question, I was shocked because I haven’t met too many people that could answer the same way she did. I am so happy to hear she is a lot like me in the fact that she LOVES her life!

My question was, “If money was not an issue, what would you do with your life?”

Janice’s answer was, “Hard to say since I am loving where I am right now. I might consider quitting teaching so I could blog full time.”

I want to thank Janice for the opportunity to get to know her a little better and share her with my readers. I hope everyone stops by MostlyBlogging to get some great tips and hints on how to better your blog and increase traffic.

Check out MostlyBlogging’s networking opportunities:

If you know anyone that would be interested in being a Featured Blogger send them my way.

Reducing Stress with Essential Oils


*Always check with a medical professional before starting any alternative therapies* All oils have different healing properties, just like the plant the oil comes from. Reducing stress with essential oils is almost the same as when you use herbs. When … Continue reading

Reducing Stress with Herbs

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*Always check with a medical professional before starting any Herbal therapy* All herbs and plants have many properties and helpful uses; reducing stress is just one of the many ways to utilize herbs. We all have stress in our lives. … Continue reading

Featured Blogger: Patty At FunFamLiving

1979850_145103619180752_1461658641616704550_nMy friend Patty over at FunFamLiving wrote this great post about how Stress Affects Your Physical Health. Patty has some great points and reminders to keep an eye on when you are chronically overwhelmed and stressed out. She also adds great tips on how to lower your stress.

FunFamLiving has a little about everything family related; great recipes, crafts and her families Cancer Surviving Story. Patty also has an new ebook for sale called Justice Unknown.

If you are chronically stressed read her article here.

Her post Stress Affects Your Physical Health goes perfectly with  my stress reducing suggestions here on JEM’s Eclectic Home:

Check out Patty and FunFamLiving at any of the following locations:

Hope you enjoy meeting my friends!