Do the Earth a Favor: Don't Celebrate It!

Or at least don’t celebrate it the way the merchants are suggesting, by driving all over town buying their “eco-friendly” products. Instead stay home and buy nothing; it is better for the environment, as well as your finances! Here are some frugal AND green suggestions to enjoy on Earth Day or any other day of your choosing:   Instead of buying eco-friendly paper napkins and paper towels, use cloth napkins and towels....more

Minimizing toilet Paper Waste

We have a fourteen year gap between our second and third last child. I feel like I am having to learn how to parent all over again. I am sure that I have forgotten more than I ever actually knew. Most child rearing tips come back to me AFTER an incident. This tip is no exception!...more

Does this work for cats (and dogs), too? I've had animals who were worse about unrolling ...more

Making the Most of Junk Mail

Try as I might, I have not been able to completely eliminate junk mail. So I have decided to consider it a resource. Here are some ways that I am using my junk mail: I reuse the sealable envelopes to hold seeds collected from my garden. I write grocery lists on the outside of otherwise unusable envelopes, and then put the coupons I am going to use inside. Rew is learning to cut pictures from the catalogs and then he practices pasting the pictures he has cut onto a piece of paper. ...more

Redefining Convenience Food

Every time I bit into a piece of fruit this summer, I was amazed at how sweet and delicious it was. At first I thought it was because I had become better at picking out fruit, but if you have read my food waste posts, you know this is not the case. What was different then? I had adjusted my sweetness set point. By limiting sugar in my diet I had redefined what sweetness was for my taste buds, so fruit tasted sweeter than it had in years. ...more

My $2.00 Temporary Greenhouses


 We also use plastic water bottles as plant warmers.  The bottles absorb heat during the day ...more