My Daily SkinCare Routine Taken Straight From The Cupboard

Once we made the decision to begin a frugal lifestyle it soon became apparent that my habit of spending loads of money at Sephora on facial treatments was over.  It was sad because I adored Sephora and Ulta, but then again it wasn’t that sad because most of the products worked for a short time and then didn’t seem to give me the same results over time.  Of course the ones that did work were now to expensive for me....more

Volkswagen Joins Global Green USA to Auction The First All-Electric E-Golf

Volkswagen of America, Inc. and Global Green USA are partnering in the auction of the first 2015 all-electric Volkswagen e-Golf....more

31 Days of Simple Self-Sufficiency

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Why is There Still Whaling in 2014?

Whales are one of the world’s most majestic and mysterious creatures, but they have long been targeted by hunters and poachers. Fortunately, in recent years, the demand for whale meat and other by-products has plummeted. While the scientific community is just learning how social and intelligent these animals are, the international community is failing to unite to protect these crucial marine mammals. Despite the fact that we no longer need whale oil or bones, humans are still slaughtering whales....more

The Future of Education is in the Hands of Teachers Like This

This week I sat down with Seth Brady, one of the 12 Illinois Teacher of the Year finalists.  Disclaimer:  Yes, Seth is my son, the same son ...more

D.I.Y Natural Home Scents

It is Fall!!!!...more

Ecuador and Volunteer Tourism

Leaving Ecuador on the red-eye through Miami last Thursday to my home in Dallas, I have to admit I was quite tired.  My trip to Puerto Lopez, Ecuador in order to dive Isla de la Plata (the Poor Man's Galapagos) for the Marine Megafauna Foundation, to photograph Giant Manta Rays, was both challenging and inspiring at the same time.  There were inevitable low points...after all, we were in the developing world, and one always has to brace to see harsh reality....more

THE NEW NORM: HOTTER THAN HADES

The dichotomy between grass and desertification provides an insightful representation of California's record-breaking warmest January through August. ...more

Inexpensive Replacements For All Your Laundry Needs.

Everyone who writes blogs about saving money eventually writes a blog about laundry soap. This is one of the most popular subjects. I swear that I am asked about laundry soap more than any other money saving idea. I have written at least 3 posts on it. The questions are usually because people want to know how to save money and be kinder to the environment. Why shouldn't this be one of the most asked questions? The cost of a bottle of 50 ounce Tide at Amazon.com is $14.89....more

Grow free succulents, in 5 easy steps!

Succulents are my new obsession.  Not only are they fascinatingly beautiful, with their lush symmetric leaves, and incredibly easy to maintain, but they are also very drought-friendly.  Which is music to the ears of any California or dry-region gardener....more