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New Year’s Resolutions

by heather
I decided I would post these publicly, because if I tell people about them, I will feel more of an obligation to be honest and do what I said I was going to do. Read 12 chapter books with Thing 1. And then have activities to go with them. Like watching the Harry Potter movies after reading each one. Find 12 books that interest Thing 2 and read them with him. He can read, but he's not super interested in the activity, I hope to change that. Potty train Cindy Lou Who. She has shown some sporadic Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Tin Can Wind Chime

by heather
This week's project was involved food storage, but not eating it. I found a project in the May 2013 Family Fun Magazine a few weeks ago and decided it would make a perfect Mother's Day gift. (I had some extra time since we were seeing the Grandma's after school got out.) I changed it from monochrome from rainbow and added some g-kids hand prints. Tin Can Wind Chime Supplies: 4-6 clean empty cans of various sizes, that fit within each other primer paint heavy duty string a wooden ring Read more [...]

Do’s and Don’ts & Facts About Recycling

by heather
 So it has become a habit of mine that every Monday morning I load my recycling bins and drop off in the larger recycling bins that are in the parking lot of my local grocery store. This past Monday I was pretty annoyed with what I saw. There is one bin that is just for paper and a second bin that is for paper, plastic and metals. In multiple places on the bins it says "No glass" and "No cardboard". Yet overflowing from the bins were large cardboard boxes and strew on the ground around the bins Read more [...]

Book Review: Back to Basics-Tips for Gardening

by heather
After the love of my life discovered that I would remotely even consider a "self-sufficient" lifestyle, he picked up Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills. This book is not 'light reading', but it is a great reference. It has articles on every skill I can imagine that would be useful if you were to live off land or 'go off the grid'. Some of the topics it covers include: making your house energy efficient, gardening, planning and building your own home, preserving food, quilting, Read more [...]

Firestarters and Other Camping Tips

by heather
Here's a riddle: What do old candles, empty egg cartons, used popsicle sticks and dryer lint have in common? Hint, the answer is not that they're garbage.The answer: they're ingredients to make great fire starters!I learned how to make these several months ago at an emergency preparedness class, and was reminded of them by a few people who suggested bringing lint for a fire starter as a camping tip under the August giveaway. (Because dryer lint is the cheapest, quickest fire starter.) Whether you Read more [...]

Quest to Save the Planet: Backyard Composting

by heather
So here I am in my little corner of the world, trying to make it a better place, and I have started composting. Here are reasons I think that the average person should compost.Composting reduces waste.  It's good for the planet. Food waste and yard trimmings currently make up 23% of waste in the US. Wouldn't that be great if we could easily reduced the number of landfills by 1/4?Composting returns micro-nutrients from food waste to the soil to help plants grow.Composting can reduce diseases Read more [...]

More Ways to Save Money that are Good For the Environment

by heather
My last list on this topic was fairly popular, so I decided to dig up a few more ideas. Many of these require a little more effort, but most not really that much more. And isn't doing your part worth a little effort? Refill your printer ink cartridges- I only started doing this in the few months and I feel like a sucker that I was paying so much for ink all of those years.Compost- Why not make good use of your kitchen scraps and pulled weeds instead of taking up space in a landfill? You can use those Read more [...]

Ways to save money that are good for the environment too.

by heather
Cook from scratch- There's a great deal of potential savings here when compared to eating out, buying packaged foods and mixes. And cooking from scratch is often healthier. Plus less packaging, less waste.Start a garden- My husband and I were debating on whether are garden is actually cost efficient. Thus far we've spent $50 and gotten two miniature strawberries. But then there were a lot of up-front costs that we won't have to do again like garden tools. Perhaps this will save us money as we get Read more [...]

What To Do With Your Expired Coupons

by heather
So I had heard before that expired coupons can be used by military families stationed overseas for 6 months after their expiration date. However, I could never find out how to get them to them. I did a little searching on-line, but no where could I find a place to mail my growing mountain of expired coupons. This past weekend I finally stumbled upon the answer: You can send your expired coupons to U.S. military bases around the world. The coupons are placed in various common areas throughout each Read more [...]

My new favorite local business- Southern Utah Recycling

by heather
This week at toddler time, my neighbor told me about a new business that is really going to make my life easier. (And sorry for those who live outside of St. George, but I am willing to research the recycling options in the area of anyone who requests it.) It was one of my resolutions this year to be a little greener (and no I am not a tree-hugging, Gore-following hippie, but I hate to waste and I want the place I live to stay beautiful.) and when my neighbor mentioned this I was so excited I want Read more [...]

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