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Quotes from September

by heather
“I've got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don't want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I'd rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before 'thin'. And frankly, I'd rather they didn't give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather 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 [...]

Preparedness Wednesday: August in Review

by heather
I didn't quite make my typical preparedness goals, but I feel entirely justified because it was over 100 degrees here every single day of the past month and I had a baby. I'm amazed I got anything done .Doing:Had the air conditioning fixed, which should dramatically reduce our next power bill Made 4 digital photo books (I think this falls under getting things organized) Experimented numerous times with my sun oven Harvested onions and peppers from my garden, then planted seeds for our winter garden Emergency Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday and Vegetarian Link-Up

by heather
 My husband has recently decided to be a vegetarian. And I sort of follow suit because I don't want to bother making two or three meals every night. Right now I find that if I go two or three days without eating meat I start feeling weak and nauseated (more so than usual). I also found that when I don't eat meat I don't gain weight, which I need to be doing right now. I don't need a lot of meat to fix the problem, a turkey sandwich will usually do the trick, but I have to have meat. Perhaps Read more [...]

5 Simple Ways of Conserving

by heather
I mention recycling fairly often on my blog, but I think that recycling is a only a small part of energy conservation. Don't just recycle, reuse, re-purpose, use less and throw away less. I believe that a big part of it is attitude. 'What small things can I do today to make the world a better place?' Here are some of the things that I do, and yes I am aware that they don't make an enormous difference, but if everyone is doing small simple things to help the environment, it can make an enormous difference.Reusable 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 [...]

Preparedness Wednesday: April in Review

by heather
For those of you just tuning in, every week I try to do something to get my house in order (fix things, get out of debt, etc) and purchase something to add to my emergency supply. If you want to follow my deals as I find them. I post them on my public facebook profile as I find them if you are interested.Doing:TaxesBought a push lawn mower, not only is it powered by exercise instead of gas (which saves us money with rising gas prices), it doesn't send a fine spray of cut grass into the air, which Read more [...]

Ideas from Parents April 2011

by heather
5 Easy Ways to Go Green (And get your kids involved too)Pre-cycle- Consider the product and it's container before you purchase it. Does it really need that much packaging? Can you reuse the container?Bring Your Own Bag- Make your kids the "bag police", and have them remind you to bring your reusable bag with you when you go to the store.Conserve Water- Have each person use one water glass per day and mark it in some way.  (The author used decorated clothes pins.) Fewer half glasses of water Read more [...]

Being A One Car Family

by heather
 It has always been our policy to avoid debt like the plague. And for us this has meant ever since we have been married we have only had one car. There are numerous times that it has been inconvenient, but for us it has been worth it. Given our circumstances, to afford a second car we would have had to do one of two things a) Not spend money on anything fun and put that money (plus some) towards a car or b) I would have to get a second job and work more than I already do. I don't really like Read more [...]

Preparedness Wednesday: March in Review

by heather
Doing:Hung energy efficient curtains in front of the biggest window in my house (Saved $21 using coupons at Bed Bath and Beyond)Planted a gardenPlanted a pomegranate tree Fixed one toilet so it didn't take literally hours to fill with water after flushingSorted through and packed up clothes that are too small for Thing 1 and Thing 2Worked a couple extra shifts to put money into savings (or car repairs)Food Storage:24 boxes of Annie's pasta and cheese in various varieties (49 cents each)-Smiths6 packages Read more [...]

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