DIY Reusable Produce Bags

I try my best to bring my resuable shopping totes with me when I go to the grocery store, but it always feels a bit strange to put my plastic covered produce into my "green" shopping tote. Kind of like the one cancels out the other. So I have had it on my list for a while to make some reusable produce bags, and I finally got around to it.I used these gauzy, tulle-like curtains that I purchased specifically for this project a while back from IKEA for $4.99. I'm sure you could also find something … [Read more...]

A Very Craigslist Christmas

If you know me at all, you know that my husband and I are slightly obsessed with Craigslist. You know you have it bad when your 3 year old can't find one of his toys, and asks if you sold it on Craigslist. (And yes, sometimes I have.)Over the years, we have found amazing deals and saved lots of money by shopping Craigslist instead of retail. Here are a few examples...Last Christmas, my husband gave me a black Kitchen Aid mixer that he found on Craigslist for $75. I have always wanted a Kitchen … [Read more...]

Frugal and Creative Gift Giving

I have never been one of those girls that enjoy shopping at the mall.  But take me to a thrift store and I am in heaven! I don't know what I love more, saving money or the thrill of the find.Here are some Christmas gifts ideas that you may find at your local thrift store...Picture Frames I purchased most of the picture frames for my photo wall from the thrift store for under a dollar. A simple coat of paint followed by a little sandpaper distressing, made these frames as stylish as a … [Read more...]

DIY Rice Heat Therapy Bags

So I know that I said I was going to take a little break from the blog this month because I have lots to do.But then I came down with the flu. Bad flu. Unfortunately I am not the kind of person who can sleep a lot. I am more the type to lie awake at night because I can't shut my brain off. Or because I feel miserable. And right now it's the latter.One thing that is bringing me great comfort is my rice heat therapy bag. I have it on the back of my neck as I am sitting here … [Read more...]

How to Shop Diaper Swappers

I love Diaperswappers!Not only for the amazing deals I have found on cloth diapers, but also for the community of mama's whose parenting styles are very similar to mine. There are so many discussion forums that have topics on everything you can think of as it relates to natural parenting. It has been an amazing resource to me as a mama. But I will have to say that I was a little intimidated at first, because I  didn't know much about posting on forums. So, for any of you that feel the … [Read more...]

How To Shop Craigslist

So if you know me in "real life" or have read much of my blog, you will know that I am a big fan of buying used. I LOVE Craigslist, yard sales, thrift stores, hand-me-downs, dumpster diving, free stuff at the curb, etc. In fact, I cannot tell you one piece of furniture in my house that was purchased new. We always look to buy used whenever possible. And not just furniture, we also buy used clothing, cloth diapers, baby gear, electronics, and jewelry.One of our favorite places to shop for used … [Read more...]

Cloth Diapering 101: Getting Started

I have a couple of friends who are expecting and are thinking about using cloth diapers. They have both asked me about what they need to get started, so I thought I would post my advice here on the blog in case any of you are wondering the same thing. First up, I would recommend purchasing used diapers from either Craigslist or Diaper Swappers. That will save you a lot of money up front and allow you to try out cloth diapering without investing too much money. If you have never shopped … [Read more...]

Remember Those Shopping Totes!

In my efforts to become more "green" and live an environmentally friendly lifestyle, I am not doing very well in one very simple area. No matter how hard I try, I almost never remember to take my reusable totes when I go shopping. So I have a pantry full of plastic bags that shame me every time I open the door, and a huge collection of shopping totes that sit unused. For my One Small Change for November, I thought that I would make more of an effort to use my shopping totes. Because I have … [Read more...]

Homemade Lavender Laundry Detergent

A little while back, I mentioned that I would soon be trying out some homemade laundry detergent based on a  recipe I found here. Well, I am already on my second batch and I love it! It's easy to make and does a great job at getting our clothes clean.Here's the recipe...(For a printable version, click here.)Homemade Lavender Laundry Detergent(Makes approximately 5 cups)2 cups finely grated lavender castile soap*1 cup borax1 cup baking soda1 cup washing soda*I use Dr. Bronner's lavendar … [Read more...]

A Natural Face…Kind Of

I am one of those girl's who doesn't leave the house without her makeup on. When I was younger, my mother worked in cosmetics and I would spend my afternoons hanging out at the makeup counter giving myself makeovers. Needless to say, I like makeup, so a true natural face isn't really an option for me. But I want to be more careful about what I put on my face every day. Did you know that majority of cosmetics and skin care products are full of toxins? There is a great website called Skin Deep … [Read more...]

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