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August Challenge: Buy Local

For August I am challenging myself to buy local whenever possible. I hope you’ll join me! When I suggested this on Facebook recently, one friend pointed out that bananas (a staple in both our households) aren’t grown anywhere near Seattle. … Continue reading

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Why I DIY

I started researching making my own cleaning and personal care products, and finding reusable solutions for disposable items, in February 2011 as part of a New Year’s resolution to live more mindfully, reduce waste, and reduce expenses. We reduced our … Continue reading

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Trying New Things

Author Rita Golden Gelman (Tales of a Female Nomad) says whenever she gives talks, she encourages her audience to try something new as often as possible. While for her that’s often been living in a new country, she realizes that … Continue reading

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Vegetable Valentines

Vegetables–they’re not just for dinner anymore! Apparently there are quite a few DIY valentine card ideas that involve the odds and ends of your vegetable bin. Last year, we made potato print valentines, inspired by the Green Baby Guide. You … Continue reading

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Top 5 Reusable Purchases of 2011

These aren’t in any particular order, just things I’m so happy I bought last year, that will keep me from buying/using disposable versions this year: 1. Kiva Keychain Tote. I bought mine in a grey/purple leopard print pattern that’s no … Continue reading

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Two Christmases

When I was growing up, I was fortunate enough to celebrate two Christmases each year: “American” Christmas on Dec. 25 and Ukrainian (Julian calendar) Christmas on Jan. 7. Dec. 25th was about a tree and presents under it. We would … Continue reading

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The Presentation of Presents: Fun and Thrifty Gift Wrap

While I’m a huge proponent of experience gifts (massage gift certificates, theater tickets, museum memberships), even I give stuff for the holidays. And when I do, I wrap it. But I haven’t paid for giftwrap in at least 5 or … Continue reading

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