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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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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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Connecting Through Cooking: Leek and Potato Soup

After years of relying at least partially on frozen meals and side dishes to make dinner, I’ve recently gotten back into cooking again. Two elements came together at the same time as I was thinking I should make more effort … Continue reading

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Responsibility to a greater whole

“Movements are the expression of changed attitudes, and how each person comes to realize his responsibility to a greater whole is a unique experience.” — Paul Hawken, Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice, … Continue reading

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