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switch away from paper products

Switch away from paper products

There are things that everyone knows hippies do.  They eat organic, they reuse water bottles, they recycle, they wear their hair long, and they do yoga.  Then there are things the hardcore hippies do.  They cloth diaper, they drink kombucha, they boycott Amazon and Walmart, and they don’t shave.  So what kind of person refuses to use paper for anything but writing and drawing?  That is too much for most of even the hardcore hippies.  Today I’m going to show you how to switch away from paper products for hygiene.  Are you ready?

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Let’s join a (non-violent) riot!

I have really been an emotional roller coaster these last two weeks.  Our new president frightens me so much and I have been alternating between weeping in depression and fear, and getting angry and taking back my power (and therefore being productive around the house).  My Facebook feed has turned into a political forum.  Gone are the LOLcats and kid pictures.  Everything is about our president and his hateful, planet-destroying behaviors.  In response I’ve decided to become a revolutionary and (re-)join a riot. Continue reading

electric bill sticker shock

Electric bill sticker shock

The other day we received our electric bill for last month.  It was a bit of a shock, and I went into panic mode for a while.  I hadn’t looked at the bill itself, just the amount due.  We have set up automatic payments, and I received an email saying that a partial payment was scheduled.  That meant the bill was over $150, which is the highest automatic payment we had authorized.  Our last few months of bills have been right around $120-$130.  This time the bill was $170.  Now, I accept that we are a large family in a large house and therefore consume more than your average electricity.  On top of that, I am a stay-home mom, so I usually use electricity during the day.  Usually it is laundry, cooking, or computer use.   Continue reading

Standing Rock Water Protectors

Standing Rock Water Protectors {Thankful Thursday}

Photo courtesy of Tony Webster via Flickr.

I am not an activist.  I don’t attend rallies, call my congressmen, or stump for causes or candidates.  It isn’t that I don’t feel strongly about things.  I do.  My energy is better directed through other methods, though.  I have a family to take care of on a daily basis.  My teenagers are passionate about justice, so I think I am doing something right.  As much as I would love to pack up and head out west to join the thousands in North Dakota, I can’t.  It is my job to raise the next generation instead.  Since I can’t go there, I am so glad that there are others who can and do.  I am thankful for our water protectors. Continue reading

Homemade Laundry Soap

I usually try to post deep and meaningful things on Sundays, but I need to come clean here (see what I did there?).  Being deep and meaningful takes work.  So today I am posting a recipe instead.  A recipe for laundry soap.  I have been making my own laundry soap for nearly ten years now.  It saves money, saves time, and saves the Earth. Continue reading

climate change incivility clutter

Climate Change, Incivility, and Clutter

Lots of horrible things happen in our world, and it seems as though there are more and more of them lately. Climate change seems to be reflected in our societal behavior, with more frequent and severe storms surprising us every time we turn around. People seem to be more rude to each other and uncivil in everyday interactions, just as the average temperature rises. But we also have our hurricanes and tornadoes that show up in society as mass shootings and other terrorist attacks. Continue reading