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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Bedwetting and a diaper cover tutorial

Today I want to share with you a diaper cover tutorial for cloth diapers.  According to Pubmed, many children still wet their beds at age 5 more than 6 times per year.  My daughter A is one of them.  Every morning that she wakes up dry, she gets a sticker on the calendar.  Last month (February) she got 19 stickers.  So far this month, she has 9 stickers.  This means she has an accident approximately 1/3 of the time.  This month, she was sick for two of those wet nights, and she is on a five day streak right now.  I have told her that once she goes a whole week staying dry, she can wear underwear to bed. Continue reading “Bedwetting and a diaper cover tutorial”

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 “Let’s join a (non-violent) riot!”

Drying apples in a dehydrator

drying apples

This week, I dried apples for the first time.  This is a simple preservation technique, and I’m not really sure why I never did it before.  I wanted to make these delicious sounding Apple Pie Caveman Bars from Civilized Caveman, and it called for dried apples.  I actually looked for dried apples at the grocery store, but we didn’t find any.  Then the light bulb kicked on and I remembered that my dehydrator was actually meant for drying things, not just making yogurt. Continue reading “Drying apples in a dehydrator”

Processing pumpkins – What to do with them all

processing pumpkins

Despite my not planting any, I harvested a few pumpkins this year from my volunteer garden.  Since the killing frost a few weeks ago, they have been sitting on my counter taking up space and waiting to be processed.  Today I finally got around to tackling at least some of them.  I started with three large pumpkins, two small pumpkins, and a Hubbard squash.  The three large pumpkins are now in the freezer as purée, ready to become pies. Continue reading “Processing pumpkins – What to do with them all”

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 “Electric bill sticker shock”

Recipe: Too Many Raspberries Cordial

Too many raspberries cordial

As I mentioned on Thankful Thursday a couple of weeks ago, I found myself with more berries than I know what to do with.  I have a lovely cookbook called The Country Kitchen Cookbook that I picked up at my church‘s book sale a few years ago.  It has a recipe for raspberry cordial.  I have made it for a couple of years now.  My first batch came out fantastic.  It was still quite good a full year later.  The batch I made the second year did not work so well.   Continue reading “Recipe: Too Many Raspberries Cordial”

Food stamp budget in action – July 2016

Food stamp budget in action

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that we receive food stamps to supplement our income.  You also probably know that I have particular standards for what food we eat.  There are many examples on the internet about food stamp budget challenges to help people understand what it is like to live on such a budget.  Since this is something I have done every month for nearly 13 years, I thought I would share what a month of food looks like in my house.  According to food stamps we should be able to feed our family on $218.20/week, or $872.80 for four weeks.  Why am I counting four weeks instead of a full month?   Continue reading “Food stamp budget in action – July 2016”

Where to spend your food stamps

where to spend food stamps

Previously, we walked through the factors that determine how much food stamp assistance you receive.  We talked about different types of income, and about deductions, and how much you are expected to contribute to your own grocery budget.  We also previously talked about what kinds of food you can get with your benefits, and how to really make them work hard for you.  So now that you have food stamps, let’s take a look at where you can spend them.

Where not to spend food stamps

As their name implies, food stamps are used to buy food.  That is the simplest way to look at it.  However, not all Continue reading “Where to spend your food stamps”