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Deodorants

I used to use antiperspirants from the drug store. It was what I grew up with and the only option I knew about. But, I hated them. Forget all the cancer scare stuff, antiperspirants stink of manufactured perfumes, irritate my … Continue reading

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Fall had come early

Unusually cool weather has meant that fall foliage is here and the whole river valley is quickly turning mustard yellow.

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I don’t own any bamboo cutlery, and that’s OK

All the Instagram and Pinterest pictures suggest to us that we need to have fancy bamboo cutlery or a custom made travel spork to be zero waste or low impact, but we don’t. Just use your regular cutlery. This is … Continue reading

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Book review – The Art of Frugal Hedonism, by Annie Raser-Rowland & Adam Grubb

When I found out about The Art of Frugal Hedonism, I was intrigued because that sounds contradictory – hedonism, the pursuit of pleasure, is something typically associated with having lots of money to spend on all the greatest pleasures in … Continue reading

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Reading update – August 2018

I seem to be continuing my trend of reading a lot of non-fiction These are the books I read:   How to be a Wildflower – This is part art book (the author is an artist that I’ve admired for … Continue reading

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Sketchbooks and such

Despite several years of not being able to find the right thing, I keep clinging to the idea that there’s a perfect book out there that works as a sketch book, a wet media book, and a journal. But, everything … Continue reading

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Reading update – July 2018

I read quite a bit this month … but I quit most of the books that I picked up. I blame it on the summer heat. Being hot and sweaty saps joy out of curling up to read. Also, I … Continue reading

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Plastic Free July – end of month check-in

Plastic Free July went as expected: not bad, but I still need to work on changing some habits. After some adjustments to accommodate my lack of interest in taking the garbage out and the summer heat, I think that I’ve … Continue reading

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Plastic Free July – bamboo toothbrushes

Lately, the big buzz has been around banning straws as if banning just one thing will make the plastic problem go away. Well, what about all the other plastics we use? Disposable utensils, to-go cups for drinks, produce bags, tooth … Continue reading

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Book review – The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna

I read The Crossroads of Should and Must back in April, took loads of notes, had many thoughts, and then couldn’t seem to bring myself to write a review because it required doing some hard thinking about my “crossroads” and … Continue reading

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