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Limit Purchases My 2-year-old recently chose a stuffed animal to purchase for 50 cents at a garage sale. The small brown dog with the realistic-looking nose has become a favorite of hers. It seemed like new when we bought it, but I gave it a bath and a fluff anyway when we brought it home. […]

Continue Reading By on September 30, 2010 in conscious consumerism, frugal, green, thrifty

Barefoot is Not Backward at Home

You’re dressed to the nines for a dinner party, including the perfect pair of matching shoes. When you arrive at the home of your host, you are promptly directed to remove your stylish heels. What’s your reaction? Your toddler constantly crawls along the floor of your house, putting anything she finds directly into her mouth. […]

Continue Reading By on September 16, 2010 in environmental, environmental health, green, green cleaning, home, parenting, sustainable

About Money & Happiness

More green in your wallet still can’t really buy happiness, but it can color your view of your life a bit rosier.  Researchers at Princeton University have published their intriguing study titled “High Income Improves Evaluation of Life But Not Emotional Well-Being.” In the study, professors Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton looked at Gallup Organization data […]

Continue Reading By on September 10, 2010 in conscious consumerism, frugal, thrifty

Unscrambling Egg Labeling for Consumers

Perhaps part of your busy day involves shopping at the local store for groceries. When you stop at the dairy case for eggs, you spot a carton with a picture of green pastures or some other bucolic scene. Here’s a happy looking chicken. There’s another carton with some reassuring words such as “natural” or “free […]

Continue Reading By on August 5, 2010 in 350.org, conscious consumerism, eating better, flowers, Yo-Getters, yogurt

How My Grandparents Survived the Great Depression, And How You Can Survive Hard Times Too

My maternal grandparents were married and started their family during the middle of the Great Depression. Having come from a large family herself, Grandma never was afforded the opportunity to complete much public schooling. Grandpa, an only child, completed the eighth grade. He was needed as a teenager to help out on his family’s farm, […]

Continue Reading By on May 24, 2010 in frugal, grandma, grandparents, Great Depression, green, recycling, thrifty