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Make Your Own Shake Siding from James Hardie Product — My Custom Pattern

Husband guest post: I searched and searched on the internet for some other guy who made his own shingles. I was amazed that I couldn’t find a single post. So maybe this will help somebody else out who is in a similar situation as me. What I was interested in was the pattern. I’ve never […]

Continue Reading By on December 19, 2011 in construction, frugal, home, homemade, thrifty, with our own hands

Make Your Own Shake Siding from James Hardie Product — (1) Reasons Why

Husband guest post: James Hardie shingles are expensive, but they look much nicer than lap siding!  I was originally thinking cedar shake shingles because I like the look of them. And they are cheaper. But thanks to the carpenter bees in my area, cedar shakes are not an option. I fought these bees for three […]

Continue Reading By on December 19, 2011 in frugal, green, sustainable, thrifty, with our own hands

How We Got Started Detoxing Our Home

Did you know detoxing your home could be as easy as taking off your shoes at the door?  Or being more thoughtful about dusting?  Most of this is pretty basic stuff that any of us can try. As we’ve been showing you all week, the Detox Your Home information from Women’s Voices for the Earth […]

Continue Reading By on September 30, 2011 in green, home, natural

Simple Steps to Detox Your Home

Ready to cut down on possible toxic health risks in everyday life?  We already know the dangers of smoking, and individually we can’t do much to stop industrial air pollution.  But, we can take small steps everyday, in our own homes. One of the first tips on detoxing our homes, from Women’s Voices for the […]

Continue Reading By on September 28, 2011 in eating better, environmental, family, frugal, green, home, natural, thrifty

Why Women’s Health and Home?

Did you know that tens of thousands of chemicals that we use everyday, in our homes and on our bodies, haven’t even been tested for safety?  Scientists are concerned that some may be causing serious health problems.  That’s why a national group is educating and empowering women with tips on ridding our lives of toxic […]

Continue Reading By on September 27, 2011 in environmental, family, home

Grandma’s Solar-Powered Wisdom

An early memory of my Grandma Imel is playing around her legs while she clipped laundry on and off her backyard clothesline.  I remember the distinct fresh smell of crisp white sheets and kitchen linens at her house.  I remember how she wore a special smock with pockets in the front, full of wooden clothespins. […]

Continue Reading By on June 20, 2011 in frugal, green, sustainable

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