New Frugality

My New Grocery Store

A few months ago I wrote about how I believe the milk we drink is over processed. All milk sold in grocery stores is pasteurized and homogenized. These processes kill off beneficial germs and destroy some of the natural nutrition found in milk. So, I set out to find a local source for raw milk, [...]


The Homemade Way to Clean the Floor

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I have a confession I am ashamed to make: during my pregnancy I broke down and bought a Swiffer. The thought of getting on my hands and knees to scrub the floors was too much for me to handle, so I let laziness get the best of me and I opted for what I thought [...]


Some Stuff on Stuff

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I’m feeling overwhelmed. With stuff. With a wedding four years ago…and two babies in two years…and thirty years of LIFE…we now have more than enough stuff. Do I really need all of this? Do I really want most of it?! A couple years ago we lived in corporate housing in New York City while my [...]


Misto Olive Oil Sprayer

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I am on a constant crusade to cut back on the amount of garbage my family produces. We do a very good job of recycling everything we can, but its important to remember that recycling isn’t a perfect solution. While it is great to avoid sending more trash to the landfill, recycling requires a considerably [...]


Homemade Peanut Butter

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I am on a crusade to continuously reduce the amount of garbage my household creates. While I think we’re doing a very good job – we recycle everything and because we don’t buy much processed foods a lot of what we do throw away comes from food scraps and leftovers – there is always room [...]


The Cheap & Easy Way to Avoid Static Cling!

A few years ago I quit buying dryer sheets. Why, you may ask? Because they simply aren’t necessary and they definitely aren’t healthy! In 2000, Anderson Laboratories conducted a study to determine if the chemicals used to make dryer sheets can cause health problems for some people. Researchers exposed mice to five commercial fabric softener [...]


You Get What You Pay For

Americans are eating too much meat. Because the price of meat is relatively inexpensive, too many of us now assume that we are entitled to animal protein on a daily basis. Factory farms give us abundant supplies of impossibly cheap meat, but cheap food comes with a price: your health! My family doesn’t eat any [...]


Homemade Laundry Detergent – Update!

Back in May when I posted my recipe for homemade laundry detergent I never could have anticipated the excitement it would generate among my readers and their friends. I have gotten so much positive feedback about it – thank you! One of the best parts of homemade mothering is the ability to try new things [...]


FREE Eco-Friendly Wrapping Paper

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As I have written about before, I am not a fan of wrapping paper. All those trees taken down to create paper that is literally torn up and thrown away in seconds?! No thank you!! Instead, I usually use newspaper (my great-grandma used to use the comics section) or old paper shopping bags. This Christmas, [...]


A Busy Sunday!

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Such a busy day! I took care of a week’s worth of grocery shopping and three loads of laundry (including cloth diapers) this morning, and I spent a few peaceful hours this afternoon making yogurt and baking in the kitchen. Stanley’s, my favorite neighborhood produce market, had raspberries on sale for $0.98 a container. While [...]


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