I recently got a text from my father saying his neighbor was throwing away two plastic Adirondack chairs, and would I want them? After verifying that his neighbor had not put the chairs by the curb just to watch the cars go by, we enthusiastically took possession of this additional seating. Given that we often … More Trash and Treasure
I don’t know about you, but I was distressed last week to see numerous gleeful declarations that the Christmas season was now upon us . . . on November 1. I was still trying to find Oktoberfest in the grocery store. I’ll spare you the rant on how the Christmas season doesn’t actually start until … More 50+ Ideas for Non-Stuff Christmas Gifts
I don’t remember why it started. I probably coveted some cute monogrammed treat bag from Pottery Barn Kids for my firstborn, but just couldn’t abide the expense (especially for one of the bags that is designed to specifically coordinate with the costume for that year and then becomes useless for the following year). Or maybe … More A Thrifty Halloween Tradition
My inspiration for starting this blog (and before it, a Facebook page) was my growing conviction that buying things used (secondhand, pre-loved, vintage–however you like to phrase it!) was the easiest way to reduce my personal impact on the globe. New clothing uses tons of energy, water, and raw materials to produce, not to mention … More 7 Ways to Shop Secondhand
We have entered “birthday season” in our family. Try as I might to have a spring or summer baby, our third child just extended our already-concentrated season of celebration. It kicks off in mid-October now, followed two weeks later by my middle child, my mom and husband soon after that, then my dad in December, … More No Gifts, Please!
As for me and my house . . . I have too much stuff. Is anyone with me? I might get more worked up than most people when it comes to the amount of stuff that tends to collect in our homes these days–the papers from school and day care, the mail, the half-finished projects, the Very … More Too Much Stuff