We just moved into a new house with two extra bathrooms so I found myself in need of new toilet brushes. I was convinced that I would never find a plastic-free alternative. So I started researching ways to clean toilets without a special toilet brush. There weren’t very many options that didn’t involve sticking my hands in the bowl or using toxic cleaners.
One of my resolutions for the new year is to spend more quality time with my son (who has requested to be called Monster in my posts from now on). During the warmer months, we love to spend time outdoors hiking or playing at a local park. But now that the weather is painfully cold, we have decided that our quality time should consist of board games, cooking and crafts. Each week I will attempt to post the results of our crafts and cooking activities.
I went for years wishing that I could make homemade bread, but never tried it because it seemed too hard and time-consuming. Then, I finally broke down and bought a bread maker. But every loaf I made came out tough and flavorless. So the bread machine sat in my cupboard for another couple of years before I finally tried to do it by hand.
During my research for this site, I have come across a number of fantastic blogs. Here is a list of my favorites (sorted by category and in alphabetical order).
I already talked about my green changes in 2010 but now I need to address what changes I would like to make in 2011. My first list was actually much longer than this one but I decided to cut it down and make it more manageable (and more likely to get done). As you can see, being green is a process. Even I (a self-proclaimed green mom) have a long way to go and an endless list of green changes that I can make.
I wasn’t always a crafty person. Every Christmas, I used to buy ornaments and decorations and boxes of processed cookies. But I recently realized how fun and satisfying it is to make things by hand. And an added bonus is the look in my son’s eyes as he delicately paints a salt dough ornament or collects pinecones from our yard for his handmade wreath.
My husband and my son are huge yogurt lovers. Unfortunately, most yogurt comes in individually-sized plastic containers. These containers are bad for the environment and bad for your health. It doesn’t make much sense to me that companies put organic yogurt into plastic containers, which can leach toxins into the yogurt and totally cancel out the organic benefits. So I began to do some research on making my own yogurt.