11 Ways to Use Stale Bread

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As 2011 comes to an end, we’re sharing helpful lists to help you save money, stay healthy, get organized, creatively repurpose, frugally gift-give, intentionally celebrate and more in our “11 Things for 2011” series throughout these holiday months. If there is one thing that I truly disdain, it’s waste in my kitchen. I firmly believe that one of the most effective ways to learn to save money on your grocery bill is to buy less food because you’re wasting less of it. Did you know […]

Dispelling the Myths: Why Cloth Diapering is Truly Easier Than it Seems

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I’ve been cloth diapering for over 6 years, but I still sometimes find myself surprised by the strange looks and the mistaken opinions that most people have when the topic arises. I want to dispel some myths in what will be a short but hopefully clarifying series on cloth diapering. In my experience I have found that using cloth dipes is simply not: More expensive More disgusting More time consuming More inconvenient For hippies only :) Today I will begin by addressing two of the […]

Saving Money by Using Cloth

Cloth.  Such a simple word.  Only five letters.  But, oh, what a money saver! Think about all the paper products you use during the day.  How many of them do you throw away once they’ve been used? Now think about how many of those products could be converted to cloth, washed and reused. Here’s my list: paper towels napkins paper plates baby wipes baby diapers baby bibs baby changing mats toilet paper feminine napkins Making the Switch Out of this list, several things we already […]

Giveaway: 6-pack Happy Heiny’s Cloth Diapers

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Written by Sherrie Cook, Contributing Writer As I have written to you all before, more and more people (and many of you) are making the switch to cloth diapering for so many reasons!  Thanks to our ever-expanding internet technology, most of the fears associated with switching are being talked about openly and often.  Due to this wealth of conversation and information many families are finding simple solutions to stinky diapers, detergent quandaries and how to deal with rashes. You may wonder, if there is such […]

Green Tomatoes, Mincemeat and Ingenuity: Why I’m Grateful for the Women Who Have Gone Before Me

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This week I breathed a sigh of thankfulness that I have read the Little House on the Prairie series. That Caroline Ingalls was a wonder, as were so many of the inspiringly creative and brilliant pioneering women who came before us! Due to poor supports (a lack of foresight on my part), a heavy load of tomatoes and then a rainy downpour, 5 of my tomato plants collapsed the other week. I went outside to my garden after the storm to find them all alive, […]

Whole Chickens – Less Waste, More Mouth-Watering Goodness

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By Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer Without exception, I always buy whole chickens – free-range, sustainably raised, local whole chickens. You may wonder why I bother with whole chickens when I could simply buy the particular cut I want, prepackaged, and be ready to go. Here’s why: Whole chickens require much less packaging – just one plastic bag or butcher wrap compared to parts that get packaged into multiple Styrofoam trays. In the kitchen whole chickens result in less food waste since all parts are used. […]

29 Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Home (and Save Money While You’re At It)

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Image by rezlab 1. Cloth diaper your baby. 2. Buy in bulk whenever possible. 3. Shop with an eye for packaging, and try to buy only products with minimal or recyclable packaging. 4. Compost your kitchen scraps. (Or try worm composting for those in small abodes) 5. Switch to mama cloth (or reusable feminine products). 6. Go paperless in your kitchen. 7. Eat whole foods, not packaged ones. 8. Make your own simple cleaning supplies, or buy ones that are concentrated. 9. Use reusable shopping […]

Reducing Waste by Using Cloth Diapers

Natural Living Tip: Easy Steps to Switching to Cloth Diapers

Image by mhofstrangd Post by Contributing Writer Sherrie Cook For years prior to 1961, parents used cloth diapers on their children because there was no other option. Since the 60’s, paper diapers have grown with such popularity that many moms now choose them because they, too, think there is no other option. Ten years ago I began my own personal search for a cloth diapering alternative in our modern world. I hit so many brick walls that I began to wonder if the reason was […]