Reducing, Reusing & Recycling Magazines

Reducing, Reusing & Recycling Magazines {accidentallygreen.com}

I used to LOVE reading magazines. Back when I was a journalism major in college, I would study the layouts, photos, catchy headlines and different sections while I dreamed of working at a magazine someday. (Eventually I did work at a few magazines. It was as cool as I imagined.) Something’s happened, though. Magazines have lost their appeal. Don’t get me wrong – I still love looking at the layouts, photos, headlines and stories. I just have no time to

Thinning My Book Collection

Thinning My Book Collection {accidentallygreen.com}

I love books. I have loved them for as long as I can remember. And to me, home just doesn’t feel like home unless there are shelves and shelves of books around. I know eBooks and all things digital are the rage – I’ve written four eBooks, so I do appreciate the medium – but all of the digital books in the world can’t compare to holding your own book and thumbing through the paper pages. Even though I love

Managing a Mess of Toys

Managing a Mess of Toys {accidentallygreen.com}

When I was growing up, I remember one specific night when my mom announced that it looked like a tornado hit my bedroom. At the time, I didn’t know what she meant – all I saw was an amazing make-believe town and all of my Strawberry Shortcake dolls out after a day of play. Now that I’m a mom, I’ve definitely told my children that their bedrooms look like tornadoes ripped through our house. After noticing the tornadic tendencies of my children,

Buying, Storing and Passing Along Children’s Clothes

Buying, Storing and Passing Along Children's Clothes {accidentallygreen.com}

Before I became a mom, I never imagined the sheer volume of clothing one child could accumulate. I’ve discovered the clothing collection seems to be caused by three different issues: 1. Children are always growing – what fits them one week may not fit them the next. (I promise. I’ve witnessed this phenomenon.) 2. Different brands of children’s clothes are sized differently. Because of this, more clothes are in my family’s drawers and closets than logically should be. Since my

My Great Summer Purge

My Great Summer Purge {accidentallygreen.com}

If you’ve been reading Accidentally Green for a while, you know I have an ongoing battle with purging stuff. I’ve realized I’ve been a poor steward of our finances in the past by making unnecessary purchases. Putting a screeching halt on a bargain shopping addiction, I went on a clothing shopping fast for a good 10 months last year. By cracky, the fast worked. I don’t buy clothes for myself (new or thrifted) unless I need something. I highly doubt I

Trading Tampons for SkoonCup

Trading Tampons for SkoonCup {accidentallygreen.com}

Disclosure: Skoon sent me a complimentary SkoonCup and SkoonPad to review. All opinions are my own. When I’m wrong – and I discover I’m wrong – I’m not afraid to admit it. I was wrong. Three years ago I wrote about green feminine hygiene products and spent quite a long time explaining why I didn’t want to try reusable cloth pads or menstrual cups. After many reader comments and suggestions, I caved in and tried reusable cloth pads. It took a while

Help! I’m Working Too Much to be Healthy!

Help! I'm Working Too Much to be Healthy! {accidentallygreen.com}

When I began my first magazine internship at the tender age of 20, I couldn’t believe how physically taxing it was to sit at a computer in a cubicle for 8 hours a day. I was used to changing classes in college and moving around throughout my day. Staying in one space for so long and focusing was incredibly difficult – and even a little painful, as my body adjusted to sitting for hours. Little did I know that I

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