Help! How Can I Go Green This School Year?

Help! How Can I Go Green This School Year? {}

Like many annual events – Christmas, Easter, Halloween, the Super Bowl, Black Friday – the consumeristic culture in the United States has blown back-to-school shopping to epic proportions. When did learning become so expensive? Or when did it require so.much.stuff? Your students may try to go along with the “I need a new backpack, lunchbox, school supplies, three pairs of shoes, sports uniform and entire wardrobe” mentality – but they don’t need to. Stay strong, reasonable parent. You don’t have

Trying (& Liking!) All-Natural Insecticide + a Giveaway

Trying (and Liking) All-Natural Insect Repellent {}

Disclosure: I received a complimentary 24-ounce Eco Kill all-natural insecticide from YardGard. All opinions are my own. I hate bugs. I know that they’re an essential part of this world and many of them can be helpful. But I just don’t like them. I especially don’t like them when they’re in my house. (Once they come in my house, they’ve got to go out of my house … dead or alive.) And, over the past few summers I’ve discovered I don’t

Reuse and Repurpose School Supplies

Reuse and Repurpose School Supplies {}

Looking for ways to save money and resources when your children start back to school? Here are some ways to reuse and repurpose school supplies: Now that the start of school is right around the corner, it’s the time of year where schools post their lists for required school supplies in local stores. (At least this happens in my community!) There are a lot of specific supplies to buy depending on your child’s class and teacher. And while you may

How I’m Preparing for Back-To-School

How I'm Preparing for Back-To-School {}

Back To School Back To School To Prove To Dad That I’m Not A Fool I’ve Got My Lunch Packed Up, My Boots Tied Tight, I Hope I Don’t Get In A Fight Ohhhh… Back To School Back To School Back To School… – Lyrics from Billy Madison Once children reach school age, the end of July stops being the middle of summer – it morphs into back-to-school time. Sure, there can still be fun days at the pool, picnic

Why Did the Monkey Come to the Garage Sale?

Why Did the Monkey Come to the Garage Sale? {}

To buy cloth diapers. My garage sale bonanza is finally over for this year! I’ve been purging my home over the past seven months, priced everything and was part of my friend’s garage sale last Friday and Monday. Customers were slow yet steady, and by the end of the two days I sold half of my things. The trouble was, I still had a vanload of belongings to sell. I’m all for making donations and taking things to a consignment store,

Musings on Modesty: Why You Shouldn’t Flaunt It Even If You’ve Got It

Musings on Modesty: Why You Shouldn't Flaunt It Even If You've Got It {}

Have you ever stopped to think that your clothing choices affect other men, women, boys and girls?  I think what we choose to wear can possibly affect the spiritual and mental health of others around us … When I was growing up, I thought I had a very normal American childhood. My family went to church and Sunday school each week, I attended a public school, and was exposed to plenty of pop culture. Looking back, though, I’m not convinced my

Sweeten Your Summer with Crisps and Cobblers

Sweeten Your Summer with Crisps & Cobblers {}

Disclosure: I am a huge fan of real food. Not all of the recipes I use are always the healthiest … and they’re not sensitive to dietary restrictions. But they include real ingredients. One of my (many) favorite things about summer is fresh produce. There’s nothing tastier than a fruit or veggie right out of your garden – but if the fresh produce doesn’t come straight from my garden, I love the taste of fresh, local produce. This is the