Monthly Archives: November 2010

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10 Ways to Lower Your Heat Bill This Winter

Here are 10 simple, budget-friendly ways to lower your heating bill or, if you’re a tenant maybe even your electric bill this winter. Good planning during the winter, makes things easier come spring.

1. Draft dodgers –  I love these things. They slide right under doors or sit right on the window sill and are a cheap way to keep drafts out of a room and let it reatin heat for a while. You can find draft dodgers here.

2. Run ceiling fans in reverse - Yes, believe it or not this does work.  That’s because the way the blades are angled, when a ceiling fan runs in revers, or clockwise, it makes an updraft that sends the warmer air up near the ceiling back down into the living space Continue reading

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How to Remove Coffee and Tea Stains from Mugs

Don’t you hate those annoying coffee, tea and even hot chocolate stains that end up on your mugs and teacups? They could be porcelain, clay or glass those stains can be troublesome to remove. I went searching for a solution and was shocked to read about people using things like bleach to clean things that they drink out of! Below are a few ways to clean them easily, and they’re safe and cheap too!

Method #1 – Baking Soda

  • Make a paste of 1 tablespoon and water. Rub the paste with a cloth, sponge or a toothbrush on the stain until removed. Rinse thoroughly. Continue reading
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10 Tips for a Green Thanksgiving

Don’t worry, having an eco-friendly sustainable Thanksgiving doesn’t mena that you sit at home alone not using the stove or the oven nibbling on carrotts in the dark. With a few easy changes, you can really make a difference.

10 Tips for A Green Thanksgiving (On A Budget)

1. Try to Buy Local – If you can’t get your turkey from a farmer’s market. At least try to buy the ingredients fror your side dishes from there. My local farmer’s market has some big pretty cranberries, fabulous apple cider and miles of greens

2. Buy an organic Free-Range Turkey – This means that the turkey has actually been allowed to move around freely and was fed organic food as opposed to meat -by products of other animals. (If this is too expensive, try to at least make your side-dishes with organic ingredients)

3. Donate the leftovers – Make too much cranberry sauce? Have an extra apple pie? Take leftovers over to an elderly neighbors house, or donate it to a food bank Continue reading

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How to Clear a Clogged Shower Head With Vinegar

I had company recently who kindly pointed out that my water pressure was low, and sure enough when I turned on the shower, the water just came out in a trickle. But the pressure in the tub was just fine, which led me to one embarrassing conclusion…

The shower head was clogged.
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The Beauty of the 15 Minute Cleanup

You know that wonderful feeling that comes from a perfectly clean living space? Everything in its place, cabinets neat and tidy, clothes all washed and put away, fridge perfectly clean with not a single unidentifiable-science-project-disguised-as-a-leftover in sight? Bathrooms so sparkling you can see yourself in the floor from daily cleaning? Recycling bins neatly stacked and ordered by the door? Perfect hand-knit throw draped from the arm of an equally clean couch, remotes neatly arranged in the basket by your feet. Even the cat is happy and neatly curled up by the fireplace?

Nope? Me neither.

I am NOT (contrary to what this blog might have led you to believe), a neat freak. I try. I really do. And I do love organization, but as a verb. It’s an ongoing process in our household (and we don’t even have kids yet.) Although I wish I could get all of my shelves to look like this… Continue reading

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The Dangers of Non-Stick Cookware

Many amateur cooks (like myself) loved non-stick cookware, because well…food doesn’t stick to it. Which means we don’t have to use as much butter or oil to cook, which makes it low fat. But awhile ago, after looking at a pretty scratched up Teflon pan that had seen better days, I decided to do a little research. Apparently some non-stick isn’t really healthy.

Teflon dangers

The problem with Teflon coated pans and utensils is that the coating itself, when heated on high for more than 5 minutes, breaks down and gives off a harmful toxic gas. Which…(wait for it)..kills birds.  Yes. It actually KILLS them.There is a deadly aviary ailment called Teflon Toxicosis and it’s a pretty painful and nasty death too. Don’t care about birds? Well the Teflon gases are also toxic to humans, but since they’re not fatal and only cause cold-like symptoms called polymer fume fever, apparently the government still classifies Teflon coated cookware as safe. Continue reading

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How I Use Castile Soap to Wash My Hair

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time you’ve probably seen my post series called “Why I don’t Shampoo My Hair”. In it I explain  why I refuse to use sulfates in my hair. I also avoid dimethicone, parabens and paraffinum liquidilum (petreoleum jelly).  I do co-wash, but not all the time because I feel that it doesn’t get my scalp as clean as I would like. I also REFUSE to pay $27 for a bottle of shampoo.

So what’s a frugal curly girl to do?

Well, I decided to try washing my hair with castille soap a little while ago and I love it! I’m a fan of the peppermint myself, cuz it makes my scalp all tingly. It’s also Continue reading

YoreGanics Soap Nuts Giveaway

THIS CONTEST IS OVER, THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING!

I know it’s been awhile since my last giveaway folks, but I’m gonna make it up to you by hosting a few giveaways for November! You heard m talk about the benefits of soap nuts and I also reviewed this very YoreGanics sampler I’m giving away. Here’s what you get:

YoreGanics Soap Nuts Giveaway

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What you get:

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