Looking for Sustainability ideas

I thought I find a way to keep costs down while still trying to stay eco-friendly. Trying to keep striving for sustainability. This a record of that journey.

Sometimes blunt and straight forward then sometimes sarcastic

This frugal crunchy hipster single momma is doing what she can to save Mother Earth while not breaking the bank!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Pet Accidents Spray

Oh yea Pin it!! First Home Love Life post about Pet Oder Be Gone..With animals it's a good thing to pin. Wait after reading the comments I see that many have found that if you add something it to it can make it even better....

So even better write a blog post about it!!! So I don't have scroll threw the comments.  And I can share with my readers.....



2 parts water 
1 part mouth wash
squirt of Dawn
 splash of vinegar
splash of hydrogen peroxide

The mouthwash is said to help lift the fats out. Dawn helps remove them.  I am hoping that eco-friendly dish-soap will work too... Vinegar cuts the ammonia. Miss Animal rights hate the smell of vinegar hopefully lemon will work too.   Hydrogen peroxide cuts the proteins.

Some are saying to use Scope some say use original Listerine. Mint washes are said the menthol or other mint extracts help remove the orders. Listerine has thymol and eucalyptol make it similar to the "thieves oil".

But I say use what you have on hand to try it....


  ivy

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The 8 R's

Reuse. Reuse that jar for storage. That bottle for your homemade salad dressing. If you need help try Planet Green's Guide  How to Reuse Everything 

Repurpose. Rebuilding things with scrap wood. Pallet crafts.  Crafts.  Sewing tee into a blanket.

Repair.  Before you buy a new one see if the old one can be repaired.  This is happening more with cars reports say.  That we are holding on to our cars for 2 more years then before.  But I have a feeling it is the economy that plays a big part of that.....


Return. Just google cell phone return and you will find tons of sites.  Plus some will take  other electronics. Target and Walmart have drop boxes for that in their stores.  Easy to do!! Same with printer cartridges; if you can't refill that is.



Refill. Printer cartridges, water bottles, and more..

Rot.  Compost that leftover food (fruits and veggies) no meat products, eggs or cheese.


Refuse. Don't buy the over-packaged disposable single-use junk!  Don't buy the over priced stuff that is not eco-friendly.


Recycle.  This is that last step if you can't do any of the other 6....

  ivy

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Fathers day gift

I know it is a little late but I made my dad some coasters.

I found the idea from pinterest. But I wasn't too sure about the foam board they said to glue the washer onto. I thought oh I can use cork board... SO I have to say when I saw theses coasters for 99 cents at Walmart I thought that would look nice.  Easier but hey I though it look neater.   I went ahead and glued the cork to the plastic coasters anyway.  They where glue like a small amount in the middle.  I got some washers and had some left over  (I got the smaller ones) .  SO I glued them to the cork.  Of course I did placed them inside one before gluing so I could see my pattern before gluing.


 I did make lasagna for him like I do almost every year for his birthday and father's day.  He gets the left overs to eat when he wants.  Lasagna does freeze well but he tells me that many times he doesn't get to freeze it because he eats it all!!

ivy

Monday, June 11, 2012

Reduced Gluten Diet

So I am trying to eat healthier. I really thought that I was using my mindset to help me with both eating right and quitting smoking.... but I saw online somewhere (you know I can't find the article I read to give a link here) that they find if you eat more fruits and vegetables quitting is easier! Wow I thought I was just telling myself that to keep me on track..

 I had a problem after quitting that was so uncomfortable. I was bloated like there was NO tomorrow, in the morning it was better. Well most of the time. I have a few co-workers and a friend that has celiac disease. She teased me that she was reading in a magazine that more "old folks like us" are being diagnosed with celiac disease. That maybe I should try going gluten free. Of course one friend who was trying a carb restrictive diet suggested I go carb free. Then seeing a bunch of reports online and TV saying do we really need to eat gluten?  I thought maybe the universe is trying to tell me something!    Well the fact I am a poor single woman with pasta and other carbs that are gluten rich in my cupboard; I decided to cut the amount. I was getting a piece of toast for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and dinner... maybe carb overload for my new improved metabolism. Not sure if it is true but I read somewhere in the materials I got from the quit smoking hot line that my metabolism was going to slow down due to the fact nicotine speeds it up. Ok I guess I have to deal.  But thought I was only gaining a little weigh not going to be painfully bloated.   I was going threw some painful bloating so I had to do something. I have to admit I did smoke a cigarette to "cure it". I felt horrible and said I have to figure this out. Cause I don't want to go back and have to wear the patches again.  Did I tell you that I got rashes really bad from them.  AND didn't sleep for over  3 months going thru withdraw....


So I have cut my wheat and gluten intake to my evening meal.  I eat oats or eggs for breakfast no more just a quick piece of buttered toast. I eat veggies and salads for lunch. Plus fruits and they make great snacks too.  And then I eat my dinner.  I have cut down the amount of pasta and up the amount of veggies.   Just like they say to do with beef products... Which I am craving some beef stew.... with some carrots, onions, green beans and potatoes.  Guess that isn't the worst thing to crave. Right? I eat beef a few times a month.  If that!

 I have learned a few things.  I like eggs without toast. Pouched eggs are good too.  I found a recipe for bolognese sauce. So I just skimmed it and thought wow vegetables in spaghetti sauce.  So I add some carrots and celery to my spaghetti sauce recipe and you can't even tell they are in there.  LOL PS I always have added onions to my sauce.  Oh and no meat.  One of those things I don't like meat with cause it was easier to cook one big pot of spaghetti sauce then two with the vegetarian daughters around.

Downside is I can't make a great pot of veggie soup!!!  I have tried tons of recipes and they tasted bad. I don't know what I am doing wrong...  I don't want to get a can and open it.  I want to make it.  Oh I can make some good soup with the beef stock but not a pure vegetable soup.  Maybe I will try a chicken stock veggie soup.  But I really want to make soup the girls can eat..... grrrrr

So I am happy to report no smoking and eating healthier.  Plus sleep very well thank-you.  Really got worried for awhile about that one.  Not bloated to the point of pain at night.  Guess I found my style of eating.

  ivy

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Mini Me??

Sorry kinda blurry but you get the idea.... 
I made a dress-form just like the video I saw on Threadbanger.  It was quite funny when my daughter who helped me put on her facebook:....  not what I thought I be doing today: Putting my Mom in a trash bag and using gorilla tape! Oh yea many family friends wanted to know if she got all Dexter on me.... LOL


I wore a tank top and placed a trash bag on for the base.  I did find a site that had the way to make one bookmarked but lost it.  Heck I thought I know the basic steps.  I remember reading that they used 3 rolls of duck tape to make 2.  I told the daughter I make her one but she decided that she really didn't want to get "taped Up".    I still have a 2 rolls and half of the gorilla tape.  That's why it is black not the gray color of duck tape.  LOL I also got my daughter a roll of the fancy duck tape with blue flowers to bribe her to help... and I really didn't need to I just had to ask.  I love that kid... LOL

I didn't have a ton of fabric to stuff it with.  I did add some newspaper... I didn't like the newspaper it was too lumpy not solid enough for a dress form.  I used some foam filler and it was like DANG! it's only 1/4 filled??? SO I then got fiberfill and stuffed it.  I was lucky that it was on sale.....  It took the whole bag...  Really?? Oh my goodness....

Sad thing is after it was done I asked really??  I LOOK like that??  LOL I know I don't have a huge chest but this made it look tiny, and where did my waist go...  Oh well I guess it is the way it was stuffed and it still has my basic measurements so I can use it .   I have used it already....     I really have too many t-shirt I didn't wear because of the neck and arms  being to tight.  Now they are cool looking....


ivy

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