We have survived the last cold snap and are expecting 44 degrees for a high tomorrow. I’m planning to escape the confines of the apartment and get some serious nature time in. We only have a few days before the next cold snap arrives. What a crazy winter this is turning out to be.
Before moving on, I need to explain to those who downloaded my son’s free e-book this week that you may have received the wrong file. It’s a very long story, basically my son and I email his stories back and forth. He writes, I edit, he makes changes accordingly and then I format and publish. Somehow, the unedited manuscript was improperly named and led me to upload that one. If you downloaded Be Mine, please let me know and I will replace your copy with the polished, finished story. I guess I need to add a final step of reading his work one last time before publishing. :-) Sorry for any inconvenience.
Now it’s time for my favorites of this week.
I noticed a few new people stopping by this week and I want to welcome you. I hope you enjoy what you find here and if you have any questions feel free to ask.
- Melanie, who writes at My Eco-centric Life shared the best environmental news this week. One state has become the first to institute a state-wide ban on checkout plastic bags. Immediately following the signing of the law, and before the actual ban took effect, plastic bags disappeared in most areas of the state.
- General Mills has finally listened to the people and has taken the first step in banning GMO foods in its products. While only original (plain) Cheerios are now GMO-free, it is a beginning. If we keep at food manufacturers we may win this battle to have food with real ingredients our bodies know how to use.
- Each morning I start my day with a cup of hot water and lemon, in the summer make that cold water. I knew lemons were important for vitamin C and to help our livers to detoxify. But here are 16 health benefits of drinking lemon with your water. Add a dash of raw or organic honey to your lemon water to build up your natural immunity as well.
Joy of the simple things
- I don’t recall learning to read. I am told I took a book and wandered off, returning only to ask what a grouping of letters spelled. I do know I was 3 when handed my first real book. It was Little Women and took me months to read but finish it on my own I did. Okay with the occasional request on what a word was. Books have been my life since then. I have been known to travel with more books than clothes, and rarely am without a book nearby. What I miss are the independent bookstores scattered through town. This article sums up exactly how I felt about those bookstores and why I don’t like shopping the chain stores today.
- Is there a more versatile product in a home than the Mason Jar? I stumbled upon this article on 41 easy things to do with a Mason Jar
- And if that isn’t enough for you, I have one more Mason Jar use that blew me away. Want to raise bees and let your little ones watch what happens inside the hive? Check out this Mason Jar Beehive
- This is a short post with a lot to think about from Single Mom Enough. It begins As Soon as You Start to Judge
- For those of us who are fortunate enough to live in a lightly populated area or on a farm we know nature will heal plenty of our problems. Did you know it’s not just the little problems nature can heal? One combat veteran helps other veterans having trouble adjusting to civilian life by opening his farm to them where they can play in the dirt and watch life grow from it. If a garden can help heal the wounds of war, just think what it can do for us and our families.
- Have you been looking for a new green cleaner, or maybe a room freshener that isn’t loaded with chemicals and want to save money by making them yourself? Sara at My Merry Messy Life has shared her favorite cleaning recipes but doesn’t stop there. She has also included numerous ways to detoxify your body at the same time.
- Candace was inspired by her 95-year old mother-in-law who climbs a flight of stairs to access her granny flat. After attending a day-long summit, she put her plan into action, demolishing the dilapidated garage. She her lovely home here.
- Freedom, shared Amy’s story of ignoring society’s expectations to live the life she and her husband really want to live.
- With so few natural resources left the best practice is to use what is available and make it fit our needs. Standard construction of homes not only uses vast amount of materials but leaves behind massive amounts of waste. If you think you would like to live in a tiny home why not up-size just a bit to a train caboose? These are seriously adorable.
- Working with fabric if you have to buy it new is expensive. One fabric which is versatile and inexpensive is the much under-appreciated fabric drop cloth. If you haven’t used a drop cloth they are normally unbleached, while not organic many are made right here in the USA, and I can buy a 12 foot by 18 foot piece for under $20. That’s a lot of crafting. Here are 8 drop cloth projects to get you started.
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“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
Have a wonderful weekend.