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Amen to that, (Heather's) Mom!!
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"You probably scrub your toilet with baking soda and vinegar. That's just gross."
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"Scientists worry too much. They are scaring people with too many facts."
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Good ideas Elizabeth! I failed to mention that when we did our upstairs bathroom a few years ago, we found a vintage racy magazine. We laughed so hard because the pix were so tame by today's standards. So maybe we can include a picture of Lady Gaga in ours. Also -- a friend mentioned writing out a blank check for a million dollars and leaving it in a wall. That one cracks me up.
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Cecile -- what I remember from touring a paper recycling facility was that there were many filters that filtered out anything that wasn't destined to be paper again. So my guess would be that things like staples, adhestives, or plastic windows would get filtered out and then thrown away as waste. Just guessing, though.
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2011 on Recycling window envelopes at EnviroMom
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Hi Marina. Our kids are at the same school. Nice to 'meet' you.
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Kelly -- Thanks for sharing this Recology/PLC update. I've been meaning to post about it but haven't gotten around to it!
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Disgusted -- that does sound pretty convoluted. Are citizens petitioning to restructure the way the city bills for services? Sounds like it's time for a change!
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Stephanie -- Do your iron on patches stay on? Mine always peel off. Maybe I just have a crappy iron?
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2011 on Recipe for patching pants at EnviroMom
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Brenna -- my two are such girly-girls, and they've come a loooong way toward warming up to slimy and/or creepy crawlies over time. The picture book 'Diary of a Worm' really helped my kids embrace the cuteness of worms.
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2011 on Outdoor kids: conduct a worm census at EnviroMom
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Too cute Michael! My kids would call that a big-daddy worm. And a swimmer, no less! Thank you for sharing your photos.
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2011 on Outdoor kids: conduct a worm census at EnviroMom
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Thanks Carol! We won't be going away entirely (I'm not sure I'd know who I was if I didn't put on my EnviroMom cap (or superhero cape!) some of the time. Just less regularly.
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Good luck Donna! I'm happy to tell you that my daughter is still wearing that jacket, and that the zipper repair work is holding up great.
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I think this is exactly what I needed to hear today. I am feeling a bit stressed out, what with political unrest and so many schools and states with budgetary crises! Ack. Thank you. Beautiful photo also.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2011 on Thought for the day at EnviroMom
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I first became aware of the Food Libel Laws after watching the movie 'Food, Inc.' I was surprised how reserved and careful some of the people were with what they said, notably the mom who had lost her son to e Coli poisoning. Stuff like this makes me worry for the future of our country. Really, that we can't just speak our minds and advocate for healthy food. Anyway, here is a link about the food libel laws, if you are curious: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_libel_laws
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2011 on Dude, That's Not Food: Episode 1 at EnviroMom
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I think most retailers are already passing the costs of bags onto consumers and that's why many use the cheapest, most disposable plastic bags possible. I think the nickel on paper bags will help offset the 'skyrocketing costs' you foresee. The way I see it, the emphasis needs to be on reducing the use of something pretty much disposable, and that is proven to be a recycling contaminant and common component of litter. Recycling of plastic bags is not where it's at. I don't know what old plastic bags become. More straws? More plastic sporks? More bubble wrap? I'd like to see a lot less of all of these things in our lives. I've been using durable grocery bags for years. No one is saying one must buy the 99 cent woven polypro bags most grocery stores have, although I think most people do choose these. Canvas is probably the best choice, as they will last forever. The one canvas grocery bag I has is pretty much indestructible. When I do come across a higher quality plastic bag, I hold onto it. I reuse it. I like the ones that are thicker and more durable. It's the ones that sprout holes the second anything like a box with hard corners is put into it that should be banned. I believe this is what the Oregon bill is addressing and attempting to remedy.
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Yay for Kauai and Maui! That's fantastic!
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We have different temps for different times of day. Let's start with night: 55 degrees. Like the above posters, layers and down comforters keeps us all warm. At wake up time, the thermostat kicks it up to 62. I've noticed that it's not really how hot it gets, just that's it's heating up that feels nice. One of my kids usually parks in front of a heat vent, and we like to pretend she's a puppy. Most of the morning, the heat's at 62-63, and because it's usually only me then, and I tend to keep moving more in the morning, that's hot enough. In the afternoon/evening, when it's homework time, piano time, dinner time, etc., we are more sedentary and we put the heat up to a whopping 65. All of us are fairly acclimated to this. We can always put it higher if it feels particularly cold. Or put on more layers. Or get our bodies moving. The only time we really keep it higher is if we have guests staying with us (and then I find my need for deodorant greatly increases!!). At our normal low temps, I can pretty much give up deodorant all winter long.
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Christie -- We started with the math because my daughter is of an age to figure this stuff out. We measured the yards after they were washed (they shrunk a little) and figured out how big we could make them and still get 12 napkins out of each yard of cloth. Turned about 8 inches was the finished size of each napkin (square), so we cut them at 9 inches squared so that we had about a half inch hem all the way around. I picked a contrasting thread color and zig-zag stitched right where the folded 1/2 inch hem overlapped. I'm not a talented seamstress by any means, but if I have a specialty, it's sewing straight lines like this. I found I did not need to pin them, as long as I slowed down and carefully folded the corners neatly. I hope this helps.
Toggle Commented Jan 25, 2011 on Peace, green birthdays and monkeys at EnviroMom
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What a great perspective! It's interesting that I tune out the green when the sky is gray. Although Oregon's green landscape is such a draw for me too. It's one of my favorite things about this place!!
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I've been lusting after a Penguin Soda Stream! Like you, I'm not a regular purchaser of soda, but I really love fizzy water.
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Frances -- are you in the Portland area? SCRAP might be interested. http://scrapaction.org/
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Amy -- I'm pretty sure I've seen the same mom, yet different school! And it always seems to be an SUV, doesn't it? I have the same internal rant going. I really don't know how they afford the gas either. We cringe every time we fill up our tank, and it's a small car with a small tank! We take note of the amount of miles we got per gallon. I really don't understand it.
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Brandi -- I had some very conflicted feelings after reading about Bea. What I did appreciate was the assertion that it takes the whole family to support that extreme of a mission (because I often feel I'm the one beating the low-waste drum and the rest of my fam kinda agreeing with me, but not enough to refuse a party goody bag). I think there's a real danger in being so focused on one thing, and I often feel like a killjoy without taking it to such an extreme. I had a little evil laugh about the kids not being able to have toys that don't fit into a certain size box. Can't you just guess what they might be like as adults? Buying the biggest Harleys, Hummers and yachts they can get their hands on!! That thing about sticking the little pull tie in the Netflix envelope? Oh boy, that made my hackles rise. And the toothbrushes from Australia? Really?? And two cars in Marin, CALIFORNIA?? There was a lot that was hard to take.
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Thanks Jen (and Heather!). No, I don't sell them. I've toyed with the idea of an Etsy store, but haven't gotten any farther along than just thinking about it.
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2011 on Peace, green birthdays and monkeys at EnviroMom
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