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Earth Day Mini Challenge

Happy Earth Day! One of the things that I have tried to focus on as a California resident is saving water.  We are in the middle of a dangerous drought and I often wonder, “why do I need to use clean water to flush my toilet?”  So I do 2 things to save a little […]

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4 Expensive Freebies

I will always put forth a little effort if I can get something free with an email, coupon, promo code, reward, or bonus offer.  But sometimes the goal of free detracts from family responsibilities, conflicts with a simple lifestyle, or backfires into a money spending nightmare.  Here’s a list of 4 potentially expensive freebies. 1. […]

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Garden Update: Week 4

My friends down at my favorite program in town, City Crossroads Ministries, gave me two kinds of squash for the garden. One is already flowering, and the other is on its way! I hope all of your gardens are doing well! I wanted to share a photo of the City Crossroads garden as part of […]

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The Trap of the Free Sample

Free samples are great.  They provide a way for consumers to try out products without a commitment.  They allow companies to expand their reach and potentially gain loyal customers.  There are ads, websites, magazine inserts, and Facebook promotions that offer free samples.  I remember signing up to receive a free sample for a particular laundry detergent […]

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Garden Update: Week 3

I missed a day of watering my garden and when I went out the next day, I was pleasantly surprised.  So much is growing.  The snap peas are getting taller, the beans have sprouted, the strawberry is starting to look like a strawberry, and there are sprouts of watermelon, lettuce, basil, celery, carrot and tomato.  […]

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Garden Update: Week 2

Well, it’s been a week since I posted about the new garden.  I am pleased to say that I haven’t killed anything yet.  And some things are actually growing.  Those delightful little green sprouts in the photo are my snap peas, and I’m seeing the hint of a strawberry!  Hooray for the garden.  If things […]

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The Blackish Blue (Not Green) Thumb

Since today is Earth Day, I thought it would be a good time to start giving updates about my garden.  Now here’s the thing about me and gardening.  I hear simple living, I think gardens.  What screams simplicity more than getting back to nature and growing your own food?  But my blackish blue (not green) […]

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The Not So Simple Tea Bag

When I was a kid, we practically lived on iced tea.  My mom bought the loose leaf kind in the box, and we brewed and strained it to make gallons of sweet tea goodness.  Alas, it has been awhile since I was able to find loose leaf tea, at least the kind I can afford.  […]