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Reuse that jar!

I had an epiphany a few months back.  While I was going to Target to buy plastic Snapwear and CostPlus to buy glass spice jars, I was throwing perfectly good glass jars in the recycler.  So I started cleaning these jars and a revolution began in my house.  I have simultaneously reduced the amount of [...]

Researching Slope Ground Cover & Lawn Alternatives in Southern California

I hate lawns.

I don’t like watering them.  Yes, we have sprinklers but I just think it is such a waste of water to try to force a lawn to grow and stay green where it is over 90 degrees for at least three months out of the year.

I don’t like mowing them and [...]

Awesome website about food & living simply – GNOWFGLINS™

Do you ever come across a website that is so incredible, so chockfull of interesting, useful everyday information that you are compelled to share it with everyone you know?

That is how I feel about GNOWFGLINS™.

I’ve spent the past hour bouncing on my yoga ball trying to get my baby to sleep and, while [...]

Plum bake-off status

I’ve spend the last few days picking, cleaning, slicing … making chutney, plum butter & ginger plum jam …. canning, freezing … making a pie… my first plum pie… it was heavenly and I really want to bust out a few more pies and freeze them.. you can get the recipes I used here.

Delia [...]

Recipes for when you have a ton of plums

So today DH and I canned for the first time and it was so cool!  Our plum tree is loaded with fruit and after to many years of fruit rotting on the ground only to be collected and composted (via our super-cool Compost Twin), we decided to actually start processing these sweet little gifts and [...]

Controlling the Crap Tsunami OR Great Birthday Gifts for Kids

Today I completed a project that’s been hanging over my head for a long time: cleaning and organizing my almost 4 year old’s room.  Not just putting things away, but throwing out broken toys, loner socks, and packing away clothes she’s outgrown.  It was quite a day!

It is really amazing how much stuff she [...]