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The Power of Our Choices

I just ran across this article, posted on Down to Earth: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/etsy-might-not-change-world-its-best-weve-got-now.html and wanted to share it with all of you. While I’m all about extolling Etsy as a place to buy your handmade items (I do sell my handmade soap there, after all!), what struck me is the contention in the article (not by the author, thank goodness!) that the idea that “all change begins with our personal choices . 215 more words

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Scary Statistics about our Stuff

I follow Joshua Becker’s blog, Becoming Minimalist, and found a post in my email today called “21 Surprising Statistics that Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own.” He culls 21 points from various news sources (both from the United States and abroad) that, when down on paper, are truly eye-opening. 119 more words

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Rent: Is Further away really cheaper?

My lease is up at the end of September, and for various and sundry reasons, I have to find a new place to live. Rent in my area is relatively high; it’s difficult to find a place near where I currently live for under $750 if you want covered parking, on-site laundry & paid heat/water. 558 more words

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Coffee--to buy or not to buy (that should have been the question)?!?!

So yesterday, I stood in line at Starbucks for my bi-weekly chai latte (yum yum!) and I noticed one of those baskets they have staged attractively near the counter, full of 1lb bags of coffee beans. 462 more words

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Why I eat the same thing for lunch each day

A bit ago I read this article: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a10441/why-i-wear-the-same-thing-to-work-everday/ about a woman who wears the same thing to work each day. She calls it her “work uniform”–a white silk blouse, black pants & a custom leather rosette–and claims it helps her focus her creativity on the important things in her work. 242 more words

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Liquid Soap Challenge

I’m going to have to move in several months, and I figured it was absolutely silly to have so much soap around my apartment and use dish washing liquid to wash my hands at the sink (I tried using bar soap there, but hated how gooey it left the counter). 276 more words

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I like, I want, I need . . .

I’ve been salivating over thinking about purchasing a Dymo 4XL thermal printer for my shipping labels over the last few days. And suddenly, I noticed that my thought process had gone from “Wow, that would be so nice to have–someday my sales volume will justify it and I’ll have one!” to “Gee, I need one because it will save me so much money!” in the span of three… 341 more words

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