Turn down your water heater to save energy

Tweet Pin It Many water homes have their water heaters turned up too high. Many health codes used to call for hotter temperatures for home water, to ensure that dishes and clothes got clean enough. However, science has taught us that in most cases, it is the act of rubbing the items, the agitation, that […]

Getting Started Hiking

Tweet Pin It I’ve loved to hike since shortly after I started going to a summer camp at which you hike one or two mountains each summer and then after summer camp, my mother began dragging me up Mt Washington every year. I eventually became known as an expert hiker at camp, and I think it is […]

Identifying Ragweed

Tweet Pin It Are you allergic to ragweed?  Jon is.  According to Wikipedia, Ragweed is a very common allergen.  Just ask around and you’re sure to find people who know they are allergic to it.  But do you know how to recognize it?  It’s a very common weed and I realized recently that I’ve seen it’s […]

How Many Times Should You Use Your Disposable Razor?

Tweet Pin It There are a lot of things that we have been taught should be disposable, like silverware and diapers. I agree, sometimes it is wonderfully convenient and helpful to have disposable items. We took plastic forks and spoons to the beach with us this week so that we didn’t accidentally loose any of […]

Living Smaller – Make Friends With Your Neighbors

Tweet Pin It “Bye mom, I’m going next door!” “Can I go to David’s house to get Daddy?” “Run across the street and get a cup of sugar.” Making friends with your neighbors is generally a good idea. Life is better when you know the people who live around you and you can have a […]

8 Alternatives to Cut Roses This Valentine’s Day

Tweet Pin It One of my big pet peeves is the tradition of beautiful red roses for Valentine’s Day. I’ve written about this many times before but the issue doesn’t go away. When I was in high school I had a good job working for a florist. I enjoyed working with flowers, cleaning them, putting […]

Living Smaller – Go Vertical

Tweet Pin It Making a family of 5 fit in a small house or apartment isn’t easy.  It might not be what you imagined, it wasn’t what I imagined, but it is definitely greener. Through a series of posts on living smaller, I’m sharing tips that we’ve discovered to help us fit and keep organized. […]

Living Small – Organizing Small Cables

Tweet Pin It When you live in a small space it’s necessary to keep things organized so you can find them.  Recently I got very irritated over having so many cables to connect and charge our iPods, iPhones, iPad, hotspot and phones, but I could never find the one I needed. Jon knows all the names […]

Fitting in a Small House

Tweet Pin It Once upon a time I dreamed of living in a huge house like some of my friends had growing up.  A house with a bedroom for each person, an office for each adult, plenty of bathrooms and a rec room in the basement in addition to living rooms.  When I was small we had […]

More Yards to Eat

Tweet Pin It Ever since I posted about vegetable gardening in your front yard, it seems like I see edible front yard gardens every where I go!  Well really, I’ve been canvassing (going door to door) for a friend who is running for the US House of Representatives, so I’ve been out and about a lot […]