I would really like to do this


I read this article the other day and it’s been on my mind ever since. I do try not to use paper towels very much, but I always have them on hand.

When I went to the store earlier today, I was thinking about it so I bought a few kitchen cleaning cloths. 

I think I’m going to start making a list like the article suggests and try to start gathering replacement cloth supplies.

Happy New Year!!



The Anti-Resolution

Ok, I survived the holidays. My Mom moved to FL the day after christmas, which made it sadder than usual. At least I got to spend cristmas eve and day with her before she left. Being that she has a 15 minute short term memory, it was a little easier to say goodbye. I was saying goodbye for her move and she thought I was just saying goodbye because I was going to work. Hard on me, easier on her.

I have been talking a lot lately about getting healthier and doing things in a more organic way. I am still using my home made deodorant, which has been going well, although I have been having a little irritation due to a pH imbalance issue, I investigated the issue and found that it is quite common and the solution ties in with another thing that I’ve been meaning to buy, apple cider vinegar. 1 tsp to 1 cup water applied before deodorant.

As I mentioned previousley in Step 2, I was going to start drinking a daily apple cider tonic. I have not gotten the organic apple cider vinegar as of yet, but I did try a prepared grape infused one from a health food store and it was pretty good. Next trip to the grocery store I will get my vinegar.

I also have been trying to figure out how to fit a little excercise into my daily routine. I’m thinking that maybe I can do some stretches, a few situps and a push up or two when I get home from work. I was initially thinking morning, but with getting my daughter up and ready while I am as well, I know I won’t follow through. I am going to try setting a reminder in my phone to remind me when I get home.

I have also been investigating different window garden ideas. As most of you know from my past posts, I live in a small condo with no yard, so I can’t really plant outside. Also, being in the Northeast, there is no winter growing, so I want to use my dining room window (which I never open) as the framework for a mini indoor greenhouse. I have seen many different designs and I’m kind of liking the hanging repurposed bottle idea.


I probably wouldn’t do the electric pump and reservoir, I’d water it by hand. I’m a little concerned about the use of plastic and chemicals leeching into my food, but I will look into it more before I do anything.

I’d like to plan some herbs, greens and maybe a couple of veggies or fruits. The other idea I like is using old windows and making my own window greenhouse like the ones that you can buy, but they protrude outside of the house, so I would have to make it so that it came inward instead.


I think since I never use that window anyway, I could use the top and bottom of the window giving me more shelves than the commercially made ones like below.


So I guess to sum it all up, I’m not really making a resolution to change something about me that I don’t like, I’m resolving to continue on my previous path of getting myself and my family healthier and more self-sufficient. I don’t trust the food that I buy in the stores anymore for the most part, so if I grow some of it myself, I can assure that we are not eating pesticides and GMO’s. I hope to someday have some land so that I can grow most of my own food on.

Oh and I also plan on learning to can my own stuff, that way I can cook fresh veggies, and make stews and soups, can them and have healthy stuff in the pantry instead of commercially canned goods with all the chemicals and preservatives in them.

Happy New Year!


Table for 1 at a Good Old Fashioned Pity Party

So the holidays are here and I find myself more and more disenchanted with almost everything. Can I curl up in bed until February?

I am feeling like crap, physically and mentally. I was hit with a nasty head cold last week that has settled into every cell in my body and I am, as usual, broke and working to keep the lights on. It feels like everything is falling apart, even my clothes and shoes are giving up. Yesterday I was nauseas most of the day. By the time I got home I was in tears. I have been on the verge of tears for a few days now.

This vicious cycle needs to stop. I never wanted this type of life. I want to work to live not live to work. I was unemployed for almost 2 years and was just as broke as I am now, the difference being, I was physically active, my house was clean and I had quality time to spend with my daughter. I was happy.

Now I work full-time, I rush around after work to get my daughter from after school care and take her to her extra curricular activities and get home to eat, do homework and go to bed. 90% of days, we go to bed late and have a hard time waking up in the morning. There are not enough hours in the day. I don’t even have time to cook dinner, thank goodness my fiancée cooks for us most days.

I have concluded that I am not designed to function in this manner. I have suffered from depression for most of my life and have noticed that when I did not have to work outside of the house, I did NOT need medication, I was NOT paranoid, I did NOT have the aches and pains, I had a clearer head and more energy.

I read a quote last week that really made me think. “antidepressants do not cure sadness” Could this be why I’ve never felt that much benefit from my medications? Maybe I am just sad. I do not like a lot of things in my life and am currently powerless to change them. that is enough to make you sad, right?

I’ve always said that if I won the lottery I would buy land and drop out of this capitalists, consumerist society. Kind of ironic that it takes money to leave money behind. When asked what I want for christmas I answered ‘enough’. I don’t want much, I never have. I just want to have time to do the important things in life and keep my family comfortable and happy.

I can only tell myself to ‘suck it up’ for so long.

Step 2

So I’ve been using the deodorant that I made in my last post. So far so good.

The first couple days my underarms were a little irritated, probably because of all the scrubbing I had to do to get the chemical stuff off.

Since then it’s been fine. I think making this change in the winter was a good idea because it’ll give my body time to adjust before the serious sweating of summer comes. Lol

I think the next step is going to be a daily Apple cider vinegar tonic to help balance my bodies ph level. I have to get some ph test strips and see where I’m at. With the Lyme disease I’m probably out of wack.

I also have to try and fit in some exercise somewhere, sitting all day at work is making me so stiff and sore that I feel like I’m 90.

Will update progress as I go.




Step 1

Ok so after writing my last post, I spent about an hour getting the scent of my antiperspirant off my hands and out of my nose. (Kitchen sink still smells like it a little)

I then went to the store to get baking soda so I could make my own homemade deodorant. I had everything else in the cupboard, even the organic coconut oil, but I was low on the baking soda.

Anyway. I made it and it smells good. It’s the consistency of a thick hand cream, which is good because you don’t need to use much. I put it in a small glass dessert bowl with a lid.

We shall see how it goes.