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post #21 of 26
Yeah I don't like to wash our cleaning rags with the clothing laundry either.. That's why I'm making more towels for myself, so I can go through more of them before it's time to wash.. We now have an extra little laundry basket for cleaning rags, so that when it is full I wash them separately.. I just don't have to wash them that often. I just bought a kindle book for free on the kindle store about making your own natural household cleaners, but for the most part we use dr. Bronner's Castile soap for everything: laundry, dishes, cleaning house, washing hands... I want to get the peppermint one so we can just brush our teeth with it as well and avoid the fluoride in toothpaste. Also, I add a few drops of lavender essential oil to the laundry with the Castile soap, that way they smell extra good since I don't use fabric softener sheets. Our laundry hasn't seemed to be clingy or full of static since I stopped using dryer sheets but I keep expecting them to be.. Are there any natural remedies for that?

So, FarmerMomma, are you using reusable diapers? I'm curious about brands and which ones are best to buy? They are so expensive I just started looking into it.. I'm wondering if it's easier to try to make myself before the time comes? wink1.gif

Oh man oh man I am stoked because I just found a great recipe for crockpot turkey stock that utilizes your leftover broccoli stalks (I just hate throwing those out)...!
We really need to create a compost station at this house but I haven't looked into the best/most thrifty way to build one yet... redface.gif
Edited by KatelynRose - 3/22/14 at 10:52am
post #22 of 26

Love This!!  :stillheart  I am a momma to 3 babes and a wife to one guy.  We live in Northern Michigan and as soon as Mother Nature decides to warm it up and melt the mounds of snow (really hard winter this year)  we want to expand our garden.  We compost and have for years, just installed rain barrels last year and have had a garden for 3 years now.   This year we want to expand our garden with more veggies and this fall learn to can.  

 

I remember the Green Challenge and was part of that as well :treehugger

 

Glad to have found this thread and excited to be apart of everyone's goals!! 

post #23 of 26
Quote Originally Posted by edensmama View Post:

We live in Northern Michigan and as soon as Mother Nature decides to warm it up and melt the mounds of snow (really hard winter this year)  we want to expand our garden.  We compost and have for years, just installed rain barrels last year and have had a garden for 3 years now.   This year we want to expand our garden with more veggies and this fall learn to can.  

 

We're living very far north in Oregon.. verrry north.. so it's been too chilly still here to start our garden, too. We need to get some good soil and get the garden ready to plant, and prepare ourselves by buying seeds and such. Luckily it sounds like we had MUCH less snow than you guys have had.. but it's still too cold here for baby plants to sprout so we're still waiting a little while. 

I just found great instructions for a homemade compost bin that's very inexpensive, I want to make a couple of them: http://theartofsimple.net/how-to-make-a-compost-bin/ 

We had rain barrels in Texas, which helped us through times of drought, but we don't have any here, and it rains pretty often so we probably won't install them in this rental house.. but they're awesome! :) 

It's good to meet you, it's great to connect with people with similar interests and goals! 

post #24 of 26
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I haven't had much two-handed computer time lately, but now I do!

 

We have had our chickens since 2009, and they stopped laying at least a year ago.  I don't think that's totally unusual, but our suspicion is that our girls weren't particularly well bred.  Some of our friends had the same breeds, and theirs were noticeably larger than ours.  Two of our original three have died, so we got two new pullets last weekend, and they had two Muscovy ducklings there, so... We believe that one is a male, and while we're not really interested in breeding ducks, we aren't disappointed that we don't have two females.  I'm not sure we need that many duck eggs.  The ducks are mostly pets.

 

My husband has started an apprenticeship in urban farming.  It's with a small farm run by the county right in our next-door neighborhood.  They're producing produce for a CSA, and we'll be getting a CSA share because he's working there.  There are evening classes too, and perhaps sometime in the future, we'll be looking to start our own urban farm or urban gardening business of some kind.  We've grown veggies at home in the past, but never very much, and not every year.  When we're home, there are too many other chores (and too many little people and pets) demanding our attention.  It's nice that he can separate this activity into official work time so that it actually gets done.  I'm excited to see where this takes us, although the current chaos in our schedule and finances is killing me.

 

I'm hoping to learn to can this summer.  That's my next goal.  Also, I really need to declutter, which I see as a crunchy aspiration. 

 

Anyone up to anything interesting?

post #25 of 26
So, FarmerMomma, are you using reusable diapers? I'm curious about brands and which ones are best to buy? They are so expensive I just started looking into it.. I'm wondering if it's easier to try to make myself before the time comes.

Yeah. I've made some and bought some. Keep planning on making more. Haven't really with this babe. I was gifted some fuzzi buns for my first, not much life left in them. Now I have a good stash of bum genius. Really nice and easy. Wether you make good ones or buy them get good ones. No need to make pee and poo any worse than it is. If you can find a second hand store be diligent for quality. Check all snaps and elastic and for cheap fabric. I keep buying all sorts to try different designs but no one else knows how to work em.

I have designs of great upcycled diapers dancing in my head that must come out. Yay cotton and wool.
post #26 of 26
For the person who was worried about staticwithout dryer sheets use vinegar in the fabric softener spot.
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