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Forum: The Mindful Home   10-04-2013, 09:45 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,705
Posted By CelloMomCars
Americans do drive guzzlers (on average). I'm...

Americans do drive guzzlers (on average). I'm just saying that even those Americans who lust after a nice European-style gas sipper, couldn't buy one because they're not on offer. Interesting to see...
Forum: The Mindful Home   10-03-2013, 11:14 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,705
Posted By CelloMomCars
Nobody in the world beats the US EPA for...

Nobody in the world beats the US EPA for accuracy in reporting cars' fuel efficiency! When I looked around (http://www.cellomomcars.blogspot.com/2011/09/mpg-vs-real-mpg.html), I found that MPG on...
Forum: The Mindful Home   10-01-2013, 12:33 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,705
Posted By CelloMomCars
First the bad news: Gasoline is at nearly $4...

First the bad news: Gasoline is at nearly $4 now, and oil is around $110 a barrel.
But it's increasingly difficult to get that oil out of the ground (drilling in the Arctic is expensive; refining...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-01-2013, 10:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 167
Posted By CelloMomCars
Heavy curtains in front of the windows can help...

Heavy curtains in front of the windows can help a lot. Buy them used to save $$. Ours would keep the room tolerably warm while the ice piled up on the inside of the windows.
Also, if you can figure...
Forum: Family Safety   10-01-2013, 10:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 267
Posted By CelloMomCars
What you can smell is mostly phthalates, the...

What you can smell is mostly phthalates, the additives used to make plastics soft and bendable: for fabrics, synthetic carpeting, foam, furniture stuffing.  And yes, it's a hormone disruptor.  Like...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-18-2013, 12:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,415
Posted By CelloMomCars
You are right, JudiAU, knowing about gas sippers...

You are right, JudiAU, knowing about gas sippers that aren't for sale here does you no good right now (I so get your frustration). But it might make all the difference for the cars 5-10 years down...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-14-2013, 07:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,415
Posted By CelloMomCars
Sorry to hear that JudyAU! - you know they do...

Sorry to hear that JudyAU! - you know they do have 7-seat Priuses, hope they will come to the US soon. Or you can start badgering your Toyota dealer about it so it comes sooner! (First they will...
Forum: Family Safety   05-22-2013, 04:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 417
Posted By CelloMomCars
Here's a list of car seats complete with...

Here's a list of car seats complete with measurements.
And I saw a Volvo booster seat, 15 inches wide. Not cheap; but less expensive than buying a new car. 
If you must buy a new car, look for one...
Forum: Family Safety   05-21-2013, 05:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 377
Posted By CelloMomCars
In Sweden, the Volvo S60 comes in 9 different...

In Sweden, the Volvo S60 comes in 9 different engine/drivetrain versions.
Only two of those are all-wheel drive. See table in this post:...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   05-21-2013, 05:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,415
Posted By CelloMomCars
They do exist. There is quite a bit of choice,...

They do exist.
There is quite a bit of choice, actually.
Unfortunately, those options are not offered in the US. I don't know why.
You can shrug, buy a big mommyvan, and pay a lot in gas. Or you...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-26-2013, 05:35 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,909
Posted By CelloMomCars
Keeping the temperature of your house as close...

Keeping the temperature of your house as close as bearable to the outside temperature is a great way to save both money and carbon emissions.  We invest in wool clothing for the winter (superwash...
Forum: Reuse & Recycle   03-26-2013, 04:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,570
Posted By CelloMomCars
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by amautik http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1289153/just-saw-a-commercial-that-ills-me/20#post_16768141)

I...
Forum: Reuse & Recycle   03-26-2013, 12:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,489
Posted By CelloMomCars
I soak mine in a borax solution before tossing...

I soak mine in a borax solution before tossing in the washing machine (by itself) with detergent and more borax.  When re-hanging, I spray with more borax spiked with tea tree oil.
 
I also hung a...
Forum: Reuse & Recycle   03-26-2013, 12:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 353
Posted By CelloMomCars
Cutoff shorts!   DIY canvas grocery bags. ...

Cutoff shorts!
 
DIY canvas grocery bags.
Picnic blanket (strong!)
Hammock
Drop cloth for raking leaves
....
Forum: Reuse & Recycle   03-26-2013, 11:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 340
Posted By CelloMomCars
You seem to be well on your way already! A few...

You seem to be well on your way already! A few more suggestions:
 
The single largest source of carbon emissions in the US household: the car.  This is where your change can make the largest...
Forum: Reuse & Recycle   03-26-2013, 11:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 380
Posted By CelloMomCars
"Refuse" comes first: refuse to be part of the...

"Refuse" comes first: refuse to be part of the problem.  Too much paper? If from catalogs, put your name on the do not mail list (write to Direct Marketing Association). If from office, be mindful...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-26-2013, 11:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,252
Posted By CelloMomCars
cellomomcars.com This one is not for everyday...

cellomomcars.com
This one is not for everyday savings, but can save you a lot of money in those rare instances that you are buying a car.  I try to look past the admen's whisperings and find out...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-26-2013, 11:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 329
Posted By CelloMomCars
A wagon is a great idea. Would you consider...

A wagon is a great idea. Would you consider something like a Jetta TDI? Modern diesel engines are turbocharged, fuel efficient, and much cleaner than the old Mack trucks. The Jetta TDI Sportwagon...
Forum: Family Safety   03-26-2013, 10:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 819
Posted By CelloMomCars
Volvo cars offers a booster seat that's 15...

Volvo cars offers a booster seat that's 15 inches across. Adjustable back rest. Fits any car with 3-point seat belt. My review here:
http://www.cellomomcars.com/2012/12/narrow-booster-seat.html
 ...
Forum: Family Safety   11-28-2012, 09:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 661
Posted By CelloMomCars
Volvo sells a booster seat with adjustable back...

Volvo sells a booster seat with adjustable back that works with any 3-point seat belt. Around $200; cheaper than getting a minivan. Just found out about this last week, thought I'd mention it for...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   10-12-2012, 05:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,772
Posted By CelloMomCars
Nylon is a synthetic polymer, meaning a...

Nylon is a synthetic polymer, meaning a plastic.  Let us be generous and say that the PanSaver statement is disingenious and misleading.  (Ugh.  Who wants to start the advertising version of...
Forum: Family Safety   10-06-2012, 05:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 179
Posted By CelloMomCars
Your options: 1. place all three seats side by...

Your options:
1. place all three seats side by side and measure total width.  Ask your friend to measure the width of their back seat, taking care to miss the arm rests and such.
2. Brazenly go to...
Forum: Family Safety   10-06-2012, 05:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 472
Posted By CelloMomCars
Congratulations!  what an adventure.   Here...

Congratulations!  what an adventure.
 
Here is a list of car seats (sorted by age) with all their measurements!  https://sites.google.com/site/carseatmeasurements/
There are a number that are 17...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-05-2012, 05:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 489
Posted By CelloMomCars
So sorry about your accident; some Jeep driver...

So sorry about your accident; some Jeep driver once totaled my VW Rabbit by rear-ending it and I was hopping mad about it.  I loved that car.....
I think TiredX2 has a point, you might look into...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-05-2012, 04:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 207
Posted By CelloMomCars
I sense your dilemma may be between high fuel...

I sense your dilemma may be between high fuel efficiency and low (or few) car payments? You've put your finger exactly on the sore point:  Newer vehicles tend to have higher fuel economy, but are...
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