Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!

Today is Earthday and I'm all for that. My recycling is neatly stacked at the curb, my organic garden is growing well, and my cloth covered baby bums are happily running around the house. All is well on Earthday!

As you can tell, I am a big believer in Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Shhhhh. Don't tell my fellow HOA neighborhood police, that won't even allow me to have a clothesline. And no, I am not kidding. Hence, Pushing the Suburban Envelope. What can I get away with in the burbs without getting fined. The chickens lasted a whole year at least...I regress.

But, despite my lack of clothesline, I still use cloth diapers and dry them on an indoor rack. And when I wash them, I wash them in Rockin Green. Great for the environment and super great with diapers. I have been doing cloth diapers for 10 years and I can tell you that a good diaper detergent is key. Key for a happy bum and a happy mum. And my Rockin green comes in these cute muslin bags. Too cute to throw away. So, what would be a way that I could reuse them? Granted, if I had enough of them, my daughters would have me make them into a quilt or something, but alas, I only have two. And I hear that they are no longer going to be packaging them in the muslin bags, anymore. And I can't wait to see their new packaging!

But with my empty one, how can I reuse such a cute bag? Think, think, think... Well I decide that since they were great for my children's diapers, they would be perfect for storing my little "diapers". Ok, they are not diapers but all wrapped up like that, they look like cute little diapers to me. Oh yea, ladies we are going there! I LOVE cloth pads. I grew up in the traditional sense when it came to feminine products....disposables all the way. Oh and I was suppose to be grateful that they didn't come on belts like the "good old days". The fashion got thinner and more absorbent, and slowly but surely, my body soon revolted. We put lotion on the rest of our bodies to keep it moist but remove all the moisture down there with current ultra thin pads. My body started to become tooo dry and the plastic was unbreathable. It was an awful combination. I mean they tell you to always wear cotton because it breathes but just not during that time of the month though. Seems like an contradiction to me. So after years and years and years of doing what the mainstream does, I decided to try the alternative. Cloth pads. I couldn't believe how comfortable they were. Like wearing only underwear. So cool and comfortable, it was night and day. My only regret was not switching sooner! And even that has furthered my resolve to use cloth on my babies. They deserve to be cool and comfortable too.

I would be remiss if I didn't say something to all the women in my life. And I have. Now, I will go back into my cloned suburban "earth toned colored" house and figure out how I can make vermicomposting work around here. Ahhh, they can't tell me what I can do inside my home..... yet!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I don't know if I've ever told you, but I have been banned...

from Michigan Bulb Co. And online plant company. Seriously! I spent about $500 there when I was first landscaping. They have their "wonderful" "lifetime" guarentee.

They send the items when it is suppose to be good to plant them in your area. Somethings didn't travel well. A big order they sent arrive October 31st and it snowed 2 days later. I don't know who could of thought that was a good idea. So I had to replace things several times. So last year they sent me a letter saying that I am no longer allowed to buy things from them anymore and they no longer are honoring their lifetime warrenty.

And to top it off. I have two beatiful bushes finally blooming today and it turns out they are honeysuckle bushes. I didn't even know that honeysuckle came in a bush variety! I ordered Double Mock Orange!

So take what you want from this review of this company but I would never recommend them.

Monday, April 19, 2010

My ad on craigslist, enjoy!

I received alot of inquiries for this singer sewing machine, but my conscience was pricking me when I received alot of requests for it for first time sewers and I had to repost it with full disclosure. Yes, the tension came apart and yes, I did try to put it back together and yes again, I do have all the parts and it could be put back together. BUT, during the my cursing in the attempt to repair it, I had an epiphany. This machine would be more useful if an accelerant was doused on it and it was lit on fire! So here is the thing, if you want this machine for parts OR to use for a trade in at a local sewing machine shop for discount, then I will freely give it to you. However, if you are going to fix this machine and give it to a new sewer, I would rather pitch it into a pond for a decoration to entertain the fishies before I will ever let you forever scar your loved one into never sewing again!

Other acceptable uses for this machine....
A high school science teacher who would love to drop it off the top of the school to teach their students the law of Gravity.
A Mechanical Engineering student who would love to melt it in determining whether the plastic was injection molding or vacuum molding when manufactured.
A gift for an mechanically minded son who would love to take it apart to see how it works, with understanding of it's substandard construction.
For the fisherman who lost his anchor last season and is too cheap to replace it.
A target for an artillary range.
And lastly, a disgruntalled husband who wants to pretend that he is making up to his wife but wants to secrectly drive her nuts, then this....... is the machine for you.

Friday, April 16, 2010

I won a free bag of Rockin Green, Hard Rock Soap

I won a bag of Rocking Green Hard Rock from Jess at Welcome to the Zoo. I recently became a fan of Rockin Green but I have extremely hard water so when they came out with the Hard Rock version, I had to try it! But for one reason or another, it wasn't in the cards yet. However, now I get to try it!! Can't wait! Thanks Jess!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Violet and Dandelion Jelly

I found this wonderful blog with the recipe for violet and dandelion jelly. Finally something to do with my plentiful crop and bane of the Homeowner's association! I kept some roots too. It's good for detoxifying your liver. However I don't know where my 4 year old put them. I told him to stick them on the porch....Oh well, still PLENTY of roots left to dig up.