November 27, 2008
The kids are home and there are numerous chores that I have accumulated waiting for the “many hands make light work” help. We moved the couch from the barn to the house to accommodate cousins and friends who will be hanging out over the next few days. We tidied up and raked some leaves from the driveway and front of the house and while I was at it I trimmed some suckers off the lilacs. We collected more kindling for the fireplace, covered the seasoning wood pile and put some gardening things away. We also rearranged art and photos on the walls. But there is one chore I forgot until the sun went down- and I sure hope we can get to tomorrow; it’s an icky, stinky job but must be done. Cleaning the gutters.
According to Josh Peterson, from Planet Green, there are many obvious reasons to clean the gutters and some benefits I hadn’t even considered. The wet leaves are great for the compost pile because they are already gunky and decomposing much faster than “clean and dry” leaves.
There are also companies that make rain pipes from recycled plastic, screens or even the above pictured possibility from Guttermaxx. I can easily imagine life without having to clean the gutters every fall. If you like the pipe idea, DIYFIXIT has detailed instructions on how to measure for the correct size pipes that will be able to handle the amount of water coming off your roof; you don’t want to undersize it and have a flood. Of course you can direct the runoff and create a rain garden!
November 26, 2008
Your skincare products have petroleum-based ingredients, or parabens or chemicals you cannot pronounce….What to do? You can Freak Out or take control and start to READ LABELS and make informed choices for your healthy home.
For personal care products Aubrey Organics has a line of excellent products and library of safe ingredients for cosmetics. Dr Epstein’s Personal Care Bible addresses other toxic ingredients in personal care products.
Nikken has a new skin care line, True Elements, available January, 1, 2009, with all organic and natural ingredients- nothing petroleum-based- and bears the European ecocert seal. I have been using the True Elements entire line for the past month and I notice my pores are tighter and my skin is hydrated all day, and people have commented on my skin, the coloring and texture. The True Elements products come singly or as a pack which include exfoliating scrub, foaming cleanser, toner, contour serum, day cream and night creams. There is so much new information about the importance of what we put in our body and on our body. Our skin is the largest organ of our body, so please make smart choices and make the effort to use safe and simply formulated and organic skin care products.
November 26, 2008
November 16, 2008
From a songwriters sing concert at Milton Hall, Litchfield, CT in ’91.
And although my husband still travels alot I have a better handle on my life, and it isn’t as hard as it used to be now that the children are grown.
November 14, 2008
Josh is my source for cool things and though I tried to resist passing this on, well I just couldn’t. Watch 4 year old Capucha with the big brown eyes tell the never-ending tale of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger and the hippo, crocodile giraffe, monkeys, witch and the rest. I laughed so much, she is just too cute.
November 12, 2008
Of course, Josh has found the most stylish humidifier. Most humidifiers are strange looking, right? Clear wells that need refilling and clunky shape that you wish you could hide. Well here is that camoflage product in designer colors, too. This is a product made by a Japanese company who makes everyday objects useful art.
Don’t forget we need air filtration especially in the winter. Indoor air is worse than outdoor air- and it’s winter, our windows are closed and besides being dry there will normally be a dearth of negative ions- so an air filter that generates negative ions safely (without creating ozone as a by product) is a must.
November 11, 2008
Okay, every woman needs a package of these useful tape strips on hand. Peek-A-Boob Strips-tell me how I lived without them up ’til now? Useful, useful and useful for the unsightly gap between buttons on a shirt, or the too plunging neckline of my new silver ruffled blouse and I suppose you can use it to stick clothing to skin, too? The suggested uses include sticking together a hem come loose, bra strap hiding and securing clothing. $8.89 for 30 strips and FREE SHIPPING.