Guest Post: Upcycling (or Using What You Got)

Many a grandmother (or great grandmother) today may have memories of her girlhood dresses being crafted out of flour sacks. Previous generations knew how to get the ultimate use out of every item. Unbeknownst to me this process is called, upcycling. This guest post from Julie explains several ways that you can use something just […]

Reusable Grocery Bags – They Work For Me!

As you know, I’m a big ol’ grocery geek. I love to score big on food costs. Plus, feeding a family of 8 requires that I buy a lot. My children are hobbits, and I think we have a meal every hour. Seriously. Needless to say, with all my shopping, I was getting buried under […]

Guest Post: Frugal Ways to Go Green

For years I rejected the idea of recycling because the disposal company charged me to pick it up. But, even if one green aspect is too expensive, that doesn’t mean they all have to be out of reach. This guest post shows us how frugal and green can coexist very peacefully. Most people assume that […]

Guest Post: Reducing Waste in the Kitchen

Upon our most recent move, our local disposal company told me that I could have as many recycling barrels as I wanted — for free. Trash barrels are extra. Hmmm…. You can bet that I learned to recycle before you could say, “Save the landfill.” We now sort out all cardboard, plastic containers, and paper […]

Guest Post: How to Decorate Cheap and Green

Over the last fifteen years of marriage, we’ve been slow to build our collection of furniture. I can think of just a handful of items that we’ve purchased new: our bed (now 12 years old), our dining room table (unfinished that we stained ourselves), my beautiful red sofa (purchased on clearance), my hope chest, the […]

Washing Produce

To enjoy the Earth and God’s provision is to enjoy fresh produce. Think about all the great flavors God has created: strawberries, grapes, peaches – they’re all coming in season. Yum! Unfortunately, many of the commercially grown food that we consume is tainted with chemicals. Not so good. And we can’t all grow our own, […]

Guest Post: Worm Composting

Years ago the FishFam lived on 2 acres on the Central Coast of California. Since then we’ve moved to Kansas City and back again. The size of our yard has changed over time – it keeps getting smaller! But, that doesn’t stop us from trying to enjoy the outdoors and gardening. Last fall we studied […]

Guest Post: Do It Yourself Recycling

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “reduce, reuse, recycle” as it relates to being eco-friendly. Reduce waste, reuse something if you can, recycle it into something new. In our “disposable” society, it is a great one to remember before we toss something in the trash. (Truth be told, I learned it from Bob the Builder.) The […]