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I’ve been the Queen of Used for a while now. Why buy new when there’s plenty of beautiful, like-new stuff out there at a fraction of the price? Still, I was cautious about who I showed my latest vintage score to. Plenty of people looked down on what I bought, equating it with garbage. My [...]

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These are the things that give me pause. That I wish I could avoid, but simply can’t. These are the things that I tell myself are okay since I am ec0-friendly otherwise. Am I deluding myself? One-time use contact lenses. Enough said. Plastic lenses plus plastic packaging equals lots of waste. I try and recycle [...]

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I belong to a new mothers’ group on Facebook. It was launched by a few local moms, and has been a great resource when it comes to recommendations — doctors, great restaurants, fun places to take the kids. Everything except dance studios. Those discussions made for some crazy threads! Anyway, about a week or so [...]

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For a little kid, Little Girl has a big memory. She’s been talking about Halloween since July. “I wanna be ‘arina,” she told me. (Translation: She wanted to dress up like the Marina character on Fresh Beat Band.) “And Daddy will be Shout and you can be Kiki.” Hmmm. Okay, so right away I started [...]

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Remember my promise to spend and consume less this month? This weekend I was weighing that promise and my commitment to reduce against a desire for my kid to look like everyone else. Big Girl is on a soccer team. Back when she first joined, we ordered her uniform at the local soccer shop. When [...]

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Just saw Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. (What would I do without my TiVo?) I love his ideas, of course. Kids should have access to real foods. Nothing processed or chemical-laced. And milk should not be defined as “white.” Since when is plain milk called “white?” But as I sat watching the show something struck me. [...]

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Anyone who has been reading for a while knows that when I get hurt it’s usually in some weird, obscure way. Something that prompts an insurance letter being sent out. The letters always want to know if someone else is responsible for the injury. Because hey, how else could you get a black eye and [...]

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My big girl is growing like a weed. Seriously. She started the school year wearing a size 5. We went to a 6 slim a little while ago. Now those same 6s are starting to look a little floody. So yesterday after school we stopped into the local Once Upon a Child, a consignment shop, [...]

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Ever drive around on December 26? You’ll see bags and bags and BAGS of garbage. The amount of trash we produce grows exponentially during the holidays. What’s in most of those bags? Wrapping paper and cardboard packaging. But the front of your house doesn’t have to look like a trash heap. The reason: Most of [...]

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