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We are big tech people. I can’t count how many servers, workstations, gaming consoles, and pieces of consumer electronics that we’ve purchased since we’ve been married. I’ve been recycling the big stuff — computers, laptops, monitors, and televisions — for a while now, but it’s been more difficult to figure out what to do with […]

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Recently, a few of my friends have mentioned the need for a “holiday clear out.” You know, going through toys, games, and clothing and getting rid of stuff to make room for all the new stuff the family will get during the holiday season. We don’t have that problem because I am constantly clearing and […]

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We don’t think about what happens during the food manufacturing process. At least it’s not something that’s top-of-mind for me. Consider olives, for example. They are yummy. They get used in a variety of dishes. Personally, I love cooking with them. And yet I never considered the fact that there are lots of pits created […]

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Regular readers know I have recently implemented a new practice in my house: If something new (and inedible) comes in, something old has to go out. It’s challenging when that “something” happens to belong to Big Girl. Recently, she got a few new pairs of shoes, a few new tops, and a gorgeous desk for […]

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Take a look at the photo above. Ignore the fact that it is an obvious attempt to give my kids all the stuff I never had as a child. Also, that it looks like a daycare or a school. Then take another look. Know how much I paid for everything? About $300 total including the […]

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It’s Earth Day! A day to look for ways we can reduce our environmental footprint. It’s the culmination of what’s been a big year. World leaders met in Copenhagen to discuss climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency finally came out on Bisphenol A (BPA), the president said he was going to allow offshore drilling. Smaller […]

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We recycle. I Freecycle. I try not to throw anything away. Still, every Tuesday and Friday a big garbage truck shows up at my home to take away our trash. It’s inevitable. With two kids and a trying-to-be-green husband, we make garbage. I’ll save you the boredom of its contents, but suffice it to say […]

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