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Contacts and Guilt

I have worn contacts since I was 12. Each new pair would come in a little glass vial. I wore them daily and would disinfect them in a heating unit that plugged into the wall. I wore each pair for months — until they were covered with protein deposits. Then I would start the process [...]

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We just threw a big party for Big Girl. Planning it was stressful, even once I found the venue. I knew I had to come up with favors and centerpieces. In the end, it turned out that the centerpieces were easy. It’s spring. Everyone is planting, so I got enough plants for every family to [...]

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Recycle That Wrap!

I’m super-busy right now trying to finish a few large projects so I can actually take a week off from writing. (I will still be editing and reporting, but that’s nothing as compared to the stress of staring at an empty page and a looming copy deadline.) That said, I am recycling, naturally, and using [...]

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It is no secret that I LOVE Trader Joe’s. Love it. One of my favorite things about the store is tucked way in the back along the left wall: the sample counter. Yesterday, they were sampling Checkerboard Mousse Cake ($6.99.). Are you freakin’ kidding me? So sweet and smushy and yummy. I couldn’t buy it. [...]

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November 15 is America Recycles Day, brought to you by the Keep America Beautiful folks. (Remember, the people who offered us up the Native American who cries commercials?) This holiday is basically a nationwide call for Americans to make a renewed (or first) commitment to recycling. Me, I’ve been recycling for years, but I’ve only [...]

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One of the most wasteful places, in my opinion, is the school lunchroom. Lots, and I do mean LOTS, of single-serve containers, wrappers, and packages. Take fruit leather, for example. They usually come in a box, each fruit bar individually wrapped. The boxes cost $4 for eight. (Or about $.50 each.) Recently, I came upon [...]

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Quick aside on this beautiful Sunday afternoon. Yesterday I went to Trader Joe’s for salad fixings. I stopped in front of really pretty red Roma tomatoes. Three of them sitting under plastic. On top of what I thought was a plastic tray. I hated doing it, but I had both kids and my mother-in-law with [...]

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Although I buy used things most of the year and even for Christmas, too, my husband feels strongly that Santa shouldn’t be cheap, and that he (or she) needs to worry a little less about the environment at this time of year. Unless Santa has unearthed something super-cool on eBay like the retired Little Tikes [...]

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