Category Archives: Around the house

Day 262: Cluck Cluck Cluck

henIt’s official! Vancouver has joined the ranks of such municipalities as Seattle and Victoria and has voted to allow the keeping of backyard hens.

Now, you may think that I am just jumping on the hot new trend of urban chicken keeping, but I assure you my interest is genuine.  Continue reading


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Day 224: Toxic Shampoo And More

shampoo2If you didn’t already need another reason to stop using store bought shampoo and conditioner, the Canadian government just decided that 16 chemicals, two of which are common ingredients found in shampoo and cosmetics, are actually toxic.

According to a story on, Siloxanes D4 and D5  which are found in products such as shampoo, antiperspirants, lipstick, textiles, paints and coatings, sealants, plastics, and food additives, were determined to be substances toxic to the environment. Continue reading


Filed under Around the house, Hygiene

Day 222: Indoor Cake Greenhouse

cakeA couple weeks ago, we had friends over for dinner, and they brought a delicious cake.  But not just any cake, a cake that was (gasp) packaged in a hard plastic case!  Of course, we didn’t say anything, and it is curbside recyclable #1 PETE plastic, but we wouldn’t normally buy something in such a large, disposable package.

It seemed like too good of a container to recycle right away (reuse before recycle is always better), so it has been sitting in the “rigid plastics” section of our kitchen recycling center ever since, waiting for an idea.

Well, this morning I had a great idea for reusing it: indoor greenhouse! Continue reading


Filed under Around the house, reusable containers

Day 175: Squeaky Clean Laundry

boraxA few weeks ago I wrote a review of all the types of laundry soap we had been using.  I also mentioned my bad- towel-smell experience with homemade laundry soap.  Well, I was willing to give it another go, so I went back to the fabulous homemade laundry soap website (here) and tried another recipe (number one) – liquid this time not powder.

This time instead of using Ivory, I used half a bar of Kiss My Face olive oil soap.  I also remembered to use washing soda not baking soda, so that might have something to do with my better results.  The liquid soap takes a little longer because you have to cook it up, but it was kinda fun -like a science experiment. Continue reading


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Day 166: The Non-Weigh In

I just found this post (or post title actually since I never actually wrote anything beyond the first line) in the depths of my blog files.

It’s entitled “Day 68: Two Month Weigh In”.  I find that hilarious because, if you’ve been following this blog at all, you’ll realize that I have never, not even once done a weigh in with our trash.

And day 68 was approximately 100 days ago.

You can see I had lofty hopes.  Well, not too lofty as I had obviously elected to weigh in every month instead of every week like some ubber-organized people, but still, much more lofty than what was actually achievable. Continue reading


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Day 153: Sandwiches and Plastic Chandeliers

abeego_snackLast weekend I had a double dose of culture.  First I went to  the Eastside Culture Crawl, an annual event here in Vancouver where artists open the doors to their homes and studios and let you tromp about and admire their artwork.  Then I went to the One of a Kind art show, a huge indoor original art fair.  I saw literally hundreds of artists (and yes, I managed to restrain myself and not buy anything).

Being of the ever vigilant waste-free mindset, a couple of artists caught my eye. Continue reading


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