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Happy Holidays

While unpacking last spring, I ran across this card from my niece whom we lost in 2012 at 12 years old.

I don’t know when she created it for me. It must have been before I got married as there is no mention of anyone but me on the card.

It was as if a quiet whisper of her voice rang through my ears encompassing me in peace and love for that moment. All I could see was her smile.

When I find things like this randomly, I believe she left them for me in that very spot for me to find.


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Free teaching tool

By signing up on line and participating in the Recyclebank program that Jamie told me about (thank you Jamie), we get points for recycling every week. By answering surveys on line to learn more about recycling, I can accumulate even more points. The points can be used for various things—to buy items from a refurbished and green-ish store, a magazine subscription, every once in a blue moon a coupon for 10% off groceries at the grocery store, Publix, and lately to park at the beach for $1 all day, just to name a few.

I hadn’t received a magazine subscription in forever. In my opinion, it was something else to read, get rid of and just more waste.

But wait…

After I look through it, I can leave it at the V.A. Hospital for someone else to look through, recycle it, or use it as a teaching tool by cutting the pictures out which I find relaxing.



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Trying shampoo bars

So, no poo was a big fail. I wrote about that disaster here.
How about shampoo bars?

This is what I found.




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The tree we chose this year


The hunt for an environmentally sound tree starring Goldylocks.


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Reusable advent calendar

Never introduced to the advent calendar until adult age, I adore the idea of it. Who wouldn’t want a tiny bite of chocolate each day to count off the days until Christmas?

I bought two this year! One chocolate and one reusable because unfortunately chocolate simply cannot be reused. Shame really…


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Reusing what you have

Though we planted too early this year in the hot southern sun and everything flowered and bloomed and bloomed and flowered and never produced any food, we did learn a lesson.

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So we got a new dishwasher…

I’ve never purchased a dish washer before. We always washed by hand until the last two houses we rented. And then I fell in love with convenience…

The former owners of the house took the dishwasher so we hit the stores on Black Friday this year.

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Can’t recycle it? Terracycle it.

Terracycle is yet another resource to help with zero waste for the days when… well, we’re just not so perfect and give in to the chip bag. I know I’ve written about it before, but I tell ya, even through all this moving, it’s one thing I’ve kept up with.

(My dad even keeps all his non-recyclable trash for me and I send his in with mine. Thanks daddy!)


Sorting party in living room.

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To market, to market, jiggity jig.

Visiting the “local” market sounded exciting! In south Florida where citrus blooms and food grows year round, everything just had to be fabulous, right?




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Miss Precious #1

There was once a Miss Precious long before my Miss Precious.
12 years to be exact.

When she was two years old and we asked her when her birthday was she used to say, “December Two-two.”
That’s today.
She would have been 14 today.


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