Chemical-Free Living, Part 1

There are a couple of reasons why I am going as chemical-free as possible. First of all, it saves packaging, in fitting with my new low-waste lifestyle, because its much easier to buy a single gallon of castile soap (recyclable container) and white vinegar (recyclable container) and use it for ALL THE THINGS than it…

Landfill Ruminations

  My friend gave me this tiny, 8 fluid ounce water bottle the other day, shortly after I started this blog and started moving towards a zero waste lifestyle (hey, it’s a journey, not a destination!), and at first, I was tempted to throw it back at her and shout “OFF DEVIL!!” since I was…

Victory Bread is Mine!

As a little backstory, my father has been making the most delectable, most scrumptious, most wonderful whole wheat bread for most of my life. Because the demand in the household is so high for this bread, he is basically his own little commercial baker, perfecting the art of turning out five or six loaves at…

Happy Monday!

So, today I tried my Greek yogurt for the first time! The first bite triggered a dramatic reenactment of the Mask (Jim Carrey) death scene:   Because, you see, I have been a store-bought yogurt consumer all my life. I have NEVER HAD real yogurt straight from little delightful bacteria.  So it was quite…tart.  The second bite,…

Mr. Belvedere and His Closed Ecosystem

How many of you have heard of aquaponics?  I hadn’t heard of it. I had heard of hydroponics (in other words, how all the best potheads are shutting down entire energy grids with their grow lights), but aquaponics? What on earth is that?  Aquaponics: a system in which the waste produced by the farmed fish…

Cheese Update (And some yogurt too, oh my!)

Here it is, guys!! I just waxed my cheddar cheese, and I will be eating delicious cheddar in a mere four weeks. Hopefully its delicious. After all this work, though, I’m eating it even if its foul. The cheese will be eaten, damn it.   And I bought a beautiful acacia (sustainable) wooden board for…

Say Cheese!

This morning started like any other ordinary Monday morning. My cat woke me up by thundering around the house, which I stubbornly ignored until she pulled out her trump card and started scratching the one remaining good piece of furniture in the house. I leapt out of bed and chased after her, and she gleefully…

Elephant Pants (Status/Post Death Plague)

Now that I am officially standing upright again (you can commence missing link jokes now), which is a lot harder than you think after two separate bouts with H1N1/tuberculosis/food poisoning/Bora Bora jumping virus (all at once..I am all that is woman in the face of bacteria apparently), I have decided to throw myself on the…

Allow Myself to Introduce…Myself

For Christmas this year, me and my lovely boyfriend got a whole bunch of books on the Zero Waste Lifestyle and living more simply. I was whipped into a passionate, eco-friendly frenzy by them, and that’s the short version of why this blog exists at all. This blog is an account of my journey into…