On Wearing a Maternity Capsule Wardrobe

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Howdy! Have you heard about the "capsule wardrobe (Project 333)"? The idea of wearing only a small collection of basic, classic, interchangeable essentials is taking the web by storm. Also related is the more restrictive personal uniform—wearing exactly the same thing every day. Many high profile, highly influential people are said to use a personal ...

Cast-Iron Dutch Oven Convert

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Hey there friends! We're talking cookware today... come on over. :) I've wanted an enameled cast-iron dutch oven for years. I use my crock pot and stock pot independently often, but there is a versatility and depth of flavor that only a dutch oven can deliver. Really I've been gaga over the colors of enamel available ...

Five Ways to Drop-Kick Unbudgeted Spending

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Howdy! It's a new month and we've got money on the brain. I don't write about the "small budget" part of Smallish often. I probably avoid the subject because I feel so unqualified to approach it. We, um, are not very disciplined in sticking to our budget. Lately we have been treating our budget like The ...

Three Budget-Friendly Date Ideas

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HI! This post from the archives ran last year around Valentines Day. Although dating our spouse should be a high priority all year round, it's especially relevant during everyone's favorite (or least favorite!) romantic holiday.   > > > Those of us in the early stages of raising kiddos might not have the extra money or energy ...

The Art of Leftovers Wizardry

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I don't claim to be an expert in anything, but there is one thing I'm not too shabby at and that is effectively concocting meals using leftovers. My mama taught me well; she is the queen of making leftovers into casseroles that taste gourmet. Using up leftover food helps to squeeze more meals out of ...

Honey Whole Wheat Bread (for Good Friday)

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This morning I woke up and immediately wanted to bake bread. So I did. I opened my spice cabinet door where my favorite honey whole wheat bread recipe lives, allowed Red to pull up his stool to "help," and then we measured and stirred and kneaded until two steaming golden loaves sat atop my counter. ...

Three Not-So-Obvious Reasons to Recycle

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I am pleased (and slightly ashamed) to announce that we recently started regularly recycling household goods, for the first time in my life. And I mean really recently—like since the beginning of the year. Of course I've been wanting to start recycling for a while now, but excuses always stopped me. We don't have enough ...

Seeking the Minimum Level

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A while back I told you about The Tightwad Gazette. I warned you that I'd be sharing more jewels of wisdom from this oldie-but-goodie, and today I'm dishin' Dacyczyn. She wrote an article entitled "Seeking the Minimum Level," which describes practical ways of scaling back our usage of everyday items in the name of pushing ...

A note from the Oil Cleansing Method

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Howdy. I'm the mixture of caster oil and olive oil sitting in a plastic bottle on the Shoebox bathroom counter. They call me the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM). I'm new round these parts; been here 'bout a few months, so I thought I'd write up somethin' describing my job in this place the humans call ...

A homemade pumpkin spice latte

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It's no secret that people love a good pumpkin-anything this time of year. And with good reason! The orange color and the scent of accompanying spices truly capture the essence of the season. I made my first pumpkin pie of the year this past week. It's not that I can't wait until Thanksgiving... I just ...