Everything Must Go! How to de-clutter your home for good


There are many benefits to de-cluttering your home. You create more space because you’re ridding yourself of extra stuff. You can make other people happy by donating unwanted clothes, shoes and books. You can help the planet by recycling furniture, boxes, plastic containers, piles of paper and a whole lot of other stuff. Probably the best thing about de-cluttering your home is you can make a little money on the side selling the stuff no one close to you wants or stuff that you think still holds value for some people willing to pay for it. But the actual art…

Bake Your Own: Make Your Wallet and Your Sweet Tooth Happy


I have a sweet tooth but I don`t like eating ingredients I cant pronounce. For me the best way to do that and on a budget is to bake my own treats.  And I know people often say "I don't have time to bake", I say it myself sometimes but then I remember that if I make a big batch of goodies, freeze half, have the other half as snacks in my lunch then next time that sweet tooth is crying out, I have something on hand, no work required to make my sweet tooth happy! If you are really…

Want to Avoid a 459% Product Mark Up? Make Your Own Home Made Play-doh


I made lots of things with play dough as a kid. I still remember many little blobby things drying out in the windowsills of our dining room. Many Christmas decorations were also made of play dough. Now that Lil’ SPF is old enough to play with it, it has given me great pleasure to make home made play-doh for our little guy. There is something very satisfying about making a nice batch of smooth, uniformly coloured play dough.  Believe it or not you save a walloping 459% mark up! I found this recipe online and the ratios of ingredients seem to work…

Using a Midwife – One Year Later – The Experience


The following is discussion about our experience using a midwife.  I have had a year to reflect on having a home birth with the aid of a midwife.  The financial reasons to use a midwife at home were great but pale in comparison to the experiences I had, and did not have to have, by having a home birth. With the home birth I think I had a better overall experience using a midwife than if I had given birth in a hospital. Granted I have never had a hospital birth but I have seen many, many birth videos and have…

Never Under-Estimate the Power of Mother Nature


Several weeks ago I was out on our front porch with lil' SPF enjoying the late day summer breeze when I spotted an odd looking plant sprouting from the garden. Well the plant itself was not odd but it was very odd to find it there among the flowers and bushes. You see I had spotted a tomato plant! Later that day SPF and I took a close look and found a massive tomato plant growing in our front garden. There were at least five shoots off the main plant and at least a dozen young, green fruit already growing.…

Green Tip #242: Sharing Toys


Anyone who has looked after kids knows that they have short attention spans. Moreover babies grow at such a rapid pace in their first year that a toy that was intriguing and difficult to manipulable one month is easy and boring the next. So you go through a lot of toys, keeping them entertained and aiding in their development. You can spend a lot of money on 1st year kids toys. SPF and I have bought toys both new and used and received others as gifts for lil' SPF. I was recently very happy to discover a toy library in town recently. It is…