Minimizing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (and an Envirosax Giveaway!)

Note: Giveaway is at the end of this post.

Have you heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? I first recall it hitting my ears a few years ago following a media blitz by Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation (thanks, Oprah!). He was the first to discover the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the late 1990’s.

This patch is only one of many across our world’s oceans that collects pollution thanks to swirling ocean currents. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Debris Program, the main debris type found in these patches is plastics, “likely because of the abundance of plastics and the fact that some common types of plastic float.”  Continue reading

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Construction on the new master suite is complete, as in the punch-list is done complete. This is a big deal; it means I can finally sleep at night. And we all know how important a good night’s sleep is.

Well, I didn’t until I had an infant who wanted to eat every four hours who grew into a toddler who started calling for me in the dark of night every time she couldn’t find Piglet. But that’s another post.  Continue reading

A (Re)purposeful Weekend

I came home sick on Monday with an ear infection and a throat that felt like it had been sliced with razor blades. Apparently traveling through airports, hosting parties, and caring for a sick toddler finally caught up with me. But there is an upside to this.

I got to hang out all afternoon in our new master suite. With no husband or child. Just me, my peppermint tea, and a couple of dogs happy for the opportunity to cuddle up.

Barring some carpet in the closet and a long punch list, construction is nearly complete. All I needed was the “nearly” part and we eagerly moved in. But there was some serious space to fill.  Continue reading

Fifty Bucks is Fifty Bucks

I love Craig’s List. Mostly because I am the most frugal person I know and it tends to yield “free” money and the best of bargains. However, I also I love the idea of keeping things out of the landfill that others would find useful.

Take for instance a single vanity we bought in 2003 for our first house. We were broke so I’m sure it was the least-expensive-but-still-nice-looking-vanity that Home Depot sold. Continue reading