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Homemade Shampoo for Dogs and People, Too!

By Gabrielle Ottavio
January 6, 2014
File under: Essential Oils, Health Concerns, Natural Alternatives, Pets, Saving Money

It is really easy and economical to make homemade shampoo.

Commercial shampoo contains harsh cleansers called sulfates that can be drying and damaging to hair and skin and making shampoo that is chemical and toxin free is pretty simple and can be customized to meet your personal needs.

To make shampoo all you need is a base, distilled water, herbs and/or essential oils that are safe for your dog. There are some essential oils that should never be used for animals: Anise, Clove Leaf/Bud, Garlic, Horseradish, Juniper, Thyme, Wintergreen, or Yarrow, to name a few.

Avoid essential oils when bathing your cat, as they can slowly cause toxins to build up in the feline’s system, causing a slow onset of organ failure. A cat’s liver cannot process toxins as a human’s or even a dog’s can. …read more of Homemade Shampoo for Dogs and People, Too! here

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Lean, Green, Serene Christmas

By Sherry Brooks
December 3, 2013
File under: Green Holiday, Saving Money

St. Nicholas, originally a Greek Bishop of the Catholic Church in the third century A.D. was born into wealth and gave his inheritance to the needy.   So, our modern St. Nick, a.k.a. Santa Claus is truly related to the religious “reason for the season.”

We all need to remember that true Christmas joy is found in acts of kindness and generosity and doesn’t have to revolve around glossy, glitzy decorations and shopping.

Instead of exchanging a multitude of presents, family, co-workers or friends can plan to have a “Yankee Swap”.  Each person brings a wrapped present of a predetermined cost. …read more of Lean, Green, Serene Christmas here

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7 Reasons Why Folding Bikes are Not Just for Commuters

By Sherry Brooks
September 10, 2013
File under: Fitness, Green Lifestyle Tips, Saving Money

Most people would think that folding bikes are only practical for urban commuters.   If you think that they are exclusively for those who cycle from the train, stashing their folded commuting bike at the office, it’s time to shatter that myth.

Ever since I got my folding bike last month, I have fallen deeply in love with them.  I keep asking myself “why didn’t I get one of these years ago?”

I don’t commute and I don’t live in an urban area, so you might be wondering, why all the sudden passion?

There are so many reasons beyond my initial motive, which was avoiding the whole bike-rack-on-the-car thing.   Been there, done that, ugh. …read more of 7 Reasons Why Folding Bikes are Not Just for Commuters here

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Don’t Buy That Cool Mini eBook Reader, You May Already Have One

By Sherry Brooks
April 26, 2013
File under: Saving Money, Technology

An electronic reading device with a five-inch screen was announced, recently, with much fanfare.  This new E-book mini-reader retails for about $80.00 and just might have some of you wanting to run right out and get one.

The convenience of a virtual palm-sized, stack of portable books as you pull it out of your pocket or handbag to read while you wait in lines, seems pretty cool, right?

What you may not realize is that you might already own such a device.

In the spirit of simplifying your life in the pursuit of happiness by minimizing possessions and maximizing your budget, I am going to let you in on a little secret. …read more of Don’t Buy That Cool Mini eBook Reader, You May Already Have One here

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The Lean and Green Frugalista Talks Wine

By Sherry Brooks
January 22, 2013
File under: Agriculture, Environment, Saving Money, Wine

If you find it confusing when wine collectors talk about their trip to the Bordeaux or Burgandy regions in France, never fear, there is hope for you.

On a recent trip to Napa, my fellow travelers helped me to break the code. Countries outside of France cannot call their domestic wines by the French appellations of “Bordeaux” or “Burgandy”.

In the United States we use the terms Cabernet Sauvignon instead of Bordeaux, and Pinot Noir instead of Burgandy.

Because I had cellared two bottles of a 1992 red wine for my son’s twenty-first birthday, I was able to see (and smell) firsthand why one would cellar a Cabernet Sauvignon, but not a Merlot.

Fortunately, my parents had cellared a sublime (a.k.a. expensive) 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon and it was fantastic 21 years later.

Being my frugal self, I had cellared (a.k.a. put on my large wine rack in my pantry) an inexpensive, but good, 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon. Eureka!  It was very, very good 21 years later.

The 1992 Merlot that I had cellared, however was a different story I’ll admit that I did not know in my youth that one does not store away a Merlot for years hence.

We always hear about wine going bad over decades and “turning to vinegar”.  Well, I can attest that it can be a lot worse than that.

The Merlot was revolting.  We could not even manage to try to taste it, because the dirty-diaper-like (sorry) odor was so disgusting.

You may have heard about decanting red wine into a wide-bottomed decanter to aerate it, in order to improve the flavor experience. …read more of The Lean and Green Frugalista Talks Wine here

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