Putting Off Paper Towels

Continuing efforts to waste less paper at work, I decided to commit to cutting out using paper towels for drying the dishes when I wash them out after lunch. We have folding paper towels at work that fill a drawer at it takes a few to effectively dry a bowl, or say, the cup from…

Reusing Office Paper

The office where I work wastes a lot of paper. I think this is a byproduct of being a newspaper. Sure, we have big recycle bins in the hallway where we dump all the printoffs we no longer need. But we print several pages a day to edit stories we could just as easily mark…

Back to the Beginning

So I started this blog almost three years ago — three! And I can’t believe it. I don’t even have 40 posts to show for those near 2,000 days. As with other parts of my life, I’ve struggled to find the focus here. But I think it’s been found. And it’s so simple. As simple…

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Nicholas BoullosaA Jay Shafer tiny home. My husband and I think we’ve found a way to pay off our mortgage early, without taking on an extra job or working nights. We’ve decided to construct a rental unit — a “mother-in-law suite” — within our home. If it pans out as we…

Taking a Moment to be Mindful

So you may have read last night’s post about how I was full of calm and mindfulness after yoga. Unfortunately, by the time the morning came, that mindfulness had slipped away (although, for the record, I did get back to my morning visualization of energy moving through me), but not in the way you might…

Starry Yoga Night (Find Your Escape)

I love yoga. The stretching, burning, twisting, intensity and calm of it. About 9.875 times out of 10, it makes me feel better about life. Since moving to Worcester almost a year ago, I hadn’t found a good yoga place. Instead, I sometimes take classes offered at my rock climbing gym. They’re not quite like…

Business Benefits of Solar

Solar energy seems like such a simple concept. Or at least on the surface it does. Until you really delve into it. Even beyond the science of it, there is so much to know if you want to really understand your options for paybacks and how long it takes to see a full return on…

Replacing Paper Towels with Reusable Washcloths

Talk about a simple way to be greener! I was happily surprised when I went to use the restroom at my dentist’s office (shout out to Dr. Hubbard and his awesome staff!)  and saw that in lieu of paper towels, there was a basket of washcloths on the counter and another basket on the floor…

Oakland County Recycling Center Gets Revamped

I recently toured a recycling facility in Southfield, Mich., for a video on its process. (Maybe I’ll share that later, but it’s sort of embarrassingly unprofessional.) While I was there, I also found out about the awesome $4 million renovations the center will undergo, starting in October. Below is the story I wrote for The…

Battling Bad Skin with Baking Soda — A Year Later

Last August, I wrote about washing my face with baking soda in hopes of keeping my skin clear of acne in a more natural way. That post continues to be one that gets a lot of hits (thank you!), due to people having the same unfortunate situation as me, I suppose. When I wrote that…

Take Your Shoes off at the Door (please!)

As a society, we make a big deal out of washing our hands because of all the things they touch, besides our food and ourselves. Yet once people know they’re expected to take their shoes off at the door of my place, they treat me with kid gloves or a roll of the eyes, as…

A Green Carpet Cleaner

Last fall, I was in desperate need of a carpet cleaner for the floors my little old lady cat had wrecked. Thanks to Yelp, I unexpectedly found a green carpet cleaner. My search ended there. Last month, I got the carpets and a sofa done one more time and took the chance to help spread…