Tornadoes, Flooding, Earthquake, and Tigers in Oklahoma

 

Severe Weather Hits Oklahoma

This morning, after the storms passed.

Oklahoma weather is known for being pretty extreme at times. We have the best meteorologists in the world and storm spotters love it here but last night Oklahoma reached new extremes.

When I saw there was a tornado warning in western Oklahoma, where most of our severe storms start, I decided to turn on weather. Shortly after starting to watch a tornado started forming southwest of Chickasha. This is the same area that the May 3rd, 1999 tornadoes and the May 20th, 2013 tornadoes formed.

Soon they were saying it looked to be a mile wide and could possibly be an EF-3 to EF-4 tornado. It was headed for the Oklahoma City metro and was bringing back all too familiar feelings. The storm was predicted to hit the metro at 4:30 p.m. Schools that had started busing kids home turned back to the schools and kept the kids there. Schools and churches started to cancel events, and people were told to stay at work. A tornado emergency was issued for the metro.

I was texting a friend that lives in Norman, one of the first areas hit by the storms. I had texted her about an hour before the storms were going to hit to let her know she needed to stay at work. She let her husband know and they took shelter at their places of work. My friend works at OU and stayed in one of their safer buildings for the storms. It got pretty scary for awhile because her pets were home alone and the tornado was just north of their house. Thankfully it was very weak at that point and stayed to the north. It did get stronger just after that and did some damage in Norman.

Her husband had a hard time getting back home and round two was coming and he was stuck in traffic! Thankfully the storm slowed down and he got home just before the hail started.

Another scary moment came because my parents and some friends were in Oklahoma City for a concert. I told my parents to keep going north as the southwestern part of the metro was in the path. They decided to take shelter at a hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. It’s a hotel they go to often and it has covered parking and a basement.

At one point they were briefly evacuated to the basement but were never in any real danger. Our friends were closer to the path of the storm but were visiting a friend in a hospital and took shelter there. They were all going to eat in southwestern Oklahoma City and then go to the concert, my parents decided it wasn’t safe and booked a room at the hotel and stayed put.

This ended up being a very good idea! Our friends went to the concert but not too long after it started a tornado was spotted near the venue, it knocked out power and caused flooding. They canceled the rest of the concert but with the flooding we were concerned about them getting home. An officer helped them come up with a good way home but they did have to stop and take shelter at an IHOP before making home. Thankfully they made it in one piece!

Flooding ended up being a really big problem, with 7.10 inches of rain falling at Will Rogers World Airport in 24 hours. The first ever flash food emergency issued in Oklahoma City was issued last night. Even the Interstate was flooding and roads are still closed today.

There was also a 2.9 magnitude earthquake and the weirdest news of the night came when a tornado hit an exotic animal park. Lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!) were reported to be loose! Thankfully they were all safe and had not escaped but it has made for some funny Jumanji jokes, memes and #tigerquakenadoflood.

And today a camel was found in someone’s backyard! Turns out it’s fence was washed away in the flood but it’s now back home.

The storms are continuing today and the rest of the week! Saturday we have a moderate risk weather alert. It’s very rare that we get these alerts so far in advance. Clean-up efforts are going to be tough with all of the flooding and new storms. But Oklahomans always come together after these storms and this will be no exception.

If you’d like to help with clean-up efforts in the state, please donate to the American Red Cross.

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The Truth Behind Detox Diets

Do you need to detox? Here's the truth behind detox diets.

Everywhere you look there is a “detoxing” product or plan. But do they work? Well the truth is our bodies are designed to detox themselves. If your body isn’t removing toxins properly there may be a bigger issue. And some detoxes may be doing more harm than good.

Rick Henriksen, M.D., a family medicine physician at University of Utah Health Care, had this to say about detoxing.

“We have toxins that come from food. Some of those products aren’t healthy for us long term, but they’re not something you’re going to get rid of in a short time by doing a juice diet.

Some plants create toxins as a natural defense mechanism against insects, bacteria and even animals. These can also be damaging to us. Our liver can work to remove these from our blood.” – read more

While doing a detox may cause you to lose a few pounds it’s unlikely you will keep them off, it’s just water weight. Sometimes though it can even be muscle mass, which you don’t want to lose.

Some detoxes use ingredients that help support our organs, like the liver, to help them function better. While this can be a good thing, you need to use caution with herbal supplements. Just like conventional medicine they can have side effects and even interact with medications. It’s important to talk to your doctor before starting these supplements.

Some of the detoxes can even have harmful effects. Juice detoxes, for one, are not likely to have any long-term benefits and can be harmful. Juice detoxes often contain a large amount of sugar and minimal protein. This can cause major blood sugar spikes, which can be harmful in many ways. There is also no evidence that this has any detoxing benefits.

Another issue with detoxing is that it’s normally something you do for a short amount of time so if there is a benefit it’s not lasting.

The best way to actually detox your body is to just eat a clean, real food diet and make sure to meet your nutritional needs each day to keep your toxin fighting organs in good shape. There may also be some supplements needed to help meet your needs. Again before starting the supplements let your doctor know.

The truth is our bodies are pretty amazing and tend to do a good job removing the bad stuff. So just keep supporting your body with healthy food, lots of water, and exercise. Lifestyle changes are what works and lasts.

So have you tried any detoxes or cleanses? The only cleanse I ever did I couldn’t make it a day because of the digestive trouble it gave me. Let’s just say I spent a lot of time in the bathroom and the only thing that was going to do is dehydrate me! I’d love to hear about your experiences. Leave me a comment below.

Photo adapted from photo by corbin_dana 

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The Price of Cheap Fashion

The Price of Cheap Clothing. Do you know who made your clothes?

A growing trend seems to be “disposable fashion.” Disposable fashion is idea of high-end looking, cheap clothing that people tend to buy often and dispose of often. This is not only an environmental issue with so much textile waste going to the landfill but it’s also an ethical problem.

Last month was the two-year anniversary of the Bangladesh factory collapse. So have things improved for the second largest clothing exporter?

“Two years after the tragedy, major efforts are underway to prevent another disaster like the one at Rana Plaza. More than 200 international clothing brands, such as H&M, Zara, Walmart and Gap, have pledged to make Bangladesh’s factories safer.

About 2,700 out of 3,500 export factories in the country have been inspected under three big initiatives: Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building SafetyAlliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, and National Tripartite Plan on Fire Safety and Structural Integrity.” –NPR

These inspections are very important and a good step but the question still reminds, will the factories make the changes? Making a factory ompliant can cost more than $1 million. And there have been stories of employees being threatened or beaten for joining unions.

I love clothes, you won’t see me pinning capsule wardrobe articles or becoming a minimalist when it comes to clothing. However, I know I need to make better choices when it comes to my clothing choices.

Buying made in the USA or other countries with labor laws can help, though there are still illegal sweatshops in the USA and other countries. Choosing Fair Trade items is a really good option. You will likely spend a bit more but Fair Trade insures safe and ethical working conditions.

Since I enjoy vintage fashion buying vintage is a really good option. This is also the most environmentally friendly choice. And even if you don’t like vintage fashion you can still buy used. It’s an ethical way to get cheap fashion.

Another way to help change the clothing industry is by supporting the efforts of Fashion Revolution’s #WhoMadeMyClothes. They are asking people to ask brands to be honest about who is making their clothes and how they are being treated.

Fashion Revolution did a great social experiment that shows that if we know the truth behind our clothing, we make better choices.

So join the Fashion Revolution and start rethinking fashion. You don’t have to be perfect, every shift in purchases makes a difference!

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Green Cleaning Essentials

Conventional cleaning products are full of questionable ingredients. Making the switch to green cleaning products is not only better for our families, it can also save us money! Many of the items I’m going to share with you are very cheap and you may already own them.

Green Cleaning Essentials

Green Cleaning Essentials | Retro Housewife Goes Green

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Castile Soap

Castile soap can be used just like you would any other soap. I use it as an all-purpose cleaner (good ol’ hot soapy water!), to hand-wash dishes, hand washing,  and pretty much everywhere in my home. It also makes a great cleaning scrub when mixed with baking soda!

My favorite castile soap is Dr. Bronner’s. You can find it just about anywhere; Whole Foods, natural food stores, Target, Walgreens, Amazon, and most places that sell soap. I have found that Thrive Market is a great place to buy it. The price is really good and it’s always nice to have it just delivered to my door.

Note: Don’t mix vinegar and Dr. Bronner’s.

Vinegar

I go through a few gallons of vinegar most months. I use it to disinfect, kill weeds, clean my toilets, clean my garbage disposal, clean blinds, as a fabric softener, and so much more! I keep some in a spray bottle at all times and usually there is a gallon on my washer.

Note: Vinegar can damage stone surfaces because it is an acid.

Baking soda

Baking soda is another great cheap cleaning ingredient. While you will see many cleaning recipes calling for it to be used with vinegar this is only good if you are clearing a clogged drain. Vinegar and baking soda, when mixed, react and become carbonic acid, which then decomposes to water and carbon dioxide gas. They are great when used separately though! Baking soda is great for a gentle cleaning scrub and deodorizing. One way I love to use it is as a carpet freshener.

Vodka

Vodka isn’t only for cocktails, makes a great cleaning ingredient! I use it to make a daily shower spray, fabric freshener, air freshener, and it works well to disinfect. Just make sure you buy non-flavored vodka! Everclear can also be used in place of vodka, in case you can’t stand to use perfectly good vodka for cleaning.

Soap Nuts

Soap nuts are my go-to laundry soap! They are berries that create soap and are pretty magical. You simply boil them, let them sit overnight, and then you have natural soap. The soap is great for HE washers as it doesn’t create suds or leave a film for bacteria to grow on. You can also use the soap for cleaning.

Cleaning Cloths

Paper towels get expensive and are not the best for the environment. There are many options when it comes to reusable options. I like using old t-shirts cut into rags but you can also buy cloths that look and work like paper towels, or bamboo cloths, or a favorite of mine Skoy cloths, which are biodegradable sponge-like cloths.

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If you are just starting off this is a great place to start. You may find other things you want to add to your green cleaning kit overtime but with all of these things you can easily clean the whole house.

I’d love to hear about your favorite green cleaning products. Share below, also share your cleaning recipes and tips!

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7 Frugal Gardening Tips for Beginners

This post was written by Anne Brock of Flour Sack Mama and Clean Couponing. I’m very excited that she was willing to share this great information. I haven’t started a food garden so this wasn’t a topic I felt I could cover. I hope you enjoy her post!

7 Frugal Gardening Tips for Beginners

When looking for frugal ways to feed your family, gardening has traditionally been a no-brainer.  Now that not everyone thinks they have time or space for gardening, growing some of your own fresh food has become more of a challenge, perhaps even costing you more than buying it at the grocery store.  While I cannot guarantee you that following these tips will save you a certain amount of money, I can offer you some practical ideas for gardening without going broke.

7 Frugal Gardening Tips

1. It’s about the soil.  Building healthy soil is the sustainable approach to gardening backed up by years and years of agricultural practice by leading organic growers like those at the Rodale Institute. If you can afford to buy compost that you can reasonably assume has not been contaminated with pesticides, something like a mushroom compost is a wonderful soil amendment.

However, year-around composting of dried leaves and your kitchen’s vegetable scraps can build a wonderfully rich compost, as well.  Finding a local farmer who can give you free poultry or rabbit droppings can be another way of getting free nutrients for the soil you are building.  If you buy additional fertilizer, use the most natural additives you can, such as fish emulsion or kelp, instead of those derived from fossil fuels. If you are tight on space or have poor soil where you live, a raised bed is the best place to build your new soil.  If your home has a restriction on gardening, check with local church or community groups for free or low-cost rental of gardening space.

2. Start small.  A common gardening mistake is to try growing more food than you can reasonably manage.  Gardening takes time and attention, especially when you want to use organic methods like picking off pests by hand instead of spraying your food with poisonous pesticides.  Pick one or two vegetables you like to eat for your first attempt at gardening and focus on those.  This minimizes the chance you’ll overspend on your gardening project.  You might also want to pick one of the pricier foods to buy organic and try growing that instead to save money.   Our family loves bell peppers, so we save considerably over the grocery store price for organic peppers when we keep a few pepper plants in our garden each year.

3. Don’t be an organic purist.  I wholeheartedly believe organic food is the way to go.  However,   beginning gardening with the idea that you’ll meet every possibly USDA Organic standard and then some may be such a lofty idea that you’ll set yourself up to fail.  For instance, composting your own vegetable peelings year around is a frugal way to create compost for your garden.  But if you’re like a lot of us, you may not purchase 100% USDA Organic produce all of the time.  Just because you tossed in a conventional banana peel is not a reason to stop composting and utilizing this frugal resource.  Same goes for seeds.  Ideally, find all organically grown seeds, and definitely look for open pollinated, non-GMO seeds.  However, if your budget is tight and your neighbor offers you free seeds from last year’s vegetable garden, as long as they’re not genetically modified, accept them.

4. Pace yourself.  Some foods like lettuce do best if you plant, then stagger by reseeding new lettuce every few weeks.  This will allow you to stretch a $2 to $3 packet of seeds into a longer season of fresh lettuce that’s just enough for picking and eating, without any waste.

5. Use your SNAP benefits for gardening. Per federal government guidelines, if you receive federal assistance with food you may also use that benefit to buy plan seeds or plants that will supply food.  Again, start small and choose things you will be able to responsibly grow.  However, the benefit of buying a couple of tomato plants that could provide you fresh tomatoes all summer long seems like an obvious investment that stretches much farther than if you’d spent the same amount on tomatoes alone.

6. Be vigilant about pests.  Since insects are the prime culprits who stand to jeopardize your gardening efforts, the better you are at common sense pest control, the better your harvest.  This means possibly using row covers, homemade collars or diatomaceous earth to discourage pests around young plants.  It means learning the different between beneficial insects that you want in your garden and those only there to cause trouble.  It means trying every possible organic method of pest control in order to avoid the most toxic pesticide methods used in conventional agriculture.

7. Save seeds & swap.  As your first gardening season comes near a close, try saving seeds from some of your best produce to use again next year.  Or swap seeds with other home gardeners. Remember that open pollinated, heirloom seeds are what you need to continue gardening next year.  Not only do you want to avoid GMO seeds, but also avoid hybrid seeds that will not produce true in the next generation.  You may also find a local friend with plants like strawberries, garlic or herbs that naturally propagate so much that they’d gladly let you dig up starts for your own garden.

Anne Brock grew up in the Ozarks with two full-time family farming parents.  She relearned gardening with organic methods and is now teaching her children how to grow some of their own food.  She blogs at Flour Sack Mama and Clean Couponing.

Photo Credit- OakleyOriginals via Flickr

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from UncommonGoods

*This post was sponsored by UncommonGoods. I received compensation in exchange for this post.
All thoughts and views are my own.*

It’s time to start looking for the perfect gift for the special moms in your life. One place that has some really great unique gifts is UncommonGoods. They not only have unique gifts but they also are a very ethical and environmentally friendly company.

They are headquartered in Brooklyn, New York in the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal. All operations, including their warehouse, are housed there and their lowest-paid seasonal workers start at 50% above the minimum wage!

They are dedicated to providing beautiful products that work in harmony with the planet and don’t bring harm to people or animals. Most of their products are made in the USA and about one-third are recycled and/or use upcycled materials.

When you buy a gift from UncommonGoods you are also helping donate to some great non-profits. They donate $1 with every purchase to a charity of your choice from the following; RAINN, American Forests, Women for Women International, or City Harvest.

UncommonGoods has gifts for everyone, including some great ideas for Mother’s Day gifts. I’ve picked out some of my favorites to share with you.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Unique Mother's Day Gifts From UncommonGoods

Click here to find these gifts and many others!

These are just a small sample of the great gifts available. The above ideas range in price from just $10 for the book to $98 for the bangle, so there is something for every budget!

Visit UncommonGoods for even more great Mother’s Day gift ideas. And be sure to follow UncommonGoods on Facebook to stay up-to-date on what’s going on at the store.

I’d love to know, what are your favorite items from UncommonGoods. Also please share some stories about the special mom’s in your life. You can also show my mom a bit of love by checking out her blog Tea With Dee on Facebook. Moms do so much for us, it’s time to show them some extra love.

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5 Ways I Failed as an Environmentalist

The last two or so years have involved a lot of changes that I still haven’t adjusted to, clearly I LOVE change. *note sarcasm!* This has led me to be overwhelmed and stressed out. It has also led to less than perfect (FAR less) homemaking and I have not been the best environmentalist. So now I shall confess my eco-sins.

5 Ways I Failed as an Environmentalist*This post contains affiliate links. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own.*

5 Ways I Failed as an Environmentalist

  1. I can’t remember when I last composted something. This is silly since it’s so easy! I just got out of the habit and forget.
  2. I’ve been eating fast food again. I went around 6 years without eating fast food but for some reason I started again. I still eat less than the average American but more than I’d like.
  3. I’ve bought a lot of clothing. I finally figured out my style and decided I want to be happy with clothing. This means a new wardrobe and while I’m not doing it all at once it’s still a lot of new clothing.
  4. I haven’t used my rain barrel since, I don’t know when! It’s not hooked up to the gutter because the gutter is in bad shape. However, I used to use it for grey water and that hasn’t been happening.
  5. I threw away a fair amount of plastic I was saving for recycling. I can only recycle #1 and #2 plastic in my town but I had been saving other plastic to recycle in Texas a few times a year. I hadn’t been in a very long time so we had so much built up I had to throw some away. The horror!

Why This is Okay

I feel guilt about all of those things but it’s okay! These things don’t make me a bad environmentalist, it doesn’t even really mean I failed. You know why? Because I still tried! I still recycled what I could in my town, plus some. I still avoided a lot of disposable products. I still cleaned my house with eco-friendly cleaners. The list goes on and on.

It’s easy to focus on what you are doing wrong but most likely the list of what you are doing right is long as well. None of us are perfect, but if we all try to do better it will make a huge difference.

I’ve always believed that small steps are best, when it comes to starting an eco-friendly lifestyle. Guilt happens but be gentle with yourself. Focus on the positive and just keep working on doing better.

So share something positive you have done for the planet lately. It can be anything, nothing is too small! And have a wonderful Earth Day!

Bonus: Need some inspiration to help you go green this year? Check out the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, it contains some amazing green resources. It’s only for sale until Monday, April 27th at 11:59p.m./EST, so check it out now. 

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Ultimate Homemaking Bundle: Less Stress Homemaking

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Almost a year ago I wrote about how I felt like I was failing as a housewife. I wish I could say since that post I had become the perfect housewife and I was feeling much less stressed, but I’m not! I’m still struggling to fit everything in and keep up with it all. I’m overwhelmed by it all and not staying caught up at all.

Please tell me that some of you feel this way as well! I doubt I’m alone so I want to share an amazing resource I’ve found to help with this issue. It’s the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.

Ultimate Homemaking Bundle: Less Stress Homemaking

I just bought and downloaded the bundle and I’m loving all of the resources. I’m excited to learn from other homemakers that have felt overwhelmed as well.

The bundle includes eBooks, eCourses, printables, and more. The resources cover cleaning, DIY, finances, cooking, meal planning, holidays, homeschooling, marriage, organizing, health, working from home and more!

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What’s Included in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

  • 76 eBooks
  • 6 eCourses
  • 1 audio download
  • 2 online conferences
  • 14 printable packs

You get all of these resources, a $1247 value, for only $29.97! That’s around 30 cents per book! And if you still aren’t sure, don’t worry there is a 30-day money back guarantee.

My Favorites in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

These are some of the resources in the bundle that I’m most excited about.

  • Green Your Life: A Guide to Natural, Eco-Friendly Living by Emily McClements
  • Lotions, Potions, Salves, and Sprays: Natural Products for Your Home and Coop by Lisa Steele
  • Treat Yourself: Real Food Desserts by Kate Tietje
  • Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters: Creative Ways to Use Just About Everything by Tara Ziegmont
  • Frugal Real Food Meal Plans by Tiffany Terczak
  • Christmas Planner 2015 by Jill Craft
  • 50 Frugal Dates by Jenny Martin
  • Project Organize Your Entire Life by Stephanie Morgan
  • Your Simple Home Handbook by Elsie Callender
  • The Homemaker’s Companion: A Home Management System by Lindsey Stomberg
  • 25 Days to a Happier Home by Alison Wood
  • Living Green in an Artificial World by Sarah Pope
  • How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) by Ruth Soukup

Bonuses Included

All of the resources I already talked about wasn’t enough, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle comes with some amazing bonuses.

Ultimate Homemaking Bundle: Less Stress Homemaking

  • Choose 1 FREE Online Class from Craftsy (Select from 24 of Their Most Popular Classes – Up to $60 Value)
  • 1 FREE Kids Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts ($19.95 Value)
  • FREE $15 Credit to Hope Ink PLUS 2 FREE 8×10 Art Prints ($71 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day “Good Deal” Subscription to She Plans Dinner ($15 Value)
  • Choose 1 FREE Stylish Spring Scarf from Deborah & Co. ($20 Value)
  • FREE $80 Healthy Moving Class Credit ($80 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt ($30 Value)
  • FREE 65 Tyndale Rewards Points to Be Used for a FREE Book or Towards Any Book of Your Choice ($15 Value)

What Do I Think About the Bundle

I downloaded the bundle today and I of course haven’t had time to read it all but I am amazed at all of the resources I got. I’m already feeling less stressed knowing I have these resources to help me.

After ordering I got my email very quickly and was able to start downloading. The download menu is so easy to use. The first thing I have downloaded is Simply Clean Home by Nina Nelson. I’m excited to start reading it. Let me know if you want reviews of these eBooks as I finish them.

I highly recommend checking out The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. However, time is running out! It will only be available from now until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, April 27th.

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After that, the shopping cart closes and the deeply discounted price is gone.

Click here for more info or to buy now.

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Best wishes and happy homemaking!

Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

 

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Reducing Food Waste

Reducing Food Waste*This post contains affiliate links. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own.*

Over the last several weeks I’ve shared a lot of tips for saving money on real food. Today I want to talk about the most important way to save money on groceries, avoiding food waste.

I think we are all guilty of wasting food but I don’t think most of us know just how much we are wasting. It’s a huge problem around the world.

In the US, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted! That’s more than 20 pounds of food per person, per month! Not only does that waste contribute to pollution, it also is wasting us a lot of money.

Reducing my food waste is one of my big goals this year. There are some easy ways to help reduce your food waste, which will save you money as well!

Tips for Reducing Food Waste

  • Label your food. I’m very guilty of putting leftovers in the fridge or opening a package but forgetting when I put it in there. I really don’t want food poisoning so when in doubt I throw food out but simply dating food helps stop the doubt!
  • Stock food smartly. When stocking your pantry or fridge, put the things that will go bad first in the front. We tend to use the things that are the easiest to reach first so this helps us to make sure things get used up.
  • Freeze your food. A lot of things can be frozen to help them last longer. This is a topic I will be talking about more very soon but for now you can always Google to find out if something can be frozen.
  • Get creative. If something is about to go back see if you can find a creative way to use it. You can find some great recipes in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, which is available this week only!
  • Make smoothies. If you have produce that is maybe a bit past its prime but is still safe to eat, stick it in a smoothie. You can also freeze most produce to save for smoothies at a later time. Even greens and many veggies can go in smoothies, just follow the 60/40 rule, 60% fruit, 40% veggies (less if it has a strong favor).
  • Meal plan. Meal planning can help you shop smarter and use up ingredients before they go bad. Click here for more meal planning tips.
  • Check your food before shopping. Try to make as many meals as you can with what you already have on hand before getting more food. And make sure you aren’t overbuying ingredients because you forgot what you already had.
  • Share with friends and family. Did you make too much of something? Or got a good deal but can’t use all of it before it goes bad? See if some friends or family would like to share.
  • Save your citrus peels. Citrus peels are very useful! You can make candied citrus peels or even use them to clean your garbage disposal! You can find other great ways to use scraps on Pinterest.
  • When all else fails, compost. When you do have something that goes bad or scraps you can’t use up, compost it (assuming it’s compostable!). The rich soil can help you grow your own food later or even if you don’t have a food garden it can be used in flower beds or shared with friends.

With these simple tips you will greatly reduce your food waste and save money! I’d love to hear your tips for reducing food waste as well, comment below, Tweet me, or share on my Facebook.

For more great information on food waste, be sure to join myself and many other great panelists at the #nofoodwasted Twitter party, tonight at 9p.m./EST.

Photo adapted from- stevendepolo‘s photo via flickr

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Fair Trade Clothing from ModCloth

Even if you are new you can likely gather from the blog’s name that I love retro things and the environment. My love of fashion doesn’t always fit with the environmental part. Sure vintage clothing is very environmentally friendly and that’s my favorite, but I also enjoy new vintage inspired clothing.

The clothing industry creates a lot of pollution and is not always terribly ethical. Sweatshops are common place and people are exposed to toxic chemicals everyday. Leather for example is causing massive pollution and human rights issues in Bangladesh. This is one reason I don’t buy new leather. And it’s not just cheap fashion that is a problem. Even designer fashion has human rights and pollution issues.

I’m not perfect when it comes to clothing. I try to at least buy natural fibers and avoid leather and petroleum based fibers. It would be better if I always chose organic fabrics made in the USA or Fair Trade. I try to but this is not always easy with my style.

However, I do try and in my opinion that’s what matters. If we each shifted just part of our clothing budget to more ethical and environmental choices it would make a huge difference. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.

Thankfully ModCloth is combining my love of vintage inspired fashion and my desire for ethical and environmentally friendly clothing! They not only have some great made in the USA brands, they even have some Fair Trade and organic pieces. These are some of the pieces they currently have available.

Fair Trade Clothing from ModCloth

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Fair Trade Clothing from ModCloth | Retro Housewife Goes Green

Swap Meet Sweetheart | Carry On with Confidence | Pretty as a Picnic  | Happily Ever Gather
One and the Aim | Perpetual Charm | Drawn to Design | Gone Stamping | Pretty as a Picnic Floral

ModCloth adds new pieces everyday and the Fair Trade options also change frequently. They also have a great selection of vegan friendly shoes and made in the USA clothing.

What are your thoughts on fashion the environment and human rights? Do you like that ModCloth is carrying Fair Trade pieces? Share in the comments below.

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