Given today's reality...

  • Water shortages
  • The health benefits of digging in dirt
  • Our passion for clean, local food
  • A desire to waste less
  • How busy we say we are
  • No need to show how much money you make

...I think society is ready to question, even ditch, the lawn habit.      

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I've been back on the updated city water line for a few weeks now, and noticing some decrease in our water pressure.  I knew that there would be some sediment in the lines post construction, and figured my filter was done for.  I never tasted or saw any sediment in my water, so the filter had done it's job perfectly thus far.

The water didn't look too bad as I started emptying out the filter chamber, but eventually I could see there was quite a bit of sediment closer to the bottom that didn't make it out with the initial dumping.  I'm so glad this goop was on the "right" side of the filter.

Thank You filter, and keep up the good work!

My Paleo path has naturally inspired and influenced many choices over the last few months. The most recent bringing some pretty simple replacements for dishwasher detergent and rinse.

Following a recipe for household cleaners at the David Suzuki site, I really only needed two ingredients for the detergent, and vinegar for the rinse.  I had picked up some Borax previously, but didn't have any Washing Soda.  A quick online search revealed it was pretty easy to make at home; thanks to a post @ Nature's Nurture Blog.

The detergent recipe was pretty simple; equal portions of Borax and Washing Soda that we mixed in a old plastic container.  And Washing Soda was nothing more than Baking Soda that had been baked @ 400F for 30 minutes in one of my Pyrex dishes.

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That was easy!

From household cleaners, to personal care products for men, and everything in between... including FAQ's and videos.

A really good starting point for DIY'ers.  Marie works through ingredient lists, equipment, and even provides some excellent guides and recipes.

I had decided before Christmas that I wanted to install a water filter that would help reduce/eliminate the heavy chlorine that would often be in my water.  The thought process started with a simple shower-head chlorine filter; but it wasn't too hard to think of other water to filter... so the whole-house filter was the cheaper and biggest bang option.

The entire project cost was under $215 (not counting my dads consumables like flux, solder, etc...):

  • Princess Auto - Filter housing, chlorine/sediment filter, mounting bracket, pipe cleaner, and shut-off valves ~$172
  • Canadian Tire - copper pipe, caps, elbows, and Tee ~$23
  • Home Depot - 1" to 1/2" reducers (between filter and pipe) and wood to mount the filter on ~$18
The Before:
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The After (1 of 2):
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The After (2 of 2):
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I certainly won't miss the chlorine smell, and I'm really looking forward too chemical free water for showers/baths, cooking, boiling water for tea, etc...

Special thanks to my dad for supplying the majority of the know-how, tools, training, and labour!

Sarah's collection of DIY Recipes... I just love her title for this page; totally makes it worth the click!

Food For Thought

Buy yourself a treat each week, even if it's very modest.
Enjoy it as though it were the greatest gift you have ever received.
The universe will then provide many more gifts for you to enjoy.

Jane Struthers, Attracting Abundance

Affirmations

I take a deep breath and allow myself to relax. My whole body calms down. 

Louise Hay, I Can Do It Cards

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