Saying Goodbye to the Minivan

If there's one symbol of overwrought suburban life, it's gotta be the minivan. When we decided get ours, I had absolutely no reservations about sacrificing my cool image as I got in the minivan. First of all, rocking the mom-ponytail in my hair and spit-up on my shoulder, I no longer had a cool image. … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to the Minivan

Used: A Secondhand Fashion Show

In our culture, shopping has become a pastime. Not something you do in order to get something you need. For a lot of people, shopping is entertainment. A destination for socialization and fun. That's what makes it hard for some people to consider getting things used. It's simply not a part of their lifestyle. Especially … Continue reading Used: A Secondhand Fashion Show

What Happens When You Take Responsibility for Your Own Garbage

One of the catalysts to shifting our thinking about our consumerism was an eye-opening tour of our local waste transfer facility. Since then, we've been working toward zero waste to varying degrees. By setting up some simple systems and without a whole lot of effort other than some habit changes, we were able to reduce … Continue reading What Happens When You Take Responsibility for Your Own Garbage

How Consumerism Deprives Us of Creativity

Before all this, I used to buy shoes like they were going out of style. Um, yeah. You know what I mean. I bought into that silly concept that you can never have too many shoes. Now that we're in the process of shifting from being consumers to creators, I've reduced my shoe collection to … Continue reading How Consumerism Deprives Us of Creativity

Putting Up the Dome: Part Three

With the foundation completed, we were ready to lay down the flooring. The plans call for simply laying plywood, but we wanted the floor to be more finished and thought the plywood would have too many gaps to let drafts in. We debated whether to put down insulation first, as we hear it can get … Continue reading Putting Up the Dome: Part Three

Gearing Up for Living in the Sticks

After spending the last year or so downsizing, decluttering and not buying, it doesn't sit quite right to be in a phase of getting and spending. But the stuff we needed in the 'burbs is so different from the stuff we need out here in the sticks. For example, I'm working right now on my … Continue reading Gearing Up for Living in the Sticks