sustainability

  • beeswax-dipped leaves.

    We dipped colorful leaves in melted beeswax this weekend. Faye took her Halloween costume for a test-drive, I snapped a few photos, neither one of us upended the pot of liquid wax.  Here’s a…

    October 23, 2017 5 Comments
  • zero-waste halloween.

    We recycled Faye’s red ladybug in March. Five months post-Halloween and she was ready, so we removed the sparkly ribbon, folded the cardboard shell in two, and popped it into our recycle bin. Over the summer,…

    October 17, 2017 18 Comments
  • zero-waste progress report.

    A few months ago, at a dinner out, Faye popped her head over the top of the restaurant booth and saw the party next to us drinking from cocktails with plastic straws.  “That’s not…

    October 10, 2017 34 Comments
  • simple stuff: throw rugs.

    Simple Stuff: A series devoted to talking about the stuff that might prove useful or helpful or otherwise necessary while making a home in a small apartment or anywhere. Its aim is to provide a…

    September 27, 2017 29 Comments
  • make your own: elderberry syrup.

    I’ve been sniffly for the past few weeks. Which has been kind of yucky and kind of uncomfortable but also a marker of the season and a good reminder to take a few proactive…

    September 25, 2017 17 Comments
  • simple stuff: pouches and bags.

    Simple Stuff: A series devoted to talking about the stuff that might prove useful or helpful or otherwise necessary while making a home in a small apartment or anywhere. Its aim is to provide a…

    August 14, 2017 28 Comments
  • make-believe: lazy river.

        A quiet canoe trip down a meandering river? Worth every blister you might get. And a far cry from absent-mindedly taking the wrong subway train during your morning commute. If you can…

    July 31, 2017 7 Comments
  • growing a minimalist wardrobe: sleepwear.

    I’ve been sleeping in my underwear for the last month because it’s summertime and in summertime I sleep in my undies. But before I actually climb into bed, between the hours of, say, 8pm and…

    July 26, 2017 47 Comments
  • an affordable wardrobe with thredup.

    This post is sponsored by thredUP, a secondhand shopping website selling like-new clothes. I’ve said it before: When it comes to clothes, I’m mostly a terrible secondhand shopper. Despite knowing the relative environmental and financial benefits…

    July 18, 2017 23 Comments