Homemade Laundry Detergent

Posted by: Tammy

Homemade laundry detergent is a relatively new frugal effort for me.  In the past, I’ve purchased my laundry detergent from a store, pre-made and on sale with a coupon.  I was always happy with the cost of my detergent although not always happy with the effectiveness of the products.  I even went as far as [...]



Frugal Hand Treatment

Posted by: Tammy

I enjoy being “hands-on” with a variety of projects: gardening, building stone walls, DIY home projects.  I also wash my hands a lot with my job as a dental hygienist not to mention how many hours a week I have my hands in wash water in the kitchen.  There are days that my hands really [...]



A Clean Slate for Spring

Posted by: Tammy

I got a little behind on cleaning up my garden for the fall.  You don’t want to get sweaty and dirty in the garden when you don’t have a way to take a good, long hot shower to get clean.  Now that we’re back on the grid, I’m catching up on the yard work. I [...]



My powerless days

Posted by: Tammy

A lot of people have asked what I did while we had no power.  Perhaps it speaks to the fact that I really do live a simple life that I did a lot of what I normally do and more!  I know many people I’ve spoken to complained that they had nothing to do but [...]



Back on the grid!

Posted by: Tammy

It’s been a long fall already.  Back in September, we lost power for nearly four days when Irene blew through.   Living off grid in the warm, waning days of summer wasn’t a too much of an issue.  We were able to fill the thirty-gallon fresh water holding tank in the camper and that along with [...]



Homemade Vanilla

Posted by: Tammy

I can’t easily think of one thing I do that yields such delicious, gourmet results with the least amount of effort as when I make home made vanilla extract.  I used to buy my vanilla extract from a reputable herb and spice company and I loved their vanilla but when the cost of their vanilla [...]



Today’s garden harvest

Posted by: Tammy

I spent some time outside today thoroughly enjoying what could be one of the last remaining truly glorious days of summer.  The sun had burned through a rather thick fog layer this morning and radiated it’s warmth down despite a pretty constant breeze.  The breeze helped to keep the mosquitoes at bay, just a little.  [...]



Starting over again

Posted by: Tammy

It’s been a long time since I blogged. It’s not for lack of content, that’s for sure! I am a very busy woman and each evening I say that I’ll spend a few minutes writing and then my head hits the pillow and before I know it, the next day has begun. I think that [...]



I was fired…

Posted by: Tammy

Back in the spring, there was talk of the state of CT trying to force Amazon to collect CT sales tax by saying that Amazon associates (like myself) constituted a ‘physical presence’ in the state by Amazon. This declaration is in response to the Supreme Court saying that a state can’t force a company to [...]



Wooden Drying Rack!

Posted by: Tammy

I found a very nice, quality made wooden drying racks back a few years ago at a wood shop in Wallingford, CT. I’ve been on the look out for another one of equal quality and a good ‘spread’ (the way the racks spread out so the clothes don’t hang over each other too much). Well, [...]



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