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DIY tooth powder

Completely random conversation that just happened at the Hippie House this morning: Peter: “You know, I’ve been using your tooth powder recipe for about a month now and my teeth feel stronger and clean.” Me: *socially awkward happy dance* My adventures in making our own tooth paste started last year when I thought I was getting a cavity.  I consulted the internet for a homemade toothpaste recipe and ran to Whole Foods for the ingredients. I kept it as a tooth powder  ...

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Finance, Sustainability

How we are Saving $312 a Year on Laundry

Laundry. An unfortunate reality of apartment-dwellers, “laundry day” often means walking around outside with a basket full of your delicates, no matter what the weather. It also means a never-ending search for quarters. Every time you need quarters, you have to go to an ATM or write a check to have something to trade at customer service at the grocery store  for a roll of quarters. Peter and I recently  started doing laundry at our apartment complex.  After a few all-day laundry  ...

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DIY, Finance

DIY Coffee Grounds Facial Scrub

I think it’s safe to say that my love of coffee comes slightly under my love of my husband.  And that it’s a much bigger deal to me to not be able to go get my $12 bag of organic, fair-trade, locally roasted whole bean coffee every few weeks than it really should be. So when I realized that cutting the budget meant cutting my specialty coffee (we could save $5 a month and go to no coffee at all, but really – who wants that?), I started saving my specialty coffee grinds.  ...

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