Over the weekend I sold a bed frame on Craigslist. The man who bought it was friendly and engaging. For whatever reason he offered to me that he and his wife were a childless couple who owned a big, new home. He was buying the bed frame to go into one of the extra bedrooms that “would never get used.” He saw the ridiculousness in the whole thing.
Two ingredients and a few minutes of time is all it takes to make this simple dry skin balm. I made a little pot over the weekend and haven’t stopped applying it to my lips and hands because it makes them so soft and hydrated.
Following a “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” philosophy not only protects our planet’s natural resources, but it provides a pause in the consumption cycle allowing for contentment with what we have. In this series I share personal stories of making do.
The weeds got away from me this summer in a disastrous way. I didn’t attack them early in the season and they spread and went to seed. I left them in fear of sending all those seeds afloat, making matters worse. Ultimately, my solution to the problem was a weed barrier.
Five simple things that made my week.
The book “A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy” came into my hands at just the right time. The author tells a story through words and art of her year of painting, rather than buying, the things she coveted. There’s much wisdom and humor on consumerism and living with less to be gleaned from these pages. I had been feeling worn out by my own self-imposed restriction of buying nothing new this year and this book picked me up, made me laugh, and renewed my dedication to opting-out of consumerism.
Just like at home, I try my best to minimize waste when I’m camping. I have yet to achieve zero waste at the camp site, but improvements have been made. I find zero waste camping a bit more challenging. I don’t have my pantry and kitchen tools at my disposal and rarely do I have the time to do a lot of advance planning, prepping, or cooking.