Quite some time ago, I switched from standard, plastic toothbrushes to bamboo toothbrushes. All was well, but awhile ago, I was wandering blissfully around Bed, Bath & Beyond, and came across the Preserve Toothbrush (available here).
On the website, you can read about the company’s Preserve Ocean Plastic Initiative. They make all their plastic items from reclaimed items on the coastlines and waterways. What I can say is that their toothbrush feels much more like a traditional toothbrush, and I think I might not only continue to buy them for myself, but for the kids as well. I might check out some of the other products as well!
We usually go cabin camping in September because I love fall in the woods! But this year, we instead went tent camping in October! Okay, it was the first week of October, but nonetheless still October.
I can already tell this post is going to be photo-heavy! It was so beautiful at the farm we stayed at in upstate New York. And the best thing was that we were the only campers there. It was a private campsite! Just us, a canvas tent (provided by the farm) and an outhouse everyone except me was scared to use. The photo above shows the cow field that bordered one side of the field we were in. Twice a day, someone came to feed the cows. But other than that, we didn’t need to see anyone if we didn’t want to.
However, we did end up seeing others, since the farm was having a fall festival. And if there’s one thing I cannot pass up, it’s a fall festival. We walked about a half mile down a dirt road to the main farm area, where we got to do all the activities for free, since we were staying on the farm. There was a climbing wall, hay maze, giant slide, hay rides, and various games. The kids enjoyed it greatly!
Other than the festival, we spent most of the weekend just hanging around our campsite. My main complaint about camping has always been how loud it is and how many people are crowded around. Not this time! It was so wonderful to wake up with the sunrise and the quiet of the river and birdsong (and cows mooing!). My kids played very nicely with each other and my spouse and I had plenty of time to read and enjoy the beautiful fall weather!
This trip definitely made me want to tent camp again, but unfortunately it’s getting a bit too cold for me, and we’ll probably wait until next spring.
Today, October 13th, is a special day for me. If my grandmother were still alive, she would be turning 116! But it is also a special day because it’s the fourth anniversary of our adoption of our cat, Oz! When I clean the litter box, like most people, I use plastic bags. I’ve always saved the plastic bags from shopping for this purpose. But since the great move of the plastic bag ban in NYC, I’m finally out of plastic bags!
After reading a lot of reviews, I bought some biodegradable ones here. Having used them for about a month, I would say they are easy to use, affordable, and big enough. Recommended!
Another Minimizing Game month has passed. I have to acknowledge that doing this in September is very stressful, especially since this year I have the kids in two different schools. Maybe next year I will only do the Spring MinsGame, but clearly I don’t have to decide that now. My house still seems as cluttered to me as always, but every time I do this, I manage to finish at least one crazy reorganization project. This time it was the complete cleaning out of the garden shed, which took many hours a day for about three days, and also a few drawers in my bedroom I’ve been meaning to reorganize for years (which incidentally led to the discovery of my childhood diary)!
For the Minimizing Game Day 30, I went through my younger son’s closet and got rid of 33 items in size 4 (he’s 7 but small). Also, you read that correctly, I overdid myself on the very last day! (Dog in photo and the blanket she’s sleeping on not included!)
For the Minimizing Game Day 28, I got rid of these horrible plastic eggs. We went to an egg hunt in the spring, and the that’s what these all were from. I tried to give the eggs back to the place that held the egg hunt, but they said we had to bring them home. I’ll never do that again! As my younger son observed: “What a waste of money! This is all garbage!”
For the Minimizing Game Day 26, I did something I have wanted to do for a very, very long time. I gathered up the many, many cans of paint that previous owners left in the shed and the basement. About seven of them were ours. I didn’t take a photo, but what I did was pay someone to take them all away. According to the NYC.gov site, you can throw them in the trash, but in the past when I’ve tried, they weren’t taken. Such a relief to have them gone!
For the Minimizing Game Day 25, I again got rid of more clothing, mostly my youngest child’s, but some of mine as well. How do we even have any clothing left at this point? And honestly, I think I may still want to get rid of more clothing. I keep seeing 5Ts and the child is now 7.