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Did you know that about 40% of the waste in most landfills is building material? Construction and demolition have created so much waste that in Illinois alone, most of our garbage has to be trucked out of state because out landfills are, well, full. 

Art Auction and Giveaway

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know about this. Last week, I kicked off an art auction to benefit a new initiative called The Big Food Drive. What's it all about? Read on :)



We are finally seeing daffodils blooming and the tulips are soooo close. While we wait (and try not to weep as the snow pours down in mid April), we made some paper tulips to sit on the windowsill.



As we all do our best to stay home, spring in the northern hemisphere is relentlessly springing up around us. And today is the start of "Spring Break" for my daughter's school district. This means she'll have no school obligations for the next 10 days, but all the fun that had been planned has been cancelled.


What to do? In my house, we continue to raid the recycling to make things. We saw a pic of these little spring birds in trees on Pinterest and here's our attempt at them. 

It's March, 2020. Many of us are now living "in lockdown", or we're "sheltering in place" or doing whatever your community calls "stay-at-home 24/7". If you're doing this with young children, I empathize. I'm home with a 9.5 year-old Ms R.


So as we come up with crafts that we love, and that require only stuff that you probably already have in your home, I'll share them here.

Since my daughter was a toddler, I've been refashioning her clothes (see here, here, here, here, and here.) Why go to the trouble? Well, because I'm me. Also, kids tend to outgrow clothes before garments are actually worn out. Or, they destroy some part of an item (stains, rips etc) while the rest of the piece is in great shape.


At the beginning of 2016, I committed to trimming my waste. After years of using this blog to gently reinforce the message that mindless consumerism is a problem, I decided to take off the gloves and declared my intention for the year: to trim my waste. Because we are literally consuming ourselves. And we need to wake up.


THIS IS MY 2020 UPDATE!


EDIT 3/6: Winner: Christy P D




If, like me, you're dragging through the final frozen weeks of winter, then this post is a treat for you! A well-timed chance to win some sustainably-made, minimally packaged, totally beautiful beauty products. Ready to spring clean yourself?
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