Author Archives: Julie Finn

21 Cool Math Games and Activities from Natural and Recycled Materials

March 18th, 2014 | by Julie Finn

If you want your kid to love and be good at math, but you're not interested in unleashing more plastic pennies onto the world--or you just don't want to spend your hard-earned money on junk like plastic pennies--then you'll love these great ideas for math games, projects, and activities, all made from natural and recycled materials


Clothing Refashion: Prom Dress Pants

March 10th, 2014 | by Julie Finn

Prom dresses are some of my favorite articles of clothing to upcycle. Thrifted, that fancy fabric is cheaper by the yardage than purchased new, and they always include gorgeous embellishments and perfect hardware that careful cutting can preserve


Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe–It’s a Money-Saver!

March 4th, 2014 | by Julie Finn

We ALL have laundry to do (right now, probably...), but conventional store-bought laundry detergent, with its petrochemicals, optical brighteners, and synthetic fragrances, isn't great for the environment OR your skin. And the super-fancy natural stuff? Well, it's out of *my* price range, for the most part. Instead, I rely on my homemade laundry soap. It's easy to make, the ingredients cost pennies per load (about three, give or take a penny), and it's much healthier for your body and the environment than most store-bought laundry detergents


Homemade Wood Polish with Only Two Ingredients

March 3rd, 2014 | by Julie Finn

Store-bought furniture polish may make your wood table look beautiful, but the chemicals in it are skin, eye, and airway irritants, and it may be aerosol-based or contain petroleum byproducts. Seriously, you don't want to rub something like that onto the table where you eat



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