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I like to read, crochet, tat, and do a few other crafts. I love canning and cooking, gardening, swimming, etc.
I make my own deodorant (better than anything commercial!), shampoo, conditioner, household cleaners, and detergent. I am trying to go greener all the time, and to be more self-sufficient. I love seeing all the canning jars on the shelves full of soups, condiments, salsa, jams, etc etc. It's a frugal, fun, healthy way to live!

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Shampoo Ingredients Can Cause Hair ThinningWhen choosing your next bottle of shampoo, check the ingredients for SLS (sodium laurel sulfate) or SLES (sodium laurel ether sulfate). These are very common detergents added to many personal care products like shampoo, soap, even toothpaste.


Chocolate Pie

Chocolate PieThis recipe is so versatile! It can be used as a pie filling, frosting and filling for a 2 or 3 layer cake, or as a mousse. It is so, so easy, and has never failed me. It is also really, really delicious.


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Insulate Windows With Bubble-wrap Year RoundInstead of expensive window insulation kits that are hard to install and can be used only one year, try this: buy bubble wrap. Cut it to fit each window.


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Green Tomato ChiliThis isn't just a good way to use up green tomatoes at the end of the season, it's so good, you'll wish you had green tomatoes all winter. Luckily, they freeze really well. You can freeze green tomatoes easily.


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My Frugal Life: Thinking About ThriftinessI've been thinking a lot about the world and the terrible state we are in. One thing I've been thinking is that we would all be a lot better off if we didn't say "someone ought to do something" and said "I'm going to do something" instead.


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Teach Children That Abuse Is Not A Sign Of LoveI am sure you will be able to picture this scene quite easily: Little Anna is playing with her friends during recess at school. Little Billy runs up to her and pushes her, and runs off laughing.


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Avocado MayonnaiseThis is an easy, healthy substitute for traditional mayonnaise. You might find that you like it even better. It also makes a good dip.


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Capt. Mel Anderson's Alaskan Whale StewIf you make this, please let me know how it is!


My Frugal Life: Find Out How Great You AreI grew up with the message that I was fat and worthless. A couple of years ago, I looked at the few pictures that exist of me over the years (I always avoided being photographed). Me at age 4 - not a bit fat, though my teenage sisters had me convinced that I was.


Nasturtium Salad

Use Nasturtiums for Salads and SandwichesNasturtiums aren't just a beautiful flower for your garden. They are delicious too! Seeds are readily available just about anywhere they sell garden seeds.


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Crispy Crunchy Corn ChipsThese are just as the title says - crispy and crunchy, and you can flavor them in many ways. The recipe specifies Parmesan cheese, which is very good, but you can use onion powder, Mrs. Dash, chili powder, cayenne, or whatever you like best.


My Frugal Life: Furnish Your Home With Used ItemsSo you are young and getting ready to make your own home for the first time, whether an apartment or your first house. Of course, you want to decorate to impress as well as to express your taste.


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