Tag Archives: Environment

New Year’s Goal: OPT OUT of All That Junk Mail!

by Tammy Taylor~

So a brand new year has begun and there are many resolutions & goals we’re all busy jotting down.  Resolutions & goals making does get a bad rap sometimes, but who doesn’t want their lives to be just a little better than the year before?  I don’t do resolutions since they’re typically so hard to complete.  Read my New Year’s Goals Steps to see what I do instead.  But today I’m focusing on one of the all-year-long goals I have – maybe you do too?

I hate junk mail.  A Lot.  Sure you can typically recycle it, but it’s disheartening how much recycling actually ends up in the landfill even after being sent of to be recycled. Plus it’s a colossal financial waste for those advertising companies as well – I’m never going to buy their goods anyway.  So these days I’m more keenly focused on stopping that junk from hitting my mailbox in the first place.  Thankfully it’s easy.  Come see.

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How To Make Gift Boxes With Repurposed Greeting Cards

by Tammy Taylor~

Those beautiful holiday cards! They all come in for weeks and are displayed for their beauty until after the holidays are over.  Then what?  Whelp, I’m not throwing them away – what a waste.  These days I’m turning them into small gift boxes.  Now isn’t that the ultimate repurposing in action?

Repurposing powers: UNITE! 

Come see how easy this is, y’all…

After the holidays what do you do with those beautiful Christmas cards? Save them! You can repurpose greeting cards to cute gift boxes! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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2017 – Top 10 Homesteading Posts of the Year!

by Tammy Taylor~

It’s hard to believe we’re already in the waning days of 2017!  And we’ve got a bright new year in front of us, full of possibilities & promise.  But I’d like to take a moment & reflect on 2017 first.  Today I’m sharing the top 10 homesteading posts of 2017.  This list includes a few recipes such as no-knead Boule Bread and our favorite Planned Leftovers Meal – Carnitas Tacos.  And it also includes some crafts such as making your own chalkboard labels with things you’ve already got.  There are also some posts about interesting social observations that y’all really liked this year.  Grab a cup of coffee & c’mon in, y’all!

Come see the Top 10 Most Popular Homesteading Posts on my blog! Some crafts, some recipes, and some social observations too! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Saving Your Fingernails When Cleaning

by Tammy Taylor~

We’ve all been there.  You scrub & scrub your stove but that tiny little stuck-on piece is being stubborn.  You scratch at it with your fingernail to dry to dislodge it.  But since your hands have been in the water, those fingernails don’t have the same ooomph as when they’re dry.  So you continue to scrub instead.  But I’m all for not spending more time cleaning that necessary.  And sometimes the easiest solution to a problem is also the simplest.  Check out this handy Homestead Hack.  Use Whatcha Got!

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8 Great Gifts For Your Environmentally-Aware Friends

by Tammy Taylor~

It seems everyone wants to tread a little lighter on the earth – I love that!  Are you searching for environmentally-friendly gifts for your friends?  Handmade items are all the rage this year.  If you just don’t have time to make homemade soap or natural beeswax food wraps you can find many handmade gift options at our Online store, and I’d be honored if you’d hop in & check it out.  But below are other sustainable gift ideas for your green-minded friends and family.

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Homestead Hack: Paper Napkins in a Paperless Kitchen

by Tammy Taylor~

Long, long ago I gave up disposable paper napkins in our home.  We’ve used cloth napkins exclusively since the kids were babies.  Then over a decade ago I was finally able to wean RancherMan off paper towels too.  I keep him supplied in plenty of repurposed rags to take their place.

But you know, there are times when a paper napkin would really come in handy.  Especially if you have guests who desire a more disposable option.  You know, for when they look at you wide-eyed and exclaim in disbelief: “Really?  You have NO paper napkins??!!” Yes, I’ve actually had this happen before – more than once!  LOL

So in order to have disposable paper napkins on hand for those moments do I go against my environmental bend?  Do I take a deep breath & purchase a pack of plastic-wrapped disposable paper napkins anyway?  Nope.  Come see this easy ‘why-didn’t-I-think-of-that-before’ moment.  Use whatcha got, y’all!

Paper Napkins In A Paperless Kitchen?? Oh yeah, it's easily possible y'all. Come check out this handy Homestead Hack! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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7 Easy Ways To Reduce Plastic In The Kitchen

by Tammy Taylor~

I’ve been on a quest for many years to eliminate as much plastic from our home as I can.  It’s almost impossible – plastic is EVERYWHERE!  So I’ve decided if it’s coming into our home, I’ll USE it in its entirety instead of buying more plastic.  But even then there are ways I’ve been able to significantly reduce the amount of plastic that I use in my kitchen.

As much as I hate it, plastic is EVERYWHERE! Come see 7 easy ways I've been able to reduce plastic in our kitchen. #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

 

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Repurposing Empty Coffee Canisters – Covered Dish Affair

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all know we drink coffee that comes in small-ish plastic canisters.  When the coffee’s gone the canisters are handy and I’ve used them for so many things so far.  I’ve removed the paint & made them into a super cute bread box.  They’ve been painted & used for planters to share plants with friends. And I’ve even made them into feeders for our chickens too.  (the complete list is below) But recently we were invited to a covered-dish supper at our daughter’s house in a city a couple of hours away from home.  ROAD TRIP! LOL I agreed to bring our daughter’s favorite cake-mix cookies.

But you know how when participating in a covered-dish event it’s always inconvenient to find the right container to bring your food in?  Oh and then making sure you get your container back when you leave, what a pain.  Oh and all those various-sized plastic food containers & mismatched lids.  Ugh.  But of course today it was an empty coffee canister to the rescue!

We were invited to a covered dish affair & I agreed to bring cookies. I used an empty coffee canister to hold the cookies. EASY! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Dealing With Discards: Exactly Where is ‘AWAY’?

by Tammy Taylor~

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Recently RancherMan & I were talking about things that have impacted us strongly over the years.  I recounted how an article I’d read decades ago kick-started my fledgling environmental bend into high gear.  Oh yes decades ago, way before worrying about the environment was the fashionable thing to do!

I’d read a story about how people throw things ‘away‘ never thinking about where AWAY actually was.  Yep, that broken whatzit is chunked into the trash as you tidily dust off your hands & walk off.  Then the trash bag is bundled up and placed on the curb.  A large garbage truck comes & takes it away.  Yep, it’s gone.  Taken care of.  Cleaned up.  It’s taken away.  But where is this mythical place of AWAY?

As I explained the premise of that article to RancherMan he shook his head enthusiastically and said that’s a viewpoint not often thought about. Everybody thinks they’ve taken care of a problem by throwing things away without really thinking about who really deals with the problem you’ve just passed on.  He begged me to write this post, so this is for him…

A garbage truck comes & hauls your discards away. Yep, it's gone. Taken care of. Cleaned up. But where is this mythical place of AWAY? #TaylorMadeHomestead

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