Archive for October 29, 2016

Try These Halloween Earth-Friendly Fun Ideas

Here it is, two days before Halloween, and you’re getting ready.  There’s a lot of waste (trash and your money) on this holiday.  Read 10 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Halloween and get some fun ideas.

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[For more easy, money-saving, earth-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to or your favorite e-book seller and download to your computer or e-book device. Totally free, with no strings attached.]

Halloween Costumes

You may be planning to choose a last-minute Halloween costume this weekend for your kids or for an adult party.  Some people may say, “Wear what you want and to H-E-Double-Toothpick with what people think.”  Fact is, though, that you or your kids will be around a cross-section of America.  You know, the country that calls itself the “melting pot”?  And a population of people who have had some pretty bad experiences.

Keep that in mind.  If you have what you think is funny or perfect to wear, check out Don’t Even Think of Wearing These 14 Costumes for Halloween.  It explains why certain costumes should not even be considered.

Have fun on Halloween.  And let others happily enjoy themselves, as well.



Your Story

You may think of yourself as just a regular person.  But, as today’s Thursday Thought quote points out, you may be vastly more important than that.


The “Clean 15” and “Dirty Dozen”

You may have heard in today’s news that thick-skinned produce, like bananas and avocados–are no healthier organic as they are regularly grown. Pesticides don’t get through their thick skins.  Still, wash them anyway to get rid of residue.

However, the nonprofit group dedicated to promoting and protecting people’s health, the Environmental Working Group, has a publication called Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce. In it, they list their “Clean Fifteen.”  Based on 43,000 pesticide tests, these have been shown to be just as safe whether organic or grown the regular way.

  • Broccoli
  • Eggplant
  • Cabbage
  • Banana
  • Kiwi
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet peas (frozen)
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet corn (frozen)
  • Avocado
  • Onion

They also list what they call the “Dirty Dozen,” ones with the most pesticides.

So now you know, when you shop for produce, which ones it pays to spend extra on organic and which “organic” ones are just a waste of money.



Scarf Up Those Greasy Foods Today

Yes, you read that right.  Today is the day to indulge yourself in all those fattening, unhealthy, messy, dripping delights, because it’s National Greasy Food Day.  (Yes, there’s a National Day for almost everything.)

What’s your favorite no-no food?  Foodimentary offers suggestions for some indulgent yummies you may never have heard of.

And remember, Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we diet!



Lick Your Cat

Sometimes Mondays put me in a weird mood.  Today is a good example.  That forces me to share an unusual product with you.  Some cat lovers may really like it.  As for me, well….

Anyway, it’s  called Likibrush, and it allows you to lick your cat clean.  If you don’t beleive it, check it out at




Get it Out of Your Chest

I open my medicine chest and…what a mess!  Dried-out ointments, left-over pills from a surgery I want to forget, aspirin that expired three years ago….  Does your bathroom cabinet look like mine?  Time to clean it out and dispose of the junk, but dispose of it properly.

Medicines or hazardous waste are very harmful if put down a sink, toilet,  storm drain, or even tossed into the garbage.  They get  into our water system and poison us and our wildlife.

To find out what to do with all this stuff, contact your county. They should have a hazardous waste office.


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[For more easy, money-saving, earth-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to or your favorite e-book seller and download to your computer or e-book device. Totally free, with no strings attached.]

Workplace Bullying

I’ve been thinking a lot about how much bullying is going on.   Maybe it’s the political climate, or maybe it’s because it’s National Bullying Prevention month.  In any event, we see it on the playground, coming through cyberspace, even at our workplace.  It deeply hurts both children and adults.  Today I’d like to address those of you experiencing it at your work.

Does someone at work love to make people around him miserable?  If you feel that way, most likely you aren’t alone. The Workplace Bully never heard of, nor does he care about, the dignity all workers are entitled to.  Confront him, not with a solid punch to the jaw but with a calm request for him to be more reasonable.  Tell him plainly that he makes you feel uncomfortable or humiliated; explain why specific demands he makes on you are excessive.  If you do this in front of others, you minimize the chance of verbal warfare and, at the same time, embolden co-workers who have been suffering silently.  Join with them, in a sort of support group, one that doesn’t feed each other’s anger but keeps you from feeling isolated and helps you find ways to counteract the bully’s actions that don’t turn you into a bully.  Soon your lagging self-respect will return.  Together you’ll make your job site the fulfilling, safe environment you deserve to work in.



How the U.S. Can Save $9 Billion a Year

Unthinking adults are costing taxpayers a whole lot of money just by NOT doing something simple.  Meanwhile, they’re hurting themselves, those around them, and their employers (who pass on costs to consumers).  If you’re one of these people, please mend your ways.  Read about it:

Here’s a situation where you may want to behave more like a child. Adult immunization rates are far lower than kids’ immunization rates, and a study just published in the journal Health Affairs estimates that in 2015 common vaccine-preventable diseases in adults cost the U.S. $9 billion, with 80% of these costs (or $7.1 billion) from those who did not get vaccinated.


Kids Get a Haircut, Read, Save Money All at Once

This goes into the “wish-I’d-thought-of-that” file.  A barber in Mich. specializes in kids’ cuts, like mohawks with zigzags.  While he cuts, he fosters literacy.  He does that by having the child choose a book to read aloud to him while he works.  Then, to be sure the child understands what he’s read, he quizzes him.  At the end, the child’s family gets a $2 discount for the cut.

Other barbers have similar offerings in various states–Texas, Iowa, and Ohio, for example.

What a great way for children to improve their reading and comprehension.

You can read the whole story at “Choose A Book And Read To Your Barber, He’ll Take A Little Money Off The Top.”