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$4 Billion Worth of Milk

That’s how much money is wasted every year by discarding perfectly good milk. That’s 34 pounds of safe-to-drink milk per person. And mostly because of the carton’s confusing date label, which isn’t even regulated by law. We look at it as an expiration date, when it’s really just the date the manufacturer thinks the milk is at its highest quality (tastes best).

Milk is the most wasted food in the U.S.–by weight, 12% of all food products wasted.

There is an easy fix. Ignore the date and let your eyes and nose be the judge of whether the milk is still safe to drink. You’ll see a color or texture change, and your nose certainly knows. If you take a swig and it’s sour, remember that experts tell us that drinking sour milk won’t make us sick. But the land and water it takes to produce that much lost milk does take a toll on our Earth.

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Keep Track of Your Child

A terrible fear of any parent is turning around and seeing nothing but a crowd of strangers and not their child. I still remember the feeling, and my “child” is almost 33. I took all the precautions I could think of back then. But this video offers some that I didn’t think of. If you don’t have young children or grandchildren, please pass this on to friends who do. (Note: The sound may not work for you, but it’s only a musical background–no spoken words. The captions give the information.)

 

Keep Kids Safe In A Crowd This Summer

Here are some practical ways to keep your kids safe in crowds this summer!

Posted by Playfull on Saturday, June 2, 2018

Safe Haven for Children

CHILDREN WELCOME HERE.  That’s a sign you might hang on your front door.  Isn’t it a natural human instinct to want to protect our children?  In this economy, though, many are “latchkey kids” or home alone because their single parent has to run to the store.  If your heart is open enough and your temperament calm enough, you can provide a safe haven for the neighborhood kids.  Tell parents that you have Band-Aids for scraped knees, “homework help” for the teen who needs an excuse to avoid peer pressure, time to talk and a reassuring cookie when something scares a child whose parent won’t be home from work for a little while.  You might even have a small library of children’s books and a comfy beanbag for curling up to read.  The idea is not to be a free baby-sitter or supplant the parents’ role but just to extend and nurture the family, even if you’re available only for a few afternoons a week and for emergencies.  Your reward will come next Halloween, when your house is not (or is) tee-peed.

How to Keep Buglers Away from your Home

I still remember from 15 years ago when someone broke into my house while I was home alone.  It was frightening.  He broke in at the front of the house while I was reading quietly in the back.  I didn’t hear him.  At some point, I must have coughed or made some other noise, because  that’s when I heard him scramble out and away.  He, like most buglers, preferred ripping off houses when nobody was home.

I had that incident in mind when I read the online piece “We Asked 86 Buglers How They Broke Into Homes.”   I learned, from the minds of experts/buglers, 17 precautions I can take to encourage them to skip my house when they’re on the prowl.  I thought you might be interested.  Find the piece at http://www.wfaa.com/news/investigations/we-asked-86-burglars-how-they-broke-into-homes/344367279.

Be safe!

Those Confusing Food Date Labels

Wouldn’t it be nice if we understood what those dates on food packages really mean? What’s the difference between “sell by” and “expiration date” and “freshest by” and all those other terms?  Most people don’t know.

The result is that we waste 20% of the food we buy, food that is perfectly good. ..and 40% of America’s food.   That’s a waste of money, trips to the store, and food that could have fed people who don’t have enough.

Let’s get this changed.  Let’s get the major stores–Walmart, Ahold, Kroger, Safeway Inc., Costco, Publix. and others–to start using labels that  makes sense, labels that tell us when the product is no longer good or safe for us to eat.

Read more and sign a petition to the stores by going to Change.org’s “Stop using date labels that confuse people into throwing away good food.”

 

 

What’s Wrong with Disinfectant Wipes?

Are disinfectant wipes safe for our kids?  Do they do the job we want them to do?  Are you using them properly?  Is your child’s school using them properly?  What’s in them?  Do you really need them?

These and other questions are answered in “The Trouble with Disinfectant Wipes.”  Before you buy another container of wipes, be sure to read this informative article.

 

 

Be Cozy and Warm and Safe

Baby, it’s cold outside.  Yes, it’s starting to be cozy-up weather, a time when thoughts turn to….space heaters.  They’re convenient and effective, and you don’t have to warm up rooms you aren’t spending time in.

BUT, be safe.  A third of all house fires are cause by space heaters that overheat, melt, tip over, or are used improperly.  You’ve probably had that one stashed in the closet for years.  Time to replace it.  Newer ones have better safety features, like anti-tips, automatic turn-off at overheating, and protections against fabric that leans against it, catching fire.  Look on the box for the features of various brands.  (You can also see what Consumer Reports, Comparaboo, or another research company has to say about those brands.)  Buy the one that does the best job and, above all, is safest.

When you get it home, remember to plug it into it’s own dedicated socket (no rats nests of plugs piggy-backed into that poor socket) and keep it three feet away from flammable items.

One more thing–if you have friends or relatives (especially older or disabled ones), pass on this info to them.  Maybe even buy them a new heater for Christmas.

Once again, dear readers, please keep safe.  I need you!

Eat Expired Food?

An expiration date on a food package is not the same as a sell by date, which is when it should be off the store shelf and on its way to being consumed.  Don’t waste perfectly good food.  Go to www.shelflifeadvice.com to check how long it’s safe to eat specific items (fresh and packaged) before tossing good food into the land-fill.

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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 www.Smashwords.com/books/view/7000 or your favorite e-book seller and download to your computer or e-book device. Totally free, with no strings attached.]

Warm and Cozy and Safe

Baby, it’s cold outside.  Yes, it’s starting to be cozy-up weather, a time when thoughts turn to….space heaters.  They’re convenient and effective, and you don’t have to warm up rooms you aren’t spending time in.

BUT, be safe.  A third of all house fires are cause by space heaters that overheat, melt, tip over, or are used improperly.  You’ve probably had that one stashed in the closet for years.  Time to replace it.  Newer ones have better safety features, like anti-tips, automatic turn-off at overheating, and protections against fabric that leans against it, catching fire.  Look on the box for the features of various brands.  (You can also see what Consumer Reports, Comparaboo, or another research company has to say about those brands.)  Buy the one that does the best job and, above all, is safest.

When you get it home, remember to plug it into it’s own dedicated socket (no rats nests of plugs piggy-backed into that poor socket) and keep it three feet away from flammable items.

One more thing–if you have friends or relatives (especially older or disabled ones), pass on this info to them.  Maybe even buy them a new heater for Christmas.

Once again, dear readers, please keep safe.  I need you!