Monthly Archives: February 2018

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 10, Issue 7 – February 25, 2018

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 10, Issue 7 – February 25, 2018

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! Boy, is it nice to see some sunshine in our neighborhood this morning! After several new inches of snow this week and some pretty gloomy days, the sun is a welcomed sight! And March begins this week!!! My Dad has always been fond of saying that Spring starts on March 1, and yes, I am ready to think Spring! I am also still on the hunt for the first Robin Sighting of 2018.

Possibly that garden urge has hit you pretty hard, and you just can’t wait to dig into the soil and create new beginnings. I’m right there with you. Some of my friends have already started growing their own seedlings. Other friends are growing indoor sprouts and microgreens. Maybe you have a desire for a terrarium? My Grandma had a beautiful terrarium, and when we would visit my grandparents in North Dakota, it was one of my favorite things. I was always amazed at how plants could grow in a closed space. I also had no idea that there are so many options of terrarium planting, and repurposing of old containers for your new indoor greenery. This site has some fun and creative ideas: https://inhabitat.com/diy-how-to-make-your-own-green-terrarium-to-keep-or-give-away-for-the-holidays/

Is today laundry day for you? I have a sneaky suspicion that I undoubtedly need to make today a laundry day – my warm sock collection is getting dangerously low, and somehow a giant mountain of laundry has accumulated. How does that happen?! Even though I yearn for flip flops and sundresses, frostbite is not something that I want to deal with today. Do you happen to have a stash of lonely socks? Here’s a site that resourcefully upcycles those mate-less socks: http://www.instructables.com/id/Unusual-Uses-for-Socks/

Recently, I have been a following a friend’s discovery of the amount of plastics in her home, and how she is creatively trying to reduce her family’s need of wasteful plastics. You go, girl, I’m super proud of you, Jess! While many of us are looking at ways of reducing our plastic footprint, this article provides 5 simple suggestions, and some common-sense approaches. One of my favorite suggestions is to think about your purchase. Instead of reaching for a new plastic tote at your favorite big box store, consider what you might already own that would do the trick just as effectively. Old wooden crates and metal baskets would be super cute in your home, and by adding a fresh coat of paint, or artistic effect, you also get to your crafty on! And of course, hello mason jars!  Oh, how I love to reuse jars throughout the home!  https://earth911.com/home-garden/plastic-free-home-5-simple-changes/?utm_source=New+Earth911+List+-+2015&utm_campaign=92fdf0a75d-Thursday+Emails+2.23.17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5e8b4dc609-92fdf0a75d-167846237

Since we are waiting for March to appear, one could still get away with making hearty stews and soups using winter crops. Last year, we tried our hand at adding parsnips to a soup recipe, and I really dig this root crop. Here’s 25 more ways to enjoy parsnips, before old man winter makes his final departure: http://www.delish.com/cooking/g1384/parsnip/

Buffalo cauliflower wings, anyone? Cauliflower is one of those super versatile veggies that gets overlooked. You can mash it, eat it raw, grill it, crisp it in the oven – so many ideas! Why not try out some of your favorite wing ideas on it? https://www.care2.com/greenliving/buffalo-cauliflower-wings-and-dip.html

And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may you enjoy the last days of February. I’ll be curious if March comes in like a lion or a lamb in my neighborhood, but either way, we know spring is arriving! Enjoy daydreaming about your warm weather passions and preparing to enjoy all those glorious warm weather plans. Be kind to each other and yourself. Enjoy some new recipes. Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!

 

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 10, Issue 6 – February 11, 2018

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters, and Happy February! This coming week is going to mark the half way point through the month, which gets us much closer to spring! Yippee! This past week, my neighborhood got more snow and it’s still bitterly cold. And it made me grumpy. Although, the refreshing idea that spring is closer is a highlight at this time of year. Seed packets are arriving at the stores, and I can waltz down garden isles doing my happy dance.

Just re-reading seed starting articles makes me happier. Here’s a bit of happiness for you, and some great reminders and tips to get a jump start on your indoor garden: https://earth911.com/home-garden/seed-starting-tips/?utm_source=New+Earth911+List+-+2015&utm_campaign=a79c3bf4df-Tuesday+Emails+2.7.17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5e8b4dc609-a79c3bf4df-167846237

I don’t want to create any extra anxiety for anyone, but did you know Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, of this week? Instead of putting oneself into large amounts of debt for overly priced items and stressing out over restaurant reservations, consider making your loved ones feel special, right in their own home. There’s always the idea of cooking something special in the kitchen or making a sweet little gift to let your loved ones know that you are thinking of them. Although, do remember that we can do these things year-round. Just because Feb 14 comes and goes, the thoughtfulness for our loved ones can not stop on that date.

Have you ever melted down crayons and made those super fun, multi colored crayon blocks? Consider making them in heart shaped silicon candy baking trays. Seriously, what a super cute idea for the kiddos in your life, and a great way to use up all those little crayon nubs! https://www.makeandtakes.com/recycled-chunky-crayons

As you know, I am a sucker for anything in a mason jar. What a special way to wrap up all your loved one’s favorite items in a reusable container: http://masonjars.com/blogging/valentines-gifts-in-mason-jars/?utm_source=reCAP+Customers&utm_campaign=9094b9fff7-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_02_06&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dc8db817d0-9094b9fff7-107870733&mc_cid=9094b9fff7&mc_eid=09a0c5f50e

Not sure what to do with that reusable container after the gift giving? How about a salad in a jar! A perfect solution for the lunch packer, and with the reuse of plastic containers you get to score BIG thrifty and environmental points! http://masonjars.com/blogging/the-worlds-best-mason-jar-hack/?utm_source=reCAP+Customers&utm_campaign=9094b9fff7-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_02_06&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dc8db817d0-9094b9fff7-107870733&mc_cid=9094b9fff7&mc_eid=09a0c5f50e

And, finally, in all this talk about others, please don’t forget about yourself. This time of year seems to be crazier than it needs to be. I rolled out of bed on Saturday morning, bright and early, and my first thoughts were of all the business aspects of my week that I did not get done before Friday at 5pm. I jumped out of bed, raced to the coffee pot, turned on the morning news and impatiently waited for the weather report, hugely annoyed that it was not coming on fast enough… nor was the coffee pot fast enough. And then it hit me. Wow. It’s Saturday. My first appointment of the day was a 2pm rehearsal. All of the things that did not get done over the previous week were not hindering my enjoyment of Saturday. It was me. And I had to remind myself that giving myself a morning of “non-business-related to-dos” was ok. And before I knew it, the morning weather was on, my coffee had finished brewing, and I did not “have” to rush downstairs to the studio. I am pleased to report that although the to-dos are still there, the world did not come to a crashing halt, and the sun did actually come up today. I’m not saying that one can put off their to-dos forever, but, one can be reasonable and kind to themselves amidst the overwhelming day to day operations of life.

Please take time to read this short and inspiring article. Even if it is the only thing you do for yourself today. There are two quotes that I just love. I have surrounded myself with people who use these phrases, and I can’t tell you how much happier this previous school year has been for me. The first is, “You owe it to yourself and to those around you to be the best version of yourself, and let’s be honest; we could all use a little improvement.” The second is, “Quite simply, to become that ideal, future version of yourself, you need to practice being it this year.” Begin today, my friend. Cut yourself a little slack and start thinking big – about yourself! https://medium.com/the-mission/start-doing-these-9-things-for-yourself-every-day-to-improve-your-life-this-year-294f67b386d0

And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may you have an amazing week! Enjoy daydreaming about spring, appreciate those around you, appreciate yourself, and enjoy a little lunch from a mason jar. Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!