The school year has finally kicked off for us Angelenos. Yay! Since I still haven't received the official list of school supplies needed, I am glad that all the Back to School sales are still going on.
As any school-aged parent knows, Back to School spending does not stop with school supplies and clothing because there are other associated costs throughout the school year. Last year, I had to pay for a portion of the field trips, chip in on monthly beverage fees, provide monthly snacks, bought teacher's gifts and the list goes on.
If you just started the school year and want additional Back to School ideas, our DealPros are awesome at doing just that. If you're not interested in anything school related, they also have tips on reducing your cable bill, making popcorn out of the wok and more.
Still looking for a few Christmas gifts? These eco-friendly
stocking stuffers make great last-minute additions. You have just a
few more days left to order them online, and you can also find
these items--or something very similar--in many local stores. If
you need a large stand-alone gift, just rescue a pretty basket from
your local thrift store, add your favorite items from our gift
list, and top it all off with a bow.
Being made of wood isn't an automatic guarantee that your child's
toys are eco-friendly. Some hardwoods, in particular, come from
old-growth forests that simply aren't a sustainable resource at the
rate we're using them up. Look for labeling that indicates the wood
was harvested from a sustainable source. Better yet, items that are
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified, or at least
Today, even with a debt limit deal and the plan to sic "Super Congress" on the deficit, the Dow Jones Industrial Average took a nearly 650 point nose dive. News that bad leads one to consider the old wisdom of "tending your own garden"--in my case literally. If you have been following along, I garden partially as practice for the end of the world as we know it. When the stock market acts like it has the past two days, it seems like more than just some nightmarish fantasy.
Thankfully, the Rapitest Mini Moisture Tester by Luster Leaf makes tending your garden a whole lot easier.
If you have been following along, you may have seen my recent review of the Troy-bilt electric garden cultivator. I wasn't just tilling for the hell of it, or even for the sake of writing the review. Nope. I have a little vegetable garden, even though it's one of my least favorite food groups. I grow them, but it's my wife who enjoys them. I eat them, but I'm not going to lie and say I like it.
Of course, now you're wondering why? Why would a guy who races motorcycles and cars, and does his own plumbing and roofing want to dig, water and pull weeds, especially when he doesn't even like vegetables?
It's been said that the right amount of herbs and spices can make anything taste good. Bland fried potatoes become delicious French fries with just a little salt. Red pepper on plain cheese pizza can really bring out the flavor. Unfortunately, many recipes call for more than just a little salt and pepper, and buying all manner of dried herbs at the supermarket can become a clutter-inducing endeavor. Fresh herbs are obviously better, but the ones you buy at the store cost more and go bad quickly.
How to solve this dilemma? Grow your own. Sound daunting? It isn't.
Whether you live on a big farm or in a small apartment in the city, herbs are one of the easiest things you can grow.