Jan 23, 2017

Board Games I'd Like To Have

Hubby and I frequently host a game night at our house. We joined a Meetup game group when we were in Hawaii and fell in love with the comraderie and the games. We were hoping to start one when we moved to Pensacola, so imagine our happiness when we found out there already was one here!

It's always a little nerve wracking when you first decide to meet with a new group, but in general people who play games are pretty awesome and welcoming. After going for a couple of months the people who had been hosting had a baby so Hubby and I decided to take over hosting responsibilities.

We love it because it means that we get to play games and meet new people. Also, we bought our house specifically to host events like game night.

People usually bring games they want to play so we almost always getting to see new games. In fact, last night was probably the only night in a long time I haven't played at least one new game, but I was able to introduce 4 new people to Pandemic (which they won!)

So what are some board games that are on my list to get?

Unexploded Cow*

 It's the late 1990s where France has a lot of unexploded ordinance and Britian has cows with Mad Cow Disease. You are trying to explode the cows in your field to earn money.

Colt Express*

I haven't played this game, but Hubby specifically came up to me to request it for Christmas. Both people who talked about how to play mentioned the chaos of it, but it sounds like you play out actions knowing roughly what other people are doing, but there are some secret cards that make it turn out far differently than you had planned.

Puerto Rico*

I haven't played this game in over a year, but it's been on my list to buy since then. You try to harvest and sell resources.


This is a good group game. There are two code masters who try to relate words together to get their team to guess their words but not the others. The trick? You can only say one word and one number! How do you make them say yard and cup but not park? Try "measurement, 2" It makes you think, and sometimes you are surprised the rabbit holes your teammates will go down.

So whether you play games to be more social or are doing it for a frugal way hang out, I would recommmend at least checking these games out!

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What games have you played recently?

Jan 20, 2017

January Garden Update

We had been growing a few things over the winter, but due to the location of the sun it wasn't growing very much. Then in the beginning of January we finally had our first hard frost. So before it came we harvested all that had grown. We had a ton of green tomatoes, a few heads of broccoli and some jalapenos.

After the frost the tomato plants died. It was crazy to see how the plant shriveled and the tomatoes turned white and mushy. Our zombie jalapeno plant that wouldn't die finally kicked the bucket too.

Not everything in the garden was deterred by the frost however. The lone broccoli we didn't harvest survived fine.

The cabbage never produced anything, nor was it perturbed by the frost. Unfortunately the weeds weren't affected either. :(

Seeing this we realized that we had let the garden go. We were going to start over by laying more cardboard down and putting down mulch. 

We also took opportunity to try and remove two stumps in the garden. The largest one we tried to burn down with charcoal.

I'll admit it didn't work great like this. The next day we piled far more briquettes and it made a bigger dent in the stump. Although we still have a ways to go for it to be manageable.

The other stump we were able to dig out using axes, pry bars, shovels, and a chainsaw. Hopefully this stump will get out so we can extend our garden all the way to the fence.

Were you able to grow anything in January?

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Jan 18, 2017

Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop 1/18/17

Blog Hop Zero waste plastic free less waste sustainable

A blog party focused on environmentally friendly practices: zero waste, recycling, gardening, homesteading, sustainability, living plastic free and upcycling.  It is live Wednesday at 12:00 am CST through Friday at 11:55 pm CST. 

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  • Link up to 3 original blog posts relating to environmentally friendly practices. Posts can be zero waste, living plastic free, sustainability, less waste recipes, homesteading, upcycling or anything else to do with helping out the environment.
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  • In addition to featuring the most visited blog, the "most social" person will be featured. It's hard to track, but use the hashtag #WasteLessWednesday when commenting on people's blogs and sharing posts on social media to qualify.
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Jan 16, 2017

Food I Use In The Bathroom

Do you keep food in the bathroom? I do! Not for eating, of course, that might just be weird. But I do use common food products in place of typical beauty products. 

So what food do I have in the bathroom?

Coconut oil

I use this as a moisturizer, predominantly for my face, but my whole body if it needs it. It absorbs quickly and isn't overly greasy.

Olive Oil

As I've mentioned I use the oil cleansing method and don't wash my face with soap. I'm currently using olive oil as my oil, but I've used other oils in the past.


I mix this with the oil for face exfoliation. It works great.  It might be a little too harsh for some, so in that case I'd recommend sugar. Sugar is a more gentle exfoliator because of the crystal shape. The salt is more square so it can be harsher. Neither one dissolves in the oil, so it works as a great exfoliator with the oil cleansing method.


As you may recall from the zero waste shampoo discussions, cornstarch works as a dry shampoo. It works to absorb the oils from the scalp where you can brush it away. I've also used cornstarch as a sort of makeup primer to absorb sweat and keep my face makeup from running. Be careful not to use too much or you'll end up with white streaks though!

Apple Cider Vinegar

Back when I was washing my hair with baking soda (another food I've kept in the bathroom!) I was doing apple cider vinegar rinses. Right now I'm finishing up my Lush conditioner bar, but when I'm done I'm going to give apple cider vinegar another shot. I mixed 1-2 tablespoons in with a cup of water and rinsed it in my hair. Then I would rinse it out and dry and style as normal. I'll let you know if it works as well after using a shampoo bar as it did after using the baking soda washes.

Do you have any food products in your bathroom?

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Jan 13, 2017

Rolodex Calendar

I've been wanting to keep in better contact with people by sending birthday cards. However, I didn't have a good way of keeping track of birthdays and I felt like I always had to scrounge for addresses. I figured making a rolodex calendar would be a fun way of keeping them together. 

I took each of the alphabet cards and decorated them with a different month. I have a lot of scrapbook paper and other embelishments so I was able to whip these up simply. I write the person's name and birthdate on the card.  I can flip through the cards to quickly see whose birthdays are coming up and send them a card. 

Since we have so many military friends who move a lot I didn't want to write the address on the back of each card. So I made a family card to put in the back. For example I would have a card in the back that says "The Smith Family" and has their names and birthdates and address. Then each member of the Smith family would have their own card. 23 January Tommy Smith, 15 May Susan Smith. 

Calendar Rolodex January - June

Calendar Rolodex July - December

How do you keep track of birthdays or other special dates?

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