A few weeks ago my wife decided that she wanted some new deodorant from a company called Penny Lane Organics. Now, it’s been my experience that anything with the word “organic” has a markup of at least 200%. And, after living with her for a good 15 years I’ve become accustomed to spending more money on organic products such as this, that was, until…
…until I found out how much this “special” deodorant costs. For a single stick the cost was $9, which is easily three
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The nutrients in eggs play a role in weight management, tissue repair, muscle growth and strength, chemical and hormone production, healthy pregnancies, brain function, eye health and are essential to healthy skin, hair and nails.
One egg provides about 70 calories with a lot of vitamins, minerals and critical amino acids or protein. One large chicken egg provides 6.3 grams of protein and 4.7 grams of fat. Duck eggs provide 9 grams of protein, 130 calories and 9.6 grams of fat. The protein in
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The washing machine and dryer seem to always have a load of something going, from clothes to bath towels and bedsheets. And, with the recent experience of the washing machine breaking while many people were in town, the laundry really did pile up. Even if it were just us, going a week or two without doing any laundry would turn into a minor annoyance.
Granted, we could go a week or two and get through it but what if it turns out that we had to go months without
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I’ve had bad luck with my dental health for… well, forever! Must be bad genes (no offense, mom and dad!). My kids have problems too. Even weird ones like losing teeth too early and, yes, we know our dentist and orthodontist quite well. We’ve tried an assortment of toothbrushes, natural toothpastes (including ones without fluoride), various mouthwashes, and so on. And, I would like to think our diet is descent. So, we’re going to try something I had only recently encountered: remineralizing toothpaste.
What in the world is that, you say?
Well, it turns out that it may be possible
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I recently watched a Science Channel program called Afterlife: The Strange Science of Decay that chronicled exactly what was going on as food decays over the course of about two months. (It’s a rather fascinating program that I suggest you watch if possible.) What struck me while I watched was how amazingly invasive mold fungi are.
As you probably know, mold is already in your house. It’s in your food. It can lurk in your basement, exterior walls, carpet, concrete, and definitely the shower. It’s probably in
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The other day, as I was driving my children to their first Karate lesson, I enjoyed looking at all of the well-groomed lawns and pastures. In stark contrast, however, I noticed all of the unkempt land and grassy areas along the way. I couldn’t help but laugh at how thin a line we keep between the creepy crawly bugs and our civilized society.
Think about how much work we put forth to keep our homes and cities enjoyable. We mow lawns and pull weeds weekly. We spray pesticides, herbicides,
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One of the little-mentioned concerns I’ve had for a while (but haven’t seen often addressed or adequately addressed myself) is this simple question: What will I do in a long-term grid-down scenario to prevent a sewer backup into my house? After all, if there’s anything I don’t need in such a situation… it’s raw sewage to cleanup!
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It bothers me that when it comes to an extended disaster scenario people always talk about having enough food and bullets. Sure, you need to eat and to protect your stuff and, with the obvious exception of water, I couldn’t agree more. But there’s one nagging point I just can’t get off my mind and that’s personal hygiene and sanitation.
You see, I’m not a doctor, but I do understand that the human body is under constant attack by unseen invaders that would love nothing more than to take you down… an extended disaster scenario is the perfect opportunity for this to
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