Toy Story 1,2,3 to Infinity

Now that Grey Thursday, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over with, let’s talk real money savings.  As an aspiring parent, I have to give props to all you out there raising children.  I calculated how much it is to raise a child from birth to 18 and it ranged from $410,000 to $530,000 dependent upon specific factors including location and whether upper education is being paid by the parent.  With food, energy and general living costs on the up-and-up, finding new/old ways to bring down expenses is welcome with open arms.

Shop Small, Help Big

Now I have heard everything.  Apparently some retailers are open on Thanksgiving, calling it Grey Thursday and many are not happy about this unorthodox shopping day.  This year make an effort to avoid the big box stores, crowds and crack-of-dawn shopping excursions so you can take the day off.  I have not shopped on Black Friday for as long as I can remember for the previously mentioned reasons.  What I will wholeheartedly support is Small Business Saturday on November 24th, which is the Saturday after Black Friday after Grey Thursday.

The Doctor Is Magic

I have been seeking out natural replacements free of cancer causing parabens for my personal care products.  Well I am so happy with this amazing bar soap, I had to tell all.  Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps are truly magic.  The smell is like aroma therapy, the feel is clean to the touch and it does not even burn the eyes if you happen to get a bit in there.   The Dr only uses organic oils and ingredients that are fair trade.  The only downside to this soap is the price tag which ranges from a sale price of $2.99 to $5.49 per bar.  It can be obtained for less, but how much less?


The GMO Labeling Battleground Is On Your Plate

Polling places have been closed for days now and provisional ballots may still be counted but we have the final results.  47% of California, 4.2 million voters showed support for GMO labeling by voting yes on Proposition 37.  Unfortunately 53% did not support GMO labeling and voted no.  $46 million big ones was spent by the opponents of Proposition 37 which employed a media campaign heavy on misinformation, but that is not important right now.  We need to move the GMO labeling fight to our plate immediately.  Here are a few tools for our non-violent arsenal.

Label Our Food Or Be Labeled

Every election cycle California comes up with a proposition that gets the attention of the entire Country.  While the California proposition system can be a confusing and convoluted one, I like to solidify my vote based on who is funding for and against.  For this information I found KCET’s Proposition 2012 Cheat Sheet.  This brings me to Proposition 37:

Genetically Engineered Foods Labeling Initiative.  Requires labeling of food sold to consumers made from plants and animals with genetic material changed in specified ways.  Prohibits marketing such food, or other processed food, as “natural.”  Provides exemptions.

62 other countries (even China) require the labeling of genetically engineered foods.  So why is America so far behind on food transparency?  Money!

Guerrilla Composting

I noticed a newly planted avocado tree seedling in the grassy front yard of the apartment building next door.  I am guessing this is the professional work of a neighbor moonlighting as a guerrilla gardener.  Seeing this newly planted tree reminded me that I should contribute something as well in the name of community.  Thanks to the worms living happy and productive lives on my balcony in a Worm Factory 360, I can supply community compost.