It’s time again for Non-Consumer Mish-Mash, where I write a little bit about this and a little bit about that.
The Non-Toxic Avenger
Normally when I get review books in the mail, I set them aside until I get a chance to give them my full attention. Sometimes, this takes a few weeks, sometimes it ends up never happening. (Confession time here . . . I’ve done a few giveaways for books I started but never finished.) However, when Deanna Duke’s The Non-Toxic Avenger: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You showed up on the mail, I squealed with joy and immediately put it in my overnight bag for our quicky getaway to Great Wolf Lodge.
For those who may not recognize her name, Deanna Duke writes under the moniker of The Crunchy Chicken, and in this book, Duke takes a hard look at all the possibly toxic substances she and her family are exposed to on a daily basis. With a husband diagnosed with cancer and a son with autism, her passion to create a non-toxic environment is deeply personal, as is her book.
I won’t go into too much detail, as I will be writing up a full length review. But suffice it say that this book is an enjoyable page-turner. (Well . . . as much as a book about toxic home environments can be.) And I did have the book finished before the last of my kids whooshed down a water slide.
End of Year Donations
Today, being December 31st is the last day you can donate to your local non-profit thrift shop to get a 2011 tax deduction. This mean two things:
- Gather up your unwanted, but still usable belongings for donation.
- This next week is the best time of year to glean fantastic goodies from non-profit thrift stores.
So whether you’re looking to declutter or accumulate, today is your day! So get going. Now!
A Little New Year’s Eve Diddy
A New Year’s gift from me to you:
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”
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