Non-Consumer Mish-Mash

by Katy on December 31, 2011 · 6 comments

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:

  1. Gather up your unwanted, but still usable belongings for donation.
  2. 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:

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

Click HERE to follow The Non-Consumer Advocate on Twitter.

Click HERE to join The Non-Consumer Advocate Facebook group.


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura's Last Ditch--Adventures in Thrift Land December 31, 2011 at 10:16 am

How does the book compare to “Slow Death by Rubber Ducky,” if you read that one? Is it basically more of the same info? Because we have a son with autism, too, my husband is extremely concerned about toxins. Not sure if I should tell him about this one or not….


Katy December 31, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I have not ready “Slow Death by Rubber Ducky,” although it’s mentioned a fair amount in this book.



Kristen@TheFrugalGirl December 31, 2011 at 7:35 pm

That book sounds really interesting! I should check to see if my library has it.


Katy December 31, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I think you will like the book. It had the potential to be dry, but was deeply personal. A perfect combo.



Celeste December 31, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Thanks for a great year of blog posts, Katy!


Katy December 31, 2011 at 11:44 pm

You’re welcome!



Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: