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More on Cosmetic Safety

Recently, as part of my ongoing series on ways to save money, I made a post concerning reducing your costs for cosmetics (focusing primarily on makeup). During my research for that post, I came across the Cosmetics Safety Database. Since then, I have spent a considerable amount of time there, investigating various cosmetics (makeup, shampoos, […]

How To Save Money #7: Eat Less Meat

While on the road to better eating, try having beans or other vegetable proteins instead of meat for some of your meals. Most Americans eat far more meat than they need, and the alternatives are very tasty and healthy. Beans in particular are an under-appreciated protein source. They are low in fat and high in minerals and […]

How To Save Money #6: Drink Healthier Beverages

“Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea.” (Quote possibly originating from Maela.) Another way to save money in the food department is to take a look at what you are drinking and make some healthy adjustments. People in America drink way too many soft drinks, and soft drinks are nothing but flavored, carbonated […]


I’ve loved Nutella for as far back as I can remember. However, for a very long time, I have avoided it because it was made with partially hydrogenated fats (now more commonly referred to as trans fats), which I’ve known since the 1970s were Bad For You. (More.) I do not know why it has […]

Autism and Vaccinations

About 14 years ago, I had a vivid dream in which I visited a woman I had recently met on the Internet. I saw her teaching an entire classroom full of autistic children. The classroom, however, had only two partial walls and no roof, and above, the sky was that dark grey-blue of thick storm […]