We’re in the Burlington Free Press!

In May, journalist April McCullum came to visit my family and my home on an average weeknight. We walked around the house while my kids ran and played under our feet. We ate dinner and made school lunches for the next day. It was a relaxed meeting though my husband and I were slightly worried we overwhelmed April with information and stories. Thankfully April was able to sift through the mountains of information we dumped out and pull together a beautiful article.

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Road to minimalism: FREE Workshop (Vermont)

Whether you’re interested in decluttering to make your life easier, are curious about this “trend, you’re invited to a FREE workshop and discussion. Maybe you have already started decluttering or even are a seasoned veteran with a well-worn copy of Marie Kondo’s Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, we could all use some IRL support! We can share our tips and tricks, and share what … Continue reading Road to minimalism: FREE Workshop (Vermont)

Zero Waste Workshop – Burlington, VT

Let’s take advantage of the nice weather and meet outside for a zero waste discussion and demonstration of how to make your own non-toxic, low waste and (the best pat) super effective all purpose cleaner. We will be meeting at 9:30 a.m. at Oakledge Park in Burlington, VT. Find me at a picnic table on the grassy area by the earth clock. Email me meredithtested@gmail.com … Continue reading Zero Waste Workshop – Burlington, VT

Minimalism and winter clothes PLUS How to clean up a “pilly” winter hat

As minimalists, we tend to wear our clothing hard. Even if we’re rotating between a few items, everything gets regular use. When you live in a place like Vermont, winter gear can be a big space-hog and a passionate point of discussion for many in my area looking to declutter and downsize. Bottom line: we tend to hold on to a LOT of winter items, … Continue reading Minimalism and winter clothes PLUS How to clean up a “pilly” winter hat

Burlington, VT Zero Waste Meetup!

I’m hosting a meet up this weekend for anyone interested in reducing their waste, starting a zero waste home, reducing plastic or just generally wondering how to make a positive impact on the environment with their everyday choices. Who: Anyone in the greater Burlington, Vermont area who is going #zerowaste, #plasticfree or just wants to learn more and chat with others about our challenges, triumphs and experiences. … Continue reading Burlington, VT Zero Waste Meetup!

family living zero waste, zero trash with kids

One year of living zero waste

In some ways it’s impossible for me to look back at a full 12 months of time passing and distill my zero waste/trash free learnings into black and white words. I am a different person now than I was at the beginning of 2016. My family has completely embraced the changes we’ve made to drastically reduce our household trash, but our journey to understanding and … Continue reading One year of living zero waste

All natural, zero waste bug and mosquito repellent and bug bite relief

Stop the itch! All Natural Bug Repellents and Bite Relief

Summers are many things. Beautiful, blissful, busy, sunny, yes. And in Vermont, they come with a side of bug bites. Mosquitoes the size of small birds lurk near my house (1 block from Lake Champlain), ready to strike as I move past. I am one of those bug-attracting people. As a child I went to the doctor once, covered head-to-toe in quarter-sized and larger red … Continue reading Stop the itch! All Natural Bug Repellents and Bite Relief