Saturday, April 30, 2011

No More Dryers

Paying for public laundry sucks.  You are always scouring your apartment for quarters.  Not just any change -- quarters.  And you always seem to run out of said quarters on a Friday after 5pm so you end up in Target in your last pair of kind-of-clean underwear begging them to let you pay for a stupid pack of gum with a $20 bill and two ones so that you can get that gorgeous roll of quarters taunting you from their cashiers tray and maybe have some clean clothes to wear to the play date Saturday morning.
Sorry... I must have gotten carried away...

So John and I decided to go on strike against the dryer.  Its fairly attractive considering it would cut our laundry bill in half, and use less energy etc. etc...  We already had a not so cheap drying rack from  Lowe's that we used for all my clothes that cannot go through the dryer (notice mine... because men's clothes are made to be dried in the dryer with a rabid wolf and still come out perfect).  It looks like this.  Notice how it is small and not cheap.  A couple weeks after deciding to go on strike, we happened to be on an IKEA excursion (1.5 hrs away) and found this beast of drying racks.  We picked up some cute clothespins too -- all for about $25.  We can fit twice as much on our IKEA rack as we can on the Lowe's rack, and we got a second during a later IKEA excursion.  The only downside to the IKEA rack: when we dry jeans on it the rack bends under the weight if we place them at the extreme ends.  It doesn't actually cause a problem -- just worries me XD.

Our racks have all more than paid for themselves by now, although we don't use the Lowe's rack anymore unless its been a while since we've done laundry.  I've also discovered I love the smell of clothes dried outside in the breeze :)  Except when our neighbor is smoking.  Have to watch out for that.

Downside: I have had to learn that clothes will get dry if they are not hung the exact way I would hang them.  Another obsessive tendency uncovered and suppressed.

Bonus: John has yet to shrink any of my non-dryer shirts on accident.  Our laundry routine just became guy-proof.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Introduction

I guess this is the part where my computer should shake your computer's mouse and, in a British accent because it so much more 'proper', introduce itself with a slight bow and flick of the keyboard.

You will find though, that just isn't our style.

What you will find is that we're a little crazy, a little eccentric, and have our own ideas about everything from raising our kids to the world we are raising them in.  And we're hoping we're right about 50% of it at least.  We might write a few product reviews about things we love or hate -- rest assured that they are all unbiased.  If we do write a review on something where there is a conflict of interest (item provided by company/compensated by company/related to company in some way, etc) we will let you know.

Our mantra is stewardship.  C'est en s'oubliant qu'on trouve if you ask me.  Here you will find all the little ways we try our best to take gentle care of what things we've been given, from our old raggedy T-shirts to our children in hopes that you might come away with a few ideas and some inspiration to be a better steward of what you've been given too.