My friend just made a worm bin!

My blogging friend posted this and I think this is awesome. I love making my own dirt with an indoor Naturemill and can’t wait to try add “worming” to my DA projects! Thank you!

Learn about nutrition with me!

I know.. this is KINDA unrelated…

But I have terrible, unloved city dirt (filled with glass…) and am trying to grow my own veggies. 

So in an effort to enrich my soil – and subsequently the carrots and beets I just planted and next years goodies – and then my own nutrition, I just made a DIY worm bin.

If you’re interested check how to here!

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The 12 Dynamic Laws of Domestic Administration

Whether you are an SDA (Single Domestic Adminsitrator) or a PDA (Partnered Domestic Administrator), managing a household tends to follow some basic tenets or laws. My DA laws are dynamic. According to Merriam – Webster, dynamic is marked by usual and continuous productive activity and change. I don’t know about you, but my DA duties are continually changing in scope and practice!  And who really wants to partake in unproductive activities? So here are my 12 Dynamic Laws of Domestic Administration.

1. Just like exercise equipment, you aren’t going to use the expensive electric ice cream maker if you have it covered with books, magazines and other clutter.

2. Creating meals from leftovers sometimes begets more leftovers. Embrace the creativity.

3. Even though we live in a land of plenty, it’s really NOT okay to waste food.

4. Self-interest is an acceptable core value as long as you put away some of the savings and give to others. Which leads us to:

Give to Grow.  Share and Care.  Create Compassionate Connections.

5. Just like trying to lose weight, the only way to know where your money goes is to log your expenses every day.

6. The only way to know how long it takes to do a task is to actually measure it. Really, your mind is not THAT good at estimating time.

7. Be kind to yourself. It’s OK to occasionally treat yourself with a special splurge.

8. The best way to take care of others is not to be a burden to others.  Manage yourself first.

9. Be honest with yourself. Do you really need five kinds of cheeses in the cheese bin at one time?

10. Domestic Administration is a job. Take a rest – exercise – sleep – and refresh your mind for the next spreadsheet and “to do” list.

11. Patience. Small wins.  Perseverance.  A better mousetrap.  All lead to a few nickels, dimes and quarters over a day.  A couple of dollars a day X 365  > $500.

12. Be green. Try at least. Do you really think the earth is going to last for your great-great grandchildren in 2100 at the rate we are using it up?

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Button, button. Where’s the button?

Buttons are not indestructible. They fall off. The clothing gremlins visit and break them in them  half. They need replacing.

My husband and I go to garage sales and thrift shops quite frequently.  He’s very tall and slender and a hard fit for clothing, especially dress shirts. He’s a 16 X 37 shirt. Custom shirts are expensive and lend themselves only to an annual or semi-annual treat. In the meantime, we find great designer shirts on our GS and thrift shop excursions. I’m always amazed at how many great, designer shirts that are missing a button make it to a donation pile somewhere. Lucky us!

As a long time sewer, I’ve noticed that buttons have gotten expensive – especially if you need just one. In addition, matching buttons to a ready-made shirt or pair of pants is a challenge. I can’t seem to find a good dress shirt button that even comes close to the original. Basic white or opaque buttons don’t have the same shape or curvature. Tortoise-types are the wrong color and would definitely stand out.

This may sound a bit Depression-era, but I find it best just to remove buttons from an older shirt or go to a thrift shop, buy a not so fabulous shirt, take off the buttons and put them on the better shirt.

Personal Investment:

Assuming you love the shirt, are committed to managing your expenses, and have basic white or beige thread, a needle and scissors, your investment is:

Time to go to the thrift shop but that can be scheduled with other errands.

Time to sew the shirt buttons on. This depends on how many you are replacing. It takes me 3 minutes per button to remove old and replace with new. I can do this while watching White Collar, Dancing with the Stars or Modern Family. A bit hard while watching the Olympics or the Tour de France…

OK, A bit of extra time if your mind has to process through putting non-Daniel Cremieux buttons on a  real Daniel Creimeux shirt. (I love his shirts!). Some people just can’t shake that off for some reason. The math helps me get over that quickly.

Money: Could be free if you are using an old shirt. Could be $5-$7 for the thrift shop shirt vs $35 – $50 or more for a better man’s dress shirt.

Yes, ready-made clothes are plentiful.

Yes, you can just donate the shirt and get the donation deduction and move on with a brand new replacement shirt.

Yes, you can say buying a new shirt is worth the time you save in working through this process.

Or, you can take a moment, think through what you can and cannot do, and perhaps choose to repair and save $25 or more through some simple steps and different decision making processes.

Don’t know how to sew on a button?  Visit: http://www.wikihow.com/Sew-a-Button

Happy sewing!