Everyone has an activity that helps them cope with stress. For me, it's baking bread. There's something about the rhythmic motion of kneading and the yeasty earthy smell that makes me feel that all is right with the world again. Perhaps it's the surety that such simple ingredients will produce a consistent puffy reaction and become something more than their sum. Or maybe just the knowledge that good filling sustenance has been made this way for centuries.
Whatever it is, I welcome it into my life. The scent of baking bread draws family to my kitchen and seems to encourage discussion, laughter, and togetherness. Breaking bread together at the dinner table is a habit I hope my children will carry on with their own. And I hope that, no matter how far away my family is from home, remembering being in mom's kitchen and watching bread bake in the oven will always give them strength and make them smile.
Guerrilla gardeninghas been around since the 1970s but has really taken off in the past few years as people are becoming more aware of the environmental dangers facing us. Guerrilla gardening refers to the practice of planting seeds, seedlings and trees on abandoned, vacant or otherwise derelict property. The benefits of brightening up drab and dreary urban spaces are many, but the most important one is that it can stimulate further urban renewal and clean up whole neighborhoods. The downside, of course, is that it is somewhat illegal to plant on property that does not belong to you. However, there are guerrilla gardeningcells all over the world that carry out this beautification work.
The concept of guerrilla gardeninghas been around since the '70s. Guerrilla gardening refers to the trend of gardeners and urban renewal enthusiasts illicitly planting flowers, herbs and trees on vacant, neglected, or abandoned land. The illicit part comes into play because the land in question is either privately owned land or public spaces, neither of which it is technically legal to plant on. However, guerrilla gardeners have brightened the most desolate urban spaces from The Bowery in New York to abandoned lots in Berlin to dreary roundabouts in London. There is evidence to suggest that the "greening" of these kinds of spaces stimulates a sense of community and provides a catalyst for even more clean up and renewal. Here are some tips if you are planning a guerrilla gardeningcampaign of your own:
If you have children, buying laundry detergent can suck up a fair amount of your grocery budget. Sizes keep getting smaller, but prices keep going up. Laundry detergent also presents challenges for those who are allergic or sensitive to perfumes, dyes, and other chemicals. With a few easily obtained ingredients, you can make your own laundry detergent for a fraction of the cost of buying it and, as an added benefit, you can control what dyes and chemicals go into it when you make your own laundry detergent.
Making Your Own Yogurt Can Save You Money and Make You Healthy
As the price of yogurt in store rises and more people begin to understand the benefits to their health of eating live-culture yogurt daily, it makes more and more sense to make yogurt at home. Making your own yogurt can seem like a daunting task, but I have developed an easy method that results in the least fussing and least mess.
Angie Mohr is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and financial consultant. She has worked with thousands of clients over the years from mom and pop startups to rock bands and celebrity chefs. She is the author of the best-selling Numbers 101 for Small Business series of books and writes for Forbes, MSNBC, the Globe & Mail, Yahoo! Finance, Investopedia, and Motley Fool, among other financial publications. Her new book, Piggy Banks to Paychecks, helps parents teach their children how to be money smart. She splits her time between Canada and the United States and currently lives by the ocean with her husband and two children, who have finally learned that money doesn’t grow on trees.