• Switching to an Eco-Friendly Safety Razor
    Health,  Sustainability

    Switching to a Safety Razor

    In the last few months, I’ve been gradually switching to more natural household products. My main motivation was health: I wanted to see if I could reduce my toxic load and heal my chronic fatigue. But I was also interested in developing a more eco-friendly lifestyle. So I decided to try out a safety razor. Safety razors are a zero-waste alternative to plastic razors. They’re usually made of stainless steel and contain a thin blade that can be changed out and recycled. Basically, it’s your great-grandpa’s razor. But better.   The Benefits of Safety Razors Safety razors are a little trendy right now. Hipsters and bloggers love to gush about…

  • Shop Ethical Low Income
    Ethical Shopping

    How I Shop Ethically on a Low Income

    Last week, I wrote about being too sick to work. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has kept me out of the workforce for a good year and a half now. And that’s had an impact on our finances. My husband works two part-time jobs, and I earn a little through affiliate sales. But our income hovers right around the national poverty line. I hesitate to call ourselves poor, because we have a lot of safety nets that rarely exist in true poverty. But we live in a government-subsidized apartment and pinch our pennies carefully. Given our financial state, it may seem odd that I often write about ethical shopping. Ethical shopping has…

  • how to find a therapist who's right for your needs and budget
    Health

    How to Find the Right Therapist for You

    I’ve seen a few therapists in my lifetime. Okay, more than a few. My childhood was peppered with traumatic events, so I was the kid who went to divorce camps and grief counselors instead of summer camps with fun counselors. As an adult, I’ve continued to see therapists for anxiety and trauma-related illness. Some of them have been good, a few have been awful, and one has been the most healing thing that’s happened to me in a long time. As the saying goes, you have to kiss a few frogs before you find a prince, and the same is true for therapists. It can take a while to find…