More on Pintrist another day…
You know I am working on Miss Sarah’s “Princess Room” — here is the latest project: Corralling the accessories!
I saw this on Pintrist (It’s under my New House board) :
915 Femrite Drive.
More on that another time but one thing that has been popping up all over is stuff made from pallets.
I get it – they are usually FREE and with the skyrocketing cost of wood, they are an alternative to budget friendly building supplies. This is for pallets you “rescue” from the trash, not ones you buy new…
Just look at some of these fun projects:
Here’s the problem: the wood is usually tainted in some form.
It can happen several different ways:
1) They are usually treated with chemicals.
Pallets are usually made of engineered wood and cardboard. They’re oftentimes loaded with formaldehyde (a known carcinogen). I am old enough to remember the treated wooden playground structures that used to be in almost every city park – that were dangerous to children for that reason – they were treated with toxins like arsenic, etc. They are also usually fumigated (see #3). Fumigation is often performed with methyl bromide, a highly toxic, ozone-depleting chemical.
2) How were they used?
A lot of the stuff shipped on the pallets, could include noxious items that off-gas themselves. A pallet can be used, and reused MANY times before being “rescued”, resulting in several different chemicals being involved. They can be shipped in and out of this country several times in their life.
Pallets are usually made of engineered wood and cardboard. Cardboard is one of the favorite things for creepy crawlies like cockroaches. One of those cute little bugs can leave 400 eggs behind.
In your house.
Seriously, if you are thinking about creating furniture out of pallets, just have a chat with an exterminator. (Don’t google it before you had your breakfast, seriously disgusting and you ALWAYS get pictures…)
YES, they are usually heat treated or fumigated (See #1) but that is WHEN THEY ARE MADE or when they are shipped overseas. This may not prevent infestation down the road…as they can be used over and over and over and over….(you get the idea)
Many of these sit outside, on and off, for up to on half of their life. Why feed it by bringing it into your house? I have a friend who almost lost their cabin because mold took it over – it cost their family a LOT of money to clean it up.
That all being said, just look at this toddler bed:
“I sanded and washed the pallets so they’re safe.”
“I know where the pallets came from.”
Just click on his name to read the full article, it’s not that long.
Now, for OUTSIDE stuff? Again, cute pictures:
I’m not so sure I want to eat food out of a garden with newly contaminated soil –
know what I mean?
Bottom line: it’s GREAT to be frugal!!!
We just have to be smart about how we do it.
The snow will be flying before we know it so it was time to get the basic preparations done.
So far today we have:
- put plastic on the window’s
- gotten the snow blower ready
- bikes hung on the racks of the garage
- primed the generator (we occasionally loose power in ice storms/blizzards)
- drained the lawn mower and lawn tractor
- have the Christmas cards in the mail
- have the last of the giving tree items pulled to deliver
- put the outside lights up
- put the Christmas Star up
Now we are ready to get out the Christmas Tree, angel garland and get out the holiday card holder…but that might be saved for tomorrow. I have just about worn out, LOL!
What do you do to get ready for winter?
it has a reversible tray to carry cupcakes/muffins OR
**This is the third part of a four part series I am doing on how you can accelerate your child’s education.
So far we have talked about teaching little people how to read — and using Learning Posters! This week we talk about Dollar Stores!
There is an unlimited amount of educational materials you can find just walking around the local Dollar Store…or even looking at the popular Dollar Bins at stores like Target!
What kinds of things can you find?
Posters, foam clocks, cut outs, flash cards, word cards, phonics charts, write on – wipe off boards, work books and more! All sorts of fun things to back up your lessons on your learning poster or let you branch into something new.
I also found great United States Flash cards so we created our own leaning poster to cover states and capitols!
(I particularly like the sun she added over Wisconsin, LOL!) Starting with our state – and slowly adding those around us – we worked our way through the entire country and put the flash cards on the outside flaps of the poster. We have a wood US puzzle, giant floor puzzle and wall map to reinforce the lessons. When we drove to Florida for our Disney trip – we made a big point of listing each state we passed through.
It’s not hard to make mini “teaching moments” of almost anything – but can take a little time to tie it all together. It’s one of the best time investments you can make – for your child’s future.
**This is the second part of a four part series I am doing on how you can accelerate your child’s education.
Last week I talked about teaching little people how to read — this week we talk about Learning posters.
It’s not hard to make mini “teaching moments” of almost anything – but can take a little time to tie it all together. I LOVE places that do some of the work for me and one of my favorite sites for anyone who has a toddler: Brightly Beaming Resources!
- We followed this 26 week/lesson plan that was all set up and easy to do!! HERE is the link to the simple, easy to follow “program”.
Each week covers a letter, shape/color, vocabulary word, numbers, nursery rhyme, and a weekly “theme” that includes a suggested book list! Seriously – a complete, EASY and best yet: FREE program for your munchkin – all planned out for you! If you have a computer — it is simple to print off, add clip art and have fun — as you can see in my picture. It really makes for a simple, well rounded, basic education!
We made a routine out of it – the weekly library trips to get the new books for the next theme, and more!
We also kept an eye out for local events that might possibly tie into what we were working on for the week — like week 26 has the theme of Airplanes: we went to the airport and watched them land and take off! The week we had the theme of Balloons, we picked up a pack at the dollar store, blew them up and played with them all in the living room. Week 16’s Butterflies tied into the Butterfly exhibit at Olbrich Gardens of Madison.
By doing a learning poster when they are young, it becomes a visual learning tool that you can keep going — like our States and Capitols board (We will talk basic geography next week).
Today’s Tuesday DIY article is a little different — we are going to talk about basic food storage preparation and being able to take REAL food and make it something that your family can enjoy down the road.
I have a wide range of followers — from the person who clips a few coupons each week to shave a little off their grocery bill to the people who are expecting the economy to shift sideways so they have a one year, three year and five year stockpile plan.
No matter what your philosophy is — learning some of the basics like canning, food dehydration or emergency preparedness are all great, family activities that also can easily be tied in to history lessons.
Our grand parents and great grand parents canned. The Native Americans dehydrated/dried food. The Pioneers made candles, soap and even their own butter. The government encourages all of us to have a BOB (bug out bag) in case of an emergency that requires you to evacuate your home OR a few basic supplies in case you are trapped inside your home…Just think of Katrina, Irene, etc.
This weekend, there is a Wisconsin workshop series in Johnson Creek that covers that, and SO MUCH MORE!! It is the Sustain Jefferson 2011 – Skills For Simple Living Fair at Johnson Creek Elementary & High School 111 South Street, Johnson Creek, WI.
A lot of the actual workshops are filled (they had class sizes of 10-20) but they have a lot of Hand’s-On Exhibits with AMAZING “experts” to answer any questions you may have. If you have kiddos that are 13 or less, they have a lot of FREE activities for them too – like wood turning, rope making, puppets, etc!
Miss Sarah and I plan to go there — it’s from 9-5. It will kick off our “down home weekend” where we are going to make a TON of home made apple sauce and apple butter! (you will read more about that later…)
You can read more here — I did talk to the organizer (a delightful lady who will man the registration table that day!) and you can come for FREE if you aren’t doing any workshops.
-Santa Fe Chicken Soup
-Curried Turkey Casserole
-Apple Glazed Pork Roast
-Shrimp Pesto Linguine
- Keep everything together
- Get confirmation numbers
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