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Halloween may be over, but here is one last treat for you

I usually get a little behind in my email, Facebook, and other social media reading when life gets a little hairy.  Well, we had to get up REALLY early this morning.  While I was waiting for my usual 2 cuppa coffee habit to kickstart my body, I decided to empty my inbox. It’s a good thing too, because I love PVZ!!

Don’t know what PVZ is? Plants versus Zombies?? Where have you been the last few years?  Okay, I’m sorry. Maybe that 2 cup habit is getting to me quicker than usual this morning.  Even though I LOVE Plants versus Zombies, I never realized it was abbreviated PVZ until today.

zombie with a toothbrush

Okay, now we are really off topic.  The point is…do you want your own legit copy of PVZ?  Then here is a treat for you from the American Dental Association and Plants versus Zombies.

















Just visit for your own copy of  Plants versus Zombies.   Use code PEAH8R.  The website also has wallpapers, coloring pages, masks, a music video, and posters about sugar and candy consumption.

So get moving. This coupon code is only good until Nov 10, 2012!

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News Flash!! Clothes go out of fashion quickly!!

At least that is the breaking news in today’s Huntsville Times.  By breaking news, I mean a small, bottom fold article with no bold titles, buried on page E4.

Anyway, the news blurb is an Associated Press article about clothing recycling.  According to the EPA, Americans dispose of nearly 10 pounds of clothing and sheets each year (Who counts sheets with clothes? Sheets count but not shoes or blankets?).  New York City is accepting bids for a long-term contract to manage 50 clothing collection bins.  Since Goodwill Industries is one of the bidders, one can only hope that the clothing will earn another ride on the merry go round of life.

Clothing can be reused or recycled in a number of ways.  Last week I saw a teenager on CNN doing an interview. She was bedazzling and altering clothes for a custom look.  Jean jackets were cut into vests and decorated until they qualified as shiny, glittering substitutes for crossing guard safety vests, America’s Got Talent stage costumes, and airport landing strip lights.

The newspaper article did not list any other bidders. Are the clothes going to end up in a thrift store? What about the clothing beyond repair and wear?  Besides college kids looking for the newest retro fad, who else really wants that pair of bell bottoms that holds the record for pant leg diameter? And what about those well-worn jeans with the mustard, ketchup, relish stains from dropping my…I mean…one’s fully-loaded stadium hot dog in one’s lap.

I have tried giving clothes a second chance: dying to freshen up the color, putting on new buttons to change the look, and tie-dying.  Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much.  Today, my daughter tie-bleached a stained shirt.

I was unable to get a stain out of a shirt.  After three attempts to remove the spots, I finally confessed. I was not overly concerned as I usually spend under three dollars for her clothes, courtesy of the multiple thrift stores in our town. She was upset to say the least. “It’s my favorite.” (So are the other 15 shirts you own.) “I just got it.” (Three thrift shopping trips ago.) “But it’s green.” (One of her new favorite colors…which explains the four or five other GREEN shirts in her closet.)

I suggested a bleach design. After a little explanation, she tied the shirt up with rubber bands, loaded a spray bottle with bleach and went to work.  After only a few minutes and a quick rinse, the shirt looked great.

Throwing away clothes, or any other fabric is a relatively new concept.  In the past, clothing would be dressed up with new trimmings, passed down, and finally dissected and used to make household items like quilts and rag rugs. I personally do not have the time or patience for quilts.  And rag rugs are very homey, but I don’t think I could let anybody walk on something I spent that much time working to complete.  (I can just see me obsessing over who got that rug dirty again…doesn’t anybody appreciate my efforts?)

When I was young, one of the guest stars on Mister Rogers used old clothing to stuff cushions, pillows, etc.  She would tear the fabric into small pieces and reuse them as filling.  The bonus is that shredding clothes could even be marketed as a good way to vent frustration and anger.  (Feel free to deposit your fees for my counseling services in my paypal account. You can choose to pay by the hour or per clothing item.)

Clothes can also be used for the fabric itself.  We have made curtains from sheets (if the EPA can count sheets in the clothing tally, so can I.)  My daughter makes doll clothes from her outgrown clothing.  I wrap small gifts in reclaimed cloth.

I recently dissected a worn and tired dress shirt.  Using pinking shears, I salvaged the back of the shirt for a large square of fabric.  We used ribbon (from a thrift shop) and the reclaimed cloth to wrap a gift.  My daughter cut the front pocket off the shirt to make a neat little pouch to fill with candy.  We then cut off half a sleeve. We folded and pinned the salvage end closed to make a short-notice gift bag.  After my husband opened his Father’s Day gifts, he realized why he never seems to have worn out clothes in the closet.  (Note: I do not recommend this method for getting rid of hubby’s favorite holy – I mean holey – tee shirts. For those items, please refer to the Mister Rogers recycled stuffing).

Old socks, tee shirts (not hubby’s), and worn out linens can be tossed into the rag basket.  (We do not buy paper towels very often.) I mark a big X on the old socks so they do not accidentally get put back into circulation. However, I would never recommend being as frugal as my own mother. It can be embarrassing to have a guest arrive while you have a can of Pledge in one hand and a pair of holey underwear in the other.  She was right about Fruit of the Loom being lint-free for polishing the coffee table, but a girl has to have some standards.


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