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The Monthly


"The Monthly" is an ever-changing, dynamic periodical that aims to give light and entertaining fare. Because sometimes we just need fun stuff to nourish the soul. Be sure to check back often for fresh new content.


Where do boats go when they’re sick? To the dock.

Here there be Dragons!


Peanut Butter Cookies


1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/4 cups peanut butter

2 3/4 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt


Cream together butter and sugars.  Add eggs and vanilla and blend well.  Add peanut butter.  In separate bowl, mix dry ingredients.  Add to creamed mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Fun Fact

Charles Darwin invented the modern office chair when he added wheels to his own chair, so he could move around his office easier.

DIY Herbal Tea

Why spend money on expensive herbal teas when you can have unlimited options by growing your own? Keep pots of mint, basil, thyme, fennel, or any other herb you like, on a sunny windowsill and just pinch off some herb whenever you want to steep a cup. Steeping Bags work wonderfully for this.

Life Hacks

Making things easier.

Drying Laundry

Put a clean dry towel in the dryer when you put your clothes in to dry. It helps dry the clothes faster and fluffs them as well.

Phone Scams

Tired of phone scams? Keep a whistle nearby and the next time a scammer phones and starts their threatening spiel, just blow the whistle as loud as you can into the phone, then hang up. I only had to do this twice, and I haven't received a phone scam call since. I guess they didn't like injured eardrums, so they dropped me from their lists. :D

Product Recommendations

I'm passionate about products that are good for the environment and our health. Only products I've used myself, or have been highly recommended by respected peers, are endorsed here. If you purchase items using my referral links below, I may make a small commission, though at no extra cost to you.

Brondell GoSpa Travel Bidet

Do I use it myself?


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The easiest way to take clean wherever you go. I currently own three of these. One for each bathroom, and one in my travel bag. So easy and discreet. I pair them with cloth wipes. Did you know it takes 37 gallons of water to make just ONE roll of toilet paper?

Sun Oven

Do I use it myself?

Not yet, but I plan to this summer.

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The world's most widely used solar oven. I haven't purchased one of these yet but will be doing so this summer. Cooking using only the sun is something I've wanted to try for quite some time now and this will be perfect to take camping!

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We think of you every month :-)

And I mean that in the best possible way :-)

~ Heidi