The Savvy Path

    Rachel Vidoni

    Rachel Vidoni
    Rachel Vidoni is a professional writer and blogger and former classroom teacher. She is a mediocre mother to three pretty neat kids. Proud editor of the amazing award-winning Little Changes.

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    Reluctant To Grow Food?  Start Here

    Do You Like Your Organic Veggies Cheap? 

    I know a lot of people who’d love to grow their own food, but strongly adhere to the following misperceptions:

    • Growing food is hard
    • I don’t have time
    • I have a black thumb
    • I don’t know what to grow
    • I don’t have space

    Let me just say, that I’m a firm believer that anyone can grow food. Yes, I mean you with the black thumb. You with no time. You who hates to get dirt under your nails. And I’m also a firm believer that once you have luck growing the easy vegetables, you’ll want to live in overalls and quit your day job to farm 24-7. Well, maybe that’s hyperbole, but I’m still betting you’ll love it. 

    For reluctant gardeners (or kid-focused fun), I recommend growing the following three vegetables first.

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    Rain Barrels of Fun

     

    Since water is one of our most precious resources—and certainly our most needed—it is imperative to not only be smart about our water consumption, but also reuse and repurpose our water where we can.  

    Investing in a rain barrel is a great way to repurpose rainwater in and around your home. You can use rainwater to:

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    Good Clean Fun Gift Basket

    Gifting The World To a Better Place 

    Gift baskets are all the rage these days, and why not? It’s much easier to pick a theme, purchase smaller gifts, add some basket filler and you’re done. While a great idea, it can be challenging to come up with creative baskets that haven’t been done before…or at least that haven’t been overdone. Let’s be honest, the “family movie night basket” has seen its day. Everyone is streaming movies these days, and if they aren’t, they are watching Blue Ray’s. Much more pricey.

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    A Thoughtful BPA-Free Gesture


    If you are reading this from a smart phone or computer screen, chances are you are in a better place in life than so many others.  

    In 2014, almost 47 million people lived in poverty, while another 48 million Americans lived in food-insecure households. These families and children rely on the support and food donations from organizations such as the Feeding America Network. This non-profit organization is a network of food banks nationwide and serves 46.5 million people each year, of which 12 million are children. What does this have to do with Savvy's monthly challenge?

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