Coffee Break Extra Radio Interview

Hello everybody!

I will be on the WCYN 1400AM Coffee Break Extra Radio show on February 3rd, 2015 along with several other local writers to help promote the Cynthiana Write Club, the writer’s group that I attend. The show will air at 9:15am to 10am EST.

If you are interested in learning about writer’s groups I hope you will tune in. You can listen live from anywhere by visiting their website here. Just click on the “Listen Live” icon at the top of the page.

Have a nice day!

 

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Living Without Shampoo

One of the things I have tried over the years is eliminating shampoo from my life. I went six months without it, blogged about my adventures, and wrote a unvarnished account of my experiment.

I tried cleaning my hair with just water, used baking soda and even experimented with using dry shampoo methods.

I must confess that when I initially performed the experiment I was quite paranoid. I had friends and family regularly inspect my hair to make sure that it didn’t appear dirty or stink. Even as cheap as I am, I was completely grossed out at the thought of not using shampoo!

However, I discovered that there are effective ways to clean your hair without using shampoo, and while I don’t advertise it, I still use those methods today.

For those who are interested in reducing or eliminating shampoo from their personal care regimen, my book The No Poo Experiment: Can You Really Clean Your Hair Without Shampoo is now available for pre-order at Apple, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Smashwords and other retailers for only $1.99. The price will go up after it is released, so order your copy now and save.

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Car Free: Taking Advantage of Rides

One of the things I try hard not to do is take advantage of my car-owning friends. As a result I only ask for rides when I really need them for stocking up, laundromat runs, doctor’s visits, or the rare trip out of town.

However, a few of my friends get annoyed when they happen upon me walking along, especially during inclement weather.

While they all insist that I can call them whenever I need a ride, I steadfastly refuse to do so because I do not wish to take advantage.

They insist that it is not taking advantage, because I need it.

My argument is this: if I needed a car, I would buy one. I can walk. Besides, I’m writing a book about this. :)

I have given up with certain friends who insist on driving me home late at night because it isn’t “safe.” Even though I’ve lived in this ‘hood for years, they fear for my safety–and I’ve gotten rather tired of debating the issue.

Questions

Car owners: How do you feel about your car-free friends asking for rides?
Car-free folk: How do you stand on the acceptance of rides, and do you get lectured by your car-owning friends?

Please share your stories in the comments below.

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Car Free: Using My Head

The other day I walked the four blocks to the local Family Dollar to grab a few groceries. As I’m walking through the store I realize that I also need dog food, but that I forgot my beloved shopping cart.

I didn’t want to make a second trip to the store, but I really didn’t want to spend more on a smaller bag of dog food so I did what any lazy frugalista would do: I grabbed the bigger bag.

I arranged my other purchases so that they would all fit within my messenger bag, scooped up the 40-lb sack and headed out.

Before long my arms were screaming for mercy.

I kept shifting and rearranging, but four blocks is a long way to carry a 40-lb bag of dog food, especially when you’ve got another ten pounds or so hooked over your shoulder.

I’ve never been one for giving up, so I took a page from those old National Geographic magazines I used to read as a kid.

I put the dog food on my head.

Let me tell you, it is a whole heck of a lot easier to carry something big and heavy on your head than it is in your arms. I made it the rest of the way home without a single problem, though I did get some curious stares as I walked down the street.

As a result, I can now say that I have literally used my head to solve a challenge during this crazy car-free experiment.

And every time I win, I get more and more confident.

Question

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done when you didn’t have access to a car? Share your stories in the comments below.

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Binder Recycling

While getting her stuff ready for school this year, Katie goofed with one of her binders. She decided against using it as a result and used one of her spares instead.

This was a perfectly good binder; it was a brand new, 97-cent binder straight from WalMart. Sure her attempt at decorating it flopped but that didn’t affect the function of the device!

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I got it from her and set to work. I had liberated some Caution tape from the trash back when the water company was replacing the lines in this area so I clipped off one of the “Caution” parts and taped it over her goof. You can still see a bit of her work underneath but that just gives it more…oomph.

So now I have an extra binder to use for my writing. I will use it to keep notes, drafts and whatnot as I work. It so suits me.

Do you recycle stuff your kid gives up on? Share your stories in the comments below.

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We are parents first

I stumbled upon this cute video that serves as a touching reminder that, no matter what our beliefs, we are mothers and parents first.

While this video is about motherhood, it serves as a reminder for all of us. No matter who we are or what we believe, we are all in this together.

Enjoy for a chuckle and a tear.

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Eating to Lose Weight and Build Health on Budget

To improve everything, improve anything. Substitute one less healthy food with a healthier one. Save money in one way. To benefit more, repeat these two steps.

To progress faster, aim for an ideal diet. This would balance present desires with future ones. Now, we might want pleasure and satisfaction from food that requires minimal cooking. For the future, we might want improved health and financial flexibility. Align grocery purchases with your desires.

Excess fat and protein clutters our bodies. It produces unwanted weight and illness. Adequate fruit and vegetable intake clears our bodies. Aim for 5 servings of fruit and/or vegetables most days. Add enough protein and carbs to gain energy to thrive.

Choose the sources of these that you prefer. Consider flavor, texture, temperature, cost, and preparation. Some people enjoy washing and dicing vegetables, others prefer frozen ones that only need thawed.

Choose less processed foods over more processed ones. These tend to cost less and satisfy us more. Natural food contains complex flavors. Most people can enjoy their favorite fruit and vegetables plain, with salt or sugar, or with salt substitute and sugar substitute. Fewer people enjoy bread this way.

If your budget and state of health allows, get any extras you want. Saving calories and money in other areas lets you enjoy what you love and maintain well-being.

Our choices transform our lives. Choices that make us feel better take us toward our highest good. This takes us toward the highest good of all things.


My name is Tiffany Strauss. Annie Brewer, and others like her, inspired me to pursue my ideals. For me, this meant closing my small natural healing corporation in Washington DC, even though many said it helped them. But we can all heal ourselves, better than anyone else can do it for us. We can heal physically, mentally, and spiritually. To help people do this, I write a blog, boldawareness.com.

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The No Poo Experiment is Available for Preorder!

No Poo Cover

In order to thank you for your support, I have made my latest ebook The No Poo Experiment: Can You Really Clean Your Hair Without Shampoo available for pre-order at the discounted price of $1.99. The price will go up to $2.99 when it is officially released on March 4, 2015.

It is currently live on Amazon and Smashwords, but in the next few days will be available on Apple, Barnes and Noble, and other retailers. I will add links to the sales page as they become available.

To celebrate publishing my first book of the year, I want to give one lucky reader a FREE advance PDF copy of this book. Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. I will announce the winner on Monday.

Thanks for everything, folks! I couldn’t do this without you!

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The No-Poo Experiment is Almost Ready

With everything I’ve got going on, I’ve still been working at my first book of the year, The No-Poo Experiment. This book chronicles the six-months I went without using shampoo on my hair and what I learned from the experiment.

No Poo Cover

This ebook includes:

  • Can hair cleaned without shampoo pass a cleanliness inspection?
  • Does the texture of your hair change when you eliminate shampoo?
  • Can you clean your hair with just water?
  • Does baking soda actually clean your hair?
  • Can you clean color-treated hair without shampoo (and not hurt your dye job)?
  • How can you condition your hair naturally?
  • Benefits to cleaning your hair without shampoo
  • Challenges to cleaning your hair without shampoo
  • Dry shampoo alternatives
  • And more

This ebook contains the unbiased account of how I cleaned my hair without shampoo for six months, and reveals my personal conclusion about whether hair can be successfully cleaned without shampoo. As a bonus I have included the posts on my website that were written during this experiment.

This book will be available for preorder very soon at various online retailers such as Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. I will post an update with links in the near future.

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Another Option for Traveling Minimalists

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about my goal of traveling when Katie has left the nest and he had an interesting suggestion. He said that I might want to consider becoming an over the road (OTR) truck driver.

Semi trucks come complete with a bunk for sleeping, a refrigerator, and can handle electrical devices such as laptops and other items. There isn’t much space, but there is enough for sleeping and writing. As he pointed out, I would be able to use my down time while waiting for loads to write and manage my web sites. Since truck drivers are only allowed to drive so many hours in a day and per week, I would have some extra time to explore different areas while I waited for my hours to reset.

With the type of traveling and exploration that I would like to do, my friend said that I would earn a rather nice paycheck–especially since most drivers want to go home on a regular basis, and I wouldn’t have that requirement.

I’ve went on overnight trips with truck driver friends in the past so I already know that I would be comfortable with the space inside a sleeper cab. Here’s a photo of what a typical sleeper looks like inside a semi so you can see what I”m talking about:

Many companies allow you to take pets with you while you travel, especially on long hauls, so my puppies could go with me. The pay would mean that I could save money very easily for my next adventure when I became bored with the truck driving life. My trucking friends earn between $50,000-$100,000 a year (depending upon company, how much/far they are willing to travel, etc.) so I would be able to save a fortune, even accounting for the fact that I would spend a lot of money eating out and stuff.

Truckers usually earn free showers when they refuel, so bathing wouldn’t be a problem. A refrigerator and a microwave would cover any meals that I didn’t want to eat in a restaurant. I would always have a roof over my head (companies pay for hotel rooms in the event a truck breaks down). I would also gain the experience of driving a really large vehicle, which would be a huge plus if I wanted to purchase an RV or fifth-wheel at a later date as opposed to a smaller camper van.

There are also a few negatives to truck driving. I wouldn’t be able to pick and choose my destinations, nor always explore when I come across an interesting town. There are others, but I’m not in the mood to nit-pick it to death at this moment.

As a result of this conversation, I now have a new option to consider to attain my dream of traveling. Have any of you ever drove a big truck for a living, or considered doing it for the adventure? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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