Consume Less: Check Out The ‘Fun For Nothin’ Challenge.


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FunForNothinButton One of my wife’s favorite blogs (besides this one, which I think she still reads 😉 ) is Sew Liberated, written by a Montessori teacher who has been working in Mexico for the past couple of years. In fact, when she told everyone she was leaving and was looking for a replacement, my wife almost convinced me to move to Mexico instead of New Mexico! Anyway, the reason I bring this blog up is that my wife pointed out something over at Sew Liberated the other day that really struck me as incredibly cool and creative. It’s something called the “Fun for Nothin’ Challenge”:

However, the true fun, the true creative endeavor, is to allow children to make something out of what we perceive as nothing. A piece of newspaper. A rope. Sticks. Hand-me-down marbles. Natural paints. Rocks. An old family parlor game … low- or no-cost alternatives to store-bought toys and games. And so I’m introducing an ongoing challenge: Fun for Nothin’. Here’s the scoop: Fun for Nothin’ is a resource for parents trying to move away from the consumer culture and for those who might be on a tight budget. To participate, join the Flickr group,, and upload a photo of a low- or no-cost children’s activity or toy. Share a tutorial if you wish in the photo notes or by linking to your blog post.

Cool, right? Goes hand in hand with being green and more conscientious of what we consume and throw away. So if you have kids and find this to be as interesting a concept as I do, head on over to her site and check it out.

Also, as I mentioned last week, we are currently in the midst of moving to Taos, NM and if you look hard enough you can probably find me buried in a large cardboard box surrounded by picture frames, blankets and a spatula! While I am continuing to try to at least post each day, I appreciate your patience while we are moving. The movers are coming on Friday (I think) and then we are off to New Mexico a day later. See you on the other “side”!

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  1. I was just talking to a friend about a similar topic the other day. We were talking about the video games and dvd players in cars to occupy kids. When I grew up, we played games like ‘I spy,’ read books and colored and played with each other. It’s a different time now, but there’s a lot to be said for the simpler days.

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  2. I love the idea – great to encourage creativity, avoid junk TV and save a buck too.

    Also liked you article on parabens in skincare – we run a small skincare company specializing in parabens free products for eczema and dermatitis sufferers.

    Let me know if you’d like some free samples to review on the blog

    Good luck with the move to NM

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