Invasion of the fruit flies

GAH! Fruit flies. God damn mother $#@%&*ing fruit flies.

With the CSA this summer -there were flies. With the aging bananas that are on my counter always – there are flies. But when summer ended and turned to a nice crispy fall air I figured those buggers were gone. Then, all of a sudden, they’re baaaaaack. At one point I was just clapping my hands like a maniac in their vicinity figuring I would get some of them.

Nope. Not one.

Something had to give. Stop dive bombing my wine you tiny useless vermin.

Then I remembered I saw something at my parents house this summer. They grow gorgeous yummy tomatoes. With gorgeous yummy tomatoes you get disgusting annoying fruit flies. I remembered seeing a few little bowls of something on the counter.

So I called him up. He says, “Yo what’s up?” (seriously this is what my Dad says all the time when he answers the phone).

“Help me kill the mother effing fruit flies please.”

“Baby girl? Is that you?”

I’m kidding. This is his fruit fly trap and by default Nana’s fruit fly trap which is how I tie the whole thing in to being about grandmothers. We’ll he is a grandfather, in fact a leeeeeetle bit like an Italian grandmother. Anywhoo…


This concoction is white wine vinegar with a drop of dish soap.

You can use any kind of vinegar you have on hand. Don’t use too much soap. If the layer of soap is too much they can’t get past it to DIE.

Which bring me to this concoction. Vinegar, dish soap, and DEAD FRUIT FLIES!




edited to add (because really? who doesn’t love inbound links? :-) inspired by this post and dedicated to this lady

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World Food Day

Today is World Food Day.

When you sit down to eat every day, do you think about how the meal you’re eating is the product of a complex, and broken, global food system? This World Food Day, Oxfam America is teaming up with a host of allies across the US and around the globe. We have a simple yet compelling idea—to host a World Food Day dinner on October 16th or sometime this month that fosters a conversation about where your food comes from, who cultivates it, and how you can take personal actions that will make the food system more just and sustainable.

~ Oxfam America website

Now we’re not hosting a hoity toity dinner party. We’re sitting down as a family and talking about our food. We do a fair amount of that anyway, but this night it will be all about the GROW Method in honor of World Food Day.

I have three kids under 6. I feel like I can still make sense of the 5 steps of the Grow Method so that they can understand and start our family moving even faster in a direction that makes our food system more sustainable. Even if that means just our own family food system to start. It starts at home.

Today we start with the first principle. Reducing waste. Tonight at dinner I’ll talk to them about how I either make enough food that I know will be eaten, or make more on purpose for leftovers. We eat what we’re given and don’t leave food on the plate simply because. I also try to use all of the parts of the food I’m cooking limting the amount of waste. What I don’t use gets composted and given back to the earth. We don’t go to restaurants often with our little terrors, but when we do we always take the leftovers home.

Here’s a super informative slideshow on the GROW Method:


Here’s a handy guide for your family to help you have a great discussion at dinner. Or maybe at your hoity toity dinner party. Go on – I dare you. PLEASE talk about the Grow Method at your next dinner party. It starts with you, and me, talking about it and then doing it. One billion people shouldn’t go to bed hungry. Do something.
This post (and my sharing on social media) was inspired by my participation in a compensated program initiated by Women Online/The Mission List to raise awareness about Oxfam America’s GROW Method. All commentary and opinions are, of course, my own.

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Old school baggin’ it.

I went to the grocery the other day, spur of the moment, so, no bags. When I asked for paper the bagger took out a paper bag IN a plastic bag.

“The paper bags don’t have handles so we have to put them in plastic if you want to carry them that way.”

Or anyway for that matter, I think to myself. The paper bags were tiny. She sees the look on my face and says they have other bigger paper bags… She busts out these beauties.


Giant old fashioned, I’m going to the A & P and Tommy will carry these to the car for me – paper bags.
“Wow, those are so old fashioned!” I say.
“Sometimes the old fashioned ways are just better.”, she says.
Indeed bagger lady, indeed. It’s like she KNEW I just started a new blog.

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The non crafty mama get her sailboat on.

Again, I don’t think I can take credit for this one either. I don’t know if I saw it somewhere or if it just came to me in a vision as I was looking at yet another egg carton in the recylcle bin.

You’ll need:
egg carton
construction paper




I know most sites would give you detailed directions, but um…

Cut the carton and then cut the paper. Glue the paper onto the carton. Oh have the kids decorate the paper first :-)

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Cloth for kids – a cheapo eco find

And we don’t just use ’em on bums around here! My kids use cloth napkins when I can get them to use a napkin at all.

It’s difficult to get a kid to use a napkin when they think that their shoulder is an equally good alternative. It’s a struggle I know, but if it’s going to end up with one bit of yogurt on it and then thrown away, I like to try to be a bit more eco conscious about the whole mess (ahem).

Cloth napkins for adults are a bit too big for little hands. Imagine trying to use a pillow case at the table, yeah it would be like that. Also, sometimes they are made of fabrics and colors not very appealing to the littlest at our tables. Those pretty white linen napkins with the delicate piping perfect for the holidays, not so prefect for a toddler.

The other day in the dollar bin at Target I found these…

Soft, small cloth cleaning towels. I took one look at them and knew I had found the answer I had been looking for. A cloth napkin for the kids. Not scratchy, not too big or too heavy. Kid colors. Love. And in the DOLLAR bin. Mama like.

We’re greening up the cafe at Chez Reilly :-)

The first couple of days I put it on his shoulder so he would know where to find it. Maybe someday it will end up on his lap.


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I ain’t afraid of no poop.

Who’s afraid of a little poop?

Me, or at least I was.  My name is Sharon and I am afraid of poop. I wanted to cloth diaper my little one but I was afraid it would be harder, messier, and more expensive than disposables.  And really, was it any better for the environment?  In spite of my fears I started cloth diapering my then 18 month old two years ago.

If you are using disposables properly, cloth diapers are really not that much harder. The truth is, even with disposable diapers you are supposed to get rid of the poop.  You should be flushing it down the toilet.  I only know one person in real life that actually does that.  I never did.

Messier?  Well there’s still baby poop to deal with and baby poop can always be messy.

More expensive?  Perhaps the start up cost seems expensive but in the long run you can save thousands.  There has long been an argument based on an old study that cloth is not really as environmentally friendly because of all the water used to wash them.  Guess who sponsored that study?  Word on the street says it was a disposable diaper company.  Hmmmm.  Do you really think that my 2 or 3 extra washes a week is comparable to millions of never decomposing sposies filled with human waste in our landfills? I think not.

When I went to a cloth diapering seminar, the expert in charge talked all about the different kinds of diapers, AIO’s, pockets, fitteds, covers, prefolds, flats and on and on.  I had done some research so I was keeping up.  But all I wanted to know about was the poop.  For god sake’s tell me what to do with the poop!   I asked specifically how do you get rid of the poo.  My mother had filled my had with visions of swishing diapers around in the toilet.  Um, no thank you.  They just kept telling me it’s not that hard.  I just wanted to yell out prove it, show me!  But a live demonstration would be weird, and we were in a library, so no yelling allowed.  I wanted a step by step process of poop handling.

Skeptically, I went home armed with all of my new cloth diaper knowledge.  Still I was afraid.  I started to dream about them.  Seriously, I was dreaming about diapers.  Finally, I took the plunge.  Just for my sanity and some sleep.

Here’s what that girl in the library really wanted to know about cloth diapers:

You prepare like you prepare for any diaper change. Get the offending child, wipes, new diaper, changing pad and any other lotions or powders etc.  Put baby on mat, open diaper, wipe baby, put dirty diaper aside, put new diaper on, kiss baby.  Then take dirty diaper to the bathroom and put in diaper pail if just pee.  If it has poop you use a diaper sprayer to get some poop off and put it in said diaper pail.  Voila!

Of course then you have to wash them.  Which is not really an extra  step because you’d have to take those dirty disposables out to the trash at some point.  My friend asked me one day, like I was a crazy person “But aren’t you always doing laundry?  She stopped me before I could answer.  “Forget it. We’re all constantly doing laundry.”

Fast-forward two years.  I am now cloth diapering my second child. I actually carry around poop in my diaper bag if I have to, amazing really.  Of course it’s in a very fashionable, zippered (read – no mess), wet bag.  It is a part of our lives.  It really is no harder than using a disposables. With the money saved on disposables this mama was able to purchase a new front load HE washer to further save the planet.  Take that.

I ain’t afraid of no poop!

Edited: I should’ve added some resource links.

Before DiaperLab opened locally.  I purchased most of my stash from Jillian’s Drawers.

At TLR we use and heart mostly Bum Genius and Fuzzi Bunz.

Diaper Jungle, Diaper Swappers, and Diaper Pin are good browsing.

Or talk to ANY mama that cloth diapers. We loooooove to talk cloth!

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