Last minute non-consumer holiday gift ideas

The following is a reprint of a previously published post. If you’ve been trying to avoid the commercialism of the mall, but still find yourself with an unfinished gift list that you need to fill, I have a few last-minute ideas for you. Whether you’re a procrastinator extraordinaire, have people on your list who seem […]

Experiential Gifts for the Holidays

The following is a reprint of a previously published post. I’ll have more posts about compact-friendly holiday gifts over the next few weeks. This is the first segment of a series I’ll be doing this week about non-consumer holiday gift giving. Today I’ll talk about “experiential” gifts, tomorrow I’ll have ideas for handmade gifts, and […]

Shop Until We Drop

A new poll has found that the average woman spends EIGHT YEARS of her life shopping. I’ll give you a minute to digest that… Have you recovered yet? This news makes me happier than ever that I found out about The Compact. On my deathbed, I don’t think I’ll wish I had shopped MORE. Much […]

Going Organic

This is a baby-steps challenge of sorts. After reading this post by Vanessa at Green Ness, I’m determined to switch to organic personal care products. Over the past few decades, I’ve tried to buy products that don’t test on animals and that practice fair trade and are good for the environment, but it seems I’ve […]

March Birthdays

I’ve successfully navigated another Birthday Season on The Compact. March is Birthday Heavy in my world. A lot of friends and acquaintances were born in March, and my husband, my brother, and my father all have birthdays within a week of one another. And those are birthdays that require acknowledgement. It was no problem to […]