Petunia Bloom


Selling Stuff on June 29, 2008

Filed under: Household — 11:48 am

Last week some friends had a garage sale. I told my husband, Ryan, that I too wanted to sell some stuff. He said I could sell several of his books. After listing his books, I started going through my books and added the ones that worth something that I didn’t want anymore. Then- I couldn’t stop! I started listing gifts that I hadn’t used, bowls that I rarely use, and other random things. Well, the sales started coming in. So far, I have sold a bunch of books and a salad spinner (for $20 — I couldn’t believe I got that much). Right now, Amazon owes us $256. If you have unused stuff laying around, get yourself an account on and start selling. It is so fun!!

Here is a link where explains the whole selling process including shipping.

Amazon will credit your seller account for the amount they estimate the shipping to be. For shipping books, they credit your account for $3.99. Most of the books that I have sold I have shipped media mail and usually it is under 3.99. The stinky part is packaging the book. requires that you mail your packages in a padded envelope. These are $1-$2 depending on the size you get.  I have found that they are the cheapest at Walmart.  If you find them cheaper somewhere else, let me know!

For other items, I make sure that they are selling for enough that I don?t have to worry about losing money on shipping.


Going Organic June 28, 2008

Filed under: Food,Health — 6:09 pm

So, if you all would like to know why I have this recent interest in going organic here it is:

I must warn you — it is very hard to watch.

I don’t even know how I found this video. One night I was just surfing around on different blogs and found this. After watching it, I told Ryan he needed to watch it. He dragged his feet (very busy- as always ;) ), but I got him to watch it. He was repulsed as well. After watching the video clip, I began thinking about the foods that Ryan and I eat the most of. Chicken was among our top five food choices. Even though this video was made about Kentucky Fried Chicken farms, all other large chicken farms are most likely very similar.


The Clean Fifteen

Filed under: Food,Great Reads,Health — 4:44 pm

In the book To Buy or Not to Buy Organic, Burke provides a list of 15 foods that “are the least likely to contain pesticide residue even if they are not organically grown.” Here they are:

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocados
  3. Bananas
  4. Blueberries
  5. Broccoli
  6. Cabbage
  7. Garlic
  8. Kiwi
  9. Mango
  10. Onions
  11. Papaya
  12. Pineapple
  13. Shelling peas
  14. Sweet corn
  15. Watermelon (domestically grown)

View the Dirty Dozen


The Dirty Dozen June 27, 2008

Filed under: Food,Great Reads,Health — 10:13 am

I am reading To Buy or Not to Buy Organic by Cindy Burke right now.  It is an excellent book.  Burke lists 12 items to eat only if they are organic.  Here they are:

  1. Strawberries  (This one is the most important)
  2. Red and Green Bell Peppers
  3. Spinach
  4. Cherries (hard to find and $$$)
  5. Peaches
  6. Nectarines
  7. Celery (usually about the same price as non-organic)
  8. Apples
  9. Pears
  10. Grapes
  11. Raspberries
  12. Potatoes (I don’t think I have seen organic potatoes, but I don’t really eat them any way so I guess it does not matter!)

I bought organic strawberries for the first time yesterday and they were WONDERFUL.  They tasted so sweet and full of flavor.  Ryan and I sat down and ate the whole carten so they are on my list again.  AND….they were the same price as the regular strawberries at Target.

The book also lists 15 foods you don’t need to buy organic.  Look for that information tomorrow.  They are called The Clean Fifteen in the book.


Target Deal June 22, 2008

Filed under: Food,Good Buy — 4:26 pm

My friend Sarah told me about a deal going on at Target today.  It was buy 5 boxes of Kellogs cereal (which some were already on sale) and get a $5 gift card.  Also, I had a coupon for $1 off 3 boxes of General Mills cereal.  Note-all of this sugary cereal is for my husband.  I eat healthy Kashi and Fiber One Cereal.

On the Kellogs Cereal, each box averaged out to be $1.32.  The General Mills cereal averaged $2.81 per box.  With both of my deals (Kellogs and GMs), I averaged $1.88 per box for 8 boxes of cereal.  Sarah is a much better couponer and she averaged $.40 per box on her Kellog cereal.  Go Sarah!  Check her blog out to look at her deals.