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Baby step: stop worrying about how things look

This may look like a child's science fair project:
Science-fair And it is! But it's also...

A reused super-huge toilet paper box modified to become a science fair display!
This is our first year doing science fair. I'm not sure how I would have felt about this re-purposed toilet paper box last year. But a few years ago, I probably would have gone to a store and bought brand-new cardboard, because that's what you do, right? Had I thought about re-using an old card-board box a few years ago, I probably would have worried about how it looked. And my thought bubble would have said something like "Well, gee. I don't want people to think we're cheap."

What's funny is that this year it just feels natural and normal to reuse in this manner. It's refreshing that green and cheap are often in alignment. And that "keeping up with the Joneses" is becoming less important. The best part? My 7-year-old daughter who is behind this science project would probably laugh at me if I suggested we buy new cardboard for a project like this. She just gets it. Green kids rock!

So even though I'm calling this a baby step, I think in some ways it is a monster step to stop worrying about how things look. I buy a ton of clothes at rummage sales, but let me tell ya, if Oprah ever wants us on her show (and give us a call, Oprah, we'd love to!), I doubt I'd be wearing my rummage sale duds. But for science fair cardboard, we're cool.


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