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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.


ONE.

Glamour's YouTube Series on Finances.  They have two different playlists of finance videos, actually, and I find both fascinating.  The first is called 'Different Women, Different Salaries' and each video asks a financial question to about 12 different women, from an entry level administrator making $20,000 a year to an entertainer making $1.3 million a year.  They get their answers to things like 'do you donate', 'what do you feel guilty about spending money on', 'what gives you anxiety' and more.  I find all the answers incredibly interesting.  The other is called 'Honest Accounts' where one person will sit there with bank statement in hand and explain what they make, what they save, and then what each charge was for.  It's incredibly enlightening to see what people prioritize with their money.  Not talking about money, especially women not talking about money, is a problem.  It's how things like unequal pay happen.  It's how people get and stay in debt.  It's why so many women think they don't understand enough to invest.  Talking about finances should be more normal, so I love that Glamour is trying to make that happen.

TWO.

Eucalyptus in the Shower.  I had been meaning to do this for so long but just never got around to it until recently.  Besides just looking pretty and smelling nice, hanging eucalyptus from your shower head has a lot of health benefits.  Which is why so many spas use it.  The steam from your shower releases the oils, which helps relieve congestion from sinus issues.  And isn't everyone sniffly this time of year, or at least will get that way soon?  Do yourself a favor and get some eucalyptus - so much better than all kinds of store-bought medicines (which, by the way, eucalyptus is the main ingredient in, just with a whole lot of extra preservatives too!)  Mine lasts for a solid two months, at which point I can just return it to nature in my yard or compost.  Speaking of which:

THREE.

Composting Options.  There are a lot of natural, slow living, zero wastey things that I love doing.  Composting simply isn't one of them.  It's a completely viable option for a lot of people, especially those with yards like myself, but it's not something I'm going to get into.  But since I still don't want to create waste with food scraps (and I don't just mean rotten leftovers, think egg shells, banana peels, strawberry and tomato stems, etc.), I looked into alternative ways to deal with this.  Trashing these things just isn't the best way, because although they do biodegrade unlike plastic, food scraps need air and sun to do so.  Meaning, they get none of that when sealed into plastic garbage bags sitting at the bottom of a landfill.  Studies suggest it then starts mixing with melting plastic and batteries and creating toxic sludge runoff and... gross.  Anyway, composting is the way to go!  I settled on just using a service, which they offer many of here in Chicago and I know it's available in other cities as well.  All I do is get a giant bucket with a tight lid delivered to me, keep it under the kitchen sink, and throw our scraps in there for a few weeks until they come pick it up.  I just put it on the porch and they take it and leave a clean bucket.  The company then turns it into compost and it costs me $20 a month.  Well worth it.  I've also heard that they'll set up a station at some farmer's markets and co-ops to bring food scraps to for free, so check out your area for your options and stop tossing food into the trash.