One Car Experiment, 13 months later

Wow, I’ve been meaning to write an update forever, but there were so many more interesting things for me to write about. However, now that it has been a FULL YEAR that we have been a one-car family, I felt I had to do an update.

The update? It’s no longer an experiment, it’s a choice. Why would we go back?

In 2017 we spend an average of $52/month on car sharing and road an additional 72-miles/month on our bikes. Not only did we save a ton of money and gas emissions, but we got in some quality outdoors time. Our neighborhood looks so different by bike than it does by car.

During the week, my little and I bicycle to the coop/homeschool hybrid I helped co-found. That means while she does the ride once, I do it twice, so I get a nice six miles a day of biking. This activity had the unintended benefit of “curing” the floating rib issue I’ve had ever since she was born. I also enjoy the fact that not having a car most of the week forces us to interact with the outdoors more.

In terms of cost, we rarely spend more than $30 a month on average on Lyft, which is of course well below what we would pay for the “convenience” of a car. I’ve also found that I’m a lot smarter and more efficient with my errand running on the days that I do have a car, whereas when I had my own car I was a lazy errand runner, doing just one at a time.

REALLY FUNNY EXPERIENCE: Finally, I had a funny thing happen the other day that really cemented the one car thing for me. We have been looking at a plug-in hybrid to replace our one car, however, we are waiting for our existing car to die before we replace it. Anyway, a car salesperson that we had met with called me and asked if we were currently in the market, and I said no. I told him, “I really like not having a car. It’s so much easier.”

After a pregnant pause he said, “I know, right? It’s really not necessary anymore.”

Then we laughed.

I said, “Sounds like you are in the wrong line of work.”

He made a sound that made it clear he agreed.

THE GOOD NEWS: We’ve been taking all the money we’ve been saving and traveling more. Now that’s a trade-off I can get behind any day! Anytime my little complains about biking to school, I do two things. First I think to myself, “There’s no way we aren’t biking now. She needs a little adversity in her life.” Secondly, I say to her, “But what about the trip we have planned to XXX. Would you rather spend that money on a car?” She always says “No” when I ask her that, and then she pumps her little legs a little bit harder. My heart always feels like its going to explode when that happens. She’s learning an important lesson about trade offs and she’s getting in some good cardio to boot.

IN CONCLUSION: Anyway, that’s my update. We are a one-car family for permanent now. Unless something happens that changes our needs. If you are curious about experimenting as a one-car family, my only suggestion is this. Like any big change in your life, you need to commit to it for a long enough period of time that you will see the benefits, not just the challenges. I would say three months is long enough for you to know if you like it.

Good luck and be a spark in the world!







Holiday Gifts: Wants, Needs, Reads

I once read about a journalist who created a mantra for holiday gift giving: something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read. I love this idea, and our family observes it *mostly*. Sometimes our little will get one or two other gifts as well. The items below fit into this mantra easily. These are the things that help make my life healthier, easier, and more fun! Enjoy! -Alegre

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  • Perplexus is a fun and addictive game/puzzle to have lying on your coffee table. It almost looks like an art object. . There is even a “Death Star” one for the Star Wars fan in your life.

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  • Simon is another fun game to have lying around. Especially the new “Air” version which is MUCH, MUCH harder than the original and looks beautiful on the table.


  • Trio Ellas This band’s soulful rendition of Roy Orbinson’s Crying iProduct Detailss absolute perfection. They are like a modern, pin-up mariachi trio. Hard to explain, but awesome to listen to.


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  • Love Actually This is my favorite holiday movie FOR ADULTS. This is absolutely not kid or office appropriate. I laugh out loud every time I watch it. Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister of England is pretty hilarious.





Something People Need

  • Healthy Human Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Sip Lid (lid must be purchased separately) I’ve owned a lot of stainless steel water bottles in my time, but this is my favorite. It comes in a range of beautiful powder-coated
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    colors and patterns. The design is fantastic. First of all, it’s a high quality stainless steel and it doesn’t have any lead, unlike some other insulated brands. Secondly, it has a nice wide mouth that makes it easy to fill. Finally, I love that the handle is wide enough that I can use four fingers to carry it, which is great when you are lugging around a couple of pounds of water. Finally, it is truly no leak, and the wide spout on the sipper means you don’t get a smelly spout nor do you need to suck on the spout to drink. The sipper top even has a little metal piece that locks the lid down so it can’t pop open if you have it in a bag. The price point is high, if you can’t get this one, get a Klean Kanteen, but don’t get their sports cap (it is small and has the issues I mention), get a twist cap.


  • Aloe plant This plant is one of those that belongs in everyone’s home. My favorite use for it is on burns whProduct Detailsether it be from sun, fire, or boiling water (I’ve used it on all of those). They are so prolific, that I repot the babies and give them as gifts for birthdays and housewarming. Useful, hard to kill, and healing…it’s the perfect plant!


    • Product DetailsHat Loom I’ve always wanted a hat that was white, black, and red. I found this wool yarn years ago that was perfect, but I never had the time/patience to learn how to knit something round. Then I found this circular craft loom. I created my hat while watching a movie with my family. My husband kept saying, “You made it that fast?” Yes. Yes I did.


 For other gift ideas,  check out my list of “11 Things that Make Life Easier & Healthier” at


Something To Read

  • Books by Miroslav Sasek: These books were written to be tProduct Detailsravel guides for children, and they are absolutely beautiful. I hope my child has the full set someday.


  • Wayne Dyer’s Childrens Books: I love reading these books as Product Detailsmuch as my child loves having them read to her



  • The Handmaid’s Tale This is the scariest, and most relevant, book I read this year. Every single person who cares about freedom should read it. Prepare to be uncomfortable.


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