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Emma Bellafronto

capstone summer 2024


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Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 30 minute(s) each day.



Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need.


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    Emma Bellafronto 7/21/2024 10:31 PM
    This week, I went through my closet and made of pile of clothes that I don't wear and/or don't fit me. My partner is moving in at the end of the month, so I decided to clear some space for him. I have a bad habit of taking clothes that my neighbors set out because I know they'll get thrown out by our maintenance team if I don't. That being said, I have no need for these clothes and many of them will never fit me. My mom invited me to a clothing swap in September at the Crystal Ballroom (The BIGGEST Clothing Swap in the Northwest!!! - Crystal Ballroom ( so we got tickets, and I packaged up the clothes in preparation. By decluttering my closet, I'm also reducing my own waste, and making a contribution for those who can benefit from the clothes I've saved.

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      Cooper Blomberg 7/21/2024 11:25 PM
      Getting rid of my clothes has been something I’m working on lately, but I’ve just been donating them to goodwill. A clothing swap sounds much better! A good way to engage in the community and provide a service instead of giving a big corporation more money.

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    Emma Bellafronto 7/21/2024 10:18 PM
    This week, I took advantage of the sun by drying laundry without a dryer. I've tried washing clothes by hand before, but I think I use more water than a washing machine. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration the average American household uses about 877 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per month, with approximately 6% of that energy being consumed by clothes dryers (Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA))! I decided this week that I would wash my clothes in a washing machine, then take them to my apartment to dry. It felt very weird walking my wet clothes up to my room, and I had to put towels down to catch water and not ruin my floor, but with the heat this week my clothes dried incredibly fast! I don't have AC, so I washed my clothes later in the evening so opening my windows and blinds didn't do too much damage to myself. To my surprise, even inside the clothes and sheets were dry by the morning. I have a curtain rod from my previous apartment that's too short to cover the windows in my apartment, so I just set that up between two chairs and it does the job well. I had to cut the image down in order to be able to sent it to my email, but I was able to dry some shirts, shorts, undergarments, and bedding.

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    Emma Bellafronto 7/21/2024 10:06 PM
    Two of my best friends got married a few weeks ago, and their "party favor" was native Oregon wildflower seeds. I live in a studio apartment, and don't have that great of a green thumb thought I love being surrounded by plants. I have four pathos and snake plant that thrive because I'm a very forgetful plant mom. I decided to try to plant the seeds though! I found an old pot from my mom's house, stole some soil from their yard and planted the seeds. I have windows that fill (essentially) one full wall of my room, so I placed in the windowsill and have made sure to water them every day. After about a week they are thriving! It's so lovely to see work pay off and be able to enjoy the greenery in my apartment. It brightens my day to see the flowers growing bigger every day, and to be reminded of my beautiful friends. Volunteering at the gardens this term has certainly made me want to strengthen my gardening skill, and I think this is one small step to doing so. In the attached picture, you can probably see some hair in the soil! I have a cat that loves to sit in the windowsill, so his hair gets all over it (he's good about not eating plants, so there's no need to worry about the flowers :))

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    Emma Bellafronto 7/21/2024 9:53 PM
    For my mom's birthday last week my dad and I put together a raised bed. They're currently remodeling their house and we were able to reuse some of the wood that would have been discarded. It was great to learn some new skills, make an object from scratch, and spend time outside away from technology. We made the raised bed by nailing together the pieces of wood, then sanding them and cutting the edges to dull them out. We filled the beds with soil my dad had purchased and planted flowers, vegetables, and herbs that my mom had bought for the occasion. My parent's neighbor raises bees and his bees constantly come over to their roses and apple trees, so I think the new flowers and plants will be appreciated by them! We chose areas with a good amount of shade throughout the day so that the current heatwave doesn't immediately kill the plants. It took us all day,
    but it felt really great to complete a project in one day and see the results of our hard work!

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    Emma Bellafronto 7/07/2024 5:21 PM
    I've had a curtain rod and curtains that my mom gave me and I've wanted to put up for a few months. I don't have curtain rod brackets, but with the heat this weekend I decided to be creative to put them up. I used material that I've had laying around, and tacks to hold the curtain rod up. A good amount of my furniture is black, so the material I used matches my apartment nicely. I have pretty floral curtains that I just hung up with tacks... I think it turned out pretty good! It might need some adjusting but everything is pretty sturdy so I'm happy with how it turned out and that I could save some money and waste. I was able to use items I already had and were not being used, and saved money, packaging waste, and gas from travel.

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    Emma Bellafronto 7/07/2024 2:28 PM
    This week I meal prepped with leftovers I had as well as items I bought from the farmer's market. I made four servings of each dish you see. I used the silverberries with my morning yogurt or oatmeal. After talking last week about making our own milk alternative, I took a swing at it! I followed a really simple oat milk recipe (water, oats, vanilla, and honey) and it turned out okay. I was happy to use some cheese cloth I've had in my drawers for a long time. I did drop a part of the cloth when I was filtering the oat milk through, so the texture got a bit slimy. I've been using it in my coffee this week and it's worked pretty well! I'll have to change how many oats I use next time, and make sure I have a better grip while filtering.

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    Emma Bellafronto 6/30/2024 11:16 PM
    This week for my focus on food I meal planned. I bought Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and berries (strawberries and blueberries) for breakfast, I made a Tuscan spaghetti squash dish (spinach, heavy cream, and sun dried tomatoes), bulgogi beef (with rice and broccoli) and a pre-made sweet kale salad for my meals. I was surprised how well I stuck to my meals. It was especially nice to spend a specific amount of money at the beginning of the week and know that was all I was going to spend on food for the week. The knowledge that I was saving money, and that I had food at home to eat helped me not eat out on a whim. My partner has been here last week so I spent a little more than I would have wanted to feed the two of us, and while he bought extra snacks, I did not. I can certainly see myself doing this in the future. It's a great way to stick to a diet, as well as save money. I also got food at the farmers market yesterday and enjoyed an omelette my partner made completely out of the ingredients we bought.

    • Amy Minato's avatar
      Amy Minato 7/01/2024 11:08 AM
      good point about spending for the week then not worrying. Impulse buying can mess with a budget! Lots of kale ready in gardens now.

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    Emma Bellafronto 6/30/2024 11:08 PM
    This week I focused on energy by not using any fans in my apartment. I have one fan I used a great deal and without A/C in my apartment I wanted to find ways to keep my room cool while reducing my energy usage. After looking online, I discovered that opening windows in the evening and closing them and the blinds by noon helps. My studio is south facing, and windows make up essentially a full wall. I've relied on a fan to stay cool, but this week I kept my windows open during the night and mornings up until around 11 am when the sun kept in. I kept my blinds down during the day and was surprised how cool my apartment stayed, even on the hottest day of the week. My bed was originally against my windows but found myself getting woken up a great deal throughout the night from noise outside (I live in the heart of downtown and above a few restaurants... one that's open 24/7). I moved my bed to the adjacent side of the room and the problem was pretty much immediately solved. I certainly think I will continue doing this because it helps keep my room very cool and far more than a fan could.

    • Jacob Rappaport's avatar
      Jacob Rappaport 7/04/2024 10:45 AM
      Hi Emma,
      Wonderful post! Not having an A/C system definitely sucks. I'm sorry you have to put up with that... But, looking for ways to cool your space without using a fan (which actually generates heat from inefficiencies in the motor) is a great way to reduce energy usage. I'd say maybe try putting space blankets up against your window wall, as they are designed to reflect IR they may reduce heat infiltration from the sun. Additionally, consider a swamp cooler. If your apartment is not very humid this can be a great way to beat the heat and also increase the humidity a little bit.

    • Amy Minato's avatar
      Amy Minato 7/01/2024 11:10 AM
      Portland is about to get HOT so good to figure this out now. Passive cooling can really reduce heat in a home. also wearing a wet cloth around your neck is good and taking cold baths before bed.