Garden Markers Kid Craft DIY

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Oh, be still my heart! Look how big she is! It feels like just yesterday that it was the end of 4th trimester but somehow Penelope is four and half years old. I try to do some sort of art/craft every afternoon so that we both have time to connect and decompress together after a busy… [read more]

Living Off The Grid, Interview with Greg Seaman, Founder of EarthEasy.com

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I had such a great time talking with Greg Seaman, the founder of EarthEasy.com, for this podcast. Greg’s story is super interesting: He and his family lived completely off the grid for 30 years on the San Juan Islands (a place I have been, a truly magical place where you can kayak among orca whales).… [read more]

From Your Garden to Your Family: Beginner Gardening Guide and Cookbook!

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  I love gardening so much.  It has long been a tool for coping, healing and pure enjoyment. I get to be outdoors on a beautiful day and am getting exercise at the same time. Sometimes walking and yoga can get boring, but with gardening you are squatting and strengthening muscles without even realizing it! I… [read more]

Healthy Fats DIY: How to Render Lard

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Did you know that lard is a healthy fat? Unfortunately, a few decades ago canola oil started to be used as a substitute, but like bacon grease and real butter, lard is a great healthy fat to cook with. I had never cooked with lard until we bought half of a pig from a local… [read more]

My New Garden Containers From EarthEasy.com and a HUGE Giveaway!

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When we first moved to South Florida this summer, one of the first things I did was research container gardening options. Leaving behind the home we had owned for a long time meant losing my 10×30 garden that I had built with my own two hands. It was gut wrenching. If not for my husband… [read more]

How I’m teaching my daughter about Money

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Penelope has always had an interest in her piggy bank, putting in change and dumping them out and doing it all over again.  But recently it’s clear she now understands that money can buy you things.  I am not as bad as some of my friends, (ahem, Lauren!) but I do buy her a lot… [read more]

Confessions of a Reluctant Composter

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  My husband and I have a certain attitude toward our urban garden. I like to think of it as “simplicity,” but with a little more honesty, I might admit to “laziness” being our gardening style. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed, so we like to keep our homesteading as uncomplicated as possible. Our attitude… [read more]

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How to Restore a Cast Iron Skillet

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When my Grandma (my father’s mother) died when I was in college, I got lots of her old kitchen things that my aunts didn’t want.  One of the treasures that I was given was her cast iron skillet. I started using it immediately, when and if I had the courage to get in the kitchen… [read more]

Should Kids Know How Their Meat Gets to the Table?

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Our family is big on having kids in the kitchen because of the wonderful benefits of mastering valuable skills as well as spending quality time together. But it’s also important to us that our kids know where their food comes from. One of the great benefits of having an urban garden is the joy of including our… [read more]

Healing Weeds In Your Back Yard

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Do you have lots of weeds in your yard? This time of year, I bet you do! Do they drive you crazy? The weeds in my yard used to drive me nuts. Pre-life-with-baby days, I would spend hours upon hours weeding my flower beds and my entire lawn. I have a pretty big lawn and… [read more]

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Clean your Pots and Pans like a Pro

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Years ago when I did not like to cook or really even know how, part of the reason I hated cooking was because I could never clean my pots and pans all the way.  Or it took an hour to scrub it spotless. So it would take mountains of inspiration to get in the kitchen… [read more]

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Building Raised Beds for Your Garden

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Raised beds are a great option for an urban garden. Our favorite things to grow in raised beds are carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, basil, parsley, cilantro, lettuce, squash, beans, and peas, but you can use them to grow just about anything.  And for certain plants, raised beds really help them thrive because of… [read more]

Nourish & Love Episode 5: Grain Free Chicken Nuggets and Easy Raised Garden Beds

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Getting Started with Backyard Chickens

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Free, delicious, healthy organic eggs whenever you need them? A pet that can help teach your kids about nature, reproduction, and responsibility? There are so many benefits to having backyard chickens, but getting started can be a little intimidating. Here are some guidelines to get you going! Research your local city ordinances regarding keeping poultry. In… [read more]

EnviroCycle Compost Bin Review & Giveaway!

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Confession:  After Penelope was born, I gave my compost bin the middle finger. I just couldn’t do it anymore.  Something had to give and composting was one of those things that got pushed to the back burner, along with showering, and wearing anything other than yoga pants. Sorry, I take that back: other than sweat… [read more]

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The Power of a Pepper

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I’m guessing you’re seeing a picture of peppers. But your eyes are partly wrong. You have to look into the empty spaces. The blank spots. Then you can see what these really are. These came from my garden. I tilled the garden. I shoveled manure into the bed. I smelled like cow shit for 2… [read more]