Monday, January 2, 2012

An addendum

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Live


Things creep slowly into life that when you take a step back, are not necessarily a good thing any longer. This is the way I feel about blogging. It used to be a way I shared ideas and views, pictures and thoughts.... but what for? I can no longer answer that question. It is nice to connect with other people I may be too far away from, and I've made many connections through my blog which I really cherish. But when it's become something I feel obligated to do, and when it takes up more time than I care for it to, more time that I want to make for it, then I need to change something.

There's something I realize every now and again, when a life event happens; birth, death, or time away from this thing we call "reality" on the internet which is not real life... I realize that life is short. Life is so short it's described as but a vapor.

My mission to live simply is to live simply in every aspect, and that is getting back to a little bit of what life is meant to be. I'm not supposed to worry if a post will be interesting to someone else, or spend hours editing photos of myself and my family just to post up, or wonder if this feature or that feature means anything to anyone. It's exhausting to the point of I didn't have time for this, or for that. But my life right now is a full-time mama to two little girls who need my full attention. Having a life that doesn't involve processed foods means making most things from scratch, which equals a lot of time in the kitchen, and a lot of time snuggling, spending outdoors, running in the grass, feeling the wind.

I'm also deleting my facebook. I feel like we connected as individuals once before facebook, and that it is still possible. I'm also not going to run my business any longer.

I do want to write a thank you to those special people who have taken the time for encouragement, a little hello or a piece of advice. There are so many good things about connecting through the internet, but I feel like my life doesn't have time to spend on the internet right now. As I type I have my littlest girl in my arms, bouncing her on my lap to try to keep her happy, and my oldest dancing around. It's time to put all things aside and just live.

If some of you would really love to keep in contact, I'm making a picasa account for photos, have an email, and have skype if you'd like to really connect! I'll probably leave this account up for another week so I have time to make sure I have all the recipes written down that I'd love to keep.

Much love to all of you.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Guest post on Milk-Friendly






Hey nursing mamas! I did a guest interview on one of my favorite breastfeeding blogs - Milk-friendly - check out my thoughts on breastfeeding here -- Guest Post on Milk-Friendly


Weekly Menu: Link Up



[cubanelle peppers from our garden]

You'll notice the blog has a new look and I'm really digging it. So while I'm rearranging some things around here I thought I would start something new.


I'm always looking for inspiring ideas for whole food, nutritious recipes, so I'm creating a linky list so you can share yours too! Come and share your creations natural mamas! Create your own weekly menu on your blog, and link it up here to share what you're planning for the week!


Here's how our week is shaping up.
Weekly recipe list:


Dinners:

Baked Ziti with whole wheat pasta and baby spinach
Broccoli, potatoes and lentil burgers
Tomato Soup and Salad with homemade dressing
Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie
Black bean wraps with whole wheat tortillas using peppers from our garden

Other Stuff:

Chickpea Sandwich Filling
Homemade Pudding
Homemade Bread


Snacks:

Nuts, Green Smoothies, Granola Bars

Whew! That sounds like a lot, but planned out, it's not that bad. I'm still working on staying organized with meals




Come join in!







Side note: The comment section is down, I'll be fixing that soon.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Organic Eating: Taco Soup





This soup is full of awesome things. Garlic and onion are great to eat on a daily basis. Pinto beans or black beans are full of protein. Tomato, avocado, cilantro are all on the list of the world's healthiest foods. Check em out to see how awesome each of them are! The best part about this soup, is that is easy -- and fully customizable to how you want it. Don't like cheese? No problem! Want your soup super spicy? Add hot salsa and some red pepper flakes. So easy to put together, good filling, and great for summer even if it's hot out.


1 organic onion
1 organic red pepper
6-8 cloves organic garlic
1 carton organic vegetable broth
1-2 cups organic salsa
1 cup organic black or pinto beans
1 cup organic corn
1 medium organic tomato
a handful organic cilantro
Squeeze of lime juice
salt and pepper to taste

optional toppings:
organic cheddar cheese
organic cilantro
organic corn chips
whole wheat tortillas
avocado

Saute onion, pepper and garlic. Add broth, beans, corn, salsa, salt, pepper. Bring to boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Stir in chopped tomato, cilantro. Serve with toppings.

For Bella's, since she can't have chips, I fried a whole wheat tortilla and broke it up and added it to the top. For mine and my husband's we had the yummy blue chips.

Super easy and super yummy!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Quiet



Me and the girls were on our regular errand running. My car needs fixed and I'm put-putting my way up to the car shop, going 35mph and hoping nothing happens.

It's hot. And I mean hot outside.

The heat isn't just it, the sun is so incredibly intense, I tan just walking to the car. And the humidity? I won't even mention how high it is. Like 95%. I get to the shop and they say it will take hours just for my car to be seen. Hours? I can't sit here with two kids for hours, and make it home at a reasonable time to make dinner, get the girls showered, tea made for Bella, story read, and in bed. So I smile and say thanks, I'll come back later, heading back out into the heat, Bella asking why our car isn't getting fixed.

Well now what?

I get back into my rumbling car and head towards the beach. It's what we need. We don't have our suits, or a towel, or a change of clothes, or sunscreen or anything. But I have my two girls and we need to enjoy some time together. So we roll up to the beach, grab our diaper bag, scoop my littlest up and my biggest girl's hand. It's hot, but it doesn't matter. We sit at the waters edge and just watch.

Wow.

Watching the waves roll up is humbling and quieting. Looking out as far as the horizon is beautiful. I wonder how long I could sit there for. We thankfully brought a smoothie I had frozen and now was a perfect treat. We walk along barefoot in the water and watch our footprints disappear.

How amazing it is.


This was just what we needed. To be quiet and listen.

Hemp Wrap Giveaway on Camfire Chic

Over on one of my favorite blogs, Campfire Chic, I'm giving away one of my Cropped Hemp Wraps in Mauve. Click here to check out the giveaway.







My Hemp Wraps are organic cotton and hemp head wraps, hand-dyed by me and stenciled with a rustic leaf pattern. This is the last wrap of it's kind - this color was part of a limited dye bath. Head on over to find out how to enter the awesome giveaway that's going on!


Giveaway is open until Sunday, August 21!





Tuesday, August 16, 2011

august sponsor intro

Roots & Feathers


Roots & Feathers



Roots and Feathers is a place where I have welcomed my soul to do the creating. Here you will find my new collection of grassroot bohemian designs. This line is inspired by earthy native elements, a traveling gypsy soul & the feeling you get while walking around barefoot at a music festival.



Roots & Feathers

I love everything about Laura's bohemian shop. Her creations are unique and cohesive in their design, free-flowing, earth native, and soul speaking. I'm so honored to have her as one of O Bella's sponsors this month. I have loved her designs for forever and love watching this line grow and take it's shape, it's amazing.

Find a sense of peace in her creations.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Freestyle Fashion 5.0: Girls Edition





We spent yesterday spending time with each other, making a Whole Foods run, making dinner and a cake (special request of my husband) and enjoying a quiet night together, the first in a while! Here's what we wore during our day, the girls and I got pretty for our special guy.












Mama:

Headband: Violet Bella
Top: Scarf layering tank by Violet Bella - I'm in love with this top.
Tank: H&M
Shorts: AE

Bella:
Headband: Violet Bella
Top: Old Navy
Skirt: Old Navy

Ellie
Headband: Violet Bella
Top: Koala Kids
Skirt: Koala Kids



Sunday, August 14, 2011

His day



It's my guy's birthday today. We are so blessed to have him in our lives. It's amazing how much we've grown as people together and I'm so very thankful for each and every kiss,
every favor,
every kind gesture,
every thoughtful act,
every smile at our girls,
every ounce of support.

I couldn't have asked for a better partner in this lifetime!


Happy birthday my love!
Love, your girls.







Thursday, August 11, 2011

Attachment Parenting


Attachment Parenting - What it is

A paraphrase of one of my favorite resources - Dr. Sears


Birth Bonding

Left to her own wants - normally after a birth, mama will scoop baby up, chest to chest, usually breastfeeding babe soon after. Baby still hears mama's heartbeat, baby regulates their breathing by mama's breathing, baby's body is able to regulate temperature by mama's body. The bond begins. In the following days, mama is supposed to have baby, skin to skin for as many hours as possible. When mama is busy (showering, eating) papa is then supposed to take over. There are many, many articles about how baby's thrive next to mama, skin to skin, especially premies. This is the way it is supposed to be. Baby learns mama's smell, hears her voice, knows her touch. It's so beautiful.


Breastfeeding

The best nourishment for baby. Especially designed for everything a baby needs. Breastfeeding is so good for mama too. It promotes the right release of hormones to bond mama to baby chemically too. My favorite breastfeeding promoting blog - milk-friendly.



Babywearing

The best way to carry a baby. They fuss less, learn more, nurse more. Helps tone little muscles more quickly, and introduce baby into the adult world by observing, watching, learning.


Bedding Close to Baby


Reconnecting with your baby after a busy day. Helping baby regulate their breathing even during the night. Reassuring baby that nighttime is not scary, that it's safe, restful. Monitoring baby close by. This is how people have been sleeping with their babies for generations.


Belief in the value of your baby's cry

Crying is the only way baby can communicate a need to mama or papa. Listening to this cry means valuing your baby's needs. A baby then learns that you will answer and you can effectively communicate with one another.



Beware of baby trainers (!!)

Babies are humans. Humans are not on a schedule. My tummy tells me when I am hungry, not the clock. My body tells me when I am tired and when I am not, not the clock or a book. I feel the same rules are applied to my little ones. I try not to set them on a schedule and listen for the cues they give me.


Balance

I love trying to find the balance between mama, wife and myself. It is a day to day goal, not just fitting some time in for myself one week.


What it is not

It is not raising spoiled, untrained children. It is about listening to your little ones as the people they are.


It's not rules, it's a mindframe.









This is not me saying the way you parent is wrong or different if you don't do any of these things. This is me sharing how I parent and why. I may do one or all of these things, and that works for us at this season of our life. Do what feels right for you!




Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Ideas and direction





Have you ever thought about building a cob or other natural
design house??

There is a free cob workshop going on in Asheville, North Carolina - what an awesome opportunity! If you are anywhere nearby, click here for more information!


My dream is to build a cob house
with my husband for our family and have a small homestead on a piece of land. How are we moving towards that goal? Well... I analyzed this goal since I had been asked this question in the etsy featured seller interview, a little over one year ago:



Where are we since then?

In a much better position! We've cut a lot of debt, cut a lot of unnecessary expenses - we still don't have TV, we don't watch movies, we don't eat out, we don't spend money that we don't need to. My husband's doing well at his job, and graduated from both EMT school and Fire school. We have another little baby girl! We still play music together and are further into our project than we were before. I'm still selling things I love. We have thoughts to possibly move in a year.... maybe.


The unknowns:
We still don't know where he will find a firefighting job, but we have faith that if that's what is meant for us, it will happen! We are still looking for that piece of land, but saving towards it!

We spent a little time on new thoughts and designs, on our future house and a little about our homestead.
A few things we've come up with is how to build a cob oven into our house, the possibility of only doing one story except for a loft on one side of the house, and including a kitchen garden right outside of the kitchen for cooking and medicinal herbs.

If you've never heard of cob or other natural building materials, here are 8 reasons to build with natural materials and more natural building resources.



I came across a few cob houses I had never seen before and love looking at all the natural designs. They're so beautiful.

What could be better than making a house with your hands?




link




I found so much information in this article on a self-sufficient homestead, that I bought this book - The Self Sufficient Life and How To Live It -- and am loving it.

A cow, a goat, some hens, fruit, legumes, root vegetables, grains. Yes. This is it.


This is seriously the life I want to live. With a small studio to sell my ware out of! I am content where I am but always craving the open land, fresh food and dirt to dig in.









Have a tour of a lovely cob home and see for yourself.





What are your thoughts on natural building?

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