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ADVENT : WEEK 4

tHE FOURTH LIGHT OF ADVENT IT IS THE LIGHT OF MAN, THE LIGHT OF LOVE, THE LIGHT OF THOUGHT, TO GIVE AND UNDERSTAND. This week we honor humankind.  We talk about how we can bring our awareness to love for all, compassion for everyone, and gifts of selfless acts to those we encounter during the week (and how this can go around all year…not just this week).  We keep it simple at home.  Spend extra time together watching Christmas movies...

ADVENT: WEEK 3

The third Light of Advent, It is the light of beasts: The Light of faith that we may see In greatest and in least. WHAT WE DID: We made popcorn and cranberry strings for the animals outside and we made orange and cranberry window strings to help us remember the animals outside during the winter. We discussed how many animals hibernate and instead of hibernating for us, winter forces us to slow down  and come into our thoughts and meditations....

ADVENT: WEEK 2

The second Light of Advent It is the Light of plants: Plants that reach up to the sun And in the breezes dance. The 2nd week of Advent is the Festival of Plants. We go outside and gather new greens to freshen up our wreath and to add around our home. We add pinecones, moss, nuts and anything else that would represent the plant world and add it to our Advent wreath.  This week is also the week St. Nicolas and...

Why We Butcher our own Turkey

OH MY GOD. HOW COULD YOU RASIE THAT ANIMAL AND THEN KILL IT?  HOW CRUEL!?  YOU ARE SO HEARTLESS!  THERE IS NOTHING KIND ABOUT KILLING. Ok, I get it.  I was vegetarian for SEVEN YEARS.  I have seen this mentality.   My choice to be vegetarian  was not always in the mindset of “killing animals is wrong.”  It was more in the mindset of “if I cant raise this meat myself, take its life, or hunt this meat I will...

Eco Dying with Plants Tutorial

Im kind of slightly…ok…significantly obsessed with the plant world and what I can do with what Mother Nature is providing right outside our door steps.  A month or so ago, I attended a girls night where we did just this…dyed hankies with plants.  From that second on I was fascinated with this.  I have them framed proudly, like works of art, on my mantle from that night.  I think they are so genuine, raw, and beautiful!  I had some left...

BECAUSE….

WHAT’S ONE MORE??? BABY #4 COMING THIS SPRING! I am so excited to welcome this baby Earthside and to add another member to our family…and who am  I kidding…another egg collector and weed picker 😉 I cant wait to keep you all in the loop on how things progress over the next few months. And can I just say?  THANK GOODNESS FOR NOT BEING PREGNANT AGAIN DURING THE SUMMER! Now, I need cake. pizza. chocolate milk. and ice cream. The...

Going Green + The Mighty Fix

Going green and making less and less of a carbon foot print is something we have been working on improving in our family for years.  This is a change that cant happen over night because 1.  that sounds too stressful 2. it can get pricey investing in a less is more and quality over quantity mindset. I love the changes we have made so far…cloth diapers, biodegradable tooth brushes (what you dont google those at night time when you should...

Blackwater Falls Camping Trip + Bear Toast

This past weekend we took a little family getaway to Blackwater Falls.  It was just a one night camping trip, but it was seriously so fun!  We really didn’t want to come home.  We become slaves to the garden, farm, and life in general it was almost like we forgot how to have fun and just DO NOTHING for a bit.  Not to mention having ZERO cell service and totally unplugging was the best part! We love camping, but I...