Sunday, August 7, 2011

Old post...

I did a guest post review for Diaper Junctions blog waaaay back last year but I had stopped blogging for bit so this never got posted.  If you would like to read my full review for what used to be my FAVE cloth diaper just click on over HERE!

These diapers I love so very much. The only reason I have issues with them now is because Little L has figured out how to take off diapers made with aplix closures. Which is very frustrating and sometimes messy. :/

As a previous post of mine states I am now on the search for our next favorite cloth diaper but you should definitely read this post if looking for info on cloth diapers! ♥

World breastfeeding week!

OK so it is the end of the week now but I will never stop loving breastfeeding. BreastMILK is one of the greatest things in world and breastFEEDING is too! Nothing like being able to nourish your baby and keep them full and happy all by your little self. :)

I have so many fond memories of both my boys nursing. I am so blessed that I have a mom who showed me the way and was so helpful. I love my mom so much, she is my best friend and always will be. If only everyone was that lucky...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


 Lughnasadh is the first of the 3 harvest Sabbats and is typically celebrated on August 1st. It honors the Celtic Son God, Lugh and is a grain celebration. Certain grains such as wheat, corn and barley are ready to be harvested in August and many other grains too. The Old Irish word "Lunasa" means August as well.
There are a lot of similar celebrations around this time too from what I have read. For instance Native Americans celebrate early August as a grain festival in honor of the Corn Grandmother and called it the Festival of Green Corn.
What a lovely day it was. I woke in the morning to go pick some fresh herbs from the garden to make special herbal ice cubes for our grape juice later in the day. We don't normally buy or drink juice but on special occasions we do. :)

When I walked out to the garden with Little L on my back I noticed that the garden was covered in white butterflies! They were flying around playing with each other and sitting on the dirt and plants flapping their wings. I tried to get some good pictures but I guess I lack picture skills with the butterflies... I tried taking a picture from further away to show them all but you couldn't even seem them and taking them up close when they are moving is hard too!

Three little butterflies♥

There are other names for this Sabbat, the most common probably is Lammas, meaning "loaf-mass", it is an Anglo-Saxon word. It is also sometimes known as the Feast of Bread. And feast on bread we did! :)

We made honey wheat bread. And Little L now seems to think it is funny when I am kneading bread. He is on my back in the baby carrier and every time I punch down the bread he laughs! :D I am glad he thinks its fun cause my wrists sure don't think 10 minutes of kneading is!

One perfect little ball of dough turned into two yummy loaves of bread. Using this recipe HERE. And we have been eating it smothered in apple butter ever since.

We made blackberry pie.

Shh I know It is a premade crust but I was running out of time making stuff. I think we all survived. :)

We had THIS as well, it was pretty yummy although I had to leave out the spinach and tomato as I didn't have any...

Topped with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream, it was like bowl of burrito.

We tried to have a picnic on the floor in the living room but Little L decided he wanted to fling beans from all of our bowls so we made our way to the table.

Big L seems to think you can't have any kind of a picnic without hot dogs so I made them each one. Don't worry they are organic, nitrate free and all that good stuff. :) Little L also thought their cups were better for food then for drinks...

Last to mention but certainly not least was the food altar we created outside before we ate. We burned some sandalwood and frankincense in my little cauldron. I really wish it had kept the mosquitoes away, but they were awful and the reason we tried to picnic indoors...

I have to thank Spiritrunner and her post at Hearth-N-Home for this wonderful fun idea for the food altar this year!

That orange thing in the middle is a cucumber from our garden that started changing colors so we picked it and added it to the center.

He was so happy to leave some food for Mother Earth and the animals to eat too :)

I hope those who celebrate Lughnasadh had a wonderful day! And if you don't I hope your day was great too! ♥

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Guest blog post!

My yellow polka dot gardening boots. ♥

Kimberly at Hartke Is Online asked about anyone who might like to have a guest spot on her blog Hartke Is Online last month at the Sowing Millions Tweet chat. And of course I waved my web hands saying "Oh me me!".

I am very honored she used my post, her blog is fantastic and you should go check out my post there (AND the rest of her blog!!!!) when you have a min! ♥

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Christmas in... almost August?

Well it's not really July much longer and every month it is getting closer to the holiday season. I have been wanting to blog about this for awhile so I finally decided to JUST DO IT! :)

What is one thing millions, maybe billions of people spend money on every year? Well yes gifts, presents, whatever you call them. But how about what those gifts go in?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Diaper Blues.... And Yellows!

Even though I have been cloth diapering for over a year now I feel as though I find myself back at the beginning a bit. The reason being is the diapers that have been my absolute favorite are unfortunately not working as well for us these days. That would be the Bummis Tots Bots Easy Fits. These diapers have been amazing. So much so I stopped buying other diapers all together. But the times they are a changin'...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Moon Cycles

So I guess I am going to do what every other blogger does and tell the men to skip this post now if they can't handle or don't want to talk about a woman's monthly cycle. There said!


Before I begin I would just like to say this is all pretty new to me. As of this year actually. For a long time I always told myself no way I would do cloth pads, menstrual cups or anything of the sort. The words that came to mind were ewww, gross, I don't want to, too much work, etc. But I changed my mind. Quickly. It was like cloth diapers. Just all of a sudden I had to try it. NOW. And I tried to make it happen.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Magic is in the air!

Or at least in our fingertips!

I decided to make a short post to show all the people who were asking what I meant by making magical dragon eggs!

Big L and I made some magical dragon eggs last night.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Zucchini Brownies!!

Ahhhh so yummy!! OK I know it is not the healthiest recipe ever and I still really want to get us grain free, BUT we are not there yet so might as well enjoy right?


1-1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. coconut oil
2 t. vanilla extract
2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. baking cocoa
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
2 c. zucchini, shredded
1/2 c. chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Mix sugar, oil and vanilla; set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Blend in sugar mixture, zucchini and nuts.

The mix will be so dry you will think there is no way it will make brownies like I did! So I did some researching and figured out it was fine. But I didn't get it into the oven till an hour after I mixed it and I could see how much it was getting moist.

The batter is so yummy you may have a hard time not eating it right then and there and actually cooking it! ;P

Pour into a lightly oiled 13"x9" baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Cut into squares. Makes about 1-1/2 dozen.

If any of you have a healthier version I would love to try it! Maybe replace the sugar with honey and a different kind of flour like almond or coconut? I'd love to make a successful version like that too!

Thoughtful Thursday a little late?

Well it is still Thursday somewhere! :)

So I have been in my kitchen quite a bit today and there is something that is kinda sorta bothering me.... The compost pile on the counter. There really isn't much of an issue with it. In fact this year has been better then last year with fruit flies and there is definitely more food laying around (picture below).

But um yeah. Look at it. You don't see that in any nice kitchen. I am not really sure what else I would do with it. People have suggested in the past putting it in the fridge but I DO NOT have any extra room in my fridge. Ever. So not happening. In order to put it under the counter I would need a bucket, which I don't have yet but may be what I will do once I get one. Although having to clean out a big bucket all the time doesn't thrill me either. Those pretty counter compost crocks don't hold very much and are usually pretty expensive... Decisions, decisions...

What do you do with your compost before you take it outside?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Life is all about growing. Growing up, growing old, growing is a wonderful thing. And growing a garden is awesome too! I know last year I was talking about getting a garden going but it took a little longer then expected. This year I am happy to announce I DID get my garden started.

This is my first year having a good size garden outdoors and it has been so fun and exciting. It is certainly a learning process though, there have been amazing surprises and failures. And I hope to have an even better and BIGGER garden next year.

Looking at pictures from when I started and where my garden is now makes me so happy. It has come so far and even for the plants that didn't make it or the things I didn't do right I am so happy to have had the chance to do it.

My goal is to grow enough to feed my family and then some. To really get into canning and fermenting and help support us from the dirt in our yard.

 The beginning of our food! :D

Very beginning raised beds!

 Bed 1
Acorn squash, pickling cucumbers, zucchini, lavender, thyme, broccoli, cabbage and marigolds.

Bed 1

Bed 1
Growing more.

Bed 1 
Latest pic but a week or two old.

Bed 2 
Started out with rosemary, radishes and carrots.
 Bed 2 
Made room for some lettuce.

Bed 2
Harvesting our radishes which honestly didn't do that well... but we had fun anyway! :)

Bed 2
Put in some sage, basil and watermelon.

Bed 2
Growing! Tomatoes added and some little critter killed almost all of the basil.. :(

Bed 3
Started out with a lonely but amazing lemon balm plant I found growing wild on the side of our road!

Bed 3
Lots of potted tomatoes and peppers. I don't think any of our peppers are going to make it. 
But look at that lemon balm!

Bed 2 & 3
Lots of tomatoes now! And a strange plant/weed I was hoping is mugwort but I am not sure yet.

Special herb garden

Special herb garden present day..
So we weren't able to work anymore on the herb garden yet. And unless we find some free decent quality fill dirt it is going to have to be finished next year. Can you see it? It is to the right of the logs and COMPLETELY over grown..

Some garden yummies :)

And more :)

Lots of lemon balm this year, yay!

I am hopeful next year I will do even better! I plan on adding a few more beds and finishing the herbal garden as well. I am happy about that for another reason too. Yards except for kids to play in are a waste of space and resources. So we will be able to cut down more on mowing. Good for the earth and my husbands back!

The yummiest of yummies!!!

Ohhhh mamas and papas and everyone in between! I had to blog this new recipe I tried today! Avocado pudding! And it is divine!

Recipe HERE!
Thanks so much to Guggie for sharing it !!
Seriously I am lost in a chocolatey avocado world right now!

Even Little L had some of his very first chocolatey goodness today. :) And typical me hanging around with my bra hanging out... I know you nursing mamas do it too! Right? lol

And no we are not eating pudding in the living room, on the furniture.. O.o

Hope you enjoy! We sure did! ♥

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

This mama GETS it!

I loved this post so much I had to share. Just 2 posts ago I was talking about baby wearing. Athough this post takes the cake on the subject! Seriously one of the best blog posts. Ever.

Aura joon Why I choose to wear my baby

I have been a follower of Aura joon for awhile now and her blog is beautiful. Check it out :D

Monday, July 4, 2011

OhEmGee mamas! Free stuff today only!

First off happy 4th everyone! Hope you are having a marvelous day! And 2nd if you are a part of the Community check your emails!! DO it! Now! lol. Free baby carriers and nursing covers minus the price of shipping! GO look! I have never tried either of those products but for that price I am now!

These are the baby slings:


And the nursing covers:


The nursing covers all say on backorder but I was able to buy one with the discount anyway so we will see what happens but the slings seem to be in stock still!

Do you GET it?

*Waves out to the masses in cyberspace* So tonight I sit here tired and bored. I really should be going to sleep. But my sleep schedule is off because everyone in the house has been sick this week :(. The boys are asleep behind me on the bed and my "thinker" won't stop thinking (what's new?!)!

The longer I go being a "crunchy" mama the more alone I feel. Even though I know you mama's are out there I just never come across you.... And if I did how would that change anything? I am not super social usually, at least with strangers.

It saddens and frustrates me to go out in public most of the time. There is always so much disrespect to children from their own mothers and fathers. So much yelling, so many hurtful words. So many missed opportunities.  Where are my peaceful mamas? Not saying I have never raised my voice but I certainly do regret it! And maybe those mothers do too.

We took the boys out to see "Day Out with Thomas" the other week. They enjoyed it although we were more rushed then we would have liked. Everywhere I looked were strollers though. I know strollers aren't evil but I just want to see some baby wearing mama's! I mean I have chronic pain issues and I still try to wear Little L as much as I can (most certainly during outings). I understand everyone has their own set of circumstances too but I just want to see all those babies lovingly attached to their parents.

After we had visited the petting zoo and were cleaning up hands, there in front of me was another mama with her baby in a soft structured carrier! We both gave each other big smiles and the dads smiled too. She made a comment about her sleeping baby (of course he was comfy and happy!) then we went our separate ways. As we were walking away I said to my hubby "She GETS it!"

         I just have to interrupt this post to say how much I want chickens! We all do really! It is just something we have to work on.. Maybe next year!?

I am just having a hard time being away from everything I know I guess and never even SEEING anyone remotely like me in my parenting. It would be truly awesome to find some mama's like me. Non judgemental (I really try anyway!), crunchy, hippie types who wear their children, breastfeed, who are respectful and nurturing to their kids. Some real life mama support from moms who GET it really makes days easier.

I had found a spot I "fit in" on Facebook but that spot was another mamas personal page and she needed a break from FB so now I just feel lost. It is funny how you can feel a connection with someone or something and how it just brightens your days a little more. Even through the Internet.

I ended up creating a community page for anyone who might be interested, I know it will never be as full as the place I was a part of before but I was hoping it might help fill the void a bit. If any of you who read this are interested I JUST made it and could use some like minded mama's to get it going a little more :)

Little L on the train :)

Big L on the train :)

It really would be so much easier to clean with Clorox (spell?), eat pre-packaged prepared foods, do exactly what the doctors say and generally just not care nearly as much. But I do and I AM thankful for what I have learned and am learning still to try to give my children the best life I can and that they deserve.

Hugs to all the mama's who have strayed from the mainstream norm. And hugs for everyone else too because the world needs more hugs.. ♥

Monday, June 6, 2011

Hello world! :)

OK so this is for any of my readers who actually wondered and for myself just to explain why I have been MIA!

Short and simple. I love blogging BUT I love my family more! Blogging was new to me and I felt I needed to be on some kind of schedule with it. And I decided that I would rather be spending time with my boys then worrying about writing a blog post!

I have however been thinking a lot about it lately and decided that I do still want to blog sometimes with no pressure on myself how often.

I constantly have stuff I want to blog about its just getting the fingers moving on my keyboard. But times like right now while I have a sweet little nursling falling asleep on my lap and making it impossible to move, I figure is a perfect time to type away! :)

So stay tuned for whenever I get around to posting! I have lots to catch up on since I have been "away".

It is mulberry picking time again in our yard today and I am hoping we can get enough berries off of the branches we can reach to make some more pie! Yay! I just might post a few pictures. :)

Just thought I would add a current picture of my boys that I love! ♥