Friday, 20 May 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, visit SouleMama.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

I've Ditched Shampoo

I'm sure your thinking "Lost it now, she has. Off the deep end, this one is" (or maybe you don't speak like Yoda. I like to imagine that some of my readers have quirky personalities)

Allow me to elaborate. I never thought of ditching shampoo until it became a hot topic on a message board that I frequent. At that time, I was couponing like crazy and had just stocked up on shampoo, so going no-poo wasn't on my short list. I couldn't imagine a way to loose the poo and not have greasy, stringy hair. About a month ago, I decided to look into the method a bit more, after being a bit sick of dandruff or oily hair. I read about it on a few eco-friendly blogs and decided to make the leap.

I've been without shampoo for one month now and I'm amazed at the results. Now, no shampoo does not mean that I don't wash my hair. I do. I just use baking soda, water, and vinegar. It's super easy. I take a cup with a tablespoon or two of baking soda, and add water until it is a little thinner than a paste. Starting at the front of my head, I massage this into my roots and then rinse it away. I follow this with a quick rinse with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water, then rinse it out with just water.

My hair has never felt this healthy. Shampoo strips your hair of it's natural oils. This makes your scalp freak a little bit and make more oil to compensate. If your like me, you are washing all the time to get the rid of the overproduction of oil. Then, I end up with dandruff from shampooing too often. Ah, what a nasty cycle it is. Also, most shampoos contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and mineral oils, two things that I avoid putting on my body.

If you'd like more info on going no-poo, this is the best source that I've found so far: Babyslime: Info Shampoo Free. She goes into much more detail about SLS and mineral oil on that page.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Local Spotlight: Middleton Six Sons Farms

I mentioned recently that we have been eating asparagus like crazy, taking full advantage of it while it is in season. So far we've gone through three 20lb boxes of it from Middleton Six Sons Farms, and I don't plan to stop until it's season is over. It's become a part of our daily diet and I'm so going to miss it when it's gone!

There is something charming about buying produce within eyesight of the source. Once every one to two weeks, I load the kids in the car and drive out to a little stand out in the country, about five minutes from our home, where the asparagus is picked daily and Laura, one of the owners is there to greet you with a smile. (Yes, she was posing for this photo, but she really is as kind as she looks.)


The cute, little, red, stand is set right on the edge of the field. You can take a 30 second walk over to the growing asparagus and show your children how and where it grows. I want my children to know where their meals come from, and this is a fabulous opportunity for me to demonstrate that.

The price and quality is fantastic. For only $25 you can purchase a 20 lb box. If stored properly, it lasts us about a week, and we do not let any go to waste. If 20lbs seems a little outrageous, they do offer 10lbs for $12.50, 5lbs for $6.25. Any quantity smaller than that is $2.00 a pound, still far better than grocery store prices.

Local folks, I suggest that you check them out. For all my non-local readers, research your local resources. I'll bet that there are local farms near you that would love to sell you some spring produce. Get to know the growers, and the nice people who run the stands. I guarantee you that it will be worth your while.

I'm committed to supporting my local farmers by buying my produce locally, I hope that you are inspired to do the same. Visit farms, join a CSA, shop at farmers market,  or find some u-pick fields/orchards. Just don't spend your summer in the super market. If you do, you'll really be missing out.

For more information on Middleton Six Sons Farm, please visit their website: http://www.middletonsixsonsfarms.com/ or their facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/middletonsixsonsfarms.  To Learn more about eating local (aka the locavore movement), visit Locavores.com.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

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These are my very favorite blogs, and some written by some very close friends. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have, and continue to.


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