Apr 22, 2014

The Natural Way, Recycle Revolution

Welcome to the sixth installment of The Natural Way, a series in which we are showcasing individuals and companies that are making a difference in their community by doing things "the natural way" with a focus on sustainability.

Take a look at the rest of the series in which we have talked to ranchers, humanitarian aid organizations, back yard chicken enthusiasts and more!

When I was in Elementary school, I developed a love for all things environment.  My mom and dad gave me a book called 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save The Earth.  I read it from cover to cover, over and over again.  I adored knowing that I wasn't just a kid, I was someone who could contribute to SAVING the Earth!  And I did - I remember being in Elementary school and starting a recycling program at our school, and it just snowballed from there. Now we recycle far more than we put in the garbage, compost our kitchen scraps and reuse, fix or donate items rather than place them in the landfill.  So thankful my parents started me out young knowing that the simple things I do on a daily basis really do contribute to the overall health of our world.

All that to say, I am very excited about this week's "The Natural Way" post.  Joining us today is Maria Lott, Owner of Recycle Revolution.  Without further ado, please check out her interview!



Q:  Hi, Maria!  Can you introduce yourself?  Tell us a little about who you are.

A:  I am the mother of Recycle Revolution's founder, Eddie Lott.

Q:  You haven't always been involved in Recycle Revolution, what did you do before you dove into this lifestyle?

Before joining RR, I taught and retired from teaching at public schools until 2008.  My son needed my help in the Revolution's start-up and it was an impeccable timing to begin the second career in my life.



Q:  Can you tell us a little about WHY you decided to make this leap?

To champion the cause for Mother Earth and leave my children, grandchildren, and the future generation of children a cleaner environment with an abundance supply of natural resources for them is the most wonderful feeling I could never have imagined!  I am passionate about this recycling business, Marcie, and it is the one thing that has kept me going throughout these six years.  I have also always wanted to own my business, and so when RR was born, I knew that my passion for working for Mother Earth was going to be a dream come true through this company.

Q:  Why is what you do important?



RR's mission revolves around community and sustainability.  Our mission is "to foster a culture of recycling in North Texas, provide outstanding service to businesses that care, and use our success to rally for the causes of good neighborhoodship and environmental awareness."  We offer recycling to mom and pop businesses, offer valet services from floor to floor levels, offer one-stop recycling including paper, aluminum, glass, all plastics, cardboard, electronics, lamps, ballasts, batteries, and our newest program is composting food waste.  We also have clothing and shoes collected to benefit a community (was Deep Ellum where we just moved from, and will now be towards a charity instead).  We offer our free community drop-off of recyclables for all multi-tenant residences (apartments & condominiums) here at our facility.  And we participate in community events for their recycling and give free tours for individuals/groups who want to witness the beginning of the recycling process (we collect and aggregate the recyclable materials here at our facility where they are weighed, recorded, baled, and then brought to various manufacturing facilities for processing).




Q:  What is the hardest part about what you do?  The best part?

RR is now on it's sixth year and it has been a long, difficult, and exciting journey; it has a lot of many many ups and downs.  I had to learn how to make sales, take care of clients, keep up with the invoices and payables, use the computer (I only knew word processing and internet back then!) and work on all various administrative tasks such as hire, fire, make deals with vendors, be friendly to complaining customers, understand how Operations work, and many other roles and responsibilities.  In other words, the most difficult part of my job was being an owner of a company; I work days and nights, including weekends, and wear many hats.  When things need to get done, I have to get things done;  there were no excuses.  There are time lines to deal with, and priorities to set straight. Another challenge that I have to overcome is hiring and firing; I am very aware of the different attributes that people have and it is difficult to learn from employees that work out from those who don't; relationship makes it difficult to let go.  At the same time, it is also a wonderful feeling to know sooo many people in the community that share the same passion for the environment; they truly help to energize me.  They remind me all the time of the importance of our mission on why Recycle Revolution was founded.  I equally enjoy working with everyone here at RR where we work hard, share laughter and stories, and go through our journey on a day-to-day basis. They are my other family, and they also help to make my days here memorable!

Q:  Any other things you want to add?


If there is one thing that I would like to add to this Interview is that, following my passion is the greatest feeling on earth and one that I am thankful to my lucky stars, for this once in a lifetime opportunity.


Thank you, Maria, for sharing with us about your mission!  I look forward to hearing about the great impact RR makes on our community! 

If you are interested in how you can participate, check out the Recycle Revolution website and Facebook Page. Be sure to check out the awesome chart they have on their website that shows where and how they recycle various items!


Join me next Tuesday for the next installment in The Natural Way!

Apr 14, 2014

The Natural Way, Essential Oils

Welcome to the sixth installment of The Natural Way, a series in which we are showcasing individuals and companies that are making a difference in their community by doing things "the natural way" with a focus on sustainability.

Take a look at the rest of the series in which we have talked to ranchers, humanitarian aid organizations, back yard chicken enthusiasts and more!


Today we are talking to two ladies who have ditched the drug store and decided to use Essential Oils and other homeopathic remedies in their home.  Hear them talk about the essential oils I love so much:






Q: Hi, Ladies! Can you introduce yourself? Tell us a little about who you are. 

Tanya: I am a mom of two with a husband who travels and a busy schedule trying to keep up with PTA, school volunteering and baseball schedules. 
Emily: Tanya fails to mention that she also heads up many of our local co-ops among other things. She is one busy lady! I am Emily, my husband also travels and we have 2 biological children and currently 2 foster children. I work part time as an Occupational Therapist and homeschool part time as well. 

Q: You haven't always been involved in Young Living or using essential oils, can you describe your lifestyle before you made the switch? 

T: For a few years before we started using oils, we were making changes in our day to day lifestyle to 'clean it up.' We changed our eating habits and were doing our best to remove medicines from our day to day life as well. 
E: We were on a similar journey. We had started to make some lifestyle changes a couple of years before we were introduced to Young Living but not long before that we were a SAD eating, frequent doctor visiting, over the counter/prescription med using family. 
T: Emily gave the perfect description. Even a the choices I was making that I thought were good were not the best. 

 Q: Can you tell us a little about WHY you decided to make this leap? 

T: My son got sick and I was using the natural remedies but he wasn't getting better. A good friend brought me some oils and they worked amazingly well! I was sold! 
E: Right after our oldest turned 2 she started to have some GI issues. When her doctors failed to address the underlying issues and just wanted to put a bandaid over the issue we started searching for answers on our own. That lead us to making a lot of diet changes, seeing a wholistic chiropractor, and getting away from prescription and over the counter meds. When I was introduced to Young Living, 2 years ago, it was the last piece of the puzzle that really made everything come together for her. She was no longer in constant pain and discomfort which was huge for our family! 


 Q: What do you feel is the biggest difference between your life now, and your life before adopting a more holistic/homeopathic/natural lifestyle? 

T: I feel empowered to take care of my children. I no longer look to others when they start to get sick-I have an arsenal of tools that haven't let me down yet. 
E: The ability to make the most informed decisions for my family. Through research and education I am able to make better choices for my family, especially when it comes to health care. 
T: I also love that I feel like I have partners in this journey. If I do question what I'm doing I have great friends like Emily that I trust to call for advice and guidance. 

 Q: How did you make the decision to get into the business side of Essential Oils? 

T: It happened very organically for me. After using the oils for a while, friends started asking me about them because they could see the difference in how healthy my children had become. 
E: I really never made a decision, like Tanya said it just happened. When friends and family started seeing the difference and what the oils were doing for our family they started asking questions and I started sharing our experiences. It just snowballed from there. 


Q: What is the hardest part about what you do? 

T: Learning to balance the time needed to support my downline with the time I want to devote to my family. 
E: Yes, I agree that the balancing act is hard. I also hate watching friends and family suffer with things when they could really benefit from a lifestyle change and Young Living essential oils but just aren't ready or willing to try yet. 
T: That's a great one Emily! It is so frustrating knowing you have tools to help someone but they're just not open to it instead they're popping pills. I just kindly share and hope the message sinks in eventually. 

Q: What is the best part about what you do? 

T: Hands down, the friendships I've deepened through working with friends in my downline. I love helping my friends be successful! 
E: I love empowering my friends and family to take control of their health! I also love hearing testimonies of how Young Living Essential Oils have helped people I have shared with. 
T: Oily successes are pretty awesome too! I love when someone says 'those oils REALLY do work!' 


Q: Do you have any advice for someone who wants to do everything they can to live a healthy, sustainable lifestyle? 

T: Take it one small step at a time. It can be overwhelming when you first get started because there's so many different opinions, articles, thoughts every search out there. If you make one small change at a time you're bettering your family's life not just now but for the future as well and it's much more manageable than trying to overhaul every thing at once 
E: What she said. I can remember being so overwhelmed at the beginning (and still am at times) that I wanted to just give up, but if you take it slow and make small changes you can be successful. 

 Q: Anything else you want to add? 

T: I always try and tell people who are interested in using oils to just use them the best they can for their family. At first it can be a little intimidating because many times there are people around you who don't understand your choices. But over time they will see that what you're doing is improving your family's life and they will come to support you as well. 
E: There is no better time then right now to start taking control of your family's health and wellness and incorporating Young Living Essential Oils into your family is a great way to do that!

 Thank you, ladies!  I love hearing about this topic from others' points of view!  Our lives have totally changed for the better since adding this piece of the puzzle to our quest to live a more natural life style.  


Next week, same time, same place - more on living life The Natural Way!  Stay tuned!   




Want to know how to purchase your own oils? Check out this information here!



Please remember that I am a Mama and not a doctor. These things work for us and I am in love with using homeopathic remedies for health in our home and I am excited to share them with you, but please use your best judgement for your own home. 

Apr 2, 2014

Detox Your Sunscreen

Hi!  If you are joining us from The Simple Pen, Welcome!  So happy to be participating in the Detox Your Home blog series!

Let's take a second and talk about sunscreen. 

Traditional sunscreens that you buy in the store are absolutely loaded with chemicals aimed at repelling or protecting your skin from UVA and UVB.  This sounds simple enough, but upon closer examination, the chemicals used in these formulas have tons of negative effects on your body.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and what you put on your skin absorbs into your blood stream in just a matter of minutes.  Unfortunately, the chemicals found in sunscreen can mimic the hormones your body produces normally and can disrupt hormonal system.

Want further proof?  "Two European studies have detected common sunscreen chemicals in mothers’ milk, indicating that the developing fetus and newborns may be exposed to these substances (Schlumpf 2008, Schlumpf 2010).  A 2010 study by Margaret Schlumpf of the University of Zurich found at least one sunscreen chemical in 85 percent of milk samples. Four of the chemicals detected are commonly used in U.S. sunscreens." (Source)

Probably the most disturbing thing is that, though sunscreens will protect you from getting a sunburn, they will more than likely not protect you from skin cancer.  In fact, the additives in sunscreen can actually speed the growth of the cancer that the sunscreen is supposed to be protecting us from! (Source)

So, what are we going to do about this??


 Why, we make our own, of course!! :)

And it is SIMPLE!

Here's what you will need:

1/2 cup of a liquid oil such as olive oil or fractionated coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup beeswax 
2 tbsp shea butter
1 tbs vitamin E oil (optional)
30 drops Young Living carrot seed oil
10-15 drops oil of your choice for scent (optional)

 

Here is why I chose these ingredients:

 (Source)

The coconut oil helps to spread the mixture on your skin.  It also has the added benefit of a natural SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of around 4.  

The Shea Butter adds additional SPF of around 4.

The Bees Wax helps the mixture to be somewhat (though not completely) water proof and sweat proof.  Obviously you will still need to apply often for true protection, but it will help the sunscreen to stay on while you do your normal summer activities.

Young Living's Carrot Seed essential oil has an astonishing SPF of close to 40!  That, added to the other ingredients leads to a wonderful protection from UVA and UVB rays.

And here's what you do:

  1. Melt the olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax together.
  2. Mix and let cool slightly - just until it is cool enough to stir, but not yet solid.
  3. Add in essential oils, pour into a container and let cool.


So simple!!

Be sure to store this mix in a cool place.  It will become soft in the heat of the summer, but still completely useable.

Are you ready to jump in to this wonderful world of caring for yourself and your family naturally with essential oils?? The time is now! Click here to learn more or contact the person who introduced you to the “Detox Your Home" Spring blog series! We are all offering a FREE copy of The Chemical Free Home to anyone {in the U.S.} who signs up with premium starter kit through April 7th!! 






Next up is Stephanie at Real Food Enthusiast.

Be sure to check out all 30 posts in the "Detox Your Home" Spring blogger series here!

Thanks for joining me today!



Please remember that I am a Mama and not a doctor. These things work for us and I am in love with using all natural remedies for health in our home and I am excited to share them with you, but please use your best judgement for your own home.  

Apr 1, 2014

The Natural Way, Backyard Chickens

Welcome to the fifth installment of The Natural Way, a series in which we are showcasing individuals and companies that are making a difference in their community by doing things "the natural way" with a focus on sustainability.

Take a look at the first part in the series - we talked with Lauren Nitschke of Nitschke Natural Beef about ranching and the importance of knowing your farmers.

In the second installment, we talked with Catalina, director of Art of Peace Montessori about "non-traditional" early childhood education and the importance of teaching children about sustainability and the environment.
In part three, we talked with Mike Randall, founder of All Who Are Thirsty.  Mike and his team help to bring clean drinking water around the globe in a sustainable manner.
Part four, we talked with Andrea Bithell, Garden Lady of Oak Cliff Organics.

Today, we are hearing from Sunday, Backyard Chicken enthusiast (and too humble to call herself an expert, even though she is!).  Sunday runs a group on facebook which discusses Urban Homesteading and Self-Sustainability, as well as Backyard Chickens.  This is how I met her and I am so very glad to introduce her to you today!


Q:  Hi, Sunday!  Can you introduce yourself?  Tell us a little about who you are.

Well, I like to consider myself a Renaissance Woman, but in all actuality, I'm just a gal with a bunch of hobbies.  I'm a reproductive scientist by training, ran an infertility program for 15 years, artist, farmer wanna-be, and single mom to 3 incredible kids.  I love the creative aspect of science and nature!

 Q:  You haven't always been involved in raising backyard chickens, what did you do before you dove into this lifestyle?
Moving toward a more simple lifestyle has been a journey for me.  About 8 years ago I recognized the attachment that people had to "things" and the realization that we've given up so much for the sake of convenience.  That's not a path I wanted to travel.  We started small at first - giving up television, making better choices with the food we ate.  But I came to enjoy the work that went into providing a more wholesome lifestyle for my kids - the time it took to make homemade bread or planting garden seeds with my children.  It was love that went into all of that. So, it wasn't so much "diving" into the project, but slowly slipping my feet in.

Q:  Can you tell us a little about WHY you decided to make this leap?

For me, having chickens was a sign that I had "made it in life" - that things had finally started settling down to the point where I could enjoy taking on the project of raising chickens.   I longed for beautiful, fresh eggs and realized that if I kept saying "One day I'll have chickens..." that time would continue to slip by.  We decided to hatch our chickens so that the kids could experience the entire process.  It was such a marvel to them.

Q:  What is the difference between the white eggs you buy at the grocery store and the eggs your chickens lay?

There is nothing that can compare to the taste of a farm fresh egg (or backyard chicken egg).  My hens are spoiled with a diet of oatmeal, left-over veggies, scrambled eggs, and good quality feed.  They also get to free-range, eating wild grains and insects, providing them with a well-rounded diet.  Backyard and farm hens also generally have easy access to fresh air and sunlight.   

Typical grocery store eggs come from caged hens fed a diet of commercial poultry food, with little or no access to any additional nutrients, fresh air or sunlight.   

The most obvious difference can be seen when a grocery egg and farm egg are cracked side-by-side:  a grocery egg yolk will typically be pale yellow and a farm egg will be dark yellow to orange, depending on the diet.


Q:  Why is this important? 

I'd much rather know what's going into my food! 

Q:  What is the hardest part about what you do?

The hardest thing about raising chickens has been losing them to predators.  Much of the loss has happened while they were free-ranging, taken by coyotes and hawks in broad daylight.  However, I had raccoons get into the coop a couple of times with devastating results.  When you raise them up from chicks, spoil them, talk to them, pet them, they become like any other pet.

Q:  What is the best part about what you do?

Aside from having beautiful, fresh eggs, I love the community of people that have come together in our area because of chickens and wanting a sustainable lifestyle for their families.  Some of us live in the city, some in the country, some in between, but with a common thread of wanting a better way of living. 

Q:  Can you explain a little about how you participate in sustainability?

We recycle as much as possible, built a compost bin out of pallets (great place for chicken poo!), garden, and hoping to start bee-keeping.  I treat each moment as a teachable moment for my children, showing them how we have to be good stewards of what we have.  It is important that they not lose sight of the simple way of doing things - canning, baking, gardening - so that they will always be able to provide for themselves if need be.
Q:  Do you have any advice for our readers who might be considering raising their own chickens?  

Chickens are addictive.  You'll start out with 2-3, see chicks at the feed store, and soon have a flock of 15.  So, it is important to plan accordingly.   Some general advice:   (1) Buy/build a coop slightly larger than what you think you'll need.  (2).  Be sure your flock is protected from predators.  In the city, this may mean cats or dogs.  In more rural areas, it will be raccoons, coyotes, hawks, owls, etc.  (3).  If you are introducing new chickens to an existing flock, buy from a reputable seller and QUARANTINE.  Respiratory illnesses (and others) can take out your entire flock.  Generally not a good idea to buy at a flea market.  

Q:  Any other things you want to add?

Chicken math is real - you'll gain more than you ever thought and lose along the way.  But all-in-all, the chicken experience has been nothing but awesome!


Thanks so much, Sunday! I love those teachable moments for our kiddos!  I am seriously looking forward to joining you in being a Chicken raising family :)

Next week, same time, same place - more on living life The Natural Way!  Stay tuned! 

Mar 29, 2014

Oily Gear Must Haves

So, I talk a lot on this blog about the amazing benefits of Young Living essential oils.  There hasn't been a sickness that has come up in nearly a year that I haven't tackled with oils.  We. Are. Hooked!

If you are lucky (and smart!) enough to have already gotten your Premium Starter Kit, you might be wondering if there are any other tricks of the trade you are missing out on.  This post is for you!  I would like to share a few of my favorite oily tools to best utilize my oils on a daily basis.

Oily Gear Must Haves

    1.  Young Living Aroma Glide Roller Fitments
     Use these guys to create your own blends in an empty bottle, or even just pop one on top of your favorite oil and use the roller ball for easier application.  I have a blend of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint that I use for Allergies and I love having a roller ball on Valor for sore muscles.  These are quite simple to put on and take off the bottle - here is a Youtube Video on the how to's.

     2.  Small Glass Jars

    Once you dive into the world of Essential Oils, you will be looking for more ways to incorporate them into your lifestyle :)  Trust me!  Whether it be DIY Body Butter, Bath Salts, Sugar Scrubs, or Bath Fizzies, a cute little container will be needed to store your mixtures and to give as gifts!  I love using the half pint sized wide mouth mason jars or the ones shown in the image below from Abundant Health.


    3.  Foaming Hand Soap Dispenser

    My first oily recipe to make (and still by far the easiest) was Thieves Foaming Hand Soap.  Just a squirt of liquid castille soap, a squirt of vitamin E oil, a few drops of Thieves and some water and you have a wonderful smelling, attractive addition to all the sinks in your house.  I also love to use these as hostess gifts and teacher gifts.  This particular pump is from Abundant Health, but you might also check out these from Amazon.


    4.  Bottle Labels

    An entire set of these puppies costs right around $3.  You can find them in your Young Living virtual office order form under Accessories.  They stick very nicely on the tops of your bottles so that you can see what you are using when your oils are in a case.  So nice to have everything organized and readily available.


    5.  A Reference Book (or 10)

    To make the most of your oils, you NEED a reference book.  With these books, you will be able to look up specific oils and blends as well as ailments and what oils to use.  I highly recommend the books in the image below.  

    And here are links to books:

    6.  Sample Bottles

    Maybe it is just me, but I think it is nearly impossible to experience Essential Oils and not want to share them with everyone you know.  But in order to share, you will need sample bottles.  Check out these from Abundant Health (ps.  I am not receiving any sort of benefit from giving you links to AH, they just have high quality products at good prices).


    7.  Travel Cases

    It is impractical to carry around your entire Premium Starter Kit in your purse anytime you leave the house to run errands... but what if you need your oils while you are out???  This awesome travel case holds 8 sample vials (and comes with the small bottles) and easily hooks on your keys or in your purse. 


    Don't have your starter kit yet?  This is the PERFECT time!


    And don't forget the promo I am running while supplies last:

     
    Want to know how to purchase your own oils? Check out this info here!




    Please remember that I am a Mama and not a doctor. These things work for us and I am in love with using homeopathic remedies for health in our home and I am excited to share them with you, but please use your best judgement for your own home. 

    Mar 25, 2014

    The Natural Way, Part 4

    Welcome to the fourth installment of The Natural Way, a series in which we are showcasing individuals and companies that are making a difference in their community by doing things "the natural way" with a focus on sustainability.

    Take a look at the first part in the series - we talked with Lauren Nitschke of Nitschke Natural Beef about ranching and the importance of knowing your farmers.

    In the second installment, we talked with Catalina, director of Art of Peace Montessori about "non-traditional" early childhood education and the importance of teaching children about sustainability and the environment.

    In part three, we talked with Mike Randall, founder of All Who Are Thirsty.  Mike and his team help to bring clean drinking water around the globe in a sustainable manner.

    Today, we will be talking with Andrea Bithell, Garden Lady of Oak Cliff Organics.  Andrea is small town famous - the person behind many of the slow food restaurant gardens in the area and a huge encouragement to many of us who feel as though we have whatever is opposite of a green thumb.  Read more about her story below!


    Q:  Hi, Andrea!  Can you introduce yourself?  Tell us a little about who you are.
    A:  I am Andrea Bithell, the Garden Lady of Oak Cliff Organics.  I live in Oak Cliff and am the proud Mom to an almost eight-year-old little girl that has changed my life.  In my business I work to share what I have learned over the years in growing food and doing so organically.  I design, create, and maintain organic gardens as well as host classes and demonstrations on growing and preserving food and synergy in the urban oasis.

    Q:  You haven't always been involved in organic gardening, what did you do before you dove into this lifestyle?
    A:  I grew up in Prosper, when it was a small farming community.  We had 100 acres, five for homestead, two to grow on, and the rest to grazing, and growing cotton or wheat.  From there I went to UNT in Denton and studied communication and public address.  I chose technical writing as my minor, as it would get me out of school quicker.  That decision took me into the next 15 years of writing an various forms from hardware, software, creative, marketing, editing, and governmental too.

    Q:  Can you tell us a little about WHY you decided to make this leap?
    A:  When I became pregnant it was suggested I eat organic food.  I thought nuts to that idea!  I just got a ticket to donut land!  But upon further encouragement I tried my favorite, blueberries.  These organic blueberries tasted better than any I had eaten, and the texture was perfect, not mushy.  I continued trying other organic produce and each time the flavor was great and the texture was too!   But why????  So I began my research phase and learned about conventional growing methods and the toxins used.

    Q:  What is the difference between organic gardening and "traditional" gardening?
    A:  Organic growing methods use all naturally occurring materials, things you can identify and pronounce:  compost, molasses, greensand, lavasand... to name a few.  These products create a stronger soil, plant and healthier produce for you and your family.  Taste better too!   
    Conventional growing methods use chemicals and pesticides that are toxic to our ground, pollute our water tables, and harm our bodies.  Have you ever looked at a "fertilizer" bag from a big box store?  It says to use eye and mouth protection, long sleeves and gloves when using the product.  Interesting.  Why would I feed something to my crops that would cause me harm? 

    Q:  Why is this important?
    A:  For your health!  What you feed your plant is ultimately what you end up eating.  Before I changed my diet to mostly organic I was on five different medications (upper GI, lower GI, allergies, sinus, asthma).   Approximately 4 years into my life change I was able to get off all of the medications! 
    Q:  What is the hardest part about what you do?
    A:  Education of why for the reason to eat organic.  - "Organic food cost too much, I can't afford it" is the most common complaint.  To which I say I can't afford not to eat organically!  If you think about how much I paid monthly for insurance, plus copay on five different medications, plus my additional over-the-counter meds, plus doctor visits, plus the fact that I felt horrible all the time... my ability to change to an organic diet and lifestyle is way cheaper PLUS I feel great! 
    Just like organic growing methods create a stronger plant, more resistant to pest, disease, cold and heat, those same principles apply to us when we eat the produce!

    Q:  What is the best part about what you do?
    A:  Educating the next generations (the kiddos)  and training folks to grow using organic methods.  When they hear about it they become interested, if the taste organic produce they become excited, then when they actually grow their own and eat it and understand the methods that got them there, well my job is done!  Raise your child in the garden and they will eat their greens, because if they grow it, it has got to be good!

    Q:  Can you explain a little about how you participate in sustainability?
    A: I have adopted the idea that nothing should ever leave my property.  I paid for it, why would I want to send it to the dump!  From composting to rain capture, I try to figure out some way to reuse everything. 

    Q:  Do you have any advice for our readers?
    A:  Understand the "why" that is behind anything you do, it is indisputable.  I always start my lectures with explaining how I got where I am.  I use organic growing methods because it changed my life.  I use them for the health of the plant, the Earth, and ourselves. 

    Q:  Any other things you want to add?
    A:  Edible Landscaping!  One of my soap boxes is, if I am going to invest my time, talent and treasure into something, I'd better get a return!  That is why I am into edible landscaping!  The resources of land and water aren't cheap, neither is time.  Oak Cliff Organics does edible yard designs, call today!

    Thank you, Andrea!   This is a concept that my family finds very important.  If you want more information on Andrea and Oak Cliff Organics, check out her website and facebook page!  Call Andrea and design your very own edible garden!

    Next week, same time, same place - more on living life The Natural Way!  Stay tuned!

    Mar 22, 2014

    Springing into Spring

    I love spring.

    Ever since I was young, I have hated being cold - the winter months feel kind of like I am imprisoned.  I long to soak up the sunshine and lay in the grass and spend hours and hours outside enjoying the day.

    When the cold finally begins to break, we "spring forward" and it is light out later, and the trees start budding and flowers start blooming, I breathe a sigh of relief.

    Here is a collection of spring DIY's - crafts for kids, for your home and in the garden!


    Crafts for Kids:


    - Build and Decorate a Bird House from Lady Goats

    - Cookie Cutter Bird Feeder from Prudent Baby

    - Paper Plate Lady Bug from Housing a Forest

    - Butterfly Surprise from Classic Play

    - Rainbow Wind Catchers from A Pretty Cool Life



    Spring in your Home:


    - April Showers Print from The Wheat Field

    - Indoor Bulb Garden from Fun At Home With Kids

    - Beautiful Spring Wreath from Wreathink Gifting

    - Painted Mason Jars from It All Started With Paint

    - Spring Artwork from Craftwell USA

    - Spring Print Pillows from Spoonful



    Spring in your Garden:


    - DIY Mini Green House from The Frugal Girls

    - Initial Planters from Henry Happened

    - Seed Starters from Dana Made It

    - Scrabble Garden Markers from Sow and Dippity

    - Palette Garden Tool Storage from Our Little Acre


    Stay tuned for some awesome spring crafts from Mama Marcie :)