Toddler Fascinations and Moss Gardens

It hadn’t rained in two weeks until last night and the smell of wet dirt was heavy in the air. My toddler and I set off to explore our back woods and check on the little forts we’d been slowly constructing over the summer.

Her fascination with moss caught my eye.

We grabbed her pink beach pail and began hunting for all kinds of moss on rocks, under trees, and strewn below the leaves. We examined textures, we talked about colors, and collected samples.

I let her fill a shallow punch bowl with fresh dirt and we arranged our new collection adding in a few favorite pinecones. Our moss garden was born, perfect for our kitchen table which doesn’t get direct sunlight. We mixed up a combination of milk and vinegar making buttermilk to feed the moss and encourage it to grow up onto our special pinecones.

Take some time to explore your backyard, garden, or park with your toddler. Take an interest in what they notice and encourage interaction with the outdoor spaces around you. It’s a special time of wonder you don’t want to miss.

Happy Questing!

 

Kicking Out Chemicals, A Lifestyle Shift

It’s funny how kids can change a person’s perspective and I’m no exception. I’ve been slowly dipping my toe into a chemical free (or a least greatly reduced) life. It all started with a batch of DIY laundry detergent as a way to save some money. But when I noticed my family’s skin clearing up on legs, arms, and backs I started paying attention.

There are chemicals in everything.

I’m not exaggerating. Unless a product is regulated through the FDA they don’t even have to tell you what’s in it. I downloaded the Think Dirty app for my phone and started scanning my household products. I didn’t make it far before I was tossing things into the trash. Brands I have trusted for years! I threw out Dove, Johnson & Johnson, Oral-B… Goodbye Maybelline. If you are skeptical check out this article featured on WebMD.

What started as a light dabble of detergent DIY has turned into a full baptism, I’m off the chemical boat and I’m going to do my best to not go back.

I threw out my deodorant, my toothpaste, my makeup, my hair care products…. If this is TMI I’m sorry but this is where the blog comes in. I’ve had a lot of people asking me about what I am using instead of the chemical products. Let me say I’ve tried a few weird things some worked and other’s didn’t. I know it’s not possible to be completely chemical free, it’s too pervasive, but when I have a choice I’m going to try.

So I’ll be making a few resource posts on what I am using, what didn’t work, and what I’ve found to be the best solution for DIY body care. Stay tuned for more to come and I will be relying on my an oil kit I purchased through Young Living for many of these recipes (Check out the kit here).

Be aware that some of the solutions I have found do not look like what you buy at the store. We have been trained to have deodorant in a stick, to have bubbles when we shampoo and to associate clean with the smell of bleach. So resetting my mind for what is normal is just as important as understanding the products.

So please feel free to laugh, comment, or question as I show you my new oily life, chemical free.

Happy Questing!

 

Breakup with Doubt

I just had a birthday and I’m a tad bit ashamed of my age considering I’ve still not hit it big with publishing my book. But more than that, do you ever struggle with not hitting your goals?

I know I do.

Do you ever wonder if you will become a real published author? Let’s just take a minute to settle down and acknowledge a few things.

  1. Publishing does not define you.
  2. You write for yourself.
  3. Writing is beautiful, creative, and energizing.

So keep going.

The process of writing itself takes a long time. Don’t be too worried if it takes a few years (hey it’s like college except less expensive). Awhile back I talked about setting goals but never be afraid to re-evaluate those goals. For example, having two kids now I have to acknowledge my schedule has changed. Have I given up- not at all. But I need to readjust.

Don’t beat yourself up over a missed goal. Acknowledge what is working, throw out what isn’t, and get back to it.

Happy Questing!