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I’ve Moved! February 2, 2012

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Hello out there!  I just wanted to let everyone know that I’ve been working on blogger for a while now and have decided to move on over that way!  This has been a few years in the making but I’ve been offline working on cleaning up our diet, living lightly, simplifying, and finding ways to save money and imagine this…all that also helps live environmentally friendly!!!  If you would like to head on over I will be posting more frequently now!  Lots of good info I am really wanting to share about our journey!  Look forward to hearing your thoughts!

http://theplayfulminimalist.blogspot.com/

~jes~

 

Changes September 28, 2009

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As of lately, I’ve been trying to figure out exactly what kind of a blog I am wanting to have. I love sharing with you guys! Because of that, I think I’m going to start sharing more about the fun giveaways I’ve discovered and if I’m fortunate enough to sponsor a giveaway to share with you lovelies! How fun would that be! I love participating in several carnivals and will continue doing that, just wanted you all to know what was on my mind.

I would love to share reviews of products and begin incorporating a giveaway blog! Hear that energy efficient/family oriented/environmentally conscious/yummy tasting suppliers/crafters out there?!!! I want to review your products. If I don’t have anything nice to say, I’m not going to say anything at all! If it is a lovely product, I want to be able to share it with my amazing followers!

I know the joy of entering in other people’s giveaways and how great you feel when you receive one of those gifts!!! I want to share that with you guys as well.

Thanks for listening! I just wanted to get that off my chest! 🙂

Jes

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Wordless Wednesday: 8 Year olds decorating suggestion…”Make it Realistic, Mom!” as he moves one of the trees over onto the path…. July 1, 2009

cake

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Dreads Updated March 10, 2009

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4 Month Old Dreadlocks

4 Month Old Dreadlocks

After reaching my four month mark on growing dreadlocks I had to make a difficult decision.  They were growing well, but every time I would pull them back I would get a migraine.  I thought that after a while I would get used to this, but that was not the case.  After 2 1/2 days of brushing them out and a trashcan full of hair, I have returned to normalcy. 

 

Update! March 9, 2009

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Sorry it has been soo long since I’ve last pasted anything…I’ve been busy living life and learning new things!

I will be posting shortly about some recipes and things that have been going on in my life here shortly….so please bear with! Like I said…LOTS of things going on!

Thank you guys for your patience!

Jes

 

A lovely day of homemade goodness… January 16, 2009

Today was one of those days when I felt really good about what I’ve accomplished.  Here here, be easy on me!  I have pretty low standards!  🙂

This morning I woke up, hung up a load of laundry to dry, fixed the kids some breakfast, got my son out the door for school and started working with my daughter on the alphabet and identifying objects/animals. 

Hanging Clothes

I had received a recipe, from a lovely blogger who inspires me everytime she posts, for Easy Oatmeal bread.  Today was the day I worked up enough nerve to try making homemade bread for the very first time!  I followed the recipe to a “T” and waited the longest 2.5 hours of my life!  It was amazing torture!  Smelling the dough, drooling and praying it turned out as good as it smelled! 

 The dough has risen to double it's size

Prepared dough is ready to be baked

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We pulled the first loaf out of the oven and it was all we could do to wait for it to cool down enough to pull it out of the pan!  We all lined up and enjoyed the first warm slices.  It was perfect.  Miranda, I can’t thank you enough…my husband adored it, and that is saying something!  🙂

Going back for seconds and thirds!!!

For lunch today we ate some homemade tomato soup I had canned this last summer while one of our amazing neighbors was teaching me the art of preserving!  My husband filled up on more bread!

I washed a load of dishes and began working on supper, we threw some things together from an idea of another fellow blogger, Sara.  She’s quite clever!  We started with Ramen noodles, some pork, brocolli, ginger, garlic, orange juice, and nama shoyu stir fried together…. and oh it was yummy.  After supper, my husband leaned over and kissed me while whispering sweetly “…good job honey”….

I feel quite accomplished with all the baby steps I’ve been learning to become more self sufficient.   I am humbled but I also realize I need to keep an open mind because there are so many more things I have to learn!  For now though, I’m going to savor this lovely day of homemade goodness….

 

America Recycles Day November 14, 2008

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Tomorrow, November 15, is America Recycles Day!Remember to Recycle

Did you know…

  • If every household reused a paper grocery bag for one shopping trip, about 60,000 trees would be saved.
  • Every ton of recycled office paper saves 380 gallons of oil.
  • By recycling one aluminum can, enough energy is saved to run a TV set for three hours.
  • Americans throw out enough iron and steel to supply all the nationals automakers on a continuous basis.
  • If every American household recycled just one out of every ten plastic bottles they used we’d keep 200 million pounds of plastic out of landfills every year.

What items can be recycled?

Newspapers               Aluminum cans      Lead Acid Batteries       Cardboard          Steel cans         Writing/Copy Paper                     Yard Waste       Mixed Household Paper       Building Materials        Tires                         Magazines             Plastic Bottles              Appliances            Glass Bottles/Jars             Waste Oil

Click here for some top ten reason of why you should recycle!

My son’s elementary school is asking all of the children to save their households paper, newspaper, junk mail, and catalogs for one month.  This will be such an eye opener for these families to see in the end how much trash accumulated in just one month under just one category of recycling!!!  Can you feel the excitement!!!!  I LOVE this idea!!!

But why not expand on this idea!  🙂  Take all of your kitchen scaps, garden and yardwaste and begin composting!  Every spring how many pounds of potting soil and mulch is bought?  Why buy it when you can make your own!!!  🙂  It can be quite simple or you can make it as elaborate as you would like!  We have a turning composter, but when we move to our land I plan to build a three bin compost to help contain the piles and for aesthetic purposes! 

To close I’d like to add an amazing excerpt that really sums up my thoughts and beliefs… 

One day during lunch, Rolling Thunder explained the Indian’s view of chaos through ecological imbalance.

“When you have pollution in one place, it spreads all over. It spreads just as arthritis or cancer spreads in the body. The earth is sick now because the earth is being mistreated, and some of the problems that may occur, some of the natural disasters that might happen in the near future are only the natural readjustments that have to take place to throw off sickness. A lot of things are on this land that don’t belong here. They’re foreign objects like viruses or germs. Now, we may not recognize the fact when it happens, but a lot of the things that are going to happen in the future will really be the earth’s attempt to throw off some of these sicknesses. This is really going to be like fever or like vomiting, what you might call a physiological adjustment.

“It’s very important for people to realize this. The earth is a living organism, the body of a higher individual who has a will and wants to be well, who is at times less healthy or more healthy, physically and mentally. People should treat their own bodies with respect. It’s the same thing with the earth. Too many people don’t know that when they harm the earth they harm themselves, nor do the realize that when they harm themselves they harm the earth…

“It’s not very easy for you people to understand these things because understanding is not knowing the kind of facts that your books and teachers talk about. I can tell you that understanding begins with love and respect. It begins with respect for the Great Spirit, and the Great Spirit is the life that is in all things — all the creatures and the plants and even the rocks and the minerals. All things — and I mean all things — have their own will and their own way, their own purpose; this is what is to be respected.

“Such respect is not a feeling or an attitude only. It’s a way of life. Such respect means that we never stop realizing and never neglect to carry out our obligation to ourselves and our environment.”

We are all caretakers of this Earth, the home we are borrowing from our children….