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Summer 2017 thus far

Hikes, beach days, spending time in the garden, walks to the playground, eating snack on the deck, these are just a few of the ways we have been getting outside a little bit, or a lot, each day.We try our hardest to get outside at least once a day. With or without sunscreen, depending on how long we'll be out and what time of day it is as well. Vitamin D people! Snacks and water are key of course, and while fruit leather and larabars are just the most convenient and delicious things ever invented, working towards zero waste and in seasons snacks is the dream. One day at a time. It does help that summer has some pretty amazing choices for snacks, like strawberries and watermelon. And snap peas straight from the garden. Thank goodness for closed off decks and those magnetized screens. Always open in the summer, little O is found out there all the time with her little animals, and a big bowl of cool water to play with if I remember to set it out for her.  This simple little life, wit…
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April 5

I've been caught up in the hype. Now that O will be two soon (next month) I've been wondering if it's time to sign her up for a class or lesson or some sort of toddler thing. Every time I catch myself googling ballet classes or gymnastics or forest schools, I take a step back and wonder if they are really necessary. Surely we could just play music and dance around the living room, or climb jungle gyms or have daily nature walks ourselves, after all we already do these things!

Maybe the reason I am looking into these things is so she can interact with other children and have the beginnings of lifelong friendships. Or I don't want her to miss out on something fun. Or not realize a skill or talent or passion and loose time that she could be developing it.

One dance class I was considering was just at our local community center, and it's only for about a month, so I thought that sounds good. But parents and caretakers aren't allowed to be in the room during class.…

2017 Intentions and Goals

2016, that long and interesting- if somewhat depressing- year is finally in the past. we are now well on our way into 2017, and with that I thought I would like to put pen to paper- or rather hands to keys- and write out my goals and intentions for the next twelve months. Perhaps by putting them down on the internet, for all to see and for easy access to review myself, I can accomplish most of not all of these aspirations. Let's get started.

General goals or intentions:

- Meditate
- Be more mindful and present in everyday life
- Read
- Learn to knit and/or crochet (this is the year that I strive to finally know enough to create something in one of these mediums)
- Craft more toys by hand for O, mainly woodwork
- Travel, at least a little bit
- Develop a geography or environmental workshop curriculum and begin teaching it (my life passion that also happens to tie into my degree, which is always a bonus)

Monthly goals:

January: make homemade remedies
February: organize my craft supp…

Zero Waste and Minimalism

Two things I have been researching and learning more about are living with zero waste and minimalism. They are quite self-explanatory, however they can also be interpreted in a few different ways.

Being zero waste, at least through my view, is striving to produce as little that will be sent to a landfill as possible. This means that you can compost, recycle, and upcycle as much as you want, but you are consciously choosing to buy items that will not end up in a landfill, that being the item itself or its packaging. This means buying in bulk, buying local, and buying high quality items of natural materials that can breakdown naturally, or be converted into some else. Anything that is purchased prepackaged, should be contained in something that can be recycled. It isn't hard to do, so long as you do it consciously and say no to things that don't fit into the zero waste criteria.

Now minimalism, I believe is a much more broad term. There are people that are minimal with their clo…

Past due

It is definitely past the due date for a new post, I've just been having trouble deciding how I want this blog to be, and what I want it to accomplish. Is it to shed light into my life, or is it just a way for me to get down ideas and thoughts? Perhaps it will become both.

This summer has been flying by, with all this heat and humidity we are certainly not used to in the Northeast. I've always been one to comment on how much I love the warmth and do not love the cold, however I've become accustomed to knowing our summers are more on the mild side. Climate change has definitely reached us up here!

Little O is over one now. She is walking, running, climbing, falling, and everything in between. She is a constant babbler, with some real words and names mixed in there for good measure. A couple of weeks ago I finally made the switch over to cloth diapers, which is something that I wanted to do from the beginning but just never knew where to start. It's been a learning proce…

Ten months

Little O turned ten months old today, on the first day of spring. How is that possible? Didn't she just turn two weeks old the other day? Didn't she just become strong enough to hold her head up on her own just a little while ago?

Time really does fly. Especially when you're a little one who's learning all new things every day! She's gotten pat-a-cake down, waving, high fives, and all sorts of other fun things. Now we're practicing blowing kisses, people's names, and baby signs. I think names may take a while, though this girl is so observant and a learning machine! I believe signs will come so quickly and so naturally to her, we've all just got to be consistent and persistent.

While I am completely enjoying this time of watching her learn and grow at such a rapid pace (however I could do away with this temper she seems to have gotten, with all the screaming and scratching, but it shall pass eventually, patience!), I cannot wait until she's bigger a…

Letter to my Daughter

Dear little one,

I'm so blessed that you chose me to be your mother. You are such a sweet soul who is kind and loving toward everyone, even at your tender age.

Thank you for that.

Parenting is hard enough without the added challenge of trying to know and connect with your child. You connect so easily with everyone around you that it makes my job of raising you and teaching you that much easier.

I'm going to try my hardest to keep you as the sweet, innocent, little girl that you are now for as long as possible. You are only going to be a small child for so long , so why rush? Enjoy learning and growing into your own person. Take your time exploring the world around you and all of the wonders it has to offer.

Again, thank you for the opportunity to watch you grow and make your mark on this earth, I'm so excited to see it all unfold.

Love,
Your mom