If there’s ever a time of year to open your windows and let the fresh air in while de-cluttering closets and cleaning often overlooked places, spring is it! Unfortunately, we can’t read the labels on so-called green cleaners and trust they are eco-friendly. Therefore, similar to our bath and beauty products, we must do one of two things: (1) make our own or (2) do our research. Continue reading
Yes, it’s that time of year! There’s something so totally awesome about putting seeds in dirt and watching an entire plant grow from it, soon-to-be full (hopefully!) with beautifully ripe fruits and veggies. Love!
Early in my gardening career, I opted to purchase my vegetable plants already well on their way and ready for the ground. These days, I prefer to start them from seed myself. In addition to saving a ton of money, I have more control over the plant varieties. That means knowing each seed is organic and/or heirloom in nature.
It also gives K-Bear and I a fun project. More importantly, it teaches her the basics of where our food comes from and how we grow it, a lesson I think is lost on too many kids these days. Continue reading
Ok, ok, so I’m while I’m waiting anxiously for my 46 seeds to sprout (more on garden starting later this week; sadly, they aren’t up yet and I’m afraid I may have rotted them), we were able to enjoy a beautiful spring storm this weekend. It was the kind that dumps 10 inches just in time to moisten the emerging bulbs and slowly greening grass. And the kind that lures us outside for fresh air and family fun.
We went sledding. Continue reading
The extended daylight over this past week has really got the spring fever cooking at our house. We’ve made a point to head outside after work and daycare every day to ride bikes, walk the dogs or just kick it in the backyard.
On Thursday night, we took part in the first Road Runner Sports Adventure Run of the season. This local monthly event boasts a whole lot of fun, including raffle tickets at every checkpoint! At my insistance, SoulDaddy is incorporating it into his training for the June Tough Mudder. With this growing belly, I’m not sure for how many months I’ll be able to run it, but it definitely makes for a fun - and active – family night. Continue reading
Note: I originally wrote this post for Life Renewed’s Green in 365 series. Emily’s short and concise daily posts are a great way to make your life greenier, healthier and happier! Each month she focuses on a different room of the home, season or holiday. Subscribe here.
Coloring eggs is a spring tradition across this country, both for those who celebrate Easter and for those of us who celebrate “Happy Spring.” Though I’ve never been a fan of hard-boiled eggs myself (I leave those to SoulDaddy to eat), I am a huge fan of the family time and creativity it inspires.
Unfortunately, conventional food dyes and artificial colorings pose a number of hazards. They have been linked to everything from tumors and allergy-like reactions to hyperactivity in children. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s 2010 report, Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks, ”The three most widely used dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, are contaminated with known carcinogens.” Continue reading
Today was a great day. I took these two feet and went for my first walk in nearly 8 weeks. Oh yeah.
Ok, so I’m a few days late in saying this, but happy April! I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be more thrilled to see spring. It’s been unseasonably warm in Colorado and I’m loving every minute of it, even with the weeds multiplying daily in our yard! As much as I cherish the high number of sunshiney days here year-round, looking at all the brown after a few months of winter really gets me down. There’s nothing better than greening grass, budding trees, and emerging daffodils to lift your spirits. Continue reading
Hello awesome! I’d say my weekend is off to a pretty good start. Yesterday, I got clearance to start putting 50% weight on my newly fixed hip. That means I’m officially standing on two feet and using crutches minimally to walk. WOO HOO! Seriously, it feels awesome, both mentally and physically. Continue reading