Zombie Spiders and Sexy Songs: Musings of an Insomniac Chicken Farmer
So listen guys, I’ve got a lot going on right now…kids back in school, new soap project, family in town, getting ready to launch some new stuff, I also made a recent resolution to keep my house clean and to do the dishes every day, God, do y’all know how much time that takes? Oh, and maybe you’ve heard, I got some chickens, so I need to run out to the coop to check for eggs approximately every 15…
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5 Natural insomnia Cures that are working for us.
Hooray For the End of Summer Vacation! (Did I say that out loud?)
Eight days, y’all, eight days until summer vacation ends and the kids go back to school. Eight days until I no longer have to go to the grocery store 37 times a week because the children have literally eaten everything in sight. Eight days until I can shower without someone literally waiting for me directly outside the bathroom…
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The mystery of my suddenly growing eyelashes.
So listen, y’all, something CRAZY just happened to me and I have to share. I will preface this by saying that I am one of those girls who was NOT blessed with long, luxurious, thick eyelashes. In fact, I have been known to apply THREE different kinds of mascara on a daily basis, (thickening, lengthening, conditioning), just to make it look like I even have eyelashes. So, imagine my surprise…
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My review of Baby Face Skin Care, Denver, CO
So, y’all? My skin has recently gone batshit crazy. I mean, I am not exaggerating here. I seem to have developed zits, terribly dry skin, strange patches that feel like dinosaur skin, (I can only assume about this last one, but I’m pretty sure I’m right), oiliness, weirdness, wrinkles…you name it, I have it. Now, you guys know that I take good care of my skin. I use the oil cleansingmethod,…
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Remembering Nathan and the important lesson he taught me.
So I’m departing a little bit from my regular let’s-all-be-hippies-and-stop-using-chemicals thing to talk about something else. Choices.We all have them. We all make them. Some are right, some not so much. I’ve been thinking a lot about choices lately. Did I make the right decision quitting my job to start my own business? This is something I ask myself when I put on my ratty, seasons old strappy…
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Y’all! I got interviewed by Denver’s Westword magazine!!
From the article:
After suffering from eczema for most of her life, Sarah Jacobson was tired of getting little or no relief from over-the-counter and prescription options. Taking matters into her own hands, she combined a little research with her own self-taught organic cooking skills and started creating all-natural lotions in her kitchen. The result was astounding — her skin became clear, so much so that coworkers wanted to know what she was doing differently. That’s how Jacobson’s all-natural skincare line Sweet Georgia Sugar was born, and less than a year after it began, Jacobson is seeing big business for her small operation.
You can read the whole thing here: http://blogs.westword.com/showandtell/2014/06/sweet_georgia_sugar_makes_beauty_products_with_all-natural_goodness.php
So I know that you guys know all about my “clean eating, support your local farmer, grow your own, make it from scratch” lifestyle aspirations, right? I mean, I am on that bus, y’all…except, I have this one tiny confession to make…I have literally killed every plant that I have ever tried to grow. Inside or outside, spring or summer, from seeds or sprouts, I have killed them all. It’s so sad. I want to grow stuff. I want to be good at it, but I’m just not. One problem is that I don’t want to take the time to find out about the soil or what to plant next to what for the best results, I can’t be bothered to figure out how much water is needed for each thing or when to harvest or what to do about garden pests. I even kill flowers, y’all! But this year, I wanted it to be different. In part because I use so many plant-based natural ingredients in my body care line, that I thought how great it would be for me to be able to grow some of that stuff myself, and also because I’m a grown up, and laziness is no excuse to not be able to do something. But I also know that I needed help. And that is where Marla with Roots Medicine Gardens comes in!
Marla is a certified herbalist and a very experienced gardner. She specializes in assisting her clients with planning, planting, growing and harvesting their gardens as well as offering information on how to use the resulting plants to create your own remedies at home. OMG, you guys, she was the answer to my wanna-be-farmer prayers! She literally came over to our house, looked at our yard, sketched out a plan and told us exactly what we needed to get. And then, when we got the stuff, she came back and planted everything and left us with detailed instructions on how to take care of it all. I didn’t even know that a service like this existed, but it does and I am SO glad. Because I don’t WANT to kill every plant that I touch and I DO want to add to my little urban homestead. I want my kids to learn that food doesn’t come from the grocery store and that it really does taste better when you grow it yourself. And I CAN learn when someone shows me what to do. Marla was extremely patient, (I had a lot of stupid questions, y’all), and she made me feel like I wasn’t a dumb as I thought when it comes to gardening. She showed me how to prepare my garden beds and told me about seed spacing and watering and when I could expect to see my little plants start to sprout. OMG, you guys, I almost forgot…she ALSO informed me that my entire yard was full of something called Lambs Quarters, which is essentially a more nutritious version of spinach. I, of course, thought that it was weeds and have been trying to devise a way to kill it for months. Now, I’m just gonna make some salad, and maybe 37 gallons of pesto…since I have an entire yard full of it and all.
So it’s been two weeks since we got everything planted and there are actual plants growing in my garden. I’ve got pumpkins and radishes and cucumbers and lettuce and green beans and basil and sage and lavender and all kinds of amazing things. I was so excited when I saw the first little sprout come up that I squealed like a little girl, (and then promptly stepped right in a mound of pattypan squash… sounds about right for me).
So, what’s the point? Well, part of the point is to tell you all how awesome Marla is, and if you live in Denver, and you have a brown thumb like me, call her and she can help. The other part of the point is that now that I have (mostly) overcome my fear of gardening, I am really getting into the idea that I know where at least some of my food is coming from. I don’t have to worry about whether or not it’s going to be infected with e-coli or salmonella because the farm is unsanitary. I don’t have to worry that my lettuce is dripping with carcinogenic pesticides. I don’t have to contribute to the wasteful process that is required to bring these items to market. I like to think of myself as a rebel, y’all…just a little bit…and this is one tiny way that I can stick it to the man, so to speak. I’m taking matters into my own hands, I’m not relying on the FDA to tell me if my food is safe, I’m not being a sheep. Just imagine what would happen, you guys, if even half of us grew our own food. It would be a revolution. Think on that. Up next? Chickens, y’all! (Have I mentioned that I am terrified of chickens?)