Here on our little hillside, in WV, we try to live a simple life. One where we can try to make the best decisions in regards to what we feed our family, and where we source our foods. We try to make green decision that are not only good for our family but for our community and planet as well. There is no place I would rather raise a family, than these WV hills! So I guess it is our responsibility to preserve them, and our heritage.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

know your GMO?

If you do not know about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) yet, you really should do a little research.  These seeds have not been proven safe for human consumption, but yet they grow a great deal of the food we consume.  Most of the processed food we eat contains either GMO corn, canola, soy, sugar, or even citric acid.  These foods are not generally labeled, unless you buy organic.  Many have fought for labeling, but the chemical/seed companies, like Monsanto, have thrown billions into lawsuits  and campaigns within these states to ensure their evil seeds spread.  The kicker is, these seeds can not be regrown each year.  The seed companies hold the patent to the seeds and they are genetically breed to have infertile seeds.  This requires you to purchase new seeds from them each year.  The seeds are also themselves essentially pesticides and contain toxins.  Sound yummy?

Baker Creek Seed Company has been selling Heirloom, organic and non GMO seeds for years.  They are a fabulous company doing amazing things in the era of big agriculture.  The known benefits of organic farming far outweigh the harmful effects commercial farming has on the earth, but adding GM crops to the mix is devastatingly harmful.

The folks over at Herbal Root Zine are currently having a give a way for some HOT items from Bakers Creek.

Click HERE to find out about their give a way for 10 packets of hot peppers!  And make sure you order a catalog from Bakers Creek and place your order for good seeds soon.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

30 Day Fitness Challenge

After the birth of my daughter, I started to get a little more serious about my health.  I have always ate well, but we started eating better, for her.  I also knew that to keep up with this little one, I needed to be in better shape.  If I want to do and experience all the natural wonders around us, I need to be fit enough to reach our destinations, packing a child and all our gear.  I seemed to do a great job, dropped all my baby weight, and another 30 lbs.  Woot woot!!

Then along came Thanksgiving, Christmas cookies, and a very long winter.  Needless to say I gained a few of those pounds back.  I do not like the way I feel.  When I exercise daily, I feel better.  I move better.  I am in a better mood.  I noticed that when I participate in the 30 day challenges, I seem to do better.  I have a schedule.  A challenge to meet.  A goal to complete..... ALL 30 days......It keeps me motivated.

I have done the 30 day ab challenge, as well as the 30 day squat challenge.  I have even done them at the same time.  I like the challenge, but wanted to add to it.  I wanted to ad some cardio and arms and try for a more total body workout.  I saw a 30 day yoga challenge and LOVED it, so I incorporated this idea in as well.  I personally hope to do more than 30 sec per pose a day.  I guess you could always double the count if it seems too simple.

 I want something that I can do at home with no equipment.  If you wanted to add a cross fit aspect, you could give yourself a 30 sec rest between each set.  I wasn't sure what to add.  I am not a fitness expert, just a girl trying to stay in shape.  This is what I decided on.  What do you think?  Are you up for this 30 day challenge?  I know we can do it!!   Do you have any other suggestions of what to add?  Please feel free to share, and to share your results as well.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Absolute Best Tub Cleaner

Over the years, I have tried tons of different cleaners.  Way too many with harsh chemicals.  These toxic cleaners as well as the green cleaners were basically ineffective.  I would spray them on, let them sit and then scrub ALOT!  Massive elbow grease for unsatisfactory results.  How frustrating.  So I saw a few homemade recipes on Pinterest.  I found one that measured out particular amounts of apple cider vinegar and Dawn dish detergent.  It had multiple steps, including to almost boil vinegar, then dissolve measured amount of dawn into that, then spray on tub and let sit for precisely however many minutes.  I did this.  It worked great, Actually it work amazingly!!

In all honesty, I have made this several times since then, I clean my sinks with it as well.  I just bought a simple spray bottle from the Dollar Tree.  I fill it half way with Dawn dish soap (the cheap blue soap)  and half with vinegar.  (It doesn't matter if it is white or apple cider, I have found either works great, they just have a slightly different smell.)   Spray this on and leave, go do another chore, come back sometime before it dries, and wipe your tub clean.  Yes wipe!!  Simply wipe.  I tried it with a paper towel just to see how easy the goo came off, and it did!!  You simply wipe it away!!  I normally use a cheap green scrubby and it comes spotlessly clean with no effort.  It is basically harder to rinse the surround now, then it is to clean it.

This combination is non toxic to you and your skin.  The vinegar smell is not exactly pleasant, but it evaporates away and the smell is gone, without poisoning your indoor air.  It you don't like the smell, add some lemon essential oil.  The vinegar is a disinfectant and probably works better than any bleaching agent does anyhow.  They use Dawn to clean little animals harmed by  Big Companies oil spills, it is very gentle and non toxic.  Also not nearly as toxic on your downstream water as a store bought cleaning agent would be.

So save yourself some time, hassle, and money.  Buy a spray bottle, add 1 part Dawn and 1 part vinegar.  Swirl till it is well mixed.  Spray down wet tub/shower area, wait about 10 minutes, clean your tub, smile at your fantastic new discovery, then ENJOY your clean tub by taking a nice hot bath!  :)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

This ain't no Poo!!

Alright, I had read an article a long time ago, about a lady who stopped buying shampoo in her house.  She and her daughters had been using baking soda and vinegar.  She stated the amazing things that had happened to her hair since she stopped using shampoo.  WHAT?  No shampoo??  Sounds totally strange, and I had to try this out!!  I must say, I have now been without shampoo for over 6 months.  Some of you probably think this is crazy, but imagine, if these benefits actually happen, isn't it worth a shot??
I use about 2 Tbsp. of baking soda mixed with about a quart of water to "wash" my hair and about 2 Tbsp of vinegar and a quart of water to "rinse" my hair.  This is like using shampoo, conditioner, leave in conditioner, a de-tangler, and anti-frizz gel.  Baking soda helps strip the dirt from your head, without taking away the natural oils in your scalp.  The Vinegar is a softener.
Since I started this my hair is not nearly as frizzy.  It has better body, more bounce, I see less hair loss, my scalp isn't as dry, and I don't have to wash it everyday.  I don't know why I wasn't informed of this earlier.  I could have been saving money and had better hair all this time!  I have tried using shampoo a few times, and I got so frustrated at the tangles, and the way it irritates my scalp.  Shampoo always causes it to get red and dry.  The baking soda/vinegar is gentler on my skin.  My hair is normally a frizzy puff ball, not anymore!!  The brushing is so much easier too.  There are virtually no tangles.  If this is an issue you have with your kiddos, it might be worth a shot.  Save your self some money, and hassle and give the no-poo idea a try.  It has worked here.