Bizz & BooBoo

A hippie mama doing her best!

Synthesize (no, I’m not referring to music from the 80’s) May 21, 2013

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syn·the·size

/ˈsinTHiˌsīz/
Verb
  1. Combine (a number of things) into a coherent whole.

This is my challenge.

I love to learn, I was that kid in elementary and high school that actually enjoyed class and homework (most of the time) and wanted to challenge myself to learn more and raise the bar. Then throughout college I was overwhelmed with information, I suddenly understood with much more clarity the overused saying “ignorance is bliss.” 

Though I don’t actually buy into the concept of ignorance is bliss, I do constantly ask myself how do I take ALL of this information in my head and apply it to my life. How do I actually make my kids future better by knowing this. How can I share this with those I love without overwhelming them in the process.

I don’t have the answers to these questions. But I am going to try my best. I need to consistently focus on making simple changes and being consistent.

SIMPLE and CONSISTENT

BooBoo April 2013

Those are my goals in trying to synthesize all the info on healthy eating and living that I feel are most important to our family right now. And that I feel will make the most impact.

My focus areas in being simple and consistent are:

FOOD – everything that goes into our mouths. Strive for it to have less ingredients, be nutrient dense and organic and for it to have a positive effect on our bodies. Here are the kids enjoying the first harvest from the garden – radishes!

Bizz & BooBoo with radishes

PERSONAL CARE – everything that goes on our bodies. If I don’t know the ingredients then don’t get it. Research anything I don’t know what it is. Try to make as much as possible at home or use simple household ingredients when possible!

Ingredients

RELATIONSHIPS – Be the best wife, mother and friend I can be. Do this by first working to find my own happiness in all that I am doing and then be able to spread that to those around me. Cherish those who are a part of my life. Be present in the moment of what is happening around me.

Hubby & I

DE-CLUTTER – Slowly start to go through notes and books I have and pull out the most pertinent important information to focus on. Get rid of household items that are unnecessary or unused. Stop doing activities that are wasting time and don’t have a purpose.

My bookcase

Awesome, by writing this post I managed to lay out a little bit of a plan and wrap my head around where to focus.

Post 2 of 60… check.

~Jesse

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18, 365, 15000, 60… May 20, 2013

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The number of days until my son graduates Kindergarten… 18!

The number of days it has been since hubby started his new job… 365!

The amount of money Book Family Farm needs to raise through their KickStarter program to replace their worn out tractor… $15,000!

The number of days I am going to blog for a challenge Cheeseslave has posted… 60!

This post will be short and sweet. I need to get my butt in gear and start blogging again. If for no other reason then because it makes me feel good and I enjoy it.

Lots going on around here!

I can’t believe my baby boy will be done with Kindergarten within weeks, wasn’t this just yesterday?

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I am so proud of my husband…. tomorrow will be his 1 year anniversary at his new job. It’s been a roller coaster in that this was a totally unexpected job change and big family move. We have had our fair share of challenges in the past year… but I feel extremely lucky to have a healthy family and to be able to be a Mom full time to my little ones right now. As an added bonus this beautiful spot is now just 10 minutes from where we live…

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I wanted to share a quick little blurb as well about an amazing Kickstarter project going on right NOW! Book Family Farm (in Durham, CA… unfortunately not where I am living right now) is a small family farm that is farming the right way. Raising grass fed, pastured animals and selling them locally. I was lucky enough to visit this farm on a regular basis for a few years before we moved and the kids and I always had a wonderful time keeping chickens from jumping in the car to come home with us and seeing day old calves and baby chicks, among other things. These are just good people working hard! They are doing a Kickstarter to raise money to replace their worn out tractor. Every $1 helps…. and if you are able to give a little more they have some awesome incentives available. A day with the farmer, class field trips, photography sessions on the farm and more! Check it out now.

Book Family Farm Kickstarter

The video at the top of their page in also a must watch…

And finally my personal goal. 60 blog posts in the next 60 days. I can’t promise one every single day… but maybe I will double up some days and blow us all away with the good stuff I have to share 🙂

I don’t know how short this ended up being.. but hopefully it was sweet!

‘Til next time,

~Jesse

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Just a blurb…. of what’s to come. September 10, 2011

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If you are reading this between about 9 and 11 am Saturday Morning then imagine me, covered in mud in the hot sticky weather. Tired and out of shape, but laughing and having the time of my life.

My sister and I are participating in the Mudder Nature Challenge 2011 tomorrow! I am excited and nervous – at the very least I know I will have a morning filled with quality sister time and a memory that will stay with us – good or bad!

I am sure I will also have some pictures to post – and those should tell the story of the day!

On to other notes….

I usually post my giveaways links on Saturdays – I am a little behind! Both in entering giveaways and in finding great ones to share with you! I hope to put up a giveaway links post on Sunday (if I am not too sore!)

Here are some of the reasons I am behind on this blog post:

  • Cooking with the kids
  • Drying Fruit

  • Saving my tomatoes from these dirty buggers
  • Sleeping

  • And just plain having fun!!

Another idea I had was to share coupon codes/special deals that I find with all of you! Hopefully it may be a code you can use for something you want or need! Here are a few I have to share:

  • Lands End Kids – $10 off your purchase of $50 or more, plus free shipping. Expires 9/15/11 – CODE: FAMFUN11
  • Gymboree –  20% off entire purchase. Expires 9/20/11 – CODE: 11GB96LFF380331
  • Prairie Moon Nursery – $10 off orders of $50 or more. Expires 11/1/11 – CODE: FALL2011

Disclaimer:I am not being paid to share these and I have not even been in contact with these companies, I just have gotten these codes in the mail or in magazines I have been perusing and thought I’d share 🙂

Have an amazing day!

~Jesse

This post was shared on my Gather Page along with being posted here!!

 

Waste Not, Want Not August 18, 2011

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** This was a guest post I wrote for Grandma’s Guide to Life that was published last week – wanted to re-post for anyone who might have missed it!!

“said to advise someone not to waste anything, because they might need it in the future” 

from the Cambridge Dictionaries Online

The origin of this saying is unbeknownst to me, in doing a quick online search there are varying ideas of where it came from, many associate it with The Great Depression.

I associate it with a way to live. We live in such a throw-away society it is mind-boggling. People commonly throw out old appliances, furniture, etc because they would rather buy a new one then fix the old.

What does this result in? A lot of trash. A mindset that doesn’t truly cherish and value the items we own. And for many a longing for things to be made “the way they used to” but in reality why should big businesses make items the way they used to when people are so quick to move on to something new.

Hmmmm.. this could turn into quite the discussion.

But how can we waste not, want not in our everyday lives??

Lots of ways:

  • Recycle & Reuse – not just putting stuff in your recyling bin, but truly thinking outside the box of ways to reuse it or recycle it yourself

Use those old egg cartons as great painting trays for the kids!

Start your seeds in empty plastic jugs, jars, yogurt containers.

Use newspaper and old maps as wrapping paper for some beautiful and unique looking gifts.

Reuse jars from spaghetti sauce, dressing, etc as vases. Let your kids paint them.

Reuse jars to store dried foods in or to store items purchases in bulk!

Snip your plants and place in a water vase until roots grow and then re-plant. Add more greenery to your home this way or gift your new plant to a friend!

  • Compost – ALL that food that either doesn’t get eaten, or the trimmings off of your fruit and veggies, along with paper waste and green waste can be recycled – in your own backyard!

Not only does this give great use to all that stuff – but now you don’t have to spend money on expensive compost or fertilizer for your garden, and you can grow wonderful veggies and more with your homemade compost and save money at the store!

And your kids will LOVE checking out the bugs in the compost and in your garden soil!

Also helps grow great worms in your garden area that can be hunted for at night and then used on your camping trip to fish that weekend!

  • Teach our children to do these things. They won’t need the newest toys and clothes, etc if they understand how important it is to reuse and if they can see the beauty in the simple things they do have!

As the saying goes – our children are our future. How do we want them to live?

  • Have less in your life – less tv, less toys, less white noise. Stop and enjoy the simple things that are around us!

The simple beauty you start to see around you when the tv isn’t always on and your kids are using their imagination instead of pressing buttons on ready made toys is amazing!!

~Jesse