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Eating Seasonally: Strawberries

May 24, 2013

Yesterday was my oldest child’s 7th birthday. We started the morning strawberry picking. She wanted strawberry shortcake for dessert tonight.

May 22 13 - 0068I hope we will have enough strawberries to last me throughout the year. I did last year. This is the goal – to eat locally and eat seasonally.

May 22 13 - 0105It is not normal to eat fresh strawberries in January. Just because it is at the grocery store, it is not ecologically or historically normal.

Why do we need to use ungodly amounts of petroleum (among other things) to get fruits and veggies from California in the dead of winter when all you have to do is wait until they are in season, grow/buy/pick as many as possible, and preserve them?

Is it more work? Yes. Do you have to think and plan more? Yes. Is it worth it? For the vast majority of Americans, sadly, NO!

But for me, it is. It teaches my kids

  1. They don’t get everything they want when they want it. Many times you have to wait. ToΒ  learn that at a young age is invaluable.
  2. How to work hard for their food
  3. Food comes from the ground, not aisle 7. It is important to me that my kids see their food before it goes on their plate or enters our house.

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I have been reading Joel Salatin’s ‘Folks, This Ain’t Normal’. Can you tell? πŸ˜‰ Okay, off the soapbox.

After strawberry picking, washing, cutting, drying, freezing, and making jam, I spent the afternoon in the garden, planting more cantaloupe, snaps, and lettuce. I also transplanted the last plants from my mini greenhouses: pumpkin and tomatoes. And finally, I added more mulch to the potatoes and fertilized everything that was established (I have been making manure tea this week).

I am officially exhausted.


Two More Money Saving Ideas – Cloth Diapers and Soap Nuts

April 12, 2013

I was listening to some of the speakers from the Healthy Life Summit. It ran for free a coulpe of weeks ago. Now if you want to listen, you have to pay. SORRY! I didn’t know it was going to be so good or I would have told you! I’ll keep you in the loop from now on!

Anyway, I listened mostly to the sustainable farming people (Joel Salatin and the like) but for some reason, I decided to listen to a podcast about “Cloth Diapers Made Easy”. She went in depth about all the different types, the pros and cons of each type, how many you need, how frequently you will need to wash them, etc. It was very informative. She definitely made it sound a lot less intimidating!

Next step was to look on Craigslist. I found a lady who was selling pocket diapers for $5 each and inserts for $1. This is incredibly cheap! They typically run $10-24 each. I bought 13 because that is all she had and because the speaker said get enough diapers for about 3 days (we go through about 4 diapers/day and I am not going to cloth diaper at night to start off). You don’t want to go much longer between washings (because of the smell). With all of the dirty clothes seven people produce, I wash every 3-4 days anyway so this is not a problem for me.

I paid so little that if I only cloth diaper for FOUR MONTHS, I will have broken even! Now that is a no brainer! Of course, I hope it is as easy as she says and I can save about $200+ for the rest of my child’s diapering life and if I have another child, save even more! But, we’ll see. One step at a time.

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I used them today and he kept wetting through. When using disposable, I would only change him after each nap, after I fed him (every 3-4 hours). Yesterday, day 1 of cloth diapering, after the first nap, he had soaked through. So, I decided to change him before and after naps (every 1.5/2hrs). He was still soaking through. So, I decided to fold the pad in the front for double protection since he’s a boy. That may have worked…had he not pooped. That ended up on my shirt…with company over. yay. Any ideas? I can put two pads in but I thought people only did that at night. Any pros give me some pointers?

The second new thing I am going to try this week is Soap Nuts.

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I have seen many wonderful reviews about them…

  • they are sustainable
  • all natural (no chemicals)
  • CHEAP (pennies/load)
  • compostable
  • leave no smell on your clothes (even though they smell vinegary in the bag)
  • wash cloth diapers really well

I just received mine in the mail and have not used them yet but I will let you know when I do! Admittedly, the biggest draw for me was the price but all of the other things are WONDERFUL as well! πŸ˜€

What new things are you doing? Are you actively saving money?

I am linking to Simple Lives Thursday. This is where I get most of my money-saving ideas. Check it out!