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Friday Fave - Gypsy Bandanas New Fall Prints and Fabrics!

Happy Friday Friends!

Here's my "Friday Fave,"a series highlighting fun and interesting things (products, experiences and/or ideas) that I would recommend to others.

This week I would like to share and highlight some of the new fabrics and prints Beth has for purchase on her Gypsy Bandanas Site and when she is out and about at craft fairs:

Gypsy Bandanas October - 1 (1)Gypsy Bandana Ponchos - shown above is the Orange Navajo Poncho

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Gypsy Band cozy cable knit ponchoGypsy Bandanas October - 4Black and White Buffalo Poncho

Check out other ponchos here.
Gypsy Bandanas October - 2Beth also has some bandanas and headbands out in some fun new prints.

Check out her bandanas through this link

and headbands here.

Keep these products in mind if you want to treat yourself to a practical, handmade item or if you are looking for a great gift!

Gypsy Bandanas.

photo credits:  Gypsy Bandanas Instagram


On my bookshelf...

Happy Friday Friends!

Here's my "Friday Fave,"a series highlighting fun and interesting things (products, experiences and/or ideas) that I would recommend to others.

This week I would like to share just a few of the books I have read over the past six months and that I would recommend if you are looking for something to add to your bookshelf:

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

This is a captivating story. - fiction - mystery - unforgettable characters.

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Me Before You 


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 After You

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Still Me

I loved this series by Jo Jo Moyes.  So often when you end a story you want to know what happens next - and in this case you get to find out.  

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Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand

I just finished this one.  It is a historical novel following four siblings and their dramatic experiences over a monumental summer.

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Here are my recommendations - I would love to hear what you have been reading!

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Friday Fave: Brené Brown #daringclassrooms

Chances are you may be familiar with author Brené Brown. 

BreneBrown-MaileWilson-1Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston.   She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers:

The Gifts of Imperfection,

Daring Greatly,

Rising Strong,

Braving the Wilderness,

and her latest book, Dare to Lead.   

Brené's TED talk - The Power of Vulnerability - is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 35 million views. She is also the first researcher to have a filmed talk on Netflix. The Call to Courage special debuted on the streaming service on April 19, 2019.

I have read every one of  these books and I have also participated and completed her Daring Educator program.   As an educator I want to take a minute you give a little shout out share that the program is now being offered for free.

Safe_image.phpDare to Lead #daringclassrooms, a free companion program to Dare to Lead, developed specifically for K-12 (primary and secondary school) educators who are committed to courage-building in and outside the classroom.

Explore the Dare to Lead #daringclassrooms hub at
brenebrown.com/daringclassrooms/

In this curriculum, individuals learn how to:

• Stay brave and constructive in tough conversations

• Give and receive meaningful feedback

• Foster deep engagement

• Build trust in teams

• Take more smart risks

• Extend generous assumptions to others

• Share bold ideas with confidence

• Reset after setbacks or failures

• Deal with conflict rather than avoiding it

• Facilitate accountability rather than turning to blame

• Lead through uncertainty

• Put values into practice

• Inspire and develop courage in others 

....yes.

 

 

 


Friday Fave:: Eureka! Camping Gear

Happy Friday Friends!

Here's my "Friday Fave,"a series highlighting fun and interesting things (products, experiences and/or ideas) that I would recommend to others.

Because we are peak of the summer season, I thought it would be relevant to share recommendations for tried and true summer camping gear and accessories that make experiences outdoors a little more comfortable.

This week I am highlighting Eureka! Camping Gear products.

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On our most recent camping trip I tested out the Eureka! Ignite Plus 2 Burner Camp Stove and the Eureka! Camp Café.Friday Fave - Camping - 2Our previous camp stove had been a wedding gift, so an upgrade, especially to one of this quality, was a welcome addition to our camp.   Here are the features:

  • 2-turn simmer control gives precise flame adjustment and enhances the cooking performance
  • 10,000 BTU burners go from a light simmer to full output
  • Push button ignition allows a fast and easy start
  • Stainless-steel drip tray offers rust-free performance and easy clean up
  • Adjustable, nonslip rubber feet ensure that your stove is always level and stays in place
  • Rugged, thick-gauge steel construction delivers many years of use
  • Dependable latches keep the lid secure during transport

I was impressed by the solid construction, the dependability of the push button ignition and the control of the flame.  It is a GREAT stove to use when cooking for a large family.

Another Eureka! product I am absolutely loving is the Eureka! Camp Café.

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Up until our recent camping trip I had been using a percolator-style coffee maker.   If you put a strong value in a good pot of coffee at your campsite, I would highly recommend upgrading to the Eureka! Camp Café.    Its price, ($99), may be a little intimidating, but the product can serve more than just a coffee pot.   The set up comes with a boiling pot kettle (that can be used to cook other foods), a straining lid, a coffee carafe and filter holder (it is a pour-over brewer).   It's something I know will get years of use.  I have even used the set up at home.   

Here are some of the features:

  • It nests together for easy transport and storage, the Eureka! Camp Cafe brews quality coffee for the whole crew quickly and cleans up in a snap.
  • 2. 5-liter (80-ounce) boiling kettle with patented FluxRing technology is able to boil water twice as fast as a standard kettle.
  • Make quality coffee for the whole crew with the pour-over filter holder and 12-cup (60-ounce) coffee carafe.
  • The filter holder and carafe nest inside the boiling kettle for easy transport and storage.
  • The boiling pot and carafe are made of hard-anodized aluminum, while the lid and filter holder feature food-grade, BPA-free polypropylene construction. Measures 8 by 8 by 8 inches packed and weighs 2. 5 pounds.
  • Easily drain foods like pasta and rice with the convenient and integrated lid strainer.

I don't know about you, but a good cup of coffee makes me a happier camper.

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Happy Camping!

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Friday Fave - Every Kid in a Park

Happy Friday Friends!

I hope you all had a fun and safe 4th of July!

Here's my "Friday Fave,"a series highlighting fun and interesting things (products, experiences and/or ideas) that I would recommend to others.

Here's what I am digging this week:

LogoI wanted to share this resource for those of you who may not be aware of it, especially in the peak of summer travel season.

The Every Kid in a Park Program

The Every Kid in a Park Program is an interagency effort among the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to inspire fourth graders and their families could discover the wildlife, resources, and history in our United States National Park for free.

Every Kid in a Park invites children of all backgrounds to discover their public lands and all they offer, including opportunities to be active and spend time with friends and family. As living classrooms, these outdoor places and his- toric sites also provide hands-on, real-world opportunities to develop critical skills and learn about the natural world.

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The Every Kid in a Park pass admits the fourth grader and any accompanying passengers in a private, non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas, or the pass owner and up to three accompanying adults at sites that charge per per- son. The pass grants access to all federal lands and waters.

We have taken advantage of this program on our family vacation to Michigan and most recently on our vacation to the Pacific Northwest.

Every Kid in A Park - 1If you are traveling with a fourth-grade age child, be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity!


Friday Fave: Deuter Speed Lite 22 SL

Happy Friday Friends!

Here's my "Friday Fave,"a series highlighting fun and interesting things (products, experiences and/or ideas) that I would recommend to others.

Here's what I am digging this week:   

The Deuter Speed Lite 22 SL

I got this pack new this spring and I really like it.  I use it as a school bag and it worked GREAT as a daypack on our recent family vacation.
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Deuter Speed Lite - 1This pack is designed especially for a women's frame with a shorter, adjustable back length, a narrower shoulder harness and a hip belt tailored for women that proves to be comfortable.

The pack is constructed out of durable rip-stop fabric and has specialized compartments for water, keys a laptop or a book.   It also has an ultralight, ventilating back system. 

If you are in the market for a pack - this one would be a great pick.

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Friday Fave: I Love Birds!

Happy Friday Friends!

Here's my "Friday Fave,"a series highlighting fun and interesting things (products, experiences and/or ideas) that I would recommend to others.

Here's what I am digging this week:   

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I Love Birds! is full of activities, information, and rich resources that will fuel discovery and inspire families. Through sensory, hands-on, and creative explorations that involve birding basics and the hows and whys of bird behavior, the activities here will engage children’s imagination and sense of wonder as they observe birds in the wild, become citizen scientists, and forge a deeper understanding, appreciation, and stewardship toward nature, our planet, and all things feathery.

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Earlier this week the boys and I tried out one of the activities in the book and created a "nest helper ball" to aid birds in finding nesting materials.   We followed the instructions in the book and hung the ball in a tree outside of our window by our bird feeder. 

IMG_4505I Love Birds! includes 51 other seasonal activities like this geared for families with children ages 4-8.  

Click HERE to read a feature about the book on the Roost Books website.

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You can also download a special I Love Birds! poster here.

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Friday Fave - The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders

Happy Friday Friends!

Here's my "Friday Fave," a series highlighting fun and interesting things (products, experiences and/or ideas) that I would recommend to others.

Here's what I am digging this week:

Herbal Handbook for HomesteadersI recently got my hands on this new book The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders: Farmed and Foraged Herbal Remedies and Recipes by Abby Artemisia.    This book is a wonderful resource full of tutorials, recipes and instructions on how to grow, forage, and create natural home remedies.  

Chapters include:

  • Getting Started
  • The Mints and Herbal Tea
  • Immunity and Remedies
  • Bug Repellents and Skin Soothers
  • Allergies and Pain
  • Eating Herbal Through the Seasons

Here is one of the tutorials from the book:

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excerpted with permission from The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders by Abby Artemisia © 2019 Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc.

You will need:

1 lemon or other citrus fruit (peel or whole), cut into slices 

1 tablespoon (15 ml) dried thyme

1 tablespoon (15 ml) dried lavender, pine needles (chopped), or other fragrant herb of choice

¾ cup (180 ml) white vinegar

10 drops essential oil, such as lavender or peppermint (optional)

1-quart (960 ml) Mason jar with lid

Parchment paper or wax paper

Small spray bottle

Instructions:

1) In a quart-size (960 ml) Mason jar, combine the citrus fruit, thyme, lavender, and vinegar. Cut a piece of parchment paper or wax paper twice as big as the top of the jar and place it between the jar and lid to prevent corrosion. Seal the jar and set aside in a cool, dark place to infuse for about 2 weeks, giving it a good stir or shake daily.

2) Once the mixture has infused, strain it into a spray bottle. Add the essential oils, if you like. It’s ready to use immediately. Spray on surfaces to clean and disinfect. This mixture will last for at least 6 months, though it will likely be gone before then!

Makes about ½ cup (118 ml)

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The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders: Farmed and Foraged Herbal Remedies and Recipes  is great resource for information and inspiration that includes vivid photography and easy to follow instructions. 

It would be a great addition to any homesteaders library, it would also be a great gift!

-MD

 

 


Friday Fave - Rachel Hollis Rise Podcast

Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis is a #1 New York Times best-selling author of Girl, Wash Your Face, a TV personality, top motivational speaker, top podcast host, CCO of The Hollis Company and mother of four.

Over the past few months, I have been listening to podcasts from Rachel's RISE series.

 RISE is a series of bold conversations with fellow business powerhouses and personal development leaders that provides the listener with real-life tangible takeaways.

Rachel is releasing a new book next week! ( March 4).: Girl, Stop Apologizing.

If you are looking for something bold, honest, inspirational and entertaining check out Rachel's work.

 


Friday Fave - Bee's Wrap

Happy Friday!

As I am getting in the habit of blogging more frequently, I thought it would be fun to add a Friday series highlighting fun and interesting things (products, experiences and/or ideas) that I would recommend to others.

Here's what I am digging this week:

Bees Wrap-Sustainable Food Storage

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Bee’s Wrap was founded in 2012 by Vermonter Sarah Kaeck, a mother of three who has been, by turns, an avid gardener, milker of goats, keeper of chickens, and seamstress. Bee’s Wrap started with a question facing many families and home cooks: How could we eliminate plastics in our kitchen in favor of a healthier, more sustainable way to store our food?

What she discovered is a lost tradition made new again. By infusing organic cotton with beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin, she created a washable, reusable, and compostable alternative to plastic wrap.

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I had been eyeing up this product for several years and recently purchased the clover print 3 pack.    I love the smell of the beeswax, which is something I loved about my beekeeping experiences.   Just the smell of the bee's wraps make me happy.   So, in my book, if a food wrap can make me happy - that is a win!  

Find out more on their website:  www.beeswrap.com