Friday Fave Feed

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:   

I Love Birds!: 52 Ways to Wonder, Wander, and Explore Birds with Kids71aAV4vDOtL._AC_UL872_QL65_

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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Antibacterial Cleaning Spray

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

 


Friday Fave

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:

Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness by Gretchen Rubin.   Outer Order  Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin

I am a fan of Gretchen Rubin’s work.  She’s the author of many books, including the  New York Times bestsellers The Four Tendencies, Better Than Before, and The Happiness Project. I was happy to get my hands on an advance readers copy of her forthcoming book Outer Order Inner Calm (publishing March 5, 2019).
 
In the book Rubin shares how when we get in control of our stuff it can help us feel more in control of our lives. The book is full of practical tips and strategies on how we can get rid of things we don't use, don't need, or don't love, as well as things that don't work, don't fit, or don't suit, we free our mind (and our shelves) for what we truly value.  The big idea is that when create order in our lives (at home or at work) it can help make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative.
 
In the book Gretchen Rubin suggests dozens of manageable steps for creating a more serene, orderly environment with a sense of fun.  
 
It is a quick read (208 pages) and I envision it being a good book to go back to for clutter-clearing reminders and ideas.
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I am starting with these three, recommended big ideas as I work through suggestions in the book:
 
Do I need it?
Do I love it?
Do I use it?
 
 
If you are interested, you can pre-order a copy here.