Adventures in Organic Gardening 


OMG. I started planting two weeks ago and we’re finally almost done for a while! All I have left to do is plant carrots and peas and then broccoli rabe, eggplant, and butternut squash once the spring crops are harvested. And build trellises for the zucchini, cucumbers, and peas.

I can’t wait to see how much money we save on our grocery bill!

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10 Ways to Eat Chia Seeds + Bonus Recipe!

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Chia seeds are the seeds of a plant in the mint family that’s native to Mexico and Guatamala. They are a great natural energy booster because of their unique ratio of protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Chia seeds are the best plant source of Omega 3s, so vegetarian and vegan friends, please try them out!

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Save on Your Water Bill With This Affordable Backyard Tool

We have always wanted space to live more sustainably. It’s so hard to do when you’re moving every few years from apartment to apartment. 

This little plot of land in the country is allowing us to fulfill that dream in a variety of ways. One of my favorite ways right now is collecting rain water. 


We got this rain barrel a few weeks ago and I’m loving it! After just two small rains, the 65 gallon barrel is already full. 

I’m excited to see how many gallons of water we save by using my new favorite yard tool. 

USES FOR RAIN WATER

-water gardens, house plants, trees, compost, etc. 

-drinking water for animals

-animal baths 

-beauty products (in place of distilled water in apple cider vinegar rinse for hair, body spray, etc.) 

-in place of tap water in homemade cleaning products

-dish washing 

-cleaning projects (mopping, steam cleaning, etc.) 

-outdoor showers 

-outdoor water play

You can also create a filtration system and use rain water for cooking if you wanted to! 

All you have to do to install your rain barrel is place it on top of two large cinder blocks so gravity will force the water out of the spouts (one spout is for a garden hose and the other is up high to fill buckets), and route a gutter directly into the rain barrel with a flexible gutter extension. 

We planted perennials around it to cover up the cinder blocks and put a nice planter of annuals on top just to help beautify it a bit.

Rue loves it too! 

What’s your favorite sustainable living project right now? 

Happy Thursday! 

<3,

Laura 

How to Make Almond Milk Lattes with Just Three Ingredients and a Blender 

I recently gave up drinking coffee. I made it a good month. Then one day I was so tired I absolutely could not get through work without some serious java assistance, so I stopped for a coconut milk latte on the way to work.

It certainly helped me get through the day but I live in the boondocks so I don’t have the option to buy lattes everyday. Plus, I hate spending money on stuff I can easily make at home for less.

Plus, making nut milk lattes at home is crazy easy. And you don’t need an espresso machine or a milk steamer.

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Immune Boosting Spice Blend

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I am so excited to announce that we have launched an Etsy Shop where we will sell a variety of handmade organic natural living products that are safe for the whole family!

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Mom Hack Monday: Natural Pink Eye Remedy


Rue woke up with her left eye completely crusted shut. It was red and inflamed and she kept rubbing it so I knew there was an infection.

Immediately, papa Rodriguez was freaking out, but I knew we could treat it if we acted fast. Tea tree and lavender are the two essential oils I always grab when there’s any kind of infection, cut, scrape, or burn because of their natural antibiotic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties.

We’re all out of tea tree right now but we never go without lavender and since it’s one of the most gentle oils, that’s what we used.

HERE’S WHAT WORKED FOR US:
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What’s Cookin’ Wednesday: Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Today’s What’s Cookin’ Wednesday is all about a quick, nutritional breakfast option. Smoothies.

Smoothies are a great way to use up fruit that is under or over ripe as well as sneak in immune boosting ingredients that don’t taste all that great on their own. Like turmeric, sea vegetables, cacao nibs, etc.

Whenever we make smoothies we try to pack them with leafy greens and other naturally protein rich ingredients as well as vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. We’re fresh out of leafy greens today, but we’ve substituted a few other sources of protein/fiber/vitamins.

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