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What I don’t say when I talk to my kids about climate change

What I don’t say when I talk to my kids about climate change

Mommy, which garbage can should I put this bottle in? “The blue one is for recycling, which means your bottle is going to made into something else.” At least that’s what they say. Who knows really? That bottle’s probably going to end up in the great Pacific garbage dump with all the other ten billion tons of bottles, diapers, cans of Schlitz and condoms. Does buying recycled paper towels really help the Earth? “Absolutely, because it means fewer trees are…

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Everything you needed to know about magnesium

Everything you needed to know about magnesium

Don’t be bored already. I know, I’m going to talk about magnesium, but I’ll make it fun. We’ll make it fun. Because magnesium can be fun. (No, it can’t.) But magnesium is important. So let’s do this. Magnesium has been called the most important nutrient for human health and most of us are magnesium deficient. Why? Because in order for a food to have magnesium in it, it needs to be grown in magnesium-rich soil. Commercial farming and pesticides have ruined…

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18 things you need to know before moving to the country

18 things you need to know before moving to the country

Do you ever find yourself scanning real estate on the internet for that perfect little farmhouse where you can leave your insane city life behind? You can grow a vegetable garden, have a cow as a BFF and never answer an email, text or endure another team meeting again? Yeah, me too. I went so far as to actually move to the country. And here I am, eight years later, in the country. Still. And I only wish that someone…

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The lambs are here!

The lambs are here!

Emerson has been waiting since September for lambs and they are finally, finally here. Here’s Chip… And here’s Pip… They are Babydoll Southdown lambs. We got them because they are used in vineyards to keep the grass down and make lots of healthy poops to add nutrients to the soil. Plus, Babydolls are small sheep so they’re not tall enough to reach the grapes. We have an organic vineyard and it takes Bill HOURS and HOURS to mow it and…

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My one “must have” item

My one “must have” item

I hate running errands with my kids. Actually, I don’t know anyone who does love to run errands with kids. Is it just my children that have issues getting in and out of the car? August takes off his shoes immediately and then we all have to wait for him (or me) to put them back on. Buck is always reading so he doesn’t want to get out of the car until he’s finished with a particular page or even…

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I guess they’re giving fawns to anyone these days

I guess they’re giving fawns to anyone these days

It seems like I got the pre-approval for the fawns.  I don’t know how this happened.  The only thing I can think is that they have fawns coming out of their ears and they’ll pretty much just hand them to anyone willing to bottle-feed an animal three times a day for four months.  (My suggestion — just ask anyone woman that’s ever breast-fed a child.  Three times a day for four months will sound like NOTHING to her.  Plus, you get…

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Did someone say fawn rescue?

Did someone say fawn rescue?

The kids and I were at the feed store AGAIN (I’m thinking of asking if they have loft space to rent) and I always stop by the community chalkboard to see what’s new. Usually it says things like “Wanted: Mowing goats”, “Duck eggs for sale” or sometimes just a mysterious “tools” with a phone number. But not  yesterday. Yesterday it had a sign that I’d never seen before. At first, I thought I didn’t read it correctly. So I read…

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9 mom swimsuit bodies — Which one are you?

9 mom swimsuit bodies — Which one are you?

Hey Mamas, it’s time to dig out that suit from the bottom of your drawer and show off what years of pregnancy and Nutella have tried to destroy. Oh, yes, it’s the parade of summer mom bodies. So sunscreen those cankles! Air out that muffin top! Clear-cut the crotch forrest! And maybe try to squeeze in a spinning class before heading to the pool, beach, river, lake or backyard sprinkler because you will be judged, oh yes, you will be…

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I can’t stop writing about chickens

I can’t stop writing about chickens

This story could also be called, “Children make awkward situations more awkward.” Okay, so here we are at the feed store ONCE AGAIN. I’ve been at the feed store so much this last month that I started looking at the clothes they sell there. Oh, here’s a nice plaid shirt. These overalls aren’t so bad. This bee-keepers hat might look good with some shredded jeans…. There’s a woman that works at the feed store that is one of the toughest,…

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New Life

New Life

Thank you for all your support over the loss of Lacy. It turns out that it does feel really good when someone says, “I’m sorry about your chicken.” It also turns out that many people feel the same way I do about animals — that love is love. No matter if it’s on two legs, four legs or chicken feet. The day before Lacy died, the kids and I had gotten a bunch of new chicks. Lacy met them, but…

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