Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Get to Know Your Steak

In an effort to maintain my "girlish" figure, I have embarked on a diet of sorts. Less of a diet, more of a lifestyle change. I've always been a regular exerciser but in the past year and a half I have been losing the battle of the bulge. Getting my ass kicked actually. Drastic times call for drastic measures folks. For going on three weeks I have been sugar, caffeine, dairy, and grain free. It's been hard. The first five days or so were hell. And just an hour an ago, I narrowly escaped the clutches of buttery, salted soft pretzel. But every day, it gets a little easier and I can already tell a difference in how I feel and how my pants fit.

So what do I eat? Vegetables. Lots of them. Fruit. Lots of those too. Nuts. Just a few. And meat. Lots of lean, pastured meat. Since upping my intake of animal proteins, I have been extra conscious about the kinds of meat I'm eating. Amidst all the "pink slime" controversy and now "tuna scrape," I want to know more about my meat's pre-plate life than ever before.

I've written here before about the advantages of  knowing your food, and my family's connection to the grass fed beef in my freezer. The advantages of grass fed beef and and other pastured animals are numerous but people usually associate grass fed with budget busting. This can be avoided by purchasing a whole animal but the thought of a whole cow(or even a quarter!) in your freezer can be intimidating. Well, be intimidated no more! Here's a neato infographic, courtesy of Frugal Dad, to help you be a more educated beef buyer. The more you know about your food, the better!

Beef Infographic
Source: FrugalDad


Monday, April 23, 2012

Out Damn Spot!

Boy (noun): Noise with dirt on it.

I can't think of a more accurate description for my son. My little J is a rough and tumble
B-O-Y. He's loud, rambunctious,and always, and I mean always, dirty. Whether mud, food or some other unidentifiable substance, his hands, face and clothing are usually marred within minutes of waking. And though hands and faces are easily washed, J's wardrobe suffers from the constant onslaught of muck and mire.

Shirt in question, before treating and washing
There is always something that needs pre-treating before I wash it. When I greened up my laundry routine, I never gave a second thought to my beloved Shout stick. But when I went to attack the newest mystery stain on J's favorite polo, I discovered I was out of Shout and decided to mix up a batch of homemade stain remover I'd been wanting to try. In a clean spray bottle,  I mixed:

1/4 cup liquid dish detergent ( I used 7th Generation)
1/4 cup glycerin

1 1/2 cups water

I sprayed the mixture generously on each spot and let it sit for just a couple of minutes before I threw it in the washer. The verdict?
Love that cheesy half smile :)
IT"S CLEAN!! Not a trace.  I think there was ketchup, chocolate and mud this time around and the spots weren't exactly "fresh" either. This mix is a great, chemical free alternative to conventional stain removers and is much, much cheaper. I had all the ingredients on hand so for me, it was free! That's much better than the $4 I paid for each Shout stick.

Mom: 1
Dirt: 0



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

And The Winner Is...

Congratulations to comment number seven

Nicole Spring @ Frontier Dreams!

You have won a copy of Rhonda Hetzel's new book Down to Earth! I'll be in touch shortly.

Thanks for reading friends!


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Twenty Nine

Today, I am twenty nine. I thought this birthday would be hard on me. After all, it is the last year of my twenties. But I woke up this morning feeling happy, grateful, and very much at peace with where I am in this life. I am healthy. I am loved.

I need nothing else.

To kick off my 29th year, here is a list of ten things that are making me happy...right now.

  • Cauliflower. The head we ate last night. The head I cut from the the garden this morning. And the eight heads in the garden still growing.

  • Children's consignment shops. I bought six pairs of shorts, three shirts and dress for $25. Cheap and eco-friendly!

  • Facebook. I can't believe how many people have left me a birthday message. I feel so loved!

  • Books. A real, bound, paper book. I love my Kindle but I miss the weight of a novel in my hands. Kudos to my husband for giving me a paperback novel for my birthday!

  • A Best Friend. She knows all my secrets and remembers that I like dark chocolate with sea salt. She is irreplaceable!

  • Pop Rocks. The Easter Bunny put a packet of these vintage candies in my children's Easter basket and  I love watching them giggle while they fizz and pop on their tongues.

  • Coronado Island. I booked our hotel rooms this morning for our summer vacation. I'm counting the minutes until I can see the ocean again. I should have been a mermaid!

  • Thomas the Train. My son gave me his beloved wooden train as a birthday present. I almost cried. 

  • Burt's Bees Lip Balm. A fresh tube. So tingly!

  • Cat Vomit. Okay. Cat vomit doesn't make me happy. Twitch hacked up something nasty while I was writing this. But he chose to vomit on the tile which infinitely easier to clean than if he would have done it on the carpet. Happy Birthday to me!

What's making you happy today?

Don't forget to enter my giveaway! Win a copy of Down to Earth by Rhonda Hetzel!


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

Wishing you all a very blessed Easter!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a chance to win Rhonda Hetzel's new book
 Down To Earth. Contest ends April 18th!


Monday, April 2, 2012

I Missed It! And a Giveaway!

I missed it! I can't believe I missed it! My two year blog-o-versary was March 30th. Two years. I can't believe I've been in this space for two years! This calls for a celebration!

I'm giving away a copy of Rhonda Hetzel's book, Down to Earth; A Guide to Simple Living. Rhonda's blog was the very first simple living blog I encountered. Her blog was my  how-to manual when I started to live more simpy and more sustainably. Rhonda is helpful, encouraging, realistic, engaging and has inspired me more than she will ever know! I have yet to read the book (I'm hoping to get it for my birthday next week!) so if you win, do let us know how it is!

To enter:

  • You must be a follower of Green's Going Green. Don't be a lurker. I won't bite. Mosey on up there and click follow why don't ya? I ship internationally!
  • Leave a comment telling me why you choose to live simply and sustainably.
  • For additional entries, share this giveaway on your Facebook page or on your own blog. Leave a separate comment for each.

Good luck friends! And thanks for reading!