In the Garden with Pumpkins

  It’s time, friends. Time to plant your pumpkins if you want your own beauties to carve up this October. Last year we planted seeds in a girlfriend’s yard. The experience of watching our kids watch thier own garden work grow was oh so satisfying. You can see a post of our progress here. This year, we’re trying our luck in my own yard and already two tiny seedlings have sprouted. I highly recommend starting a few pumpkins from seed or seedling right now.  Find a very sunny spot, build a small mound of good quality soil and some Read More →

Field Trip to the Farm

By Melissa McArdle My family tends to seek out the farms in our community. Whether they have organic fruits and vegetables or free-range eggs and meat, we make a point to visit and support these eco-friendly establishments which grace the open-spaces cultivated with sustainable agriculture upon our treasured lands. Green String Farm in Sonoma, CA is a 140 acre farm, with approximately 60 acres in cultivation. They produce vegetables and fruits and maintain a farm store year-round.  A recent visit allowed us to mingle with 3-week-old goats, swing on the porch of a child-size Victorian house, Read More →

Conscious Yoga Gear (+ a giveaway)

By Estelle Hayes Raising your consciousness with a regular yoga practice, but still getting your gear at a big box store? Yeah, me too. But I’m ready to make a change. Think about investing in yoga wear and gear that has been made under fair labor regulations, while sourcing organic and sustainably produced materials. Asana Green is an online source for men’s women’s and children’s yoga clothing and gear. They don’t send wasteful catalogues and they do plant a tree for every order placed. Seriously, they are committed to doing good in the world. This Read More →

Black Bean Burgers with Chef Dayna McLeod

Once a month, celebrity chef and plant-based diet expert Dayna McLeod will answer a few of our food-related questions and share one of her delicious recipes. I made her breakfast quinoa last week and it was a great start to me day. In addition to the recipe below, Dayna’s answering a few of my questions about transitioning your family’s diet to plant-based whole foods. Take it away, Chef Dayna. PMD: Beans are a big part of a healthy plant-based diet. Can you help us understand the health benefits? Chef Dayna: Beans are often called “poor Read More →

Sunday Thoughts on Stillness

By Estelle Hayes “Bring yourself back to the point quite gently. And even if you do nothing during the whole of your hour but bring your heart back a thousand times, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour would be very well employed.” ~St. Francis de Sales I love this reminder that any time spent in meditation is worthy just as it is. Even if your mind is frantically running it’s healthy and good to sit quietly and take a break. Breath deeply. Be still. Photo credit: Estelle Hayes 

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