Sunday Thoughts on Adventure

PMD Sunday Adventure Katie Mattern

By Katie Mattern Do you ever feel that with every change of season, anything is possible? Maybe it is an innate connection to the rhythms of our earth or general excitement about new beginnings, but with each season I tend to take a moment and take an internal inventory about my life and commit to trying new things, renew my commitments to the important people in my life and always, always remember to include the fun stuff. So as summer approaches, this quote by Maya Angelou seems perfect: “Because of our routines, we forget that Read More →

Thoughts on Starting Fresh

PMD refresh

By Estelle Hayes “You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” ~Mary Pickford, Actress I have long appreciated variations on this quote. The idea that we can start fresh at any moment is empowering and liberating. And I can always use a reminder that “failure” is more about what you do about it – how you recover and rebuild – than it is about whatever didn’t go exactly as planned. So maybe you burned dinner or forgot Read More →

Eco Fashion is Finally Here

PMD Eco Fashion

By Estelle Hayes When I hear the words eco and fashion together I can’t help but giggle. I just think Birkenstocks and loads of beige hemp fabric. The folks at Fashioning Change are proving me wrong with a genius regular feature called “Wear this, not that.” They compare beautiful dresses like these two from Etrican, which are made from unbleached, organic cotton (and they’re affordable) and from an ethical company to similar outfits from Urban Outfitters and Banana Republic. I’m loving this site and finding new-to-me brands that I feel good about supporting every single Read More →

DIY Summer Plans

PMD summer camp

By Estelle Hayes Have you ever made your own cheese? Can you mix a martini or muddle a mojito? How about make your own soap or compost your food scraps? Nope? Me neither. I’m thinking this summer is the perfect time to take on a few new challenges. Love Apple Farms is offering some amazing classes, none of which I can actually attend this month, but their schedule has inspired me to come up with a list of my own. And I’d love to know about any projects you plan to take on this summer. Read More →

In the Garden with Pumpkins

Pumpkin patch collage

  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 →

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