Five simple things

June 15, 2018


Well, last week was a crazy week. I didn't post "Five simple things" last Friday because I was beat. Starting on Thursday of last week I helped with a large yard sale and had a few of our large items in the mix. By Sunday evening all of us were pretty beat. Monday morning rolled around quite quickly, but given a slower week we were able to catch up. This weekend we are planning to meet someone in Eugene this evening to sell him some of The Mr.'s Lego collections from the 80s. We have been slowly selling more and more things that we don't use on a regular basis, including The Beans and The Mr. 8x4 foot train layout. It feels great to be able to look around and a room and see a lot of things gone that were just taking up space. We have a lot more things to sell, but we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. It's sad to think, all of that stuff used to be money, at one time. We now buy with intention. We don't give into consumerism and "tricked" into items that are just money eaters or trends. It's unfortunate that we are made to feel guilty if we do not follow trends that others are following, or don't buy something someone else finds interesting/neat/cool/fun. Slowly we are coming out of the zombie-like state and not being afraid to say, "NO" to these pressures. With that thought we are headed up to Vancouver, Washington, on Saturday to check out a Thomas, flat nose, school bus. We are hoping it is what we are looking for and helps us get closer toward our three-year goals-(more on this later). For now, here are "Five simple things" that made this week good.

1. These green berries and these tiny sprouts...

Our garden is slowly showing signs of life under ground. These tiny plants are making their way into the world and we will soon be able to enjoy the bounty.

2. The "girls"...

Always together and always following Happy's lead.

3. These subscription boxes from Yogi Surprise...

Always giving props to Yogi Surprise. This month's boxes are so wonderful and I love everything about the Lifestyle box. Unfortunately, this is the last month for the Jewelry box for me. My subscription for it came to a close this month, but that's okay! I have received a ton of great products through the Jewelry box and I am so pleased with everything that I've been given. I will continue to receive the Lifestyle box and share here on my blog what's in each and every one of them. Although the Jewelry box ended for me, you can still grab one for yourself and get on July's mailing list here.
Get a $10 credit towards your first box with code: REFHH4J2K9RGY 

And I can't go without mentioning the new Yogi Surprise - (The First Ever) Men's Yoga Box. This thing is amazing and geared straight toward men. That singing bowl is the best! But the best part really with this box is the fact that right now, for Father's Day, you can grab this box and get 25% Off Your First Yogi Surprise Box With Code JUNE25. Hurry though, this 25% off ends on June 26!

4. These donated bicycles...

We donated two of our non-used bicycles and a bike frame this week as part of the First Alternative Co-op's partnership with Alaffia. 
Alaffia, a Washington-based fair trade body care company that uses indigenous African resources, will send the bikes to students in Togo. According to UNICEF, 90 percent of girls and 80 percent of boys in Togo drop out of school before secondary education. -source 
These bicycles will be restored, fixed, or refurbished to send to Togo, West Africa, and help students in their pursuit in a quality education and a promising future.


5. Recap of last week's "Five simple things"...

• The Strawberry Festival:

On Sunday, June 3, we headed out to the Strawberry Festival here in the Valley. It's always the first full weekend in June and it's entirely in celebration of the strawberry coming into season. The three of us have been enjoying the celebration as a family for over 10 years and this year was no different.


• These oyster shells...

We found a great addition to our duck's diet with these all natural oyster shells. We found these last week while at an organic garden store in Corvallis. We are hoping these will be a better alternative for them over the mass produced oyster shells on the market.

• Our house at night...

Last weekend The Bean happened to go outside and notice how pretty our house looked when it got dark. He took a picture of it and came in to tell us how wonderful it looked in the dark. And we agree!

A few more things:

Have a nice weekend!

Five simple things

June 1, 2018


June 1! Unfathomable! Summer weather is slowly creeping its way into the Valley. We've had a great week and today marks 109 years of celebrating the strawberry here in Lebanon, Oregon. Each year, on the first full weekend of June, this town celebrates the coming of the strawberries. Anything and everything strawberry is celebrated here and it's a good time to share a few past posts of strawberry recipes and past blog posts of the Strawberry Festival. As The Bean gets older we find ourselves doing other things that take us away from the festival more and more. This year we will go, ride a few of our favorite rides, then come back home and enjoy our own space. The Strawberry Festival brings out a great number of people from around the entire Willamette Valley. One of the things the coming of the Strawberry Festival does is remind us that the strawberries will soon be ripe and that brings about many more ways to enjoy the juicy, red, berries each year. Lots of new ideas and meals revolving around the strawberry. I've had my eye on making a strawberry chocolate chip cookie....We'll see what I can come up with. Here are five simple things that made this week wonderful.

1. This travel picture...

This picture of Crater Lake was entered in the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. I am thrilled to be part of something so wonderful and even more thrilled that my work was considered among other great photographers. You can view the picture here on the site.

2. This little tree...

This sweet, little, Pine tree was growing among a lot of dead trees. I took a picture of it because it always fascinates me how nature recovers, even after something like a forest fire. Mother Nature's healing comes in many ways.

3. Memorial Day...

I love hanging and displaying the United States flag on our house. I just love how the colors look against the side of a house and on our fence. Memorial Day and July Fourth always give me a reason to break out the flags and hang them for all to see and show our support and appreciation for those that gave us what we have.

4. Crimson Clover...

Looking forward to these little baby sprouts to turn into beautiful Crimson Clover along the fence line. Can't wait for all of the little flying pollinators to visit them and take what they need.

5. This lotion...

The Might Nest Mighty Fix for May was lavender body lotion from All Good. This lotion smells amazing! I didn't add anything else to my "Fix" this month, but I have to say, this lotion is half gone already because it smells and feels that great! Grab Might Fix for the month of June here.

A few more things:

Do you remember her?

Maybe a good use of plastic bags?

For kiddos learning to read.

• The Bean always wanted this bed.

DIY: Natural bug repellent.

DIY: Working with Beeswax.

Makes Me Think. Stories of discrimination. 

DIY: Crafts board.

Free yoga classes online.

DIY: Moisturizing body lotions.

One more thing:

-We got quite the scare here in the Willamette Valley this week. A Civil Emergency sent out over the cell phones warned of a “Civil Emergency in this area. Prepare for action.” We were with everyone else around us and wondered what it was and if we needed to indeed do something...
Needless to say, the emergency was to warn residents in Salem, Oregon, of the water condition having low levels of cyanotoxins caused by algae blooms in their water supply. Although, we do not drink the tap water in our city, this is quite alarming being as close as we are to the city of Salem. Not sure what the solution is for that area, but hopefully another warning won't go out to alarm everyone in the Valley. Read more here.

Have a nice weekend.