Monday, March 28, 2011


So I read this great article about this family in California, that has taken simplifying their home and life to the extreme, but in a great way! They are all about refuse, reduce, reuse, then recycle. I love her thinking and everything she is doing in her home and family to live more simply and stop all the garbage from ending up in the landfill.  Anyways you will have to check out her blog to see what I am talking about. She has a video or two, that basically explain it all, or most of it.
Well, this got me and my husband started on our own home, and how we were living. So we have started to take some small steps towards simplifying our home and lives. Knowing that this could be a huge undertaking, we are taking it one day at a time, but truly are already starting to feel lighter;) Let me be the first to say that we know that at this time in our lives we are pretty sure that it would be more stressful for us to try to be a zero waste home, but we are striving to be a reduced waste home.
Here are just a few things we have done or are in the process of doing.
   *I made my own produce and bulk shopping bags, out of fabric I already had laying around.
   *We are now shopping in the bulk section of the grocery store, and basically trying to not buy anything in packaging.
   *We are going to a local farm and buying organic raw milk and eggs.
   *We are trying not to purchase anything plastic, or packaged in plastic. (this, turns out can be very
   *We are trying to store our bulk items in glass jars.
   *We have little by little gone through our house and gotten rid of a lot of unneeded stuff.
   *We went through our closets and dressers and only kept a named amount of each item.
   *I am going to try making all of my own household cleaners.
   * I made my own laundry soap
   *We are ripping all of our CD's to our computer and selling our CD's. (sorry Will:)
   * I am making several of our kitchen staples...such as bread, and yogurt.
That is all I can think of currently, I am sure I am missing something. This is an ongoing, growing list. But honestly it has been fun trying to figure out better ways to purchase items, or ways to eliminate them completely.
I would like to challenge you to give even just one thing a try. Every little bit helps. And we all know that in this crazy complicated world we are living in we all could use a little simple in our day to day lives.


Friday, March 25, 2011

Adult Yoga skirt

I made a yoga skirt for my sister for her birthday, in the same fashion as the toddler yoga skirt, but not out of an old T-shirt. I made hers out of a jersey knit sheet, since I needed more fabric for an adult size. I can't wait to see it on her.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Dish Rags

I was inspired by my Mom to make some of my own dish rags, so here they are. I have knitted 4 so far, and am on my 5th. They are so fast and easy to make. I am a super slow knitter, so it is nice to actually accomplish a knitting project.

I made butter!

We started going out to a local farm and getting raw milk and eggs once a week, which has been exciting for my oldest, Lucy. She thinks it is pretty cool to go out to the farm, and see the cows....anyways, since the milk is whole milk, the cream settles at the top, which probably most people already knew this, but I had never been around it and didn't, anyways I skimmed off some of the cream and threw it my mixer and magic, butter! And the left over liquid in the bottom of the bowl is butter milk, which is great for pancakes or just about anything you want to bake that calls for milk. I am learning so much about this raw milk, it is great!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Toddler yoga skirts

I saw this tutorial on a blog that I follow and it was for a yoga skirt made from an old t-shirt. It was super easy and I think they turned out cute. My husband was getting rid of a couple of t-shirts, so I used them to make my 3yr old a couple of skirts.
Here is the link :
Anyways, it took me all of 30min, and I love the outcome. My daughter is into wearing skirts, and these are super soft and comfy.
I think I might even try to take the same concept and make myself one, but I will have to buy yardage to make one big enough for me:)