We are moving along, just like you are 🙂 We hope you are doing well. Right now we are dealing with some broken pipes and a broken furnace, but are grateful for employment, contingency backups and positive thinking! Annnnnnnyway…
As you might know, I, Vicki, am an herbalist (among many other things!). Just recently, I started formal training because so many of my products have become successful and necessary remedies not just in my home, but many of my extended family and friends’.
~WHY WE USE ONLY GLASS CONTAINERS at the end of this post~
Spring Fever! Already.
I’m also so far gone into a case of Spring Fever that I have signed up for Misfits Market. It’s a really cool idea they have. Organic ugly produce gets thrown out/ WASTED all the time. This is a service that delivers it right to my remote country dirt-road door! I don’t even have to go hunting for organic produce in three different stores and be limited to carrots and spinach. These guys have rutabagas, radishes, endive.. MMMMmmm! Makes a plant-based Mama happy!
It’s a subscription box of sometimes funny-looking, always delicious produce, designed to break the cycle of food waste. Think of us like an online grocery store, except one that specializes in rescuing food that is unnecessarily thrown away. We source high-quality organic produce that has a few quirks—onions that are too small, potatoes that are shaped like your favorite celebrity, and carrots that fell in love and got twisted together. It may sound like a joke, but billions of pounds of this fresh and delicious food is tossed each year because grocery stores only want “perfect” foods on their shelves. We step in and buy this food from hundreds of farms across the country and bring them to your doorstep, saving you money and helping you save the world.
SO …. when it comes in next Monday for the first time, I’ll do an unboxing video 🙂
Happy New Year and we hope you had a great holiday.
~WHY WE USE ONLY GLASS CONTAINERS for our skin solutions (& whenever possible otherwise)~
These are just a few reasons…
“There are environmental impacts associated with each stage of aluminum production, from extraction to processing. The major environmental impact of refining and smelting is greenhouse gas emissions. … Sulfur dioxide and sodium fluoride are emitted from smelters and electrical plants.” – The Environmental Literacy Council (https://enviroliteracy.org/special-features/its-element-ary/aluminum/)
“Plastic has a large impact on the environment. It is possible to recycle plastic, depending on your city’s recycling system, but many people do not. Plastic is not biodegradable, which means it is not possible for the earth to naturally absorb this material back into the soil. Rather, the light breaks down the plastic into small pieces that contaminate the soil. It is expensive to manage and clean the toxicity that plastic creates. Recycling programs aim to get you to reduce the amount of items you use, reuse your containers and recycle what you can no longer use. Plastic can also adversely affect your health.” – Hunker.com (https://www.hunker.com/12003598/the-advantages-disadvantages-of-plastic-containers)
(… among many others… so we just use glass bc we can and we CARE about you and our environment. XO We sourced our jars as inexpensively and responsibly as possible after much research.)
VERY much love,
Vicki, Ray, the kids, Demmy the dog, the cats, and the chickens xo
Finally, I am getting a minute to post a “Hello!” Summer has been a little hectic with some health issues and new puppies! We will catch you up with a puppy vid soon. In the meantime, here’s a picture of “Demmy,” our 5 1/2 month old “Dark Chocolate” lab:
He’s my new best buddy 🙂 We had gotten him and his sister, but had lots of trouble with Littermate Syndrome. We are so thrilled that we found “Josey” (her new name) a new, fantastic home and great humans!
I am finally starting to list my many summertime creations on our Etsy Store, as well. I know I am a little behind, but better late than never! Here’s a little hand painted Unicorn Seahorse pillow I made with a secret pocket in the back:
I sent my friend Suzanne of WTFarmGirl a couple treats and her reaction has inspired me to sell them on our Etsy store.
I had made these reusable cotton face masks to help me with the dust when I am working in the barn or woodshed. They help keep the dust out. You can wear them either way, whatever suits your fancy, as they are curved to fit your face and the straps are a soft, round elastic.
I have no packaging or labels ready yet, but up it goes! I made some awesome apple butter with orange and clove that I call “Sunshine Butter” and also some “Salve So Good!” that has Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Olive oil infused with plantain, Grapeseed Oil infused with Jewelweed, Carrotseed, Cedarwood, Lavender, Red Raspberry Seed, Clove, Calendula, Geranium, Vitamin E, and Rosemary oils. You see many salves with some ingredients, but mine will rock your socks! While you’re at it, slather some on dry heels and cover with cotton socks for a mini spa treatment!