Category Archives: For the Ladies

California adventures 1

I’m in California, hence the adventure series. One if the things I love about parks is visiting their nature centres. You get a chance to see just how the animals around you look, which is helpful, since you probably won’t get to see them in real life. They also provide you with tons of naturalist info about that species, which helps you better identify track and sign in a new ecosystem. Here are some examples!

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Overheard

Ah, how the truth comes from the mouth of babes!

True story:

Picture in your mind a car full of people, 2 little ones, and 3 adults. The mom, driving the car, pulls over in order to let a passenger investigate a roadkill. At first, we don’t know what animal is lying there on the road. We finally figure out it’s a very old deer. After hearing this, the 7 year old girl, sporting long ¬†hair, a fully pink outfit, platform flip flops, and who had just been talking to me about going to get a manicure, stands up and yells: “COOL! Mommy, can we EAT it?!?!”

You got to love nature connected kids, dontcha?

Are You A Diva?

A few years ago, I remember my mom mentioning that if our society truly was equal between men and women, pads and tampons would be subsidized by the government. Though you may not necessarily agree with this statement, its true that feminine products can get quite pricey. I remember spending 30$ a month on pads and tampons! But its been 3 years since I’ve spent any money on feminine products for my moon time. The reason? Simple. I use a reusable menstrual cup. During my period, I stick it in there, and empty it out at my leisure. Then, I wash it out with soap, and do it again. At the end of my period, I boil it for about 15 minutes, and it’s once again ready to use. To my knowledge there are no cases of toxic shock from this device, nor is there bleach or other chemicals leaching into your body from tampons or pads. Another plus? It’s easy on the environment, and your wallet.

They come in two sizes: 1, for pre-children, and 2, for post-children.

I will say it takes a few weeks to get use to it. But now, I love it.

Old Man’s Whiskers

In honour of my journey to Idaho, I’d like to share with you a plant we discovered in the mountain meadows of this lovely place. A member of the rose family, I’ve fallen in love with this slender, pale, and gentle plant.

The plant I’m talking about is old man’s whiskers, so named after the fluffy strings that emerge after the flower has bloomed. An infusion of this plant is known to cure yeast infections.

Yes, you heard it here first.

Old man’s whiskers cures yeast infections. How comical!

The Wonder of Girls

One of the best books I’ve read that details the biological and spiritual growth from girlhood to womanhood. It looks beyond overt feminism and self esteem issues, into the role of women in our world, how our biology determines it, and how to make sure that those girls you mentor, or mother, have the experiences it takes to turn into exceptional women, with scientific support and personal stories to prove the point. One of the highlights was the important of extended family and mentors for brain development, something lacking in our current culture. Enjoy!

 

Epic Feast

The other night my friends Michelle and Angie and I hung out, and cooked the most epic meal of my life. We made the PCC potato salad, a goat cheese salad, and fresh rolls. I’m not sure I’ve ever been quite so full.

 

Deeeeee-licious. And always nice to have some girl time. We spent the night eating and talking down at the dock, watching the sun set as the bats flew around us.

The Dirty Life

A wonderful, true love story that reads like fiction. I highly recommend it! The story of how a city girl meats a farmer, how they find a piece of land, fall in love, and start a full CSA which provides fruits, veggies, grain, dairy, eggs, and meat.