Weekly Menu, 8/2-8/8

It is so hot here in New Orleans.  So hot, in fact, that I actually feel sorry for my air conditioner.  Despite the heat, I’m baking a fresh loaf of bread today and using it for a couple of my meals this week.  I’m trying to stand over a hot stove as little as possible, so I’m hoping to plan my meals so that the leftovers can be used again.  These are my weekly recipes, Saturday is out to eat and Sunday is left-overs. Continue reading

Trials & Tribulations of an Eco-Friendly Hostess

When I decided to baptize my daughter, Mia, I knew it would be a big event.  I have so many family members and friends that live nearby that I didn’t even consider keeping it small.  But I did have two major concerns: how to throw a party that won’t end up in a landfill and how to throw a party that wouldn’t break the bank.  I think that I was successful in making a few key changes that Mother Earth would be proud of, although there were some things that I had a hard time avoiding and some I didn’t even think of until it was too late.  If you are throwing a party soon, try some of these tested ideas and see if they work as well for you as they did for me. Continue reading

A note on creativity

I decided to start this blog as a gift to myself.  I often find myself drained after a normal day as a stay-at-home mom of a 1 year old.  By the time I crawl into bed, I’m so exhausted that I read a few pages through weary eyes and quickly nod off to sleep.  This routine doesn’t leave much time for me to create, to be inspired, or to record the things that I have/hope to have created and been inspired by.  That’s where this blog comes in.

So far, I’ve mostly used NolaMomma to record the things I’ve learned and don’t want to forget.  This is a good thing because I used to use tattoos to mark these sorts of ideas.  Now that I’m tired of explaining all these strange markings and wondering about how they’ll look when I’m sagging and gray, I’m glad to have a different sort of scrapbook.  But I’d like to do more than simply recite my recipes and lists of new things I’ve discovered.  I’d like to use this blog as my creative sanctuary and I plan to start by making a promise to myself to record one thing a day.  If I can (at least) make note of an idea I’d like to try or (at most) try these things I find inspiring, I’d be happier with my blog and my self.

An important part of life that I often overlook is being the person who I want to be.  There have been points in my life that I’ve looked in the mirror and had a hard time meeting my own eyes.  I have found that the only way to change that, to be someone I’m proud to be, to be someone I enjoy being, is to start with small changes and to stick to them – one day at a time.  So here is to being more creative!

Hollygrove Maket & Farm

Much to the dismay of my friends from other cities, I was just recently introduced to the concept of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).  To my understanding, CSA is a way for members of the community to buy shares of a farm in exchange for a portion of what the farm produces.  When I began to look into CSA here in New Orleans, I was shocked to find Hollygrove Market & Farm, an urban farm here in the city that has everything I’d ever hoped for.

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Baby Butt Cleaner

Our family is making a transition to a paper-free household. We’re using cloth in place of all the paper we used to use (once we get this method perfect, I’ll post about it). One of the first things to go was baby wipes. Why buy something disposable and chemical-laden when you can make something reusable and natural? This is my favorite recipe for baby butt spray (found at Simple Mom):

2 tbsp. All-natural baby shampoo or grated castille soap
1 tbsp. Olive oil
1 c. warm water
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15 Reasons Why Vinegar Is My BFF

When I first started to make my own stuff, I was surprised at how often my ingredient list called for vinegar. From cooking to cleaning to beauty products, vinegar is used in nearly every item that I make myself. Here are my 15 favorite uses of vinegar: Continue reading

The end of deadly deodorants

When I first read this article at the website of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/AP-Deo), I was stunned.  I’m sure everyone heard the rumors that anti-perspirants were linked to breast cancer, but I assumed that if this was true the FDA would take these products off the market.  Unfortunately, I was wrong.

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