Going Green?!

Going Green!

 

Going green?! What’s that ?

Well since you are probably wondering why I am writing about going green it is because of the outrageous us of plastic and processed food. I’ve always been a fan of cutting up the rings that hold the soda cans together because of the fear that it could be swept out in the ocean. Yall when i was a little kid I was really impressionable and I still hold to the values from when I was younger.

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Did you catch a glance?

So last month I did a blog post on,” Spring time Fun With My Toddler”(insert link). In the post I wrote about Mariah and I starting a garden. Growing up my dad taught me to grow my own food and we somewhat lived off of the land. A course I did not eat the animals that we raised because they were all given an adorable nickname; such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Believe me when I say this that was the names of our pet goats. We even had the joys of eating fresh farm eggs every morning.

 

So yeah! Back to going green, I’ve been inspired to create so sort of small garden on my porch. I want this garden to be free of pesticides and being chemically made. When I say I want something that is not made of plastic but  of a seed and soil. Corporate farmers have gotten away from producing food that is good for us and is developing something that is quick for them to modify. Even the meat we eat is pumped with steroids and people wonder why they are sick and or the obesity rate is so high. It is important to be aware of what is going into our body.

 

No, I am not a vegan or vegetarian but I have tried the lifestyle for one week and it was actually rewarding. I combined my eating plan with my love for yoga and I was actually able to tone my body and have more energy. I am not pushing veganism on you or anything I just want you to be aware of what we consume on a daily basis.

 

Here are a few ways that I decided to go green:

 

Planting a garden

Growing your own garden has so many benefits such as, you have the convenience of staying home and picking your fruits and veggies. I do still support my local farmers market especially if I am not able to grow everything at home.  Think about the how much gas money you can save my staying home. It even makes meal planning easier and everything taste much fresher. Plus if you get better at growing a garden you can consider selling or giving your produce to friends and family. Growing plants is also beneficial to the Bees, people don’t really understand the importance of bees. Bees help our food and flowers grow, yay Bees!!! (Buzzz)

Photos: http://www.themompreneurlifestyle.com

Reusable Grocery Bags

Y’all I’m not going to lie when I see a cute reusable bag you would have thought I just bought the cutest Louis Vuitton Bag. I love to use them at my local Publix or Aldi’s grocery store. If you think about it you don’t have to stress about your bag ripping when you are walking into the house. Believe me, been there!

 

Coffee Cups

I love love coffee! I know that we all have notice the reusable cups at the gas station or even your favorite coffee shop. Consider if the establishment offers reusable cups, then I would jump on it. Even making coffee from the comforts of your own home can still be cost effective and green.

 

Natural Cleaning Supplies

When I say the house doesn’t smell like harsh bleach, it is really refreshing! Can you imagine the dangers that a child may encountering when we use harsh chemicals. You can get so much done with just vinegar or some sort of essential oil blend.

Favorite Essential Oil Blend:

1 Cup of White Vinegar

1 Cup of Water

3 Drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil

3 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil

 

I hope these have been some helpful tips and tricks to going green. Feel free to comment below your experiences and suggestions.

 

*Disclaimer this blog post is not sponsored.

Spring Time Fun With My Toddler

                                               Spring Time Fun With My Toddler

 

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. -Audrey Hepburn
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Spring time is upon us, I know in some states it is still snowing or it’s freezing. If you your spring time hasn’t come yet, don’t lose hope because there are tons of family activities that you can do to bring in spring. So I am not the most creative person out there but I am constantly thinking up ideas that will keep my little one busy and having fun. I came up with a few ideas to have fun in the sun.

Our first Spring activity was to grow a garden, that was Mariah’s favorite part. We recently purchased a box of Cheerio’s which had a pack of seeds inside. I was like why not add this to our little garden. Having this garden has definitely been a learning experience and bonding time for our family.

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Another activity is painting a canvas, no I’m not saying go out and buy a canvas. You can do some sort of activity that will be creative and fun. While Mariah was painting she became a little more creative as she decided to paint on my husband and I. So always dressed to the occasion!  A course this blog is not sponsored but Michael’s usually sells a package of canvas at for as low as $10, this is when they are having some sort of monthly sale.

 

Bubble Bubble Bubble! Y’all when I say buying bubbles is a great investment for your toddler, it really is! They get chase bubbles and run that extra energy out, yaay! It is so cheap and affordable. Mariah even loves bubble time at the library, which brings me to reading new books.

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Story time at the library is not just a spring activity but all year around. I think that it is so also to be able to teach Mariah how to act in big groups and to have fun. It is really awesome how our local library does sing a longs, reading time and arts & crafts all under an hour. This is definitely something the sahm(stay at home mom) should consider. The other day we had a jammed packed day of visiting the library, grocery shopping at three different stores, movie and bubble time; after all of that she was ready for a nap.

 

I hope that you all have a wonderful and fulfilling spring!

xoxo

Donna P.

Simple Holiday Recipes

Simple Holiday Recipes

Happy Holidays!!!

Are you feeling stumped on what you might be cooking for the Holidays? Well you have come to the right place. Here are some recipes that I share with my family and now you can share them with your family too !

*Each recipe can feed 4-6 people!

Mama’s Homemade Stuffing
Ingredients:
-1 box of cornbread jiffy mix
-½ Bag of toast
-1 medium onion
-2 diced celery stick
– 2 eggs
-1 cup Chicken broth
-1 stick butter

Directions:
Bake the jiffy mix according to the directions on the box.
Toast the ½ bag of bread
Tear the toast by hand or your can cut it to your preference.
Break apart the cornbread
Chop your onion and celery, then combine all of the dry ingredients to a bowl.
Pour the stuffing mix into a casserole dish and top the stuffing with the butter and chicken broth.
Bake the stuffing for 30-45 mins at 350*F.

3-Cheese Mac N’ Cheese
Ingredients:
-1 box Elbow Pasta
-Cheese : 1 8 oz cream cheese, Velveeta, and Mozzarella
-½ cup Milk
-1 teaspoon of Paprika
-3 tsp of butter (stick butter)

Directions:

Boil the pasta for 5 -10 mins. Strain pasta and toss with butter, then add the cheeses & paprika. Add ingredients to a casserole dish and pour the milk over pasta mixture.
Bake the Mac n’ Cheese for 30-40 mins at 350F.

Yummy Sweet Potato Pie
Ingredients:
-1 lb. of sweet potatoes
-½ cup butter (melted)
-1 cup brown sugar or granulated white sugar
-½ tsp nutmeg
-½ tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp Vanilla
-2 eggs
-unbaked pie shells

Directions:

Bake sweet potatoes in the oven for 1-1.5 hours at 400*F. When the potatoes cool peel the skin from the potatoes and mash them. After you have mashed the potatoes add the butter and the rest of the unused ingredients. Pour the pie mixture into the shells. Bake the pies at 325 F for 23-30 mins until firm.

 

Honey Glazed Ham

Ingredients:
-Honey
-Brown Sugar
-Cloves
– 1 can Pineapple slices
*toothpicks

Directions:

Purchased a pre-sliced ham and scorn the ham. Put the cloves in the ham at the intersecting points of the scoring. Mix the honey and brown sugar in a bowl, then pour the honey mixture over the ham. Lastly, add the pineapple slices to the ham and hold in place with toothpicks.
*Place in crock pot for 2-3 hours on low.
OR
*Bake in oven fully cover with foil for 1-1.15 hours at 325 *F. Baste the ham every 20 mins.

No Bake Cheesecake
Ingredients:
-1 8oz. cream cheese
-1 cup of cool whip
-1 cup of sugar
-1 tsp vanilla
-Graham cracker crust
-Canned filling (my favorites are strawberry and blueberry)

Directions:

Blend together the ingredients except the fruit filling. Then add the mixture to the pie shell. Make sure that mixture is smooth and flat then top cheesecake with your desired fruit filling. Lastly, put it in the refrigerator to set for up 2 hours.

 

Sweet Cranberry BBQ Meatballs
(sweet BBQ-jelly meatballs)

Ingredients:
-2 pkgs of frozen meatballs
-1 bottle BBQ sauce(your choice)
-1 can cranberry sauce

Directions:

*Add of the ingredients to your crock pot and cook for 1-2 hours on high.

*Another homemade meatball recipe is to use fresh ground turkey or ground beef, then season with Italian seasoning and salt & pepper to taste. Add 2 eggs and 1 cup of Panko bread crumbs. Form the mixture into small balls(I use a cookie dough scoop). Bake in the oven for 30 mins at 350*F until brown,then put the meatballs in the Crock pot and BBQ sauce and grape jelly.

 

I really hope that these recipes find you well and that it makes your tummy as happy as it makes my family.

 

Happy Holidays !!!