Jack challenged me to a duel. Or needed to see that mommies can do anything daddies can do… Please note my leveled perfection: Jack’s new closet is finished and awesome and spacious. I am Mommy, hear me use power tools.
So this is kind of a big deal. It’s really common in the world of mommy blogs to run into many product reviews and giveaways and what-not. We’re moms. We’re thrifty. I get it.
I’ve been contacted a few times by companies to review products or to accept a free gift if I’m willing to run a giveaway on my blog. I’ve always been really torn by these offers. I’m thrifty so some free cleaning products would be awesome, but in the end, I felt like if I was going to be willing to do this I wanted it to be something I really believed in. Not just because it was free.
When I was contacted by Scott Meyer’s publicist I was truly interested in using my blog to tell you about something cool. Now I tell you about products or cool gadgets sometimes, but it’s because I found it, I think it’s cool and I want you to know. Normally I have no brand loyalty I’m not pushing an agenda and that’s the way I like to keep it. So why this book? When I realized that what we were already doing was trying to create a homestead in suburbia I figured I would check to see if anyone had written about homesteading in small spaces. At that time everything was “If you have 12 acres of land….” or “Here’s how to convert your car to bio-desel.” And while these things are wicked cool, they aren’t really practical for my life, young mom, small kids, trapped in suburbia.
I just got The City Homesteader in the mail and I’m really excited about reading it and telling you all about it!
This Rachel sandwich DID NOT disappoint!
Here’s what we did:
1 Loaf regular Whole Wheat bread (next time I’m going to try this on Rye).
1 package of Tofurkey divide evenly between each of 4 sandwiches.
1 Jar of Organic Sauerkraut pile as much as you like on each sandwich- go easy on the kids.
Homemade 1000 Island dressing: (mix 1T olive oil mayo, 1T organic ketchup, 1T organic relish, because the other stuff had HFCS.) Smear on one side of the sandwich.
1 package of Swiss Cheese 2 slices per sandwich.
Grill on both sides the same you would a grilled cheese.
For the record, Jack, Henry, the Husband and I all LOVED this!! I’m certain it will become a regular meal in our house.
This recipe was my brain-child and my husband’s culinary creation.
Today while running some soul-crushing errands my oldest son said something very disturbing. The conversation went like this.
“Jack, now that we’re finished letting Target kill our souls (I may be ad-libbing a bit here) we need to go to the construction store.”
“No, Mommy, construction stores are just for Daddies.”
“No, Jack, Mommies can go to the construction store too.”
With righteous indignation, “NO! They can’t!”
Who replaced my mommy-loving son with a misogynist?!
“No, sweetie, girls can do anything boys can do, and that’s a good thing. That means daddies can do what mommies do and mommies can do what daddies do.”. Please don’t ask me about where babies come from, not now, because that totally undermines what I’m going for here.
Whew! For now.
So yesterday was the Summer Solstice. I did some extra sun salutations and they were delicious. But how cool would it have been to do yoga with a BUNCH of other yogis in Times Square on the Summer Solstice?! Check out this article from Huffington Post for photos and video. Yoga en mass like this is so cool to see!
During my weekend away my attempts at embracing aparigraha played second fiddle to my desire to shop for pretty things in an adult-like way.
If you have tiny humans of your own you know what it’s like to take them shopping. No stores with breakable things. Attention constantly divided between what you’re looking for and making sure they aren’t running amok. I discovered The Coconut Bay. A new store in Historic Berlin, MD. They have the coolest Buddhist, Hindu and early Christian collection of items I’ve ever seen. Beautiful Celtic Crosses.