Monday, February 22, 2010

my flu garden

My sweet baby boy (whom I refuse to admit is almost two!) gets colds every other minute, and is one of those kids who is "always sick" We have and are going down the allergy/natural remedy path and it is frustrating, and expensive.

So now, I've decided for sure to plant a cold and flu garden in the coming season. I think I'm going to use a raised bed, the rest of my garden is in ground, and use a children,s plastic swimming pool as my template for the size. I want to do a wagon wheel.

I'm planning on planting specifically in the cold and flu garden; yarrow, echinacea, catnip, thyme, peppermint, and lavender.

These plants, plus the garlic and rosemary in my regular garden are amazing sources of cold and flu prevention and treatment.

I'm also planning on planting elderberries, but I won't get my plants till the fall, and they won't start to produce until the end of next summer, so I'm going to stock up on dried elderberries this summer so we have plenty of elderberry syrup this coming winter!

Monday, February 15, 2010


More than half of the American public drink coffee. I drink coffee. I have ADD and caffeine is a huge part of my routine and keeps me off stronger levels of amphetamines to deal with my ADD. (I've GOT to do an ADD post eventually) Coffee helps me to function as a wife, mother, student, and woman. Not to mention be a productive member of society!

But the choice of coffee is dreadfully important, and we as Americans have the lunary of making HUGE impacts on the coffee industry! We are the wealthiest nation in the world, and except for those among us who are living paycheck to paycheck or on government aid can make a difference.

Fair trade coffee is something that is important. We can with our money put an end to the horrific practices of the big coffee companies and do our part to help end worldwide poverty! Please at least watch this trailer, and if you can afford to rent them watch the movie!

Thursday, February 11, 2010


We are tired of winter here. The thing is, I have always loved winter, but this year I'm finding it trying. The kids are tired of bundling up everytime we go out, and being sick, and all the junk you have associated with winter. I've let our diet go, and when the sailor is gone for days at a time, I far to often don't cook the way I want to, or the way that we are healthiest.

I'm so looking forward to the ground being turned over in my garden again in a few weeks, and scattering those first few seeds and waiting on them to come up and reward us with their delightful flavors.

Soon, soon. This season will be over. Spring is almost here