Archive for January, 2011

So I’ve decided that while homemade cleaners are good for some cleaning tasks – like taking care of sticky spots on the counter and innocuous messes like that, what I have found is that they aren’t very good at battling mold and mildew in the shower. Yes, I truly love the smell of Dr. Bronner’s peppermint castile soap…and baking soda has a nice grit to it, but nothing gets those nasty stains off my tile and grout like the cleaners that contain bleach. I feel like such a green failure for admitting this, but I really can’t stand the thought of taking a shower with visible growth on the walls and floor.

The one comfort I take in sending the bleach water down the drain is that I don’t use it very often, which may give you some sense of the state of my bathrooms. Good thing too because I think I burned my throat and dissolved any pesky nose hairs I had. People probably pay good money to have their nose hair waxed! Why bother when you can just breathe in some bleach?

I guess this really is a veiled inquiry for any non-harmful solutions to bathroom mold and mildew. Any ideas…before I harm myself even more?


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It’s our first week back with everyone where they should be – school, work, pre-school – and we were quickly reminded of how fast time goes in the morning. Unless we wake earlier than 7am, a hot breakfast where we sit and eat just doesn’t happen.

This leads to our first food mission (there are definitely more) – serving something healthy and filling, since breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I feel so guilty sending Z off to school with a bag of Cheerios and dried cranberries in bag to eat on the way to the car line.

So while I’m researching breakfast bars we can make at home, I’m going to throw it out there…have any meal ideas that match what we’re looking for? I’m in need of some fresh ideas.

And in the mean time, feast your eyes on the hole in our kitchen. Hopefully our new pantry will be finished in the next week. Wish us luck!

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It’s all about balance, right? This week I’m tending to my ‘other’ life as a 9-5er marketer. I’m looking forward to the weekend trip to the farmers market and making some new recipes with our goods from the co-op.

A few weeks back, I picked up some adzuki beans. Still trying to figure out what tondo with them. Any ideas?

Oh, and kitchen demo has begun! Husband has taken out a window and will be cutting through the concrete wall later this week to make a walk-in pantry. What a dream! I’m trying not to get too ahead of myself with thoughts of more demolition and renovation.

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R has come down with a terrible cold – likely the same cold that A had for the past two week since she seems to have impeccable timing with her coughs and sneezes right into his face and food. Since A’s cold included a lovely cough, we started giving her a homeopathic cough syrup with a honey base. It was amazing how quickly her cough calmed! Unfortunately though, it didn’t seem to be enough as the infection really took hold and I ended up having to take her to the doctor.

And yes, she was prescribed an antibiotic – I was less than thrilled. So I’ve also put her on a probiotic that will help maintain the healthy bacteria in her body – and it seems to be working nicely as I’ve seen proof but will spare you the details!

Which leads me to my latest research topic –  homeopathic ‘maintenance’ of our health. Is it true that 70% of our immune system stems from the health/status of our intestines?  As with all topics I’ve stumbled across through my research on organics, this is going to take me a while to wrap my head around – what should we be taking that we can’t supplement through our diet? What food should we be avoiding (dairy, sugar…just kill me now!)? Does doing a ‘cleanse’ really work?

Here are a few books on my reading list:

A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases and the Cure of Advanced Cancer by Max Gerson (1958) – and no Mom, if you’re reading this, none of us has cancer. Just interested in the therapy Dr. Gerson recommends.

What the Drug Companies Won’t Tell You and Your Doctor Doesn’t Know: The Alternative Treatments That May Change Your Life–and the Prescriptions That Could Harm You by Michael T. Murray (May 4, 2010)

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price and Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation (Jan 31, 2008)


Some pretty heavy stuff, but that’s the path down which I am headed. What research have you done/conclusions you’ve reached about how your diet affects your immune system? Have you changed any habits as a result?

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We spent some time this morning picking some oranges from our neighbor’s yard. It’s a beautiful 75 degrees and sunny out, so what better way to celebrate the new year and a gorgeous day!






R fashioned an impressive orange-picker out of a stick of bamboo and a Stonyfield Farm yogurt container.

Both girls of course wanted a chance to pick oranges!

Even Morgen our dog was smiling!

Happy New Year!!

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