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I’m at a crossroads. I’ve had this blog for a number of years, and that includes paying to have it hosted and for the URL, etc. I’m a pretty logical gal, and I was thinking, “Well, you haven’t really touched the blog in a couple years…sad to say. Save yourself $50 a year and shut it down.”. But for some reason, I can’t do that. One reason, it’s an outlet for my writing. And another, it’s a great way to look back and see all that we’ve accomplished.

The real reason that I haven’t been blogging is because we’ve been busy growing…and not plants, as you might imagine. We’ve been busy growing kids. This blog, like so many things around our house, has been put to the side while we raise our 9, 7 and almost 1 year old. Life is so freaking busy, who has time to do much of anything else.

But I do see the light at the end of the tunnel. DS is sleeping pretty steadily through the night, and it’s amazing how much better you can function with 7 uninterrupted hours of sleep. In fact, we’ve cleared the garden that hadn’t been touched in two years. You can use your imagination to picture what that must have looked like. Not a scene out of Better Homes, surely.

So, I’m not willing to give this up yet, and I’m going to try and write more often. I’m feeling inspired once again…we’ll see how it goes.

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Growing an organic garden is one part of my life but it doesn’t give the whole picture of what we’re trying to achieve at our house. Ever since both our kids were referred to an endocrinologist for their accelerated growth symptoms earlier this year, we’ve become much more serious about the things to which we expose our family and the habits we pass on to our kids.

We haven’t perfected everything…and there is so much to adjust to, I don’t know if we’ll ever get there. Some habits are hard to break. We still need to move to a more natural way of living, so that’s why I want to share the whole enchilada – like trying homeopathic remedies, alternatives to store-bought cleaning solutions, and other safe and responsible ways of living in general. Hopefully this opens the door to learning more from all of you too!

My pledge to those who stop by my little corner of the blogosphere…the goal of providing value in what I share won’t change. I’m just going to expand my perspective a bit as there is so much more to explore, learn and discuss with all of you. Know other blogs that discuss topics like this? Share them! I’d love to see what others are doing to create a healthy family environment.

I invite you to visit here often – and follow me on Twitter if you would like an extra dose! Have a great Saturday!

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You go!

It has taken sheer force of will to finally sit down and get to blogging this week. It’s not for a lack of wanting. The ideas have been coming to me like the wine that flowed into my glass last weekend in Sonoma, California! I now actually have some semblance of a content calendar which I am very excited about. This blogging thing is a whole process, I’m learning.

So first, I’m ‘getting my blog on’ on my iPad tonight. I already have my ‘blog setup’ on my laptop – all pages are bookmarked, passwords are saved automatically – you get the picture. But dear husband is finally getting to update HIS blog on the wooden surfboard he built earlier this year.

He only had 93 pictures saved up from the last time he posted till the time the board went on its maiden voyage in June…and yes, now it’s September! Are you getting a feel for how things work in this house yet? Check out my husband’s surfboard.

I’m happy to say that the iPad is nearly all set up for my blogging pleasure. WordPress for iPad has been great! Mission #1 of 200 accomplished for tonight.

Now, onto the point in really wanted to get to – congratulating Marisa on the launch of her new site. Hers is a blog I’ve been following for a few weeks and her creativity is captivating. I’m totally envious of her ability to give a thrift shop find a brand new life by taking it in, hemming it or just simply belting it at the waist! She’s given up ‘traditional’ clothes shopping for a year and given herself a $1 per day allowance for her ensembles. Marisa does an amazing job at documenting her journey so check out her blog and get inspired!

Back to the topic of gardening, I’m planning a full update this week as well as a recap of Sonoma and Mendocino. Chat again soon!

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The chicken or the egg?

I have to admit, I’m a marketer by day. But at night and in my spare time, I’ve wanted to explore the world of blogging a bit more. I really enjoy writing and after I read the book, The Other 8 Hours by Robert Pagliarini, I was inspired to try blogging to see where it would lead. It’s all of the things I can’t try out during the day, so in some ways this is my little science experiment.

When my husband and I started talking about growing a garden again – after a failed attempt in the spring that left us with weeds that were as tall as our children – it was the perfect topic for a blog! I started dreaming about what could become of the blog about our amazing garden-to-be. I dreamed of ad space and hundreds – even thousands – of readers! Who knew that setting everything up for the blog would take almost as much time as planting the garden itself! There are so many things I want to fix with this blog…like why does the RSS feed have that annoying space to the right of the link? In fact, the right hand navigation looks atrocious so in my ‘spare’ time, my aim is to clean it up. Suggestions are welcome, especially if you are familiar with WordPress. I’m definitely still learning.

And while I decided to focus on our garden in this blog, I might stray a bit because my interests span beyond just that and it’s hard not to slip in an obnoxious post about adorable kids, or the latest news on saving energy and resources through doing something a little differently.

One of those ‘different’ ideas: My magic ball predicts a blog post, or separate category about how we plan to put a green roof on our house! I’m sure my dad would absolutely cringe at that, but hey…who wouldn’t think plants on the roof is attractive!? I’m sure it’ll do wonders for the resale value of our home. Hmmm…yeah.

So in this case, which came first? The blog or the garden? It’s all intertwined just like life. It’s hard not to have one area of focus spill into another area of life – kind of like weeds into your vegetable patch!

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