Consumerism at it’s most adorable

January 25, 2016

Kipling is coming on one year, and the cliché is right, it just flys by. In that time he went from a wide eyed, big mouthed little blob of curiosity, to a smiling, chatty, running little man who takes charge and isn’t afraid of anything.


Raising him thus far hasn’t been without challenges, but it has given me time to really get to know my son, and take him on some really fun local adventuring. Future blogs about our hiking excursions are coming soon.

One thing being a parent has made me more aware of, is purchasing handmade items I can trust in quality and safety, especially when I can support another mom. The following are some of my favorite mom produced items, beautifully designed, exceptionally made, and adorable to boot.

Boolah Baguette

https://boolahbaguette.wordpress.com
Erin, located in Saskatoon Canada, creates plush dolls and animals which she sells through etsy, has a sweet wordpress, and just put together the sweetest baby gift set that has me eager for a friend to announce their pregnancy so I have a reason to snag one!

 One of the baby sets, currently available via etsy.
Boolah Baguette was responsible for Kipling’s main Christmas gift, a baby safe custom cat with his name.  Kipling snuggling with his custom cat.

Anchoredeep

https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnchoreDeep

This California based company creates handmade clothing, my favorite being their harem rompers, and pom pom hats. I was lucky enough to win a romper via instagram, and have since purchased a few more of different material weights allowing us to rock this cute style all seasons (or at least all California seasons).  They also make pants, leggins, sweatshirts, and hair accessories.

 Kipling in his Anchoredeep pom pom hat, for which someone always comments and asks where it from.
 Kipling in his Anchoredeep romper.

Chewable Charms

http://www.chewablecharm.com

For a mom with a young child, teething necklaces are a great help especially on the go. Chewable Charms has joined the marketplace with a fashionable necklace, I would rock even without the baby. Additionally, teething bracelets are available to tie your outfits together, and are great for handing to your little one in a restaurant when you forget they’re teething toy (trust me, I know)! Located in California, this company’s charms are a must for any jewelry loving momma!

 Kipling enjoying a Chewable Charm bracelet

 

 Rocking my Chewable Charm set.

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Mom life

June 6, 2015

thanks to an abundance of moms in my home town (“where the hipsters go to breed”) I have been meeting lots of moms and am getting out for walks, hikes, and adult conversation daily.

Am visiting One Acre Farm soon, where I did WWOOFing, and am excited to see how everyone is doing. I haven’t been on a farm in many months, and am looking forward to smelling the garlic which we will be harvesting.

My favorite movie ever, Heathers, is a musical, and I got tickets and will be having a night out.

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My boys

May 4, 2015

  

Kipling

April 1, 2015

  

I feel like I won the lottery. Best decision ever. 

Does this mean the drought will be over?

December 11, 2014

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Today I awoke to a flash flood warning in the area I live. Outside (as this picture shows) the water rose above sidewalk level- damaging car interiors, giving children a place to play and swirl floating umbrellas, and keeping me trapped inside watching Netflix and reading books from the library.

David rode away (after the water level had risen even more dramatically) on his bicycle, for work. I should have gotten a video of how strange that was to see!

Fingers crossed the power doesn’t go out here. It has in various other parts of the bay area.

Feeling thankful for my warm bed, and an excuse to catch up on sleep. Seems I will need it, as I will be gaining an average of 1lb a week for awhile, and half of that going to the growth of my little guy.

Stay safe out there Bay Area!!

A year of change

November 24, 2014

So much has changed in a year.
Last time I updated I had taken a hiatus from my day to day in the bay, traveling throughout the states and abroad, for fun and to learn about farming.

In October I had an incredible adventure in Okinawa Japan visiting my friend Sarah and her family, eating the best food ever (Okinawan Udon) and visiting touristy spots.

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November I came back to the bay for the holidays where I took on the roll of a ninja (thanks to my onsie from
Japan).

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And in December went to Bend, OR for a white winter which including snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and skateskiing; and mountain biking and a fat tire excersion.

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The New Year brought me back to the bay, where I enjoyed playing in the bay with friends, before relocating (for a heartbeat to Boulder Colorado and Fayetteville, AR).

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(santa cruz, CA)

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(Adventured in snow in Boulder, CO)

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(WWOOFing, crystal collecting, and storms in Fayetteville, AR)

Happily returned to the bay area after a few months away (unexpected but so happy to have done so), back to friends, bikes, and my life with this guy.

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And now, we await the birth of our first child together, whose life no doubt will be full of adventure just like his parents.

Rabbitstick

October 13, 2013

When I was looking into taking time off from work and figuring out my path it was important to me to have at least one thing to look forward to each month, be it a farm to visit, a camping trip, a trip out of the country, or a chance for learning.  During the time I was planning everything out I came across a notebook where I had written ideas for things to do in the future.  In that book was written ‘Rabbitstick’.

Living in a place where the importance of DIY, sustainability, survival, and knowledge play out in conversation daily, I knew Rabbitstick, a primitive learning gathering in Idaho would be a good option to pursue.

I left for Rabbitstick in September with all my camping gear, sunscreen, and an eagerness to do it all.  A week of learning and community, and me an open book.

I arrived on a Friday with the actual even beginning Monday after every one else (for the most part) arrives on Sunday.  I set up camp near the shadow of trees alongside a huge open meadow, next to the snake river, which would be my bath for the next 9 days.

The path to the meadow.

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When Sunday arrived and the place filled with over 300 more people, the teachers and schedules came out, allowing me to ponder over and sign up for classes.  Knowing that I didn’t want to spend my whole time on one thing, like 3+ days of braintanning, I signed up for smaller time contraining classes, like knife making, duck processing, duck scalping, and fire making.

I spend the next week being immersed in a very kind open community, much like the cycling one I am lucky enough to have in the Bay Area.  For these people at Rabbitstick, THIS was their community. And I was happy to see that it did exist outside of the one I know and love at home.

My favorite part aside from meeting such wonderful people all of which are so eager to share their knowledge was duck processing.  Taught by Tom, who every year holds a huge lunch feast for all of camp, I learned how to take a duck (already dead this time), and make it into a meal.

In process while plucking feathers.

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The finished meal, alongside the damascus steel and horn knife I assembled.

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Another class Tom taught was scalping the duck, which enabled you to use the feathery scalp of the duck to decorate- I chose my knife sheath.

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Rabbitstick is an event that taught me a lot, opened up new ideas for me to pursue (hunting, fishing), gave me a chance to camp for days on end, meet incredibly kind people doing cool things with their lives, and will be a yearly opportunity that I take advantage of to reconnect with myself and others.

Oregon Roadtrip Part 4

September 3, 2013

If you haven’t been to Bend and you like the outdoors, you my friend are missing out.  During the summer you find road cyclists everywhere.  The trails of which there are many have happy hikers, and the lakes have happy campers and pups.  During the winter (which will be another post later in the year) you have skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, etc etc.

While in Bend I went on a small and short group bike ride to an outdoor movie, and went for a few hikes.

Free hiking and camping in the backcountry.  I went along this trail which featured 3 lakes.

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I also found Elk Lake which provides a beautiful view, a beach to swim and watch kids collect crawdads.

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Another short hike I did was along the Paddle Trail.  It provided beautiful views and very aggressive mosquitos- resulting in over 40 bites.

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Oregon Roadtrip Part 3

September 2, 2013

After leaving the farm I headed north west to the northern most part of the Oregon Coast- Astoria.

I wanted to go to Astoria because I am a huge Goonies fan and it felt like starting at the top would make the most sense.

In Astoria is the best fish and chips- Bowpickers, a boat parked on a hill across from the Maritime Museum.  The looong line was well worth the wait.

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My plan was the camp and bike around Fort Stevens State Park, an incredible place with a network of bike trails through spruce and hemlocks, and even a shipwreck.  But with summer still busy it’s camping spots were full so I headed south.  I ended up in Cannon Beach, a place I pulled off randomly to, which ended up being the place to stop- a beautiful beach full of sand dollars, art galleries, and lots of happy people!

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I stayed in Cannon Beach for the night, and then traveled south visiting the Tillamook Cheese Factory- yum to the 3 year aged white cheddar; and the Yaguina Head Lighthouse.  Then I was off to Bend!

Oregon Roadtrip Part 2

September 2, 2013

WWOOFing has led to incredible experiences for me.  In my two experiences I have met incredible hosts who have become friends, learned about running farms for profit, and for sustainability and to be less reliant on the food culture in the US, and have challenged myself by leaving everything I know daily behind for a new way of living.

Nagdeo Farm in Gresham Oregon felt like a totally different world even though it is just a bike ride to the town of Gresham and a 30 minute car ride to Portland.

If you know me you know how much my life is focused around planning, schedules, and the need to know.  When I go into a unique experience I am calmed by understanding what is expected of me, and how that relates to the bigger picture.  This is not how Nadgeo Farm is.  In contrast I had a few tasks to do during the day, but what I put in and got out of the experience was up to me (and the schedule of those around me).  The need to take care of oneself after a bad night sleep for example would take precedence over putting in physical work the next day.  Simply put, taking care of yourself takes precedence over everything else.

It took me a week to understand that, and to start to do the same.  I was concerned at first that I wouldn’t learn what I wanted to learn- farming.  But thankfully I did, alongside another way of living.

This is of of my hosts Tracy watering the garden area of the farm.

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While at Nagdeo I learned how to make planting beds and plant seeds and seedlings.  This is some of the completed beds, and some sweet pigs I was in change of bringing water too.

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One of the draws of Nagdeo Farm was all their animals- horses, goats, pigs, alpacas, a sheep, ducks, and a chicken.  My favorite was the super friendly goats.  Now I know I want chickens and goats when I have property.

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I plan to return to the farm and hopefully spend some more significant time there.  Hopefully with my move to Oregon in 2014 I will be able to visit often and get a better understanding of how to live a lifestyle that could be really beneficial to me physically and mentally.