I‘ve got lots of fun things to share with you today!
First of all, I’m excited to announce that next week, April 19-25, is “Make Week” here at Simple Organic. To coincide with National TV Turn-Off Week, as well as Earth Day celebrations on April 22, Simple Organic will be hosting a week of giveaways, some guest posts, and lots of ideas for alternate activities to TV – getting outside, getting creative, and getting involved with your communities, families, and friends. In other words, we’re going to turn off the TV and make life happen.
I know that TV Turn-Off week can be daunting to many people, so I wanted to give you all plenty of warning so that you can psyche yourself (and your family) up for participation. Talk to your friends and neighbors about it; make a commitment to do it together. There’s strength in numbers. I hope you’ll make plans to join me!
We had some great discussions this week, especially in the comments on Katie Kimball’s post on Natural Family Planning. Thanks to all of you for being so respectful and sharing your stories. This community is wonderful, and I am so grateful to each of you for being part of it.
I thought I might also give you a peek at two of our household activities last week: dyeing eggs and planting our garden.
Here is a picture of our dyes, swirling away:
And the finished eggs:
The red eggs turned out beautifully, thanks to grated beets. The green dye didn’t work; I think my freezer-burned spinach may have had something to do with it! But we had to laugh at the yellow-ish brown eggs – the onion skins worked so well, the eggs ended up looking exactly like naturally brown eggs! Oh, well. Our daughter thought it was magical, nonetheless. Next year we’ll add blue, too.
And here is part of our backyard garden, where we’re growing 4 varieties of tomatoes, 3 of peppers, 2 of cucumbers, plus zucchini, eggplant, chard, and cantaloupe. Oh, and some herbs and marigolds. We use soaker hoses on a timer to do our watering for us. We’ll mulch soon, once the plants are a little more established.
So, there is a little peek into our attempts to live this simple organic life. I hope you’ve had a great weekend so far and are starting to enjoy a beautiful springtime, wherever you may be. Here are a few links for your Sunday reading pleasure…enjoy!
• From House on Hill Road: Gardener’s Hand Scrub
• From Simple Bites: Spring Clean Your Body With Real Foods
• From Fake Plastic Fish: Buying Less Plastic = Spending Less Money
• From Treehugger: GE Unveils New LED Bulb
• From This Vintage Chica: Spring Nature Table
• From Passionate Homemaking: Stainless Steel Scrubber: A New Favorite Tool