Looking for a natural and easy solution to upgrade your child’s Halloween costume? Or maybe just a fun fall creative activity to do with your little one? How about some eco-friendly face paint and a homemade Halloween treat?! We have you covered here at Ecopiggy with our wonderful natural face paints made locally, here in Ashland, Oregon, with simple ingredients from nature that are completely non~toxic and safe to use on delicate young skin, and clean up with gentle soap and water.
These are my “little sisters”. While most small children were asking Santa Clause for ponies, barbies, and ant farms, I was asking Santa to please bring me a sister. And at the age of five, my wish came true. Born the day after Christmas was my first sister Nicola. Three years later, Antonia joined our family too. While I missed out on some of the early years of mischief, and at times was the target for their mischief, these two women will forever be my cornerstone. They spied on my first kisses, they read my diary, they killed my fish, they were present at both births of my children, and they’ve been with me through this past year of divorce.
Bone broth is like the SUPERHERO of winter foods. “What makes bone broth so special?” you ask. “Isn’t stock, broth, bone broth all the same?” NO! Let me tell you why… A TRUE bone broth can be simmered up to 48 hours. During this time the bones and marrow are cooked down, releasing collagens (gelatin rich in amino acids), minerals (calcium and phosphorus), electrolytes (magnesium, sodium and potassium), and proteins.
Summer is only complete when I’ve had sufficient quantities of corn on the cob, watermelon, berry crumble, and peaches. (This is only my edible list…and really, it has a few more items than listed, like endless amounts of blackberries freshly picked and directly consumed.) Last summer went by and I realized I had missed farm-stand peaches. Sure I could still purchase peaches at the local co-op, but the peaches you buy direct from the farmer at the side of the road, those are true summer peaches. They include more than just peachy-flavor, they include experience and connection.
We’ve been traveling alot lately. First we went to Eugene to visit family and escape the horrific smoke that filled our valley from all the wildfires. We returned to find the smoke was still bad, so we rented a house on the Oregon Coast with some friends for a week. Home for just a few days before we were off to New York to visit family and exhibit at the NY Now tradeshow in the city. We are again home for a week before the annual Mete Family adventure to Sunriver.
No matter where we are though, home or traveling, one thing always stands consistent. The harder we play before bed, the better the kids sleep. Tonight we went to the neighborhood school playground, and literally ran up and down the field (red light, green light) before moving on to the play-structure. We pack healthy snacks (sliced cucumber from the garden, ham, cashews, veggie pouches, and fruit leather) to help keep them fueled and in good spirits.
Nearly two hours of nonstop play before walking home. Kids are sound asleep in bed. I think I shall join them.