A day in the (sort of) herbal life. I'm no herbalist! But I can make an elderberry syrup and I know how to use it. It's a great immune system booster among many other benefits and it's one kids love. It's a bit pricy, but you can find berries in the wild in the Omaha area and make your own. Can you make an herbal tincture? You bet! It's so easy when you know how.
In the 4 years I've had my worm farm, I've never had a pest problem until today when I discovered fungas gnats in my bin. It's only in one of my four bins - the one that had way too much water in it a month or so ago. Since I've never dealt with this before, I had to do a little research to figure out how to get rid of them.
What I decided to try was fly paper secured in a circle and placed on newspaper to catch them. Believe it or not, I couldn't find fly paper so I had to improvise with spider glue traps.
This cute little figure on the left is sitting on the counter in our kitchen. We love it! My son and I picked it out on a warm summer's day during a family outing to the Omaha Summer Arts Festival. This crazy guy reminds us of the fun time we had perusing the booths of beautiful handmade works of art, listening to live music, eating together, and sharing the space with thousands of others from our Omaha community enjoying the same things. The unique creativity has inspired us to make some of our own things out of "trash".
The artisan selling these cool creations made a business out of transforming old metal pieces and parts that others had thrown out into works of art. It's a perfect example of the adage "Trash into Treasure". Good for him, for those who enjoy his work, and good for the Earth. It's a win-win.
You can imagine my dismay to see shelves of lookalikes at a box store in town. This one has none of the attributes I love about the metal guy in my kitchen. Instead, it's been mass produced in a factory on the other side of the world with all new materials. Consider the energy expenditures to transport the raw materials to and fro, the materials themselves, the factory waste, the robotic nature of the manufacturing process, and let's hope the factory workers were treated well. Where's the love? Where's the creativity, the community? Where's the local guy working hard to do good? Our choices matter.
Do you make your own moisturizers or are interested in trying it? This week I will be sharing my coconut oil based facial moisturizer. I've completely run out so it's time to whip up a new batch show you how simple it is. The hardest part is....well, there isn't a hard part. It's really that easy!
Since I ran out two weeks ago, I've been using Argon Oil which is what I use to protect my hair from the blow dryer. This stuff feels MARVELOUS! I may be adding this to my recipe, too!