I was flipping through some of the latest inventions that will help the planet and our sustainability effort. There’s a new shower system, produced out of Sweden, that will not only save the environment…but also your wallet.
Introducing the Orb Sys Shower system. This bathroom technology uses the water during bath time and swiftly purifies it over and over again.
The designer of this water-saving shower, Mehrdad Mahdjoubi stated his motivations as, “Everybody should save as many resources as possible but obviously these showers would be even more beneficial for people living in areas with water shortages.” I happen to think they’d be beneficial to anyone who is concerned about their monthly water bill. Here at the farm we are working on building our own water system and implementing a water-recycling shower could produce extreme savings in the amount of water used around the house.
Another great thing to note is that the purification happens so quickly that the water that exits the showerhead at a high temperature will remain warm during the purification process. Meaning, less energy will be used to re-heat the water. That means you won’t just be saving on a water bill, but your electric/gas bill will also take a healthy cut. Mahdjoubi proclaims over $1,200 in savings a year from using his Orb Sys Shower system. Once it hits retail market, we’ll be anxious to see the price and other competitors entering the game to provide similar technologies.
This week’s Tip of the Week covers a few pointers to help soothe your scratchy throat. Be sure to see the doc if it’s in serious pain. This is just for that annoying sore throat!
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Last night The Blush Family became the proud owner of one share in a goat co-op! Cat milked 5 goats this weekend, all on her own! (with loving guidance from owner, Paula). We now have a milking kit (see picture) and will be getting the yard prepped and ready for our new arrivals!
If you remember in Episode 1 John and Cat are a bit torn between goats and pigs, but as you can see…Cat got her way! 😉 The new farm addition will be exciting and you’ll get to see them integrate into our lives via Sovereign Living: The Show. There are many benefits to small livestock like goats, and it’s not just their milk and all the bi-products of that milk. Goats mow your grass, seriously they are constantly eating grass, so this saves you time, energy, and the environment. Another great tool smaller livestock can teach are lessons a dog or cat can’t. Your kids will learn how to truly take care of an animal and take on responsibilities that might not be as easy as cleaning the kitty litter box.
We can’t wait to see Aliana and Bill meet the new goats and learn about taking care of them properly. Bring it on, goats! As you can tell in this picture The Blush Family is ready for ya! We might hold some contests down the line to help us name the newbies. Keep an eye out for that, but in the mean time check out how you can name some chickens on the farm!
The Blush Family Farm is striving to provide a unique and sustainable lifestyle for Aliana and Bill. They are eating organic whole foods, playing outside, learning with hands-on experience, and over all having a unique and productive upbringing. There’s still laughter, games, sleep overs, play dates, field trips, and yummy goodies…but yummy goodies don’t have to mean unhealthy.
This Halloween take the time to go the extra mile and provide your child with a rewarding experience, inside and out!
Here’s a few ways dressing up and Trick or Treating can be healthy for your kids:
- Replace some of the goodies you give away to other children and your own with healthy “candy” without the fructose syrup, preservatives, and artificial sweeteners. Try bags of dried fruit dipped in organic chocolate (dark chocolate preferrably), candy apples with a healthy twist (homemade organic caramel sauce), or buy candy from companies who pride themselves in providing organic treats.
- Another idea is skip the candy altogether! There are tons of other options for “goodies”: yo-yo’s, finger puppets, bouncy balls, stickers. All of these are still affordable, especially in bulk and you’ll end up being the cool parent giving out toys 😉
- It’s also important to note costumes and added decorations can be harmful. You never know what you’re applying onto your child’s skin unless you read. So check out the package for the face paint, the glitter, etc.
- If you know your neighbors will only have CRAP for candy, create little goodie bags and deliver them to your neighbors prior to hitting the hood. Have your child receive that when they stop. (might sound high maintenance, but if you’re going to be high-maintenance about anything it should be the health of you and your family!)
Have a very healthy and Happy Halloween! We’d love for you to show us costumes and recipes from this year, so feel free to leave us a message on our Facebook Page!
See what you need to add into your bag to help save you from the zombies! Happy Halloween!
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This past Thursday the farm invited a pack of kids, who are on the unschooling path, to enjoy a day at the farm meeting the animals, exploring the plants, and hanging out with each other. This successful kid’s day made it certain the farm needed an official “Kid’s Day” in the coming weeks.
Our Head Volunteer, Paul Davis, will be helping to put on another event, and children from the area are all invited to attend. The next kid’s day will be announced soon, but we can say it will fall on a Thursday – we’ll share more later this week! If you’d like to learn more please contact Paul at: firstname.lastname@example.org
At the most recent meet-up here at the farm, our friend Michelle brought her son Carl to check things out. Michelle told us that she didn’t realize the impact of the hands-on learning at the farm until she got home to reflect on the day with her son. She had him prepare his daily journal and this is what Carl had to say about the experience:
What a beautiful response from this young man. We are so eager to touch more children’s lives through Kid’s Day at the Blush Family Farm. Next playdate TBA! Thanks again for everyone who made it last week and safe Trick or Treating to all!
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This hatching is bringing us closer to our goal of 200 chickens! On our way to becoming 50% food sufficient. I encourage you to check out our Indie Gogo campaign. There’s an awesome perk that would allow you to name some of our chickens!
More news to come this week…
There’s nothing like paying NOTHING for some fertile soil. Let’s get you started…check out our Tip of the Week video and get your starter kit together!
And here’s a list of things you can compost:
Bitcoin is empowering small farmers and there is no limit or boundary that can stop this currency revolution. Smaller farmers can now sell their products without bureaucracy getting in the way and eating their profits through fees by using Bitcoin. It’s a beautiful step for gardeners around the world. The decentralized nature of farming goes hand in hand with Bitcoin. Watch this short-documentary about an entrepreneur and farmer in Argentina building up business through Bitcoin:
This is just one of the many reasons why currency competition will drive us into a revolution. You are transcending the powers that be, that have always been. This business doesn’t need the government and more and more will uncover this as time goes on.
Hats off to this excellently produced interview by Gary Franchi.