The Blessings of Blenders

Since moving into an apartment we have no longer had access to our former roommate’s blender. Just days after telling John how badly I wanted one, his mom gifted us an awesome vintage blender.

 

So far we have made hemp milk, almond butter / bananna smootie, and rocket fuel coffee.

 

Here are the recipes…

 

Homemade hemp milk

Half cup raw shelled hemp seeds (we buy in bulk on Amazon)

3 cups of filtered water

1 tbs of raw honey

Blend until smooth? Strain in cheese cloth if desired. I leave particles if making a smoothie, strain if it is going in a sippy cup or bottle!

Bananna Almond Butter Smoothie

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1 cup almond butter

1 large bananna

2 cups homemade hemp milk

1 tbs raw honey

2 handfuls of iceblend u til smooth and creamy! Enjoy!

*warning, lots of almond butters were just recalled, I cluding the one in the attached photo! Read more here: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm410533.htm

Bulletproof Coffee (also known as rocket fuel)

2 cups organic coffee (hot)

Quarter cup organic coconut oil

Quarter cup Gee (clarified butter)

Blend until creamy. YUM!

 

Creating a Sanctuary at Home

My midwife taught me one of the most important things I have learned in my life as a mother.  Create a sanctuary at home. This means a place that is safe for you to be yourself, to experience emotions, to engage in art, to follow your dreams.  A place that is yours and functions in line with what brings you joy and peace.  A place where you are comfortable, where you can wear what you want when you want and as you please when you need. Protect your sanctuary with vengeance, if you fail to do so it can most certainly result in emotional angst and unnecessary stress.

Immediately after having a baby our midwife suggests holing up at home with the family so the baby can bond as deeply as possible.  She suggests 4 weeks of bed rest for momma to heal her uterus in the proper position (she thinks this is why the hysterectomy rate is so high these days, because women are on their feet immediately after childbirth). This means no commotion in the home and keeping guests to minimum.  No one at all the first 3 days if possible.  House guests should bring food, do a chore and quietly leave.  This means it is probably not a good idea to have anyone come stay with you during this time, even if they are there to help.  Our midwife suggests simply asking people to come for short time periods and leaving you to bond in total peace for the first month of life.

As you recover and move forward into your new daily routines, it is important to create an ongoing sanctuary for yourself that continues through time.  A new child adds new dimensions and what makes your home a sanctuary will change, so notice what works for you and what doesn’t and be willing to make changes.

For John and I this means a few things.  As a pair we decided our sanctuary needed to be tidy and everything needed a place.  We needed (and need) fewer possessions because we often find we have more things than we have places to put them.  We needed our own spaces to do our own things.  My space tends to be the kitchen, I stand at the counter and work on my computer while I work or clean.  The kids have a play room. John has an office, it is now around the corner form our apartment, but in the farmhouse it was a room in our home. We share a family bed, which reduces stress for the whole family at night.  Our daughter loves art so we have lots of art for her.  I love to write, so I keep access to notebooks and a clear area for my computer.  Our son loves to run and dance through the house, so an open space for him. Our sanctuary ebbs and flows and changes.

Do not be afraid to rearrange your home.  I move furniture when things aren’t working.  I love to create a fresh space and I refuse to try to control my kids if our spaces isn’t working.  For example, when our son kept climbing into the window sill behind the couch, I simply moved the couch.  When my daughter kept getting in to my nail polish box, I simply moved it higher.

One thing we have found in our nearly five years together is that we operate best when we have our own space.  I have always loved being surrounded by people, always.  We have opened our home to short and long term housegests or roommates repeatedly.  We have found that when we live alone as a family we are happier as a family.  Every time we have had a roommate our relationship changes, I believe this is because we lose our personal time together.  Our kids go to sleep and the evening is no longer for the two of us, it is for us plus a roommate(s).

Suddenly we lose our privacy and personal time, meaning we have an audience for every conversation.  That changes a relationship in ways you may not understand until you are experiencing it. This is irrelevant to what type of roommate you have, by the way, it could be the worlds most perfect roommate, but you still have an audience.

The people who have stayed with us have varied from families, to single friends, pet owners, people in urgent transition, or people we ask to live there for long periods.  We have found that opening your home makes you vulnerable to energetic frequencies that you may not tolerate in your home otherwise.  From an aggressive dog, to a passive aggressive roomate to a house full of chaos, we have had some very rough experiences with housing others.  Protect your space, protect your sanctuary.  No matter how strong and happy you are, adding others in to the mix can create disharmony that you do not need.

I am eternally grateful to those who put me up during my times of need.  But I have learned as a protectorate of my children and our sanctuary, that we can no longer pay that favor forward.  Emotional stability is so important for your children, bringing in third parties can shake the foundation of that!

For us, a sanctuary involves a place just for us.  What a blessing we have figured this out and can act accordingly moving forward.

John is reading some Buddhist texts right now that suggest creating a peace room, a breathing room, or a quiet space where family members can go to unwind.  Mine is the giant bathtub we have right now, but I don’t think the other members of our family have a peace room.  I hope he creates it, I think it is an excellent idea.

To create a sanctuary for yourself and your family you must create a space that is conducive to love, to community, to quiet, to celebration, to intimacy, to bonding, to autonomy and freedom.  If you can find the elements you need to have this, I know you can create a space that allows your soul to sing.

To be clear, I am not advocating isolating yourself in your home, I am simply saying that John and I opened ours too often, and at times against our better judgement.  Follow your heart.  I know that I want to live on the same property with folks of a like mind, but I want a private space for our family that we can open or close to others as we see fit. I am also not advocating that you home must me mess-free, just clean enough for you to thrive, the threshold of mess you can tolerate will be unique to you!

One last tip is to get rid of anything in your space that isn’t working for you.  I use a 3 point criteria for items in my home.  I must use them, love them, and they must not be broken.  If any of the 3 are not true, I get rid of them. Love it, but broken?  Gone.  Use it but hate the way it looks?  Gone.  Take a picture if you are afraid to let go.

How do you make your home a sanctuary?

Here is a podcast I did on this topic:
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Happy sanctuary!

Recipes: Making Juice and Bread from the Same Fruits and Vegetables in the Blush Family Kitchen

We have been juicing a lot lately and I decided I wanted to find another use for our left over pulp than simply composting it. After looking online today I found some great ideas and settled on making bread.

The Juice

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Today I juiced four handfuls of spinach, four handfuls of baby carrots, two handfuls of bing cherries and 2 handfuls of grapes. All organic.

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The juice was delicious, a recipe I am using to help heal my eyesight.

The Bread

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I then used to following recipe for the bread:

2 cups of pulp (all of the leftovers)

2 cups of Pamelas Gluten Free Baking Mix

1.5 cups of Coconut Oil

2 dashes of Salt

4 dashes of  Cinamon

2 Eggs from our chicken flock

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I blended these I gredients on high for a couple minutes, then put in a well coconut oiled bread pan. I baked on 350 degrees until a toothpick came out clean.

The kids are in heaven!

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Here is a podcast I recorded about it!

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Tip of the Week #8 – "Free on Craigslist"

So excited about this week’s Tip. It’s so important to stress that when getting off the grid you need to maximize your potential by reusing and recycling. It will not only save you money, but it helps our environment. It’s so easy and rewarding to find furniture and other household items for free online through Craigslist or by the dumpster after a big move-out. People are usually thrilled to get the “junk” off their hands. I know I’ve been that person before!

I know it’s so cliche and over-used but there’s no doubt that one man’s trash can be another’s treasure. Treasure this Tip of the Week and share with friends, encouraging a day-out to find some awesome additions to your household or farm through Craigslist and garage sales! Some people find it as tacky…but we at the farm find it savvy and resourceful so dumpster dive on!

Anyone have any awesome finds from Craigslist? Share on our Faecbook.com/SovereignLivingTV page!

New shower technology could help further our sustainability goal

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.

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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.

Coming Soon: GOATS!

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!

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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! 

Tip of the Week #5 – Composting Basics

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:

Tip of the Week #4 – "No Poo Shampooing"

Wow, what a weekend for Sovereign Living! I was so excited to create this week’s Tip of the Week after seeing last week’s video receive over 2,000 views! Our movement of Sovereign Living is growing, so keep sharing our videos and visit SovereignLiving.TV to watch Episode 1 of the show.

This week we tackle a new, easy way to wash your hair that doesn’t require a ton of money or time! Check out the wonders you can do for your hair with just baking soda and apple cider vinegar in this week’s Tip of the Week!

Once again don’t be afraid to use a little extra baking soda and cleanse that hair! Don’t be afraid of the vinegar smell either, it fades quickly and almost smells a bit fruity from the apples! Thanks for watching…until next week…