This year I turned 40 years old. It should be no big deal, right? I mean, Jennifer Lopez is over 40. Eva Longoria. Drew Barrymore. Amy Adams. Eva Mendes. Cameron Diaz. These are all gorgeous women. I guess the problem is that I don’t compare 40 year old Karmen to 40 year old Cameron Diaz; I compare 40 year old Karmen to 25 year old Karmen. Ok… I am certainly a much better person now. But those years of laughing and crying; the years of smoke-filled bars listening to local bands play; and the years of sun damage (I grew up in the pre-sunscreen age before we knew how important UV protection was)… The person I see in the mirror now is not the person I see in my head.
This new reflection is much older looking. My face is filled with wrinkles and age spots and… time. It’s filled with time. Enter Timeless Skin Care.
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So far, I have focused my homestead posts on the home, animals, and food, but the reality is that there is much more to homesteading. Homesteading crafts.
When Caboo contacted me to try some samples of their products, honestly, I had to look up what they sold. I had never heard of Caboo. Turns out, they are a paper products company that produces sustainably produced household paper products made from bamboo and sugar cane. These products are free of dyes, inks and fragrances. You can find Caboo products at select markets around the country such as Ingles, Whole Foods and Wegmans. Continue reading
Since we’ve moved into the new house I have been trying to sort through things and get more organized. A couple weeks ago I cleaned out the schoolroom closet and pulled out piles upon piles of schoolwork from this past school year and the year prior. At that point as I was drowning in the heaps of paper I could only wonder what was expected of me in terms of keeping school records. I mean, we don’t really do grades; there are no quarterly report cards; there is nothing specific to indicate what, if anything we have done for the school year. Continue reading
When I was growing up I spent many an hour stringing and breaking green beans with my Nana. She canned quart size mason jars of green beans by the bushel. And honestly, there was absolutely nothing more wonderful than sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner and eating freshly canned summer green beans.
The last bit of green beans my Nana strung and broke were imaginary beans as she was coming off morphine after a series of small strokes. It was funny to watch Nana break those beans, but also very sad. I know it was something she enjoyed doing and in the 11 years since she has not had the pleasure of eating fresh green beans except possibly a handful of times. Continue reading
Every year we spend several hundred dollars on curriculum for our homeschooling needs. Starting in about March of each school year I begin thinking about the next year, exploring new curriculum options, thinking about what to add, what to change, what to do differently. All year long, I am exposed to homeschooling friends’ curriculum choices and curriculum collections.
But three years into homeschooling and we have only managed to successfully complete one curriculum during a school year. So, what do I do? Continue reading
Here it is August and I had really hoped to be drowning in produce. Cooking, canning, freezing, preserving, even giving away fresh produce that we grew in our garden boxes. Ok, I at least wanted to cook ONE meal of freshly grown foods.
To date I have harvested a total of 5 bean pods: 2 black beans and 3 pinto beans. They weren’t even really healthy bean pods. Continue reading