Spring has officially arrived!!!

Spring has officially arrived!!!

With spring officially upon us I find myself remembering how many hours of hard, dirty work it takes to get the yard ready for planting!  All winter long, while I'm warm and cozy, hibernating and stuck inside, I fantasize about being in the yard with the sun on my back and the warm soil at my fingertips.  I forget, however,…
Spring(ing) Forward

Spring(ing) Forward

With the time change (and my body's inability to figure out when to sleep and when to wake) also comes more light and Spring being (officially) in view!  HooRay!!!Last weekend we did a little spring cleaning and prepping...and I'm just writing about it now because it was all quite exhausting and I ran out of time!We (meaning Kim AKA Tool…
Saving and buying and trading and planning and planting…Oh my!!!

Saving and buying and trading and planning and planting…Oh my!!!

I have finally completed my list of seeds...What I have and what I want.  While I have not begun planting yet...I plan on starting the babies inside next weekend...I definitely have (almost) Spring Fever!!!  Here are all of the seeds that will go into the ground this year somewhere in our yard!  Some were saved from last years harvest, some…
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

OK...so each spring, when I get my taxes back, I treat myself to some new clothes.  First off, I like new clothes.  They make me feel good.  New colors.  New designs.  It's like a reflection of spring in my clothes.  Or something. The process of trying them on, however, sucks.  The process, the lighting, the overheating from the take it…
The only constant is change…

The only constant is change…

Ch-ch-changes!  How do you go from eating very little organic foods, eating out a lot, using paper towels and taking really long showers to being kinder to the earth and to yourself?  One step at a time.   However, change is not easy for me.  I am a creature of habit.  I like to have all my ducks in a row,…
Pieces of the puzzle

Pieces of the puzzle

Well now, here is my little addition to the explosion of Take Back Urban Home-steading(s) -ness.  What we have before us is a collective dream to produce more and consume less, to experience this world at it's richest and leave it in better shape for our kiddos than it was made for us.  Our collective goal is (most generally speaking, of course)…
TEA!

TEA!

Good morning!  My name is Melissa, and I am addicted to tea.  For real.  I could drink tea all day everyday.  This tea is made from mint we grew on our front porch last season and hung to dry.  Then, all you have to do is stick it in a nifty little tea ball to steep.  Add a bit of honey…