Plastic Free July

A lot of the time, I simply skim over the mass of information that is posted on Facebook. Most of it is the same old blur of wedding photos, baby photos, travel photos. But I came across a post that jumped out at me today.

The challenge to go plastic free in July. Plastic Free July was developed in 2011 to simply raise awareness about the amount of unnecessary plastic that we have in our lives.

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Why should we try to go plastic free? From the Plastic Free July website:

Apart from the small amount of plastic which has been incinerated EVERY piece of plastic which was ever produced still exists on earth somewhere. In the first 10 years of this century MORE plastic was produced than the entire last century!

  1. Australians send 1 million tonnes of plastic waste to landfill each year. Do your part to make a change.
  2. Why use something for a few seconds that is going to spend the rest of your life trying to break down in landfill? We really need to change our habits.

While the challenge seems to be a bit more geared towards Australians, anyone can – and should – attempt it. You can either pledge to refuse all single-use plastic (which includes plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging…anything that’s intended only to be used once and discarded) or you can pledge to refuse the top 4 – plastic bags, plastic bottles, coffee cups/lids, and straws.

I pledged the top 4 (water bottles are an issue for me, even though I have my own glass water bottle) – but will try to avoid all types. You can even pledge to just do a week, two weeks, or the whole month! Schools and organizations are welcomed to register as well.

There is no cost to register and they will even send out helpful e-mails to help you on your path. So why not try it and see if you can make a difference in the plastic usage in your own life – every little bit helps!

I’ll post on my progress weekly, so please share yours as well. Maybe this “challenge” will turn into a “habit” for me.

Henny and Roo May Box

Where in the world did April go and (May for that matter)? I was such a bad blogger. I had posts typed up, I just never got around to posting my pictures on them. I’ll try harder, especially as our garden is growing and flourishing!

I did receive a Henny and Roo box for April, I just never posted it. I may end up backdating the post just to have for my records.

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This time around, Robb was excited about the box’s arrival, so I let him tear in to it (once it was open, his attention waned and he moved on to other things).

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This is what I received:

  • Bon Temps Poulet Egg Soap – The owner of Sweet Olive Soap Works, whose name is also Emily, uses eggs from her own chickens to make this soap which softens skin and tightens pores. It smells amazing!
  • Calendula First Aid Cream – I love seeing other people’s herbal creations and I can always use more calendula products (calendula is great for wounds).
  • First Aid Kit Bag – Every month, we usually receive a first aid item. Now I have somewhere that I can put all my items (for the chickens AND the dogs).
  • Lumino Dusting Bath Powder – This was the first item the chickens received. They love their dust baths.
  • Luv Nest Nibbles – They go crazy over this stuff!
  • Tasty Grubs – I plan on feeding this to the chickens on Wednesday (I’m off of work). I know that they will go crazy and attack me.
  • Looseleaf Organic Tea from Amitea Organics- Smells amazing!
  • Tea ball with chicken charm – Very cute! This will be put to good use.
  • April/May Backyard Poultry Magazine – Always a good read, though I realized shortly after that I already had that issue. Oh well!

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Catch-up (Pic Heavy)

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Sweet Jake always makes the worst faces!

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The chickens all seemed to enjoy the live meal worms that arrived a few weeks ago.

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It was a cold, dreary day so don’t judge the outfit.😀 We were thinking this picture has Christmas card potential!

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Strawberry plants at mom’s – they are looking good!

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Ziggy looking as regal as ever!

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Yes, I still get an Easter basket even though I’m 28 years old… don’t you?

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Easter goodies from mom! One of those chocolate bunnies was for my boyfriend.

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I’ve gotten back into the habit of drinking smoothies again for breakfast. It helps me start my day off right. My favorite blend is made with yogurt, coconut milk, orange juice, papaya, pineapple, banana, blueberries, and strawberries.

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This was our weekend project. The chickens have been tearing up the newly planted broccoli, so instead of keeping them trapped in the coop while our garden gets established, we built a fence. As you can see on the left… Lil B pays no mind to the fence, but she doesn’t tear up anything. We are in a battle of wits with Emily though (our Rhode Island Red) – she wants to still fly over the fence. We’ve clipped her wings hoping that will help and will move to netting if all else.

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This is the current dish I am crazy over – cherry tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, olives, dill, and feta cheese with a dressing of EVOO, balsamic vinegar, and lemon juice. I didn’t purposely make it photo-ready, it just happened as I chopped everything up and added it to the plate, layer by layer!

Catch-Up

In my last post, I mentioned that we had purchase a new chicken. I would like to introduce you to “Lil B”, our 3-month old Ameraucana that we purchased from a local seed shop a few weeks ago. We had the hardest time naming her at first and eventually just named her what we normally call my dog. She’s been working on getting adjusted and last night was the first night that she slept in the coop without being caged off from the other birds. She looks just like a little roadrunner running about and loves to hop on my head and shoulders. We initially wanted a chicken closer to 5 months, but they were out.

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Gorgeous eggs. We are now averaging 3 or 4 a day from 5 chickens (of those 5 chickens, 4 are of laying age).

Robb and I went up to Virginia this weekend. I wanted to go to Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Tijuana Flats. I had really been craving Tijuana Flats that past 6 months or so. Though I spent a little too much money ($70.74 at Whole Foods, $52.97 at Trader Joe’s, then an additional $74.12 at Food Lion, which is not pictured), this is not something that we do all the time. I haven’t been to a Whole Foods in about 2-3 years and the last time I went to Trader Joe’s was about August or so last year. We had a good time though and got some good items.

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Not pictured is my chocolate caramel sea salt Popsicle from Zen Pops (based out of Kitty Hawk) that I picked up (and quickly ate) at Whole Foods.

I could have done a little better with my money on some of these items but it’s okay. The Trader Joe’s “Island Soyaki” is the only thing I’ve had before and it is delicious. I’m looking forward to the pierogi (Whole Foods – potato, cheese and jalapeno kind), and trying the Thai Sweet Chili Veggie Burger (which is a newer item, I think). The So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk Yogurt is amazing. That was a great find. I used it in a smoothie this morning (with bananas, blueberries, strawberries, orange juice, and Silk unsweetened coconut milk) and it was delicious.

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Chimichangas @ Tijuana Flats

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Working on some Easter egg candles that I plan to sell at the farmer’s market next weekend.

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Lil B is slowly working her way into the group. This is her first dust bath with the other girls! Not pictured is Emily because she was too busy going through the scrap pile.

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Last night’s dinner: Homemade mashed potatoes, broccoli that came from our garden last year, and a delicious homemade meatloaf with caramelized onions and a kick of horseradish. Yum yum!

Henny and Roo March Box

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I am loving my monthly boxes from Henny and Roo. February’s box was great and the box for March is even better!

As soon as I spotted my box waiting for me on the porch, I ripped in to it and after quickly snapping a few pictures of the content, I raced outside to share some goodies with my chickens.

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This month’s box contained:

  • Sav-A-Chick Probiotic and Electrolyte 6 Pack
  • Diatomaceous Earth for Poultry by Lumino Wellness
  • Dried Mealworms from Exotic Nutrition
  • Chicken Ecstasy from Exotic Nutrition
  • Better Brooder Blend from Treats for Chickens
  • A Coupon for 1000 Free Mealworms from Rainbow Mealworms (LIVE mealworms!)
  • Feb/March 2016 Backyard Poultry Magazine
  • Chicken Gift Tags by A Found Dime Paperie (very cute!)
  • Hen Pendant from Southern Gracie

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This month’s box was packaged in pine shavings which would then be used in the coop – great idea!

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Chicken Ecstasy

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All the chickens are showing up to the party now for some treats!

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Things are really getting wild and crazy now! Sorry for the horrible picture but it takes practice to pull off a selfie with a shoulder riding chicken. By the way, this little girl (about 3 months) is brand new to our flock as of about a week ago. I’ll do a proper post on her in a bit but she’s already becoming a favorite.