The Hike That Moved Mountains

What a week it has been since I last posted. I left for my trip last Thursday and was away until Saturday afternoon. The trip was eye-opening and so incredibly motivating. Hike 1.JPGThursday I had the opportunity to learn more about the history of the area where we live and had a chance to collect water data to understand the health of the river we live on. I met some very interesting people who are passionate about their community and the history here. It was very humbling to meet people who have had such an impact on this area. On Friday we went to an organic farm and met the owner. We toured her property and we got to taste her freshly grown spinach. So good!! That afternoon we went on the hike I was so nervous about. Continue reading

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Unplugged & Giving More Than 40%

What a crazy week this has been already. I am leaving tomorrow morning for a 2 1/2 day camping/hiking/educational experience with about 50 students. We will be rained on, cold, and possibly snowed on. It is going to be exhausting, exhilarating, and exciting. I am really looking forward to this trip!

Unplugged

While I am away I won’t be using a computer, phone, or any other technology. The goal is to learn about the river we live on, look at the impact the communities have on the water quality, and hear the stories of those who live there. We will be unplugged and engaged in nature. This is something that most teenagers don’t have an opportunity to do. I love my job! Continue reading

Distract Yourself From Food

Sand Art 4

So it has been a rainy Saturday and I have been wanting to snack all day. It has been driving me crazy. I totally caved a couple of times and I’m regretting that now because I feel like crap. I decided to go through my “save for later” bookmarks on Facebook and saw this idea I saved to make baking soda artwork. My husband has been playing on his computer Sand Art 1and writing all day so our time spent together has been pretty much non-existent today. I took control of the situation!
Baking soda art is simple and easy to do. I live on a river in the Chesapeake Bay so the water is brackish (salt and fresh water mixed). We have seahorses, oysters, dolphins, and crabs here so I wanted to make a couple of pieces that remind me of where I live. I chose a seahorse and sand dollar. Really the sand dollar was chosen because I got tired after the seahorse haha. Here is how I made the dough: Continue reading

3 Tips to Reduce Food Waste

I’ve been thinking a lot about food waste in our house and I am very driven to reduce the amount of food we waste on a daily basis. In a previous post I mentioned that the amount of food waste that currently exists is 53%. That is more food going to waste than there is being eaten. That baffles me.  I have been trying to come up with ways to establish waste free eating and here is what I have come up with: Continue reading

Ugly is the New Pretty

Why do all the fruits and vegetables look the same when we go shopping? Do you ever go to the store and see the rows of vegetables and fruits neatly stacked building a pyramid of oranges or apples? This is what I grew up seeing as a child and still see this as an adult. I never thought about these displays until this morning when I read an article from National Geographic. I highly recommend reading it!

53% of Food is Wasted

When you sit back and look at the world, around 800 million people are hungry and 53% of food is wasted (National Geographic). That 53% includes anything from vegetables not picked and put on the truck to what we throw away in our fridge. We are all guilty of tossing that bruised apple we forgot about, right? Continue reading