Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day Four

DECEMBER 4

I'D LOVE TO VISIT ________________!

Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

ALASKA!!!

Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day Three

DECEMBER 3

PET(S)

My daughter sharing a moment of love with her sweet Cody. Pets bring so much joy to my home!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Thankvember: Days Eight through Ten

The Vagabond Studio

As part of the Thankvember Blog Hop, hosted by The Vagabond Studio and Chantilly Songs, I have pledged to post something for which I am thankful each day this month. 

Day Eight: I am thankful for my furry friends. My two kitties and my daughter's little yorkie (who is snuggled up beside me in my chair as I type this) bring me some much joy. Their unconditional love and eagerness to please far outweigh any work that is required to take care of them. 

Day Nine: I am thankful that God has seen fit to remove poisonous relationships from my life and give me the peaceful and happy life that is now mine. Change can be frightening, but a wise friend once told me, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him you have a plan." God's plan for my life is so much bigger than any I can make myself!

Day Ten: I'm thankful for my sisters. I have five of them and I know that if I need anything at all, whether it's someone to talk to or a big favor, that I can call a sister and any one of them will gladly be there for me. My sisters are more than just family...they are my best friends!

What can you name that you are thankful for today?


Feel free to share your thoughts and the things for which you are thankful in the comments at the bottom of this post. Or click on the Thankvember 2013 tab at the top of the page to see a list of days that are actually links and will take you to the post for that day. Come back daily to be reminded of the many things we often take for granted or view them one after another in a single day. This is a blog hop! Each of the blogs below is participating and I would love it if my readers would visit some or all of them to see their Thankvember posts and show them a little love! 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thankvember: Days Six and Seven

The Vagabond Studio

As part of the Thankvember Blog Hop, hosted by The Vagabond Studio and Chantilly Songs, I have pledged to post something for which I am thankful each day this month. I missed yesterday so today I am listing two things for which I am thankful.

Day Six: I am thankful for my sister-in-law and her family who found us after an absence of nearly thirty years. They are loving and supportive and are so happy to be a part of our family and we are so happy to have them in our lives.

Day Seven: I am thankful for being able to take my daughter to see some of her favorite country music artists tonight and for the people (see day six!) who made it happen. She is so excited and it gives me so much joy to see.

What can you name that you are thankful for today?

Feel free to share your thoughts and the things for which you are thankful in the comments at the bottom of this post. Or click on the Thankvember 2013 tab at the top of the page to see a list of days that are actually links and will take you to the post for that day. Come back daily to be reminded of the many things we often take for granted or view them one after another in a single day. This is a blog hop! Each of the blogs below is participating and I would love it if my readers would visit some or all of them to see their Thankvember posts and show them a little love!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Thankvember: Days One Through Five

The Vagabond Studio

As part of the Thankvember Blog Hop, hosted by The Vagabond Studio and Chantilly Songs, I have pledged to post something for which I am thankful each day this month. I am a little late getting started, so today I am sharing four things instead of one. 
  1. I am so thankful for my beautiful children. They don't always do what I expect and they aren't perfect, but I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. I love them more than anything on earth and would do anything for them. 
  2. I am thankful for my daughter's new school, where the other kids and the teachers have made her feel right at home. 
  3. I am thankful for the animal shelters and rescue groups in my area that work so hard to save every last animal that comes in. Last year one of our local shelters took in over 5000 dogs and, even though they are not a no-kill shelter, surprisingly few had to be euthanized. This is because the volunteers and staff there work so hard to place these animals in temporary or permanent homes or with rescue groups in order to make more space daily.
  4. I am thankful that my employer closed the doors and put me out of work! My new job is more relaxed, more flexible, and more appreciative of my efforts. I truly believe that God closes doors in our lives so that he can open better ones to us!
  5. I am thankful for my blogging mentor, Shai at The Vagabond Studio. While I don't ask for her help and guidance as much as I did in the past, Mama Making Changes would never have been a success without her help. I still read her blog and her Facebook posts and am inspired by her daily, even when we don't actually talk. The work she is doing in Peace Studies now just makes her more of an inspiration. Make sure you visit her at www.thevagabondstudio.com. 

Feel free to share your thoughts and the things for which you are thankful in the comments at the bottom of this post. Or click on the Thankvember 2013 tab at the top of the page to see a list of days that are actually links and will take you to the post for that day. Come back daily to be reminded of the many things we often take for granted or view them one after another in a single day. This is a blog hop! Each of the blogs below is participating and I would love it if my readers would visit some or all of them to see their Thankvember posts and show them a little love!


Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday A La Mode: October 21, 2013

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What Not to Eat...

You've probably seen the "Dirty Dozen" list of fruits and veggies you should avoid unless organicly grown. But I found a new list this week that's very interesting! Click here to read what eight different experts said was the one food they would never eat, compliments of EatLocalGrown.com

Speaking of That...

If you haven't visited EatLocalGrown.com before, click here to go to their home page, where you can find out where to buy locally grown food in your area, share with others where you get your locally grown food, and more. It's a pretty fantastic project that works better and better the more people participate.

Back Up...

Just in case you haven't seen the "Dirty Dozen" list I mentioned above, it is an annually updated list from the Environmental Working Group of the 12 foods that retain the highest amounts of dangerous chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. Even if you can't always grow your own or buy organic, avoid these items unless organically grown! 

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Cherry Tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Hot Peppers
  6. Grapes
  7. Imported Nectarines
  8. Peaches
  9. Potatoes
  10. Spinach
  11. Strawberries
  12. Sweet Bell Peppers
Click here to visit the Environmental Working Group website where you can download the Dirty Dozen as well as the Clean Fifteen or learn how to get them on your phone or tablet. You can also sign up for their email tips, make a donation, or see the results of all of the foods they tested. 


Earlier this month I promised more info about Breast Cancer Awareness. I found a great site to share with you! I hope you learn lots and have as much fun as I did with their site. They are doing a great job for a great cause...




See the bottom of this post for a great set of directions that will tell you how to feel your boobies properly, also from feelyourboobies.com!


  • Be aware of the common symptoms of breast cancer and never hesitate to seek a professional opinion if you are concerned. Early treatment carries a far higher success rate! Possible symptons include:
  1. Unexplained redness of the breast.
  2. Pain or itching of the breast.
  3. Breast swelling or enlargement.
  4. Thickening of the breast's skin and ridged or dimpled skin.
  5. Swolen lymph nodes in the armpit or just above or below your collarbone.
 That's it for this week's Monday A La Mode. Now, ladies, go feel yourself properly! 




Thursday, October 17, 2013

Healthy Eating Holiday Giveaway

Mama Making Changes is happy to announce another great giveaway!

Make Our Own Network
Prize:
1 Week BistroMD Food Delivery
(A.L.L. Review)
ARV $185
Hosted by:
A Ladybug on the Go
and 
Make Our Own Network
Co-Hosted by The Frugal Exerciser

"BistroMD is not just convenient, low-calorie food. Each meal and each day is designed with the proper combination of nutrients. From the amount of lean, adequate protein in our entrées and snacks to the proper balance of carbohydrates, fat and fiber; each ingredient is selected to provide the proper nutrition needed to promote healthy weight loss."

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This giveaway is open to the Continental US only (because of shipping costs) and will end on November 1st, 2013
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Clean Up Your Act Giveaway

Mama Making Changes is happy to bring you another great giveaway!

A Ladybug on the Go
Prize:
ARV $250+
Hosted by:
A Ladybug on the Go
and 
Make Our Own Network
If you are looking for a Health and Wellness coach that is compassionate about you and your wellness - Amanda is your girl! Amanda empowers your mind and soul to keep you going through any obstacle.

"Over the past year and a half I’ve been building my own health and wellness program after noticing the manner in which I approach total health and wellness – REALLY gets life changing results. My relationship with health and wellness has been evolving since childhood; I played division 2 women’s rugby, was a cheerleading coach for 7 years, cheerleader for 11 years, race car driver for 8 years, and am finishing my master’s in bio-medical engineering with a concentration in injury/sports biomechanics.  As a health and wellness coach I am a firm believer of 80% nutrition, 20% fitness, and 100% mindset."

**If you are a company and would like to see your brand advertised in a M.O.O.N. event similar to this please contact MakeOurOwnNetwork@gmail.com
This giveaway is open to the Continental US only (because of shipping costs) and will end on October 29th, 2013
"Make Our Own Network" solely organized this event and I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are 100% my own and may differ from your own or even those stated in this post. MAMA MAKING CHANGES is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Healthy Holiday Giveaway Blogger Opp

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ARV $185
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Herbal Life Giveaway Blogger Opp

A Ladybug on the Go
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Monday, October 7, 2013

Monday A La Mode: October 7, 2013





It's time for another edition of Monday A La Mode. I've got some interesting stuff for you this week from all around the web. To see more great links, click on the Monday A La Mode tab at the top of the page and see a clickable list of all of the previous editions. 






Bee Helpful:

  • Sign this petition from MoveOn.org, asking Lowe's and Home Depot to stop selling plants that have been sprayed with chemicals that poison. The dalarming decline in the bee population could actually mean the end of life as we know it.   Click here to sign now! While there, sign up for their newsletter and recieve email notifications of future petitions.

Quinoa: Love it or hate it? 

  • The things we will debate! Apparently there are some who want to be heard loud and clear on the topic of hating quinoa and it has actually been said that quinoa is part of a government conspiracy! Personally I love that their is a healthier, lower carb alternative to rice and pasta and I like the texture better than rice, too.Do you love quinoa or do you agree with the haters?    Click here to read more about this surprising debate.


Child Health Day:

  • National Child Health Day is today, October 7th. What changes have you made recently with your child's health in mind? What efforts do you make on a regular basis? What one thing would you recommend to other parents as a critical step in protecting a child's health? Join other moms who are posting short videos on YouTube.com today about how going organic and GMO Free have effected the health of their children. 


Wierd but True: 

And Just for Laughs:
  • Urbanization keeps bringing people and wild animals into closer proximity, sometimes with saddening results. The fox in this video, however, has actually become an attraction at a Swiss golf course. Apparently more people are showing up for an afternoon of golf because they want to see the ball-snatching fox everyone is talking about!



That's it for this Monday! Remember, I love to hear from you! Don't forget to leave your comments below and share this with your friends so they can join the conversation. And have a great week!






Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Today is the Day

Today marks the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Ironically, it is also the first day that millions of uninsured Americans are able to shop for health insurance through the new Health Insurance Marketplace at www.healthcare.gov.

The Tea Party Republicans have been pushing a shutdown of the federal government today in protest of the new healthcare law. Hopefully they will not be able to follow through on their threats. Not sure what this would mean for everyday people like you and me? Click here to read exactly what agencies and services would come to a halt. Whether you agree with the new healthcare reforms or not, a government shutdown is not a good thing.

What exactly does the new site provide? If you don't have medicare or other insurance, you will be able to shop for plans at the bronze, silver, gold, and platinum levels. All plans at each level will offer the same coverage but may have different copays and premiums. How much you pay will be based on your income, family size, etc. The government will be paying the difference to the insurance companies. 

As one of more than 40 million hard working uninsured Americans, I will be logging in this evening after work to see what kind of rates I can get for my kids and myself. I lost my insurance and my job due to the recession when my employer permanently closed the doors of our business just after Christmas last year. I was extremely blessed to find a new job quickly but I now have no benefits through my employer and have not been able to afford insurance on my own. My family doesn't qualify for any government assistance programs like Medicaid or Food Stamps due to my income, but my income isn't much and I am a single mom. When I burned my arm earlier this year, I didn't see a doctor. When I broke my hand (and I didn't need an x-ray to know it was broken) I also didn't see a doctor. My daughter went a month without her prescription medication at one point this year because I couldn't pay for it. And none of us have seen a dentist since my insurance lapsed.

So you won't see me supporting the government shutdown or arguing with government sponsored healthcare. Most of the civilized world did this before us with much success. There is always room for improvement and the system may or not end up needing to be tweeked and adjusted, but overall I see this as a step in the right direction. 

One last thing...to all those who are moaning and groaning about having to pay for this with your taxes...have a heart for others. Look around and see that this isn't about the people who refuse to work and expect a handout. This program is for the Americans who are busting their butts every day trying to support their families on minimum wage or a little better, making the products you use every day, repairing the car you drive, driving the nails that hold up the new house you just bought, answering phones when you call to complain to some company about something relatively unimportant, running the checkout when you go shopping. Imagine a life without any of those people. Better yet, imagine your life with their paycheck. If you still disagree with the reform, okay, but make sure your decision isn't selfish and self-righteous.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday A La Mode: September 23, 2013




I hand pick the news, products, websites and more that I believe will interest MMC readers most and compile it all into one easy to read weekly post.

Go to work on Monday morning with something to talk about!

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This week on Monday A La Mode...


I love stats...


  • WhatsYourHealthy.com is a site sponsored by Aetna. While I am in no way promoting Aetna, you'll find some great info here and even some interesting stats, like the survey results below. I've given up fast food and sweets except for the rare treat. Where would you fall on this survey?




Cool new product...

  • Chick Beer is a exactly what the name implies. According to their site, 25% of beer drinkers are women, so these "chicks" designed a beer with women in mind and they donate 5% of profits to women's charities.See more of their story and find out where you can buy it at http://chickbeer.com.

Farm fresh...

  • 'Tis the season for apples and pears. If you don't have your own fruit trees, don't be afraid to ask neighbors for a bag. Often the fruit falls to the ground and rots because families can't possibly eat it all. You're bound to find plenty of fresh ripe apples and pears at farmer's markets right now, too. Ask your grocer for local and know that you can get it elsewhere if they don't carry local. If you wonder where to find local produce in your area, check out www.localharvest.org.

How can you argue with this...


Coming soon...

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month is in October. You are likely to be inundated with pink. But, hey, it's just another excuse to flaunt pink, right? Next week's Monday A La Mode will include a list of great ways to support Breast Cancer Awareness online, as well as helpful links for more information on prevention and early warning signs.
I'd love to hear your comments or questions on any of these issues. Share your opinion below. 

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday A La Mode: September 16, 2013



I hand pick the news, products, websites and more that I believe will interest MMC readers most and compile it all into one easy to read weekly post.

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Before You Check Out These Great Links:
  • Think twice about which browser you are using. The Better World Shopping Guide gives Firefox an A for their overall rating.  And Google gets an A- for being a leader in the fight against global warming and for being one of the most ethical companies in the world. Internet Explorer received an F, as did Bing and MSN. 
Did You Know:
photo courtesy of
freedigitalphotos.net

  • Pouring salt onto a runny spill in the kitchen, like cooking oil or raw egg, will make it easier to clean up. Let the salt sit for about 15 minutes and it will absorb most of the mess! This also works on carpet!
  • Cotton balls soaked in salt water (1 tsp salt per pint of water) make a great compress for puffy eyes. Lie with eyes closed and cotton balls on eyelids for 15 minutes and puffiness will go away!
  • Learn more tricks like these in Salt by Betsy Rossen Elliot or by clicking here to go to MortonSalt.com.
Green Companies I'm Loving this Week:
If You've Ever Considered Organic Gardening:
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

CrockPot Heaven

I love walking in the door to the smell of a pot roast in the crockpot. So what if I had to cook an entire meal and start another one last night. It's all worth it tonight! 

Start with the right ingredients for a guilt free home cooked meal to die for! Local organic beef and butter from grass fed cows and organic veggies. 

I like to coat the roast in black pepper, melt butter in a cast iron frying pan, and sear the roast on all sides. The entire process takes about 3 or 4 minutes. Then I drop it in the pot, cover halfway with water, turn on low, and go to bed. 

Next morning, wash carrots and cut into thirds before adding to the pot. Halve some yellow or red onions, remove the skin, and set them on top of everything in the pot. 

In the afternoon, my daughter adds the peas when she gets home from school. 

After a long day at work, all I had to do was cook the quinoa (we don't do grains anymore) and put everything in the bowls. 

Yes, my roast cooked for about 24 hours. Seem like a long time? Not only is slow cooking great for tenderizing any roast, but grass fed beef is very low in fat and needs to be cooked low and slow.

How do you cook your pot roast? Do you use a slow cooker or do you use the oven? I hope one day to own a cast iron dutch oven and cook roast in that! 



Giveaways Galore

Today I discovered a great Linky List of Giveaways that updates every Tuesday! With more than 200 giveaways listed so far today, this list promises endless opportunities for you giveaway fanatics! Both of our current giveaways are on the list, but you can also enter them by clicking here for the Blue Steel $50 Giftcard Giveaway or clicking here for the Earth Ball Giveaway. To visit the full list of links that I discovered, just click on the button below.
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Monday, September 9, 2013

Citrus Zinger Review

I was really pleased to be allowed to review the Citrus Zinger from Zing Anything. At www.zinganything.com one can find the Citrus Zinger, Aqua Zinger, Vodka Zinger, and Salad Zinger. The Citrus Zinger retails on their site for $16.99

I received the bottle in minimal packaging, which got us off to a great start. A plastic sleeve over the bottle and a fitted cardboard box were all that was used to package the Citrus Zinger. There was a tag hanging from the neck and an instruction sheet inside the bottle. Unfortunately, I found it quite difficult to remove the instruction sheet and had to piece it back together to read it. I couldn't find any way to remove it except through the mouth of the bottle. After I finally succeeded, I read the simple directions aloud while my daughter followed them. 

First, you unscrew the base. While holding the bottle upside down, press and twist a halved citrus fruit firmly onto the juicer. Then put the base back onto the bottle. Holding upright, remove the lid and add water. That's it! The base filters the seeds so they don't get into your water, but it allows pulp to come through. 

We found the resulting drink tastier chilled, so I recommend adding a few pieces of ice. 

After the water was finished, we refilled the bottle without changing the lemon. I was pleased to find that the lemon flavored another bottle of water without changing the fruit out. 

To wash the Citrus Zinger, simply remove the base and lid and rinse thoroughly. I wish the juicing piece was removable because I would feel better if I could dissemble the bottle further when washing. However, their method did seem to work fine. 

I found the Citrus Zinger easy and fun to use. It made quick work of lemon water without lots of slicing, squeezing, and mess. I look forward to trying it with a lime next and maybe I'll get creative after that. And I'd love to try the other Zingers at ZingAnything.com

The bad news is, I may never get to use the Citrus Zinger myself. My daughter loves it! Her exact words were "This is mine!" 









Friday, September 6, 2013

Share the Planet w/ Your Kids Giveaway: Win One for Your Home and One for Your School

Make Our Own Network
Prize:
16" Earth Ball (A.L.L. Review)
+
Winner School of Choice will receive a
1 Meter Earth Ball
ARV $143 Total
Hosted by:
 "EarthBalls are used daily for educating students from preschools to universities. As a tactile and visual classroom aid, EarthBalls enhance the teaching of both natural and social sciences.  Featuring the latest generation of NASA satellite imagery, EarthBalls are the most visually authentic world globes available anywhere."

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This giveaway is open to the Continental US only (because of shipping costs) and will end on September 19th, 2013
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"Make Our Own Network" solely organized this event and I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are 100% my own and may differ from your own or even those stated in this post. MAMA MAKING CHANGES is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

We're On the Fence!

Okay, I know I'm a little behind the times, but I am finally "on the fence"! 

Just click the button below to vote for Mama Making Changes at Picket Fence Blogs and see other popular blogs while you are there! 


Thanks to all the amazing MMC fans who vote! You rock!

Blue Steel $50 Giftcard Giveaway

Mama Making Changes is happy to be co-hosting this great giveway!
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Monday, September 2, 2013

Monday A La Mode: September 1, 2013



Visit MMC each Monday to see what's new and happening! I hand pick the news, products, websites and more that I believe will interest MMC readers most and compile it all into one easy to read weekly post.

This week the focus is on today's holiday...

Happy Labor Day!
  • On June 28, 1894, an act of Congress made the 1st Monday in September a national holiday in honor and recognition of the contributions that workers have made to the growth and development of a strong and prosperous America.
  • The first Labor Day was held more than a decade earlier in New York City in 1882. Other cities followed and later states declared the day a holiday before the federal government finally got on board.
  • In recent years, Labor Day celebrations and recognition by employers have both declined. Be sure to say thank you to at least one hard-working American today for his or her contribution to our economy, our freedom, our way of life! 
  • Buy American-made products. Don't forget that somebody made that bed you sleep in, that coffee mug in your hand, that computer under your fingertips; and hopefully it was an American who made it!
  • See a variety of videos that pay tribute to specific important contributions of American workers at History.com by clicking here. Short video clips focus on subjects like the history of Labor Day, the fight to end child labor, the GM sit-down in the 1930s, and more. See one of these videos below. 


If You Wonder Who Did Make That Stuff...
If You Aren't at Work Today...
  • Please be safe. Labor Day weekend is unfortunately known for it's high number of fatalities. It has been estimated that more than 400 traffic-related deaths will occur before the holiday is through, and that doesn't include accidents on the water. Don't drink and drive - on the road or on the water - and be aware of other drivers who may be less responsible. See more stats from the National Safety Council by clicking here.
  • Think about the ecological consequences of your actions. As you head out to whatever festivities you have on the agenda, remember the basics like keeping trash off the ground and out of the water, taking care with grills and fireworks so that wildfires aren't started, keeping recyclables out of the garbage, using fewer disposable items, and cooking only what you will eat to avoid waste.
  •  Skip the fast food! Not sure why? Watch this trailer for the upcoming movie from www.foodmyths.org and visit their website to sign up to be one of the first to see the full length movie later this month. 
  • Check out some amazing blogs while you are sunning it in that beach chair! Click the Top Mommy Blogs button below to be redirected to their list of the best mom blogs on the web. You are sure to find some you love! 
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Free or Paid Blogger Opp: Share the Planet

Make Our Own Network
Prize:
16" Earth Ball
+
Winner School of Choice will receive a
1 Meter Earth Ball
ARV $143 Total
Hosted by:
Sign-ups close 9/3
**The blogger with the most referrals will receive the additional links at no cost so tell them
Mama Making Changes sent you!
Click HERE to sign up and for more html info.

M.O.O.N. has now added several perks/discounts for frequent participation in our events but you must be a member of our Facebook group to be eligible.  Please visit the M.O.O.N. group if you are a blogger and would like more information regarding these perks and other group events.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

More Changes

A little less than two weeks ago, we spent our first night in our new home. Moving from the city to a small town (population less than 400) would mean lots of changes and we knew it when we made the decision. But I was totally unprepared for such a disruption in the way we eat! Ironically, this area is full of farmers but doesn't sell any locally produced food! To get locally produced food, I will have to drive into the city, which is half an hour down the highway, too far to go more than once or twice a week. 

After several trips to the only local grocery store, a very small IGA, it became apparent that not only was I not going to see any local food, but there isn't any organic either! With the exception of Horizon Organic Skim Milk. I don't want skim milk! If I'm not buying raw milk, I prefer whole milk. Their egg choices are store brand or Egg and I Farm (which is local but is also your typical inhumane egg farm with miserable birds in tiny cages). If I can't have fresh eggs, I'd at least like to be able to buy free range organic eggs. 


No thank you! 
They also do not sell any natural cat food or any cat food with greens in it (I have an elderly, long-haired, indoor kitty). If you have a recipe for homemade cat food with greens that won't be hard to chew, please share!  



I just find it incredible that moving to farm country could make it more difficult to get fresh produce, meat, eggs, and dairy! I even checked MMC's most recommended website, localharvest.org and found nothing in my area!

My plan, for now, is to go to the small organic farmer's market in the city on Thursdays during my lunch and to make a list of things we need so that if I find myself there on Wednesday or Saturday I can pick up what we need without making a special trip on another day. I will have to pick up cat food in larger quantities, too, until I come up with a better solution. 

My plan in the long run is to build a coop and buy some laying hens, plant a nice garden, buy a deep freezer, and buy meat in bulk from the farmer I was using before the move. 

Do you live in a rural area or tiny town? Have you encountered similar obstacles? What did you do?

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