My first container garden

So what’s a girl to do if she decides to homestead, but can’t move just yet.  Baby steps…

If I want to be a homesteader, I better learn how to grow my own food.  Since at the moment I’m without a yard, a container garden was the next best option.  My condo is a ground floor unit so I can spread my plants out beyond just the patio where the real sunlight can reach them.

To get started I went by my local nursery and picked up some basics. Included here are a tomato plant, basil, cilantro, dill, rosemary, and bell pepper.

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Then I checked out a nearby plant sale hosted by a local park, Green Springs Garden. So many options! I can’t wait to have a full yard to landscape.

Brought home a couple more additions to the garden: arugula, zucchini, cucumber, rhubarb, tomato, and some grocery store basil.

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Got them planted and happy in their new soil.

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And here’s what it looks like two months in:

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Two causalities so far, both the cilantro and bell pepper plants drowned in some May thunderstorms.

I’m hoping to start harvesting jalapenos and tomatoes very soon!!

I have a habit of letting my plants get to dry, so learning to gauge how much water they need has been a challenge.  I’m starting to see some yellow leaves and will let you know how my experiment with organic fertilizers goes. Fingers crossed!

Who else is working on a garden for summer??

Sarah

 

 

 

Homesteading 101 – Give me a farm, don’t call me a farmer

Over the course of the long winter months, boyfriend and I decided we want to be homesteaders. That is, we want a little bit of land, some animals (chickens, goats, maybe a pig) and to grow some of our own food.  We’re not looking to have a dairy farm with thousands of cows, just our own little space surrounded by animals.

One problem, we live in the Metro Washington D.C. region with ridiculous property values.

Got a million dollars, you can buy a  four bedroom house!!!

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So even though we realized this shared dream, we’ll have to start small, educate ourselves, and plan for a move to a homestead friendly/affordable area down the road.

So here are some of the fun free resources I’ve found so far in my attempt to learn about homesteading.

Gourmet Farmer, Australian TV

One of the most entertaining shows we’ve found is a couple of years old, but new to us!!

Urban Conversion, PBS

I can catch this show sporadically on the WETA PBS channel, sadly can’t find it on the PBS roku/amazon fire channels.

We Bought the Farm, HGTV

I know, I know, another HGTV show.  They only did 8 episodes, but you can find them all on their roku/amazon fire app.

Homesteady – Podcast & Videos

Great content focused on the business decisions that need to go into a homestead.

Just the start of my education, but a girls got to dream!!!

Have you tried the farm life? Ready to escape your current l0cal?

Sarah

 

 

 

Oh Hey Blog, what’s up?

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I never intend to take a break from blogging, life just gets in the way and before you know it, it’s March!!

So what have I been up to lately? Working my Posh business of course! Checkout my latest newsletter, exploring the miracle that is Argan Oil.

Watching all the Profit episodes I can get my hand on…

I’ve become obsessed with the idea of becoming a “homesteader” and found this adorable tv show from Tazmania (I know, so random):

And working on my own youtube videos, scary and fun at the same time:

I’m excited to re-focus on the blog and spend the next couple months exploring more of the Homesteading lifestyle, some easy condo updates, and lessons learned from my new small business.  Please stick around, I’ll be back!!

 

 

 

Life and Living Naturally

Fall has arrived in DC, my sister and her boyfriend visited from Florida and had the perfect weather for playing tourist.

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We made a trip downtown for a food truck lunch and stopped by the National Zoo.

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Hopped over to Georgetown for some serious shopping. Katie is a master at finding deals, we both bought markdowns at 60-70% off. Fall wardrobe complete!

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Of course I also shared my stockpile of Perfectly Posh products, Katie has been trying some of their skin line so I introduced her to some of the other body products (bee’s knees body scrub, witchy body wash).

I try not to be too pushy with sharing Posh, I know I tend to shutdown when someone is overwhelming in their sales approach.  I want to share some of the reasons I started moving my personal products towards more natural and high quality ingredients.

  1.  Too many chemicalstoxins

Women on average apply an average of 168 products per day. (article) Every day you hear of another mysterious chemical or common ingredient that is linked to illness and even death. I’ve been trying to simplify the products I’m using both on myself and around the house.  I don’t just go with the cheapest option on the shelf.  Same with my pets, the horror stories of animals that have died due to contaminated and dangerous products from China have made me much more aware.

2.  Know the source

It’s common knowledge that there are many factories and companies abroad that do not care for the health of their workers or their consumers.

I’ve found clothing companies (Everlane) that are committed to treating their employees well. Educating myself on the local farm to table movement and how large volume food production impacts our health. (Thanks PBS!) I haven’t fully embraced organic foods when I shop at the grocery store, but I’m working on it and making better choices for my body in the long term.

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We are learning that even the smallest ingredient can impact the ecological environment in big ways.  From plastic micro beads clogging up fresh water lakes (800 Trillion Plastic Micro Beads go down the drain every day) to bleaching of natural coral reefs via sunscreen. It’s impossible not to see the impact our daily routine has on the world around us.

My answer: Perfectly Posh

Posh prides themselves on using high quality ingredients, locally sourced, and made in the U.S.A.

Everything is $25 and under, keeping high quality pampering available to everyone.

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I don’t expect Posh to work for everyone, it’s one of many companies that are now focusing on more simple ingredient lists and environmentally friendly business practices.  But if you haven’t considered them, check out my site.  I wouldn’t have signed up to represent their products if I wasn’t genuinely excited about what they offer.

Sarah

National coffee day 

Cutting back on the caffeine? Posh has some amazing coffee treats that are good for your skin! 

 
You can easily get 20-25 uses from this body scrub, that’s a $1 a shower!

 Posh tip: this Snarky bar can be sliced into three smaller bars and will last 2-3 months.

Get some coffee without the caffeine crash!

Sarah

https://www.perfectlyposh.com/sarahdiylifestyle/ 

Why Posh

Two posts in one week! Crazy talk

I want to introduce you guys to a little business endeavor I’m trying out. I figured instead of just throwing out some marketing materials randomly, I’d explain why I decided to get involved with Perfectly Posh  with the business and what factors impacted my decision.

Posh Summary

For a long time I’ve been thinking about how/when I could start exploring having my own business.  I try to stay open to ideas and possibilities, there seem to be so many exciting small businesses out there.  Do I want to start a bakery? coffee shop? etsy shop? furniture restoration? start flipping houses? It’s been difficult for me to pinpoint where my strongest skills are and what I could do full time and still enjoy.

I was first introduce to Perfectly Posh back in July by my friend Sharon.  She had just signed up as a consultant and peaked my interest.  I had never heard of the business and their packaging is really appealing to me.  Finally got ahold of some samples and liked what I tried.  Talked with Sharon about the buy-in for starting my own business, $99 for a starter kit. What appeals to me? The packaging, natural ingredients, and cruelty free product.

11924771_970891519820_375984976079277419_nSome background, I witnessed my own mom get into a sales pyramid arrangement and it ended badly.  It was for a nutritional supplement program in the late 90’s.  They required their consultants to purchase high amounts of product and by the time my mom got out she was in debt $4,000.  I saw first hand the stress and pressure to sell to every person you knew and all the leftover unsold product once my mom got out.  So I’m already uneasy of these types of businesses.  I also have more then a couple Mary Kay ladies blocked on my phone, way too aggressive.

So why get involved with Perfectly Posh?  Here are my reasons in a nutshell:

  • Market saturation – Mary Kay has 3 million consultants, Avon has 5.8 million, Perfectly Posh just hit 30,000.  I hadn’t seen any Perfectly Posh info floating around my area and circle of friends, I feel like this is a good time to get ahead of the curve.
  • Tailored business model – There are plenty of options for growing your business in Perfectly Posh – they support more then the traditional house party. Social media tools and website sales are supported and encouraged.  I don’t know personally what I’ll be comfortable doing from a sales perspective, so I’ll test the waters and see how it goes.
  • Marketing/Branding tools- I’m using this experience as a trial run of starting my own business down the road.  I can work on where I know some of my shortcomings are – talking to strangers, public events – and the product is already created, packaged, and ready to go.
  • Most importantly – I actually like the products and get excited about trying them!

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I’ll occasionally post some information on the blog about products I like, but will also post what I learn from the business side. Part of being dedicated to a Do It Yourself lifestyle is being your own boss 🙂

Wish me luck!

Sarah

Reading List

Shaking off my winter hibernation….

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We’re starting to see early signs of spring in the DC area and I’m trying to finish up my winter reading list before I’m spending all my free time outside.

I always end up in a self-improvement mindset after New Years and the excitement around welcoming spring.  Here are a couple books I’m working through now.

Choosing the Simply Luxurious Life: A Modern Woman’s Guide

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A great extension of one of my favorite blogs, the books touches on every aspect of life and how we can each improve.  It’s not a book I can read right before bed, I get so excited and energized by the ideas that I can’t sleep! Have a piece of paper and pen ready, you’re bound to come up with lots of ideas. Checkout the blog or podcast, they are both great resources. You can order a signed copy of the book as well through Shannon’s blog 🙂

How to Be an Adult: A Handbook for Psychological and Spiritual Integration

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I expected this book to be more of a Dummies’ guide to being an adult, but its much deeper then that. I think of it as therapy in a book. If you take your time and work through each of the chapters it’s a great exercise in self reflection.  Not a lighthearted read by any means but a great book for someone that needs to dig deep.  One of my favorite quotes from the book “Trying without doing is wishing rather than choosing.”

The Sociopath Next Door

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I haven’t actually started this book yet, it’s got great reviews and was recommended to me by a psychologist.  Curious to see how much of it translates to my work and dating life, scary! I took a self defense class last month as well, so I’m feeling extra vigilant these days.

Anyone else hanging out in the self-improvement book section? By this summer I’ll transition to some lighter reading – vampire romance and murder mysteries.

Sarah