Notes on my Monarch Adventure

You wouldn’t know it from my recent obsession, but I only recently learned about monarch butterflies. It happened randomly one day, as I crammed 20 or so odd books into a basket in the children’s section of our local library. As we read through the pile over the next week, I came across the book, Mr. McGinty’s Monarchs by Linda Vander Heyden. Now one of my favorite reads for inspiring and educating the budding environmentalists in my life (check out my favorite children’s books list), this bright book took ahold of our household. We loaded up for a trip to the Monarch Butterfly sanctuary in Pacific Grove, passed out milkweed seed packets to trick-or-treaters (my father in law was super thrilled about that. NOT!), and for planting the monarch larvae host plant, milkweed, in my new pollinator garden.  Continue reading

Proud to Be a Californian

IMG_6325Our family recently spent a week visiting my sister and her family in North Western Washington State. They live in Anacortes on Fidalgo Island off the Puget Sound. They have a beautiful home, a beautiful family and they are surrounded by beautiful nature, but I came back feeling so happy that I was still a Californian. The first time I went to visit her I was ready to pack my bags and buy a huge lot where I could plant my “Martha Stewart Inspired Garden”. However this challenge to lessen my carbon footprint has got me considering my surroundings in a whole new way. Continue reading

Just a Little Hike

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A couple of days ago I desperately needed to get my boys (and myself) out of the house after a rough rainy week, so I was grateful when Lily and Marilyn invited us to go for a hike at a nearby park. My 3 1/2 year old was thrilled to get out and explore with his bestie. He practically ran the entire way up the path, fueled by excitement and fresh air. Continue reading