Where is my money going? Who am I supporting? These weren’t always questions that came to mind when making a purchase. It has really been within the past year that I have become more conscious about these matters. Making it a point to shop small as much as possible and shop thrift stores to recycle goods rather than increase the demand. Finding a small shop that also donates to a good cause is just icing on the cake.
About the shop:
A T-shirt is just a T-shirt right? Wrong! Not when the company behind the Tee is on a mission to spread the word about sustainable living, a slower way of life and an organization called The WFAN (Women’s food and AG Network.) I say t-shirt but thats definitely not all Magnolia Roots has to offer. They make mugs, totes, sweatshirts. Each one with a wonderful message! Support your local farmer, Save the bees, Go outside, Live the simple Life. So much positivity in each and every piece that is produced.
These shirts fit perfectly, wash well and are the most comfortable shirts we own. The sizes are unisex but as you can see both my husband and I were able to find a size that we are comfortable in. I love the fit of the small and my husbands XL was perfect. He likes his shirts a bit longer so they don’t ride up while he is working and thats exactly what he got with this shirt.
(wild+free mama print no longer available)
What is the WFAN?
Women Food & AG Network is a community of women in sustainable agriculture. Their Mission? “To engage women in building an ecological and just food and agricultural system through individual and community power.” They exist to give women a voice in agricultural policy. To learn more about this amazing organization go to http://www.wfan.org/about/
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Every time I step foot inside of a library (not going to lie, its been a while) I instantly become nostalgic for a time when the library was our only source for information. A time before computers, iPads, phones and kindles.When, in order to complete a school project, you needed to check out multiple books on the subject and do the research. I attended a Catholic school (K-5) with a giant library inside. The librarian was a really old woman with grey hair piled high in a messy bun on top of her head. Everyone thought she was a witch but she would smile when I walked past and I thought she was lovely. I remember being so excited on library day. It was always dark in there. Dusty, quiet and mysterious but filled with a certain magic. I recall there being an entire day dedicated to how to properly look for and check out a book. Something I’m pretty sure kids aren’t taught these days. These are things I want to keep alive. I want my kids to use these resources and not rely solely on technology. Since we have had so much snow lately, I thought what better time to take them and teach them and allow them to explore. This ended up being more fun than I could have ever imagined. My boys bonded and interacted like I have never seen before.My oldest took his brother around and showed him how to look for book. Once they both found books that they were interested in, we headed to the children’s area so that the baby could get out and crawl around.There were a ton of wooden toys and he enjoyed taking the books off of the shelves! The older boys found a Theatre box and put on a puppet show for their baby brother and some other little babes that had gathered. Cove also found this awesome coloring table which he scribbled all over but had a blast doing it. We were there for a couple of hours and there was never a moment of arguing or complaining or begging to go home (which with 3 kids is usually the case with at least one of them) When I said it was time to go, thats when I was met with resistance but after some coaxing, we made our way to the front desk. Cove (our 3 year old) felt really important when I told him that he could take the library card and check out the books. He also thought the receipt that magically appeared from a slot in the middle of the desk was the coolest thing he had ever seen. On the way home we talked about how we have to take care of the books because they do not belong us which in some way makes them more special. We came home and read instead of turning on the tv. This definitely needs to become a more frequent thing in my house. Trips to the library I mean. Its great on snow days but I want my kids to enjoy this all year round.
Thrift stores take me back to a time when fitting in seemed necessary for high school survival but also never exactly felt natural to me. While most of my friends opted for trips to the mall for designer clothes, sunglasses and handbags, I was drawn to the wild, artsy streets of venice or the then always exciting 3rd street promenade. There I felt more at home. A crazy, young teen with hot pink hair and tattoos (that I got way too soon and with very little thought behind them) Rather than wearing Juicy sweat suits or whatever else was popular back then, I could be found wearing a bowling shirt with the name “Bob” or “Frank” stitched on the left pocket, a pair a Dickies, and some funky retro sunglasses.
These days thrifting has taken on a completely different meaning but still brings me the same joy and excitement. Although its not at all new to me, it has now become something that my husband and I enjoy doing together. It has become a weekly thing that we look forward to when he is home from work. We look for unique items for our home and usually come across really cool classic toys for the kids (far better quality than most toys made today) Since these stores receive new merch daily, the hunt for something really cool becomes the driving force behind all of our early morning trips. You don’t want to miss that ONE thing! It never ceases to amaze me what we are able to find. Could be a vintage piece or something brand new that has never been opened. Really brings meaning to the saying “One mans trash is another mans treasure.” Oh and while on the subject of “trash” that is a misconception that Ive found comes up in discussions about where we get our “really cool things.” Just because they are pre owned, the items we take home are not dirty or stained or gross in any way! Although they are cleaned before they are put out on the shelves, we are very selective in what we buy and we also re clean these things again once we get home. Also like I said before a lot of the time we are able to find things that have never even been used!
If you read my December Declutter post you may be thinking to yourself that weekly trips to the thrift store seems a bit counter productive if we are trying to clean out our home. Our efforts although focused on simplifying are also motivated by us wanting to create a space that we love. As we remove things that no longer serve us, our needs, or our lifestyle, we are bringing in items that we find beautiful, that we know will be used and that serve a purpose.We also like the idea of shopping second hand for environmental reasons. We donate things back into the community. Rather than buying new and throwing out the old we are keeping it in circulation.Which means less waste and less support for large manufacturers. From a financial stand point its more affordable than trying to redecorate your entire home with items bought in mainstream stores. It would be taking us a lot longer to finish!!
Check out some fun finds from our last haul.
Padilla Ceramic Mugs worth $15.00 each paid $.75 each
Ceramic dish $1.00
Wicker $1.00 each
(my favorite!) Super cool mounted Beatles poster $1.00 for our sons hippie/music bedroom
Herbal Medicine Book $2.00
Wood U.S.A puzzle worth $15 paid $1.50
The Wind in the Willow/Scholastic text books @ $2.00 each
Dr. Seuss 4 puzzle set (brand new never opened ) worth $20.00 paid $2.00
My husband bought me a giant bag of organic green tea matcha powder for Christmas. I started making this latte as an afternoon pick me up in place of a second (or third) cup of coffee. I get the boost of energy without feeling jittery and without the caffeine headache that I would sometimes get from too much coffee. Matcha is high in anti oxidants, boosts metabolism, provides vitamin c and magnesium and is said to lower cholesterol. So I feel good about drinking this every day. Heres how I make my latte!
1 cup Almond Milk or milk of your choice
1 tsp Organic Matcha Powder
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2-3 tbsp sweetener (sugar, honey, agave nectar, maple syrup all work great!)
In a small sauce pan, warm milk on low heat. Allow the milk to warm for a minute or so before adding ingredients. If you add the matcha when the milk is still cold it tends to clump more. Add your vanilla, sweeter and matcha powder then whisk.
Note: If you are using an unsweetened milk, you may want to add more sweeter. If you are using something like a sweetened vanilla almond milk, 2 tbsps should be enough.
Whisk until everything is combined. You may still be left with some small clumps of matcha. If that happens just pour through a strainer into your mug.
If you have any other fun ways for me to use this giant bag of matcha powder I have, comment them below!