Sunday, May 1, 2016

Free Online Intro to Permaculture Course from OSU


Intro to Permaculture is a free, four-week course provided online by Open Oregon State University that teaches the process, ethics and principles of permaculture (sustainable landscape design). This course is taught by Andrew Millison who brings more than 20 years of experience in permaculture design and has a M.A. in Horticultural Preservation, and B.A. in Ecological Design and Sustainability.

Starts: Monday, May 2, 2016
Ends: Monday, May 30, 2016
Cost: Free


I have signed up myself and am going to be taking this free course. I am also going to try my hand at getting the badge that is offered for completion by doing and handing in all assignments. The course is launching Monday, but you can register anytime through this Friday, May 5!

DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I wrote this blog post because I thought you might be interested in knowing this information and taking part of this free course. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any compensation for doing this post.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Wonders of Creation Coloring Book Review and Giveaway



My family and I love coloring! It is a favorite pastime in our household. It helps us slow down, relax, and mediate on just coloring the pages. This trend of "adult coloring books" is wonderful in my honest opinion. Coloring the shapes and patterns is actually soothing to me and it fills my need for being artsy...at least a little bit. With the high levels of stress going around these days, we need something calming to help us stay levelheaded and more mindful. Coloring is a fantastic therapy.

The Wonders of Creation: Illustrations to Color and Inspire is a coloring book that is published by Zondervan helps us also contemplate God's amazing world. This coloring book has a gorgeous foil embossed cover. It has 96 pages of back to back detailed black-and-white illustrations of animals, landscapes, and other wonders of our created world on high quality paper. The drawings are illustrated by Cindy Wilde and Pimlada Phuapradit. Promises hours of coloring inspiration in any hue of your choosing. You may use felt markers, coloring pens, coloring pencils, or even crayons to complete each page. Just make sure your art media doesn't bleed through to the other side since the pages are double-sided.



I love this particular coloring book myself because of all the lovely, whimsical pages of Eden-esque flora and  fauna from around the globe. The pages are filled with line art of intricate patterns and fanciful scrolling designs. I love that the Wonders of Creation includes a couple pages at the beginning to explain this artwork. This book is great for ages tween to adult, but my girls who are younger loved watching me color the beautiful pages and flipping through the pages just to look at them too. It is a unique element to my personal quiet time and devotions.

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This would make a wonderful gift for someone and Mother's Day is coming up! You can purchase it from Zondervan for $15.99.



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DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I received this product for free to facilitate this review and an opportunity to give a copy away. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this review. Affiliate links may be in this posting. Thanks for supporting my blog.

Permaculture for the Rest of Us: Abundant Living on Less Than an Acre Book Review and Giveaway


Permaculture for the Rest of us: Abundant Living on Less Than an Acre by Jenni Blackmore is a wonderful book on how to live a sustainable, self sufficient life with less than ideal circumstances. This book is an insightful, down-to-earth, user-friendly guide. If you have small acreage, have poor soil, don't live in the ideal climate, have a lack of water, are discouraged or overwhelmed by other permaculture resources, or just don't know where to start, this book is for you!

Jenni takes you on her journey from how she got started to what she did and encountered herself through trial and error over the course of 20 years. She is a great teacher for those of us that are novices to permaculture because she tells from experience. For those of us that are experts I am sure this book will provide a great refresher. In her book Jenni talks about building soil, planning, planting a veggie garden, seed saving/swapping, easy starter crops, her suggestions about what and when to plant, greenhouses, poultry and meat rabbits, ethics and principles of permaculture, & harvesting and preserving. Her book doesn't cover every aspect of permaculture, but it covers enough of the basics to get a great start. With main information consolidated into sidebars of what she calls, "executive notes", this book is an educational easy read.

As I am still learning a lot in my own journey in permaculture, I found this book to be a wonderful resource of sage advice and wisdom and while reading I highlighted my favorite parts. When I was reading I heard her mention keyhole gardens and hugelkultur and I had never heard of these garden bed methods, so I started pinning them on my Pinterest Garden Path board so that I might incorporate them into my own techniques down the line. I already have 8 raised beds, but they are rectangular, which is fine for what we have done with them. As I am learning though I feel compelled to mold and shape my land how I see fit with the knowledge amassed under my belt.

I am learning about soil and soil building to make my own fertile soil. I even went to "Soil School" after I became a Master Gardener in my state, so that I could learn more about soil. I might be a geek, but I think it is fascinating. Permaculture for the Rest of Us goes into some depth about this in chapter two, "The Nitty Gritty on Building Dirt". Most of this was review for me, but only because I had taken these classes.

My farm already has one laying hen and 10 chickens we raised from chicks, of which I hope will provide me and my family with many eggs soon as the hens of the flock start laying. They have already supplied me with rich manure to add to be composted for my gardens. I love Jenni's idea for a "Hen-poster", a compost pile set up in the chicken run. The chickens scratch at it and mix it while adding chicken manure to it as well. What a great idea! I want to set one up now too. I love her and her husband's ingenuity.

I think Permaculture for the Rest of Us: Abundant Living on Less Than an Acre is a wonderful addition to my library as it would be to yours. It opened my eyes to some techniques and things that I could do, or do better on my own property. I love Jenni's encouragement and her friendly, genuine demeanor. She helped me feel welcome and more capable to accomplish even the most surmountable of tasks.

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DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I received this product for free to facilitate this review and an opportunity to give away another copy. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this review and giveaway.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Get Herb Fairies Book One Absolutely Free!


So I told you about Herb Fairies the other day and maybe you are on the edge about enrolling. Well I have a great surprise for you! You can download Herb Fairies Book One absolutely free! That way you can see for yourself how awesome this book series really is and how much of a great learning opportunity it will be for you and your child!


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If you do decide to enroll you will also get all sorts of added bonuses along with the complete eBook series too! Hurry though because you don't want to miss this offer! Enrollment will end on April 30th at midnight! Don't delay! If you act now you will also be able to save $10 on the subscription!

Get your free book now and see what others say about Herb Fairies!
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DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I wrote this blog post because I thought you might be interested in knowing this information and taking part of this deal. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any compensation for doing this post. Affiliate links can be found in this post. Thank you for your support of this blog!