Farmer’s Market Trip and a Little More

This weekends haul from Downtown Summerside.

    • Apples from Brady’s Farm. So good and juicy! I bring my own bag and refuse theirs. Although, the paper bag provided is welcomed to be returned for reuse!
    • Broccoli and carrots from Crystal Green Farms were bagged, but I asked for them unpacked and the farmer will reuse the bags. Actually, all veggies bagged can be unpacked or you could call/message them before market day to arrange the items packed in a paper bag for pick up.
    • BBQ sauce from High on the Hog. I have been wanting to make my own and have not yet, so here I am supporting local!
    • Eggs.
    • Micro greens from Our Old Island Market Farm has containers of micro greens which can be returned and/or I can give my own container to be filled for the following week! This is much their norm to cut waste and reuse.
    • Vinegar Hill Bakery will bring goods in paper bags instead of plastic bags if you ask for your order the day before the market!
    • One Stop Healing makes lotions for many uses and more. You can bring her a container which she can fill from the workshop and bring it back to the market the following weekend with the product you chose.
    • Turnip.

Coconut culture in the glass jar for making coconut yogurt. One step closer! From the health food store on Water street.

  • South Shore Soaps bar soap I bought from the Three Oaks Craft Fair.
  • A couple puzzles for Thomas and Chris to enjoy as well from LIL’ Buddy Puzzelz at the fair too.
  • 3 Pj sets to split up with the girls at home from Frenchy’s. Was looking for pj’s for Jack, no luck.

Great weekend supporting local!

Zero Waste Night Market Event

Yesterday me and Chris went to our first zero waste markets, which was held in Charlottetown at The Riverview Country Market and Cafe. Hosted by the Market, Urban Daisy and Forest Child Natural Beauty. Little did I know, it was an outside event and we were not dressed for the outdoors, oops! Next time, pack a coat just in case! Chris’ mom came down to our place to watch the kids with help from our niece as well. That’s right, we got away child free! Thank you Jean and Bailey! Xx

Sad to say, I did not take any pictures of the market, too busy going from vendor to vendor and holding our mugs of hot apple cider and hot chocolate. Yup, I packed mugs so we did not need a disposable, even if it was a paper cup. But I did take pictures of our products when we got home. It was so nice to finally put faces to names I knew from other online groups and companies. Some of the vendors put in a lot of work into what they make and truly recycling products into new fashions. I met up with the owners of Unpacked, which will be opening in Charlottetown next month, the Island’s first zero waste store.

First off was my new bamboo toothbrush. The Bristles are made of castor bean oil and the whole toothbrush is compostable. I heard of some people using the stick as a fire started once the brush has come to the end of its life, which I am told it should last as long a regular toothbrush before it needs replacing. Moonsnail Soapworks is where I got the toothbrush, $7.50. I also bought toothpaste tabs/bites which are fluoride free, but also plastic free. LUXE Beauty Bar sells it by the ounce, which in turn is about $6.00 for a couple weeks. May be pricey, but compared to other savings made in the long run, it makes up. Also, like I said, plastic free. I tried these out when I got home, and I was surprised with the toothbrush. Works great, does a great job cleaning and the size is perfect. Also, the bristles are so soft. The toothpaste bites, will take some time getting used to, but I’m down with that!

Chris bought a safety razor!!! He has been looking for quite some time and never seen one for sale until now! It was a pricey purchase, but in the long run, no more buying disposables. I’d say it will pay for itself within a year. (Sorry, also can not remember the vendor’s name, I try to find out)

This vendor, Nellie and Gabe really astonished me. Everything she sold was handcrafted by her and mostly came from products she recycled into her own new product. This bracelet is made from hemp, and the beads are reused from her thrift shopping trips. Can not get much more zero waste there, two thumbs up!

Chris convinced me to buy this sea sponge from Freckles and Porcelain. I always used to use the plastic bath sponges, but mine become unusable a while ago. Since then I just wast with my hands or a facecloth, but I found I could not scrub or reach areas very well. I thought someday I would find a loofa sponge, but I have not seen any for sale as of yet. So, sea sponge it was. I used it today and it works well and is so soft!

Great event, looking forward to more in the following months. I encourage you all to go to events in your area and support your local shops, they are counting on you.

Family Based Routine and Scheduled Social Media

June 23, 2019

I have found myself doing too much at home during the day. Between being with the kids, regular chores, blogging and social media I felt I was not in a good place for myself and my family.

In was inspired by a video as to help me determine when to put my interests in place. Kerwin Rea suggests that 7 pm- 1 am, side hustle. This speaks more to those in the workforce and trying to do their own business at the same time. I came to realize that I could possibly put this in place at home too, time adjusted a little to best suit our needs.

So basically, every item underlined is something I am going to tackle everyday. Think of them as Spring Cleaning.

I have been using too much social media time on what should be family time. In the past, I quit Facebook twice! Due to spending too much time with it. Instead of cutting it out cold turkey for a third time, I’m going to give myself a time frame to use it.

I made that list this morning, I may end up tweaking it a bit possibly adding a few more deep clean chores, but it’s a great start to get me where I need to go. I probably can do more than one deep clean chore everyday, but setting limits is what this is about and spending more time with the family.

June 26, 2019

My plan is working so great! I’m very much less focused on social media, but I do can put in the time needed in the evening, and respond or give some input in the morning. I’m slow moving in the morning, and like to do some reading and such with my coffee.

I will say, the first day cutting back on social media was tough! I was constantly wondering what I was missing, finding myself standing still thinking what should I do next and think about picking up my tablet. I did pretty good though and it is easy today! Here is an update on my list!

Marking off chores I have completed
Loving the descaled dishes! I have been wanting to do that for a long-time, but never could keep up with the dirty dishes. My secret here!

June 28, 2019

Despite the wonderful results here at home, I feel like I am losing out a lot of engagement with the public by scheduling social hours late in the day. 9 pm (its really been more like 10:00-10:30pm). Also, evening hours are for me and Chris to catch up as well.

I have come to realize, that I just need to let go of what was socially norm for me and only go online when I can. Right now, the kids are happily playing together, my work is caught up for the time.