But alas, Fall is also the time of year when stores showcase their home decor for the holidays, their new products and the material goods that they swear you cannot live without. I'd like to live without it, and be happy doing so. The second part is the hardest.
My husband and I have always been moderately minimalists in general but being aware of the constant demand of BUY BUY BUY has got me in a bit of a funk lately.
I love shopping just as much as the next mama but the internal need to do so more ethically and consciously is stronger than ever. In my last post I mentioned buying local clothing from local makers and the importance of keeping your dollars in your community.
While this will always be my intention, doing so within our budget can some times raise a challenge. While my husband and I build up our 4th and (hopefully) final business venture, my goals will be the following:
1. Try to make it first. While I am nowhere near a world class crafter, the internet is full of tutorials and giving us the ability to learn. I will be trying to use this resource to our advantage.
2. Use Cash. The best money management books and articles say that our society is so quick to get their credit cards that we forget the value of actual paper money.
3.Work for it I'll be honest. Before moving to Colorado, the term *Barter* was never in my vocabulary. I never considered earning a need or want without paying for it monetarily. After doing local vendor fairs and farmers market I learned the beauty of trade. I'll never forget the day a cherry juice maker asked me if I'd like some delicious cherry cider in exchange for my granola bar. What a brilliant encounter, 2 makers with different products coming together to enjoy one another's offerings without making a purchase.
4. When in doubt- Buy Local Harvest season is perfect for stocking up at local farmers markets and artisan fairs. Combine this with #1 and make yourself a winter supply of Apple butter or tomato sauce by learning to can. Ask for a deal if you're buying multiple goods and always leave feedback to promote a local business you love.
5. Give yourself a break. We cannot always afford a hand painted masterpiece or a winter coat made by hand from an alpaca farm and that's ok. This is where our corporate frenemies come in handy. Cut yourself some slack and understand that you are always doing your best and your best is most often enough if not more than worthy of praise. Keep on keepin' on mama ;)
6. Use the internet. Google FREE and low cost EXPERIENCES for your children and your family. I'll take a new adventure over a new "thing" any day of the week and so will our children. Paint a pumpkin, collect some acorns and build a nature scene. Spending time is much more valuable than spending money.
I'll be setting up our House Of J goodies tent at a few upcoming events this season, while our new studio sets up. My favorite of all of course my daughters farm school fair. If you are a Colorado local, come and support our amazing community of Artisans, makers and community leaders.
Last Fall a good friend had asked me to create a recipe for her motherhood community magazine Birth.Play.Love
Here it is :)- Enjoy!
Roasting your fresh pumpkin
Cut the top stem portion of your pumpkin and then cut in half length
Scrape all of the seeds and stringy parts out with a spoon.
Lay your pumpkin half on a tin foil lined baking sheet and bake for 1
hour at 350 degrees.
Once slightly cooled enough to handle, scrap the pumpkin fruit away
from the shell..
Using a food processor or emersion blender pulse your pumpkin along
with 1 table spoon of organic cane sugar until smooth and creamy.
For this recipe you only need 3⁄4 cup pumpkin but a medium pumpkin
will yield roughly 2.5 cups.
Freeze your left over puree in a mason jar or air tight plastic bag and
enjoy long after pumpkin season is over!