Oh Snap! My awesome little cousin—who gives my kids the best toys—just gifted Royce my new favorite baby tee!
There is something about maps that I absolutely love—perhaps the allure of places I’ve never been or navigating the way to get there. Maybe I love the art of cartography and the many ways maps can be depicted. Whatever the reason, I know one of the few wishes I had for children was for them to have a curious love for travel and learning about new places like my own. So I had purchased this incredible atlas called Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski the year Braxton was born. It’s a modern, kid-friendly, engrossing education on geography and places that we now keep in our living room for constant reference.
This App called Stack The States is a game I’ve had on my iPad for years, designed to teach State memorization and trivia. My three-year-old started playing it this past year without knowing what he was doing. I started playing with him and before I knew it he had memorized all 50 states and their locations. We have since moved on to Stack The Countries.
It has been so fun engaging his sponge-like mind with every possible source of information on the states and countries. It’s unbelievable how much he has picked up and how many references we find in our everyday lives. Whatever his fascination with geography right now, I am capitalizing on it as much as possible.
Perhaps we should all learn geography at this young age when our minds are so ripe and pliable?
Braxton’s loves right now are cars (as always) and the states and countries. Well yesterday, his little mind wondered an obvious three-year-old question, “how will the countries sit and watch my cars race? And how will they wave their flags?” (Thinking about the Cars movies and how fans watch from the stands). And somehow my tired mom-brain came up with the answer. So here we are, setting up our countries for race day.
Do you have your holiday music playing yet? I worked many holiday seasons at Anthropologie—THE only place to visit for a sweet holiday season pick-me-up. And by now Jingle Bells and One Little Christmas Tree had been playing for days. I started up my Classic Christmas station on Spotify the day after Halloween and I swear it puts me and my three year old in the best mood!
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I am making a point to ask for paper bags instead of plastic now. I used to think both were equally bad for the environment for different reasons, however, I can compost the brown paper bags from the store!
But the latest, most distressing update, is that I found a nest of Red African Fire Ants IN my compost pile. They are a real problem I never encountered in Ohio and we are constantly finding them popping up around our yard here. The only non-chemical method that has worked for us is to pouring boiling water on the ant hills. I am just unsure how this will affect the good nutrients and worms I've built up in my pile.
After doing a little research and weighing my options I decided to start out simple. For about one week of doing some serious disruption (digging, spreading out the mound) to my Fire Ants and working to keep my compost very damp (they don’t like wet environments) I was happy to turn my pile thoroughly and find no more swarms. I also took a break from adding kitchen scraps for that short time since the ants seems to be drawn to the sugars in fruit. I can only assume the colony moved to another spot, but so far we haven’t found any new ones pop up in our yard. (Secretly I have fingers crossed that they moved next door, shhh).
One of our recent loves (because it's within double jogger running distance and it's delicious) is Sunflour Baking Company that set up a shop in Harrisburg this summer. Delicious. Between that and Amelie's I clearly have a weakness for French pastries.
On top of that we have been growing sunflowers! With no rain for days and days they have about seen the best of their days. Braxton and I watered the remaining few good ones, planting some more seeds (because who doesn't love seeing a sunflower blooming in Autumn?!) for good measure, and took the droopy heads inside the house. We discovered tens of beautiful seeds so perfectly tucked next to one another in the flower's center. I can just imagine the abundance next year!
A simple + nutritious deliciousness enhancer // Sesame seeds browned slightly in a cast iron skillet for a toasty, nutty flavor I often sprinkle on eggs, salads + cooked greens
Over the past month or so I have taken on the skill of making Sourdough bread to improve the quality of grains (and yeast) my family is eating. My Sourdough starter benefited greatly in the last couple weeks of lingering warm temperatures here in Harrisburg, NC. After a pancake, a rock, and a few successes, my 4th and 5th loaf attempts came out looking like actual Sourdough and tasted even better!
I am feeling more homesteady every day!
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Hi. I'm Suzanna.
I like running outside, eating real food and crafting beautiful images. I am captivated by authenticity, adventurers and life-lovers. I call myself a biohacker-wannabe pursuing the unconventional.
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