Adding Grain Weevils to our Diet

We’ve decided to allow our years in Thailand to be one experiment after the next. It’s kind of like a gap year for high school graduates or a sabbatical – a block of time where we’re renters again, we have affordable childcare and intriguing work, big adventures, and some time left over for some slowness and simple living practice if we schedule it all right. Maybe someday (that’s a big but hopeful maybe!) we’ll be able to grow or trade for grain but for now, we are adjusting to country life (and life in a developing country) and trying to source and experiment with good wholesome food. Continue reading “Adding Grain Weevils to our Diet”

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A little about fashion and DIY Baby Pants

In a past life, I used to create my own fashion line. Actually it was in this life, but it seems like a long time ago. It was a great creative outlet and I met inspiring artists in Minneapolis who put a lot of thought and care into what they wear, where it comes from, and how it is made. I was on the board of a fledgeling eco-fashion organization that challenged me to keep the human and planetary costs of fashion at the forefront of my mind, though I didn’t always succeed at upholding those values while creating my collections.
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Backyard Chickens: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

For us, pregnancy was a gestation phase not only for our little girl but for a new way of life.

We got pregnant three months after moving to Thailand and the move was predicated by years of working full time and striving to get debt-free. We intended to slow down once we arrived, but found ourselves caught up in the swing of cultural adjustment, Thai language learning, and monthly excursions to remote parts of Thailand to shoot for my work. Pregnancy forced us to slow down a little and we started taking time to reflect on the kind of life we wanted to to bring our baby into.

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