It’s time for another green challenge here at Crunchy Domestic Goddess. I was thrilled with the participation in the 5-minute “Quickie” shower challenge over the summer and I hope we can do even better this time around! For two months, September and October, I’m challenging you to Ditch the Disposables! We live in a society of convenience, where throw-away products are the norm rather than the exception. But all of the disposable products take resources and energy to produce and then, of course, get thrown away, filling up our landfills. All of this is bad news for the environment. If you’d like to participate inRead More →

After much deliberation, I finally decided on an outfit to wear last night (a black dress complete with – get this – a non-nursing bra!!!). I blew a kiss to my napping Julian and hugged and kissed my Ava and Jody (hubby) goodbye as I headed out for my first real night out on the town since Ava was born. It was a little hard to leave, but I knew the kids were in great hands with Jody and that there was nothing he couldn’t handle. Me and my girls (women I’ve known as a result of attachment parenting since the birth of our kidsRead More →

With the Democratic National Convention wrapping up last night and Women’s Equality Day, marking the 88th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote, celebrated on Aug. 26, women’s issues have been a hot topic lately. Kristin at Candy Sandwich received a work email Tuesday “from the Assistant Administrator of Diversity or something like that” announcing Women’s Equality Day. She notes, “For the record, I’m not sure I feel all that equal but that’s another story, for another time. I definitely don’t feel any more equal today than yesterday or last week.” Kristin goes on to wonder, even though she received an email “from theRead More →

Tonight is a night of firsts, some big firsts for this blogging mama. First of all, I’m going out with my blogging friends – A Mama’s Blog, Chez Artz and Nature Deva – and I’m staying out past. the. kids’. bedtime. *Gasp* I know, right?! I’m still not sure how I swung this. ;) This is the first time in 4 years that I will not be home to put the kids to bed. I’m not complaining because those were choices I made and I’m all good with them, but I am a little excited to have a night off. I’m a bit nervous aboutRead More →

After three hot summer months, we are nearing the end of the 5-Minute Shower Challenge (which was recently mentioned on Consumer Reports – woot!). I thought the turnout was great at over 110 participants. Thank you to everyone who gave it a go! You rawk! As the challenge comes to a close, I have these questions for you: A) How did you do? Was it easy? Hard? A pain in the ass? B) After the challenge ends, will you continue to take shorter showers? I recently started using a low-flow shower head (courtesy of USALandlord – it’s great BTW and I highly recommend you allRead More →

Photography-wise, I only pulled out the P&S and I’ve got nothing to write home about this week. But as far as expanding my kitchen prowess goes, I’m very proud of these pictures. :) On Saturday, we visited Berry Patch Farms where we ate picked organic strawberries and peaches, and had a great time doing so. I was determined to get some of the big ones up high, so up the tree I went: Something like 4 lbs. of strawberries and 15 lbs. of peaches later, our bounty looked like this: Then it turned into this (after a fair bit of work) in the span ofRead More →