The Sustainable Couple "Events" - say what?!

Have you lurked around the site lately, and noticed this little tab?


Yep, that little Events tab at the top of this blog. That's what I'm talking about. It's a new feature to this blog, so I won't be upset if you haven't noticed it before now. Although, I'd like to chat with you about these "events", because they are mighty wonderful.

Over the last 6 months John and I have been wracking our brains to think of a way to broaden our circle. Of course, my mind immediately went to ways to grow this blog, and broaden our virtual circle. The majority of our readers are not from Eastern Iowa, so it only made sense to begin thinking of ways to expand our reach beyond our immediate community.

John, being the realist and baseline to my impulsive personality, very calmly and precisely asked why I wasn't utilizing my skillset with readers and people in Eastern Iowa. A question this simple was all it took to stop me in my tracks.

Guys. I'd been planning The Sustainable Couple all wrong. For 4 of the last 6 months I was thinking about stats and numbers and reach and visibility and monetization and all things blog. It was really the readers and people in our neighborhood that we are underserving; those folks who we have the ability to meet with face-to-face. I'm talking about our physical circle of influence in our community.

I'm a teacher, and John also has experience in education in the electrical industry. We have a wealth of experience and knowledge on sustainable living that we've shared on this blog for a few years, but realized it's that face-to-face style of learning that people really want.

Don't panic! We will still be blogging here on a weekly basis and have a solid presence on social media. Our face-to-face learning is in addition to the awesomeness already on The Sustainable Couple.

Over the last 2 months in particular, we dug into our values and explored our vital priorities with The Sustainable Couple. They are, in no particular order:


1. Our physical and emotional health

2. The Sustainable Couple endeavors (classes, great content, building networks of like-minded people, and essential oils)

3. The pursuit of people


This is why you see the Events tab on TheSustainableCouple.com. John and I are pleased to announce that we are officially team teaching sustainable living, urban farming, and essential oil classes to the general public. Many of these classes will be free, only a few will have a small cost for materials, and all of them will focus on our passion: Empowering YOU to live a natural, sustainable, healthy lifestyle. All face-to-face events or classes we host will focus on one of our 3 vital priorities.

Maybe your vital priorities align with ours? Maybe you are interested in some of the things you've read on The Sustainable Couple over the years?

Wonderful! We can't wait to see you at a local event. We can't wait to shake your hand, collaborate with you, and build a network of sustainable living advocates.

See you soon!


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Mostly Homemade Mondays - Week 171 + URBAN HOMESTEAD MEAL PLAN

In this week's meal plan (which is a photo of our menu board in our kitchen), you'll find several homegrown or local item from our urban homestead. Of course, there will be a few repeats throughout the week since we try to eat in-season and lots of leftovers for lunch. Breakfast is usually a smoothie or steel cut oats; something that can be prepared quickly in the morning. 


Anyway, on to the party:



Mostly Homemade Mondays is a series for people that are on a journey to better living, via healthier eating and a more natural lifestyle. We realize that there are different paths that we all take to get to that place, and this bloghop celebrates that. Whether you’re a seasoned raw foodist who has banned all things unnatural, or a rookie who is starting out by cutting out junk food, we’d love to hear from you! Link up with your favorite recipes, projects, crafts, or rants and raves.

The Hosts:


Homemade Mondays will open every Monday. You have until Thursday to make your submissions. We will share our favorite posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and shout it from the rooftops.
  • Link up. Use the submission form below to add your blog posts to our gallery below. You can add as many links as you’d like, as long as they’re on topic. 
  • What’s eligible? Recipes, crafts, DIY projects, gardening, fitness, green ideas or just plain old advice. We’re pretty open.
  • Tell us about yourselves. Leave a comment telling us a little about your site and what you’ve shared. Of course this isn’t mandatory, but it’s a good way to stand out.
  • Link back. Share the love by adding a link back to this party with your readers so they can see all of these great ideas as well.
  • Follow our Pinterest board. Remember to check out our Mostly Homemade Mondays Pinterest board where we're pinning some of our favorite posts from the week.
Here was our favorite post from last week: 


A special thanks to Simply Scaled Down for linking up How to Be More Productive to Mostly Homemade Mondays! Feel free to grab this "I've Been Featured" button and share the great news with your readers, family, and friends: 
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Moving Our Bodies With Live Healthy Iowa.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, but I was given a free $20 enrollment for the Live Healthy Iowa Challenge by the Iowa Food and Family Project. All opinions in this post and others related to this topic are solely my own. 

I was raised by parents and grandparents who were of the mindset that if one is physically working and moving their body like they should be throughout the day, there is no need for a gym membership. Exercise for the purpose of exercise really didn't exist, because daily tasks would keep one moderately physically fit.

Like riding a horse. Bareback.


It probably helps that I was raised by a long line of farmers, who worked on very physically demanding jobs and tasks on a daily basis.

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