The Sustainable Couple

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Our GO-TO Camping Essential Oil Kit.

Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor. That's why you shouldn't take any of my words on essential oils as medical advice. I'm simply sharing my experiences with essential oils and how we use them for our own health and in our home. Please use good judgement and seek medical advice from a professional for any ailment. 

John and I camp a lot. Whether it’s a weekend trip or a vacation across the country, we spend a considerable amount of time in our fifth wheel camper. In fact, John lives in our fifth wheel camper when he is traveling for work.


There are so many ways we make our camper feel like home. For example, we make our camper bed with nice sheets and pillows - the same kind that we use at our home. We use ‘real’ silverware and skip the paper plates, opting for a few thrift store dishes that are lightweight and reusable. We also carry a few essential oils and a diffuser to make our camping experience comfortable.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Know Your Food. Know Your Pork. #IATourDePork

Iowa Pork Producers Association asked me to attend the Iowa Bloggers #IATourDePork and paid for dinner and accommodations in Des Moines, in addition to giving me a beautiful gift basket with pork-inspired products. This post is a recap of my time on the #IATourDePork and contains my personal opinions, of course. 

I like to be…close to my food. You know?

I like to know how the meats I eat were raised; how they were treated, where they live, and what they ate. I like to get to know the farmer who raised that livestock and see the care that he or she put into that animal's life. I prefer to know these things and willingly shell out a bit more money to ensure the food I eat was raised humanely and sustainably. Fruits, veggies, meats, dairy products - everything.

The Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is working hard to get the word out about the commercial pork industry, so consumers feel knowledgable about the pork they are feeding their families.

And really, guys, it comes down to knowing where your food comes from! If you buy from a farmer, PERFECT. You are cutting out the middle man and going right to the source. You can purchase pork from a commercial pork producer, but the first step is approaching him or her with your request.

If you purchase your pork from the grocery store, GREAT. Do a little research online or ask the employees at the meat counter where they source their meats. They should know and should tell you, because they are experts at their craft.

If you dine out, do a little investigating on where they source their meats so you can feel confident with your meal. For example, my Iowa blogger friends and I had a special dinner at Splash, prepared just for us by Chef Dominic, who owns Splash and Jethros


Mostly Homemade Mondays - Week 143 + URBAN HOMESTEAD MEAL PLAN!

Are you ready for this week's meal plan and blog hop? Remember, in the meal plan some items are bolded, which indicates a homegrown or local item from our urban homestead. We have leftovers for lunch, and we rarely have desserts. Many times on weekends our lunches include eggs from the ladies. 
  • Monday - Dinner out for my sister-in-law, Ann!
  • Tuesday - Pork carnitas and glazed carrots
  • Wednesday - Dinner with friends
  • Thursday - Chicken fajitas with homemade guac and pico from the garden
  • Friday - Chopped BLT salads and carrots with hummus
  • Saturday - Blues Festival, probably eat crappy vendor food
  • Sunday - Something fresh from the garden
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: 


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