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HERBALLY LIVING

LIFE IN THE TIMES OF HERBALLY ANOINTED

HERBALLY CLIPS

NEW PRODUCTS ON SHOP HERBALLY

MY JOURNEY

From time to time I get emails from people wanting to learn more about living a holistic life, wanting to know if I live 100% natural or if I've just cut out medication. Truthfully, I live as close to 100% natural as possible (I do purchase clothing that isn't organic).

Living an all natural, organic, holistic life isn't easy and can take some time to adapt to. This journey started at a young age for me. I realized at an early age that I didn't like taking medicine and would feel guilty when I had to. Who knew all those years ago I was on my way to living a holistic life. Surprisingly enough, the hardest part of this journey was letting go of cleaning supplies that contained chemicals. It necessarily wasn't the fact that I didn't believe in not being able to create antibacterial cleaning supplies, it simply was just the fact that it added more prep time and one more "thing" to my list of household duties. But, after making my own products for a while, the time factor seemed insignificant. As added benefits, we saved some money and I believe that creating something of your own gives you a little sense of accomplishment. So, I started making big bulk quantities of supplies, stacking my refrigerator and cabinet with tinctures, salves, balms, creams and pastes more then ever...

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BIKE RIDING IN VEGAS

The leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter, and the weather is cooling off. Here in Vegas there isn’t a better time than this, we are now getting past the days of 115-120 degree sweltering heat and on to the 60-70 degree cool down. Now, for me, it’s a perfect time to take long hikes, go rollerblading, or even take a bike ride. With all of the work I’ve been putting in to getting product ready for the store, working with the city on permits and the general contractor on making building improvements, I’m ready for a breather and to get outside and be one with nature. With that being said, I decided that it’s a PERFECT day for a bike ride.

 

I typically like taking the bike out on the trail for a ride, but today, I switched it up and went for a stroll through Downtown Vegas. On a Sunday afternoon, Downtown Vegas (not the Strip) is fairly quiet and you can have a very enjoyable stroll through the Arts District, Downtown, and over by Freemont Street. While surfing the web, one of those wonderful ads that we all enjoy popped-up on my phone and it said in honor of Nevada Day, they were offering 24-hour bike rental passes Downtown for $1. I thought, why not give it a whirl, so I packed my gloves and trusty sanitizing wipes (can’t be too careful these days) and headed Downtown.

 

If you’ve never experienced the Arts District, Downtown Las Vegas, or Freemont Street, I hope you enjoy the sites and sounds from my ride today.

NEXT CLASS LOCATION?

The class in Texas is almost filled up, only 3 spots remaining.

 

With the overwhelming responses I've recieved for when the next class would be and where it will be located, I wanted to open it up for your opinion. The locations listed in the poll have the most interest from subscribers and I'm having a hard time choosing who should be next. I love all of these locations and think they would all be great locations for the next class. 

Submit your thoughts using this poll and when you do you'll get a little thank you gift for your time.

Planting a garden is something herbalists enjoy. Typically, we would stay in the realm of herbs, however, the seasons are changing and I really enjoy gardening. My summer crop has been fruitful and it is now time to transition to winter planting. In the winter here in Las Vegas, we have the luxury of planting quite a few different plants such as garlic, onions, radishes, lettuce, peas, chard, spinach, kale, etc. and can have relatively high yields without much effort. If you’re in a colder climate, now would be the time to start planting your seeds in containers and begin to watch them grow. Some container seeds you can start would be lettuce, spinach, kale (any leafy greens really), tomatoes, onions, peas and beans. Although, it is best to plant these outdoors, you are still able to do so indoors so long that you have ample space and the right size/type of container and soil. The only thing you might see is that the yield won’t be as large as it would be outdoors, but you can still produce an ample supply of food.

 

This year I wanted to get a jump start on my planting so we took the better part of the day and went to our favorite gardening center, Star Nursery. Here we picked up quite a few plants that were already started as well as a variety of seeds for planting. The vegetables we are going to grow this winter are chard, lettuce, kale, spinach, onions, banana peppers and tomatoes.

 

Planting a garden is a great way to save a little on the grocery bill, but more importantly you become more sustainable at home. Plus, it gives you a great sense of accomplishment that you were able to plant and grow your own source of food at the comfort of your own home!

WINTER GARDENING

BATH BOMBS

Lately, I’ve been in the kitchen coming up with new products and store prepping, it’s been a crazy time but I’m always wanting to work on a new line of my bath bomb products and being innovative with new items for the store. One thing that I am focusing on is my current line of bath bombs. I’ve come up with several new variations that I think you will all enjoy - Postpartum Pregnancy, Body Clay Mask, Skin Rejuvenation and all NEW Relaxation bath bombs. I’m excited to share these new products with you that will be selling in my store Shop Herbally (coming soon) and online. Details on each bath bomb will be displayed on Shop Herbally within the next few weeks!

BABY CHICKS

For the longest time, I have been debating on whether we should get chickens or not. A while back when we lived in Iowa, across the street from us our neighbors had a huge farm. They had horses, cows, ducks and chickens and every morning around 5AM the rooster would crow. Every so often we would go over there to get together and we’d also get the opportunity to see the animals at times. When talking to them, they always told us that they had the cows and chickens as a source of food. They liked knowing exactly where the food came from and that it was an all natural food source for them (no added chemicals). They especially enjoyed having the chickens as they were easy to take care of and they had more eggs than they knew what to do with.

 

Those conversations sparked my interest, but it never seemed like the right time to jump into something like that. Fast forward to the present time, we now live in Las Vegas, we’ve established a home here, things are going great so why not make the time NOW to start the farm. So, that’s what we did, we are now the proud owners of five baby chicks.