The Meat We Eat

If it were up to Edie, my four-year-old, we would eat meat every single night. She likes it all and always has: fish and fowl, pork and steak, bacon or sausages. However, we know that part of our job as parents is to make sure she has a healthy start and that includes healthy eating habits. Unfortunately, that means meat is not an every day option. Sorry, Edith.

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We think a lot about what we eat as I’m sure many of you do. When we had Edie this became particularly important for us. We want Edie to be kind, healthy, and compassionate. As her parents we want her to take care of herself and be as healthy as possible. From the beginning we have tried to give her a variety of foods and the best quality that we can afford. My husband made all of her baby food and we still swear by our amazing Baby Bullet.

Baby bullet
If you have a baby go buy one now!

Not long ago we started thinking a lot about the meat we eat. We decided to eat only local and more sustainable meat. Further, we wanted to eat less meat in general. As I mentioned in a previous post, Papa’s Picks: Basic Suppers To Eat Every Week, we eat the same basic meals with variations every week. We only eat meat once or twice a week and fish once or twice as well. We found an amazing service that suits all of our needs as a family.

Walden Local Meats !

These folks are working hard to support New England and New York small farmers that raise sustainable meat on small farms. In their own words they are “reinvigorating our local agricultural economy” supporting producers of meat that is real and not factory produced! If you haven’t eaten this way, you can’t imagine the difference. It is spectacular. Meat feels more like a treat now. The flavors and quality are delicious. AND you get to feel good about the sustainability and animal welfare. Win!

Let me explain a bit about how it works.

Each month we receive a delivery on our doorstep with frozen meat packed meticulously in a cooler. For those of you following along, you know I love a good subscription service. It saves time and delivery makes it easy. (Heck, we even have our Toilet Paper delivered.) You get to decide how much you want each month. We get 10 pounds of meat. It includes a little bit of everything: steaks in many varieties, lamb chops, ground beef, bacon, chicken thighs, sausages galore. Hungry yet? You can also add on a variety of things. We always add eggs and butter, because eggs and butter. The best.

Every month you can also choose different specials that are available. This might be a ham for Easter or a nice leg of Lamb. One of the things we have founds most delicious and exciting is the addition of fish to our monthly delivery. Same principals applied to the fish: local, fresh, sustainable, and delicious. Even though we live on the water in New England it has become increasingly more difficulty to find fresh local fish. This option is so delicious that we just increased how much we are getting each month. Healthier, and yummy.

Is it affordable?

Yeah it is. We use this as our only meat source for the month. That means we do not buy any other meat at the super market. Quite frankly, after eating humanely raised local meat, it’s hard to eat the other stuff again. This reduces our weekly shopping total each week drastically. Plus, Walden has a variety of options as well. Something in most price ranges.

If you live in New England I really can’t say enough about them. Check them out. If you live in any of these places you are eligible for this amazingness:

If you don’t in these places, you should move here. Orrrrr I invite you to look into ways to switch up your food consumption? How can you eat food that is more compassionate, local, and sustainable? I would love to hear you thoughts!

If you do live in these places you can sign up here! Let me know what you think!

Papa’s Picks : The Ultimately Easy and Affordable Girl’s Style Guide

Spring is coming and that means so many things are coming back to life. As a gardener, Edie and I are obsessively checking for new sprouts in our garden. We have also all but finished our Spring clothing shopping. Find the task daunting? Let us help you to make it simple and affordable.

When I first became a dad I way overdid it with clothes. In fact, if you ask my husband I still have that tendency. Setting a spending plan (budget is such an ugly word) helps to give you some guidelines. Make sure you are also aware of how your little one is growing and changing at the time. Don’t want to buy too much if in the middle of a growth spurt and always try and buy a little too big.

In New England, where it is winter for a really really long time, Spring is about adding some color again and also pieces that can be layered. Some of the pieces will transition into summer and some will not. Keep that in mind when prioritizing and sizing. After that I like to think about what things are priorities and what things I can get with leftover money as splurges. Here are the three categories I like to think of:

The Affordable Basics, Layers and Mix and Match, and Holidays and Splurges

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The Affordable Basics

One super important thing I have learned is that leggings are not an option they are a necessity. I also have learned that really 3-4 pair are plenty. I do laundry every day. Duh. See this post- Plastic Free Love. If you don’t do laundry every day, first off I envy you, secondly then add a few more pair. I used to buy higher end leggings and it is not worth it at all!! Target Leggings are where it’s at! $6? What? Yeah, $6 and they last and are soft and you need every color. Check out the unicorn ones! The basics go with everything!

Layers and Mix and Match

Next you need some layering pieces to add to your leggings. I can not say enough good things about Primary. Some of you still haven’t tried them and I’m really not sure why. Gooooooo!!! So soft. No stupid logos or goofy pictures. Just great colors and fit. I find the stuff to run a little big, which is great because you get a few seasons out of it. Their dresses have pockets: a must for Edie and most other dress wearers. Here is Edie in her black dress from Primary


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Holidays and Splurges

With most seasons comes a special occasion or Holiday. When I can I like to splurge a little for an outfit. With Spring, I always look for a Birthday outfit and an Easter outfit. For those I usually do Hanna Anderson or Boden. As a newbie parent, I used to buy a lot more from them. As we are getting closer to paying for Kindergarten and in order to keep my marriage intact I try and shop at these spots only when on sale or for special occasion. If you have the resources, go for it. I particularly love Boden’s quality, and both brands are committed to representation and diversity. Win!

Look at this number we are eyeing for Easter:

Hello gorgeous

A shoes and accessories post will be coming soon and separately…but take a look here for the best shoes ever…Zimmerman Shoes.

Let us know what you think! How do you manage seasonal wardrobe changes? Share your successes and favorites with us!

Plastic Free Love

As stay-at-home-Papa I am the one in charge of keeping the home running smoothly and beautifully within a budget. See! The gay lifestyle is no different than yours.

One thing we have been focused on a lot lately is plastic. In fact I can get a little obsessive about it. The other day when Edie and I were shopping I knew that I was driving home a point as she was checking pieces of items that we were thinking of purchasing

Edie helping clean up

and saying, “metal, metal, glass, ok Papa are you happy? No plastic?”

Plastic is something pretty gross and it’s everywhere and in fact poisons our food, air, and water. Plastic is made using nasty chemicals and once it’s here it’s here for a long time. One thing that drives me nuts is the amount of unnecessary plastic that food is packaged in, particularly fruits and vegetables. We try and buy as many things from bulk bins and avoid having our broccoli with a side of petroleum whenever possible. Not only is plastic gross and avoiding plastic can actually make your home less toxic, it can also be cheaper!

Here are some things we do around the house to avoid plastic and excess packaging.

1. We love making our own laundry detergent. Choose any bar soap scent that you like (right now we are using cinnamon) and add a few other ingredients that all come in cardboard and you’ve saved your purse and the planet. Here is our recipe. Totally non toxic so kids can help grate and mix as age appropriate too.

-one part grated bar soap -two part borax -two part washing soda -mix and keep in cute glass ginger jar. -use 1/2 teaspoon for wash

2. Stop buying cleaning products! Not only are they harsh but they are expensive. We bought glass spray bottles and fill them mostly with vinegar and it cleans almost everything. Add your favorite essential oil if you don’t love the vinegar smell like I do. Why am I craving sauerkraut? Add some baking soda for toilets and tubs. Make a separate bottle with a little olive oil and vinegar for furniture polish. Again, all kid friendly so your whole family can clean together!

3. We discovered this store a few years back and they are amazing: Package Free. Love them! We buy our compostable toothbrushes here as well as deodorant, floss, and plastic free food wrap! It all comes without packaging and the quality is fabulous.

4. I know it sounds a bit pretentious to say you get your toilet paper delivered and I’m ok with that. For serious though, if you aren’t using Who Gives A Crap then give them a try. No plastic!! The wrapping is all compostable and they donate money to building toilets in underserved areas. PLUS, you don’t have to lug toilet paper around!

5. No plastic cups or straws. This one is tough when kids are super little and I would definitely recommend silicone then. Metal tumblers and plates are also great options. Teaching kids to wash their own plates and cups also helps them mimic grown up activities and become productive household members. Oh, and speaking of washing up we love the zero waste dish soap from Beehive Alchemy. Fun to use, pretty, and toxic free.

I’m curious to hear other simple ways you would suggest to make our home a little less toxic and plastic free? Edie and I are happy to share more ideas too!