Simple, Logical, Natural Living

June 13, 2012

Filed under: Inspirational,Spiritual — hippieonthegrid @ 1:21 pm
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One of the most important parts of life is internal beauty. Music is beauty. To teach children to create beautiful music is amazing – to share that beautiful music with others is priceless. Good work!

Tune Up Philly

Dear Beloved Blog Followers!

Our final concert was last Saturday. It was amazing, the students sounded out of this world, and families were so PROUD! I’m going to blog about this topic further once we have the videos posted (should be in the next day or so).

In the meantime, check out our fundraiser on Indiegogo. http://www.indiegogo.com/Tuneupphilly?a=601017

Please feel free to share this with anyone. Donations can be as small as $1.  Our plan is to use this money to take our students to play at different venues, predominantly in North Philly, to spread live music out into the surrounding community. Our students have arrived as musicians, now we want to give them more opportunities!


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Simplicity June 11, 2012

In many of my recipe posts I mention the farmers market. (I say many, and I’ve only been posting for a few weeks, but just let it go.) This “farmers market” is so unique here as it is an Amish market. Sure, I’m in Pennsylvania, but Amish country is about an hour and half west and although I love making that trip now and then, I am glad the Amish sellers make it here every week. The Bristol Amish Market is why I love farmers markets and anything like a farmers market. I go at least once a month and they have the most fresh vegetables, meats, fish, bakery items, cheeses, and more. What’s even better is the fact the Amish do not use hormones, pesticides, and other crazy things to mess up perfectly wonderful food. I feel confident in what I buy. I like that I have to rinse the vegetables because there is dirt on them – they should have dirt on them because they grow in the ground! Take the time to check out the markets in your area, it’s worth it. Once you grow or buy a vegetable from a non-commercial source, you will realize strange things: celery actually has flavor, a head of garlic isn’t that big, and carrots actually come in different colors! Even more, visit a pick your own orchard or farm for a really different, satisfying, and fun afternoon. Kids who grow or pick their own vegetables tend to eat more fresh foods – same with adults. Find pick your owns and farmers markets in your area.


Random Garden Contemplation May 29, 2012

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The weather has been so funky this year, I was really worried about how the garden may fair. Well, as I’ve said before, I had a rough start and lost a lot of plants early on while starting seeds inside. I went out to check my garden today and the “questionable survivors” seem to have new life. Two tomato plants that were on death’s door have grown new, healthy leaves and seem strong. A few pepper plants that didn’t take well to the transplant grew new leaves – way better than their measly two. Everything seems to be thriving and as much as the weather is messing with us humans with agendas – 92 degrees in May in suburban Philadelphia is not the usual – it seems perfect conditions for a vegetable garden. I can only hope the pass off of rainy and sunny days make this a bountiful year!


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