In the Barnyard: Who are Bohemian Farmgirls?

Bohemian Farmgirl is something that has evolved over years of trying to figure out how to weave all of the meaningful parts of my life together. This is what it means to me, and if it touches part of your soul then my guess is that you are a Bohemian Farmgirl too.

1. Growing a Family--First and foremost, comes family. This may be your biological or chosen family, but whomever your family includes, it's roots dig deep and provide grounding for growth above the surface of the soil.

2. Planting a Farm--Modern homesteading is a way of life for a Bohemian Farmgirl. This may include anything from a windowsill garden to acres of land, buying local and supporting small farms to growing and raising all of your food yourself, and cultivating dreams of homesteading no matter if you live in the city or country.

3. Nurturing a Creative Life--This is the heart of a Bohemian Farmgirl and what brings us all together creating a community of ideas and inspiration. Living a creative life is the wellspring of joy that provides energy to make our dreams reality, no matter what the circumstances. And we all help each other along the way.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Green Housekeeping: Spring Cleaning

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This winter has left me feeling a bit beat up by the "arctic vortex" and all the illness my family has experienced over the past few months.  Spring cleaning and disinfecting is on the agenda for this weekend.  I'm going to keep it simple:  wipe down everything with water and lavender essential oil.   Lavender oil has antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties, making it perfect for so many household uses.  Plus it smells beautiful!  I will add one tablespoon of lavender essential oil to one gallon of water in a bucket to make a batch of green housekeeping disinfectant.  I'll use a washcloth to clean everything room by room, remixing the batch as often as needed.  By the time I'm done, germs and my winter blues will be washed away.

To nourish wood after I wash it down (furniture and floors alike), I like to moisturize it with this recipe:
2/3 cup apricot kernel oil
1/3 cup water
10 drops lemon or orange essential oil
Just add to a spray bottle, shake, spritz, and wipe with a dry cloth.  

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