Sustainable Homemaking 8 Week Course beginning this Thursday –

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Did you know the amount of money we used to spend in the past was out of control?

We were eating out nearly twice a day, buying trendy beverages, and completely over spending at the grocery store. We had credit card debt and were not able to save money for the future or for things such as a down payment for a car or a home, nor were we able to save for a family of our own.

Things were definitely “paycheck to paycheck.” Both my husband and I were working hard at our jobs to make a living while really feeling the stress of our lives!

When the economy plummeted in 2008 I knew things had to change. I had been studying natural health for many years and had gathered my diplomas and experience. I heard a calling (intuition) for me to use my knowledge of herbs and nutrition, combined with this flair of saving, making, and growing my own food—getting back to real, or what I call modern day, homesteading—and to specialize in this niche. Combining my skills and following my intuition led me to create a healthy and sustainable meal plan, homestead, and an economical lifestyle that has changed our lives.

Now we have paid off our car and have a healthy savings; we are searching for our first home and finally considering starting a family. We are free and enjoying our lives!

It was at this point I realized this was it. This sustainable homemaking lifestyle I developed and lived was indeed a special gift I am meant to share.

Can you relate to these struggles I am sharing?

Could you use some positive change within your home?

How would you feel about getting the support it requires, and joining a small supportive group of ladies who are ready to do the same?

As women we want to provide the best we can for our household and our family, BUT WE ARE NOT MEANT TO DO IT ALONE!

I would be honored to support you if a healthy thriving Sustainable Household is your goal!

NOTE:
These are a few of the TOTALLY FREE AWESOME BONUSES you will receive when you sign up for the Sustainable Homemaking 8 week course beginning this Thursday March 7, 2013.

1. “The Body Loving Hand Book” from… YogaBodyNutrition.com
2. “An Essential Oil Goodie Bag” from… WellScents.com
3. “How to make and preserve Homemade Applesauce” from… thesustainablesweetandsavorygourmet.wordpress.com
4. “How to make nut milk and use the all-a-round strainer” a 1-on-1 consultation from… HeartDanceFarm.com

How to know if the Sustainable Homemaking 8-week Program is right for you?

* You’re over-burdened by the duty of making every meal and don’t want to constantly dine out
* You’re overwhelmed by the prices at the grocery markets even though you are doing everything to save
* You think your meals are healthy but you’re not feeling the results in your energy levels
* You know it’s time to get healthy and are ready for the support it requires
* You are ready to commit to a natural holistic lifestyle and know that meal planning is the foundation
* You love the sound of my “Homemade Goodies” and want to learn how prepare them for your own family and homestead
* You’re ready to break the sugar cycle without sacrificing homemade treats
* You’re ready to take pride and honor your time preparing healthy, homemade, high-energy meals while participating in the well being and healing of our food chain as a nation
* You want to feel satisfied within by knowing you’re doing the best thing to benefit yourself, your loved ones, and the environment, all while saving money, setting an example, and truly enjoying the process
* You’re ready to relax and enjoy, while taking time to prepare the entrées, rather than constantly preparing every thing each day

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Natural Health, Sourdough Bread Baking, Sprouting, Fermenting, Cultured Foods and Home Cheese-Making. Course begins March 7th 2013. www.SustainableHomemaking.com

Remember we begin The Sustainable Homemaking 8 week program this Thursday, March 7th at 1 pm PST. We will be gathering in a group conference call from the comfort of your own home… Feel free to drop me a note with any questions you may have.

Certified Health Specialist | Master Herbalist | Certified Nutritional Consultant

Amy Solis (831) 262-6522 calicoale@sbcglobal.net

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Amy Solis, Master Herbalist, C.N.C., Certified Health Specialist; I live in the beautiful Santa Cruz -Monterey Bay area with my husband. We are living our dream of a quiet, healthy, holistic lifestyle. I work from home supporting conscious and spiritual women to stay healthy naturally, save time, money and support sustainability while keeping healthy meals on the table through my Sustainable Homemaking 8-Week Correspondence Course. I raise dairy goats for milk, cheese, and yogurt; hens for eggs; tend the garden; and bake homemade sourdough bread. I keep our staple meals planned and prepared for home, family—as well as teach others how to live, run, and maintain balanced, healthy, holistic, sustainable, economical meals and households.

Certified Health Specialist | Master Herbalist | Certified Nutritional Consultant
Amy Solis (831) 262-6522 calicoale@sbcglobal.net

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How to successfully start seedlings for your garden

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Welcome
Are you looking forward to the arrival of spring?

I sure feel like there is a lot to be excited about.  It’s time to get the seeds started and sprouted for the spring planting season, and…

The Spring Sustainable Homemaking program is beginning in just one week!

In Week 3, of the Staple Meal Planning segment of the Sustainable Homemaking program, we talk all about leafy greens. Yes, the amazing healthy benefits, but also how to prepare them in great ways you will really enjoy and how to begin to grow (or buy) your own amazing greens as you stretch into sustainable living.

Gardening is very helpful, money saving, and it is super fresh too. I really do believe in growing our own food. It’s not talked about much but I see it as the future in healing nutrition and sustainability. I grow most of our greens and many seasonal vegetables in the garden.

Do you sprout seeds or purchase seedlings for your spring garden? I hear a lot of people this time of year trying to decide if they should sprout seeds or purchase seedlings for their spring garden. I thought this would be a great time to share my system for planting seeds, along with how and why I successfully start our seedlings for our garden.

How to successfully start seedlings for your garden

Generally, certain seeds do best planted right into the soil, lettuces, mesclun greens, radishes and roots to mention a few. What about the others that prefer a more pampered upbringing? What I have come to, as my system for successfully starting seeds, is a seed planting/sprouting table.

 

Upon an old planting table I have five 6in deep rectangle planters that are 6” wide x 36” long. You may also use specialized planting trays. In the bottom they are filled with rock to provide the proper drainage needed to prevent mold or rot. I don’t buy much soil anymore with the compost up and going, but I do keep one bag of a nice organic potting soil for starting seeds. A bag of local, organic potting soil with humic acid and earthworm castings works well.

I keep my planting table protected from full sun, hard rain and frost underneath a large tree. Once you have filled the rest of the planter with the potting soil, you can use a small block to pat the soil down. Then lightly use the edge to make two long mini trenches to place the seeds in. Give each seed an inch or two between for space and pat flat with the block before watering lightly and then keep the soil forgivingly damp (you can use a spray bottle if you like).

Once the plants are a few inches tall and get up to size, you can gently transplant them into the garden. Top off the planter with fresh organic potting soil and sprout something new all year round. I have found that plants that are started from seed catch up fast, do very well and often better than seedlings that are store bought.

The benefits I have found from starting my garden from seed are, it’s cost friendly, the plants’ have stronger immunity, they’re more resistant to disease, and also better producing. Bringing plants in from other places, such as nurseries, can result in an infestation of super-bugs or aphids in your home garden. Although, I do recommend sharing and swapping seedlings with friends!  Some of the best plants I have grown were gifted or traded.

Get your seeds from a local non-GMO source, and be certain the seeds have been tested and trialed in your area. This makes a big difference.

Once you learn this, the rest is all about compost, tending and love! Happy spring planting!!! I wish you a magical and flourishing season. I hope you will keep me posted on the Sustainable Homemaking Facebook page! I would love to see some pictures, so feel free to make yourself at home and share all about what’s going on in your home garden.

Certified Health Specialist | Master Herbalist | Certified Nutritional Consultant
Amy Solis  (831) 262-6522 calicoale@sbcglobal.net SustainableHomemaking.com

 
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We begin The Sustainable Homemaking 8 week program Thursday, March 7th at 1 pm PST. We will be gathering in a group conference call from the comfort of your own home… Feel free to drop me a note with any questions you may have.

 Amy Solis  (831) 262-6522 calicoale@sbcglobal.net

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Do you like Chèvre cheese? I do!

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Do you like Chèvre cheese? I do!

I have been making this super delicious fresh cheese for over two years now. It’s so good unlike anything on the market. It’s due to the high prices and the intolerance or difficulty digesting cheese from the store these days that I get very excited about sharing “home cheese making” within the Sustainable Homemaking 8 week program.

I made this batch of Chèvre today and can’t wait to mix in some garlic and fresh herbs, then enjoy.

We cover Chèvre, Mozzarella and homemade Yogurt in week 7 of the Sustainable Homemaking 8 week program.

Would you like to learn to make this super delicious fresh cheese?

The Spring Course begins Thursday March 7th – April 25th!
I would love for you to join the group if you would like to…

We have 3 ladies signed up so far and there is room for a couple more if your interested.

NOTE:
Here is a bundle of Awesome FREE Bonus Gifts included when you sign up for the program.

“The Body Loving Hand Book” from… YogaBodyNutrition.com
“An Essential Oil Goodie Bag” from… WellScents.com
“How to make and preserve Homemade Applesauce” from… thesustainablesweetandsavorygourmet.wordpress.com
“How to make nut milk and use the all-a-round strainer” a 1-on-1 consultation from… HeartDanceFarm.com

These are a few of the TOTALLY FREE AWESOME BONUSES you will receive when you sign up for the Sustainable Homemaking 8 week course beginning Thursday March 7, 2013.

If you would like to know more about the program you can go to http://sustainablehomemaking.com/ 

If your ready to sign up contact me directly and I look forward to working with you!

Enjoy a Replenishing week!
Blessings & Support ~Amy

As you know I am doing my 7 Day Replenishing Smoothie Cleanse this week and it is going very well. I can feel my energy rising and I am feeling great. You’re still welcome to join us if you like   http://eepurl.com/nFprT

Also, this week I have been practicing making videos.
Learning to make your own videos takes quite a bit of effort, but you have to start somewhere. Right?

Here is one of the videos I made this week on day 4 of the Replenishing Cleanse. It’s a reminder to do something extra special for yourself this week.  I shot this while I was out doing something special…  I’m enjoying lunch and a beautiful walk at the local Giant Redwood park. I thought you may enjoy a shot of the big Sequoia trees. http://youtu.be/Ai7DKHlCSQU

By the way… If you like the video, I would love to hear your thoughts on Facebook

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The Sustainable Homemaking 8-Week Online Correspondence Course begins March 7th, 2013. Staple Meal Planning, Natural Health, Sourdough Bread Baking, Sprouting, Fermenting, Cultured Foods and Home Cheese-Making.

www.SustainableHomemaking.com

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Help Wanted

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Welcome,

2013 is on a roll! I hope you’re off to a great beginning of the year.

The wheels are definitely rolling here at Sustainable Homemaking. We are off to a great start and I’m excited about all that is in store for 2013.

My husband and I are looking forward to beginning my “7-Day Replenishing Smoothie Cleanse” this Sunday, February 3 -9. If you have not signed up yet, it’s FREE and you can get your module and shopping list at http://amyherbalist.com/smoothie-cleanse.

While, The Sustainable Homemaking 8-Week Online Correspondence Course is set to begin March 7th, I’m in the process of gathering all the special bonuses that will be offered with the course. Stay Tuned! I will share them with you very soon, I promise.

Help Wanted… And the time has come. We are seeking a virtual assistant or divine collaborator/skilled editor to co~create newsletters, articles and social media here at Sustainable Homemaking. If you are passionate about Sustainable Homemaking, skilled at editing and social media, and have a couple of hours a week to contribute; I would love to hear from you!

I was recently ask on the Sustainable Homemaking Facebook page
“How to transition into a Homesteading lifestyle”…

This note was from a lady who had just purchased a few acres, and is going to begin to transition her family from the city to their new rural homestead.

In this month’s new blog-article I share the first 8 steps for living a sustainable lifestyle.

I hope you will enjoy the article and I look forward to Spring Smoothie Cleansing with you this coming week!

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The First 8 Steps for living a Sustainable Lifestyle

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Are you reaching an understanding that sustainability is a personal responsibility? Big change happens when we take small consistent steps towards sustainability within our daily lives and in our homes.

I was recently ask on the Sustainable Homemaking facebook page to share my advice on “how to transition into a Homesteading lifestyle”… This note was from a lady who had just purchased a few acres, and is going to begin to transition her family from the city to their new rural homestead.

Whether sustainable homemaking, homesteading or sustainable living these are the first 8 steps for living a sustainable lifestyle I have found to be very supportive and foundational in order to thrive.

1 Personal Self-Care; when you prioritize personal self-care not only are you taking care of yourself the way you should and reaping all the benefits, but you are also showing the universe you are in-fact showing up, caring for and valuing the wellbeing of yourself, your home and the ones you love. This is important in a sustainable living, it’s from the heart and it begins with you. Taking care of yourself the best you can also boosts your confidence and releases feel good hormones that keep you youthful, balanced and healthy.

2. Seasonal Cleansing; is important to replenish and gently purify the system with the changing of the seasons in order to stay healthy, keep your energy up and to keep in great health. Cleansing not only give you a fresh start, but also supports creativity and acclimates the body to the upcoming season. By giving your body a little attention there can be many benefits. When you give your body the proper nutrients, fibers and detoxification tool it needs, it naturally begins to release the environmental and emotional pollutant we have been storing up.  Energy levels, weight balance, better health and hormonal balance are all known to improve when the body is less burdened.

Joining the Free Online “7-Day Replenishing Smoothie Cleanse” Spring Cleanse February 3 -9 is a great place to begin. Get your module and shopping list at http://amyherbalist.com/smoothie-cleanse.

3. Body Movement; is a missing link, I have found. A combination of Yoga, Tai Chi and hiking are my favorite activities for body movement. Do what you love, but be sure to give this to yourself. Body movement supports purification, brings oxygen to the body and allows time outdoors with nature. It is rebalancing and healing for the mind, body and sprit.

4. Staple Meal Planning or making healthy meals for your family is the heart of sustainable homemaking. I share a whole segment about Staple Meal Planning in weeks 2 & 3 of the Sustainable Homemaking 8-Week Program. Learning to save time and money, while keeping healthy meals on the table is essential and very rewarding. There is nothing like homemade food that’s made with love. It is the decisions we act on within our home that provide an immediate and long-term effect on the energy and wellbeing of our family and our loved ones, the health and learning abilities of our children, and in the long run will cause change and demand for change in order to create a healthy sustainable food chain. What is needed is a healthy staple meal plan that’s good for the budget, put into place within the home to keep healthy homemade food prepared and ready to go.

5. Choosing Natural Alternatives; from using herbs, spices, whole foods, natural supplements and to the clothes you wear. As an Herbalist-Nutritionist-Natural Health Specialist I believe in choosing natural alternatives such as herbs, teas, essential oils, supplements and more. I share my honored system within the Sustainable Homemaking 8-Week Program.

6. Supporting Sustainable Practices means putting your money where your mouth is whenever you can. Supporting local sustainable businesses, companies and shopping organic or at the farmers markets is a great place to start. When we spend our dollar were showing who we support, like a vote, it can make a change or demand for change on many levels.

7. Start composting; composting is a system of eliminating garbage, while giving back to the earth and creating healthy soil. There are a few ways to compost even if you don’t have a large plot. Compost bins or earthworm bins to name a few. When you begin to garden this will provide excellent soil, fertilizers or compost tea.

8. Begin to Garden; growing our own food is our personal duty even if it’s as simple as a windowsill planter or wine barrel of herbs and greens. This creates sustainability and self-reliance by creating zero need to transport or ship these foods. The quality of what you grow is unlike anything you can get from the store, not to mention the healing and positive energetic of eating food you grew and prepared yourself. From here you can begin to freeze and “put up” as produce becomes abundant. Especially if you’re considering more advanced things like getting laying hens or milking goats… caring for a garden is a great place to begin. Knowing you can keep a few tomatoes plants alive before you go bringing home any livestock can be very good idea.

Amy Solis, Master Herbalist, CNC

The Sustainable Homemaking 8-Week Online Correspondence Course begins March 7th 2013. Stay healthy naturally, support sustainability and save time and money while keeping healthy meals on the table. Staple Meal Planning, Natural Health, Sourdough Bread Baking, Sprouting, Fermenting, Cultured Foods and Home Cheese-Making. www.SustainableHomemaking.com.

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Have you heard about the new 2013 “Sustainable Homemaking” 8 Week Course?

This Sustainable Homemaking Course is beginning Thursday, March 7th 2013 from the comfort of your own home.

I would love to have you join us for this 8 weeks of learning, meal planning, sourdough bread baking, fermenting and meeting others just like you! If you’d like to…

Enjoy learning Staple Meal Planning, creating a healthy sustainable lifestyle and get your household thriving in 2013…

• Take pride in preparing healthy, homemade, high-energy meals while participating in the wellbeing and healing of our food chain as a nation
• Be satisfied by knowing you’re doing the best thing to benefit your family, and the environment, all while saving money, setting an example, and truly enjoying the process
• Learn a healthy Staple Meal Plan that’s good for the budget, to put in place within the home and to keep healthy, homemade food prepared
• Stay healthy naturally, save time, money and support sustainability, while keeping healthy meals on the table
• Receive a generous goody bag of sustainable homemaking bonuses – for free! (All bonuses will be revealed next week, stay tuned!)

I am so excited about this course as it is far more than just a course. You not only get the course (two months working together, learning to save time, money and support sustainability, while keeping healthy meals on the table), but you actually really begin living it and I support you personally in this. (Plus you learn about cleansing, staying healthy naturally, sourdough bread baking, sprouting, fermenting, home cheese making and many other sustainable homemaking skills)

To find out more please click here > http://sustainablehomemaking.com

The course runs from Thursday, March 7th – Thursday, April 25th and calls are at 1pm pst.
The course is limited in size and is so much more than just a course – so why not come and join us and take your journey of sustainable living and homemaking to a whole new level.

I look forward to meeting you!
Many Blessings, Amy

PS~ Interested in a free phone call? I can answer any questions you may have about the program…

http://sustainablehomemaking.com/

Certified Health Specialist | Master Herbalist | Certified Nutritional Consultant

Amy Solis (831) 262-6522 calicoale@sbcglobal.net SustainableHomemaking.com

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Are you ready to prepare homemade sourdough bread for your household?

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It’s clear we have moved into the rainy season as it pours down rain, while I cozy up next to a nice fire to write this message. Many don’t like the rainy season but I really love it and enjoy this time of year very much. I also enjoy homemaking and baking my special sourdough bread this time of year. I love the beautiful aroma that fills the house, how it creates such a warm and special place to call home and knowing my family is eating delicious and highly nutritious bread unlike anything on the market.

Along with enjoying the season there is something special happening… As many of you know I have worked all year developing a signature program and curriculum called the Sustainable Homemaking 8 week program. The Sustainable Homemaking 8 week program empowers families to stay healthy naturally, support sustainability and to save time & money while keeping healthy meals on the table. This week we are beginning the Sourdough Bread Baking segment of the course. I am really looking forward to sharing sourdough bread baking with the ladies enrolled and look forward to them baking wholesome, homemade, highly digestible bread at home for their families.

If you have been to your local bread isle in the grocery market lately, you are probably very aware of all the extra, unwanted and unnecessary ingredients in commercial bread nowadays. It is difficult to escape the corn syrup and sugar most of all. The reason they use these undesirable ingredients is so the can make the bread rise as quickly as possible. Commercial bread has a very short rising period, while a long rise or proving period is beneficial for the digestibility and nutritional value of bread. In my opinion this quick rise method is one of the reasons people struggle with digesting wheat.

The most common issues people have about bread in general are gluten sensitivity, the price, Candida yeast and all the undesirable ingredients use in bread making. Long rise sourdough bread is a cultured product containing lactobacillus (probiotic) therefore beneficial in keeping Candida yeast in check, Its highly digestible and often tolerated by gluten sensitive individuals, is free of GMO high fructose corn syrup, other unnecessary additives and it’s inexpensive to make at home.

From my experience with gluten sensitivity I have found long rise sourdough bread a very good match for myself in terms of digestibility. I also find my method simple, magical and delightful to prepare.

Many think of bread baking as a time consuming and difficult task, or many often remember unpleasant hard bread from their childhood, that was completely unappealing and how they could not wait to grow up and purchase that soft white bread from the grocery market. I have found homemade sourdough bread is simple to make, very rewarding in many ways and super delicious.

Sourdough bread baking is an old world trade and has been made for thousands of years. By sustaining a mother culture to leaven or rise the bread, it is self rising, meaning it does not require commercial yeast to make the bread rise. When you make you own sourdough bread you have complete control of the ingredients and you can get away from sugar, corn syrup and many other unnecessary ingredient added to commercial bread to make it rise faster. This also allows plenty of time for a long rise and in return creates highly digestible and nutritious bread. A long rise is important to allow plenty of time for the glutens to break down properly and for culturing to occur. Sourdough bread is a cultured product and this increases the vitamins and minerals, as well as, makes them better available for the system to absorb. Sourdough is also complex and lower on glycemic index supporting healthy blood sugar levels.

Are you ready to learn how to prepare homemade sourdough bread for your household? Trying to learn it all on your own can be time and money consuming, trust me, I’ve been there.  I would love share my method with you and look forward to you being as fulfilled as I am by preparing this healthy, wholesome, highly digestible bread at home for you’re your family.

Amy Solis, Master Herbalist, C.N.C., Certified Health Specialist; I live in the beautiful Santa Cruz -Monterey Bay area with my husband. We are living our dream of a quiet, healthy, holistic lifestyle. I work from home supporting conscious and spiritual women to stay healthy naturally, save time, money and support sustainability while keeping healthy meals on the table through my Sustainable Homemaking 8-Week Correspondence Course. I raise dairy goats for milk, cheese, and yogurt; hens for eggs; tend the garden; and bake homemade sourdough bread. I keep our staple meals planned and prepared for home, family—as well as teach others how to live, run, and maintain balanced, healthy, holistic, sustainable, economical meals and households.

The Sustainable Homemaking 8-Week Correspondence Course begins November 1, 2012. Stay healthy naturally, support sustainability and save time and money while keeping healthy meals on the table. Meal Planning, Sourdough Bread Baking, Cultured Foods and Home Cheese-Making.  www.SustainableHomemaking.com.

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