Monday Inspiration

ONE// Chicks & Sheep!

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Our order of chicks finally came in and so the ‘growing’ season begins! I’m not ashamed to admit I’m more of a ‘summer’ farmer than most. ie. I HATE the cold and prefer options that involve minimal winter-time exposure. Meat chickens are great because they mature in about 2 months, so you don’t necessarily have to over-winter, especially when doing small-scale farming. Some of the other options I’ve been looking at expanding into are honey, sheep, rabbits, and tilapia. Big News! My mom & my neighbours have both agreed to allowing a couple of sheep to graze on some unused property! Being a little late into the season, it looks like my big project this summer is going to be building a pallet fence to enclose the grazing areas and I can’t wait for next spring!

& yes, I legitimately walked up and knocked on my neighbours door and asked if I could put some sheep to graze in their yard! I love how this just goes to prove that as a young, self-starting farmer you don’t necessarily have to own the land you work on, you just have to be able to think creatively, find solutions, and take chances!

TWO// Ontario Local Food Week June 4-11th

This past week was Ontario’s Local Food Week, promoting consumers to be conscious of their purchases and supporting our local communities. Now, obviously I’m a little late getting to this, but I really think this is something to keep in mind year-round… or at least during the growing months. This August I’m considering a ‘vegan experiment’ and local food is going to be a huge factor in that for me. Luckily there’s at least 5 local food-stands or Farmers Markets within a 10 km radius of where I live so I don’t think this is going to be a problem!

THREE//Minimum Wage

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This has been a huge deal in Ontario lately where we are set to raise our minimum wage from it’s current stance at $11.40/hour up to $15/hour by January 2019.  This is set to go up in increments starting with October 2017 to $11.60, $14 in January 2018 and finally $15 the following January. This is going to have a huge impact on Ontario residents, and I feel most especially in the way of farmers and local produce. Check out this great article from Farms.com highlighting some of the issues. My opinion, I see the pitfalls, but coming from someone who grew up in BC where the average hourly wage for a full-time retail worker was $19.20/hour in 2012 and from a young single mom who has struggled to make ends meet and having to put her daughter in daycare & school from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm so I was able to fit in the hours needed to make a minimal living… this increase is long over due.

I feel that people, myself included, will always increase spending alongside increases in income. When comparing the cost of living to future generations, such as this article from the Huffington Post, and article #1 and article #2 from MyBudget360.com, you can see that there is hardly a comparisson. Now, is 1938 or 1975 the ideal point of balance? perhaps not, but I definitely feel that there is a discrepancy that could be addressed to a certain degree.

FOUR// Mandy Harvey on America’s Got Talent

Mandy Harvey is proof that you should never give up on your dream.

Posted by America's Got Talent on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

I’m not usually one to tear up too often, whether it’s on Facebook, at movies, or in person. But this video of Mandy Harvey during her audition for America’s Got Talent was a winner in this case. After loosing her hearing due to a degenerative tissue disease at the age of 18, she uses this opportunity and her performance to encourage others to ‘Try’ and to follow their dreams no matter what. I’ll let the video explain the rest, but her singing is bar-non regardless of her ‘disability’.

FIVE// Hair & Beauty

I’ve had such a problem with a dry scalp lately & I thought it would get better once summer kicked in… no luck! One quick trip to Shoppers Drug Mart for what was supposed to be Head & Shoulder’s new Almond shampoo & I’ve seem to have acquired some other must have hair products! My favourites so far are the got2b’s Beach Trippin’ Salt Infusion Wave Spray to give your hair perfect beach waves and the Argan Oil. The salt-spray is awesome, I put it in after a shower as it dries naturally and my hair looks perfect, plus it’s great for mid-day touch ups as well. My hair is sooo hard to curl, so this gives me just enough umph! The Argan oil is a great complementary product to the Head & Shoulder’s Almond shampoo & conditioner. I add it to my L’Oreal Power Moisture conditioner and when I massage coconut oil into problem areas around my hairline and at the base of my neck. I find it’s smell, or rather lack of, actually overrides the ‘fake’ smell of my hair products and leaves my hair smelling clean & fresh, not like a bouquet of fruit.  Also on my list of beauty products to try is the Orgins Night-A-Mins Moisturizer, and the Fresh Soy Cleanser as recommended by The College Prepster, as I’m incredibly prone to sub-dermal acne, and as of yet Pro-Active is the only thing I’ve found to make any sort of difference.

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