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Topics: art,business,cactus,how to,saguaro,space,Toastmasters,travel,video

Traveling by Green Screen–VIDEO

When Zoe was 14 months old, I quit my job as a software engineer in order to be a full-time SAHM. It was exactly what she needed, and I have no regrets. Within a year of quitting that job, I started a home-based business called Portraits & Pages. I specialized in pregnancy, birthing, and breastfeeding […]

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Topics: Arizona,cactus,movies,photographs,prickly pear,saguaro

Thoughts on “Life in a Day” One Year Later

My family and I recently went to the big screen premiere of Life in a Day. Since a clip of mine, of my younger daughter Teagan, made it into the film, my whole family has been emotionally vested in the film. Yet, to be completely honest, I would have loved the film anyway. It’s shockingly […]

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Topics: Arizona,art,cactus,crafts,photographs,saguaro,Tucson

Saguaro Costume

My 12 year old daughter has come up with some of the most interesting Halloween costumes over the years. Since she has been old enough to decide her own costumes, she’s been: a black cat (twice), Laa-Laa (from Teletubbies), Madeline, a spotted bat, a computer (with working parts), a Borg, and a scarecrow. But this […]

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Topics: Arizona,books,cactus,photographs,prickly pear,saguaro,travel

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is in southern Arizona, right on the U.S./Mexico border. My family and I have been wanting to go there for a while and we recently had the opportunity. What surprised us the most was how few people we saw (only one other vehicle on the 22 mile loop). I was […]

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Topics: Arizona,art,dairy,empowerment,environmentalism,food,green living,holidays,party,saguaro,Unschooling,vegan,vegetarian

Have a Happy Vegan Halloween

I’ve written more on this topic here: “Vegan and Ethical Trick-or-Treating“ “Our Vegan Halloween 2007“ Halloween 2008 looks to be an excellent Halloween for my family.  My daughters have been working on their very artistic costumes for a while now.  I love what unique ideas they keep coming up with for what they will be.  […]

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Topics: Arizona,guest post,homeschooling,prickly pear,saguaro,Tucson,Unschooling,words,writing

Haiku by Zoe PART THREE

Here is the last of Zoë’s series of Haiku poems for the summer of 2008. Certainly she’ll write more later. 🙂 Click here for PART ONE and here for PART TWO. Tortoise Turtle, terrapin It is neither one of those The desert tortoise Coyote Howls out my window Even though they’re far away They seem […]

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Topics: Arizona,guest post,homeschooling,saguaro,Tucson,Unschooling,words,writing

Haiku by Zoe PART TWO

My daughter, now 12, has written some more haiku poems for Do Life Right. Click here to read her first ones. Saguaro Fruit Picking Part One The bent saguaro All the birds fly to the top To get the best fruit Saguaro Fruit Picking Part Two While we pick the fruit Baby birds echo inside […]

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Topics: alternate energy,Arizona,housing,photographs,prickly pear,saguaro,Tucson,wind energy

Hail to the Summer Monsoons

I was mistaken when I believed the Arizona summer monsoons were nearing their end for 2008. On Wednesday, earlier this week, my area was hit harder than it has been in the whole entire time I’ve been in Arizona (9 years). We spoke with three different neighbors on Thursday and they’ve all been living on […]

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Topics: Arizona,photographs,prickly pear,saguaro,Tucson

Critters and Prickly Pear Cacti

We’ve been fortunate enough to actually see wildlife eating the pads of some of our prickly pear cacti. We especially love watching the rabbits eat it. They take a bite into the outer rim and then eat only the inside part, leaving a circle behind. Bugs, on the other hand, eat it all – methodically. […]

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Topics: Arizona,cookbook,food,how to,lowfat,photographs,prickly pear,saguaro,Tucson,vegan,vegan recipe,vegetarian

Prickly Pear Fruit Harvesting PART EIGHT

Prickly Pear Jelly I haven’t had the greatest luck in the world preparing jelly, so here is my “What to do when the recipes don’t work” directions. 🙂 Prepare syrup as pectin package indicates. Basically you need a lot of sugar, the fruit itself, and pectin. With this made, you supposedly just need to add […]

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