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get involved Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
get involved Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
We to a big leap of faith, quit our jobs are moved to the the heart of the Shawnee National Forest to follow our dreams of self sufficiency and to make a go of living off the land… Can we help you feed your family?
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Blog for Choice Day, 2009

Did you know that today, January 22nd 2009, is the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade? I am sure you already know that I am pro-choice big time, since I blogged for choice last year and all. I don't think I'll ever have an abortion but that doesn't mean I'll let anyone take my right away. Besides I am just not of the belief that government needs to be ruling on what we are and are not allowed to do with our bodies. Each of us should be free to decide what is best for us and our current situation. It is all a freedom thing you know. With freedom comes the need for informed decision. Just because someone chooses something that you feel is wrong doesn't mean we should take the...

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Lets take back our birthing rights!

Did you know the United States is ranked 29th (among industrialized countries) with regards to infant mortality rate? "Since ranking a fairly respectable 12th in 1960, the U.S. fell to an all-time low 29th in the world in infant mortality in 2004, according to the report Recent Trends in Infant Mortality in the United States from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The U.S. infant mortality ranking has been falling steadily, from 23rd in 1990, to 27th in 2000." Quote source Maternity care in this country really bothers me because it is so one sided, it is way to medically managed. I think that modern medical advancements are wonderful and that they really do save and help so many. Hospital birth is a fitting option for many women due to medical...

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You can win goodies just for commenting on this blog!

That Is right, I just joined the CommentLuv contest bandwagon and am now a registered site for the CommentLuv contest! This means if you are reading my blog and you leave relevant (non-spammy) comments you have a chance to win! I'll delete any spam comments and Andy Baily says you'll be banned from the contest for spamming so don't try it okay? The contest page FAQ says that when someone leaves a "comment on your blog and if they're a winner, their last blog post will come back as a prize notification." So that means when you comment you'll usually see something like this: If you win instead of seeing the title of the post from your own blog, you'll see a notification that you are a winner. All you have to...

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The Pet Peeve Meme…

While I was making my peanut butter and honey toast this morning I looked in the sink and my blood started to curdle. Right there in the freaking sink the dish scrubber was chillin, this is a BIG no-no in my kitchen! The sink is the dirtiest place ever, food gets dumped in it and down the garbage disposal. When the scrubber or sponge lays in the sink dishes get piled on top of it, it gets covered with slimy food/ germs and after that who would want to use it or reach in to find it? Not me buddy! Honestly, how does it make sense to put the item you use to clean crap off of dishes in the bottom of the sink? You may as well be wiping...

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A happy news story that practically made me cry.

While watching the evening news I got to see a very touching story about a man (Earl Morse) who is just trying to help others. Mr. Morse started an organization called Honor Flight whose goal is simply to transport World War II veterans to Washington DC to visit and reflect on the memorials that was constructed to honor them. Many veterans have never seen the memorial and the goal of Honor Flight is to get all of the veterans to the memorial free. You can read more about this story @ http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9992713/ I just thought it was a nice thing to hear about and a wonderful gesture! Those veterans sacrificed so much to give us the freedom we have today and Honor Flight is just another organization trying to honor them and...

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Bloggy Giveaway winners!!

I promised I would announce the winners of my bloggy giveaway soon after the contest closed. I'll admit it was hard to figure out who was the most deserving so I decided to give two away instead of just the one. Here are the winners of the heartwarming mini message in a bottle gifts. Thanks for all your entries guys! Becky S Well, my message would sort of be for two people. I recently adopted our beautiful daughter from China. I would write a thank you to her birth mother for giving us life’s greatest gift. However, we don’t don’t who her birthmother is, so I would have my daughter hold onto it as a keepsake. Then she could someday add her own thank you, too and remember the special...

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A day in the life of my pants! LOL

Lets see, my favorite pair of pants is my new black pair of Capri workout pants, they say "Guard" on the pant leg. I love these because they are comfortable and because they are durable. What would a day be like for my pants? Hm, it would be hard I think. I wake up in the morning, have some coffee and then I spend about 30 minutes sitting in the car (dropping N off at work in town and driving back home). Once I get home I have some breakfast, sit on the couch and work on the computer for about an hour. So for my pants that basically means lots of sitting. I head back into town to teach at about 10:30am, when I get to the school I dance my...

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Happy Earth Day! Earth day tips?

Today is earth day and there is no better day to try and minimize your negative impact on the earth. How to you celebrate earth day? Do you plant something or maybe you pick up litter along the highway near your home. Every effort is helpful whether you are making it on for one day or if you are setting out to try and do something differently for the entire year. Some of the things we are doing year round are rain water harvesting and grey water harvesting. I take baths often and am always feeling bad about sending the perfectly good water down the drain afterwards. Since I use biodegradable shampoo and soap I have been eager to siphon my bath water out into the garden. We life in the...

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My interview by Janelle

I participated in the citizen of the month great interview experiment and totally forgot to post my own interview questions here. It was fun to interview someone and to be interviewed. Janelle over at junk food for the soul interviewed me and thankfully she asked about my interview and reminded me to post it! I totally forgot...

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Interview Time- Meet Janelle

I had the pleasure of interviewing Janelle over at Junk Food for the Soul for the great interview experiment over at citizen of the month I had lots of fun doing this interview and will be posting a second one shortly because I accidentally interviewed the wrong person. Oops, more fun for me! I see that you are a mother and a wife, both of which are full time jobs in themselves but besides your family what are you passionate about? I am passionate about blogging. That is lame, isn’t it? This season I have started writing a commentary for American Idol and the new Fox Show Moment of Truth. For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed reading commentaries/recaps of my favorite reality shows and I finally thought,...

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Cuteness Carnival for you!

It's witchypoo's fault, she posted the cutest photo of a kitten today, I went to get a cup of coffee and found my own gato, Jack posing in all his cuteness and just had to share! It was about 57 degrees int he house when I took this photo, do you think he was cold? Then I started to recall other cute animal photos I have viewed from all my blogging buddies. Veronica also posted some adorable kitten photos that I loved! One of Veronica's commenters, Kim posted a priceless photo of a pouting child and I found a great photo of baby brotherly love over at My Little DrummerBoys. If you are looking for a laugh check out what good old fridge magnets can spell, pretty much sums up my entire...

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The Good Household Tip Meme- Garbage disposal cleaner

Okay I wasn't tagged for this meme but I did see it on Witchypoo's blog and also on Teeni's blog so I decided to take it upon myself to share my tip! Garbage disposal cleaner- You know how your garbage disposer gets that gross smell and sometimes a slimy film? Don't but store bought cleaners for this simple cleaning task make your own! Did you know that white vinegar is a powerful disinfectant/ cleaner? All you need to make your own garbage disposal cleaner is some white vinegar, and ice tray and a sealed baggie. Fill the ice tray with vinegar, freeze and when the cubes are nice and frozen transfer them to your sealed baggie for storage int he freezer. Once a week place 2-3 cubes in the disposer with a slow stream...

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Enter a greeting cards scholarship contest!

Calling all poor high school and college students! Could you use some extra money for school? I just found this really cool contest where you create a greeting card that is entered for a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship for school! If you have an artistic flair and want some extra money maybe you should check out the greeting cards scholarship contest! The contest is being put on by The Gallery Collection who offers corporate greeting cards, business Christmas cards and all-occasion cards via their website and catalog. Cards are sold in large quantities and are great for businesses that buy cards in bulk! Thanks to the gallery collection you have the chance to win $10,000 and get your art on a greeting card, what is better than that?...

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