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Wednesday, October 22

#CTWW: Challenge Accepted!

Change The World Wednesday on Reduce Footprints

Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)!


A few years, yes, years ago... I was participating in #CTWW, Change the World Wednesday, and wanted to share what it's all about. We truly can change the world. It annoys me when someone says, "We can't do it alone," or "the small things don't make a difference." Well, they do! I'll stop chattering and let you read what it's all about, and be sure to take a visit and leave a comment over on Reduce Footprints

And scroll to the bottom to see this weeks challenge and join in!


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Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World!

If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far.

This post contains great information and I encourage you to read through it at your leisure ... however, if you are short on time, you might find the following quick links helpful:


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This Week's Challenge:

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Small Things
Straws = A lot of waste
Last week we saw how a small thing can make a difference.

So how many more little actions could we take to live greener?

That's the question ... and the challenge. Here you go ...



This week, search your life for a small difference you can make. Need some ideas? Try these:

  • Don't use a disposable straw ... either drink directly from a glass or use a reusable straw.
  • Use one less square of toilet paper per visit. Some CTWW participants use no more than 6 squares ... can you do better?
  • Turn off a light, or appliance, which you normally leave on.
  • Add a living plant to your home and improve air quality.
  • Go meatless for at least one day this week.
  • If you're used to taking baths, take a shower instead. And if you're used to showers, reduce the duration of yours by at least one minute.
The idea, this week, is to dig real deep and do one more small thing which you're not already doing ... or to amp up something which you are doing (like eat vegan if you're already eating vegetarian).

Are you ready to search out the small things? I know that you are!

Until next time ...

WE'RE CHANGING THE WORLD ... ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME!


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So this week, I'm going to create a pouch to keep with me and store a fork, spoon, knife and straw in. We don't eat out much, but when we do, I'll be prepared. Follow me on Instagram for progress picks! I found some fabric scraps in my garage and got some cute design ones at a garage sale a few weeks ago :)

Monday, October 20

Menu Plan Monday: Frozen to Homemade



Last week food was delicious.... PINTOBER was all about recipes last week. Besides those, we also had fried okra, shrimp gumbo and garlic mashed potatoes. The weekend was amazing! Hopefully have a weekend vlog up soon. We visited out local farm for a tour and next weekend we're going to go to another one! The girls had a blast. Check out my Instagram for some other fun trips! On to the menu...

This weeks shopping list: onion and tomato

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Oatmeal, Cereal, Biscuits and peanut butter
Lunch: Sandwiches, Cucumber Salad, Tuna Salad, Hard boiled eggs, leftovers

Dinners:
Monday: Frozen Pizza Night

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday

Wedneday: Chicken Cordon Blue Pastahttp://www.pinterest.com/pin/196117758748464464/

Thurday: Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Friday: Homemade Empanadas
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Check out OrgJunkie.com for more ideas! Click here for her Menu Plan Monday post for ideas and yummy recipes! Be sure to follow me on Pinterest (recipes) and Instagram for pics of the recipes!

Friday, October 17

World Food Day Festivities in the #RGV!


World Food day was yesterday! I sooo miss the Pharrmers Market! Doesn't open up till November. It would have been awesome to support the Pharrmers market on World Food Day. Instead I just had farm fresh meals (actually all week). We visited the Harlingen Farmers Market last Saturday, which was actually the first day of the season and we got RAINED on!! But I hear almost everything sold out within 20 minutes! We went in and out fast. I didn't post my
menu plan this week, so here it is.... farm inspired! At the market I bought some radishes, kale, okra, family of plantains and salad mix!

Sunday: Made some Chocolate Cherry Banana Muffins (ohhh so good)
Monday: Fresh salad with radishes and Mushroom Kale Stir-Fry!
Tuesday: Tandori Bacon/Muhroom topped with radishes and kale chips
Wednesday: One Pot Meal (Zucchini n Mushroom pasta), again, with Fresh salad with radishes
Thursday: Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo (made with okra)
Friday: Leftover night :)

So back to WFD. This years theme was Family Farming! Something that I have wanted to jump into for years. We've been working on our compost and weeds in our back yard. Just can't you have a backyard garden full of food doesn't mean you can't still have farm fresh foods!

Farmers markets!! Where ever you are in the valley you can find a market near you. (Weslaco & Pharr is yet to start their season). So please, save and share this photo with family and friends. You can go over to my GMO-Free RGV page to like and share :)
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Last year for World Food Day we participated in March Against Monanto in McAllen, Texas. But this year was just too busy for this mom of three and there was no help for me. I feel so bad for not hosting this year but so much awareness has been made and we can't quit now. It's great to see and hear about people choosing local, organic produce and local grocery stores now carrying more GMO-Free options. If you have no idea what the heck I'm talking about pleaes google "GMO's" or check out facebook pages like Moms Across America or March Against Monsanto and if you are local, GMO-Free RGV!
http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/So since there is no official event for World Food Day, i'm asking everyone to consider attending and supporting the events below:

H.O.P.E. for Small Farm Sustainability
Join Friends of the Farm on Nov. 13, Thurs. 6-8:30 for our first annual Sip n Savor! This event supports HOPE for Small Farming Sustainability. If you have loved the HOPE Harvest Dinners this is for you! Appetizers prepared by Chef Larry Delgado of House Wine and SALT - New American Table, Stefania Trimboli-Wright of Rio Grande Grill, Brent Shriver from Austin, Dustin Stair, Joel Brotzman-Gonzales and other Valley chefs along with Texas beer and wine will delight you. Join us at The HOPE farm,19833 Morris Rd., Harlingen for an evening of great food fun and community. Tickets are limited. $50 a person. Contact Kate McSwain at 956-9708344 for reservations or questions.

Harlingen Farmers Market

Grow'n Growers, year round market, from 9:30-12:30,  Sponsored by the Texas A&M Agrilife Extention Service, not GMO-Free or all Organic, but grown locally and without harmful chemical.

Fall Garden Festival and Free Gardening Workshops
The Hidalgo County Master Gardeners will hold their Fall Garden Festival with gardening workshops at their Educational Garden located in North San Juan Park on Saturday, October 18, 2014. This event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and run until 1:30 p.m. and will feature free workshops for families. They will also have a plant sale during this event. Topics to be covered in the workshops include a hands-on presentation on “Plant Propagation;” a program focusing on “How to Make a Square Foot Garden;” “Composting,” “Preventing Citrus Greening Disease;” a Demonstration on “Rainwater Harvesting” and a presentation on “Fall Vegetable Gardening.” Call (956) 383-1026 for more information.


The Market at McAllen, Open year round from 10am-1pm. Only market that I know of that accepts EBT as payment


Brownsville Farmers Market, Every Saturday (not sure if it's year round) from 9am-Noon.
There is also the Brownsville Wellness Coalition which is doing an awesome job raising awareness and starting community gardens, classes and other events! If you are in the lower valley I would def go check it out!

Open Farm Day, hosted by Yahweh's All Natural Farm & Garden, Saturday, Oct 25th at 10am!

Farm Tour at Terra Preta Family Farm, Saturday, Oct 18th at 9am!

Tenaza Organics, They have their CSA to get ready for. Speaking of CSA's check out the list below:


CSA's in the RGV:

What is a CSA? Community Supported Agriculture. That means that you, as a community are helping the farm stay alive and in return you get to eat from they bounty!

Tenaza Organics, Yahweh's All Natural Farm and Terra Preta Family Farms all have a CSA available and are all starting to plant for the new season, meaning you still have time to sign up. Visit each page, links above for more information, but the average is about $25/week. 

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If you have any event to share, please contact me on my facebook page. So I can share it ASAP! I hope ya'll have a great weekend and see you supporting and thanking your local farmers!

Thursday, October 9

Thursday Night Special: Tower Burger Co.

 

Who loves family-owned  restaurants?! I do! A few friends sent me invites to like this Facebook page, Tower Burger Co. and the next day, we got hungry! lol We love burgers and since our local burger place is only open for lunch, we loved that this place is open until 11pm, great for late night snacking.

 
Can we just skip the review and just make a lunch date! Seriously, the meat is seasoned, which is one of my pet peeves, under-seasoned food, period!

So, it was Sunday afternoon and we had already woken up late. I gave the girls a bowl of cereal and we started getting ready for church. I had some laundry to get done and then we left and were still running late, so we decided to travel to the next town over to go for Sunday service at 3pm. We had a few hours to spare, so I mentioned lunch. We were driving down Bus 83 and remember that Tower Burgers was on Bus 83. I wasn't sure where it was located, but as soon as we hit Tower Rd., hubby was like, duh! lol 

The sun was beating down that afternoon and as soon as we walked into Tower Burgers you can see the awesome sky-light! Isn't that cool. I don't think I've ever seen a eatery with a sky-light.


We walked up to the counter to order and there was a easy-to-read and everything looked so good. We were talking about options with the cashier. He said there is a grain and salmon burger and hopefully a veggie, turkey and black-bean will be available soon. I just love healthy options. We visited with my mom, three girls and my husband and I, it was almost $50! I say that is reasonable for the delicious food, drinks and amazing service, almost too good! On to the food!


 Fries! Perfectly seasoned! I'm not a big fry person, but my husband is.... take his word for it, he loves them! Bacon, Cheese Burger, OMG! Cheese melted, bacon crispy and onions thinly sliced! And the bun, I think I remember reading on their FB page that it's a butter roll or something. So good! And look at presentation, on a mini cookie sheet, how cool is that. And yeah, there is no dressing, you can add your own. My own complaint was that by the time I was finishing my burger the bread gets all gooey, some people like that. I'm not one of those people, so I just take out the meat and leave out the bread :-)

 Kid options! Yvette, my oldest had a burger, she devoured it and Eliada and Annaleah had a grilled cheese, look at that oozing out. They were greatful enough to also provide a side of tomato for the girls too.

Love how the front end is set up, and as you can see, the Sweet Tea is a big hit. I forgot to ask what type of tea, but it is brewed every morning. Hubby said it tastes like black tea. Below is a view of the back of the house and the cute young waiter we had. He worked so hard the whole time we were there. It's funny cus we usually don't leave a tip at a burger joint, but this waiter was very polite and prompt. When we were leaving I was handing him a tip and he said that there is a tip jar up front and they split the tips at the end of the night. That is so honest of him. Check out the pictures below.....





My thoughts about Tower Burger Co? My new fav burger place, for sure! And it's actually not far from where we live, which is a plus. Also love the hours and excited to see if they add the extra healthy options. Price is mid-range for our area. Most of the burgers were about $8. Yeah, it's like more expensive, but it's not McDonalds! Service was phenomenal. Can ya'll see that bag?! Woowhoo for being green! It says "Reusable & Recyclable"

This restaurant actually opened last month, I wish them the best of luck and so happy that the mid-valley is getting more family-owned restaurant that we can support! Visit their Facebook page and Instagram for pics and more info. If you visit, feel free to mention you saw it on The Mami Blog!

Tower Burger Co.
505 E Business Highway 83
Alamo, Texas

Hours:
Today 11:00am - 11:00pm
Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Tuesday, October 7

Supporting Lacey! #RGV Auction

Lacey has been in the hospital for over a week now and has been diagnosed with an autoimmune liver disease. Her blood levels are low as well. The doctors will not let her go home until she is at a safe level and she will be on medications for the rest of her life. We are asking for help with financial expenses during this time. We appreciate all donations. Thank you for taking time to check in on Lacey. 

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I was approached by a good friend of mine asking my thoughts on raising money for her step-daughter. There are so many families that are struggling right now and when health comes into the picture family will do anything to help. Yeah, I'm not family, I wish I could help everyone out, but I will do the best I can do, when I can do it. 

So there is an auction happening tomorrow, Wednesday. There is a Facebook Group where you can see the items that are being auctioned off. Click HERE to join. There are over 40 items. Listed in the items are the discription, starting bid, and if you are not local there is shipping amounts as well :) I have a few items listed and will probably list some more tomorrow! It's International Babywearing week, I have a Moby wrap up for bid! So if you cannot place a bid, please share with friends and family.

If you'd like to make a monetary donation you can go to YouCaring.com and give now!

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/supporting-lacey/244982#.VDRtFEiOL2I.facebook

Thursday, October 2

International Babywearing Week in the #RGV


Check out the BWI website for events in your area:
http://www.babywearinginternational.org/events/international-babywearing-week/

Who's excited for IBW?! It starts on Sunday and just wanted to share these event ideas with ya'll and if you are local, feel free to join our Cloth Diaper and Babywearing group on Facebook for exciting events, which include a babywearing walking group that we have twice a month!

IBW 2014 Event Ideas

Use the activity listed for everyday, use just one or two, or come up with your own ideas. The point is to get out there and celebrate.

Shout it Out Sunday

Shout it all the way to the roof-tops (or Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!): we love babywearing! What role has the internet and social media played in your babywearing experience? What can you do today to be heard (and seen) in your community? Organize a flash mob. Arrange a volunteer opportunity. Take to the streets (or malls, or zoos!) and show other caregivers what babywearing is all about. Be sure to shout it out on social media! ‪#‎IntlBabywearingWeek‬

Momentum Monday
Use today to gain some momentum for the week: How does babywearing help you get your week started? What fun ideas can you come up with to get your group excited for the week? How about an original music video? Scavenger hunt? Babywearing bingo?

Teach me Tuesday
Take time to learn a new technique or carry. Have someone in your life with whom you’ve wanted to share babywearing? Now is the time; teach them one-on-one or host a “babywearing 101” class.

Work-out Wednesday
Plan a 1 mile walk. Host a babywearing yoga or work-out class. Whatever you choose, get moving and have fun!

Throwback Thursday
Share pictures of your first time wearing, a favorite babywearing memory, or the people who introduced you or who you have introduced to babywearing. ‪#‎TBW‬ #IntlBabywearingWeek

Flexible Friday
What adventures have you had that might not be possible without babywearing? Hiked a mountain? Walked the beach? Played with older kids while caring for a newborn? Simply survived the grocery store with multiple kids? Share pictures and your experiences.

Share your City Saturday
What defines your town, city, region or area? Meet as a group at your city’s earmark to show the rest of the babywearing world the adventures you can share in your community.

To celebrate (and early birthday present for me) IBW I nabbed this beauty at 5MinuteRecess, 5mr.com! I received it today, so I decided to share :)
 





She's in the washer now!!

Tuesday, September 23

Sunday in my City - People's Climate March







McAllen, Texas
#RGVUnited #PeoplesClimateMarch

For more info go to PeoplesClimate.org! Check out my Youtube channel for a video (currently editing) on the days events! I was also interviewed at the event and the story came out in the paper! Check it out and leave a supporting comment if you demand #ClimateJustice! Click HERE to read the story.

I showed you mine, now show me yours.

Share your city/town/suburb/you name it! Think of this as a photography carnival or photography meme (with or without words) that not only lets you share your part of the world, but lets you visit other parts of the world virtually. If you link up, please link back or post the Sundays In My City button either in your post or sidebar to let people know that other bloggers are sharing their communities too. Happy trails!
 
Let’s travel the world together! 
 
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