Eco-Moms & Eco-Dads Unite!
Mama Gone Green is a blog dedicated to raising happy children and reducing our impact on the Earth. My name is Taryn Oakley and I am the mother of 2 young kids and an environmental studies instructor at a community college in Portland, Oregon. Please join me as I journey through life as a mama, teacher, knitter, photographer, gardener, and environmentalist!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dear President Obama

Yesterday, in celebration of Earth Day, the kids and I had planned to pick up trash around our neighborhood after school. We picked up trash for about 10 minutes when the sky turned ominous, and it started pelting hail at us (ouch). Thunder and lightning followed soon after, and before long we were running back to our house with only a couple of small bags of trash in hand.
The other activity on my agenda was to spend some time planting seeds.... but apparently I had forgotten that April in Portland is not necessarily spring weather.... and we were basically stuck inside.
So, we decided to write a letter to the President instead. I think President Obama will be quite impressed.

How was your Earth Day?
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day!

Don't forget to love your Mother today!
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

My Favorite Green Juice Recipe

After a winter lull, I have been juicing again. I make green juice about 3-4 mornings a week, and have even gotten the Todd to drink it as well. My kids, however, are a whole different story. They are very turned off by the green color, and spit it out after trying it. If anyone has any tips on how to get your kiddos to drink veggie juice, please let me know....

Anyways, here is my favorite recipe for juice as of late:

5 kale leaves
1/2 bunch of parsley
6 stalks celery
2 carrots
1 apple
juice from 1/2 a lemon (not put into the juicer, just squeezed in afterwards)
tiny bit of fresh ginger

The amounts on here are approximate.... I don't actually measure it out, so my juice tastes slightly different each day. This makes 2 small glasses or one big one.

Do you juice? What is your favorite recipe?

The ducks love juicing days as well... they get the sludge, and they love it!

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Years of Living Dangerously

We are living in a time of climate change. A crisis, really, yet few seem to be doing much about it. For me, personally, climate change is always on my mind. Always. Yet, I seem to be able to push it way far back in there so that I can function and enjoy my time on earth without being in a constant state of panic. But honestly, it scares the crap out of me. I am so nervous about what life will be like when my children are my age... yet I feel so hopeless as to what I can do. In my opinion, so much of this battle rests on the shoulders of our leaders, our politicians, our corporations... the folks who have the girth to sway how this planet works. We need to stop using coal and oil and natural gas and figure out new energy solutions... and we need to do it now. And no matter how many letters I write, or petitions I sign, or demonstrations I attend, I can only do so much. This whole issue needs everyone-- the entire global community-- to get on the same page and choose to make a difference and save our planet and ourselves.
OK, end of rant. For now.
I sometimes get glimmers of hope that maybe we will band together to solve this problem. There is a new tv series on Showtime called Years of Living Dangerously. The awesome thing is that this is on a hit tv network, and has the chance to reach out to lots of people who would never watch a documentary on climate change-- so there is some great potential. The bad side is that it is on Showtime, an "extra" channel that makes this show not accessible to lots of people. But, the first episode can be watched online for free, and maybe they will post subsequent episodes as well.
I watched episode one over the weekend and it was sad. And a bit inspiring. More than anything it is a good reminder that plenty of people are as worried about climate change as I am, and maybe, just maybe, we will soon be on a path to change.
So, check out episode one. Spread the word. Take some action.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo (or two!)- no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Inspired by Soulemama.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tryon Creek State Park

Yesterday I took the kids on an adventure. The trilliums are blooming here, but won't be for long, so we needed to make some time to see them. I pulled Finn out of school a few minutes early and we sneaked in a trip to one of my favorite local places. We saw trilliums, a lots of spring plants, some very cool fungus and we even saw a couple of snails in a tree (the pictures below are of a snail about 5 feet high in a tree).... it's the first time I have ever found a snail high in a tree. I think it is a Pacific sideband snail, but please correct me if I am wrong. Apparently, I have lots to learn about snails!

We had a lovely time... until the end, when Phoebe was tired and hungry and threw a meltdown. She does that often, so I wasn't surprised, but did feel bad for the other folks there trying to get some peace and quiet in nature. Peace and quiet is pretty rare with young kid around.. at least my young kids!

Here are a few pictures from our adventure...

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Yarn Along

Joining with Ginny at Small Thing's for today's Yarn Along.

I finished Phoebe's purple plain vest on Monday night. I still need to weave in the ends and add the buttons, so a finished picture to come soon. I better hurry while the weather is still cool enough to wear it. I think I have been avoiding picking up my sweater again, but now that I have finished all of my other WIPs, I think it is time.

I just finished The Death Cure, the last book in The Maze Runner series and I enjoyed the whole series. Yesterday, I started Insurgent (the sequel to Divergent) and I am excited to get sucked into this one as well. I will have to start searching for some more young adult sci fi that I can get hooked on!

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