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, March 4, 2015

Yarn Along


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

Phoebe's Phoebe's sweater and the mouse and all of her clothes got done in (plenty of) time for Phoebe's birthday. I actually loved knitting the mouse clothes. They were finished so quickly and are so sweet and tiny. Phoebe hasn't worn the sweater yet, or really played with the mouse either, but she has been wrapped up in birthday goodness. I am sure the mouse will have a turn soon.

I am currently knitting up a quick baby sophisticate sweater for my husband's assistant at work.  She is due with a baby boy on the 17th. Baby sweaters are so tiny and quick, and this yarn is amazingly soft. Love.

We are planning a few day long road trip for spring break near the end of March and I am looking forward to browsing ravelry for a project or two to knit while we are on the road. It feels so luxurious to be able to 'browse' knitting projects, and not be frantically trying to finish a project by a certain time. My husband always makes fun of me because I stress myself out by self-imposed deadlines on knitting and sewing projects. It is sort of ridiculous when I really stop and think about it. Oh well. That's how I function I guess.... ;)

In the reading world, I temporarily set aside A Tree Grows in Brooklyn so I can focus on California by Edan Lupecki. It's due back on the library soon, and I want to have a chance to finish it. Honestly, I have only had a few moments to read in the last week, as we have been busy with a very special fourth birthday, but I expect to have more quiet nights in my future.

What are you reading? What are you knitting?




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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Four.


My sweet little Phoebe, my baby, turns four today. Four! It sounds so old, so grown up, so not-a-baby-anymore. And she's not a baby anymore, is she?
But this age is amazing. I love her spunk, her independence, and her imagination. I love her goofy personality and her tendency to tell you exactly what is on her mind. And to tell any person that passes by exactly what is on her mind too. I love that when she is sad or tired, a good snuggle usually makes everything better. I love how everyone she meets is her friend and I love how she pretends to be shy, even when she's not. I love how she sings about everything, all the time. I love how she constantly tells me that she loves me and that she wants to be together forever. I love it all and I love her to pieces.
I know that over the next year, the bits of baby still left in her will fade even more. She will become more independent. She will probably start to say "three" instead of "free", and maybe she will start putting her shoes on the correct feet. But no matter how big, how grown up, or how independent she becomes, she will always be my baby.
Phoebe has taught me so much about life: how to ease tension by being silly, how to instantaneously forgive someone, and how to unabashedly tell people how much you care for them. I am so very lucky to have this amazing little lady in my life. Happy Birthday dearest Phoebe!!







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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Coconut-Chocolate Muffins

I have been on a coconut kick lately, so when the kids asked for muffins yesterday, I decided to find a recipe that could fulfill my craving and make them happy too. I have adapted this recipe to accommodate what we had on hand. And everyone was pleased with the results!

Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar (or sub 1/2 cup honey)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup culinary coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chunks
Mix everything together, pour into greased or lined muffin tins, and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Yum!


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Yarn Along


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

I have finished Phoebe's Phoebe's sweater.... and I am just finishing up the hood of the mouse's wee sweater and adding in the final touches to the knit mouse, like her face. It will be finished in time for Phoebe's birthday on Sunday! Finished and modeled pictures to come next week!

I have started reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and have been enjoying it. I also just got California by Edan Lupecki from the library. I have been waiting for it for quite some time, so I am pretty excited. It's about a future (apocalyptic) world... but that is about all I know. I'll tell you more next week.

What are you reading? What are you knitting?

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Monday, February 23, 2015

California Love

Over the weekend, I got to go on a trip to visit a few of my favorite friends in California. The kiddos stayed home with dad, and I had a few days where the only being I had to take care of was myself. It was really nice.
We spent a day at Pinnacles National Park and went on an 8 mile hike. We saw a California condor, a falcon, and a great horned owl, we crawled through a pitch black cave, and we saw some amazing views.
We ate lots of good food, took a trip into San Francisco, did another (shorter hike) in Tilden Park, and relaxed. It was a perfect weekend, and it feels great to be back home.
Here are a few pictures from Pinnacles... I was regretting that I didn't bring my camera and only had an i-phone to take photos with......












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Friday, February 20, 2015

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo- 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, February 19, 2015

Enjoying the Sun

You may have noticed that I have been posting way more than normal lately. Maybe you wondered if suddenly I quit my job, hired a nanny and had free time galore? Nope. None of those. Actually, I have been inspired lately by a simple little thing, that many of you may take for granted, called the sun.
Now, here in Oregon we normally don't see much of the sun during the winter. Less sun means less outdoor activities to blog about, less photographs to share, and an overall decrease in my general motivation.
However, the past week or so has been just wildly warm and sunny. I am talking blue skies and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Not normal for us. At all. At my core, this warm weather is freaking me out. It makes me realize how quickly climate change is happening and makes me worried that this lack of snow may lead to summertime water issues. But, on a superficial level, I am completely loving this and trying to soak up as much sun as possible before it goes away again. Maybe for a long time.
We have been going on adventures, riding bikes, eating outside, gardening, and mostly just playing in the front yard for hours every afternoon. I can read (or blog) and the kids can dig, kick and goof around. It has been wonderful.
I decided to make a quick nature journal and take it on an adventure with us Monday morning. Finn drew a couple of photos and then wrote a few sentences about what he saw when we got home. It worked out pretty well. I plan to have him make a series of nature journals this summer (when we will adventure much more frequently).
Anyways, here are a few photos of our explorations:








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