Living Naturally


Yesterday I had a comment on my post Thinking about Paleo┬áregarding organics. The comment asked why I choose to buy organic. At first, I thought it was an obvious answer but when I sat down to write it out, I realized it’s probably one of the best questions I’ve been asked in a long time. Here was my answer:

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Have a new week.

Under the Oaks blog: Have a new week.

Finger Lakes, Upstate New York… can’t wait to see this view again!

As I mentioned in my last post, lately I’ve been feeling everything from stressed and frustrated to excited and optimistic. The excitement is winning out right now because we leave in a few days to go home to Upstate NY for a week!

So, in preparation for our vacation, I’ve decided to approach this week with the idea that it’s brand new. I’m leaving the stress from last week behind and hitting the ground running. Today, I’m making a list of things I’d like to see get done and I know I’ll need to work hard┬áto make sure I leave feeling accomplished and able to let myself destress to get the most out of our vacation. I think many people underestimate the need to give yourself a break for a while and I’ve learned that more this summer than ever.

No matter what you have going on, approach this week the same way I am. It’s a new, fresh week so make it count!

– A

Reviewing Toronto

Under the Oaks blog: Reviewing Toronto

As promised in Sunday’s Teaser, I promised more details about my husband and I’s 5 day trip to Toronto this past week. We had a lot of fun and for my hubby it was his very first international stamp in the good ‘ole passport. I think he finally caught the travel bug which hopefully means more international trips in the future!

For this trip we made a long weekend out of it. We left after work on Tuesday and came home early Sunday afternoon. We made a couple of money making decisions prior to the trip. First off, we decided to book a condo through airbnb close to Toronto’s downtown transit. Secondly, we decided not to rent a car and to take transit only, since we figured we could get anywhere that we wanted to via transit. Thirdly, we decided to make the most our of our trip and see all the main sites by purchasing Toronto’s City Pass where we could pay a discounted rate for the main Toronto attractions. Because of these decisions we probably saved over $500. Continue reading