Meatless Future, Sober January, Bullet Journaling & Does Homework Help Kids?

I wonder, does she look at those holes in her ears the same way I look at the tattoo I got when I was 16? Or does she count them among memories of a time when she was young and needed adornment? Clearly she no longer needs the jewelry to be beautiful.

I wonder, does she look at those holes in her ears the same way I look at the tattoo I got when I was 16? Or does she count them among memories of a time when she was young and needed adornment? Clearly she no longer needs the jewelry to be beautiful.

Big Beef Prepares For Battle, As Interest Grows In Plant-Based And Lab-Grown Meats - Frank Morris

Elementary Schools Ban Homework, Saying It Kills Kids’ Creativity

Why France's Yellow Vest Protests Have Been Ignored By "The Resistance" In The US

Going Sober in January? 5 Good Reasons to Cut Back the Rest of the Year Too

'Climate grief': The growing emotional toll of climate change - By Avichai Scher

Top 10 Family-Friendly Hikes in the U.S. Parks

Bullet Journaling for Beginners (and Impatient, Unartistic People Like Me) - Wilding

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Those of you who keep up with The Homestead through our newsletter or on our Facebook Group know we are following the Blue Zone Project recommendations for eating on our January Real Food for Real Families Reset this year. As a huge lover of pasture-raised meat I was disappointed to see how little meat the longest living people in the world are eating, and this article grabbed my attention - lab meat?

Big Beef Prepares For Battle, As Interest Grows In Plant-Based And Lab-Grown Meats - Frank Morris

After all, if only a few cells from a living animal are required, and it doesn't have to die, why not use cells from the very tastiest animals. Whale taco, anyone? Read More

Homework is on my mind as we head back to school. Not sure where I fall on this issue, you?

Elementary Schools Ban Homework, Saying It Kills Kids’ Creativity

That research includes a 2006 meta-analysis of homework studies dating back to 1987. It found there was no association between homework and achievement. In other words, assigning children homework did not help them learn or retain information better or do better on tests.

Why is the biggest protest in 50 years by workers in France not on the news more?

Why France's Yellow Vest Protests Have Been Ignored By "The Resistance" In The US - Tyler Durden

In less than two months, the yellow vests (“gilets jaunes) movement in France has reshaped the political landscape in Europe. For a seventh straight week, demonstrations continued across the country even after concessions from a cowed President Emmanuel Macron while inspiring a wave of similar gatherings in neighboring states like Belgium and the Netherlands. Read More

We are hosting Dry January at The Homestead with OYNB (One Year No Beer) to give our livers and brains a break from the effects of booze. Check out what Dr. Mercola says about the benefits if you’re still on the fence.

Going Sober in January? 5 Good Reasons to Cut Back the Rest of the Year Too

A recent fad of giving up alcohol for the month of January can mean great things for your health, but why give up when February comes around? As QUARTZY explains, there are several good things that come from going sober — or just cutting back — for a month, but the short-term benefits can be negated if you return to old habits when the sobering up month is done. Read More

The debates over climate change continue to flare within our community. Are you talking about these issues with your kids?

'Climate grief': The growing emotional toll of climate change - By Avichai Scher

The increasing visibility of climate change, combined with bleak scientific reports and rising carbon dioxide emissions, is taking a toll on mental health, especially among young people, who are increasingly losing hope for their future. Read More

Thinking about travel plans once the weather warms?

Top 10 Family-Friendly Hikes in the U.S. Parks

FINDING THE RIGHT hike for children can be tricky: The trail needs to be safe and not too strenuous, yet interesting enough to keep the young folks’ attention. As a bonus, it would be nice if the hike stimulated them to want to learn more about the place. National parks abound in good kids’ hikes; these are ten of the best and most diverse. Read More

Want a great way to process the day, keep track of your year, and improve creativity? I was introduced to Bullet Journals this year and am SOLD!

Bullet Journaling for Beginners (and Impatient, Unartistic People Like Me) - Wilding

don’t worry if your handwriting looks like chicken scratch. You don’t need to learn calligraphy or buy up every supply at the craft store.

It also doesn’t matter if strike marks fill your journal. In fact, that’s a sign you’re using bullet journaling as intended — as a single, ever-evolving life log to manage the present and plan for the future. Read More