Motivation & Wisdom, Random Thoughts

Tougher than you think

What a busy and honestly semi-stressful past couple of days I've experienced. My kiddos started remote learning, my campus started online tutoring (I oversee), and normal personal matters. Don't know about you but the above words are something that I consistently need to be reminded. We are definitely stronger (all realms) stronger than what we… Continue reading Tougher than you think

Life, Low-waste Living, Plastic-Free Living, Random Thoughts

Before I buy ‘new’….

Have you ever noticed that I really don't talk much about non-food related shopping -- well there's a reason for that. I'm not the type of person that goes shopping just to go shopping -- I like to have a reason to go into a store. NOW let me disclaim that isn't always the case… Continue reading Before I buy ‘new’….

Life, Random Thoughts, Tips

Making time for self-care

I use to take my self care for granted. I truly didn’t have time for it - single parenting, work, household chores, and for sometime I was also studying. But then I realized I needed some form of self care to maintain my sanity, positivity, and most importantly to remain Maranda. I can tell when… Continue reading Making time for self-care

farmers market trips, Life, Make You Think, Random Thoughts

Influence of location on farmer’s markets

I finally got to visit my traditional farmer's market in Manhattan, after a 4+ month hiatus. I had paused my trips there due to COVID and my hesitancy of riding the subway. Even though I couldn't go to Manhattan, I was able to get veggies and fruit either via delivery or at a farmer's market… Continue reading Influence of location on farmer’s markets

Food Waste, Plastic-Free Living, Random Thoughts

Produce Packaging Gone To Far

Have you ever questioned why a store has plastic wrapped an orange? I am currently reading How To Give Up Plastic by Will McCallum. The author states that the plastic packaging for produce prevents an additional 40% of food waste. I assume the claim is it increases the produce longevity while also protecting it. But… Continue reading Produce Packaging Gone To Far

Life, Plastic-Free Living, Random Thoughts

The Cost Barrier for Plastic Free Bare Essentials

In a perfect world, people would easily be able to go into a store and find plastic-free products on the shelf. Even better would be people can get the bare essential plastic-free products at a reasonable price. But we aren't in a perfect world -- most have to go to a speciality/earth-focused retail establishment to… Continue reading The Cost Barrier for Plastic Free Bare Essentials

Earth focused, Low-waste Living, Plastic-Free Living, Random Thoughts

Role of Access in Sustainable Living

I really haven't been able to make any refill option (aka bulk shopping) purchases since COVID-19 impacted us in March. Most refill stores either closed or made drastic changes in response to COVID. BUT that isn't the reason why I haven't been able to get refills for most of my pantry needs - store access… Continue reading Role of Access in Sustainable Living

family fun, Life, Miller Outings, Random Thoughts

Reflection on being Black and loving the outdoors

I love being outside and based on my parents I've always been that way. There is just something about being amongst nature that brings me joy and peace. Most of my outdoor fun pre-college was on the farm/family yards, minor camp-related activities for Girl Scouts, and hanging out in local parks. I got into hiking… Continue reading Reflection on being Black and loving the outdoors

Life, Random Thoughts

Reflection on Racism as a Black Student

I didn't truly believe I was smart until 4th grade when I was blessed to be part of Mrs. Wainwright's class. Mrs. Wainwright was the first educator to recognize and challenge my educational capabilities (especially math). Mrs. Wainwright was the first educator that truly gave me attention and didn't label me. You see my k-3… Continue reading Reflection on Racism as a Black Student

Composting and Gardening, Life, Random Thoughts

Reflection on Racism and the Black Farmer

My pre-highschool summers were spent in the southeastern part of Kentucky. While some of my peers got to sleep the morning away, I was awaken just after daylight touched the Kentucky bluegrass to the sound of my grandparents preparing for our task-filled day. I was helping tend the cattle, while peers watched various tv shows.… Continue reading Reflection on Racism and the Black Farmer