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      Camping ... A Weekend Escape

      Written By: Dianna Armand

      You hear the phrase all around you, "Back to Normal". We want to challenge you to take this opportunity to create your NEW normal. A normal that includes adventures with your partner, family memories, time in nature and taking deep relaxing breaths around a campfire. 

      At SEED Peoples Market one of our favorite activities is camping. Campsites are available on beaches, in mountains and in deserts. Some are less than an hour away, while others you can only get to with a bit longer drive. Week end trips or week long trips, it doesn't matter, memories are just waiting to be made.  

      There are a few easy to access, family friendly weekend campsites we want to share with you. The first is O’Neill Regional Park located in Trabuco Canyon just outside the city of  Rancho Santa Margarita. It is 4500 acres spanning Trabucco and Live Oaks Canyons and has day use and overnight campsites. The campground is surrounded by sagebrush, chaparral and other natural flora and fauna. Spaces are available for hiking, biking and BBQ’s, as well as firepits. Both tent and RV camping is an option. We suggest that you check out OCParks.com for reservations additional information, including current hours, and updates due to weather.

      What if your happy place is within view of the Ocean? No problem, check out San Elijo State Beach located along the San Diego Coast. 

      This beautiful beach offers overnight camping, swimming and surfing. There is also a nearby reef that is very popular with snorkelers and divers. Online reservations are available through the Reserve California website.

      Up for more of an adventure, maybe a little drive to the Northern part of California. Approximately 4 hours from Orange County is Sequoia National Park  located in the Southern Sierras and known for its majestic Sequoias.

      Overnight tent camping, cabins and hotels are located in various areas throughout the park, making the beauty of this area accessible for all.  Sequoia offers extensive hiking trails, some join the 211 mile trek of the  John Muir Trail. Other shorter ones about a mile round trip are perfect for families with younger children. Remember to be prepared on the trails, take a backpack for snacks, water  and the basic necessities regardless of the length of the trail.
       
      While visiting Sequoia you are almost  guaranteed to view some of the park's beautiful wildlife.  A complete list can be found at VisitSequoia.com
       

      Two hours south of Orange County is the Joshua Tree National Park. The Park sits where the Mojave and Colorado Deserts meet and covers 800,000 acres. Much of this acreage is not accessible, the parts that are accessible provide a diverse collection of plants and animals for visitors to enjoy. 

      Campsites are available at Joshua Tree, and are generally considered the best way to experience the natural area. A wonderful reference for the area is James Kaisers Guide to Camping in Joshua Tree. Being in the desert at night provides the most magnificent view of the stars in the pitch black skies. 

      Every year a National Dark Sky Festival is held at Joshua Tree. To enjoy this festival make sure to have a red flashlight, warm clothing and a chair. Above all have patience and be flexible. 


      Always remember to plan ahead, check out the local land State Park websites for all information you may need, including any restrictions due to the current environment. Whatever your new normal is make sure to include nature, outside activities, and of course camping!

      As always we love it when you share your adventures with us, #SEEDinthewild 

      *images by:

      Josh Campbell 

      Denys Nevozhai

      Jayma Leavengood 

      James Kaiser

      Creating Hygge in Your Life

      Creating Hygge in Your Life

      During these very different and often difficult times, it is important to have a place to cultivate your mindset for the day ahead of you, or reset when the day is over. Take a minute to ask yourself,  “Do you have a place that fits this need for you?” If you answered yes, then that is wonderful. How about creating that place in your mind as well? If you answered no, then let's figure out how to create it. In creating this space it is important that it feels cozy, calming and safe. The place you create to focus and recharge might be a reading nook, a great old leather chair with  the perfect cup of coffee in hand, or a quiet place in the garden. 


      The Danish have a term for this special feeling or mindset, Hygge (pronounced hoog-uh)

      This word encompasses the feeling of wellness and contentment created by being present in the moment. It is important to give yourself space and time to create these moments in your daily life. Maybe you start each day off wrapped up in a cozy hand woven artisan blanket, and watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee. Is sunrise a little early in the day for you? Us too! How about creating a corner in your home, a hygge nook?

      You only need a few things to create this space. We bet you have them in your home already. Let’s start with a candle.  Pick a scent that leaves you feeling calm and relaxed. Now what about your favorite drink, a warm cup of tea or a single malt aged to perfection and poured neat? Find a place to sit, take a look around, take a deep breath, be in the moment, really just be there. Let go of the day; the tasks that will need to be done tomorrow and the ones that weren’t finished today.  Slow down, enjoy the taste of your drink, the scent and flickering light of the candle, maybe fill your dreamer's soul by flipping through a book about legendary hiking trails. We suggest Wanderlust.

      If you don’t have the space to create a hyggelig atmosphere in your home to relax, don’t worry, you can make it a state of mind as much as a specific space.  It can be as simple as putting on your favorite most comfy sweats and socks, turning down the lights, lighting a candle and indulging in a piece of decadent chocolate. Maybe take a moment, open the window and listen to the rain in the evening. Go for a walk on the beach, smell the salty air. Sit in the garden on a Saturday afternoon watching the birds flit and play. If you give yourself the time to be present during these moments, they will help to create the space needed to enjoy a moment of calm and contentment in your life. 

      Remember to slow down, give yourself space to completely enjoy and experience the little moments.  Making Hygee  a part of your life will help you create a space to feel calm and special even during the longest days. Check out Hyggehouse.com to learn more about the history of this wonderful way of creating space for well being in your life. Don’t forget to share your Hygge space with us on social media and tag your photos  with #Homeseedhome!

      We are hand crafters

      We are members of the planet

      We are creators of green products 

      We are committed to sustainability

      We support local artisans

      We encourage diversity

      We are community

      We are community

       Written By: Dianna Armand

      How to Start Your Own Home Garden - Apartment Living

      How to Start Your Own Home Garden - Apartment Living

      Sow your first seed, plant your first plant. Put it in a mason jar, an old bowl or that great mug you found at the thrift store- just plant it. The most important thing to remember about gardening is to just start. It is important not to be so overwhelmed with all the do’s and don’ts that you do nothing.

       

      Growing food can be done almost anywhere. You can grow directly in the soil, in raised beds, in empty jars, or an old pair of boots. Three things to remember when planting is to have the right amount of light, good drainage and healthy soil. To figure out how much you need of what, just read the side of a seed packet, like these from All Good Things. Or if you are buying a seedling, read the stake you find in every one.

      Time to start planting! Grab your favorite vessel, a bag of good soil (ask your local nursery associate), some small stones and choose your plant. The stones will be necessary to to ensure that you have drainage, especially if you are using a non traditional vessel or pot It is best to put a 2 to 3 inch layer of small stones on the bottom. This layer of stones will help to prevent your roots from sitting in soggy soil. If there is an excess water it will drain through the soil, and sit in the stones like a reservoir. Now put some soil in a bowl and add water to dampen it. Planting in moist, but not over wet soil is crucial as it helps the roots get established. Once you have your stones and soil in your container add your start. Make sure the root ball is spread slightly, then fill around the plant with additional dirt. No need to pack down the soil around your plant, just fill loosely with soil. Finish with a light watering, and voila, you have a potted plant. Follow these steps for as many plants as you want.

      When growing in a small space, don’t be limited to where you think plants belong. Maybe you grow lettuce as a centerpiece on the kitchen table or fresh herbs on a plant stand in the living room. Of course you can always grow in any window sill. No matter where you grow, find a place where your plants get enough light during the day. After all, light is food for your plants. This may mean that you move your plants to a light filled area during the day, then back in the evening.

      Overall remember have fun, be creative, and just plant it!

      Written By: Dianna Armand

       

      Venture Out and HIke!

      Venture Out and HIke!

      Even though Punxsutawney Phill saw his shadow and decided that there are 6 more weeks of winter, that is no reason for you to climb back into bed this weekend. Get up, get out and go explore!


      This time of year is the perfect time to get out and go for a hike. The air is cool in the morning before the day warms up to comfy temperatures as the sun gets higher in the sky. There are hiking trails everywhere that are looking forward to having your feet on them. A great site for local hikes that we love at the SEED Peoples Market is  SoCalHiker  The site breaks down hikes by location, mileage, difficulty and even if they are dog friendly, because we all know that the 4 leggeds love to explore with us. If you are a dog parent who wants to hike with your pup, check out  BringFido!

      Ridgeline Trail San Clemente

      You can bet that this time of year there is a good chance that you will still have brisk mornings on your walk, so make sure to take a lightweight jacket that dries fast, and is super comfortable. Regardless of how long a hike you take it is important to stay hydrated, and have shoes with good support. Consider taking a lightweight backpack for your keys, water, snacks and basic first aid supplies. Hiking is a great way to get out and get exercise while being surrounded by nature.  If a long hike is daunting don't worry, even an afternoon at the park or a walk on the beach will provide many of the same health benefits as a hike.

      Moro Canyon Loop

      Did you know that there are several studies that show spending time in nature is beneficial for long and short term health, both physical and mental? One type of nature medicine is called ecopsychology,  the relationship between nature and people.  Spending time in nature everyday will help with mental clarity, happiness and an overall reduction of stress. Dive into this article about Nature and Mental Health by Mind.org.uk to learn more about the connections between the natural world and your mental health. 

      Peter's Canyon Loop

      So take advantage of every opportunity to find a new hiking trail, watch a sunrise or sunset at the beach, or just a quick walk at your local park. Get up, get out and go explore. It is good for your mind and your body, now who doesn't want a healthier mind and body. Remember to share your adventures with us, use the  hashtag #Seedinthewild on Instagram.

       

      We are handcrafters

      We are members of the planet

      We are creators  purveyors of green products 

      We are committed to sustainability

      We support local artisans

      We encourage diversity

      We are community

      We are SEED People's Market

       Written by Dianna Armand

      *Images via SoCal Hiker and Crystal Cove State Park

      Try It, Chai It!

      Try It, Chai It!

      If you're in need of a different kind of kick than your regular cup of coffee, add some spice to your routine with any of Vahdam India's Chai blends. Tea sometimes gets a bad rap for being too light and watery, so if you're feeling like a more full-bodied drink, you can still enjoy tea by making it a latte! Just follow this easy recipe: 

      Ingredients: 

      - Vahdam Chai Tea

      - Water

      - Milk (we personally love Oat Milk for a rich and frothy texture) 

      - Sugar or sweetener of your choice (optional) 

      Instructions: 

      You will first need to make a Chai concentrate, consisting on a very strong Chai brew (1/4 c) and sugar to taste, if desired. 

      While that is brewing, pour some milk in a small pot and heat it up on the stovetop, as it's heating up, begin to foam the milk with a milk frother or a whisk. 

      Pour over your Chai concentrate and enjoy!