The Friday Feedback Forum

January 7th, 2011 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

So excited I’m turning 30! 30s are the new black. All the cool kids are doing it. ;-)

Oi there! It’s the weekend already, however did that happen??! I guess that means it’s time for more comments, critiques, thoughts, support, and suggestions. I’d love to hear any thoughts you’ve had about the site!

Do you like how on Monday I posted about how I’ll probably be posting less, and then proceeded to follow up with 2 rather epic posts? What can I say, I just love blogging! But I’m still in the process of catching up from the holiday email inbox traffic jam. If you’ve messaged me or left a question here on Bonzai, I’m working through the mayhem – I promise!

In keeping with our Friday tradition, it’s time to list the things we love! Yay, best way to start the weekend, right?
1. My impending 30th birthday party!!! My birthday is January 22nd, which falls on a Saturday this year – PERFECT! That’s the invitation up there ^^ and I can barely wait. I’ve got old friends flying into town, Portland friends aplenty, and a city full of barrooms and bakeries for the taking. Plus of course a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on my actual birthday – oh YES! I’m a lucky girl. Okay I’ll stop now.
2. Staying on schedule, chipping away, finding the groove.
3. There is seriously – *seriously* – no greater feeling than sleeping spooning a toddler.

Okay, now you tell me!

Also just a little reminder, it’s not too late to snap up one of the last few BA Mini Mission Wall Calendars. If you still need a planner for 2011, I’m your girl! Featuring original farmer’s market photography, and 12 ‘mini missions’ to keep you motivated and mindful through the entire year. On sale in the Bonzai Bodega!

As usual, the Feedback Forum will remain here at the top of the page all weekend, so if you’ve got an idea or a question or you just want to introduce yourself and say ‘Oi!’, you can stop back by any time. This is your community, so get involved and have your say!

Have a beautiful weekend!

  • Monika {windycityvegan}

    Happy 30th! Mine was a *blast* (no kiddo or husband yet, so it’s a small miracle I even remember that night), hope yours is everything you want it to be! And that is one awesome invitation.

    1. My daughter started preschool this week! She loves it, the school we picked is a near-perfect fit, and my husband the SAHP is getting a much-needed mini break three mornings a week.

    2. Doing yoga with my daughter. Few things are cuter than hearing a four-year old say ‘utkatasana’.

    3. Gluten free baking. The cookbook I’ve been baking out of is amazing, and all of the horror stories I’ve heard about xanthan gum must be urban legend because *so far* everything I’ve used it in has turned out beautifully.

  • Sayward

    @ Monika – Ooh I wish you could come to my party! Some day. =)

    Congrats on the preschool, that must be a huge change. Bittersweet probably? But I can imagine the free time for your husband is *awesome*.

    What baking book are you using? I’m really wanting to get into gluten free baking . . .

  • Chiot’s Run

    Happy b-day, hope the celebration over the top! I must admit that I love being in my 30′s now that I’ve been doing it for a few years (rapidly approaching the middle this coming summer) it is so FAB – I wouldn’t want to go back to my 20′s for anything.


    …the fresh snow we got overnight, if it’s going to be cold I want SNOW!

    …Mr Chiots, who just happens to be away for a few days and I’m missing :(

    …My faithful blog readers that take the time to stop by, read & comment

    …the cat I can hear in the dining room as I type this running around chasing milk rings – makes me smile without even seeing what’s going on out there

    …the walk I’m about to take – breathing in the crisp, sweet, frosty air – the happiness of the chiots as she happily trots along beside me


  • Kate in SB

    My 30th year was the best year ever. Looking forward to seeing you in two weeks! Yay!

  • Alexander

    Oh! I must have missed the original post about the calendar. Too bad, it looks great, but I already got a Harley one…
    (Also, Dude! Your birthday is the same day as my moms!)

  • RK

    1. Yoga. I feel as if I’m going crazy when I’m without it.

    2. Margaritas with my sister who is visiting. I’ve missed her!

    3. My Dog, named Kit and the fact that when we go to the dog park my two year old, whom pronounces his k’s as t’s, yells TIT! Come here Tit! So funny!

  • Christina lemarr

    First, happy early bday fellow Aquarian! My bday is on the 30th :-) second…o how cool would it be to have that rocky horror dirty 30 on a t-shirt?! I love your blog :-) keep up the great work!

  • Tara

    Happy birthday! The celebration sounds like it will be quite epic. Mine is on the 19th. Still working out the details of my shindig as I am a serious procrastinator, but very much looking forward to the big 2-5!

    1. One of my first baby belly kicking fits as I left the library this afternoon. We either love or hate to read. Only time will tell.
    2. Getting back into my yoga routine. Oh, it feels so good.
    3. Creating a new morning schedule and actually sticking with it!

  • Mandie

    You and my husband have the same birthday, awesome!

    1. It snowed ALL DAY, light and fluffy and sparkly and pretty to watch.
    2. Came home, tried something new for dinner, epic fail, we laughed til we cried and had ice cream instead.
    3. Best friend calling me as I’m getting into bed “go on an adventure with me!” …to buy Mega Millions tickets. :)

  • Meghan

    Happy almost birthday!

    1. Voodoo Doughnuts! Instead of a BOX of $5 vegan doughnuts, this time I got a BUCKET. I DON’T CARE THAT THEY ARE A DAY OLD AND MOSTLY COCOA PUFF ONES. Okay, that was like… 2 weeks ago. But I haven’t been posting since then, so… now! A bazillion doughnuts AND a bucket! What a deal!

    2. Planning my garden! I am SO EXCITED to finally have a whole yard to fill up with food! Right now we are trying to decide what fruit trees and what varieties/how many blue berries to put in. And fantasizing about the number of tomato plants we’ll have. My mother in law dug up some grape hyacinths from her yard in Oregon, so I put those in this afternoon. Tomorrow if it isn’t too cold or snowy we’ll start figuring out how to get rid of the over grown ornamental bushes taking up precious south facing yard space.

    3. Feeling physically and mentally healthy and happy enough to function like the human being I want to be. Thank goodness.

  • Melisa

    As I’m planning to be fully vegan by the end of 2011, I was wondering EXACTLY what supplement(s) you recommend. (I don’t take anything right now.) Thanx!
    1-Snow so beautiful that it looks fake. All sparkly and delicate.
    2-Mad Mex! We’ll be traveling through Columbus today and enjoying an AWESOME lunch at one of our favorite spots.
    3-My favorite Christmas lights are still up. Every year this business across the street puts lights on these 10 adorable little trees, and I just love them for some reason. Walking to work late last night, it just warmed my heart to see them still cheerily sparkling in the snow.

  • Erin

    Happy Birthday (soon)! I turn the big 3-0 later this year too, and I have to say, I’m looking forward to it as epic. I don’t know…..I just see it as a fresh start, a new purpose, visionary….

    Happy celebrating!!

  • Sarah

    When I saw this post on my feed, I thought it must have been from last week… I was walking around thinking it was Monday :)

    Today, I love…
    1. Our family FINALLY recovering from a brutal string of colds, stomach bugs, and vaccine reactions! OMG.
    2. Breastfeeding when there are sick babies around. I seriously don’t know what we would have done without it.
    3. Digging up a piece of my neighbor’s blessedly sunny front yard for a herb/veggie plot!

  • MathTutor

    OMG, happy birthday!!!! Parties for no reason are the best, BIRTHDAY PARTIES, are even better! :D

    1. I turn 2-1 in february, whoop!
    2. I got an AWESOME new roommate who is much better at decorating than me, and our place looks awesome.
    3. My pescatarian anniversary is February 1st ^.^ next stop that pesky fish and even less dairy

    and i’m just so happy I had to add a fourth…
    4. This beautiful scholarship I received from the UNCF that paid for my spring tuition, EPIC.

    Ok hope you have a lovely weekend Mrs. Sayward :)

  • Darciefaro

    Happy birthday Sayward! I love reading your blog. I get so much inspiration and have implemented many monthly missions in my home! I was wondering if you could re-visit your cloth diaper post? Have you changed anything about your routine or learned any tips you could pass along? I’ve been cloth diapering for about 12 weeks but my son has a diaper rash that won’t go away. I’m curious about things you’ve learned along your journey, and/or if other readers have more to add on the topic!

  • GrowingRaw

    You’re right, thirty is exciting.

    My happy 3 are finding a beaut new campsite by the river, local Araluen peaches and all the rain rain rain this Summer.

  • Melisa

    Forgot to say Happy Birthday! Your party sounds like it will be righteous.

  • Melissa L.

    Happy Birthday Sayward! 30 is so, so fun! I am on my way out of the 30′s into the (gulp) 40′s next year. I am going to savor this last year of being 30 something.

    Love list:

    My neighbor’s new chickens!

    Little ones in sleepers (footy P.J.s). So, so snuggly and cute!

    Planning a trip with my 17 year old daughter to NYC in February!!!

    Skyping my hubby in Hong Kong.

    Our oldest son moving back home for college.

  • sanne

    happy birthday!! I am 30+ for two more years;) Enjoying it immencly!

    Love list:

    -sunny weekend in between cold and snow so we had long walks in the woods
    - today skipping a day of preschool so my boy is singing in the bathtub for over a half hour now
    -my new home is finally getting use to us and viceversa!

    ** I have this book The gluten-free vegan from susan o’brien . pretty awesome ; information and greta recipees also bread and muffins:)

  • Allison

    My love list for this weekend:

    1. Friday met some new vegans via

    2. Saturday harvested over 250 pounds of oranges from 2 houses in my community with the group Food Not Lawns to donate to refugees.

    3. Sunday went on a hike with a friend who has recently returned from college. We saw running water. In San Diego! I lived here about 24 years before I knew there was a river. Sometimes I am really unobservant.

  • Sayward

    Aw, thanks everyone for all the awesome birthday wishes. You guys make me feel very loved. =)

    Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I was sick with a tummy bug (boo!) but I did see some great movies (yay!) – Black Swan and Howl (and Ali, which I’d never seen before) Anyways, happy Monday!

    @ Meghan – I was just wondering where you were! Glad you had a good time in p-town, and omg that train ride home must have been epic with a bucket of donuts. I am SO glad to hear you’re feeling well again. YAY! New beginnings for the new year. =)

    @ Melisa – There’s a lot of varying opinion on supplements, and mine is just one among them. But I’m definitely a ‘better to err on the side of caution’ person. I don’t think it reflects poorly on my dietary choices to take sups, because I think EVERYBODY should take sups. Our soil is depleted and our food quality just isn’t what it used to be.

    So, I take a multi, D2, DHA, and extra B12 (it’s also in my multi). I think all vegans should be taking B12 and pretty much everyone should be taking D and DHA. The multi is insurance, especially ince I’m breastfeeding. Different people may need different sups. Omnis tend to get less vitamin C, vitamin E, fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants. Some veg*ns may want more calcium or iron or zinc. It really depends on diet.

    But if that sounds overwhelming, just focus on B12 and D and DHA, and eat your greens, and know that you’ll be just fine. =)

    @ Darciefaro – Firstly, congrats on the cloth diapering! But honestly, I haven’t changed much since writing those articles. That’s a bummer about the diaper rash though, poor baby! The best thing I’ve found for diaper rash is plenty of time to air dry especially after baths, even in between changes if you can manage. Lots of naked baby time! It really does wonders. Also I swear by the Earth Mama Angel Baby bottom balm, it is like magic!

    Good luck! Anyone else with any tips feel free to chime in!

    @ Melissa L. – No gulps! One of the most awesome women I know just turned 40. From what I can tell, it just keeps getting better and better. We’re like fine wine. =)

    @ sanne – Ooh, thanks for the book rec!


    Happy week to all of you!!!

  • Meghan

    We only took the train west, we flew home, and got the bucket about a week before we left (but just in time to take it down to Albany, where Aaron’s parent’s live) so unfortunately no epic doughnut-filled train ride… THIS TIME. :-)

  • Sayward

    @ Meghan – Ah well, something to look forward to, eh? ;-D