Honor Mother Earth on Earth Day

Honor Mother Earth on Earth Day and Plant Something!

Earth day is as good of a day as any to honor our mother earth and plant something to give back. She so graciously provides for us 365 days out of the year, what’s one day of reverence, right?! I like this infographic, below, as a basic guide to planting your own square-foot-garden for only $50. It’s perfect if you don’t have a lot of space or money to utilize a system like this. AND it only takes about two months to see the fruits of your labor. That’s not a lot of time to wait for your very own delicious, homegrown, non-GMO herbs, fruits and veggies! I encourage you to get your ‘garden plan’ together ASAP and work towards a more sustainable life for you and your family. 120430Gardening2

It’s also important to check out the pros and cons of raised garden beds to see if it’s the best option for you and your environment, climate, elevation, etc.

Another simple thing you can do to live more sustainably is to compost. It’s so easy and a great way to produce less trash, help your ecosystem and create rich soil for planting. I just started doing it this past year and don’t know why I waited so long! I guess I thought it was going to be more labor intensive, but it’s really nice to get outside and put your shovel in the dirt every now and then.

Eartheasy.com is a helpful resource to help you live a greener lifestyle. They have an exceptional, easy to follow composting guide that walks you through the benefits, what to compost and how.

There are guides on topics like raised garden beds, non-toxic home cleaning, natural pesticides alternative, natural home cooling, protect your seedlings during transplant, where to buy organic seeds, and so much more.

Another highly-rated seed source, recommended by my friend who grows over 5 million clean seed stock plants a year, is Baker Creek because they have heirloom varieties and test their seeds. Heirloom are naturally selected varieties of plants, so they haven’t been modified at all and are arguably even better than organic varieties.  You can shop their seeds here.

I also like this little guide to fruits and vegetables you can plant at the same time and they will keep coming back, year after year. Sometimes it’s somewhat challenging to have outdoor plants survive year-round in Colorado, but it’s worth a try.

My next project is going to be to grow an avocado tree from the pit, which is outlined here for all you fellow avo-enthusiasts. However, be forewarned that it can take up to 20 years to see the fruition of an avocado tree, but I think it’s worth the wait!

I hope you take time on Earth Day to, at the very least, enjoy the outdoors. Ride a bike, feel the sun grace your face and the wind on your cheeks, and count all the little blessings that this Earth provides for you, cost free. 😀



First Published Article about Artist, Jack Shure

Article about Jack

CLICK HERE to read article about Jack Shure

I wrote a profile on Boulder based oil painter, Jack Shure, a few months ago. I had the privilege to interview Jack, his best friend, Mike Esparza, and his apprentice, Cooper Neil. This was right before Jack’s solo art exhibit titled, “Inner Space Explorer” in Oakland on November 8th, 2014. Please take a look, check out the links below and share if you’d like! 😀


CLICK HERE to read article about Jack Shure

check out Jack Shure’s art at: http://www.jhsart.com
check out Cooper Neil’s art at: http://www.cneildesigns.com

find the artists featured in the article on instagram:

Jack Shure: jack_shure_art

Cooper Neil: cneildesigns

Mike Esparza: asoulwithin

❤ Katie


Photos Courtesy of Jack Shure

Sound Tribe Sector 8?

April 12, 2014

STS9- Vail, CO- April 12, 2014

As most of you electronic music fans know, STS9 has recently decided to part ways with their bassist, David Murphy, aka ‘Murph’. This was sad news for many loyal fans such as myself. STS9 has been paving the roads for electronica instrumental artists since 1998. Originally formed in Atlanta, GA, Tribe has since released 11 albums, started self-owned record label, 1320 Records, and supported many non-profit causes such as Conscious Alliance. I was a member of Conscious Alliance at UGA, and our purpose was to help feed the homeless by trading canned goods for art prints or selling the prints. The artwork we sold was made specially for the shows and festivals we were vending at by various artists. All of the money and food raised would go to help a local, Athens-Clarke County shelter.

Sound Tribe brought together a purposeful family of showgoers who loved the music, loved each other, and were willing to volunteer their time for a bigger cause. This is what brought everyone together initially and kept bringing us back together time and time again. I could always go to a show, expect to see friendly, familiar faces, and have a great time. I always had a special connection with ‘Murph’ because we shared the same last name, and let’s face it, everyone loves Murph. I was saddened by the news that he was leaving the band and wondered, what went wrong? Who would fill his shoes? Who would connect and talk to the crowd like he did? These questions kept repeating in my mind until I watched the McDowell Music Festival debut of the “new Tribe.”

Bassist, Alana Rocklin, took over the stage with her vivacious curls and apparent talent. But, did she have that connection with the fans? Would her talent supercede Murph’s charm and stage presence? My initial guess would be no way! No one could ever replace Murph. Much to my surprise, she proved it could be done. She hit all the right notes, successfully played two never released tracks, and her feminine energy complimented the boys nicely.

I ended up going to Vail for the Spring Fever free STS9 show. People kept saying “is this Sound Tribe Sector 8 now?” It was a good show, but nothing to write home about. Polish Ambassador opened with some melodic space tunes. Sound Tribe came on stage, and none of the band members spoke to the crowd! Not one word. I found this a little odd. I think that someone should talk to the audience, but maybe in time they will. They debuted a new song, Click Lang Echo, played another new song, Brand New Day, and lots of old songs including  Grow, Rent, Poseidon, Breath In, and Hidden Hand Hidden Fist. It was an overly crowded show and the music was not nearly loud enough. It was definitely worth the drive and getting through the sea of people to witness their second show with new lady bassist, Alana. I am definitely looking forward to their shows at Red Rocks this September.