Salt from the Earth and a Karina Dresses #Frockstar: a Home-Grown Partnership

by Laura Parker Roerden

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Many of you know that I’ve been a green ambassador for Karina Dresses for some time now—bringing tips for green living to the Karina Nation through their blog.

Karina Dresses and Jo-Erl Farm have a lot in common. Founder Karina Cousineau is from Uxbridge, MA, where Jo-Erl Farm has fed five generations during our various incarnations as a poultry, a dairy, and now offering grassfed beef and pastured poultry. I remember Karina and her mother Lorraine and sister Pat sewing in her childhood home back in the 1970s, where I would visit with Karina’s younger sister Su and a large group of closely knit girls including Jane Clarke, Gail Carey, Lauren Steele, Christine Gervais, Deb Lamontagne and Jeanne Beaumier. I’m grateful to say that 45 years later, that group of close knit girls all still retain our friendships as women, along with our fondness for things local, home made, and sown (or sewn) with care.



Karina has founded her company on those very principles: her dresses are handmade here in the U.S. with love. And her commitment is to empowering women of all ages with dresses for every body. I like the slightly nostalgic feel of her designs and their easy-wear comfort, which reminds me of the dresses my grandmother wore every day of her life on the farm. I’ve worn Karina Dresses to the beach, to meetings, on dates, to evening functions, fundraisers, to church, and yes, even occasionally to the barn, before I dash off to somewhere else.

The author wearing a Jenny, by Karina Dresses, which she has styled for Valentines Day. Share the love.
The author wearing a Jenny, by Karina Dresses, which she has styled for Valentines Day. Share the love.
Enter the Giveaway 

This Valentine’s we want to show YOU some love by offering you a chance to win a Karina dress in a giveaway. We are partnering with other bloggers to show all the ways to wear a Karina Dress. The Frockstar™ Nation Event will show how a Karina Dress truly is a dress made for every body.

Here’s where you enter the giveaway:

This is currently my favorite Karina Dress: the Patti. It has pockets!
The author in her favorite Karina Dress: the Patti. It has pockets!


Karina Dresses has a newsletter you will want to get in your inbox. Each weekly newsletter has a winner of a new dress selected from the email subscribers. You have to open the email to see if it is you! In addition to giveaways, the Karina Dresses newsletter also has flash sales with the hottest prints at almost 50% off! To make this newsletter even more desirable to join, if you sign up and confirm your subscription (or are already a subscriber and enter this giveaway) you will be entered into the sweepstakes for $1000 in Karina Dresses! Are you ready to join the Karina Nation? Subscribe here!

If you are a blogger and you would like to do a review of a Karina Dress, they choose their reviewers from their affiliates! You can sign up to be an affiliate here:

Are you ready for extra entries?

Use @KarinaDresses and #frockstar to let Karina know your favorite dress from the Frockstar™ Nation Event bloggers. You can also get 100 entries a day by commenting on each of the bloggers posts from the linky below!

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10 Things About Cows That Will Amaze You

Our fifth generation Ed Parker with one of his Herefords.
Our fifth-generation farmer Ed Parker with one of his Herefords. Moo!

by Laura Parker Roerden

1. Researchers have discovered that cows tend to face either magnetic north or south when grazing or resting, regardless of the sun’s position or the wind’s direction. Why cows do this remains a mystery.

2. Cows have regional accents. After a group of dairy farmers noticed their cows had different moos, language specialists determined that cows in herds generally share the same sound to their vocalizations. Check out Jo-Erl Farm’s cows Massachusetts accent here. (Okay, with a little RI thrown in there; I think I heard a “cawl” that rhymes with Pawl in there.)

3. You can’t “tip” a cow. Really. A 2005 study at the University of British Columbia concluded that tipping a cow would require an exertion of 2,910 newtons of force; meaning that a 4’7” cow pushed at an angle of 23.4 degrees relative to the ground would require the equivalent strength of 4.43 people to tip the poor thing over.

4. Cows have been trained to play football in Moscow circuses.

5. Researchers have found that if you name a cow and treat her as an individual, she will produce almost 500 more pints of milk a year.

6. Cows spend 10 to 12 hours a day lying down.

7. Researchers have confirmed that cows have favorite friends and become stressed when they are separated.

cowssmall8. Cows have almost panoramic, 360-degree vision, allowing them to watch for predators or humans from all angles. Translation: It’s nearly impossible to sneak up on them, would-be cow tippers.

9. A cow can climb up the stairs, but cannot climb down. This is because her knees cannot bend properly.

10. Dairy cows can produce up to 125 lbs of saliva a day. (Ewww.)

By the way, I will never, ever forget the look on my father’s face when I told him about cow tipping. But I’ll save that for another post.

Hay, before you go, got a few moo minutes for some cow humor?

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