We moved from Florida to Washington this summer.
From the swamp, to the desert.
Not only has this been a huge change for our family personally, it’s been a huge change in my gardening! [Read more…]
From the swamp, to the desert.
Not only has this been a huge change for our family personally, it’s been a huge change in my gardening! [Read more…]
Don’t get me wrong, when we’ve needed stitches or casts we gratefully go to the doctor. But we’ve just not needed to go in for sick visits in 6 years!
And as a family of 5 I think that’s impressive. And I also think it’s sad that it’s impressive. I wish it was the norm.
Let me explain.
There is no question that our healthcare system is broken. Families across the nation are spending so. much. money. for subpar medical care, it’s absolutely shameful.
Families pay through the nose for insurance, then again for co-pays, and then again on prescriptions, and then again in lost time at work or school…and are we getting any healthier? Are these families getting medical advice and care that is making them actually HEALTHIER? or is it just slapping a bandaid on symptoms?
I would argue vehemently that it’s the later. Because I cannot tell you how many times, as a young mother, I took my toddlers to the doctor with fevers and was told to give them a bunch of tylenol and wait.
I can not tell you how many times I’ve had a doctor give me a perscription for a symptom, never bothering to look at the root cause.
Let me pause and say that I have also had good doctors who listen and are cautious and responsible with their RX pad. But more often then not I’ve been met with symptom management, not healing.
I’ve learned to get to the root cause and manage that myself. With essential oils.
Now, before you run away, please listen. I think 6 years of no sick visits is worthy of your time, don’t you?
We’ve discovered that the key is prevention. We try our best to live an active and healthy life. We use essential oils to manage stress, and get better sleep, and we use the highest quality supplements to help fill nutritional gaps (because news flash, with our modern ag soils…even the “perfect” healthy eater has nutritional gaps).
And we use essential oils to support our immune system so that it’s in tip top shape before we get hit with a bug. This alone has been a HUGE game changer for us. Using OnGuard daily has been a major key to this 6 year no sick visit streak.
Now, just because we haven’t gone in to the doctor for every sniffle doesn’t mean we haven’t gotten colds here and there. But when we do, we have tools at our disposal to manage, not mask, symptoms and support, not ignore, our bodies’ natural functions. Essential oils like OnGuard, can cross through cell membranes – this is clinically proven – which means it can get through to attack viruses. Boom.
Unless you’re seeing an integrative or naturopathic doctor, I’m guessing your doctor doesn’t have anything to help with a virus…am I right?
Here’s another example. Ear aches. Yes, we can use essential oils to get to the root of that too because most of the time that is a viral infection not bacterial. We can use Tea Tree around the ears to relieve pain and support the body in healing.
Not masking pain until it manages to get over something. Not forcing a change in a symptom with a drug. But using natural remedies to support the body in what it’s already trying to do.
That’s the pattern we follow. The next step, is going to the doctor if our natural approaches don’t work. But as of yet, that hasn’t happened.
And I know it can for you as well. Whoever you are reading this, I know you’re struggling with something, and I know what it’s like to struggle with your health. It is seriously the worst! And this is why I do what I do. It’s why I share these oils, I genuinely care about empowering other families with these incredible gifts of nature. They are easy to use, safe, effective, and are pennies on the dollar compared to RX and OTC options.
So I want to invite you to learn more.
In this webinar I’ll break down some science, what essential oils actually are, how to use them properly, and which ones are most commonly needed for our everyday family healthcare needs.
I know so many homesteaders like myself who dream of acres of land and dairy goats and alpacas…okay maybe the alpacas are just me! But my point is [Read more…]
Yes, EVEN on a homestead where our kids undoubtedly do more chores than the average kid in 2019. Why??
Here’s the deal. We’re a family – we work together to make this family, home, and homestead work well. As parents, my husband and I believe it’s our job to teach our kids a sense of responsibility and work ethic. Which, by the way is a HUGE reason we’ve chosen this lifestyle – because there is hard work ingrained in our everyday. We feel that’s so vital to raising a child with good character in today’s world.
On top of that, news flash…
As an adult, you have to do daily chores only for the satisfaction of getting it done – there’s no chores fairy giving you cash for doing the dishes or making your bed when you’re 30 – trust me, I’ve looked into it. We feel we’d be doing our children a disservice, and ultimately creating a sense of entitlement by paying them to do these basic daily necessities.
Here’s a small example of what our kids (ages 7 and 9) are expected to contribute – without pay…
My 4 year old’s chores are…
We absolutely want to teach our kids about being responsible with money and how money works. So here’s what we do instead of an allowance.
We have a Work for Hire board.
If our kids ever want to earn money, AFTER they have completed their standard you’re-a-part-of-this-family chores, they can go to this board and can ask to do as many extra chores as they like to earn some money.
These chores are what I call extra, or deep cleaning, type chores that go beyond the daily routine. Things like …
Each job as has a preassigned payment, so the kids and I both know what they are owed at the end. And this helps them know how much work they need to do if they want a certain amount of money.
For now, this is how we’re handling chores at our house. We will likely be enhancing this system as the kids get older, and adding more complex jobs to the Work for Hire board, but for now this is working really well for us. We feel this really strikes a good balance between the chores vs. allowance conundrum.
I even felt like that was a shocking statistic! What’s even more shocking is that many women don’t even know it – they haven’t realized that whatever symptoms they are having are actually related to hormonal imbalance!
As a woman who has personally suffered from hormonal imbalance, I can tell you it is NOT fun. The term “hot mess express” has become a cutesy phrase many women use today to laugh at their chaotic lives…but it’s really not funny, because these women (myself included) are actually suffering. Yet they are just slapping a “mantra” on it and moving along not making any changes.
Then at some point many of these women have experience burnout and unfortunately many will begin taking artificial hormones, sleeping pills, anti-depressants, etc. All of this is in an effort to feel better, when really what needs to happen is correcting the hormonal imbalance.
Now a quick caveat here: I am in no way shaming women for taking these medications, often they are useful and necessary. My hope though, is to give you some natural tools to help work on the hormonal imbalance that is the underlying cause so that eventually your body won’t need or will need less medications. Because these medications can have unwanted side effects that many women wish to avoid.
Two things mainly, toxins and stress. There is a lot to unpack here, so I’m going to focus on toxins. If you want to learn more I cover all of this in more depth in my Manage your Monthly Cycle Master Class, which you can watch for free.
The united states is frankly terrible at regulating the chemicals in our food and our products. There are thousands of toxic chemicals in our products in the USA that are band in Europe. The reason they are so harmful is that many of them are what is called an endocrine disruptor.
“Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects[…] ” (source)
Endocrine disruptive can…
None of this is good! And these are in EVERYTHING from makeup to hand soap, to hair products to plastic itself. They are everywhere. And they are wreaking havoc in their wake.
So what can we do about it?? Well, it might seem impossible, but simply eliminating the source and limiting the exposure to these toxins is a powerful step. When we remove these toxins from our environment and therefore our bodies, it allows our body to begin to function normally again.
Luckily there are many clean options to these toxic products, so women can make healthy swaps to improve their hormonal imbalance. And I know women personally who have seen miraculous improvement in their hormones just from ditching the toxic products they were using.
I know that this list might seem intimidating. But I want to encourage you to make small changes one and time until you’ve completed the list. Start with the stuff that’s easiest for you – maybe swapping out your household cleaners, or getting a water filter.
If you’re really committed to seeing improvements in your hormones, I would encourage you to start with the tampons and pads. There are a lot of organic options now, and that will make a huge difference for you. Sadly tampons and pads are FULL of nasty stuff that is doing damage to your hormones and your body. I can tell you that when I made the switch to a Diva Cup years ago, I felt an incredible difference. I can’t recommend this single step highly enough.
There is SO much more to unpack about hormonal imbalance. So much more I want to share with you to help you heal your hormones and take back your life. But it’s just too much for one blog post. So I’ve created a free Master Class called, “Manage your Monthly Cycle“, where I dive deep into this topic and give you practical solutions you can begin TODAY to have an impact on your hormone health. Click HERE to watch!
Millennials are the first generation to grow up with the internet. They are the first generation to have hand held devices carrying the internet around in our pockets.
Millennials are also the generation who are new parents. Watching their parents slave away the last of their healthy days at jobs hoping to have enough for retirement.
And from my personal very anicdotal observation…a lot of millennials are homesteading or interested in homesteading.
I don’t think it’s surprising that this is the generation who is starting to really feel the impacts of disconnection, technology overload, imbalance in life and work, and we’re craving something deeper. We don’t want to slave away our lives in a cubicle and hope for health and enough money in retirement. We’re dissatisfied with living for a tomorrow that may never come. We want to live our lives today.
This has been misjudged by older generations as everything from selfish, impatient, and lazy. But that’s really an unfair assessment in most cases.
Millennials just think outside of the box and in many cases are crushing that box all together. Many millennials are entrepenuers and those that aren’t are working for new age companies that are changing the typical cubicle, 9-5 model all together.
How on earth does homesteading connect with kids raised with the internet?
I have a theory.
It creates connection to the earth, to a higher power (however you define that), with other people, and with the self. Homesteading forces us to put down our phones, step away from the tv and the laptop, and do something REAL. Something physical. Grounding. Meaningful.
Homesteading in many ways was a rebellious and wild act when the Homestead Act of 1862 first came along. Homesteaders left it all in the east and moved out to the unknown for something that could be theirs. They bucked the system of the day, and embraced radical thinking and in the process changed the country.
Doesn’t sound so different from millennials, now does it?
The landscape is different, but the heart is very much the same.
Homesteading is reclaiming life. It’s reclaiming ground. It’s reclaiming food. It’s reclaiming health. It’s reclaiming freedom.
For millennials that life is a life away from an imbalanced pursuit of climbing a corporate ladder and enjoying the present with our friends and families.
The ground is literally earth we can dig in with our hands instead of screens we can dig our noses in.
The food is real food, instead of tv dinners and chemical laden processed junk.
Health is claiming health now and for our future – millennials don’t want to spend retirement sick and crippled – we are realizing that this isn’t an inevitable consequence of age, but a consequence of poor health habits when we’re young.
And in doing all of this we reclaim our freedom from the rat race.
If you ask a group of millennials about food and food production, you’re much more likely to spark a conversation about ethical farming and gmo’s then any other generation, would be my guess. It’s not just hippies or crunchy “weirdos” shopping at farmers markets, joining CSA’s and fueling the rise in organic food production. Millennials are parents of an increasingly ill generation of children that are plagued with allergies and illnesses in staggering numbers. And they aren’t sitting back. Millennials are the biggest section of consumers today, and they are driving this change.
Many millennials are taking it a step further with hobby farms, homesteads, and even starting honest to goodness farms.
And thank goodness for that! With the average age of the American farmer steadily rising from 65 years old a just a couple of years ago…well, we’re in danger of a food crisis.
Isn’t it obvious why millennials are homesteading?
This generation, just like any other, has it’s flaws and unique struggles. But from what I can see, many people in my generation of millennials, are striving to merge the good from modern advances and the wisdom from the past, to reclaim a more healthful and intentional life. And homesteading, well, I believe it’s a great vehicle for that.
It occurred to me recently that many of my readers may not be on Instagram…and therefore you’re really missing out on some awesome stuff! I post every weekday…here’s a peek at my a few of my most popular posts from July!
If you’re parents were into the early healthfood movement in the 70’s and 80’s, perhaps you don’t have the fondest memories of carob. Or if you’re like my husband, maybe you do!
Either way, if you’ve heard of it or not, carob is making it’s way back into the healthfood scene as a chocolate alternative.
As a chocolate lover myself, I’m not too thrilled when I hear the words ‘alternative’ and ‘chocolate’ together…but hear me out, because dare I say it, but I actually enjoy the carob from Azure standard!
It’s smooth and creamy and it actually does taste similar to chocolate. Plus carob has some extra health benefits that chocolate cannot claim.
Most carob brands out there have a lot of extra sugar added, plus they often use hydrogenated oils in the refining process….um, no thanks. That’s a great way to suck any nutritional benefit right out of it.
What I love about UnCommon Carob from Azure is that they use 3-4 times LESS sugar their sweetened carob and it’s 100% organic and non-gmo (they offer an unsweetened version as well with zero added sugar) and they use organic palm oil that is not hydrogenated. These two factors really help keep this in the “healthy” column, in my opinion.
Most palm oil has got a lot of bad publicity lately, and rightly so, for its contribution to destroying vast acres of natural rainforests. Uncommon Carob‘s supplier of Organic Palm Oil, was chosen for being the most environmentally active company we could find. No rainforests were destroyed in its production. They have earned an impressive number of environmentally friendly and humanitarian certifications.
How does it really stand up? Is it really worth using carob over chocolate?
- has twice the amount of calcium compared to cocoa
- is free of a migraine-triggering compound
- is caffeine- and fat-free
- contains oxalic acid, which interferes with calcium absorption
- can trigger migraines in some people
- is high in sodium and fat
Carob is also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals.
Well I have good news because according to the latest research, there is actually scientific evidence to prove that this stuff is healthy for you. Science has found that carob is rich in polyphenols (i.e. micronutrients) and that the polyphenols in carob can reduce total and LDL cholesterol (LDL is the kind we don’t really want too much of) in patients with high cholesterol. Yay science!
Since we’re talking about health benefits here, I think it’s best to compare the healthiest Carob to the healthiest Chocolate. Dark chocolate. Do you follow Rachel Hollis on Instagram?? She recently shared this…
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It cracked me up because it’s true! Who really even truly would choose Dark chocolate (like 80%+, not hersey’s special dark chocolate, that’s not dark y’all) over a sweetened chocolate because of flavor…not very many of us!
But here’s the thing. Even with zero added sugar or sugar alternatives, the unsweetened UnCommon Carob is delicious. I don’t particularly enjoy super dark chocolate, but the ‘dark’ carob is actually good! It’s naturally occurring sweetness keeps it very enjoyable, the extra sweetener isn’t necessary. Does it taste just like chocolate? No. But it’s close, and enjoyable in it’s own right. And I find that when baking with carob, it more easily passes for chocolate 😉
You can use UnCommon Carob in any way you would use chocolate. They have it in bars and in baking chips. Please note that just because you make your favorite chocolate chip cookies with carob, that doesn’t really make them “healthy” just “healthier” 😉 But feel free to use them in cookies, banana bread, zucchini muffins, melt to make a fruit dip. Seriously, however you enjoy chocolate, you can enjoy carob.
*Disclosure: Chickadee Homestead was given samples of UnCommon Carob for review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I put off growing my own sweet potatoes for ages. I felt like it was intimidating compared to regular potatoes…which you just toss in the ground and boom, you have potatoes!
But I wish I hadn’t because guess what, they aren’t actually all that difficult to grow. On the contrary! I find sweet potatoes to be extremely easy to grow and hugely rewarding. [Read more…]
And I wanna share with you our absolute favorite road trip must haves. Because that’s a hecka lot of driving and we learned a thing or two to make it a good experience! (if you want to read all about WHY we made this road trip to move from Florida to Washington click HERE)
Libby App and Audio Books: To be honest, I’m not an Audible fan, I think it’s super expensive for the service you get. I prefer the Libby App. It connects with your library card so you can download tons of ebooks AND audiobooks for FREE. This was the biggest thing we did to make the actual drive pleasant. We really loved the Sisters Grimm series, it was fabulous and we finished 4 or 5 of the books in the series on our drive!
Car Diffuser: This diffuser was also such a great tool to keep everyone in a decent mood on the long road trip. We put in Citrus Bliss blend and it kept the car smelling amazing and everyone’s spirits bright. It would have been amazing if we had come across any illness as well, to help with motion sickness, runny noses, or anything like that along the way. What I loved about this particular one is that it fit really easily in the car cup holder, and it had two different power cords, so I could plug it in to the car AND bring it into the hotel. Which was really great to help everyone sleep and to freshen the air when we ended up having to stay at a not so nice hotel one night!
Bin of Activities for the Kids: I stocked a bin with coloring books, crayons, colored pencils, and some car games (like this, this, and this). Honestly though, the kids were so enthralled with the audio books, this stuff didn’t get used too much. But we had it all if they wanted it.
Yoga Mat: You guys, I cannot tell you how much I loved being able to comfortably do yoga at night in the hotel rooms. My neck, shoulders, and upper back were BEYOND stiff from all the driving. Best travel item ever.
Bin of snacks: Pre-make your snacks people! Before the trip I sliced a ton of apples and washed several bunches of grapes and bagged them all up in snack baggies. I also had granola bars, cheese sticks, raisins, crackers, and a few little treats like organic gummies and cookies, all bagged up and ready to pass around. This was really helpful in keeping the kids happy on the drive, and cut down on the number of breaks we had to take on the drive, meaning we could make more miles each day.
Aroma Touch: I kept this up in the front seat with me and rubbed a few drops into my neck and shoulders when we filled up the gas tank or stopped at a rest stop. It helped SO much to soothe and relax my stiff muscles.
Citrus Bliss: Kept the car smelling good and moods up – neither of which can go under estimated when you’re driving for 7-9 hours a day for 6 days!
Serenity: This was the best for diffusing in our hotel rooms at night to help us sleep deeply. We really needed GOOD sleep every night to pull through all the miles we needed each day.
Balance: Keeping stress managed is an absolute MUST on a drive like this. Balance was my go to for this. A drop on my feet each morning and night, and on the back of my neck through out the day as needed.
DigestZen: We ate as well as possible on this drive, but the trip was still tough on my digestive system. I used digestzen to help ease GI upset, and my kids used it for motion sickness. (I also used my digestive enzymes and probiotics which were an absolute life saver for my gut on this trip).
OnGuard Handsanitizer: Keeping all the germs at bay was essential for me. We did NOT need anyone getting ill on this drive. So the handsanitizer was perfect to have on hand when rest stop bathrooms had run out of soap, or when we had to eat on the side of the road (thanks a lot Colorado for not having rest stops…). Not to mention spraying down anything gross in hotels like doorknobs, light switches, and remote controls.
OnGuard Beadlets: I did my best to have everyone take one of these before bed each night. Just a tiny dose of OnGuard to keep their immune systems strong. Seemed to work! Praise!