Bringing a new life into this world is such an amazing transformative experience. And this summer I got to do it for the third time. We have been so blessed with this new little person in our family! He is truly a delight. Having a baby changes you. There’s no way around it. It changes you physically, emotionally, and mentally…. Keep Reading
You probably thought I’d be doing a homebirth, didn’t ya?? I wish I was, actually. But insurance being what it is, we’ve decided to stick to the hospital based midwife, as we have with our other two births.
Pregnancy is hard. Well it is for me anyway. It’s beautiful, and miraculous, and I’ve been greatly blessed to have been capable of carrying these people in my womb. But it’s hard. I know a lot of women can sail through it and they feel amazing. But I’m just not one of them.
It’s no secret that I love Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival. I own the first season on DVD, for goodness sake! Nerdy? Maybe. But I’m too old to shy away from that anymore, I just embrace it! Anyway… Dual Survival is the first place I learned about pine needle tea. Dave Canterbury was sitting there in the middle of nowhere with… Keep Reading
During the First Aid Kit Series I wrote, I mentioned our homemade soothing balm more then once. Well today I’m going to share the recipe we use. We are big advocates of natural wellness and try to avoid conventional medication whenever possible. The essential oils in this recipe are awesome natural anti-biotics, anti-virals, anti-fungals, anti-inflammatories. Even the coconut oil has… Keep Reading
Who doesn’t love a good lip balm? Nobody. That’s who. And you know what? Homemade lip balm is super easy to make. Like, seriously, so simple. And, it’s cheap! For pennies per tube, you’ve got yourself some toxin-free lip balm that your lips and your wallet will thank you for. Plus, if you need a last minute Christmas gift, well,… Keep Reading
We don’t like fake stuff around here. Fake food is definitely a no-no. And the same goes for our Christmas trees. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had an artificial Christmas tree before, but when we moved we decided not to bring it with us.
Brrrr….winter is settling in. Even here in Florida we were getting below freezing temps last week. So there was a lot of hot cocoa being made at our house. And in a shear act of brilliance (if I do say so myself 😉) I came up with the idea to try out orange hot cocoa! Mmmm. It was so good I… Keep Reading
I have a new love! Making homemade gummies! The sky is the limit when it comes to the flavor combinations here. My kids love them. And I don’t have to feel that internal conflict about my kids eating junk or feeling deprived. I really hate “fruit snacks”. Truly. I think it’s one of the biggest cons in the grocery store…. Keep Reading
It’s rare that a homesteader gets the opportunity to travel, but it does happen! I recently returned from my very first cruise (thanks Mom!), it was amazing! In true homesteader fashion, I love being home, but a trip every now and then is refreshing too! And whenever I leave I like to bring a few things to help make… Keep Reading