What Came in the Mail and Inspired Me

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As we began settling back into our home area last month, we found all sorts of mail and packages that had arrived for us while we were gone. Coming home from being gone a year is fun that way. Like Christmas in February. The contents of four of those packages wound their way into my heart, and onto my bookshelf. They came from sweet, real-life blogging friends. They were their very own books, finally published, there in living color. I held them in my hands […]

How to Plan Your Garden

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This post was originally published in March of 2011, but we’re sharing it today because it’s gardening season once again! Use these tips to plan your own garden and discover how fun and easy it can be to grow your own food! In our Gardening 101 series, we’ve talked about a lot of different things so far… how to select seeds for better success, growing herbs, gardening based on where you live, square foot gardening. I know that the process of planning what and how […]

Nourish Before You Drain

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Somewhere during the past year or two, my enjoyable morning cup of coffee turned into just the start of that day’s addiction. Round one, to pump me up for the day ahead. By just after lunchtime, I would find myself looking for round two, another hit of caffeine to keep me going. My husband lovingly pointed out that if I didn’t get it by mid-afternoon, I was on-the-edge and irritable (and I will confess that I did not respond well to his observations at first). […]

The Wonderful World of Herbs (Herbal Academy Review & Giveaway!)

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I’ve loved herbs ever since I first started learning about them. We try to avoid pharmaceuticals as much as possible in our family, and beyond eating real, whole, nourishing foods and avoiding toxins and chemicals as much as possible, we use herbs (and other supplements) to boost our health and treat illnesses, as much as possible. My study and love of herbs began about 5 or 6 years ago, and since that time, I have gradually built a small library of herbal resources, read about […]

The All-Natural, Eco-Friendly Way to Dry Laundry (Homestead Drying Racks Review & Giveaway!)

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One of the most delightful things about living life abroad this past year was that, almost everywhere we traveled, I had to line dry my laundry. How is that delightful, you ask? What sounded somewhat like a chore at first quickly became a cherished, ritual, liturgical part of the day. Walking outside and breathing in the fresh air. Stopping and quieting myself from whatever I was doing or surrounded by in the house. Methodically, soothingly, picking up one piece of laundry at a time, feeling […]

Making it Easier to Take Healthy Snacks On the Go! (Win a$100 Gift Certificate to Sweetbottoms Baby)

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I think every mom has her reasons behind the products she chooses for her home, but here are a few of mine: Avoiding toxins, as much as possible, for healthier development of little bodies. Choosing responsibly-made products our family can buy with a clean conscience Opting for quality reusable products over disposables to reduce our earth-burden. We’d like to leave Creation as clean as we can. Those reasons form the basis behind a lot of what I use with my babies and children, including cloth […]

How Smoggy Skies in China Changed the Way Our Family Shops

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Three seemingly inconsequential words. Made in China. They’ve meant different things to me over the years. At first, those silver stickers on the bottom of inexpensive products reminded us of that rapidly growing nation across the Pacific and its manufacturing boom. At some point, “Made in China” began to mean lower-quality, cheap items that were likely to break. More recently, I became wary of toxins, like mercury, in my little one’s toys, and I became a more vigilant, worried mother, doing my best to keep […]

Is Our Family Really “Wildly Unconventional”? Listen and Find Out!

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During the last two weeks of our year-long journey around the world, I had the opportunity to spend an hour talking with one of my dear friends, Tsh Oxendreider of The Art of Simple. We eagerly gabbed about our family’s journey, everything from the size and contents of our children’s backpacks, how we moved towards an unschooling/worldschooling philosophy and what “school” looked like on the road, how we booked a gazillion plane tickets, what type of housing we found around the globe, and why we’ve […]