Healthy, Natural Pregnancy: Prenatal Vitamins

  I’m interested to know which, if any, prenatals you would take or recommend. In all my past pregnancies, I’ve taken Opti-natals (aka Vita-natals), made by the Eclectic Institute, but they’re unavailable to me now, so I’d like some other suggestions. Amy About a week before delivering my first child, I had a sudden panic attack. What if there was something wrong with her? What if she hadn’t developed properly because of that one month when I didn’t take any prenatal vitamins, or because I enjoyed a few […]

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Gratituesday: He even cares about the groceries

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I’m joining in the Spring Cleaning Party!

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Blueberry Syrup

Image by lepiaf.geo I’ve been mulling it over since I was asked for this recipe, and realized that I don’t have an actual recipe. Just sort of a method and some not-very-accurate measurements. :) But since you asked… Here goes: 1) Thaw frozen blueberries in the fridge overnight. Probably 3-4 cups of them. 2) In the morning, I put the still partially-frozen berries in a pot, with just a little bit of water, over low-medium heat. I stir them here and there, until they are […]

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The Backyard Homestead

Anyone who knows me just a little should know that a book titled “The Backyard Homestead ” is guaranteed to make me swoon! Add in a subtitle of: “Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!” and be still. my. heart. At the conference we attended last weekend, my darling hubby saw me practically drooling over this book, and proceeded to sneakily buy it for me and surprise me with it during one of our lunch picnics. I’ve been devouring it every […]

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Planting Potatoes, Pitchforks and Other Fun Things

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Eczema: Solving the Underlying Causes, Part 1

Now that we’ve discussed what eczema is and some of it’s causes, as well as how to achieve some relief, it’s time to start thinking about long term and underlying causes. I think one of the first things to do in really dealing with eczema is to start ruling out possibilities of cause, to try to narrow it down to the most pressing issue(s). Here are some of the top issues that I would consider when addressing eczema: 1) Avoid All Processed Foods Any preservatives, chemicals (like MSG), […]

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Don’t Cry Over Sour Milk (Using Your Raw Milk Gone “Bad”)

A few years ago, I wouldn’t be caught dead suggesting that you use up and consume your soured milk products, let alone touch them myself. The proper place for them was down the drain! That was until I became a raw milk advocate. Though it took a little bit of reading and researching to wrap my mind around it, raw milk or cream that has soured is actually NOT harmful or dangerous, but rather chock full of beneficial enzymes and good bacteria! (However, pasteurized milk […]

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