*Sigh* It's that time of year again, and I KNOW I have many family members, who love me dearly, and yet cringe when I wipe off the soap box to discuss pagan holiday roots and our beliefs (or lack thereof) surrounding Christmas. Better Together Photography For the most part, I really do try to embrace… Continue reading My Public Response to my Kid “Ruining” Santa Claus for Yours
Today, I am excited to tap into the hemp and CBD world, with a beautiful couple I met this past March. I have driven deep into the comparison of different products and brand names and I find that after wading through hours of company bios, research on cannabinoid systems or THC, I find that I want simplicity. Which is why I get super excited when I meet people who are part of the process from plant to product. I found this plant to product collaboration in Ryan Heath and Vanessa Teff. Ryan is the hemp grower through Shady Oak Hemp Farm and Vanessa runs Optimum Vitality Nutrition & Wellness, which specializes in nutritional therapy, cold laser, yoga & sports performance. Together, they have created a hemp based concoction called “Moonflower Botanicals”, and today is just about sharing information regarding the cbd world, from the perspective of those who are closest to it.
In full transparency, this blog has become a catch all for the information I am personally passionate about. I write posts about stories I want to remember (my birth experiences), I write about health protocols, anecdotal experiences, or about people I am learning from as a sort of online journaling space. While much of my… Continue reading My (Evergreen) Book Recommendations
This is Episode #28. Brandon LaGreca was on episode #22 where we discussed Acupuncture, Eastern Medicine and his book about EMFs and Cancer. If you haven’t listened to that episode, I HIGHLY recommend you pause and go back, because it will give a great foundation about who Brandon is, and why we are so grateful to hear from him again! Today, we continue the conversation about cancer, but with some specificity to the things we have learned about Covid19, and our immune system, over the past year. Brandon, as an Acupuncturist in East Troy, Wisconsin has committed his work to creating “empowered patients”, or people who are educated, encouraged and challenged to take their health into their own hands and navigate the myriad options before them with intelligence and peace. Brandon is so brilliant and I am excited to introduce him, for round 2!
These cookies are wholesome, vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, delicious and super fun to make!!! I should warn you, I am constantly doubling and tripling recipes to get the "desired" amount, so you'll find my recipes can feed a fairly large family. 🙂 Hope you enjoy! Chunky Cooked-Quinoa Cookie mixture! Homemade cookies, fresh from the oven! When… Continue reading Chunky Quinoa Chocolate-Chip Cookies: Vegan, Gluten-Free & Refined-Sugar-Free
This is Episode #22! Today, I am interviewing a significant member of our health and wellness team, our acupuncturist, who has also become a friend. We met Brandon LaGreca at his acupuncture clinic here in Southeast Wisconsin, but his knowledge and passions go much further than needles and meridians. He is well-versed on alternative healing methods, and he also has a vested interest in electromagnetic frequencies, or EMF’s and their impact on society. In fact, he has recently authored a book titled, “Cancer and EMF Radiation: How to Protect Yourself From the Silent Carcinogen of Electropollution”. I am so fascinated by the work that Brandon is doing, and I am excited to share his calm demeanor and well-researched knowledge base with you! He is truly dedicated to making the world a better place by improving the mind, body & soul of everyone he meets! This is filled with encouraging stories and practical education from Brandon LaGreca.
When I was younger I loved hunting for the Easter basket. It was always filled with chocolate, sweet treats and pastel colored toys. My Baka (grandma) would always make Primorski Uskrsne Bebe (or Croatian Easter Bread Dolls), and I was delighted by dying Easter eggs, and going on egg hunts. I was taught that we… Continue reading Why I am Teaching my Kids the Tradition of Passover versus Easter
Today, I am hanging out with the always beautiful Heather Ford, who is my FIRST returning guest! Last time she spoke with us, on episode number 3, she shared about her journey with an autoimmune disease and following her dreams. Today, we are checking in with her health, as she is an expecting mama! She shares lots of wellness advice about nutrition, essential oils, purifying your air, and even purifying your life from toxic relationships. This episode is fun and informative!
Two years ago I celebrated my first official "Mother's Day". I had a baby girl just over 4 months old, and I was completely smitten with motherhood. On my very first Mother's Day, I taught a Pilates class, and then I trained two of my clients. I got a few "Happy Mother's Day" greetings from… Continue reading Gift-less Mother’s Day
I can vividly remember looking up at the florescent, bright lights on the ceiling of the ambulance and wondering to myself, "maybe I could just hide this part of my story...nobody has to know about this..." And as I reflected on my birth story, I quickly realized that my intense desire to fein some sort… Continue reading Empowered & Humbled: My Home Birth Hospital Transfer Story
This was not the blog I was going to write. These were not the pictures I was going to take. This was not the story I was going to tell, and yet as I look back on this experience, I cannot help but giggle at the way God instructs and transforms us. The lessons that… Continue reading The Maternity Shoot that Parallels Motherhood
I sincerely did not know what a midwife was, until I was 26 years old. I was surprisingly and naively pregnant with my first baby. I went to a birth options seminar at a local birthing education center and was immediately over-taken by a world I never knew existed: The natural birth community. I was… Continue reading OB-GYN vs Midwifery Prenatal Care
Hydrotherapy is an amazing alternative health technique that provides incredible benefits to our entire body! Hydrotherapy has been used for centuries for a variety of health benefits and therapies, but today I want to talk about 7 reasons you should make hydrotherapy, specifically in the form of a hot/cold shower part of your routine…
I have a somewhat unique identity in my blended family. I am half youngest child, and half only child. My brother, who is 10 years older than me, and one of my best friends and most genuine supporters, is from my mother's first marriage. So, I am a proud and joyful little sister. However, because… Continue reading A More Abundant Life – 21 Day Series
I have met many people who would love to get started in the vast world of gardening, but they fear the unknown or the commitment. And I get it. Somedays, it is hard enough to keep enough water and food in our own bodies, much less, monitor the water, soil and sunlight of varying plants surrounding… Continue reading How to Grow a Green Thumb
I love the sport of fitness. I love watching people train for anything! Some train for marathons, triathalons, weekend warrior races, intense yoga inversions, the Crossfit Games, or the Olympics. I am enamored with the human body and all the things it is capable of. My most recent training obsession has come with the adventure… Continue reading Training for Birth
If you have heard of, or read about the 5 love languages, you are familiar with the idea that everyone has a different way of expressing love. Words of affirmation, acts of service, physical touch, quality time, and receiving gifts comprise 5 different ways humans can share and reap love. Admittedly, gift giving/receiving rates VERY… Continue reading Most Practical Gift Ideas for the Non-Material Girl (and Boy)
I am a product of the DARE education system. I signed a pledge card in 5th grade vowing to never use drugs, and I have more than followed through on that pledge. In fact, not only have I avoided illegal drugs, but I have avoided most legal substances, as well. By the grace of God,… Continue reading Bible Believer, Conservative Thinker, and Mary Jane Supporter
These last few weeks have been REALLY busy and filled with camping, traveling, and emotional highs and lows. Even though, I haven't posted a blog in ONE MONTH (never again), I have still been getting my permaculture fix through our own homestead and help from lots of other sustainable-thinking minds!! So, I decided that it… Continue reading My Favorite Permaculture Resources
Permaculture is not a religious term and it has no religious connotation or affiliation. Yet, as I grow in my understanding of nature and all that it entails, I find it impossible to separate regenerative agriculture from my foundation of faith. There are SO many spiritual lessons that can be gained from the natural world… Continue reading Springtime Contemplations
After Danny’s cancer treatments were completed, about 3 1/2 years ago, he returned to a life that included a mixture of struggles, as typically expected for a cancer survivor. About 6 months ago, Danny began experiencing severe peripheral neuropathy. Because of its rapid onset, our first fear was that the cancer had returned, but after… Continue reading Danny’s Health Update – Peripheral Neuropathy Edition
I recently explained to a very dear family member that my husband has a permaculture design certificate from The Permaculture Institute, taught by Geoff Lawton and we are in the process of building a business around sustainable gardening and permaculture. They stared at me blankly. Often when people ask, “What do you do?” or “What… Continue reading Why You Should Hire a Permaculture Designer
This is for ladies only (unless you are a guy who wants to share health information with the ladies in your life!) In general, I feel women end up dealing with a lot more toxins in their life, because we are constantly trying to figure out how to control our menstrual cycles, take pain away,… Continue reading 3 Ways to Reduce Toxicity in Your Life! (Ladies Only)
Kombucha. The word, itself, conveys a sort of whimsy and exotic wonder. The first time I heard it, I was immediately drawn to it’s earthy aura and I determined to know more! That was 4 years ago, and I have been a supporter of this strange Kombucha mania, ever since. What I thought was… Continue reading Kombucha Crazy!
I am known for speaking my mind, and I tend to attract and build friendships with others who have undaunted opinions. So, I can't say it surprised me when the friends and family in our lives responded to the news of my husband and I moving in with my parents, with phrases like, "I thought you had… Continue reading Starting an Intentional Community…with my Parents 🙂
Permaculture often times acts as a worldview. It is the view that if we would return to aiding the land in a more natural way of living, and let vegetation and soil interact the way they were meant to, we would have a surplus of nutritious food. This confidence in permaculture comes from the fact… Continue reading Empty Spaces Will Always Be Filled