*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 introducing you to Stephanie Rose. Stephanie is the founder of the popular website GardenTherapy.ca, which includes gardening and permaculture advice, information and projects. She’s an award-winning author and a student and teacher of organic gardening and permaculture, who aims to encourage better living through plants. This conversation will get you inspired for springtime, share practical tips for garden landscapes and focus on Stephanie's most recent book, The Regenerative Garden: 80 Practical Projects for Creating a Self-sustaining Garden Ecosystem. I am so excited to introduce you to the experience and natural vibe Stephanie cultivates, so stick around while we dive into practical permaculture with Stephanie Rose.
Jessica Marcy of Sweet Love & Ginger, is a wife, mom, and environmental engineer from Upstate, NY. She is a champion for sustainability and the local food movement as well as an avid cook. At home, she enjoys gardening, hunting, fishing, foraging, crafting and adventuring with her family. , Today, we are focusing on the practicality of cooking with garden & foraging harvests. We are also discussing gardening with a family and seeking sustainability in this generation!
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
Today, I am introducing you to someone who inspires me in both my permaculture and spiritual journey. Jeremy Brown is the creator of Brown Bear Wilderness Co. and a fellow Milwaukee permaculture educator, urban gardener, foraging/wilderness guide, husband and father of 5. We think very similarly about how taking care of the land, and growing our own food is a way of relating to and living out our faith. There are MANY things we could cover in today’s interview, but I am focusing specifically on Jeremy’s knowledge of urban gardening, gardening with a large family, and his dreams for wilderness education.
In this episode I interview my husband, Danny Thompson about our intentional community with my parents. My husband doesn't necessarily love being on the podcast, but I was really grateful for his perspective! He shares some of the fears that one has in moving in with their in-laws, and some of the benefits he has found in the process. Listen in to a candid conversation (our first of more to come!) about our generational living set up.
I have been pretty entertained by the tiny house movement and I have secretly wondered if completely downsized, tiny house living, is something my family could do. I have also been intrigued with the survivalist/homesteading movement. The people who are prepared and ready for any possible event, which quite honestly, requires a certain amount of… Continue reading Survivalist Minimalist: Disrupting the Oxymoron
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
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)
If you have been following this blog for some time, you know that we are newly expecting! As I write this, I am 23 weeks pregnant, my belly button is popping, and we are having a GIRL! My husband recently asked me if pregnancy was similar to how I expected or imagined it would be. I… Continue reading Birth in the Comfort of My Home
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
A beginners guide to getting and maintaining chickens. I love checklists and so here is my princess checklist for your poultry adventure!
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
I grew up on a hobby farm with a variety of animals, including sheep, chickens, goats, horses, dogs and cats. We made our own hay and sometimes we hosted a small garden. Living in Milwaukee county, I was considered a “farm girl”. This label can be thrown around quite easily, these days. Many documentaries and… Continue reading Millennial Farmers: A Chat with Gallatin Grown
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 🙂
As the winter months are officially upon us, my husband's ability to play in the dirt has been greatly inhibited. I thought our 5 bucket worm-compost, our 3 Rosemary plants, 3 Aloe plants, 2 Snake plants, 1 Ponytail Palm, 1 Ficus Tree, 1 Basil plant, and 1 Dragon Palm might be enough to quench his… Continue reading Starting Microgreens
I'm kidding. Kinda. While my husband abides by most laws and social constructs, he has begun to take the phrase "nature calls" quite literally, so much as is possible. Why? Because it is better for the earth, our bodies, and society as a whole. There are some 'green' habits that I LOVE, and others that… Continue reading My Husband Won’t Use the Toilet…
Permaculture thrives on the idea that all land has a purpose. Land and its potential should be wisely and carefully used for the benefit of all living things, and in such a way that provides present health and sustainability for future generations. While our society is dealing with a health crisis caused by a lack… Continue reading Church Property for Community Garden
It is no secret that our society LOVES weddings! The average cost of a wedding in the United States is between 25,000- 30,000 dollars. The wedding industry is enormous and well-established—magazines, websites, stores, and Pinterest can prove that point. 🙂 Photo: Tres Jolie Photography I argue that the wedding industry needs a 'permaculture makeover'. Weddings… Continue reading A Permaculture Wedding