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
We love to talk about the benefits of plants and nature! So, there is NO WAY we could bypass the usage of plants in their “essential oil” form. Here we will dive into questions on natural living, cooking and all things essential oils, with En Tao and Maria Ko of Essential Joy!
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
One of my favorite Bible verses reads, Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 I used to view this verse as a promise that all my childhood dreams of becoming a famous actress would absolutely become reality. And yet, as I've grown to know… Continue reading Growing More than Veggies: Part II
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 am a lover of apples. A crisp autumn day accompanied by applesauce with breakfast, a crunchy apple alongside my lunch (and maybe one for my horse) and some hot apple cider after dinner, is perfect for my Wisconsin-grown self. It would seem, no matter how many winters I experience, I get anxiety about how… Continue reading Cold Weather Care: Apple Trees
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
I am a planner by nature. I like daily to-do lists, weekly planners, writing monthly workout plans, and scheduling in advance, whenever possible. However, it would seem that the more I plan, the more I depend on me and my superb organization skills. God knows me well. He knows that depending on self and being… Continue reading Growing More than Veggies!
Dictionary.com defines weeds as, 1. a valueless plant growing wild, especially one that grows on cultivated ground to the exclusion or injury of the desired crop. 2. any undesirable or troublesome plant, especially one that grows profusely where it is not wanted. Our society is taught to pull weeds, stomp out weeds, or spray them with chemicals. According to the definition above, a weed is a "valueless plant" that grows where it is "not wanted". BUT, what if I told you that EVERY plant has value of some sort!! It is… Continue reading 17 Beneficial, Edible, and Beautiful Midwest “Weeds”
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