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Unschooling When You’re Not Okay

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on continuing to unschool when you’re not okay – through depression, grief, and other emotional upheaval. I started writing this nearly ten years ago, reflecting on a time 5+ years before that…when I was deeply apathetic and miserable, and not yet aware that I was experiencing psychological abuse from those [ keep reading ]

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15 Ways to Support Your Immune System, with Dr. Marissa Heisel & Krystal Trammell

The original version of this article was published in March 2020 on Dr. Marissa’s excellent site, TransformationalEssentials.com. I have since edited this article several times as new research has been brought to light.  15 Ways to Support Your Immune System (Naturally!) The tail-end of Winter often feels like a final sprint of fortitude for our [ keep reading ]

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Claire’s Rainbow Bridge Birthday Story

Telling a Rainbow Bridge birthday story is a Waldorf tradition that can be really fun and special as your child grows. It’s sort of like a birth story, but told in fantasy or myth-form. The Rainbow Bridge is the passage to Earth from the ether, spirit world, heaven, or whatever your beliefs may call it. [ keep reading ]

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Stream-of-consciousness: Gonna pretend like it’s 2005 and I’m on LiveJournal

I am 1000% fed up with News and ThinlyVeiled Ads, so Stream-Of-Consciousness is what you’re getting from me. It’s 2pm and feels like mid-morning for some reason. Stayed up too late watching Zombieland: Double Tap with our 12 year old. (She would say, finally!) Listening to Panic! and anything else I love singing along to, [ keep reading ]

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Finally! Gluten-Free Bread Made Simple, with This Book

Finally, my gluten-free bread game is on point! Gluten free + dairy free loaf, baked on a stoneware baking sheet in the oven (NOT in a bread machine)! To me, this is on par with the best German bakery bread – except that stuff’s all full of gluten, so we can’t eat it. I’ve been [ keep reading ]

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Back from the dōTERRA Together 2019 Convention!

We’re back from a week spent in Salt Lake City at the dōTERRA Convention! What a fun whirlwind it’s been! This was my second time attending the Global Convention – and this time, my husband got to attend with me. He met many of the brilliant, heart-centered humans that I look up to – many [ keep reading ]

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How I learned I wasn’t an Introvert: Healing Social Trauma and Building Community

How I learned I wasn’t an introvert: Healing Social Trauma and Building Community A big focus of my 30s has been dedicated to healing social trauma in myself. I used to think I was an introvert, or anti-social…later I thought, maybe I’ve got Asperger’s? (Maybe I do.) Now, I realize that I’m healing from social [ keep reading ]

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Food Freedom? On Allowing Your Kids to Eat Whatever They Want

This article was originally posted on TheHomestead.Guru Unschooling goes beyond education and learning–it bleeds over into every area of your life, eventually. So what does it look like to be unschooling food? For many unschoolers, unschooling food means exactly what it sounds like: kids are given the freedom to eat whatever they want. Many of [ keep reading ]

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What ARE Essential Oils? History, Science, and Benefits

I used to think essential oils were just another health trend destined for the compost pile. In fact, they’ve stood the test of time for thousands of years already–and hold up to the scrutiny of modern science, too. << Storytime! >> I first learned about essential oils when my daughter caught pneumonia as a toddler. [ keep reading ]

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Why I DON’T WEAR Sunscreen + What I Do Instead

I just spent two straight days outside in the heat and sun, and I don’t wear sunscreen! But I didn’t burn. I never wear sunscreen anymore, for a bunch of reasons – but more importantly, I don’t wear sunscreen because I no longer need it. Plenty of my skin was exposed for 5 hours at [ keep reading ]