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, like HIM, the Rasmus, and Jamiroquai is really helping.

Throat chakra opening? Vibration-raising? Bugging my family by singing too loudly? Whatever, yesplz, I’ll take it.

About to go have a second cup of coffee. Aware that I’m a bit extra with my ruta maya whole bean, raw honey and organic half-n-half – and also aware of that Dave Grohl quote where he says guilty pleasures are stupid – if you like something, just fucking like it. Continue 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 learning how to live gluten-free for over ten years now.

Ten years ago, I was a vegetarian, and my husband was suffering from seizures, loss of his senses (taste, touch, etc), couldn’t sleep, brain fog, lethargy, generalized pain–oh, and (TMI) going #2 about 20 times a day.

He couldn’t work, and I was expecting, so I needed to stop working. So my husband went to California on the advice of a friend, to seek a new job and a new life for our family.

While the job didn’t work out, he happened to “get stuck” eating only meat and plant foods while he was there…

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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 members of the Transformational Essentials team: a lot of fantastic Canadians and New Yorkers; chiropractors; authors; veterinarians; and a famous musician!

I can see a hopeful, bright future for myself within dōTERRA, because of the incredible people I’m surrounded with at Convention.

When I look to the future, I know we’re meant for bigger things. I can’t imagine looking forward to a future that includes a regular j-o-b, with two weeks of vacation time a year.

Are we supposed to be content to just wait until retirement before we can start LIVING? Ew. No thank you!

This company, y’all – I’m so proud of the direction dōTERRA is taking.

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Freebirth, Trauma, and Doulas

I think it’s worth noting that every time I gave birth, I had the feeling that I’d dodged a bullet.

Victorious? Sure.

High on pure oxytocin-fueled joy and love, and so amazed and delighted at this new perfect being and what my body was just capable of? Absolutely!!

But also…blessed, sweet relief.

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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 trauma and complex PTSD, stemming from the beginning of early childhood. It’s been a weird and fascinating journey!


Back in 2013, I attended the Birth Without Fear Conference in DFW. I think it was the first one ever. I did henna art on dozens of lovely mamas there, and one said she lived “in Central Texas”.

I said, “Oh, me too!”

However, both of us had been burned socially too many times, and didn’t want to risk disappointment again – so we just added each other on social media and stayed virtual friends.

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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 you may now be picturing ice cream for every meal and nary a vegetable in sight–but the reality of food freedom doesn’t stay that way, even if it might begin like that!

Kids, like people of all ages, tend to be drawn to what’s forbidden, especially if there’s a fair amount of emotional energy surrounding those taboos.

For example, when I was a kid, my parents were health nuts of the low-fat, low-salt variety. However, sugar was not yet seen as the villain many now know it to be.

Unsurprisingly, I craved exactly what I was forbidden–things like bacon and potato chips! Never mind how many popsicles I ate on a daily basis…

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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. She’d already had a documented adverse reaction to her immunizations as a baby, and was small and thin for her age.

We went through months of doctors telling me that she just needed allergy medicine…until they finally did a chest x-ray and changed their diagnosis!

After that, I decided that it was time to learn more about natural remedies.

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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 a waterpark on Sunday, and out at Barton Springs all afternoon the day afterward.

I used to burn all the time, even while wearing SPF 50 sunblock!

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Gardening: The Lazy Way. Quick Tips to Grow Food Naturally

Gardening is at the core of our lifestyle. It’s health and hobby in one…but I seem to be a specialist in #NeglectGardening!

I forget to water. I miss the planting windows. I hardly ever weed.

And YET – we have consistent yields of wild, incredible abundance even from our “flawed” efforts. Gardening is a beautiful lesson-in-motion, that proves if something is worth doing at all, it’s worth doing badly.

Here’s some of my best quick tips to grow food and start gardening, even if you’ve never grown a houseplant.

All links in this post go to TheHomestead.Guru, a fantastic homesteading blog that I used to write for regularly!

//  We plant using companion relationships – such as tomatoes, carrots and basil; or the “three sisters”, corn, beans, and squash. It might sound funny, but some plants are “companions” – they do better when grown next to each other. Then again, other plants don’t get on as well…for example, tomatoes hate cucumbers! Continue reading