Some things you ought to know about us: We’re avid gardeners and DIY enthusiasts. I pride myself on my wardrobe being almost entirely second-hand. My husband is permaculture-certified, and I’m trained as a Texas Master Naturalist. Despite being hopeless foodies, we’re not big on consumer culture!
That said, a question I get asked a lot is,
“Why don’t you just distill your own essential oils? You grow many of the plants already. Why buy essential oils from a flashy MLM company like dōTERRA?”
I think people must assume that because we are into DIY, sustainability, and lowering our consumer impact, that buying lovely little bottles from dōTERRA doesn’t fit in with our values. Continue reading →
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 →
Sometimes, reality is so harsh we’d rather not face it.
This might be a difficult topic to read about….but I want to share a story of hope that you and I can help create, just by investing in our own wellness.
There’s a lot of great charities in the world, but dōTERRA’s Healing Hands Foundation has some especially inspiring partners who are improving lives every single day.
Specifically, the Healing Hands Foundation is helping to put an end to child sex trafficking and slavery with their support of Our Underground Railroad (O.U.R. Rescue) and Rapha House. O.U.R. Rescue was founded in 2013 by Tim Ballard, who worked as a Special Agent for the US Department of Homeland Security for over a decade, dismantling child sex trafficking rings.
I wrote this in a dark mood at 4am…but I think the analogy holds true.
We are currently in the midst of the biggest zombie apocalypse–it’s already happening, but most people are completely unaware of it.
Zombies are little more than purposeless bodies, devoid of soul. They’re reanimated corpses, aimlessly wandering and destroying all life they come across.
Think all those zombie movies were just entertainment? Think again.
Now, think critically and realize that this is exactly what we’re seeing every Black Friday–people who have willingly given up their humanity to the God of Shopping. We live in a society where people are willing to wait in line for six hours to buy the latest iPhone.
It might seem that way to some folks.. There’s lots of people I meet who have a toddler and an infant, or perhaps a 3.5 yr old child, who are interested in unschooling–which is fantastic!
I’m always really glad to see parents of younger kids who are already questioning the status quo.
Maybe they’re even ruffling a few feathers in their social circles because their kiddo’s not on a waitlist for daycare, or registered for soccer, ballet, and three other kinds of lessons/classes/activities.
I think many folks approach unschooling from the attachment parenting perspective, where you’re listening to your child’s cues and looking for opportunities to invite them to try new things, instead of forcing independence on them like a shoe that doesn’t quite fit yet.
I’ve seen parents of 18-month olds saying, we’re unschooling!
Yes, I said “beyond” religion. I am not a fan of the concept that there is only one right way, which is central to so many major religions.
I’m very much a freethinker in that regard, and I raise my kids to be freethinkers as well.
As a parent and as a homeschooler, I don’t want to shield them from the world–or religion. We approach religions of all sorts from a place of finding the commonalities, instead of focusing on the differences.
I also want to offer my kids the opportunity to be culturally literate in terms of religion–to think critically about the information they get from the world.
Most importantly, I want them to be in touch with what they feel in their hearts, and whether any form of organized religion speaks to them. I don’t view beliefs as something external that one should try to conform to, but rather, something that is already inside oneself, waiting to be discovered and given words to.