It’s NOT “Normal” to be Sick All the Time

“I’m fine.”
“Nothing’s that wrong with me.”
“It’s normal.”

Look around you, at how many people are chalking odd symptoms up to “just getting older”.

Look at how many kids are on prescriptions (7 out of 10 kids–did you know?).

Look at how many people can’t lift heavy things, can’t walk around the block, can’t cope with the necessary physical effort that’s required to do life. (Myself included with some of these – but I’m working on it!)

We’re not fine–it’s NOT normal to be sick or weak and just resign ourselves to it. We deserve health!

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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 closest to me. 

I started unschooling when my kids were 4 and 1 – and I was 22.

I didn’t learn about attachment parenting and never even considered unschooling until I had my second child.

I have to wholeheartedly agree with parenting expert and unschooling mom Laurie A Couture, when she says that unschooling is a natural extension of attachment parenting.

Unschooling is more than a parenting style, it’s simply the natural way of relating to human children, from birth onward, into what most people call the “school years”.

However, a good education arguably needs to go beyond just survival. When I was struggling with depression, grief, and other challenges…were my kids thriving back then?

Well, they were fed and safe, and their most basic needs were met, but we weren’t really living a rich, full life together. I wasn’t capable of following their interests much, because I just didn’t have the bandwidth, the finances, the stability…

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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 immune systems, and this is especially true given the widespread worry about a major global health concern right now.

From “normal” colds and flu to a novel virus this year, our greatest weapon against illness is our own complex and wonderful immune system.

Our best efforts, therefore, are spent to protect and support your immune system, which is our body’s natural way of keeping ourselves healthy and strong.

It’s also worth noting that Dr. Joe Dispenza’s research clearly shows that being in a state of fear or worry can and does have a measurable adverse effect on our DNA by suppressing our body’s immune response.

So how do we balance reasonable caution, mindful prevention, and the very best hygiene practices that we can?

It’s time to get into ACTION to help yourself more confidently navigate the current state of global health affairs. The main goal is to optimize and support your immune system during this challenging season.

We are actively practicing each of these tips in our homes, with our families:

1  Wash your hands properly

This means for 20 seconds, vigorously, front and back, with soap and water. You can try reciting a poem, chant, or prayer to make sure you’re washing for the recommended amount of time. Singing the ABCs, or even the chorus of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” also fits the 20-second time frame. 🙂

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Rick Astley supports your immune system.

Change your hand towels daily (or use disposables), and avoid hand dryers when in public restrooms. Studies show that hot-air hand dryers are not as sanitary as we may think!

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Advice for New, Worried Homeschoolers from a Longtime Unschooler

I realize that there’s loads of public school parents freaking out right now because of school cancellations – thinking their kids will fall behind if they don’t keep up with worksheets and reading texts and lesson plans until school-as-normal resumes.

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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. These stories can be written to include any religious tradition, or none at all. 

This is the story I wrote for Claire, my precious middle child, sometime before she turned five years old.


Once upon a time, in a land of time unchanging, there lived a spirit child. She lived with the moon and sun, amidst the stars, with many spirit-beings–and she was peaceful and happy. One day, she happened to notice a beautiful blue orb, far away–yet somehow, not so far.

The orb seemed to call to her, and so she asked the spirits about it.

“That orb is the world, our Mother Earth,” they replied.

“May I go there?” the child asked.

“In time,” the spirits replied. “The world is not yet ready for you.”

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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, 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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