• Breastfeeding: A Love Story.

    On a blazing hot July day Sweet Baby joined us earthside in the greatest moment of my life.  A bit intimidated with this beautiful creature, I admit that my shock and awe may have overrode my motherly instincts at first. Sweet Baby was born in water and soon after her …

    Rowan in Long Beach
  • Herbal Oral Rinse (Mouthwash)

    So, ya…  My last dentist appt. was not good.  I have a couple cavities.  I do intend on getting them filled, but making time to do that is ridiculously hard for me right now.  The past two years of my life have been dedicated to growing a baby and caring …

    Herbal Oral Rinse
  • How To Build Your Own Prepardness Kit

    Winter Storms are Coming.  Are You Ready?   Traditionally, September is a glorious and beautiful time in the PNW.  But, this September has been different.  Super wet, stormy, windy, and all-around gross!  We have brought the generator from the garage for a tune-up and fuel-up much earlier this year.  Since …

    Emergency Preparedness
  • Cooling Spray For Menopause

    Menopause can be a difficult time for many women, marking the end of part of a cycle.  It is an often uncomfortable transitional period lasting many years.  Many of the women I love are currently experiencing menopause right now, and I thought I could help support their journey with a …

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  • How to Make Rosewater and Other Hydrosols

    I was recently inspired by Mama Rosemary, (one of my favorite blogger-friends), to make my own hydrosols.  In her blog post, she made it look so simple and easy, I thought, “why am I buying floral water (hydrosol)  when it is so easy to make?”  Using simple kitchen ingredients, I …

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  • Treating Fevers Naturally

    I was indoctrinated my whole life that fevers are scary and hapless occurrences that need to be managed and done away with. Now that I am grown, and in charge of the care of not only myself and my child, (and my husband too– ladies, who am I fooling here? …

    Treating Fevers Natuarlly
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Hawk Attack: Trauma at the P Patch

The past few days have been eventful around here…  And not in a good way. We were entering Phase II of our “backyard flock expansion,”  where we felt the 10 week old hens could hold their own against the Big Girls, and therefore allowed everyone out of the coop/tractor to …

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Ruby Lip Tint

Charming Alkanet Root.  The star of this lovely lip tint. If you’re like me, you can’t be bothered with make-up, but sometimes, a little lip tint goes a long way, and can be just what you need to enhance your natural radiance.  Gotta love those kitchen cosmetics!  Alkanet is a …

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Backyard Flock Expansion

First things first:  I am not a chicken-expert.  I’m just a girl who loves her backyard chickens I leave the expert advice to the experts.  Ya know, the girls at The Chicken Chick  and Fresh Eggs Daily.  Whenever I’ve got chicken troubles, I usually end up there.  And of course, …

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Pregnancy Tea

Growing a new life is one of the highest honors ever bestowed upon me. And it’s hard work.  Ain’t gonna lie. During this special time, it’s important for me to nourish my body, and aside from a healthy diet, exercise, and efforts at relaxation; another important way I care for …

Kokum butter salve

Kokum Butter Salve

Kokum butter. This skin-rejuvenating, healing butter is dervived from the kokum, or mangosteen tree, indiginous to India. (Garcinia indica). Kokum oil (butter) contains 60-65% saturated fatty acid making it solid at room temperature. Kokum butter is prized for it’s skin healing properties, and is a favorite for many making their …

Oral Pain Salve

Oral Pain Salve

Oral Pain.  It’s so awful. Most of us have experienced it at some point in our lives.  If not as adults, then definitely as children, and it’s incredibly hard for parents to see their babies in pain. Thankfully, Sweet Toddler hasn’t had too rough-a-go of things… until now. Canine teeth.  …

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Nettle Soup Recipes

  One of my favorite times of year; the on-set of spring.  Coming out of a long, dark and wet winter, practically with moss growing on our backs, us Pacific Northwesterners are always grateful for the first hints of spring.  Crocuses, daffodils, burgeoning buds, and the ever-so-delicious nettle.  In a …

Butter Treats

Butter Treats

It seems like– out of the thin air– Sweet Baby became a Sweet Toddler. How does this happen? She moves fast, thinks quickly, and very decisively wants what she wants! And one of the things she really wants is…  BUTTER! So, the apple really doesn’t fall far from the tree, …

Rowan in Long Beach

Breastfeeding: A Love Story.

On a blazing hot July day Sweet Baby joined us earthside in the greatest moment of my life.  A bit intimidated with this beautiful creature, I admit that my shock and awe may have overrode my motherly instincts at first. Sweet Baby was born in water and soon after her …

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50 DIY Gift Ideas

A Complete Guide to DIY Gift-Giving DIY Holiday 12 DIY Holiday Wreaths Make Your Own Sock Snowmen Salt Dough (Hand and Footprint) Ornaments DIY Snow Globes  (And How to Include Photos Within Them!) Holiday Themed “Tin Can Treats” Melt and Pour Peppermint Soap (for the non-lye enthusiasts)   DIY Beauty …