Sweet Baby, Version 2.0

In mid-August, this sweet young man graced us with his presence! Born under a Super Moon, this Sweet Baby shares the traits of the infallible, calm, illuminating, and awe-inspiring moon.   He had a beautiful birth at home.  I was powerful, he was strong.  I remember in the midst of …

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 …

A Recipe for DIY Ruby-Colored 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 …

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 …

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. 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.  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.  …

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

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, …

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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