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All The Pretty Band Wagons

You know what’s not fun? Seeing some pretty image splashed across Pinterest or Facebook (or Twinger or Clobbity-goo or whatever other social media we’re supposed to be using) and having no idea what on earth the thing is….and yet feeling so compelled to jump on the eco-friendly, natural-living, pretty, green band-wagon.

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Natural Living – Like It, Love It, Gotta Have It

I love learning. Like, really love learning. But sometimes I can get a little carried away. I don’t need to try everything I see right now. And I don’t need to understand it all. (Anyone with me? C’mon, I know I’m not the only one!!!)

Change can happen slowly. It’s ok, really! Taking it one step at a time is perfectly fine. There’s really no need to rush out and overturn your home into Little House on the Prairie.

My motto the past couple of years has been “when you know better, do better.” I’ve recently added on to this. My motto is now:

When you know better, do better…when you can.

What do you think? Like it?

You Want Me to Do What?

Sometimes I have to laugh at some of the “out there” things that we bloggers write about and that people actually read!

Because I’ve very much been on the reader-side of things and clicked, read, bought, pinned and entered. Sometimes without having a clue why or what. Because if so-and-so is giving one away, I should enter! And if they’re eating cow tongue, there must be a reason so I’ll copy that recipe down (now, where to order cow tongue??). And so on. And so forth.

Ever seen advertisements like these? And thought something similar afterwards?

  • Win a Dehydrator!!! (Why do I need a dehydrator? Can I use one on my thighs?)
  • How to Build a Chicken Coop! (Can I stash my kids in there?)
  • 25 Ways to Use Lard. (Um. Gross.)
  • Cloth-diapering 101. (Step 1 is what? Get covered in poo?)
  • 8 Uses for Homemade Ghee. (Homemade Ghee? Isn’t Ghee a show?)
  • How to Cut Your Bread-making Time in Half! (It’s called a bread machine…duh!)
  • 3 Steps to Reducing a Breastfeeding Toddler’s Antics. (Just say no!)
  • How I Used Natural Family Planning to Space Out Our Children. (Just say no! Again.)
  • You Can Hide Liver in Your Family’s Meat, Too! (Ermmm…no thanks?!)
  • Win a Mama Cloth Kit! (I don’t know what this is, but it can’t be good.)
  • Why I Make Fruit Roll-ups Instead of Buying Them. (Gag me.)

Now, of course I am all for changing. And some of these very things I’ve written on. Or read. Or pinned. Entered. Implemented. But I think the key is moderation. Right?

And little baby steps. Like these: Baby Steps to Natural Living

Sometimes slower is better. Would you agree?

What advertisements have made you laugh?

This post linked up with Wellness Wednesday on Intoxicated for Life, Real Food Fridays on Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen, Natural Family Friday on Natural Family.


  1. Moderation is totally the key, but I really would like to win a dehydrator! πŸ˜‰

  2. Hey Jennifer! This is Joli. I’m an In-Real-Life friend of Sabrina who left a comment up above…she introduced me to your blog several weeks ago. I was thinking how refreshing it was to “meet” a Christian mama who is interested in all things eating/living naturally!

    Wow, way to knock so many eating/living naturally things in one short post. As a mom of a 19-month old (my 5th) toddling around in a cloth diaper…while “crispy” walnuts, banana chips and apple rings are dehydrating away at the other end of the house…I may not be the best to respond to this. NO ONE would question you if you felt you couldn’t/shouldn’t do these above things during this season of your life. But to just knock these things (while saying “I don’t know what this is”) seems beneath you.

    I’m thinking that you’ve never tried dehydrated pineapple chunks (OH. MY. YUMMY!). What a great real-food snack these dehydrator goodies make for my kiddos! And with my oldest being 10…and a girl… (and way closer to puberty than I’d like…waaaaa!) sanitary products are definitely somethings I’ve started rethinking (read what Heavenly Homemakers has to say here:….and Food Renegade just posted this: )

    Blessings on you and your precious little family, Jennifer!

    • Hi Joli! Awww, I LOVE Sabrina!!! πŸ™‚ I see I’ve confused you. πŸ™ If you poke around a bit more in posts, you’ll find this was a bit “tongue in cheek.” We’ve been in the middle of a series on “living simply in the kitchen” and I was taking a break, laughing really, at all the things vying for our attention as we move to a simpler way of life…and how bizarre some of them can seem when we’re not familiar with them.

      As I mentioned towards the end of the post, I encourage moderation and not throwing ways of doing things out the window “just because” a pretty graphic / post / giveaway says to.

      My 24 month old triplets are also toddling around in cloth diapers (well, they better not be at the moment – since they should be sleeping! πŸ˜‰ ). Today I’ll be soaking beans, dehydrating kale for kale chips, posting about making kombucha popsicles, making broth from my whole chicken and washing a couple loads of laundry with soap nuts. πŸ™‚

      Again, my goal wasn’t to “knock” them since I actually do/use them. πŸ™‚ It was to encourage those who are overwhelmed by all they are inundated with in the media world on their journey to living naturally: it’s ok to move slowly on this journey.

      Does that help?

      Off to check out Following Where He Leads…am I seeing some beautiful adopted babies?! <3

      • Hahaha! ^ on my list today…left over pizza for breakfast, math & spelling test, movie morning and maybe a shower (if I’m lucky and it will be interrupted approx 300 times a minute with squabbling, “emergencies” and “oooo mom look at this” moments)! Can’t wear my babies anymore, their too old to nurse or be in cloth dipers, and co sleeping is more out of necessity BC of the living arrangements. Your ladies list of getting on the band wagon just for today cracked me up!! Hehe! Some days I wish I could…..more. And somedays I totally love and need the conveniences of our era just to survive! πŸ™‚

        • Yup! πŸ™‚ I got my shower for the next few days yesterday. πŸ˜‰ Some days my little daycare insists I do nothing of the above at all. I’m grateful that so many of these traditional things take so little time to do because I certainly don’t have loads of time (who does?!). Soap nuts takes less time than pouring or scooping Tide, for instance. The other things on my list are “start ’em and walk away”…which is what my life loves. πŸ˜‰


      • Again, Jennifer, “wow”! But this time I’m saying it because, wow, I owe you an apology. No, I totally didn’t catch that your post was tongue-in-cheek. I am so sorry. If I’d been a reader for longer than 2 or 3 weeks, I’d have known that. From what I had already gathered about you (raw milk, kombucha, etc.), it surprised me…and I was thinking that anyone interested in those things should at LEAST give these subjects some thought and consideration. HA! I’m very glad to understand better now. AND, people ask me all the time how I have time to homeschool and do what I do for us eating/health wise…but SERIOUSLY, HOW do you do all YOU do, Jennifer?!?

        I had a wonderful time reading the post at the link you sent me. First: it was wonderful to get a peek into how things unfolded for your precious family. And second, I got God-bumps when I read what you wrote about a Chinese girl, and an AA boy. God is good and He has good plans for us, doesn’t He?

        Bless you,


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