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PSL – with Real Food Ingredients

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If you're like me, you hoard your boots and scarves and specialty hot coffees for that glorious time of year called "Fall." It just doesn't seem right to bring out the pumpkins, fall decor and warm clothes till it's good and chilly. But since I'm in the south (though much more north than most of my life!), I simply can't wait much longer than the First Day of Fall for a good Pumpkin Spice Latte (hereafter referred to as #PSL). No matter the weather, we're celebrating the dying of summer heat and the rebirth of the cooler days of autumn....with a fantastic, homemade PSL. Unfortunately, I cannot handle the local chain stores' versions and always have to reduce the number of syrup pumps or … [Read more...]

Hope for the Lean Years

Hope for the Lean Years

My husband and I were married the day after college graduation in 2006 with a budget of $2000 for every last wedding/honeymoon thing. I come from a low-income single parent family, and my husband's family was in the throes of dealing with his mother's cancer. Our families didn't have much money to give, so we didn't even ask. We made it work and had a lovely ceremony because of donated time and talents from the wonderful people in our lives. Having Hope in the Lean Years Just a year later, we found out we were expecting baby #1, and I knew I would want to stop working outside the home, but we were already stretched thin financially. I checked out every book I could find (thank you … [Read more...]

These Most Beautiful Moments {a family portrait}

These Most Beautiful

It's not even funny how much craziness a newborn brings into the picture. There are the sleep-less nights. The blowouts. The sore nips. The confusing cries. The chaos crescendos loudly at times and you're tempted to wonder what you were thinking. And then. There's the first coo. You know what I'm talking about. The sound that melts your heart and lets you in on a tiny little secret - that Baby knows you. And that gives you the strength (or is it a surge of postpartum hormones?) to endure the difficult moments later that day. But even more than the difficult moments are the ones you wonder how you ever lived without this little person. How did the world keep turning … [Read more...]

The Story of Judah’s Home Birth

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If you want to know what victory feels like, give birth naturally. The exhilarating high that comes from giving birth to a child you carried for nine months is probably equal to the raw power felt while making the birth happen. There is seriously nothing else like it. (Sorry, guys, guess you'll never know this triumph. :) I really hoped that I would feel like so many moms who gush about "getting their VBAC" and the high they live on for weeks. I wondered if it was exaggerated - because let's face it, labor hurts. But they were right and I feel so strong and it feels so right to say: I got my VBAC! But let me back up and describe how this all took place. Not So Fast! Around 35 … [Read more...]

On Being Pregnant Longer Than with the Triplets…

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I made it! I’m sure 33 weeks doesn’t seem like a big accomplishment to most women who have been pregnant. But with each week and then each day that brought me closer to the time I delivered the triplets, it just continued to amaze me what a gift I was receiving! The underlying fear I didn’t realize I was holding on to was that my body was ultimately “broken” and would go into premature labor once again. Visions of NICU stays and beeping machines and fragile babies and long lonely walks into the hospital and being unable to feed my babies – these all hovered in the back of my mind. But breaking past this point must be something like what a runner feels like seeing the Finish Line and … [Read more...]

6 Ingredient Chinese Green Beans with Ground Pork

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This is really yummy. I know I say that about all of my recipes, but it's true. You already know I love Chinese food, so this one should be no surprise! My current obsession is with this 6 ingredient Chinese green beans and pork stir-fry! I'm a huge fan of non-CAFO meat but sometimes beef is just too expensive for my budget. So along with these tips for saving money and eating real food, I love to use ground pork. We'll toss some on salads and have a Chipotle-style taco salad (this dressing is yummy!). But this Chinese-style pork and green beans is probably our favorite. It's easy to throw together. It's only six ingredients. It's all real food. And clean-up is two pans. … [Read more...]

25 Easy, Healthy, Real Food Snacks for Toddlers

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Do you ever get in a rut with your kids? Hand them the same snacks every day? I definitely do! Thankfully mine are so easy-going they usually don't mind if I stick with routine. (My go-to is homemade trail-mix with organic raisins, soaked and dehydrated nuts, banana chips, and any other dried fruit I have on hand.) But sometimes the monotony of day-to-day life with my awesome little toddlers gets to me and I need to shake things up a bit! I asked some of my favorite bloggy-mamas what their favorite real food snacks are. In my book, they have to be first nourishing and secondly...easy. So here are some of our favorites! 25 Easy, Healthy, Real Food Snacks for Toddlers Bars Cherry-Nut … [Read more...]

Big Announcement – Guess What We’re Doing This Year?

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You've noticed. And checked in with me to see if everything has been alright. And it has really touched me that you noticed. It has been quiet around here! But everything is really ok. My family experienced a major upheaval this past summer when we moved from the only city I've ever lived in to a new city a 12 hour drive away. The transition has been difficult, as expected - more on that later. But it has also been amazing. You can read my update on our new life in Tennessee here. The Announcement! But even more exciting is that we are adding to our family!! And this time it is one baby. It's true! This time around we will get to experience a singleton and I am pretty excited. … [Read more...]

How to Do Real Food in a Tiny Kitchen

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There's no way I can do all that stuff she does in her kitchen - it's massive and mine's so tiny!  Ever thought something like this while reading a blog or listening to a friend yak on about how she's fermenting this or that? If your kitchen is super tiny and you wonder how on earth you could ever take some of those Baby Steps you've been wanting to in such a limited space, I think you'll be encouraged below! A Peak Inside Tiny Kitchens A bunch of natural living bloggers and I have teamed up to show you what our teeny-tiny kitchens look like and how we manage to prepare real food with little counter space, storage space, etc. In other words, we're the "real life" ladies with … [Read more...]

Got Picky Eaters? Turn Your Kids Into Real Food Lovers!

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Do you feel like each mealtime becomes a battle as you try to get your picky eaters to ...eat? Do you ever throw your hands up in exhaustion and pull another box of mac 'n cheese from the pantry, putting your toddler's destroyed meal (that you worked so hard on) in the fridge for your lunch tomorrow? Do you wish you could get your toddler to eat real food, steering them away from the junk-filled, processed and packaged foods they somehow tend to gravitate towards? Well, I've got good news for you! Mama, you can get your kiddo to eat real food. And, no, I don't mean by holding them down and pushing it into their mouths ( <---never ever a good idea ;) ). When I saw this ebook, … [Read more...]