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What I have been up to

Hello all you lovely readers!

I have been in Kentucky for the past month, staying on a small farm in our RV. It was an enjoyable time there and we had many fun-filled, educational days. If you’re ever in the Louisville, KY area, check out Hillerich Family Farm for some delicious fresh vegetables(their Canary melons are to die for)! https://beechmontky.wordpress.com/2015/07/09/get-to-know-your-farmer-the-hillerich-family/

My three daughters enjoyed gathering and cleaning chicken eggs to sell at the farm stand which they earned some money for doing, picking vegetables from the gardens and going to the farmer’s market to see first-hand the selling of what they helped pick. They experimented with making different vegetable dishes with kale, various colors of beets and melon. At one of the farmer’s market, they saw quails and the vendor had quail eggs to buy. My 8 year old was excited to use the quail eggs as she had seen these videos on You Tube with tiny cooking. She made a tiny cake, which she cooked over a candle flame.

Quial eggs

For schooling, we experimented with different types of slime and gloop recipes. http://www.learning4kids.net/2012/05/02/how-to-make-gloop/  I used tapioca starch as that’s what I had on hand.

The one slime recipe that they prefer is one we made at a little library in a tiny town in north Georgia in June while we camped there. It was on a rainy day and perfect for getting out of the cramped RV space. This one is the same recipe you may try out: http://www.ssww.com/blog/how-to-make-slime-a-safer-recipe-for-kids/

Today we will be trying out floam(yes, still trying out these sensory things!). http://parentingchaos.com/diy-floam/ I’ll let you know how it turns out.

I also purchased an online cooking course for the children. It has been great so far. Here is what I bought: https://kidscookrealfood.com/open/, if you’d like to check it out for your children. There’s beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses. I like that she incorporates a true lesson into each video. My girls have had fun cooking and learning new skills. Check out my IG page for pictures of them showing off their skills.

It was a fun month in Kentucky visiting with family and friends. It’s always sad to leave, but knowing we are able to come back to visit anytime, is great!

We are back in Tennessee now where we have a “base camp”(which is full-hookups) set up on my parent’s property. This has been nice to have so we don’t have to continuously book out RV campsites. It’s nice to visit friends and family around here too!

It does always take us a week or so to get back in the groove it seems. I started off using an online program for the girls for their schooling at home called, https://allinonehomeschool.com/, but I have been recently looking into Charlotte Mason. This is our first full year of schooling at home, so it is kind of a trial run on what works and what doesn’t for our family. We so far have been incorporating unschooling and some structured schooling. With different learning styles in both older girls, I am trying to see how best to “teach” them.

If you school at home, what have you found to work best for your family?

I am also in the midst of a six week health coach training through Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. I will be done in two weeks! Check it out, if you want to learn more: https://www.drsearswellnessinstitute.org/health-coach-certification/

Well folks, that’s all for today and I will be writing more, especially after I’m done with this training. Thanks for reading and I am thankful for all my readers!

 

 

 

 

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10 great blogs to read on the regular & podcasts to keep your brain stimulated on the daily

Workplace in my office with coffee

 

I wanted to share some blogs I enjoy reading and some podcasts I enjoy listening to.

The podcasts have been nice for me lately as I am able to listen to them while driving or doing housework.

What are some of your blogs or podcasts that you read/listen to on the regular?

Blogs:

 

Minimalism

Home

http://www.thistinybluehouse.com/

https://www.becomingminimalist.com/

Health and Wellness

http://www.healthhomeandhappiness.com

Pregnancy

https://www.mamanatural.com/

Spinning Babies: Comfort in pregnancy and birth

Life/family coach

Mama Says Namaste

http://www.daniellelaporte.com/

 Podcasts:

http://www.danielvitalis.com/rewild-yourself-podcast/

Podcasts

http://budgetsandcents.com/

http://www.cohesivehome.com/podcast/

http://nutritiousmovement.com

 

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Why you need a food journal(free pdf!)

food journal diet weightloss

Have you ever wondered if a food journal might help you with your health and wellness journey? Do you have unexplained symptoms such as headaches, bloating, fatigue, or nausea? Do you feel like you have been dieting and watching what you eat, but still are not losing the weight? If any of these apply to you, a food journal will most definitely help you! By writing down what you eat and drink everyday for a couple weeks, along with how you feel after eating, you will many times, pinpoint where you are struggling diet-wise or find foods that cause those unexplained symptoms. When I was practicing midwifery, I would always give my clients a handout to chart their food and water intake for the first month and bring it back to me at their next prenatal visit. Many times, the women would be amazed at what they ate, what their diet was lacking, or even discover they were not eating enough. It is also a great way to make sure you are drinking enough water. Many of us go about each day dehydrated. It’s amazing how much better our bodies work when hydrated properly.

I have a free printable Food Journal page for you to give it a try. This is just one easy method. If you like this printable, you may print multiples and hole punch them to put in a 3 ring binder to keep it all together so as to see your progress. Or, you could get a notepad, small notebook, jot it into the notes section on your device as well, whatever is easiest for you!

I will write more in another blog post about using your food journal to help you reach or maintain your health and wellness goals. Happy food journal-ling!

 

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Moisturize your Body

If you live in a colder climate, during the winter months it can be extremely harsh on your skin. I know my skin suffers during these cold months. I have a few favorite moisturizers that I stock up on for the winter months. I also make sure to drink plenty of water, eat healthy fats and oils. My threee favorite moisturizers are Jason aloe lotion, Plexus body cream, and Trader Joe’s moisturizing cream.

The Jason aloe one is nice with the aloe in it to help seal in moisture and its unscented.

The Plexus body cream has spirulina and activated charcoal in it. The activated charcoal helps work against age-advancing toxins and impurities. The spirulina aids in detoxing. It has a light feel and I will use it on my face.

The Trader Joe’s moisturizing cream is very emmolient and keeps my hands soft for quite some time. I like to use it on very dry areas of my body and my hands are one that needs the extra moisture! With all the hand washing from taking the toddler to the potty, to washing dishes, to cleaning up messes all day, my hands are in water all day long it seems.

Drinking half your body weight in water is vital, especially in the winter when the heat is blowing dry air constantly and when the skin is exposed to the harsh, cold air outside.

I try to make sure to consume good quality olive oil(don’t cook with it, only use it in salads or to drizzle some over foods!), avocados, unsalted nuts, and salmon are all great to help keep the skin healthy.

What are your favorite ways to stay moisterized in the winter?

 

 

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Welcome!

I’m so happy to be here by letting you learn a little about me, my path to healthy eating, healthy lifestyle and of course, to get to know you! I love the online community feel that we are able to have now a days. It’s such a wonderful way to connect and share little bits of our lives.

On this blog I’ll be writing about food, posting recipes, exercise, bits of my daily life, and musings. I also am hoping to start traveling in an RV with my husband, three daughters, dog, and cat. So, I’ll be sharing about this soon! Please bear with me as I am new to blogging and website workings!

I grew up with a large family and I was the oldest daughter. I have always loved babies, food, the outdoors, traveling, and learning. My mother was a hippie at heart and I grew up eating lots of vegetables, smoothies, tofu, and sprouts. She used essential oils before they became popular, homeopathic medicine, and other healing herbs. I learned a lot from her and continue to learn to this day. I fell off the healthy band wagon for awhile when I went off on my own, but soon found my way back. I feel so much better eating clean and exercising than when I’m not.

I was a massage therapist for twelve years and loved helping people feel better. From there  I decided to become a labor doula and then I became a home birth midwife and RN. Currently, I am staying at home with my three precious daughters and loving the little things in life, taking it day by day. I now have time to do some creative activities like blogging and cooking.