Resources for Healthy Family Choices

Have you been wanting to maybe get your family eating just a little healthier, feeling a little better, go a little more natural, or save a little on your expenses?

I love sharing bits of my life and resources here on the blog with you, dear readers. I don’t like the sales stuff to interrupt that

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Father’s Day Appreciation

A note to my Beloved today…

I appreciate you:

When I see you holding a wheelbarrow heavily loaded with debris, slowing your steps up the hill so that little ones can keep up.

When you hold a toddler’s hand until he falls asleep.

When you haul the whole crowd of little ones out for an “adventure” to the

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Mama’s Toolbox

In our pursuit of living frugally and naturally over the years with a growing family, having a “Mama’s Toolbox” of sorts has been imperative. Over time, we also relocated into a more remote area, with limited access to healthcare resources (especially natural ones).

In talking with a local friend awhile back, we

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Self-Care for Mama

“Self-Care” seems to be a phrase that is tossed about more often lately. At first glance it may appear to be a “feel-good” term, and utterly impossible. When your schedule is full, the little ones depend on you, and the chores never end, mama can often end up feeling drained.

Admittedly, I can be really

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They Change Me

I’m in the midst of the “little years,” with a 6-year-old, a 3 1/2-year-old, and a 1-year-old. It’s a time of minimal sleep, lots of messes, and much change.

I’m learning not to rush the seasons.

I can see the growth happening in each child, and it reminds me how quickly they change.

The baby in

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Homemade Natural Baby Ointment

I’ve used the same basic “recipe” for baby ointment on each of my babies these past few years. Occasionally, I have mixed in some extra herbs or essential oils for a specific need, but the base stays the same.

It is easier to mix up on warmer days, so I don’t have to take the extra step

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Essential Oil Remedies for Croup

It seemed almost routine for awhile; that dreaded barky cough appearing in late winter or early spring, even though we tried to stay healthy, and take our immune-boosting supplements.

The natural remedies were stocked in our medicine box, and have worked well. But it still felt a bit like we were waiting it out; that

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When Breastfeeding is Challenging

Feeding babies can be a sensitive subject. It is also something that I am passionate about. I love seeing mamas equipped to feed their babies in the way they desire, and to see little babies thriving! I have formula-fed one baby, and nursed two more. But it hasn’t been an easy road for

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Homemade Hair Butter

Several years ago, while we were waiting to adopt our first baby, the popular topic of conversation in our adoption classes/forums was “ethnic hair care.” We quickly became familiar with a popular pink-colored lotion.

However, by the time our little girl was a year old, we realized the wheat germ oil (plus the other chemicals,

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Raising Happy Kids: Encouraging Joy

With visitors frequently in and out of our home, or while on outings, we often get the compliment that we have “such happy kids.” Oh, they still have their grumpy moments and other human emotions at times (they are people!), but for the most part, they are joyful children.

Here are 10 Ways we have

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