Sckoon Cup for an Eco-friendly Period

Using a Sckoon Cup for an Eco-friendly Period

I've been hearing about menstrual cups for a couple years now. I was intrigued but not quite sure if it was for me. I'm one of those mamas who loves cloth menstrual pads. But there are times when wearing a cloth pad is really inconvenient: when I want to go swimming, camping, and hiking. Then one of my good friends who lives part of the year off grid in a tipi told me that she … [Read more...]

How to Turn a Wool Sweater into a Pan Handle Cover

How to make an upcycled wool cast iron pan handle cover

Whether you use cast iron or stainless steel pots and pans in the kitchen, a durable pan handle cover is a must have! This tutorial will show you how to make an upcycled wool sweater pan handle cover in five simple steps. There's a free pattern to download that I made by tracing our cast iron pan handle. If you don't use cast iron, you can simply trace your pan handle and … [Read more...]

Kite Flying for Low Cost Family Fun

kite flying is a low cost fun family activity

Do you remember the last time you flew a kite? Until last week, it had been well over a decade since I had flown a kite. I have many fond memories of flying a kite as a kid. Then I grew up and for some reason never thought much about flying a kite. We recently were reading about flying kites in several of Little A's books. I realized our back pasture was the perfect spot to fly … [Read more...]

8 Steps to Healthy Holistic Living

8 steps to healthy holistic living

Welcome to the May 2014 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Green Moms. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and Crunchy Farm Baby through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about how they take time to care for themselves. Stop by all of the posts to get green ideas on how you can take … [Read more...]

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway Event

Hello from Van’s Natural Foods! May is Celiac Awareness month and the perfect time to let our fans know about all the delicious gluten-free offerings from Van’s Natural foods. As you may know, we at Van’s pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of tasty, wholesome food choices – flavorful, simple, whole-grain snacks (including new multigrain chips and PB&J bars!) … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Naturally Get Rid of Wasps and Hornets

Three Ways to Naturally Get Rid of Wasps and Hornets without using toxic killing spray

A few years ago I wrote a post about getting rid of wasps and hornets naturally.  Since then, we actually figured out a few more ways to not use toxic killing spray to get rid of problem wasps and hornets. Today we're going to share three ways that actually work to naturally get rid of wasps and hornets. I'm a nature loving mama and usually the type to capture a bug we … [Read more...]

Gratitude Sunday 4-13-2014


The last few weeks, I've been feeling such gratitude for this new land we are living on. Now that warmer spring weather has arrived, we've been busy working on outdoor projects. Everyday, I find myself thinking of so many things I am thankful for at our new home. I feel so blessed to be here. This place fills my soul and makes my heart sing. Today we're joining Taryn at Wooly … [Read more...]

Easter Gifts for Babies and Toddlers

wood teething toy Easter gift for babies and toddlers

Have you ever tried finding an Easter gift for babies and toddlers? Speaking from experience, it is challenging! For a baby or toddler, especially in a natural living family, a basket packed full of sugary treats and chocolates doesn't seem appropriate. What else can you give a baby or toddler for Easter that is age appropriate? All natural, eco-friendly wood Easter toys! My … [Read more...]