If you want more good things

If you would like to add more peace, joy and resilience to your life (and who wouldn’t welcome more and more of that!), here are a few amazing people who teach practical tools to do just that.

I recently had the good fortune to attend a wonderful retreat led by both Mary Hayes Grieco and Elizabeth…

Three ways to find a natural salon

I recently learned some new ways to find a natural / healthy / organic / green salon and wanted to share the tips. First, here’s some back story.

I’ve been interested in finding a natural salon for a while. Although many popular salons and hair treatments and products claim to be “natural,” they really fall short and still contain harmful ingredients. Finding a salon that is actually clean…

Inspiring movies for thought

I enjoy watching movies about inspiring people and inspiring times in history. I feel that the things you watch, hear, read and otherwise take in are to some degree either uplifting or disheartening. I’d rather “consume” messages that are uplifting, inspiring and hopeful versus messages that are downers.

Recently, we saw “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” about St.…

Truly healthy chicken, made easy, on a budget

Eating meat that has been raised healthily and humanely is really important to me. I only want to put things in my body that actually nourish and energize me. I also want to use my food dollars to vote for integrity and to support individuals and businesses that contribute to a better future for all of us. The short- and long-term health costs of cheap conventional, factory-farmed meat (which is…

Why mow when you can grow

If you were an alien, what would you be confused about? I’ll tell you the first thing I would be confused about: grass lawns.

Reporting back to home base: “Well, I have observed that these humans surround their homes with large swaths of an exact kind of green grass. This must be critical for people’s survival because they spend an awful lot of time, energy and money on it. They spend…

The meaning behind movement

How do you react when you hear the word “exercise”? And what’s the reason you exercise? I chose the word “Movement” for my wellness book that will cover exercise and physical activity partly because I think movement carries a more positive tone and avoids the “shoulds” and guilt that are sometimes associated with exercise.

On my website, I talk a little more about my philosophy on wellness…

Medicine closet makeovers

Here are a few helpful resources that can help you naturally heal and soothe all sorts of everyday ailments: allergies, headaches, sore throats, ear infections, stress, rashes, colic, eczema, cramps, nausea, digestive issues…and the list goes on. I’m already looking forward to adding a “healing remedies” topic to my book series at some point.

 1. Wellness mama website (


Mosquitoes be gone

Nobody wants to be bit by mosquitoes, but being doused in chemicals to keep them away doesn’t seem like a better option.

We’ve been using a cleaner variety of bug spray we bought from the co-op a while back, but I just learned about an even better choice from my mother-in-law. She found a recipe online, made up a batch and found it worked wonders at keeping those snippy bugs away during…

Ways of waking

How do you wake up in the morning? I think waking up more peacefully can really start your day off on a better note. Since most people use an alarm clock at some point or another, if not all week, I’ll share a couple ideas for a gentler wake up call.

First, there are clocks that make a pretty chime or gong. The sounds get progressively louder. This website, Now & Zen, has a few different…

Good food on the road

Our family travels often, and our trips are long enough we always need at least 1 – 3 meals on the road. We feel much better when we continue to eat clean food on our trips, so we always take some snacks and meals along.  Here are a few easy options:

-       Sugar snap peas (easiest veggie I can think of for the road)

-       Deli meat

-       Avocados (keep them on top to…

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