My blogging hiatus

Nothing relaxes me quite like the beauty of the great outdoors.

As some of you may have noticed, I took a hiatus from blogging last week.  It wasn’t really planned, it just kindof happened.  My nephews were in town for the week, life had been very busy for a while, and I was feeling overwhelmed with everything on my plate.  Blogging just didn’t make the cut for the week, but now I’m feeling more rejuvenated and ready to give you an update on what I’ve been up to. Continue reading

Homemade Laundry Detergent

My new homemade laundry detergent.

As you may have figured out by now, I’m a pretty frugal person.  If I can make a product at home and save money while not including any strange chemicals, I’m all about it.  I make my own lotion, lip balm, shampoo, hand soap, and body scrub, but one thing that had so far evaded me was laundry detergent.   Continue reading

When Balance Just Isn’t Possible

I’m getting closer to the end of my crazy week, but until then, enjoy some of my favorite posts from days gone by.  I promise I’ll have some fresh content next week!  Today this post feels especially timely to me.

We talk a lot in the wellness movement about balance, the art of keeping all aspects of your life in proper perspective, not neglecting one area for another.  It’s an important concept, and when you’re able to live that way, you tends to feel calmer, more relaxed, and, well, balanced.  But life has seasons that may demand us to pay more attention to one aspect than usual, and in those times, balance goes out the window.  I feel like I’m in one of those seasons right now.  I’ve been working hard on my certification for 9 months now, trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible.  Don’t get me wrong, I love it.  However, its required me to make some adjustments in how I spend my time.  In the past when I’ve gone through seasons of imbalance, I burned the candle at both ends, trying to still keep up with everything I felt I needed to do, not acknowledging that some things were less important.  As a result, my body was thrown into adrenal fatigue, and I was forced to slow down.  I’m mostly past that, but the lesson was well learned.  This time around, I’ve made a list of priorities to get me through this time, and everything else has been placed on hold.  While this list looks different for everyone, here’s the things I’ve chosen to focus on to keep myself from doing too much. Continue reading

Rome wasn’t built in a day…or…Change is hard, so take it slow.

I’ve been getting questions lately from my readers about how to actually transition to a real foods diet.  What does it actually look like, and where do you start?  It can sometimes be daunting, and even discouraging.  Different people say some foods are good while others say they’re bad.  There’s the fight between those who say local produce is better than organic produce, and more and more people talking about how our soils are depleted and we aren’t getting as many nutrients from fruits and vegetables as we used to.  Do you have to find a farmer in order to get quality meats?  What if there isn’t one near you?  Or you can’t afford it?  Today, I’d like to talk about some easy, practical steps to take on your health journey, and encourage you that you don’t have to totally revamp your diet overnight in order to reap the benefits.

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Soak up the Sun

This week I took a couple days off work to relax, recharge my batteries, and catch up on some things I’d like to do.  I’ve been so busy this year with school, blogging, and now my externship, that I haven’t taken a whole lot of time for myself.  As I was planning what I wanted to do with my time, I tried to remember the last time I actually got outside and enjoyed the sun and the outdoors.  And you know what?  I couldn’t remember. Continue reading

Avoiding the Drive Through: Make Ahead Meatballs

From the feedback I’m getting it seems you guys like the practical posts about avoiding the drive through, making your own self care products, etc.  I’ll try and include more of those in the weeks to come, so if you have any ideas of specific topics you’d like to see, feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email!  Today I’m going to tell you about one of my favorite ways to avoid the drive through: make ahead meatballs.  I had just started making a batch of these the other day when I thought “this would be a great blog post!”  So, I whipped out my camera and decided to take some pictures.  Forgive my dirty food processor, I’d already used it! Continue reading

Sustainability as Part of Wellness

Rocky Mountain National Park

Sustainability is quite the buzzword lately.  We use it to talk about agriculture, economics, healthcare, and a wide variety of other topics.  It seems like our world is increasingly consumer driven; we’re buying more and more of the things that our grandparents and great-grandparents knew how to make themselves.  Sure, its convenient, but what are the costs in the long run?  Are we really bettering our lives, or just losing our abilities to take care of ourselves?  What does sustainability mean when it comes to our own personal wellness? Continue reading