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Welcome to Modern Alternative Mama!

I’m Kate, and I’m 29.  I’m married to my wonderful husband Ben, who is 29.  We’ve been married since 2006 (9 years now)!  In January 2008, we welcomed our daughter, Rebekah, who is now 6!  In July 2009, we welcomed our son, Daniel, who was born at home, and is now 4.  Then, in August 2011, we welcomed our second son, Jacob, 2, also born at home.  Nathan joined us in March 2013, now 1.  It’s pretty busy around here now!

We are Christians and strive to teach our children about the Lord.  It must be going at least decently well, despite my many failings — my daughter said not too long ago (fall 2012) “I don’t care about anything anymore!  Except Jesus and painting.”  She’s quite the creative one. :)  We also homeschool our children and are beginning with a loose unschooling pre-K type education in the fall of 2012.  I occasionally post about the projects we’ve been doing, including our homeschool coop (which I run).

I love to cook and there’s nearly always something going in my kitchen.  I’ve taken up traditional cooking over the last several years (due, in a large part, to my daughter’s allergies) and have loved it.  I’ve always enjoyed cooking so this was a new and exciting challenge for me.  I also love natural health and I’m constantly coming up with new home remedies for my family.  I currently have a book called A Practical Guide to Children’s Health out, and I’m working on another, which will be published by a traditional publisher sometime in spring/summer 2015.

Our goal over the next several months is to move to a farm property in Central Ohio.  We’re looking for around 10 acres of land.  We hope to plant a large garden and raise chickens in our first year, and slowly add in beef and milk cows as well as an orchard.  We’d ultimately like to be completely self-sustainable, including producing our own green energy.  As of fall 2012 we’re cleaning out our current home and preparing to sell, as well as checking out properties around the city to find the right one for us.  We’re sharing our journey as we unfolds!

In addition to this site, you can also find me at Keeper of the Home and Food…Your Way, where I used to contribute monthly. I have guest posts at sites around the web, including Kitchen Stewardship, Kelly the Kitchen Kop, Passionate Homemaking, Simple Mom, and more.

Through this blog you’ll get to know us even more, so jump right in!

Living the non-mainstream life: Jesus-loving, debt-free living, home birthing, extended breastfeeding, cloth diapering, non-vaccinating, organic gardening and real-food cooking mama!

Read more about us!:

Our Story, part 1 (how Ben and I met)

Our Story, part 2

Rebekah’s Story, Updated

Changing Diet: Our Story


  1. Hi Kate! Just found your blog after buying the Healthy Living ebook Bundle. We have so much in common! I’ll be a new follower of yours! We are planning our 2nd home birth for March 2013 as well! (Ist was natural hospital birth, 2nd was very successful home water birth!) Excited to learn more of what you have to share! ~Sarah


  2. Kate, like Sarah, I discovered your blog through the ebook bundle! I, too, have much in common with you! Had a question about something in your Against the Grain book. Is it possible to have your email? So exciting to find more women that I have lots in common with! I always love lots of extra encouragement as a new mom! We welcomed our first child, in May, 2012, at home!


  3. Hi, I’m so excited to have stumbled upon your blog quite by accident! I have some things in common with you and in the areas that I am not like you, I long to be like you and admire you. I cloth diapered, am doing extended breast feeding, I want to learn to cook real food and I wish I could live a self-sufficient lifestyle, although I think that that last part will be really hard to achieve for me personally since my lifestyle is so far from that. I will look to your blog for encouragement and inspiration!


  4. Hi Kate, so glad to have discovered your blog. I am a 65 years old German nutritionist, and have raised my 2 girls much like you . I am, however, pretty much upset about your attitude towards grains. Humans have lived on WHOLE grains for more than 10.00 years, how could this essential food be causing disease? I would be glad to share my upcoming ebook “raw food for babies” with you with lots of information and recipes. It is a proven natural alternative to formula if breastfeeding is not an option.


  5. It’s that you go through my thoughts! You seem to learn much concerning this, such as you published a e book inside it or something. I believe that you recently is capable of doing with some s. do. to push the solution household slightly, but rather than which, this is great site. An outstanding read. Let me undoubtedly come back.


  6. Hi Kate! So i came across your article “why I don’t and won’t take prenatal vitamins.” Loved it! So my plan has always been to forgo prenatal vitamins and do it naturally through food, because that’s what people have been doing for the majority of history: eating food. Unfortunately I have not finished my research on best foods, and menus, and everything yet… and my husband and I may be expecting our first soon (which we are excited about the potential of this!). Needless to say, I feel in a bit of a rush now to figure this all out, because I do want a healthy baby! I NEED HELP!!! i would love to chat with you some so I can get this figured out asap… do you have any meal plans or stuff like that available. I might not even yet be pregnant and already I feel like a failing mama. :/ I would love some help/advise. I know it will all turn out just right in the end, but at the moment I feel overwhelmed. Thanks so much, and thanks for your article and blog.


    • Hi Erin,

      Yes, I have a bunch of meal plans, and a book called “Healthy Pregnancy Super Foods” which happens to be our featured book this month, only $5. These are great places to start. We also have, that’s another good resource. Nobody is perfect and you won’t eat a perfect diet and that’s okay! Just by checking into it and trying to cook healthy you are doing the best you can. :)


  7. Hi Katie
    I found your post on Raw Milk and that there is a group….I’m in central Ohio and I would love to have more info and join. Please let me know any pertinent info. Thank you


  8. Hi Kate! I found your blog online while looking for alternatives for antibiotics for my daughters sinus infection. I am new to learning about natural healing remedies, even though we are a very health conscience family. I live in Gulf Shores, Al and my husband and I also are in the process of getting land to become self sustaining. Lol, we even want chickens and the whole nine yards.:)Thanks for all of your tips. I look forward to reading your posts!


  9. Question, I grew up on a dairy farm in Central Ohio and we are starting to milk at home to feed the calves that we raise more efficiently. I have always been told you SHOULD NOT drink raw milk while pregnant. I also asked my OBGYN and he said steer clear of unpasteurized anything while pregnant, there are too many factors in milk production while pregnant. Have you heard any of this?


    • Hi Brandi! Yes, mainstream medical professionals will tell you not to drink raw milk while pregnant. However, I (and others) strongly disagree with that statement. Know your farmer, and their sanitation practices. I drank raw milk throughout my pregnancy (as many others have as well) and was perfectly fine. Nourishing Traditions and Weston A. Price foundation both recommend raw milk during pregnancy (in large quantities).


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