• When we moved last fall, I found myself completely overwhelmed. In fact, really even in the few months before we moved, I was so exhausted (because of the mold issue we didn’t yet know about) that just trying to get through the day was tough.  Trying to feed my family healthy food that didn’t cost… [Continue Reading]

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  • **This post is sponsored by Plant Therapy.** A lot of people want to use essential oils for their families.  Which is great!  More natural options, fewer pharmaceuticals. The problem is, not all essential oils are truly kid-safe.  Some shouldn’t be used under age 2.  Some shouldn’t be used under age 6.  Some, not under age… [Continue Reading]

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  • Image by Murray Barnes A little while ago, someone shared a photograph in one of my natural birthing/parenting groups.  It was a picture of a placenta encapsulation gone wrong.  In it, the capsules were in a small container and were wrinkled (partially melted) and covered in blue-green fuzzy mold.  The caption on the photo stated… [Continue Reading]

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