“Ask” by the Smiths is on constant replay in my head this morning as I sent my shy boy off to his last day of nature camp.  His best buddy could not be there yesterday, so L was quite a bit apprehensive to go today, worrying that his friend might not come.  I can relate all too well to that feeling, that deep anxiety of “who will I talk to?” and “who will I sit with?”.  As his mama I… Read more »

My parents have the magic touch when it comes to growing lavender. Each summer their yard is filled with the gorgeous fragrance and elegant flowers. It is probably because of that that I have such a fondness for this herb. When I was in college a friend introduced me to aromatherapy, and I was hooked. It soon seemed, however, that I always came back to my favorite, which is lavender. Therapeutically lavender is so beneficial and it’s uses are endless…. Read more »

Not that anyone ever enjoys having a sore throat…but I really, really hate it. As a kid I would get strep throat at least once a year, and had what seemed like one long continuous cold all through elementary school. Thankfully as an adult I am much healthier! Yet something about a sore throat brings back those miserable feelings of “when will this end?” and “what did I do wrong?”. Having birthed four children I feel a bit ridiculous lamenting… Read more »

A few years ago I discovered a lovely book, “Full Moon Feast” by Jessica Prentice. Part cookbook, part Moon lore, part locavore’s diary, this book captured my imagination and my appetite. I have always had a fascination with the moon, and longed to be more “in tune”. I somehow lost track of the book, but just re-discovered it today, just in time for tomorrow’s Full Mead Moon ( aka Full Thunder Moon, and many other names depending on who you… Read more »

Getting the kids to bed in the summer months gives me the opportunity to witness many sunsets. When I was a little girl I was fascinated with the way the sky would turn into a parfait of color. This still calms me, and brings to mind the word that’s been on my mind lately…grace. Everywhere I look, the word appears. Everywhere I look, grace appears. The sunset…one day ends and we rest before another begins…we get this chance every day…. Read more »

Sitting with a 5 year-old who really does not want to sleep at 9:58 PM is an exercise in…something. Patience, maybe, futility, most definitely. We have watched the sun set, we have discussed many a question such as “why does Santa wear red?” and “what animals have eyelids?” and other brilliant inquiries that seem to flood his little mind at bedtime. I remind him to take a deep breath, to let his body relax, be calm…but the energy of an… Read more »

So, it’s only mid-August, but since I am hearing about so many people experiencing flu-like symptoms already, I’ve had our flu prevention protocol on my mind. With L and C both going to school this year, I’m going to have to be extra vigilant to keep those flu germs out of our house. This is our basic prevention plan: –the obvious hand-washing–daily Vitamin D3 drops–elderberry syrup and/or tincture–oscillococcinum on hand for when symptoms begin–daily or almost daily green smoothies–raw local… Read more »

The babies and I are listening to my Raffi station on Pandora while doing a little cleaning (I’m cleaning, they are un-cleaning.) Raffi will always make me smile. Truer words were never spoken…”All I really need is a song in my heart, food in my belly, and love in my family.” Thank you, Raffi!

I’ve had an off and on relationship with my hula hoop for a long time. But even though I don’t have the opportunity to swirl as often as I’d like these days, hooping is something I’ve loved since I was a little girl, which earns it a very special place in my heart. I’ve always been drawn to circles, spirals, and swirls…so it makes perfect sense that I love hooping. I feel such a happy energy in the hoop, and… Read more »