Simple Ways to Survive Quarantine as an Introvert/Mom

Simple Ways to Survive Quarantine as an Introvert/Mom

Wow, a lot has happened lately, hasn't it? My husband and I went on vacation on March 4th ... to Italy. The same day that we flew from Florence to Paris (March 10th), they shut everything down in Italy. Fortunately, they didn't start cancelling flights until after...

Natural treatment options for Bell’s Palsy symptoms

Natural treatment options for Bell’s Palsy symptoms

"Mom, something feels really weird with half of my face." I got this message from my 15-year-old a few months ago. Naturally, I figured he was messing with me in some way and told him to tell his dad (he's a paramedic and if it was really a valid concern, he would...

How to Declutter Your Home: Before You Begin

How to Declutter Your Home: Before You Begin

This is the first in a series on decluttering your home – a fantastic way to increase clarity and focus and decrease stress. Read How to Declutter the Kitchen, How to Declutter the Bedroom, How to Declutter the Bathroom and How to Declutter Toys. A few years ago, I...

Food Rules to Live By

Food Rules to Live By

I grew up on white bread and processed American cheese. Candy and pastries were abundant in our home, thanks to my dad's insatiable sweet tooth (thanks for passing that on Dad). I don't remember eating many fresh veggies, but it could be that my picky eating habits...

REFUSE to Save the Planet

REFUSE to Save the Planet

In the last decade, we have dramatically decreased the amount of garbage we produce as a family. We've done this by switching to reusable items, being more conscious of packaging when we buy things and by recycling whenever possible. But. Every time I walk by our...

Ditch disposables and save

Ditch disposables and save

People tell me that I'm a hippy now, and while I don't feel that I fit in with the stereotype in my head, I can see where they draw that conclusion. I began recycling mostly as an effort to reduce our monthly expenses so that I could quit my job and stay home with the...

3 reasons to make the switch to natural clothing

3 reasons to make the switch to natural clothing

In preparing for our trip to Europe (currently writing this from our apartment in Florence), I had a lot of time to refine my capsule wardrobe. Happily, I didn’t need to add much to it. In fact, a lot of the effort went into reducing it even further. And, thanks to...

What does a capsule wardrobe have to do with wellness?

What does a capsule wardrobe have to do with wellness?

When I think about my wellness journey, one of the biggest things to make a positive impact was my capsule wardrobe. I know that might seem strange if you only consider physical wellness - unless you count the activewear I added and actually started using for...

The top 10 essential oils I always have on hand

The top 10 essential oils I always have on hand

Recently, I sent out a question to the wonderful readers on my newsletter list asking what overwhelms them most when it comes to wellness and essential oils. I got some really great questions, but the one that came in time and again was: What are the top essential...