Wednesday, December 12, 2012

No Poo Method Weeks Two and Three

Hey Friends! I'm sorry that I'm a week behind on updating about my no shampoo journey. Something about Christmas, preparing traditional foods and oh yes, four children, have been taking up a lot of my time! That said, I think the honeymoon is over for me and the baking soda/vinegar.

Week Two

Real life blogging photo
In week two my hair started to adjust in some unexpected ways. I noticed dandruff! I've never in my life had dandruff unless you count the times I used "big sexy hair" spray. Haha. Now, I don't wash my hair every day, even if I wanted to, which I don't, I have no time for it. I think I noticed the dandruff on day two, washed it that night and it cleared up the next day. I also noticed that the baking soda has a bit of a drying effect whereas the vinegar tends to add shine... or a greasy look. This method is going to take a bit of intuition and grace to get it just right. I find my hair is feeling a bit chalky at the roots, even though it looks good.

At the end of week one I also started a rosemary infusion of vinegar for my hair. It should be ready by week four. Rosemary is generally good for hair and I like the smell of it. Salad head here I come!

Week Three

Various tinctures infusing
By week three I was starting to get a bit of my groove back. I like to go three days between washing my hair, at least when using conventional products, and thats not advisable with this no poo method. Right now my hair is fluctuating between feeling pretty good, pretty gunky, or pretty greasy. I've done a bit of reading and I think hardwater may be to blame. Last night I used only vinegar to rinse it and the result isn't great. I think I look fine, I mean I can pull off the slightly greasy hippie mom look, but it's not ideal. I'm going to try a bit of troubleshooting by using distilled water to wash my hair over the next few days. But I realize that this isn't practical. I may have to look into other natural and inexpensive hair care routines. I'm not willing to give up on no-poo yet though!


Another thing that I've been pondering is what is my hair actually supposed to feel and look like? Grass fed beef is natural and tastes pretty different from corn fed, the same is true for raw milk and fermented foods. They're all natural, the way things ought to be, and sometimes take a while to get used to. What is my hair supposed to feel like? Obviously walking around as cavewoman-mom with dreads isn't a good option. I wonder what the balance is.


Use essential oils as fragrance.

My hair has always smelled like something. Most shampoos and conditioners contain perfumes; it's a little weird having unscented hair. I don't believe it smells bad, and none of my friends or husband have complained, but I like having scented hair. To remedy this I've started taking an essential oil bottle and just brushing it against my hair and through it before I go out. Don't actually drip it anywhere, just brush it through your hair. My favorite oils are orange and lavender depending on my mood. I find orange invigorating and lavender grounding.

Bulk organic herbs, spices and essential oils. Sin

Try vinegar and baking soda separately.

When your hair is looking dry, try just vinegar, or vinegar infused with your favorite herbs. Conversely, try just baking soda when it's looking too oily. There seems to be a tenuous balance.

Don't go back to shampoo yet!

Using conventional shampoo even once will strip your hair of its natural oils and you'll be back at day one! Stick it out a little longer.

Your feedback

How is your natural haircare journey going? I love reading your thoughts!

Until next time may grace and peace be yours in abundance!

And part of Thank Your Body Thursday

Friday, December 7, 2012

Photo Friday

This post was supposed to post a long time ago on an actual Friday!

Heirloom Lettuce Seed
From our garden this fall.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Free eBooks Today!

Hey friends! Today I found a bunch of great eBooks for free today only, over at Just Eating Real Food's facebook page that I have to share with you guys.

  Best Chicken Breeds: 12 Types of Hens that Lay Lots of Eggs, Make Good Pets, and Fit in Small Yards (36-page Booklet).

Thursday, November 29, 2012

"No Poo Method" Week One

You're doing what?

I've started the no poo method and no, this has nothing to do with the toilet! Instead of washing my hair with traditional shampoo and conditioner I'll be using only vinegar and baking soda for three weeks. I've given friends and family fair warning that I may look and smell a little off over the next month.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Nourishing and Simple Bone Broth

Best crockpot ever. Circa 1979.
Many of the recipes that I share require homemade bone broth. This is not something that can be substituted with anything from a can or tetra pack. Real bone broth is a beautiful thing. It's packed with bioavailable minerals for strong bones, teeth and nails. Broth is also healing to the gut lining and because of the collagen and gelatin it supports your joints and reduces the appearance of cellulite! I am not making this stuff up. Bone broth is amazing. I have been experiencing it's benefits for months.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Probiotic Ranch Dressing

Sometimes a few paper plates slip into my house.
I adore ranch dressing. It's one of those comfort foods that you either love or hate. For me and my girls it's nothing but love. Sadly, the ranch dressings sold on store shelves taste awful and the ones at restaurants are still made with garbage like MSG and preservatives. Thus, I decided to make ranch dressing a super food instead of a guilty indulgence.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Photo Friday!

Noah had eaten some apples today not sparing the seeds! Hey, it happens. So to help him avoid a tummy ache from the cyanide in the apple seeds Michael mixed a small amount of activated charcoal with yogurt for dessert. What ensued while I was drawing the bath water for the kids can only be described as a mustache party! Enjoy!

 Best quote of the evening, "Kaitlyn is trying to lick my moustache!!" 

I had to join in!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Who Are You?

Who are you...?  Are you a lawyer? Are you a wife? A mother? A gay person? A straight person? Are you just a sinner? How do you identify yourself?  It's an important question, because who we believe we are dictates who are going to be.  Proverbs 23:7 says " For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he."  Who do you think you are?  

Monday, October 22, 2012

Master Tonic Soup

For those of you familiar with "The Master Tonic" you know that it's a fiery blend designed to boost your immune system and circulation. For those who aren't already acquainted  let me introduce you to its friendlier cousin, the master tonic soup.

It starts with fresh onions, garlic, ginger, hot peppers and of course, homemade bone broth. The result is a deeply nourishing soup to warm you up and give your immune system a little kick!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Blog Hop!

I shared one of my posts over at Sarah Mae's new blog. Check it out. And share yours if you have something to offer. :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Elderberry Oatmeal

It's fall! I woke up this morning around seven and saw a beautiful and cold fog settled in around my garden. It's time to pick apples and pumpkins and start ramping up our immune systems for the cold and sunless months ahead.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

A Trip to Ming Yip, Traditional Chinese Medicinalist

Goosey and I got really sick a little while back. We were exposed to mold, which we are very allergic to. I took her to the pediatrician who said she was fine but maybe had an ear infection. This child was not fine, she was wheezing and coughing and sad. I was even worse. My lungs closed and tightened nearly to the point where I couldn't breathe.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I'm not an athlete

The seasons are changing. Its a period of time that I love but can also bring introspection and feelings of sadness. I saw a clip on facebook that said, "the leaves and my serotonin levels are falling." This is true for me today! I've been playing some verses in my head the last few days...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Stories from the Playroom

K: Look at my animals. They're the animals on Noah's ark.
E. These are the people who didn't obey God, they are drowning!
I hear all kinds of things coming from the playroom throughout my day. Sometimes its sweet words shared between the siblings, sometimes its screaming, and sometimes its an opportunity to teach the children about the Lord. We don't need to sit down and have a formal lesson to learn about Jesus.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Growing and Drying Your Own Herbs

Greek oregano, chamomile, thai basil

Growing and drying your own herbs for winter use is really simple and rewarding.
This summer we grew: parsley, thai basil, greek oregano, chamomile, lavender and cilantro. Some of these are growing like wild and others just growing enough for typical fresh usage. For the ones growing wild I've been harvesting and drying them.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wild Berry Pie

Summer is a season to be enjoyed by all the senses. Its warm humid air, rain drops felt and thunderstorms seen and heard. I adore this season. A few weeks ago the littles and I picked wild blackberries from my parent's property. It was so much fun. They ate most of what they picked but my dad and I stayed the course and gathered without snacking! Here is a photo heavy post on the joys of summer and baking wild blackberry pie.

Step One: Pick and eat as many berries as you can before getting soaked in the rain!

Monday, July 23, 2012

They All Matter to Him

Do the innocent children and families killed in the shooting in Colorado matter more than the innocent children and families that have been killed by predator drones in the middle east? Is the life of an American child more valuable than a dark skinned one in a far away land?

A Perfectly Normal Birth

Goosey's birth was wonderful, peaceful, and almost uneventful except that at the very end I got to hold a precious baby girl.

I wasn't sure when I was due. According to my own calculations my estimated due date was around February 12th which meant that I would probably deliver around the end of the month. (My babies like to stay in as long as they can.) 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Lavender Infused Lemonade

What's more refreshing in a heat wave than a cold glass of sparkling lemonade? My dad and I made a healthy lavender lemonade for Buster's second birthday and everyone really enjoyed it. I think you will too. :)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Almost a Homestead

My hands are sore as I write this but I am so happy! I discovered today that I have little zucchini growing! And that I have four muskmelon plants growing when I thought they were all zucchini! Awesome! Sorry, gardening gets me excited. :)


Thursday, June 28, 2012

We Made Raw Butter!

Tasting at the whipped cream stage
A few days ago the kitchen was clean, the cream had separated from the milk and E and K helped me make raw butter from tasty and nutritious grass fed milk. It was so easy.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Unorthodox Harvest

This evening I went down to my garden to pull a few weeds after the bees and yellow jackets had gone on home. Things look pretty grassy in the garden for now but I was able to pull up a few useful herbs that I can eat and use for medicine.

Summer Kitchen Bucket List

Some days, oh, some days are hard. Today was one of them. All I want to do is get in my kitchen, have it clean and make some fun foods. Creative food experiments.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Of Wabbits

A rabbit ate one of my San Marzano tomato plants. Plants that I grew from precious heirloom seed. I suppose that was his snack after he finished half eating most of my strawberries.

You can imagine what happened to him.

Actually his fate is probably too horrible for you to imagine, but I don't think he'll be back to my garden.

Table Cloth Curtains

All that squirrel killing had me craving something beautiful. Feeling so very Little House, I decided to sew some curtains for our freshly painted dining room.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Homemaker: Redefined

I take my job very seriously. I care for my household. My husband, my children, the landscaping, garden, general cleanliness, preparation of medicinal herbs, schooling. I do my best in all arenas. This weekend I took home the wife championship title.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Helping Hands, Open Hearts

This afternoon I had the pleasure of cooking and cleaning with my 4 year old daughter. We got to talk about things that make her happy, she got to taste everything we added to our soup and smoothie, she even got to wash the blender herself.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Eat Your Garlic!

Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine by the food. - Hippocrates
These are words to live by. In fact when our kitchen is finally repainted, I hope to have someone artfully write those words across the wall by the table.  Garlic is a powerful medicine and delicious food. It has healed me of mastitis and both my husband and I of incredibly sore throats and colds.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Fantastic Fajitas

Chicken fajitas are a Flick favorite. They're pretty easy and make you feel nourished and healthy when you eat them. Anything is easy once you get in the habit of doing it. Fajitas or tacos is something that Michael and I could cook blindfolded with one arm tied behind our backs. And since peppers and onions are Michael's favorite vegetables, this dish a staple in our home.

Modern Living

As someone who secretly admires the Amish and wants to be off grid I'm disappointed that I suck so much at not having a dishwasher. I mean, dishes don't pile up forever, and I'm still cooking lots of things... But honestly, I hate not having magic dish box.

Maybe its just hard to keep up because I have 4 babies. I'm holding one now while the 3 big ones drink super smoothies.

2 Apples
Raw Milk Kefir
Powdered Herb Blend
Few tablespoons coconut oil
Chia Seeds

all organic ;) except frozen mango

Its a bit tart, but my kids barely know what sugar is.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Postpartum Remedies

After my first 2 deliveries I didn't know all that much about natural health or healing. I've been learning bits here and there since I got married but I'm starting to feel much more competent in practicing what I've learned. After Goosey's delivery I had a second degree tear. It felt like nothing compared my bruising, swelling and tearing that I had after Noah's delivery. 

**A note to all pregnant Mommas out there, don't push until you're ready, and when you are ready, take it easy as your body tells you what to do and how to do it. We were designed to push babies out, not obey a drill sergeant nurse's commands... but thats another story. ;)**

With four very busy little ones I wanted to help my body heal as quickly as possible. Here are some of the things that I did: (And they really helped! I was healed down there in about 2 weeks, versus months and months after Noah.)

My baby crew
- I ate high fat, high protein meals to help bring my milk in and my body to recover. Including lots of grass fed butter and coconut oil.

-I added a few drops of lavender oil to my peri bottle and used it every time that I was in the bathroom. Lavender helped to relieve the stinging pain. It also speeds healing and kept out infection. 

- I made a decoction of comfrey and used my peri bottle to rinse with that once or twice a day the first 2 weeks (or as I remembered).

-A decocotion is basically an herbal tea that you steep for a very long time to extract as much of the medicinal qualities of the herb as possible.

-Comfrey is a great herb to have in your home! Comfrey contains allantoin, which helps to reduce inflammation. Often called "bone knitter" it also helps skin to knit back together. I first heard of it from an Amish friend last summer. My midwife and her colleagues suggested it to me too. It is amazing stuff. I absolutely noticed a difference after using it.

- I poured the comfrey decoction onto maxi pads and froze them, later using them as ice packs. Its chilly but feels good!

- I applied raw honey to the stitches nightly. In our house raw honey is the only anti-biotic ointment that we use. It has aided in the quick healing of every significant cut in our household. Even my husband swears by raw honey. 

- I took "large" doses of vitamin D 4,000-6,000.

- I took prenatal doses of calcium and magnesium to help with the after pains. Don't under estimate calcium and magnesium for pain relief of muscle spasms. It even helps labor to go smoother and less painfully.

- I RESTED! My wonderful mom and mom in law took turns coming up to stay with us over the first 2 weeks. Rest is the most important part of post partum healing.

- I drank red raspberry leaf tea to help my uterus go back to its happy smaller state.

And thats about it! Oh! I was able to take one bath at my mothers house, it was LOVELY! I dissolved a cup of celtic sea salt into the tub and added a pot of rosemary and comfrey decoction with lavender oil. All kinds of wonderful things to keep inflammation down and speed healing up. Plus I smelled really nice. It might seem like a lot to do or prepare but it was all really easy and I'm so thankful for the wisdom my midwife shared regarding healing.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

One for the books!

Today was a day of doing. A day I want to look back and say to my kids, "hey I survived motherhood, you will too!"

We were all (almost all kids) showered, fed real food, home-schooled, I did ALL the dishes (by hand, you see Satan has sent rodents as predator drones to destroy our infrastructure continually), Michael tilled the garden, I laid new landscaping fabric out front and spread mulch, we read a bedtime story, sang "there is a redeemer" three times and I didn't lose my temper with the kids once.

Days like these are unheard of, like a hopeful dream of a dream. I even brushed my teeth before noon!

We also bought two apple trees to start a mini orchard. I even had a dear friend stop by for coffee. Thank God for days like these to hold onto when we feel like we're failing and drowning in the continuous cycle of life and the children/house/spouse needs.

Its only 9:20, I've already eaten my dinner and it was even grass-fed beef. My husband forgot to put baby spinach on my girls sandwiches and when they were finished eating they realized his folly and asked for some to eat ala carte. LOVE those kids!

They also ate dirt today, K was using dirt as "pretend toothpaste," way to be creative K.

Now its time for herbal tea and newborn nursing.

Thank you Lord for such a sweet, productive day.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Welcome Baby "Goosey"!

No time or energy for a birth story today but I will share that we had a baby girl Monday morning at 12:15am. Shes perfect!

7lbs 8oz 21 inches long

Sunday, February 19, 2012

How long can a woman have contractions without actually going into labor? 

Many days.

I hate to complain, especially about something as wonderful as carrying a baby inside of me.... BUT I WANT THIS BABY OUT!!!!!!!

That is all.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Whats happenin'?

I am sitting in the coffee shop, my corduroy maternity pants that I've had since I got pregnant with E and K are just barely fitting. They're covered in lint and other crap, I have no idea what. They're black too, so I look reallllllly nice. I'm also pretty sure I smell interesting. Giving in to my hippie self I have only been showering with Dr. Bronner's peppermint castile soap for a week and have been rubbing ghee (clarified butter) on my skin nightly. Its really dry and the ghee works better than anything else that I've tried. I am also enormous, bulbous, rotund. I'm not sure how far along I am, maybe 37 weeks, maybe 38. maybe 40. We don't know, so its a fun guessing game. I'm pretty in tune with my body and I think my actual due date isn't until February 10th or so. If things go as they have before I'll pass right by that date and the baby will come mid/end of February. Yoi. I'd like to have the baby now, today even. The sooner the better. The older the baby is by summer the more stuff we can do. Stuff like camping, hiking, staying up late cooking and drinking wine. January through May are waste months anyway. What better time to be trapped at home with a newborn? Lol. Seriously though.

I'm getting excited for the labor and delivery of baby flick 4. I'm looking forward to holding and cuddling a brand new Flick. I'm also looking forward to the actual labor. Delivering a baby is like running a marathon, half marathon or for some just a 5k. I'm anticipating a half marathon or maybe a 10k. I look forward to giving in to the rushes and allowing my body to open up and help the baby out. The birthing process is so powerful and unique for each woman. Its the definition of awesome. Its incredible. I know how bad it hurt at points last time and I'm more prepared for those times.

Part of the reason I'm so excited is that I'm giving birth at clinic on a farm in the middle of Amish country. I had wanted a home birth but for various reasons decided against it. The main reason being that in the event of an emergency I don't want to transfer to Indiana hospital. Me + Indiana hospital birthing/maternity care don't mesh. The clinic I'm delivering at is quaint, small, homey. In fact the midwife has a 2 minute commute from her back door to the clinic. She is confident, calm, well informed. She's been catching babies since she was 16. Her mother was a midwife before her and taught her most of what she knows. She's caught over 1,000 babies. This woman has seen a lot. I trust her and can't wait to get this show on the road.

E and K are walking around the house pregnant and delivering babies every day. K didn't make it to her midwife's house and delivered her baby on the road. Hahah.

Things have calmed down at home. We have all kinds of new things and appliances. I don't feel so much like a college student living with ugly old furniture. We got new couches and a new kitchen table is coming next week. Can't wait. Michael is also on his way to becoming a master plumber. He is really freakin' cute as a plumber. And as every other hat that he wears.

I'm going to get back to my chai tea now and relax.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Good bye 2011!! Welcome 2012. A new year, a new baby is coming, new appliances and new couches, I hope its a year of spiritual renewal too.