Mid-Life Crisis

There are a lot of aspect of female life that society at large doesn’t seem to talk about much. One of these is the female midlife crisis. From what I’ve seen online and what I’ve heard anecdotally, women go through this phase somewhat earlier than their male counterparts, and it’s more focused on identity than […]

Building Yourself Up

Let’s face it, as a homemaker or stay-at-home parent, it can be so easy to lose yourself while tending to your home and children. Everyone and everything else seems to come first. However, you can’t give your best without being your best. It is absolutely essential to find time to work on yourself. I’ve always […]

The Value of Nutrition

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If you’ve been reading the blog lately, you know that I’m doing a lot more home-cooked meals. I’m not trying to turn into a fitness and nutrition fanatic, but the way I was eating and living in general was not great for my health. I don’t want this to become an obsession that takes over my life, but everyone needs to practice self-care to be at their best, and I am no exception. If I don’t take care of myself, there’s no way I can continue to take care of my family without burning out. The changes I’m making are necessary and sustainable ones, rather than drastic ones. […]

A New Year

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New Year’s Eve has come and gone. It’s now 2016. For many people, that means turning over a new leaf. This is a time to reassess where you are in life and what you’re doing, as well as make changes to improve yourself or your situation. Some people are capable of doing this year-round, but many of us need the reminder that time is passing to get our lives back on track.

I’m the type of person who requires some sort of deadline in order to make major changes, so a new year holds a lot of significance for me. This year, I want to start focusing more on my health. Since I found out that I was pregnant, my life has been all about RT and her environment. I did take care of myself during the pregnancy, but that was about her, not me. After she was born, I picked back up some of my less-desirable habits, as well as some new ones that weren’t great for me. I started smoking again, and my diet became horrendous. […]

Healthier Living

With so much going on in my life, sometimes it’s extra difficult to find time to do the things I need to in order to stay healthy. At the end of a long day, it’s just so much faster and easier to make Mac & Cheese or a microwavable meal for dinner than it is […]

Self-Love in the Postpartum Period

Before and after RT's birth

Despite doing my best to follow my daily yoga practice while I was pregnant, I put on a lot more weight than I had expected to during those nine months. Seven weeks after giving birth, I had not been medically cleared to begin exercising again quite yet. This adds up to a very different body than I have grown accustomed to over my lifetime.

My skin is riddled with stretch marks, and loose around my midriff. My weight is a drastic change from before birth, but significantly more than it was pre-pregnancy. My body moves differently. It’s uncomfortable, physically and mentally.

So, when my friend Alana at AG Photography asked me to participate in a body-positive photo shoot she was conducting for a book, I had mixed feelings. The book is called Strength Through Adversity and it focuses on how societal standards can warp our perception of self. […]

Restoring Sanity

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Running a homestead is an overwhelmingly daunting task. Add a baby to that equation, and it can feel like you’re drowning. There is constantly work to be done, and the baby needs constant attention. If you’re extremely lucky, then your little one will be a good and frequent napper. Chances are, that won’t be the case.

Not only do you have to find a way to unwind at the end of a long and stressful day, but you also need to figure out how to squeeze that activity into the unending chaos. The latter is by far more complicated. RT is an absolute blessing. She’s also incredibly snuggly, and only wants to sleep in someone’s arms. It’s rare that she’ll sleep in her bassinet or Moses basket without first falling asleep on someone’s lap. Even then, it’s a nerve wracking moment when we put her down. […]

Finding Your Routine – And Breaking It

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Living on a homestead, you’ll occasionally reach a point where you feel like you’ve run out of interesting things to talk about with the outside world. With all the daily responsibilities, it can be difficult to find time for big adventures, and most people don’t want to hear how long it took me to clean the bunny pens on any particular day. Those routines are vitally important for keeping a homestead running, but it leaves little for conversation. That can become somewhat isolating, and leave you feeling awkward when you do venture into the outside world. […]

The Dreaded Poison Ivy

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I am ridiculously allergic to poison ivy. When I was a child, I got it a few times and wound up with blisters the size of ping-pong balls. One time, my eye swelled shut. After that, I was old enough to identify it for myself and stay far, far away. One of my parents would clear it from our suburban yard if it ever popped up, and when I went on walks through the woods, I would wear jeans anyway, to prevent scratches or bug bites (especially ticks). For many years, I didn’t really have to worry about it. […]