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Happy Little Finds: Lavender in My Mailbox!

What could be better than a happy little surprise landing in the middle of your otherwise ordinary day? Um….when that surprise comes in your mailbox, of course! The other day I received one such happy surprise, in the form of a cardboard box filled with all kinds of natural, herb-y things from two of my dear… read more

Happy Little Finds: Clove Oil for Canker Sores!

I am currently in a bit of a love affair with essential oils. Ok, so. Maybe it’s not quite LOVE, but it’s definitely a “very-strong-like” affair. I have been using them for forever, and recently even more so, since I stumbled upon a brand of pure therapeutic grade oils. Notice, I said PURE! That, to me, means absolutely no toxins or additives, or any of the… read more

Happy Little Finds: A Pile of Pink Clothes.

It’s been a week of piles. Piles of laundry. Piles of needs. Piles of junk building up in the car. Piles of goals to meet and messages to respond to. Piles of frustration and running and plopping into bed every night, exhausted. Piles of spilled milk and inside-out clothes to sort. Piles of problems and reasons… read more

On Resting and Riding Horses.

I am writing to let you know that I will not be posting in my weekly health series this week. And that I will be riding horses and continuing to recover from my brother-in-law’s wild wedding, instead. I will also henceforth, be resting my tailbone from the nineteen hours of travel it took to get to… read more

He or She?

This time, I wanted to discover the answer to that question in a fun way. Perhaps a trip to an exotic place where John and I run up a long, grassy hill and some random person hands us an envelope at the top …like they do on The Amazing Race or something. Perhaps while dining at our favorite restaurant, pink or blue confetti drops out of the ceiling. Or I open a… read more

On Dyeing Eggs. And Coming Alive!

I’m almost ready for Easter, now that I’ve cleared out the leftover Valentine’s paraphinilia, brought some greens in, thought about planting seeds, gotten my life back, and then got buried in seven inches of snow. Ok, so maybe not quite ready for Easter, but I’m definitely ready for Spring! Ready for baby chicks and robin eggs and the color… read more

A Tea-Stained Valentine.

My little beanstalk has been talking about Valentine’s Day for weeks now. “Mama, I made something for you. It’s for Valentime’s…Mama, when is it going to be Valentime’s…?? Mama…are you going to make something for me?” You would think it was Christmas or something. I knew when I drug my half-nauseous pregnant self out of bed this… read more

Gingerbread Houses and Priceless Moments.

This was going to be my previous post. But then a bunch of school children were killed by a gunman, and I couldn’t stop crying long enough to write about gingerbread houses. Now that I have momentarily composed myself, I am going to attempt it today. This is the stuff that helps us heal, anyway, isn’t it? It… read more

My Mother’s Daughter.

Sometimes I catch a glimpse of my Mom, in the mirror. I catch myself saying things that sound just. like. her. But never am I more my mother’s daughter, than when I am decorating a birthday cake for MY daughter. Well, ok, except when I suddenly decide to bake cookies at nine o-clock on a Saturday night.… read more

Life. Outside the Lenses.

I love to give my camera to a child and let them have at it. That’s what I did Saturday, at the Farmer’s Market. I gave my camera to Judah. He is seven. And this is what I got: His Mother and I desperately needed some sunshine and fresh air, after having been cooped up,… read more