Using Essential Oils Around Pets (Safely)

The scare articles have been making the rounds (again). A few years ago it was the article claiming essential oils would suddenly cause your child to have seizures.  There’s the ever-popular (and false) assertion that lemon oil will eat through your esophagus just like it eats through Styrofoam.  This year I’ve seen two Facebook posts…

Oily Baby Names, Part 1

We welcomed a new family member recently.  Although she was a little early, my stepdaughter had her lovely little rainbow baby (a girl!) last Monday. Needless to say, everyone is over the moon, especially since there were complications and some bleeding early in the pregnancy that made all of us nervous. In honor of my…

The Most Important Minimalism

Minimalism has become one of the big buzzwords of the past few years. There are thousands of pins, blogs, articles, and books on decluttering, being minimalistic, the benefits of minimalism, and on and on.  I personally love the idea of minimalism.  I am, however, terribly, terribly bad at the actual living part of minimalism.  In…

Missing Someone I Never Knew

I have to make the Blogger’s Apology.  I am sorry I haven’t posted in a while.  A looooong while.  Mostly, I hit a point in life where I was busy and then I was overwhelmed, and then life really decided to be horrible. In August, my husband and I decided to try for one more…

Create a Thriving Life

We all know when we are thriving.  We have energy. Our to-do list turns into a got-it-done list.  The family is happy.  When we are thriving, we look forward to life.  Sure, we might be tired at the end of the day, and there are hiccups in life, but  overall, we know we can handle…

100 Years Ago: The Rights of a Mother

If you browse through parenting advice and articles today, certain ideas pop up again and again.  Children are disrespectful.  Mothers and fathers are overwhelmed.  Parents feel like they’ve lost themselves in the process of being parents!   This is a new phenomenon, right?  We are assured by our parents and grandparents, and perhaps even by…

Can You Give a Little?

I find it too easy to be caught up in my own little bubble based on my location and experiences.  For example, I’ve lived most of my life in a small town of some sort.  Some towns have been smaller than others, but none of them were really big enough to be cities.  When I…

Lemon Oil, Limonene, and Logic

There are plenty of hot-button issues in the the essential oil community.  One of the biggest, hottest, buttoniest issues is lemon oil.  Specifically, is it safe to ingest lemon oil (or any other citrus oil)?  Take a minute to Google, “Dangers of ingesting lemon oil,” and you’ll find articles with a whole range of opinions….

Two Secrets to Happy Motherhood

How in the world did anyone manage motherhood without the endless advice of the internet?  It’s not just the mommy bloggers like yours truly.  Even the experts are online now, quoted in online magazines, news columns, and other articles.  Parents, and mothers in particular, have been deluged with advice for decades, and now it’s at…

Why Live Toxin-Free?

All-natural. Chemical-free.  Toxin-free. Chances are, you’ve heard one or more of these phrases bouncing around the internet.  They’re pretty popular.  Although each one technically has a different meaning, their connotations are all the same: remove harmful things from our lives. But why strive to be toxin-free?  It’s quick and easy to run to the grocery…