It’s the time of year where rich, heavy dishes are becoming less appealing and I am longing for cleansing, lighter foods. However, it’s still a bit chilly out and yesterday it even snowed again! I thought we had seen the last of the snow, but I suppose not….
Luckily, the sun was shining so we had one last frolic in the snowy woods with a friend and her little man. It was a thick snow that clung to the trees and flew off in puffs in the wind. I have to admit, it was quite lovely although I do think I am ready to move on and embrace spring. It’s going to be so fun with a little one around!
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Happy Ostara! Today is the Vernal Equinox, a time when day and night are equal and we are headed toward longer days in the Northern hemisphere.
We are officially in the midst of Spring, even if it doesn’t quite feel like it yet in your neck of the woods. The days are definitely getting longer and the signs of spring are all around!
Will you be doing anything to celebrate this time of rebirth, growth, and promise? Today is a great day to do some spring-related activities and crafts! Continue reading
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Although we’re getting closer to the end of winter (I think…I can’t tell by looking out my windows today!), it’s still as good a time as any to talk about a tea that was formulated to help prevent the last of the winter (or beginning of spring) bugs that might still be going around.
This tea is very simple to make and it tastes DELICIOUS!
Previously, I’ve provided recipes for a honey and onion syrup to help with coughs, colds, and more, and I have also provided instructions for making an echinacea tincture. The honey and onion syrup how-to actually remains my most popular post to this day. Given that, I thought I’d also share this brew that has nipped this family’s winter bugs in the bud.
This tea is composed of three ingredients: echinacea (Echinacea spp.), pau d’arco (Tabebuia spp.), and an herb to flavor the blend (cinnamon, orange peel, licorice root, etc.). I like to use cinnamon — yum! Continue reading
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It’s the time of year when people start counting down the days until spring. I begin hearing a lot of complaining about the cold, the snow, and winter in general.
I understand. It definitely will be nice to feel warmth, wear sandals, and get into the car without scraping off ice.
However, we’re doing ourselves a disservice to wish away the rest of this season. Despite how it might feel, winter will end, and there are even ways to enjoy the rest of it. Continue reading
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As you might have guessed, we are a cloth diapering family.
From day one, our baby has had a fluffy bottom and she’s still going strong at 13 weeks.
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We’ve had some strange days of weather recently. This photo isn’t the best, but in it you can see a rainbow, really dark clouds to the North over the lake, and you can tell that it is 100% sunny behind me by the way the trees are shining with light. Add to that some lightning and snow all in the same day and you can see what I mean – strange! But kind of beautiful, really… Continue reading
I am so thankful to have this time of nesting. It has been a period of profound spiritual development, deep insights, and lots of preparation. Continue reading
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It’s Mabon, the fall equinox, and I can certainly tell that the days are starting to wind down into longer nights.
Today, the day and night are equal and everything is in balance. It’s a wonderful time to reflect on the concept of balance in your own life. What can you do to find peace between the light and dark parts of yourself? Continue reading
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For me, the word “liniment” conjures up images of a very old-timey medicine cabinet. But that certainly doesn’t mean that this old-time remedy won’t work well! The fact that liniments have been around for so long just speaks to their effectiveness.
So what are liniments? Liniments are healing external applications that can be used for a variety of issues, depending on what herbs are included in the mixture. Liniments can be used as a disinfectant for cuts and wounds, while they can also help to soothe sore and inflamed muscles and joints. Some liniments are formulated for helping with circulation problems, arthritis, rheumatism, sprains, strains, and bruises. Continue reading
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It is the most wonderful time of year for eating local foods! I just can’t believe how abundant things are at the market and in our garden. It’s delightful!
It’s also the time of year when people start wondering – what do I do with all this zucchini?! Luckily, blueberries are also plentiful at this time of year and the combination makes for a delicious and pretty nutritious muffin. Continue reading