Today you can find a guest post about my three favorite ways to feel more connected with nature on Dawn Gettig’s blog. She’s an amazing and inspirational yogini, artist, and feng shui practitioner who will be sharing some of her favorite feng shui tips with us here in a few days.
Please hop on over to my article on her blog: Three Ways to Feel More Connected with Nature.
We also love to connect with nature by visiting some of our favorite natural places. Holden Arboretum had its annual Arbor Day Festivities over the weekend and we had a wonderful time searching for wildflowers (I found some gorgeous bloodroot and twin leaf!) and playing in Buckeye Bud’s adventure area for kids. Continue reading
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- Tagged arboretum, bloodroot, children, connection, earth-based spirituality, family, Flower, foraging, herbalism, hike, holden arboretum, kids, Medicine, nature, Plant, Religion and Spirituality, spring, trees, twin leaf, wildflowers, wildlife, woods
Each season has its highlights, but I don’t think there’s anything quite so wonderful as Spring.
Everything has me speaking in exclamation points.
“Did you HEAR the spring peepers?!?!” I bound through the house asking Mr. Light Footsteps while doing a few twirls.
“You wouldn’t BELIEVE the plants we saw on our walk today!” I exclaim as I fail to contain my enthusiasm and speak through jumps.
I doubt everyone gets quite so excited about such spring-things, but these are the finer points in life that I believe in celebrating. Continue reading
Posted in Celebrations, Steps Back to Nature, Wildcrafting
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I think we’re finally getting close to having a rhythm again. We are settling in to this as our home.
As everything around us blossoms and comes into fullness, so do we.
Posted in Celebrations, Simplicity
- Tagged Baby, connecting with nature, earth-based spirituality, Environment, family, Food, Garden, Harvest, Herb, herbal infusion, herbalism, light footsteps, local food, Medicine, nature, outdoors, permaculture, photography, Plant, plants, simple living, Sowing, Summer, Vegetable
Recently, we realized the power of this bug spray as we sat on a lawn and watched bugs approach our arms, hover, and turn away leaving our skin untouched. Amazing!
Not only is it effective, but it is made with just a few high quality ingredients that are non-toxic and safe for our families! Continue reading
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- Tagged Achillea millefolium, bug spray, catnip, children, DIY, essential oils, family, Herb, Herbal, herbalism, herbalist, homemade, Insect repellent, natural, Nepeta cataria, non-toxic, Plant, safe, Spray bottle, Summer, Susun Weed, yarrow
We’ve been swirling around in the whirlwind that is moving. I am so grateful that we are finally living in our new home. It’s been a long road here — we put our first offer in on this house early last September.
I guess moving is never easy. Everything takes longer than anticipated and random inconveniences happen regularly.
Luckily, I have an accommodating family that let us camp there for quite awhile. I’m too tired to write much else, but I thought I’d share some photos for a bit of a homestead update. I hope to be back to writing more regularly soon. Continue reading
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- Tagged family, farm, Garden, Herb, herbalism, home, homestead, moving, permaculture, photographs, Plant, small farm, thankful
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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- Tagged connecting with nature, Earth, Environment, Garden, home, homemade, light footsteps, nature, outdoors, Plant, Seed, simple living, Snow, wheel of the year, winter