From Dying to Thriving

A year ago I felt like I was dying a slow death. My biggest fear was that I would get cancer and die, leaving my little boy motherless. I actually think this was a very realistic fear. My father died from cancer at the age of 45. Granted, he had far worse eating habits than…

GAPS Update: 4 weeks in

I’ve been chronicling our GAPS progress on Facebook, but want to do a little synopsis here on the blog. Before I detail my progress, it’s important to note that I gave up dairy (for a six week elimination) on the same day I started GAPS intro. I also was not taking probiotics regularly before intro,…

Educate Your Child About Food

My 3-year-old son and I were at Walmart today. Yes, you can shame me if you want (we only shop there a couple times a year to get certain items). I rarely shop anywhere besides the grocery store, and our grocery store is also a health food store, so when I walked into Walmart it…

Spiritual Sunday: Fill Your Tank

Today was a Fast Sunday for my church, and on Fast Sunday, members of the congregation have the opportunity to go up to the podium and share their testimony. Sometimes a person will share a personal experience/anecdote¬†to illustrate their testimony. Today this brother (we call each other brothers and sisters) got up and shared a…

Essential to Survival: Water

Several years ago, when I was single and living alone in an apartment near the windy Columbia River Gorge, I experienced my first ice storm. It doesn’t snow often in Oregon, but when it does, and the temperature fluctuates between above freezing and below freezing, it’s usually a problem. Ice accumulates on roads, making it…

Hope Is Not a Plan: Emergency Preparedness

Preparedness, when properly pursued, is a way of life, NOT a sudden spectacular program.” Spencer W. Kimball I once wrote an article about having an emergency stash of baby formula (if you have a baby) in case of a disaster. Because you¬†never know. One mother that commented on my article said she doesn’t keep any…

I Gave Up Chocolate

I think I’ve been addicted to chocolate since I was one. On my first birthday, my mom made a chocolate cake, put it in front of me, and I planted my face into it. I think she even said my first word was chocolate, but I’m probably imagining that part. Let’s just say I have…

Clarified Butter (Ghee)

As part of GAPS we have given up dairy for six weeks, however, we still get to have ghee! Clarified butter is sometimes called ghee, however ghee is made differently–both are pure butterfat without the milk solids that regular butter has. I had never made ghee/clarified butter before, but it was very easy. I had…

How to Bathe

I know, you probably thought you learned all there was to know about bathing by the time you were five, but I’ve actually learned a lot in the past few years. Go Easy on the Soap Soap is actually optional, although it’s helpful if you’re really dirty. I used to use it all over my…