Essential Oils and Special Needs {and how we’re grasping at straws}

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I’ve fairly stubbornly avoided most of the recent essential oil trend. I feel like they are over recommended, people are pressured  to buy what they don’t need, can’t afford, and something less concentrated and expensive would work as well. I didn’t want to get caught up in the hype, and the absolute last thing I […]

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Easy Sausage & Summer Squash Frittata with 4-ingredient breakfast sausage

Easy Sausage & Summer Squash Frittata - GAPS, Paleo & Primal from Health, Home & Happy

Looking for an easy way to use up that yellow summer squash this summer? If you have eaters who don’t like “green things” in their eggs, yellow summer squash frittata is the perfect way to add veggies to your breakfast and please all parties. I like to add a cup or so of easy breakfast […]

Simplifying and Being Intentional with Giving, Fundraisers, and Donations

Gifts I recommend - a nice wallet - kids - teens - adults

With the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge overtaking everyone’s newsfeed, and school starting along with the fundraising requests that come home in backpacks, I wanted to take the opportunity to talk a little bit about how we look at giving, donations, and fundraisers.  This fits right in with our series on ‘we’re not minimalists, we just […]

Keeping Children From Feeling Deprived When You Own Less – the importance of adding back in good things

Minimalism without feeling deprived - health home and happiness

How do you keep your kids from feeling deprived when you’re still happy with your Wii while other families have moved onto the next 3 generations of gaming consoles? Or when the kids find out that other families take trips to the mall on a regular basis while your family might venture in once or […]

Tart Cherry Juice to Help Kids Sleep {Naturally raises melatonin levels}

tart cherry juice to help kids sleep an hour more

      Sleeping dominates many a mother’s group discussion. Is your baby sleeping through the night? (no), sleep training? (no again), when will they move out of your bed (I moved mine when I weaned them – around 2.5-3). What time do your kids go to bed? (7-8). When do they wake up? (until […]

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New {School} Year, New Updated Meal Plan Pictures!

New cookbook pictures

Since I put out the paperback cookbook nearly 3 years ago, I’ve learned much more about photography.  I’ve gone from providing you with a quick snapshot of what we ate so you could get a close approximation of how it’s supposed to look to being able to set up pictures to better do our nourishing […]

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Minimalism and Parenting Children With Special Needs

Hannah ergo 4yo

(picture: She pretty much lived in the Ergo – it provided sensory input that she craved, and kept her from getting into things or running) Having a toddler on the spectrum made me change our home to be efficient, minimal, and child proof in ways that most people never think of. Children with special needs […]

I’m Not a Minimalist, I Just Don’t Like Stuff

strawberries

Why less stuff will give you more joy, and why you don’t need to completely subscribe to the minimalist philosophy to reap this joy They say that struggles are what make a person interesting. I’m not sure about that, but I have received clarity in my life from many of the associated struggles. Struggle has […]

Spicy Zucchini Crockpot Soup with Ginger – Paleo, GAPS, SCD friendly

Spicy Zucchini Crockpot Soup - GAPS gluten free and paleo

  If you’re like me, you can’t resist all the summer squash your neighbors are practically begging you to take off their hands. Who says no to free home grown food? And if you’re like me and my family, by the end of the season you probably aren’t a huge fan of anything that actually […]

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Meatza: The Real Meat Lover’s Combination! Gluten, grain, GAPS, SCD & Paleo PIZZA

Meatza - the real Meat Lovers Combo Paleo - GAPS - SCD - Gluten free

Who says that just because you’re grain free, or even dairy free, that you have to give up pizza? The sweet-rich tomato sauce topped with all the traditional pizza toppings is the best part anyway! Indulge as often as you like, and carry on the homemade pizza night tradition with this Meatza. Pizza is now […]

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