Year 1 Evaluation of Back to Eden Experience

I wanted to evaluate my first year experience with the Back to Eden garden. I decided to break the experience into sections: preparation, planting, productivity, weeding and watering, overall experience. My rating scale is from 1-10 with 1 being unsuccessful and 10 being absolute success. The effort to reward ratio will be covered in the … Continue reading Year 1 Evaluation of Back to Eden Experience

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Family Roles on the Homestead

The first draft of this post quickly turned in to me complaining, so it was discarded. What I actually intended to write was a break-down of the roles each family member plays in running the homestead. We'll start with Mom's tasks, in no particular order: Child rearing- keep kids healthy and safe, educate them, and … Continue reading Family Roles on the Homestead

ACV Allergy Killer Drink

Pollen sucks. I'm pretty sure it's my husband's one weakness. It turns him from my Iron Man into a sniffly, snotty, congested mess. And seeing as how I never enjoy seeing my man suffer the clutches of springtime seasonal allergies, I came up with a remedy that had him cleared up within minutes. There are … Continue reading ACV Allergy Killer Drink

Compress to De-stress

I really loathe the instructions given to people who tell them to statically stretch before any work out. In my humble opinion, which is worth what you paid for it, that's just asking for torn and overstretched, overtaxed muscles and tendons. We often ask too much of our bodies before they're ready to meet our … Continue reading Compress to De-stress

The Testing

I scheduled my first appointment with Dr. Karen Solomon at Integrative Health and Chiropractic in Morehead City, North Carolina. I had been referred there by my dear friend and mentor, Cindy, who had found much relief in seeing Dr. Karen. I didn't really know what to expect, other than that my insurance wasn't going to … Continue reading The Testing

Cloth Diapering: The Economical Choice

So going in to parenthood, I made a sweeping declaration I would do things as naturally and eco-friendly as possible. Cloth diapers just seemed like the natural choice and outflow from a lifestyle moving toward homesteading. First, my definition of a functioning homestead is one in which the land can sustain my family's dietary, shelter, … Continue reading Cloth Diapering: The Economical Choice

The Mystery

***DISCLAIMER: I will preface this post by saying that Western medicine has its place and I certainly know that not all medical professionals are incompetent; quite the opposite, in fact. I was very glad to have them around when I was delivering my baby. That said, my experience with doctors and medical professionals as a … Continue reading The Mystery

The Sickness

I was sidelined in my training for about two weeks by a severe sinus infection. I was used to having sinus infections because I got them a lot as a kid, so I postponed seeing the doctor about it. I controlled the symptoms with Alka-Seltzer and stayed hydrated with sports drinks, not realizing how bad it was … Continue reading The Sickness

The Change

With some help from my husband, I eventually recognized that my lifestyle was not super healthy and I knew I was not feeling my best. I made a commitment to get fit while my husband was deployed. I had always enjoyed running so I set a goal for myself to run a ½ marathon. I … Continue reading The Change