All photos of this Family Centered Home Birth courtesy of Stephanie Shirley Photography.Be sure to head to the end of this story to find the beautiful birth film she also created in addition to these images! That Morning The mid-December day started quiet and slow. My 6 year old joined me in bed first thingContinue reading “The Family Centered Home Birth of our Third Baby”
It’s that time of year again, when the time gets away from us! As a result, I tend to over-spend every year around the holidays when I am without some guidance. Therefore, it is important more than ever before, to carefully consider what you will be gifting your loved ones withthis year. Gift them somethingContinue reading “Holiday Gift Guide for the Conscious Consumer”
We chose to toss the toxins right out of our home by switching our cleaning products to Branch Basics about one year ago. Considering how we achieve having a cleaner home is something most don’t think about! The only regret I have with switching to Branch Basics for a cleaner home was only that IContinue reading “Branch Basics for a Cleaner Home”
If there’s anything that 2020 has caused an increase in within our family, it’s making our home more sustainable. Starting a backyard garden became a high priority when food shortages were on the radar. After realizing just how hard they work, I feel a much deeper sense of gratefulness to farmers. When I considered whatContinue reading “Backyard Garden Fall Planning and Planting”
I’m sure, like me, you’ve come across it. You’ve faced it at the grocery store, or in conversations with neighbors. Perhaps it’s come up in your personal relationships, maybe even within the conversations between you and your own spouse. There’s a dangerous trend going around, one which I have witnessed myself over and over again.Continue reading “Love Your Neighbor: (Fill in the Blank)”
When I need relief for a sore throat and cough strike in my house, I am super grateful when I have all of the ingredients on hand for this quick recipe to find relief. It can also be useful for a pesky cough, as pineapple juice is fantastic for that. It’s actually surprising that IContinue reading “Sore Throat and Cough Relief Recipe”
September of 2015 The weather was a typical California “fall” that September. We were tiny living in our fifth wheel as a family of three with our firstborn and our dog, Gracie. It wasn’t too hot that month, we were still longingly awaiting the cooler weather. Our long pants were still neatly tucked away inContinue reading “Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss: Healing”
Another mass of darkness is approaching. By the time you can see it, you know there’s not much you can do to avoid what’s coming. You can make wise choices and seek shelter. You can do your best to protect things that might become damaged in the wake of the storm. Before you know it,Continue reading “If Only You Could See Above a Storm Cloud”
Motherhood. It’s enough to break you and put you back together in the very same breath, isn’t it? It’s the thing that I always circle back to being the biggest priority in my life, next to my relationship with God and my husband. Every time I’ve become too overwhelmed in my life, I’ve had toContinue reading “Within the Throes of Motherhood”
Before I completely lose you at herbal coffee (STAY WITH ME PEOPLE), let me tell you about how much I LOVE COFFEE. I love the smell, the flavor, the fullness, the enerrrrrrgy. What do I NOT love about coffee though? Well, while it smells absolutely divine, it gives me some side effects that are notContinue reading “RASA: The Better Way to Caffein-ate”
This is by far my most favorite soup I’ve EVER had, and it is very much so kiddo approved. My second born literally specifically asked for this soup for his birthday dinner the year he turned 3, and continues to ask on a regular basis, “Can we have Green Soup?” when we’re talking about whatContinue reading “Green Soup: The Veggie Packed Meal Our Family LOVES”
If you personally know me, you probably know that the dairy we have consumed in our home for the last seven+ years has been primarily: RAW. Our journey of switching to raw milk wasn’t a comfortable one, but it’s one I’m grateful for… My Personal Experience Being Introduced to Raw Milk Growing up, I wasContinue reading “Raw Milk”
It’s true what they say about the middle child, they really do get the short end of the stick most of the time. Roughly one year after my third son was born, here I am writing the story of how my second son came into the world. This is the home birth story of ourContinue reading “The Home Birth Story of My Second Baby”
After four wonderful years of placing orders with Azure Standard and providing my family with really great options at affordable prices, I am thrilled to share them with you! If you value healthy living, non-GMO and organic practices surrounding food and products, and recognize the value in both saving money and voting with your dollars,Continue reading “Azure Standard: An Overview”
None of us are the same, but we’re also really not that different, are we? No matter what choices we make for our families in their best interest, as mothers we long to connect with one-another to know that we are not alone. I have been immensely blessed with a community of women to pursueContinue reading “Motherhood and Community”
Photo Credit: Nicole Jackson Photography- http://nicolejacksonphotography.com/ And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgement: In this worldContinue reading “The Hospital Birth Story of My First Baby”
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Hi, I’m Nicole! I am a full-time mama and wife. I spend most of my time at home with my kids and hubby. I’m a home-body, home-maker, and home-educator with a love for sharing truth in love. I’m so humbled to have you here!
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