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Healthy Child Summit Starts Today!

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Blog, Give away, Kids, photo | 2 comments

Have you ever felt overwhelmed when it comes to making the best choices for your family? With all the hidden dangers lurking in our food supply, water supply, products we use daily, and even just in the environment, more and more parents are choosing to live a simpler, more natural lifestyle. But making the transition is enough to make any parent’s head spin. And what about those soon-to-be parents who are just beginning their journey? All the research, websites, and books lead to information overload. What if there was an online resource where parents could be educated, inspired, and empowered to care for their family naturally? What if there was a resource that provided concise, easily digestible information on a wide range of topics from pre-conception all the way through the teen years? What if this resource was FREE?...

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Healthy Child Summit Sneak Preview Speakers!

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Blog, Kids, photo | 0 comments

Here is the speaker line up for the sneak preview of the Health Child Summit. Go register for free to hear each of these great talks. Register Now! Monday, November 18th Infertility and Preconception Health Donielle Baker Natural Fertility and Wellness Donielle is an author, amateur herbalist, lover of real food, and an advocate for natural health. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health, so much so that she is currently taking courses to become a master herbalist. Her personal background includes both infertility and miscarriage and she began her blog, Naturally Knocked Up, in order to share all of the information she found helpful in her journey to healing.   Tuesday, November 19th Natural Family Planning and Ecological Breastfeeding John and Sheila Kipley NFP and...

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Healthy Child Summit Giveaway!!!!

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Blog, Give away, Kids, photo | 4 comments

Welcome to the Healthy Child Summit Giveaway Extravaganza!!!!! To celebrate the Sneak Preview of the Healthy Child Summit, there will be 5 weeks worth of giveaways! Here is the schedule: The Grand Prize giveaway opens today and closes December 23rd at 11:59pm PST. Week #1 Giveaway opens today and closes November 25th at 11:59pm PST. Week #2 Giveaway opens December 2nd and closes on December 9th at 11:59pm PST. Week #3 Giveaway opens December 9th and closes on December 16th at 11:59pm PST. Week #4 Giveaway opens December 16th and closes on December 23rd at 11:59pm PST. To learn more about ALL the giveaways, visit the Giveaway Page on the Healthy Child Summit website! Otherwise, take a look below at the Grand Prize giveaway (whoa!) as well as the Week #1 Giveaway and enter today! Welcome to the GRAND...

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Next Up in our Lyme Journey: The Cowden Protocol

Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 in Blog, Lyme, photo | 6 comments

As many of you know my girls and I were diagnosed with Lyme disease over 3 years ago. So many pieces of our health puzzle fell into place when we got that diagnosis. Unfortunately being diagnosed with Lyme and curing Lyme are not at all the same thing. If we had caught it early, there is a good chance that a fairly short course of antibiotics would have cleared it right up and we would have returned to health. But it was not caught early at all. While we will never know for sure, we are fairly confident that I was infected many years ago and my children were both infected before they were born. Lyme passes through the placenta and can infect babies in utero. They never had a chance. When we were diagnosed we had been on...

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Cowden Lyme Protocol Deep Discount

Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 in Blog, Lyme, photo | 20 comments

The cost of the Cowden Protocol for one adult from the nutramedix website for one month is $285 (free shipping). The program lasts for 6 months an each month products can be purchased for that price no matter what they might cost individually. Some months are a better discount than others compared to purchasing the products individually. For children you reduce the dosage based on age/size. So for my 9 year old I’m doing half and for my 5 year old I’m doing 1/4. You can purchase many of the products other places online for less than the full price on the NutraMedix site, HOWEVER some products are only available if you purchase the whole program. AND there are discounts that you can get as well as points you can earn toward future purchases if you purchase through the...

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Top 10 Signs Your Family is on GAPS

Posted by on Oct 13, 2013 in Blog, GAPS, Kids, photo | 8 comments

As I was putting the capsule back together last night after taking my tiny dose of my new probiotic to minimize die off I was struck by the absurdity of it all. So I decided I would start a top ten list. Much of it gleaned from my own experience but I think that many of you can identify with this too. There might be a little exaggeration in here but then again there might not. *wink* 10. One probiotic capsule is enough for your whole family for a week. 9. You discover your 9 year olds unflushed poop and are glad that you have a chance to see it and evaluate it based on the bristol stool scale. 8. The vendors at the farmers market exclaim over your children’s love of various vegetables and offer them free samples...

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How to Dehydrate Peppers to Preserve the Harvest

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Blog, GAPS, Kids, Low Oxalate, photo | 7 comments

How to dehydrate Peppers and other summer foods and preserve the harvest into fall. My family has a lot of food restrictions. Especially my 5 year old. She actually will eat nearly every food that she tolerates unlike many 5 year olds. Unfortunately it is still quite restricted. One of her favorite foods is red pepper. Conventional red pepper is one of the worst foods as far as pesticide residue is concerned and so since it is a larger than average portion of her diet and her health is so fragile, it is important that the peppers that she eats are organic. In the wintertime it can be difficult to find organic red peppers and they are very expensive as well. Last summer we got a lot of peppers in our CSA boxes. More than she could eat in...

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Craniosacral Therapy is Working Miracles in My House!

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Blog, Body Work, Cherries On Top, healing, Kids, photo | 3 comments

13 years ago I had surgery to treat my endometriosis. The surgery was extensive and I did not recover from it well at all. I was in constant pain, weak and frail. I rarely left my house because I was in so much pain. While I was still unable to work, I went to a massage therapist that my mother saw. My mother told me that this massage therapist had a type of massage that might really help me. I did not know what to expect. At first I was expecting a massage but when she told me to keep my clothes on I wasn’t sure what to think. What I experienced that day was a turning point in my healing from that surgery. I share more of this story in the book Trust Your Intuition (affiliate link). Lets see...

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GAPS Intro. 4th time’s the Charm!

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in Blog, Detox, GAPS, Lacto-Fermentation, photo | 8 comments

I began writing this post in early August when we began the GAPS intro diet again.  Then managing life on intro for the whole family plus blogging about it became too much for me so I stopped writing and focused on what matters most.  I wanted to share it with you anyhow though for those who are considering the GAPS intro for the first time or as a repeat. ************************************* I made the decision to start my family on GAPS intro once again with very little warning (read about that here GAPS Intro Once Again). (apparently I like doing things like that. Read  Why we started the GAPS Diet.) One day I decided we needed it (especially me and little J) and after looking at my calender realized the next couple of weeks would be the best time I would...

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Lacto-fermented Bread and Butter Pickles

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Blog, Lacto-Fermentation, photo, Recipe | 10 comments

These are among the favorite ferments of my children and me. These pickles are a mild sweet flavor that is refreshing and easy on the palate for those who are reluctant to eat the more sour or spicy fermented foods.  We can’t decide if we like the onions or the cucumbers better. I may just do this ferment this winter just using onions to get the flavor when pickling cukes are no where to be found. I made up my first batch of the summer the other day and my girls kept asking when they would be ready to taste. One thing that I really appreciate about these pickles is that they are done so quickly!  No waiting weeks like I have to for dill pickles or months like I do for sauerkraut. You can start eating these within...

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