How a Family of Five Got Rid of Half Their Stuff


When we wanted our life to change from Daniel's 9-5 and our urban homeowner life to an agricultural internship on a farm halfway across the country, we knew that part of the deal would be moving into a two bedroom 650 sq ft apartment significantly smaller than our little starter home. So we started decluttering. Big time. And ended up getting rid of half of our stuff. How many things have I … [Read more...]

Why Essential Oils Are Like the Grand Canyon

Why Essential Oils Are Like the Grand Canyon

  I’ll be honest. I was a little skeptical. I’ve been using Lavender and Tea Tree Oil to make my own cleaning products for years, but I didn’t really jump into the essential oil thing until recently because there was a lot of hype and I typically run away from hype. Mount Rushmore? Not worth the hype. Wish I hadn't gone. But sometimes the hype is merited. Like the Grand Canyon. I … [Read more...]

When My Health Fell Apart This Year


I haven't talked about it much on the blog, but this year my health crumbled and it has been rough. I have an autoimmune disease called Interstitial Cystitis and after four years in remission, it came back with a vengeance this spring. At first I had some weird symptoms that I thought were just stress related, but not like I usually react to stress. I had panic attacks, dizzy/faintness, and … [Read more...]

Five Favorites: Household Supplies (and a Candle for You!)

Grove Collaborative Candles

I'm linking up with Rachel today for #5Faves on this fine Wednesday. I almost never am on top of things enough to do link ups on the right day but here I am sharing my five favorite household products that I order from ePantry every month! Last fall as we were getting the house ready to put on the market, I was trying to figure out how to make my life easier and part of that meant not having to … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Start Green Cleaning Your Home

5 Tips to Start Green Cleaning Your Home

Quick note from Haley: Because keeping a sparkly clean house has never been in my skill set, when we had to put our house on the market in February, I had a little bit of a panic attack. OK a big panic attack. Because if somebody's going to offer to buy our house....they'll want to walk around inside and check it out first. But we LIVE here! And there's five of us. And the three smallest always … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Want to Be “Healthy”

Why I Don't Want to Be Healthy // Carrots for Michaelmas

Health. It’s a good thing, right? Our bodies matter. We’re not just spiritual beings, we’re physical, too. That’s how God designed us and ignoring that….well, it’s just silly. And gnostic. So taking care of our bodies matters. Seeking to nourish them with good food and maintain an active lifestyle has a deeply moral dimension. But you know what makes me really uncomfortable? When we turn diets and … [Read more...]

5 Favorite Ways to Not Hate Housework (or at least hate it less)

5 Favorite Ways to Not Hate Housework // Carrots for Michaelmas

# 1: Start with a cup of coffee or tea. Before I do anything else, I turn on the electric kettle to make a cuppa. Instant mood lifter! That laundry mountain doesn't look quite as overwhelming as it did pre-caffeine! #2: Love your cleaning products. I recently have found two revolutionary cleaning motivators. I've never cared about cleaning products much (other than not wanting anything … [Read more...]

Ask Daniel: You Had Questions, He’s Got Answers


Today Daniel answers your questions about gardening, homesteading, and backyard chickens from last week's Facebook party. Yay! Chickens So, here’s the basics of our chicken setup at this point: We have a 4x8 movable coop. It’s just an A-frame with one half covered by plywood and the everywhere else wrapped in chicken wire. I can easily open one side. There are roosting bars inside. … [Read more...]

That Time I Had a UTI for 4 Years


I don't typically use my blog to discuss my bladder (AKA, I kinda can't believe I'm talking about this on the interwebz) but bear with me...I have a point. When I was 20, I got a UTI. If you haven’t ever had one, lucky you. If you have had one, you know they’re the worst. The thing about mine is that the symptoms didn’t go away...FOR FOUR YEARS. Sure I took my round of antibiotics and the UTI … [Read more...]

My Attempt to Get Healthy After Pregnancy (Shaklee Review and GIVEAWAY)


Since suffering through some debilitating morning sickness in my last pregnancy, I mentioned to the Carrots FB community that I was brainstorming nutrition and supplement changes in order to get healthy and (hopefully) avoid the extreme morning sickness if we're blessed with another pregnancy. In addition to decreasing sugar intake in order to promote a healthy gut, I want to work hard to increase … [Read more...]