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...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 136 (Piglet Edition)


Happy Friday from the farm! You can take the ballerina to a farm, but you can't get her to stop wearing her tutu when she feeds the pigs, amirite?! It was a red letter week on the farm because two sets of baby piglets were born. Did you catch that? BABY PIGLETS! Daniel tipped us off when one of the sows went into labor and the kids and I got to watch piglets be born. It was such a cool … [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...]

It’s OK to Skip Your “20s” and Start Your Life

It's OK to Skip Your "20s" and Start Your Life

image source I turned 30 today. My 20s are officially over. Oh the 20s. Carefree years between college and the era of serious responsibility. Years to find yourself, travel the world, change your major, dabble in internships, and experiment with romance! At least that’s what the expectation seems to be, right? And popular advice would say that whatever you do, don’t tie yourself down too … [Read more...]

10 MORE Books You Must Read to Your Daughter (Semi-Inspired by Kathleen Kelly)

Books with strong heroines to read to your daughters!

"When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does." - Kathleen Kelly, You've Got Mail Three years ago one of my posts went viral for the first time. I shared about using good literature to raise strong daughters. I featured heroines that had a lot more backbone and a lot less vampire-obsession than Twilight's Bella Swan … [Read more...]

A Pioneer Girl Wannabe’s Dream Come True

A Pioneer Girl Wannabe's Dream Come True

“Are you sitting down?” my husband asked over the phone a few months ago. “Is something wrong?” I answered, panicking slightly. Daniel and I usually communicate via text or google chat during the day, so I was curious to see what kind of news merited a phone call. “No, it’s good news. Just…you should probably sit down. I found out that the Ingalls Homestead in De Smet, South Dakota is … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 135 (Home at Last!)


This has been one of those weeks that feels like it's been a month long. Not because we've been bored but just because SO much has happened! It's hard to remember what day we were where but we went to the Grand Canyon and it was AMAZING. I wasn't really expecting much. For some reason I got it into my head that it was hyped up and would be disappointing. Or that one of my kids would fall … [Read more...]

Our Secret Weapons to Keeping Young Kids Happy on Long Car Trips

Secrets to Keeping Kids Happy on Long Road Trips (from a family that spent 6 weeks on the road!)

We just wrapped up a 6.5 week road trip around the United States with three kids ages 6, 3, and 2. The almost 8,000 miles of driving was definitely an education in what works and what doesn’t work for keeping young children happy on a long trip! I thought I'd share a few ways we made it easy on ourselves and held onto our sanity. Planning the Trip For our trip of visiting friends, cities, … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 134 (Last Week of the Trip!)

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It's strange to think that in just four days we will be arriving at the final destination of this crazy road trip: Waco, TX. This has been life-changing trip for our family. We've gotten so much closer and I'm grateful that we'll have the memories of the past six weeks forever. We spent all day yesterday at Zion and it was incredible! I think it may have been my favorite national park that … [Read more...]

The Weird Thing I Do to Beat Insomnia

The Weird Thing I Do to Beat Insomnia

I've had a hard time falling asleep for as long as I can remember. I used to lay awake for hours as a little girl staring at the ceiling because I just couldn't shut my brain off. And now, even when stress levels are low and I'm not consciously worried about anything, I'm still THINKING when I get in bed and it's hard to fall asleep. photo source And it doesn't matter how tired I am, I … [Read more...]