White peony bloom with insect

Beautiful

Sara is her name; I remember her face. And her children’s faces. Her words. Her photographs. Her dreams.

Her blog, Farmama, was deeply inspiring. She and I shared so many common interests- but she was living the life I only dreamed about. Her world fascinated me. Just by her nature, she attracted a community who fed a part of their souls by reading the posts she shared. She was honest, vulnerable, creative. Read more

Close-up of my DIY house numbers display and title graphic

DIY House Numbers Display

Forethought.

Rather, lack thereof.

Wasn’t I just writing about that?! Apparently, I’m not a quick learner. Don’t get me wrong; I’m really happy with my project. It looks just the way I envisioned it… minus a few cracks. It’s beautiful, bright, and functional. Mostly. Mostly functional. ( * sigh * )

You’ve seen the cool address signs on Pinterest, right? The ones that use tons of nails or screws? Like this one: Read more

dried sedum flower stalks painted blue, green and magenta, title text "Make a wreath from yard waste

Make a Wreath with Yard Trimmings

“Wreath maker” is not a phrase I use to describe myself. Don’t get me wrong- I love wreaths. They’re unbeatable for bringing charm to a home or workplace.

However, I can’t say I enjoy making them. My visions of creating wreath grandeur usually find themselves in the trash can, accompanied by a very sour mood. I’m just not good at it.

But still, I really like wreaths. And goshdarnit, I sure wanted needed one. Read more

curly wild onions in soil and graphic text "Foraging and Using Wild Onions"

Wild Onions: Foraging and Using

They can look pretty weird; I’m not going to lie. Weird and fascinating. I know they sure caught my eye the first time I noticed the curly cue tendrils of wild onions jutting out of the ground.

As I write, I’ve already made my first “shopping trip” through my yard snipping wild onion stalks and dandelion leaves. Soon my wild violets will be blooming. As I roam around, filling my colander, I can’t help but think that these edibles are some sort of peace offering for enduring the cold dormancy of winter. Read more

old Chrysler wheel with flat tire caked in mud

In the Eye of the Beholder

“Did you make that?”

If you're a maker, you know there are two ways to take this question: compliment or condescending.

We have a burning need to create written into our DNA. We can’t NOT be creating. Creatives yearn to make beauty, to make a point, express what we struggle to articulate, or, just fill a need. We toil away to bring our ideas into reality. And oftentimes, we collide with the reality that our skills aren’t up to par. But we carry on. Because making is what we do.

Can you relate?

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Small boat drifting at sea in sunset, title, "Waiting for a diagnosis"

Waiting For a Diagnosis

According to Prevention.com, it can take autoimmune disease sufferers 5 to 10 years to be diagnosed. Here in the US, there are nearly 24 million autoimmune disease patients, as estimated by the NIH. However, if you’re asking the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc., that number jumps to 50 million. In contrast, cancer affects about 9 million, and heart disease 22 million.

There’s no question that the rate of increase for autoimmune diseases is out of control. Once considered a western world problem, it’s now a pandemic crisis. And medicine is nowhere near understanding – much less treating – these complex conditions. Read more

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3 Herb Sleepy Tea Blend

On the heels of dishing out my favorite coffee hacks, today I’m sharing my sleepy tea blend. (If you’ve tried all eight coffee hacks in one day, no tea is going to help you sleep, my friend. You’ll just have to wait it out.)

Like so many with autoimmune disease, my sleep needs are like a yo-yo. There are those times when I cannot sleep more than 4 hours. Then there are other times when I’m out for 12 hours, and need several naps during the day. If this describes you, you know how beat-your-head-against-the-wall frustrating it is. Read more

cream, cinnamon sticks, salt and and orange on a wooden tray

Coffee Hacks for Home

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I’m a coffee snob and I am not ashamed. I love a smooth shot of espresso, full bodied with a thick layer of crema on top. Dark roasts, light roasts, medium roasts, and city roasts all have a place in my heart. Lattes are nice. Cappuccinos are lovely. And breves? Divine.

My love for the bean runs deep; taking root long before I worked as a barista. Even after working with expensive equipment, some of my favorite coffees are the simple drinks that can be made at home. The following coffee hacks require equipment you likely already have: a drip-style coffee maker, a blender, and a citrus zester, or grater. Read more