Bizz & BooBoo

A hippie mama doing her best!

One step at a time October 23, 2012

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I have a vision. It is straightforward and basic.

Beautiful Double Rainbow yesterday morning!

  • It is the way I guide the health and growth of my children in the most natural and unobtrusive way.
  • It is the way my family and I eat based on a nutrient dense whole foods diet.
  • It is the way I face problems as they arise and handle them with grace and dignity.
  • It is the decisions I make everyday.

But, the decisions I make everyday are not consistently falling into that vision. More often than not lately they have not been within range of that vision. Change is hard and in the past year my family and myself have had a lot of big life changes. Not all bad, but changes nonetheless.

My goal going forward from here is taking these changes and handling them head-on. Working each hour to fit the decisions I make everyday into the vision I have every night.

Today I took a few steps towards that vision.

1. I took a long hot bath with essential oils and epsom salt tonight.

No, this is not a picture of my bath tonight. But it is what I saw when I envisioned it!!

Since the car accident I was in this past January I have suffered from headaches, back and neck pain pretty consistently. Chiropractic care and  Massage therapy has helped a great deal. The past few weeks though I feel like I have reached a hump, my pain and headaches have improved drastically but I am still consistently feeling tightness and soreness through certain areas of my neck and back, which turns into headaches if it goes on too long.  At my last massage I was reminded again how important it is to take care of myself everyday. To take time to relax, to stretch, to concentrate on me instead of everyone else. I am going to work harder to do this each day now. After my bath I drank a glass of water with lemon in it and sat and relaxed (and blogged – which is something I enjoy!!). Let the routine begin.

2. I made an appointment with a Craniosacral Therapist for BooBoo next week.

I have always been on the bridge, between modern healthcare and traditional/alternative/holistic medicines and care. I often want to take a more holistic approach, but I am not always sure how and where to look for the right answers or the right doctor or the right whatever. This has led me to fall back on the modern medicine which is so readily available and recommended in our mainstream. I have felt for awhile that Betty has something going on. Overall her health is very good and she is thriving, but she gets irritable to a point beyond the “terrible twos” often. She sucks her thumbs obsessively, to the point she has had severe blisters that needed to be bandaged and I feared infection. And honestly ever since she had two broken bones within a few months of each other I have just been over-sensitive to everything. But, after much reading and research through other trusted bloggers and books, I called a local craniosacral therapist today and explained the basics and she said it sounded like something that could be very beneficial for BooBoo and I made an appointment. I will keep you all updated on my experience with this!

Wow, just in writing this little entry I am again reminded how much I enjoy to blog. I enjoy sharing, I look forward to feedback, and I just feel good getting it all “out.”

Please feel free to share your visions vs. your everyday life with me. Or any experiences that this brings to mind for you.

Thanks for reading and for being a part of my life.


Me, BooBoo & Bizz enjoying a backyard campfire!


Thankful Thursday – 9/29/2011! September 29, 2011

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I am thankful….

for my amazing family (beyond my hubby, Bizz & BooBoo)

I am thankful for my parents – who have always loved me for who I am and encouraged me to live my life and be happy, no matter what paths it may lead and where it may take me! I am so grateful to live close to them and have them still be such a regular part of my life!


I am thankful for my sister – my friend. With a 7 year age gap between us, my sister and I were long distance sisters and friends for a long time as I grew up. But now, we live closer to each other and I am so grateful to the friend, amazing Auntie, mud race partner, fashion consultant, and pizza, perogie & venison loving sister that I have!

I am thankful for my brother. Again with a large age gap there has been more time my brother and I have been apart then together throughout our lives. But my brother is one of those people who I know if I ever needed something – he would be there for me, without a doubt, without a second thought, without question. He inspires me with his deep involvement in the lives of his children and his dedication to his family.

I am thankful for my second parents (I guess most people call them in-laws). I truly have the most amazing parents in-law that a girl could ever ask for. From the moment I met them they treated me like family (along with the joking and loving). They are some of the most generous & kind people, parents and grandparents that I know. When I hear others talking about “dreading” a day with their in-laws or a visit with them I can’t help but always think quietly to myself of how very lucky I am!

What are you thankful for today?


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I think we all struggle. September 23, 2011

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I am a very optimistic person. I have been told time and time again that I always seem to be bright and chipper and good to be around.

This is me - crazy happy face...

This makes me happy – I feel (somewhere deep down) that I am supposed to be a person who brings the upside to conversations, to situations, to the lives that surround me.

That being said, it isn’t always easy.

  • It isn’t easy to always do what we want.
  • It isn’t easy to always do what we should.
  • It isn’t easy to always find the good.
  • It isn’t easy to be who you want to be all the time.

Some examples:


I want to provide my family with good, real, nourishing food 100% at least 80% of the time. I want to share with my friends, acquaintances and even strangers what a difference real food can make in your life. It will improve your health, improve your mood, create a more sustainable world where real food is grown with healthy soils and organisms.

As easy as I may make it sound on some of my posts and in general, it is not the “easiest” way to live when you are still adjusting to it. It takes time and money to buy good foods and prepare them correctly. You can get great deals, but again it takes time and diligence to find them. There are nights I want to go to the supermarket and buy a frozen pizza and breadsticks and eat it with ice cream sodas. But I don’t – instead I make a homemade pizza with the kids help and use sprouted pizza crust, homemade pizza sauce and organic whole milk cheese – and we have it with kombucha! And in the end – the 2nd way was a lot more fun, a lot better, and there was no guilt and yucky stomachs or sugar highs afterwards!

I love to share the information I have learned and am still learning with others who can benefit. But I have learned that they have to *want* to learn it also, it cannot be forced and everyone will not welcome it with open arms. It can be hard to understand why someone is unwilling to want to hear what could help them – but I know I have been unwilling to hear things from others before…

I choose to take the route that may be less traveled. I choose this because it is important to me, and because I KNOW it is making a difference. This is what keeps me going and keeps me happy!

Find the beauty in everyday.


I want to be a parent who is attentive to my children, fun to be around and who enriches their daily lives with knowledge and life experiences. I want to kiss their boo-boo’s each time they fall, I want to read them stories all day, I want to run through the sprinklers and roll through the dirt with them and not care.

But many times I don’t…

There are the times I didn’t sleep well so I don’t want to go play outside first thing in the morning and I put Bizz in the living room with a movie on and give BooBoo some colored pencils and paper and I spend time on facebook instead of with them.

There are times I get so frustrated that I have to repeat the same question or word over and over again to get the result that I want that I raise my voice or speak angrily.

There are times I get so overwhelmed when BooBoo wants to be held constantly that I just put her down and let her cry.

I just hope that I can continue to learn everyday how to be a better me and how to grow my patience, my love and my caring for my beautiful children.

Bizz & BooBoo

What is the point of this post?

To understand, to grow, to share experiences with others.

It is hard to share the not-so-pretty sides of parenting, and eating real food and living in this crazy busy world. But when I feel detached from that person that I long to be, I try to remind myself that I am not alone. That to be perfect is not to be perfect. But to try – to care – and to be present.

In that I will continue to struggle…. and to find my way.

And I will continue to have my happy, optimistic outlook on life (with a few “I’m going to go crazy” moments intermingled)!



Who says only kids can play in the mud? September 19, 2011

My sister and I have never exactly been the “girly” types.

Growing up in northeastern PA on a dairy farm (for a short while for me) and always out in the boonies we played in the dirt, fished, collected tadpoles, got excited during hunting season and so on.

While we both have found our feminine sides and enjoy dressing up and getting pretty (I think her more than me – she has a lot of shoes!!) we still aren’t exactly girly.

So… when we heard about a 5k Mudder Challenge – we signed up.

What better way to spend some quality sister bonding time and to have fun then running 3 miles through mud, over hay bales, up hills and into the Sacramento River?

Aerial Shot of the area the Mud Run took place!

Here is my sister and I before the race began – it was about 7:30 am! (Note the color of our clothes….)


And we made it….. don’t have any pics from during the race – but finally got these of the finish (note the new color of our clothes) 🙂

Almost there...

Finish strong!

And we still like to play in the mud!

A few tips for anyone who is going to run a mudder (and for me to remember for next time):

  • Bring a waterproof throw away camera, or a friend who can take pics!
  • Wear pants that will stay on (Yeah, I had to take a safety-pin off my race # and pin my pants which were falling off 3/4 of the way through the race from the MUD!)
  • Create a team and dress up or have a name (or both) – we raced as individuals, but are figuring out our team for next year!
  • Have fun and wrestle in the mud a little more 🙂

The run was a fundraiser for a local non-profit, River Partners. Here is a little about what they do: The mission of River Partners is to create wildlife habitat for the benefit of people and the environment. River Partners protects the environment by implementing large scale restoration along streams and rivers. We work on the major river systems of the Western United States.

Now we are looking into the next Mud Run we are going to participate in… and I am working on getting in better shape so my sister has to keep up with me (instead of me slowing her down!)


This post was shared on my Gather page on 9/20/2011!

This post was shared on my Redgage page on 9/22/2011!


Thankful Thursday – 9/8/2011! September 8, 2011

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I so enjoyed writing my Thankful Thursday post two weeks ago that I decided to continue the (new found) tradition!

I am thankful….

I am thankful to live in a community with easy access to and an abundance of local, organically and sustainably grown and raised foods.

Oranges I helped glean downtown last Saturday Morning!

I am thankful to have a house we can call “home” and a place to create lifetime memories with my family.

Our home when we moved in!

Our home updated the following year!

I am thankful for beautiful flowers – they always make me smile!

And for so much more…. What are you thankful for today?


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What do YOU want? August 30, 2011

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Once again I was a little slow putting together a post for today! Have lots of pictures and posts brewing for:

  • How to make homemade chicken stock
  • Eggplant Parmesan
  • ECK sandwich
  • Garden Update
  • What to do about a fall garden
  • Chico Gleaning Team
  • Things I love to hear my children say… continued
  • How to live frugally… and still have fun
  • Homemade Bread Crumbs
  • More giveaways and reviews (hopefully)
  • and so many more…

BUT….. I wanted to know what YOU would love to see on the blog! I honestly have been blown away by the wonderful comments from friends, family, acquaintances and even strangers to my blog.

I have received several messages from old and new friends saying that they have been inspired by my posts to eat healthier, or to preserve more food…

I was introduced to someone the other day as a person who writes a great blog…

I have gotten messages asking for advice on how to set up a blog because friends have been inspired to start their own!

THANK YOU… To each and every one of you who has read my blog and who has let me know what it means to you. I have always been a person who truly wants to make a difference in the world. Often, I feel that I don’t know how to do that. But it makes my heart swell that this new venture of mine is making a positive impact on people!

Now, I just need to figure out how to make some money on it and make it my job 🙂 Or continue to learn how to live more frugally so I can be a stay at home Mom for my children and make a difference by doing things I love.

So keep your comments coming – YOU inspire me.

Subscribe via email (right side bar), like my facebook page, follow me on twitter, or just read when you have a chance! Whichever it is, I appreciate it and hope one of my posts inspires you someday!

And don’t forget – let me know what you want to hear about!!

Enjoy the last few days of August!!



Thankful Thursday! August 25, 2011

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Last night, after I wrote my Putting up Peaches post it was already too late and I should have been in bed. I finished up the final touches and previewed it, only to find that more than half of the post had mysteriously disappeared. No idea what happened. Got it up and finished again…. but lacked enough sleep last night 🙂

It is already too late again tonight as I get ready to schedule this and I need to get some sleep….. so my post will be simple.

But important.

I am thankful….

I am thankful for a husband who gives me a kiss each day and still tells me I am beautiful after over 10 years together…

I am thankful for our energetic baby boy little man. Who just the other day sat on my lap with his little sister and said to me“Mom, this is the life.”

I am thankful for our playful baby girl, who is still my baby!

And for so much more…. What are you thankful for today?


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