Social Isolation & Homesteading

Amidst this COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations for social distancing, social isolation, and quarantine, not to mention people hoarding many foods like bread, milk (which I don’t really get because they are perishable), and canned goods, it feels like the perfect time to get in touch with our grass roots.

To Meat, or Not To Meat

Garden vegetables
Photo by Peter Wendt on Unsplash

Vegetarian, vegan, whole food plant based, keto, microbiom… there are a whole lot of food trend buzz words floating around right now. And even more conflicting “information”. It doesn’t help that the judgment from fundamentalists makes it disheartening for people to join any Facebook groups, just looking for guidance and inspiration.

I’ve been pondering changing my eating habits for a while, and for a myriad of reasons.

  1. Personal health: as I am approaching 40 and not finished having babies yet, my health and increasing energy, chances of conceiving, creating the most nourishing home for baby, are at the top of my list.
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Environmental impact

Everything is Better When We’re Together

January 1, 2020 marked 13 years together, 6 years married, and 2 years as mamas. The fact remains, from the beginning to today, everything is better when we’re together.


Indoor Herb Garden

Toddler boy, in a black t-shirt, outside on a sunny day, standing behind small potted plants, while stuffing food into his mouth. There is evidence of jam on his face and hands.
We put our little plant babies outside for more sun
(despite our efforts, the lettuce and basil didn’t survive)

Cats be damned. Gus Gus eats my spring onions and makes himself sick, and nibbles on my pea shoots. Stitch eats my garlic. And has destroyed my spider plant. Not to mention my toddler topples everything over. It is a trial and error situation with my little indoor herb garden. My thumb is brown but someday it will be green-ish.

UPDATE: the next basil I started got dumped by the toddler. 3rd time’s a charm?


New Floors. DIY or Hire a Pro?

Lately I’ve been staying up way too late researching vinyl plank flooring options for our home. Our whole home. All 1520sf of it. With a very busy little one wanting to help with EVERYTHING, do we DIY or hire a pro?


Work from Home with a Toddler. Possibility or Pipe Dream?

Insta-moms that work from home, all smiles and optimistic with inspirational quotes and accomplishments, are plastered all over #mompreneur. I hate them.

Working from home

Thank God it’s Finally Spring!

mountains and lake

What a crazy couple of months!

It’s been a bit of a shit show, really. The weather in February had been absolutely brutal. And sure kept Lu on her toes 24/7. Sleep was a luxury. Thank God it’s finally spring!


Clean Slate

NYAL Blog

Ever want to wipe the slate clean and start over?

I inadvertently did that when I changed host companies. So here we are, back at the beginning.

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