NATURAL LIVING kind of crunchyAdam jokes sometimes that we’re hippies. Some of our friends laugh at some of the things we do, (like the fact that I had my placenta encapsulated after both boys were born, or that I usually have a batch of kombucha brewing). I’ll admit, we are a little “crunchy”.

The urban dictionary’s definition for crunchy mom is much more extreme than we are (I buy my own bread and will gladly send my kids to school, thankyouverymuch), but I can say yes to chopping up my placenta and consuming it, so I’m definitely a little crunchy!

We still eat white sugar, although I try to reduce the amount in most recipes. I don’t buy all organic produce, but I definitely look at the ingredients on things and try to pick things with shorter ingredient lists and without high fructose corn syrup. We still eat frozen pizza in a bind and occasionally drink soda. Basically we’ve figured out what works for us.

We don’t go to the chiropractor (though we know lots of people who swear by it), but I have had osteopathic manipulation done before and highly recommend it. (If you are in Des Moines, I recommend the Des Moines University Clinic). I’ve been taking Foster in for an adjustment every other month and knock on wood, he’s been really healthy!

I am a firm believer in preventive medicine over disease treatment when possible. We’re not against going to the doctor, but we don’t go at the first sign of a cough or sniffle. If we can avoid antibiotics, especially for the boys, we do.

I’ve blogged about some of the “natural things” I do around the house like using wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets and natural drain cleaner instead of Draino. I thought it would be fun to do a series on some of my other “crunchy” habits.

Here’s what it will include:

  • What is kombucha, why we drink it, and how to brew it at home.
  • Why I had my placenta encapsulated
  • Why we cloth diaper and my favorite cloth diaper supplies
  • How we use essential oils
  • Breast feeding, baby wearing, and baby-led weaning

And of course I’d love to hear about your tips and tricks for natural or “crunchy” living!


What a beautiful week! I’m pretty sure I say this every year, but spring is the best! This week all the flowering trees are blooming and so are my tulips!

Now that we can play outside and take walks and go to the park, I don’t know how we survived the winter when we were stuck inside all the time.

Here’s what I’ve been reading/doing this week:

My Bible study just started reading this book about Ruth. I love how in-depth it is! It has a video to go along with it and study questions in the back, which is always nice when you’re doing a group study.

I love Madison’s honesty in this post about how being a mom reveals our selfish nature

I read this awesome post about remembering to tell our husband’s we love them twice! And if you don’t have time to read the post, tell your husband you love him!

There are plenty of reasons not to date your husband, but that doesn’t matter. Investing in your relationship has to be a priority!

I loved this article from Relevant Magazine about marriage and parenting. Parenting is hard, which is why it’s more important than ever to make your marriage a priority when you have kids!

acai bowl

I keep seeing people post pictures and recipes for acai bowls, and they look delicious. I’m intrigued. Has anyone tried them? Maybe it’s worth a trip to Whole Foods to get some.

I finally finished reading All the Light We Cannot See (I highly recommend it! Even though it took me 2 months to get through it, the language is beautiful and the story captured my attention) and was ready for something completely different, so I downloaded this for my Kindle.

We will be spending our Sunday nights for the next couple months watching Game of Thrones on HBO NOW. Any other fans?

Have a fantastic weekend! And be sure to check back next week for a fun series I’ve been working on for a while that I’m finally ready to share!

I’m linking up with Christa over at Brown Sugar Toast. Be sure to check out her Friday Favorites. I always find good things over there!

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