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About Me

I am Angela and I would really like to thank you for stopping by!  I am a very lucky mama.  I am married to my best friend and we have 5 kids.  Alex (7), Ava (4), and Audrey (2) and my stepdaughters who are 21 and 16.  We live on the East coast of Florida on a barrier island.  I absolutely love where we live, it is pretty much paradise.

 

I started this blog to chronicle my families homeschooling experience.  As we began to live a more natural life I decided that I would write about that too.  So, if you are new to this site you should know that I pretty much blog about anything and everything that goes on in our lives.  I realize our life is in a state of constant evolution and this blog reflects this.

I am also getting more comfortable sharing our journey and am beginning to ‘open up’ more on a personal level.  I am realizing that there are so many people out there who are on a similar journey.   I really really love blogging and have made some really great connections with many like-minded people.

Homeschool:  Our home learning is a constant evolution.  We began homeschooling in 2011.  Our homeschool started as ‘school at home’, that lasted about a week.  I have deschooled and we have unschooled.  Currently, we are settled in as very relaxed eclectic homeschoolers.    When I was going to college to be a teacher I had no idea that I would be a homeschooling mama.  I am so happy with the way things turned out and I am proud to say that world is our classroom!

In regards to homeschool I blog about learning ideas, field trips, sensory play, and lapbooks (we LOVE lapbooks).

Natural Living:  My family is certainly making a dramatic change in our lifestyle.  We used to eat fast food, buy bottled water, and use harsh chemicals in our home.   We now make our own homemade household cleaners and hygiene products.

I used to run to our pediatrician every time my child had a runny nose.  Now we rarely go to the doctor and use homeopathic remedies as often as we can.

My husband and I practice natural parenting.  I am a mama who believes in attachment parenting.  I co-sleep, wear my baby, breastfeed beyond one year and so much more.

I love to cook.  I try to feed my family very little processed foods.  We do not eliminate them 100% (I allow indulgences) but I can assure you that we have come a very long way in the last 8 or even 1 year.  I love to share my recipes on this blog.

Pretty much we are going back to basics.  We are educating at home, making our own household items and eating real foods.  In the upcoming year we will be adding chickens to our family (for their eggs) and a big ‘ol garden.

Oh, and one last thing about me.  I am a very happy person who believes in kindness.  I am on a personal spiritual journey that opens my heart and being every single day.  Maybe soon I will begin blogging about that journey!

Love, peace, and happiness,

Angela

Oh, and if you want to see what our life looks like day by day check out some of my Mamatography posts!

19 Responses

  • sandy says:

    I can’t believe how much Alex & Ava have changed in the last year – They both look so little in the pic of Ava holding Audrey in the hospital!

  • Kelly says:

    I’ve just discovered your lovely website. It’s full of ideas and inspiration. I’m very pleased to have found it.

    Kelly xx

  • Angela says:

    Hello,
    I’m following up with you regarding the list FamilyNursePractitionerPrograms.com published of 100 Fantastic Family Health Resources.
    I contacted you last week to inform you about your nomination, and I’m pleased to let you know that you’ve made the final list! You can view the whole list here: http://www.familynursepractitionerprograms.com/family-health/
    We’ve created a badge you can use if you wish to promote your recognition on your website and social media accounts. You can place it on your site using the embed code below, or I’ll be happy to email you the image at your request.

    We made this list of family health and fitness resources in the hope that it would become a useful resource not only for families, but for health care practitioners, especially prospective students considering a career in nursing. We hope you find it useful as well!
    Congratulations, and if you have any questions about how to incorporate the badge onto your site, please let me know – I’m happy to help!
    Thank You,
    Angela

  • dee says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog the other day, checking out ideas for H.S. on pininterest. I was drawn to your beach pictures and could not get over how much it reminded me of my hometown, Melbourne. Brought back good memories, and much thankfulness as I miss my home and the east coast. Much love to you and yours, Dee

  • Laura says:

    Your style is so much like mine! I am so glad to found this page. I am a proud natural-attachment parenting mom (along with my husband). We still co sleep with our 9 and 7 year old boys. I breast fed my kids until age 4. I also getting away from the pediatrician and curing my kids from acute illness with good old oregano oil. Just started to make my own toothpaste and hand sanitizer and that is how I found your website. I am a vegan as well as both of my kids, however hubby is not “there” yet :-))

  • Bianka says:

    Hi Angela, thank you for creating this inspiring website. Our water is pretty bad and I use a water filter. However, the water still seems to be full of chloride and other things the water companies put into it. You have mentioned that you used to buy bottled water. I was looking around your website but could not find any alternatives. Please let me know.
    All the best to you and your family. Enjoy living the natural live. Most of us are so far away from it those days.

  • I found your url via own blog stats and so glad I did, will be following x

  • Bridget says:

    Interested and would love to try what you’re doing! I’m confused, do you sell any of your home made products? And if not, why not? Thanks :)

  • Mary says:

    I just found your information about the natural remedy for pinworms. I am desperate for relief, as Rx and OTC meds have not worked. I’ve been to multiple doctors. It’s been six months. I, too, am washing and cleaning excessively. My hands are in horrible shape from all the handwashing. I will be buying some fresh food grade DE today. I use it already to get rid of ants, but it’s been sitting on the back porch for a long time. Thanks for posting about it.

    • Angela says:

      I hope that the DE brings you relief Mary! It takes so much work to eliminate pinworms, good luck and let me know how it goes. :)

      • Mary says:

        Good morning. Finally found some DE food grade. However, there was a warning that it was not for human consumption. I mixed 1 TBS with 12 oz cold water anyway, and started drinking it. Halfway through, it immediately came back up. :( I drank another glass of plain water after that and the water stayed down. I don’t know if there is another type of DE food grade that is ok for people, or if my body just can’t tolerate it. Thanks for your reply. I’m still fighting the battle.

  • Joram Lee says:

    Great site, great ideas. We are starting a whole new life which has been in the evolving for the last 5 years, including home schooling and unprocessed diets. So glad we found you

  • Lola says:

    I stumbled on your website while looking for natural ways to control my frizz and was very inspired by your “going back to basics” way of life! I am a stay at home mom of four and although do not homeschool (which I tried and only lasted 30 days), I love the whole simple living lifestyle. Though change is hard but I know slowly but surely we will as a family get there. I am trying to cook fresh food everyday instead of eating out. Eating less and less processed food, and getting the kids to slowly get the hang of things. I have not created and tried any home made anything yet but I am inspired to go for it starting with taming my frizz LOL!!! So thank you for your blogs and thank you for going green!!!

  • shanna says:

    Hi Angela I just read your post about pin worms. Unfortunately I have caught pinworms and I am currently 23 weeks pregnant. I am wanting to try and go a more natural route as opposed to taking medication because I do not want to take anything at least while I am pregnant. I was wondering if you have known of anyone taking food grade DE while pregnant? I was liking the idea of trying it but I am wanting to make sure it’s safe during pregnancy. I completely understand you are not a doctor. I was just wanting to get your personal opinion on it and was wondering do you have any other tips of things that I could try that should be safe during pregnancy. Thanks so much !

  • Sally says:

    I have been looking for a squeezeable toothpaste and found your recipe. What have you found to pour the squeezeable toothpaste into the tubes. I tried making but it was a mess putting the mixture into the tubes. It’s very thick and doesn’t want to pour into the tubes.



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