A recent picture of my boy and me. I have a 3-year-old girl as well. Generally I don’t show their faces on the internet.

I like sharing pictures of Nourishing Traditions and Maker’s Diet cooking, because both of those books are lacking in pictures, and sometimes pictures are inspiring! I didn’t really plan on having a cooking and health blog but it turns out that it’s pretty easy to blog about food since I am cooking it anyway. Supposedly I’ll also be talking about home and happiness throughout; though cooking does seem to dictate the natural rhythm of our home, and a belly full of healthy food does quite a bit to contribute to happiness.

I do earn some income on here, both through affiliate links (Mountain Rose Herbs, Amazon, and Naturoli soap nuts right now), and I receive products from time to time to try out. I’m pretty picky about what I recommend, I won’t recommend that you try something that I wouldn’t personally buy.   Right now we’re following Dave Ramsey’s plan to pay down debt and save to purchase a home, so that’s what my blogging income goes for. 

I love comments! Please always feel free to ask anything in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer. Or just say whatever!

About my blog setup:

The About section explains my focus with the blog; primarily to show you how and why we eat real whole foods.  Included in here is our journey to real foods from the standard American diet, about the Maker’s diet, and then to keep it real, Confessions is what I label the refined non-whole foods that somehow find themselves in our kitchen from time to time.

On The Menu has my food posts sorted into Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Soups, and Menu Plans.  I’m still going back through and re-labeling older posts to fit in these, but I’ve got some of my favorites up there now.

Traditional Foods is everything non-refined, wholesome, and Nourishing Traditions inspired.  Down below there are some links to easy things to start with like Real Salt, Soaked Wheat Bread, and Coconut Oil.

Grain Free has my adventures in GAPS, along with some related subsections and recipes.

Natural Health is where all the alternative medicines, bath and body, holistic dentistry, and supplement posts live.

Stewardship addresses the issue of fitting real food into a real budget and doing the best with the resources available to us. In that subsection are ‘Do It Yourself and Save’ posts; things that we found are especially useful and simple to do yourself.

Pregnancy and Babies is everything baby/child/mother related, including breastfeeding, diapers, and natural remedies for common childhood issues.

Under Learn More I have my book reviews, as well as the list of health/food related movies that I’ve seen and think are worth watching.  I feel that good books are vitally important in making informed decisions for our families, and they do a great job of point out flaws in what shows up in mainstream news and medicine.  My blog is mostly about how we incorporate what we’ve learned into our family life, I’d encourage you to check out recommended books for more of the technical ‘why’ we do what we do. I don’t recommend books because I agree with them 100%, but more because I think they are worth reading and are at least mostly accurate.  It’s important to not blindly follow anything and always use discernment.  (Do you like my disclaimer? ~grin~)

When it comes to informative posts about why I use quite a bit of saturated fat, why grass fed meat is preferable, why I love coconut oil, the dangers of GMO food; I’d rather just point you in the direction of the books that I have learned from, and the Weston Price website where most everything is covered (most of the links above go to the Weston Price Website).

Mostly, though, I would encourage you to check out some of the books on my sidebar from the library. I find that reading real books is generally more enriching than reading blog posts ~smile~ If you don’t have time to search your library, you might be able to search what is available online and reserve it. That’s what I do, so I only have to go over to the reserved area and grab my books and do the self checkout. I also can request books through our library’s website, and often they buy them, which surprised me.

I’m not an expert on the subject of real foods, but rather am just a mom trying to do what’s best for her family. I fully expect to learn more and change as time goes on, that’s the joy of life, isn’t it?

Anyway, for more in depth reading, I recommend books pretty often.  Yes, I get a kickback from Amazon if you place an order on there using my links. 

About me and our family in no particular order

We are conservative Christians. We believe in young earth creation.  We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. We believe Jesus has us be loving and kind, not condemning and judgmental (ie I’m not going to yell at you if you’re different from me).

We’re a homeschooling family with a Waldorf/Charolette Mason/Classical approach, which we like because it seems to be a holistic view of schooling. 

I voted for Ron Paul :)

I originally went to college to be a RN, but decided not to continue when I got married to my honey at 20 years old.  I worked as a nurse’s aid and experienced how draining a career in hands-on health care can be, as well as how much of mainstream healthcare doesn’t practice evidence based medicine, so chose to do medical transcription instead and I did that until my first was about a year old, from home.  I have an associate’s degree in science, and I thoroughly enjoy natural sciences, especially when they are evidence based ;)

I grew up in Northern California but we moved to Montana to escape the crowds, rocky economy, and housing costs shortly after we were married. A lot of my granola ways came from California. A lot of my conservative ways are right at home in Montana though.

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About Cara

Cara is the main author here at Health Home and Happiness. She loves the health and energy that eating well and playing well provides and has a goal to share what she's learned with as many families interested in making healthy changes as possible.

She helps other families achieve health in simple steps with the GAPS Starter Package, The Empowered Mother Pregnancy Resource, and helps them stock their freezer for busy days with Grain-Free Freezer Cooking Guide.


  1. I am shocked right now by some of our similarities, I am sure that I am not the first to say this but a mentor Mom in my Mom Group at church recommended your blog to me and it is shocking that I can relate to you so much. I too am from Northern California and have a “hippie” approach to nutrition and the health of my family but I am a conservative Christian too. I was going to school to be an RN and gave it up to marry my soul mate when I was just 21 years old. I worked as a Nursing Assistant as well and transitioned to Nursing Secratary when my oldest was a baby. It was a great job but I too saw some things about the modern healthcare system that I don’t agree with and because of that I am greatfull I pulled out of the Nursing path before I wasted two more years of my life on something I would eventually hate. I have a son who is 5 yrs old with ASD, possibly and most likely Aspergers. We have been on a gluten free diet for over a year and with some recent regression I have been considering GAPS to improve his behaviors. I am so greatful for your website and my next step is purchasing your 30 day Intro DIet plan but I have to figure out when to start it since my son is in school and packing lunches is already difficult and I assume this will add to it…not being able to control EVERYTHING he comes into contact with at school makes it hard to make sure the diet is being followed…been considering homeschooling…


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