You are the Parent. You Can Say Politely and Firmly Decline Unwanted Medical Treatment

moms you can say no

“Oh, yeah, I refused that.  And I’d let them weigh them, but with their clothes on, it’s cold in Montana.”  I was talking with a friend about WIC appointments that we went to when my older kids were toddlers.  WIC is food assistance for families with young children that are in a lower income bracket, in […]

Easy Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs for Families

Naturally Dye Easter Eggs with this easy method

Discovering natural ways to dye the eggs has added an extra fun element to the whole spring tradition. Not only is the process easy and chemical free, but is a great science project that my older kids thoroughly enjoyed. We used the dyes to test hypotheses with our experiment – my kids were sure the […]

How to Start Solids with baby on the GAPS Diet {and what we do in our family}

Starting babies on nutrient dense foods - not cereal

Starting babies on solids is something all mothers think about, some wonder when the soonest they can introduce a baby to solids is, others want to put it off as long as possible.  Every family needs to choose a method that works for them; it’s my belief that not only are all babies different, but […]

After the GAPS Diet: What to eat first as you transition off

“The majority of GAPS people do not have to adhere to a special diet for the rest of their lives: once the digestive system starts functioning normally, they can gradually introduce most wholesome foods commonly eaten around the world.” Gut and Psychology Syndrome, page 156 Once a person feels stabilized on GAPS (not highly sensitive to whatever they were sensitive to before […]

Breastfeeding and The GAPS Diet: What You Need to Know

Can I Do GAPS if I’m Breastfeeding? This question comes up nearly every time I write about GAPS – so all the time! For the pregnant or breastfeeding mother, Dr. Natasha, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome, recommends the Full GAPS diet, which includes fruit, cultured dairy, nuts, and coconut products in addition to everything […]

Easy meals: Smoothies for the whole family (plus a super easy way to give them to babies!)

cuppow for baby and toddler smoothies

While fruit is good and healthy and sweet, what makes my smoothies really nutrient dense and filling is the kefir or yogurt (probiotics, protein, calcium), egg yolks (essential fatty acids, protein), and coconut oil (medium chain fatty acids, gives good sensation of satiety).  These are all rich and creamy enough to be called milkshakes, yum! […]

The GAPS Introduction Diet Stages for Faster Healing through Nutrient-Dense Food

What is the GAPS Intro Diet? The Gut and Psychology Syndrome introduction diet is a diet focused on intensive rest and healing for the gut lining, as well as slow introduction of fermented foods to repopulate it with friendly microorganisms. Different ways to use the Intro Some, as we did, start the ‘intro diet’ right as we […]

5 Tips to Help The New Siblings Bond Without Jealousy

Seeing your children get along is one of the greatest joys of parenthood.

Last year at this time we were binging on Youtube videos of birth, breastfeeding, and crying babies.  After having my first two babies 2 years apart, this 3rd tag-along came 5 years after, and I anticipated a more difficult transition, so I was trying to prepare them for what labor would be like, that a […]

For Parents Wondering if Their Baby Has Special Needs and Not Knowing Where to Start

Parents Questioning if Baby Has Special Needs or Disability

This is taken from an appendix at the end of The Empowered Mother (which still hopefully will be done by the end of the month – my designer has had bronchitis so we’re a bit behind schedule). As a mom who has a child with special needs, I frequently find parents wondering out loud whether […]

One Afternoon: 10 meat/veggie pairs for easy weeknight dinners

Bulk cooking paleo and GAPS - 12+ meals in 3 hours!

Getting the family involved in cooking is easier to do on a weekend afternoon than on a weeknight between martial arts class, spending time outdoors after the long day in the classroom, and forgotten “I need 50 things for the 50th day of kindergarten tomorrow!”  Bulk cooking is an efficient way to use this quality […]

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