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    My Thoughts on Having a Cell Phone

    About a year ago, I got a cell phone for the first time in my life. I’m not sure how I succeeded at steering clear of them for so many years or even why it felt so important to me, though my list of reasons was long and surely not unfounded. I am a person who feels strongly about certain things and can grip onto a stance and not let go. Mostly, that quality has been a good thing, but sometimes it gets petty and perfectionistic and more harmful than good. I think this particular issue reached the point where I was digging my heals in, squeezing my eyes shut,…

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    Thoughts on My Youngest Starting Kindergarten

    This has been a rough week. It’s hard for me to write anything after a week like this. I simply feel drained. Exhausted to my bones. Sleep seems like a better option, but I’m committed to the discipline of writing, so here I am.   Here’s the thing beneath the surface of a busy and transitional week…   This week I watched the most joyful, hilarious, little ball of life I know fade and flicker. My five year old came home sad every day after kindergarten.

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    A Fresh Start

    The calendar year gives us several good opportunities for fresh starts…New Years Day, birthdays, anniversaries. Like many of you, this fresh start for me comes at the beginning of the school year. During the summer, my house was filled with laughter, forts, projects, and (generally speaking)…messes. Not to mention, that we had a LOT of travel over the summer. Though I miss all the sweet family time, I’m thankful for the peace and brain space that come with the rhythms of the school year.  This week, I have taken some extra space to reflect, pray, and plan. Sometimes it can feel extravagant to take time for things like this when everyone we know…

  • Allergen Free,  Let's Chat Over Lunch,  Recipes

    Dairy Free and Grain Free “Cheesy” Rolls

    When I was a kid, I loved cheesy breadsticks. I liked them more than pizza, actually, because I didn’t like tomato sauce until I was in my late twenties. I was very picky back then, and I attribute some of that to mineral deficiencies. As I learned about nutrition and traditional culture in my late twenties, I began to add in foods I hadn’t eaten my whole life. Within months, most of my pickiness was gone (though there are still a few hold-outs – namely, mustard, stewed tomatoes, and hot dogs). – Through those picky years, cheese and bread were definite comfort foods for me – especially, fresh, warm cheesy bread…

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    Heart of the Matter Sessions

    Symptoms of Something Below the Surface The woman in her twenties who has recurrent yeast infections and wants to know about how to do a Candida diet…she is also really struggling in her marriage – doesn’t feel loved or connected to her spouse. The mom with young children who cannot seem to drop the baby weight, is often bloated, and has sugar cravings…she is also working a stressful job, has very little energy, and is haunted by a traumatic event that happened a few years ago. The woman in her forties who is struggling with multiple hormone imbalances resulting in multiple surgeries and medications…deep down she feels disappointment about her…

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    Self Care While Your Kids Are Sick (or during other unexpectedly hard weeks)

    On Sunday evening, we were having a lovely meal and game night with one of our favorite families. They had invited us to come over a couple of times over the past month, but it hadn’t worked out for various reasons. I was so happy that we were finally having this fun evening together, when my 5-year old walked up to me and whispered, “My tummy hurts. I think I might throw up.” Of course, we made it only halfway to the bathroom before his dinner came up all over the shiny hardwood floors (so very happy it wasn’t carpet, though!). That was how my week started. The night that…

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    One Reason I Talk So Much About Self Care

    I see self care as the beginning of becoming your own health advocate and of trusting your own body’s ability to heal. I am a believer in natural health approaches, in integrative treatment, and in the ability of the body to heal itself given holistic support. I have seen real change and healing in myself, in my clients, and in my family through these natural means.   But, there is a real shift that is necessary in order to walk that path. That shift has less to do with which practitioners you see and what information you read (though that is part of the picture), and more to do with…

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    What Cooking With my Kids Has Meant To Me

      As a child and a teenager, I wasn’t very keen on cooking. I thought of myself as “above” that in some way. I excelled at math and science and planned to have an important job and leave the cooking to other people. Truthfully, I never felt drawn to the homemaking arts at all, and I considered myself to be not very good at them. I lived in my head and had little time for wiping down counters, unloading dishwashers, or helping get dinner on the table. It all seemed unimportant and uninspiring.   It’s funny how much things have changed for me.   Though I did graduate with a…

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    Self Care for Menstrual Cramp Pain

    Did you know that tight points in your muscles (trigger points) could be the cause of your menstrual cramp pain? Today, I’m giving you my best self care techniques to help you be free of pain during your periods! These techniques give me relief almost immediately and a few times working on them can even last through several cycles! I’d love to hear from you if you try it. Did you find it easy to find the points? Did you notice a difference? Note: There’s one correction on the video. When I go to the floor, the first step is to warm up the whole abdominal area. Then, I work the abdominal…

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    Celebrate {Come Back to Center Day 5/5}

    This is the fifth and final day of our 5 Day Instagram Challenge! If you haven’t already, you can join the challenge by following us on Instagram or by joining the Sweet Water Sisterhood Facebook group. Today your challenge is to CELEBRATE! Celebrating reminds us of all that we have to be grateful for. It shifts our brains into a mode of appreciation instead of critically assessing what is wrong with our lives or what we need to work on. Do This First Before you decide what to celebrate and how to celebrate it, I want you to take a few minutes to make a list of things you are thankful for. Set a…