• Switching to Natural Toothpaste
    Health,  Sustainability

    Switching to Natural Toothpaste

    For most of my life, I never thought about my toothpaste. I brushed my teeth, spit it out, and assumed it would work. Even when I started switching to natural products, toothpaste wasn’t on my shortlist. A strict dental hygienist had instilled a deep fear of cavities in me as a child, and I was afraid that natural toothpaste might…

  • Health Update - Chronic Fatigue Treatment
    Health

    A Health Update —with good news!

    About three years ago, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome took over my life. I probably had the disease to some degree before then, but my health suddenly affected my ability to work, parent, and exist outside of bed in October 2015. After limping along with work for several years, I finally quit my job in France in May 2017. I moved back…

  • Budget-Friendly Ethical Jewelry
    Ethical Products

    Budget-Friendly Ethical Jewelry

    Ethical shopping doesn’t have to be expensive. Sometimes it’s worth it to spend extra to ensure your product was made with fair wages, safe working environments, and sustainable practices. Sometimes ethical companies can’t compete with the ultra-low, sweatshop-produced prices we’re used to. But sometimes you’re on a budget, and you just can’t afford ethical price tags. Or so you think.…

  • Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese
    Food

    Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese

    Two years ago, I started developing food sensitivities as part of my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Dairy became one of the biggest culprits, and I had to cut it from my diet. Sadly, I was living in France, where cheese is a way of life. I watched longly while my friends ate buttery croissants, creamy pots de creme, and cheesy aligot.  Then, I…

  • Switching to Natural Skincare
    Health,  Sustainability

    Switching to Natural Skincare

    If you’re like me, finding a good skincare product is like discovering the holy grail. I have sensitive skin, and I’m at that troublesome age where I have to deal with acne and wrinkles. It’s hard enough to find a product that works, let alone worry about ingredients. But when I started switching to natural products to heal my Chronic…

  • How I Met My Husband
    Marriage

    The Crazy, True Story of How I Met My Husband

    When I was sixteen, God told me I was going to marry Sam Steere. There were just a few problems with this. 1) I’d never spoken to Sam before. And 2) I didn’t grow up in a church where God talked to people, so I thought I was going insane. Despite my concerns about my mental health, I really believed that…