The Nourished Living Summit is on sale this weekend!

I have to admit, I have not had one minute even to start listening to any of the talks sent out for the summit. What about you? I may not be a parent yet but I still hope to, and even so, the material in this summit is a gold mine for holistic health.

And this weekend, it’s $20 off!


What do you get for your $127? You get lifetime access to all the talks, slides, a slew of special discounts and freebies, and something I have never seen in any other summit.

You will get access to NEW tracks which will be added through 2014 and 2015!

Click here to view more details.

But perhaps the full cost is a little too much for you, or you are just interested in one of the individual tracks. You can buy just what you want to hear!

Curious to know about the topics, or who is presenting? You can see them all here.

The sale price is good from now until Monday, April 14th, at 5am. What are you waiting for?

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The Nourished Living Summit is here!

Are you struggling on this natural living, natural parenting journey? Overwhelmed by all the information online? Wish you could simply listen to a free informative presentation to get you started on the right track? Then register to listen to the Nourished Living Summit, a FREE online event launching March 24th. There are 62 topics ranging from preconception health all the way through the teen years. There is a wealth of knowledge being shared in bite-sized portions. Don’t miss this!

Starting today, you can listen to talks for FREE for 48 hours, but you need to register first. Click the banner to sign up!


Take a look at the complete lineup of speakers. This will be amazing!


Infertility and Preconception Health
Donielle Baker
Natural Fertility and Wellness

Natural Family Planning and Ecological Breastfeeding
John and Sheila Kippley
Natural Family Planning

Birth Choices
Nicole Deggins, CNM, MSN, MPH
Sista Midwife Productions

Carrying and Parenting Multiples
Trisha Gilkerson
Breastfeeding Place

Preventing Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies Before Conception
Jill Baumann, BS, NC
Guided Path To Health

Herbs and Oils for Pregnancy and Birth
Jessica Aveni
Natural Health and Prevention

Eating For Two
Courtney Hillis
THRIVE: Natural Family Living

Family Oriented Bonding
Guggie Daly
The Guggie Daly


Supporting and Boosting Milk Supply Naturally
Diana West, BA, IBCLC
Low Milk Supply and Mahala Lactation and Perinatal Services, LLC

Building Blocks To A Healthy Breastfeeding Relationship
Dionna Ford
Code Name Mama

Back to Work Breastfeeding
Renee Beebe, M.Ed., IBCLC
The Second Nine Months

Breastfeeding As A Source of Joy
Christine Poirier-Brotchie
Momzelle Nursing Wear

Donor Milk
Emma Kwasnica
Human Milk 4 Human Babies

Nutrition and Breastfeeding
Becky Webb, NTP, CD (DONA)
Rooted Blessings

Inducing Lactation – One Mother’s Story
Millie Copper
Real Food For Less Money

Tongue Tie
Jennifer Tow, B.F.A., IBCLC
Intuitive Parenting Network


The Vaccine Decision – What Parents Need To Know
Jessika Bailey
Natural Mother Magazine

Gentle Sleep Solutions
Elizabeth Pantley
The No-Cry Solutions

Baby Led Weaning and Starting Solids
Kate Tieje
Modern Alternative Mama

Laura Schuerwegen
Authentic Parenting

Newborn Decisions/Newborn Care
Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D
Author of The Business of Baby

Proper Care of Your Intact Son
Jennifer Andersen
Our Muddy Boots
Larissa Black
The WHOLE Network

Cloth Diapering
Miriam J. Katz
Author of The Other Baby Book and Intuitive Life Coach
Megan McGrory Massaro
Author of The Other Baby Book

Elimination Communication
Marija Mikolajczak
EC Wear

Jennifer Wenzel
True Confessions of a Real Mommy
Julie Mangan
A Little Bit of All of It
Shannon Riley
The Artful Mama


Dr. Jay Gordon, MD FAAP
Dr. Jay Gordon

Childhood Development Disorders
Dr. Jamie Oskin, N.D.
Arizona Natural Health Center

Chiropractic For Children and In Pregnancy
Dr. Staci Borkhuis, D.C.
Cornerstone Chiropractic

Children’s Dental Health
Will and Susan Revak

Extended Breastfeeding and Tandem Nursing
Lauren Wayne
Hobo Mama

Potty Training/Learning
Robert Edwards
Squatty Potty
Moorea Malatt
Savvy Parenting Support

Fostering Healthy Independence
Ariadne Brill
Positive Parenting Connection

Children and Reading
Elaine Krishnan
Usborne Books and More 
Jana Kemp
Jana M. Kemp


Dr. Sherrill Sellman, N.D
What Women Must Know with Dr. Sellmen

Adrenal Health For Children
Michael Smith, N.D. BHSC
Planet Naturopath

Teen Health
Lydia Shatney
Divine Health From The Inside Out

Posture Makes Perfect: The Benefits of a Physically Balanced Life
Elizabeth Eckert
Word Cures

Parenting Without Stereotypes
Paige Lucas-Stannard
Parenting Gently

Raising Your Children To Know Where Their Food Comes From
Abbie Walston
Farmer’s Daughter

whole Family

Common Childhood Illnesses
Dr. Mary Bove, ND
Brattleboro Naturopathic Clinic

Skincare for Families
Jennifer Saleem
Hybrid Rasta Mama

Food Allergies
KerryAnn Foster
Intentionally Domestic

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
Joy Moeller, BS, RDH
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist

What Every Parent Needs To Know About Gluten
Joe Rigola
Wellness Punks

How Candida and Parasites May Be Harming Your Children’s Health
Amy Love, NTP, CGP, CILC
Real Food Whole Health

Environmental Toxins
Andrea Fabry
moms AWARE

Kombucha for Families
Hannah Crum
Kombucha Kamp

mama care

Preventing Postpartum Depression
Amanda Rose
Rebuild From Depression

Herbal Support for New and Overwhelmed Mothers
Carol Little
Studio Botanica

Self Care For Moms
Lauren Luquin
Spiral Elixir

Healing from Trauma and the Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation
Stephanie Brandt Cornais
Mama and Baby Love

Getting Centered
Amy Phoenix
Presence Parenting

Mommy Tummy and Diastasis Recti
Bethany Learn
Fit2Be Studio

The Babywearing Workout
Kelly Stewart
The Babywearing Workout

Parent Empowerment

Managing Anger and Overwhelm as a Parent
Dr. Laura Markham
Aha Parenting

Attachment Parenting: Creating a Foundation for Healthy Child Development
Kelly Bartlett
Author of Encouraging Words for Kids

Becoming Aware of Possible Toxins Around your Children; Choosing Safe Products for Your Children
Dawn Lorenz
Raising Natural Kids

Holistic Fathers – Engaging and Including Dad
Billy Bradley
Holistic Dad

Creating a Natural Medicine Cabinet
Rosalee de la Foret
Herbal Remedies Advice

Sneaky Nutrition
Lisa Herndon
Lisa’s Counter Culture

Real Food For Families
Kimi Harris
The Nourishing Gourmet

Finding Community
Chara Shopp
Stitching Hearts Together
Judy Tyler
Living Healthy ‘n’ Happy

Ready to start listening?

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The Nourished Living Summit is coming soon!

Have you ever felt overwhelmed when it comes to making the best choices for your family?

The Nourished Living Summit brings together 69 natural health, wellness, and parenting professionals who are dedicated to helping parents care for their family naturally. These experts know that this parenting gig is not easy and as such are arming you with the information you need to either begin, continue, or expand your journey as a natural-minded parent.

Nourished Living Summit

The Nourished Living Summit is a FREE online event that launches March 24, 2014.

It won’t be like those other Summits, the ones were you have 24 hours to listen to 10 presentations. No – The Nourished Living Summit wants to arm you with as much information as you can absorb via an improved Summit model. A model where you will have time on your side so you can take advantage of all the incredible information these speakers are handing you. The Nourished Living Summit is showcasing 62 presentations divided into 8 thematic tracks including:

  • Pre-Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Health and Development for Children Ages 0-18
  • Natural Health and Wellness for the Whole Family
  • Care and Nurturing For Mothers
  • Education for Natural Minded Parents

Beginning March 24th, you will have 48 hours to listen to 3-5 presentations. Each track is divided over the course of two 48 hour periods. Presentations will stream live Monday-Saturday with Sundays off. The Summit ends on April 29th.

You MUST be registered in order to listen to the presentations. You can register on the home page of the official Nourished Living Summit website.

Want to learn more about the Nourished Living Summit lineup? Check it out!

Nourished Living Summit Collage

What are you waiting for? Go register for the Nourished Living Summit!!!

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Expanding my reach and rethinking

Some days I am amazed I can keep my head on straight, much less anything else. Which is why it has taken me a week to post here that I am now a regular contributor to Delicious Obsessions! I’ve loved Jessica’s blog for years and over that time we have become friends. I feel honored to be able to share there and reach a wider audience.

Speaking of audiences… I have not forgotten about all of you. Every day I think about this blog and wish that I had the time and energy to post here. Taking care of my mother’s estate and planning her memorial (happening in just over a month) are still taking up the majority of my time. And yet I am trying to keep all my irons in the fire, and not able to keep track. IT occurs to me that for all my desire to maintain social media, it’s supposed to be about THIS blog. So I have decided that for at least the next month I am going to work more on posting here and less on trying to catch all of you on Facebook. As it stands, Facebook claims that I am not getting a lot of views right now. On that front I remain skeptical but still, the point of the page is to drive people here.

So what can you do to help?

Share my posts. Drop my blog into your blog reader or sign up over on the side for email updates. If you want to take the extra step, shop through my affiliate partners Mountain Rose Herbs and Tropical Traditions, and check out the Nourishing Living Summit which starts next month. Pulling in money from blogging is a great incentive for me to be more active here. You can also help to feed my cats… she says as Stark has taken over her lap while she tries to type.

And because everyone likes cats, here is Danerys. These two continue to amuse and impress me, especially her. Just over a month ago Danerys wanted to hide all the time. Now more often than not she is out in the living while I am here, and visible too! This is a photo I took of her recently, when she jumped up into a chair next to where I was sitting. And without any prompting either! Stark does remain a mama’s boy and it is such a comfort to have a cat who is a so affectionate to me.

The Khaleesi is comfortable

The Khaleesi is comfortable

I hope all of you are doing well, managing the transition to Daylight Savings Time, eating well, and taking in the sun as much as you can!

Holistic Nutrition, Holistic Agriculture, Holistic Living!

I’m thrilled to be sharing this guest post today. Brenda Baran is a nutritional therapy practitioner and a fellow blogger at Nourished Living Network. She and her partner Levi are also revitalizing a farm and working to raise funds to do so. Today she talks about the relationship between the health of the person and the health of the land.

The human body is very complex and our environments are also very complex. This is why one answer does not fit all when it comes to diet and health. There is no one perfect diet for everyone. The perfect diet for someone depends on so many variables including their ancestry, how active their lifestyle is, how old they are, how toxic their environment is, etc. This is why when one truly practices holistic medicine, focusing on bio-individuality is essential.

Not only is considering bio-individuality essential, but also discovering the underlying cause of whatever issue or issues a person may be dealing with. For example, instead of giving someone a topical cream for a skin condition, like eczema or acne, we find out what is leading to the skin issue. Is it a nutrient deficiency? Deficiencies in vitamin A, D, and imbalances in fatty acids can lead to skin issues. Is it a toxicity issue? Sometimes we detox through the skin more when our other detox pathways are struggling. Is it an immune issue? Parasites can lead to skin issues. Is digestion working properly? Leaky gut can lead to skin issues. So on and so forth. 


The “Foundations of Health” according to Nutritional Therapy Practitioners include:

  • Digestion
  • Blood Sugar Balance
  • Mineral Balance
  • Fatty Acid Balance
  • Hydration
  • Properly Prepared Nutrient Dense Diet.

What this means is that it is very important to assure that these foundations are all working properly in the body before moving on to more complex detailed things like hormone imbalances or mood issues for example. If someone is not able to digest their foods then they are not able to make hormones or neurotransmitters efficiently which could be an underlying cause to hormone imbalances or mood issues as we literally are what we absorb and digest. Another example would be migraines. Instead of giving someone pain killers you would first make sure to rule out food sensitivities (digestion), hypoglycemia (blood sugar balance), magnesium deficiency (mineral balance), an imbalance of inflammatory and anti-inflammatory prostaglandins (fatty acid balance), water intake (hydration), processed, toxin rich foods (properly prepared nutrient dense diet) which are all known to contribute to migraines. 


The human body is not the only complex system on this planet. There are endless systems that are complex, work with, and depend on one another. It seems like most of us are starting to realize that maybe the standard American diet (SAD) is not the best way. Many of us are even starting to get that conventional medicine might not always be the best answer to certain things and that conventional farming might not be in our best interests. The hard part is knowing how to change, knowing where to start, how to transition. 

My partner Levi Meeuwenberg and I, Brenda Baran, at Realeyes Homestead have a vision to not only try to live holistically but also help others to do the same. My passion is holistic nutrition and Levi’s passion is permaculture, a type of holistic agriculture. We are working on building Realeyes Homestead by combining both passions! We would like to make Realeyes Homestead a working model and demonstration site not only for our local community but also for our online community. 

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Learn more about what we are doing on our website and check out our Permaculture Farm Design Plan

If you are interested in and believe in what we are doing please help support this vision by contributing to, or sharing our campaign at 

Thank you!

Brenda & Levi at Realeyes Homestead

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The Weekly Churn for February 9, 2014

I used to do wrap-ups on the weekend called “As Seen On the Internet” but decided that as part of my reboot, I would change the name. When I mentioned it to Mandy, she came up with the Weekly Churn.


I’m still working on getting myself back to a point where I am posting on a regular basis. I don’t get irritated with myself when I can’t match my self-imposed schedule at least. And I am keeping busy. Visits to New York City, going back to my job and getting used to that schedule again, seeing friends, still working on estate matters, and two new responsibilities…


After coming back from my holiday trip to Florida and starting in on the weekday work schedule again, I got to feeling that the house was a little too empty and quiet for my liking. My mind started to debate between getting a cat or getting guinea pigs. (I had enjoyed spending time with the one in Florida.) Some investigation into both and a visit to a local no-kill shelter and I opted for a cat. Or perhaps two. The black and white boy in the photos grabbed my attention, as did a female grey cat who was very friendly. On my second visit I found out the grey had more health problems than I want to handle right now, but I was still liking the tuxedo boy named Stark. When I mentioned my idea of having two cats to one of the staff members, she said “Well, Stark has a sister.” A sister, it turned out, who was never in her kennel and always hidden somewhere. I saw her and loved her coloring right away. Another visit to see how we responded to each other, which is where I got the photo above, and then the shelter made calls to see if I would be a fit feline parent. They said yes, and a week later I took these two home.

The female was originally named Whittaker, but I was not liking that name. And a name like Stark gave me a few ideas of inspiration for her name-to-be. I decided it would become one of three: Arya, Danerys, or Pepper. Some thought and strategic conversation brought me to the conclusion that Danerys would be best for her. A name she could grow into. Which she has. Within days she had stopped her habit of hiding in every waking moment. If I am in the living room for a while she’ll wander out and sit a few feet from me. She may not want to be petted, but at feeding time SHE is the one rubbing against my legs until I put down the dishes. And Stark is a total mama’s boy. He wants petting, cuddles, lap time, and brushing. We’re all still adjusting to each other but it’s an easy transition and they’re a joy to have in the house.

Affectionate furkids!

Affectionate furkids!

And now on to some reading!

First, an Indiegogo campaign from a fellow NLN blogger. Brenda and her partner Levi are seeking funds to convert their family farm to permaculture to help heal the land. This is a great project and I hope they get a lot of support.

Because any mention of fermentation in the media deserves more mention, Sandor Katz of Wild Fermentation fame was on Science Friday last month to talk about the joys of fermented foods.

For those of you continuing to seek motivation in your new year’s goals, here are tips to get more movement into your days and ways to switch over to real food from processed.

Mountain Culinaire takes on the elephant in the room of food talk: sugar.

I love this helpful guide on ways to transform leftovers and make the most of your food.

As someone with a diagnosis of ADD on the books, I appreciate any practical suggestion I see for how people can manage with the condition. Paleo Diet Basics discusses the links between ADD and food colorings.

Something I tend to forget to do even when I say I need it is take breaks during my day to relax and nurture my spirit.

Little Owl, Crunchy Mama has recently gained national attention because she has not used shampoo on her hair for five years. She’s been the talk of the Today show and was a guest on The Doctors. The publicity has gotten her to thinking about beauty her words need to be shared far and wide.

Finally, the Homesteading Hippy shares seven things which must be in your car during the winter.

And one more shot of the cats…


What have you been reading this week?

Slow cooker black beans

When last we left, I had set a few goals, including coming up with new recipes and posting them.

I’m counting this one, because I did not search out recipes in advance to see if it would work. The beans had been sitting around in my cupboard for far too long and I thought it would be nice to prep a batch and have them on hand. Freezing them for future use means I can make a small meal with beans and not have to worry about trying to eat a huge amount before they go bad.

Frugal, nourishing, and delicious!

Making beans in the way takes some advanced planning and just a little active worth and has a big payout. The store where I get beans sells these in bulk for $1.95 a pound, so even if my plan did not work out it would not be a bit waste of money.

Why soak the beans?

I mentioned a similar process before when I posted my tutorial on sprouting lentils. Soaking beans is a traditional method of preparation which makes the beans more digestible and the body can more easily absorb the “enhanced by impressive stores of minerals, including magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and molybdenum, as well as B vitamins such as folate and thiamine. All legumes contain both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, with kidney and pinto beans particularly high in omega-3. (from the linked article)

If you want to boost the nutritional content further you can cook the beans in homemade bone broth as well.

While the soaking does take time, putting everything together to soak takes minutes and can be left to its own devices. Using a slow cooker also means not having to tend to a pot and worry about scorching. A win-win arrangement if you ask me.

I was inspired to use apple cider vinegar to soak based on my friend Lindsay’s recipe for black beans. A fruit-based acid will impart extra flavor on to the beans and add character to any dish.

What I did with this batch was freeze portions in quart bags and cover with enough liquid to keep the beans themselves from getting freezer burns. Now they are ready to be defrosted at any time! And the best part, they taste great!

You can use these beans as is for a side dish, or you can try one of the following recipes:

Black bean soup from Thankful Expressions

Another black bean soup from The Homesteading Hippy

Black bean cake from Blue Viola Farm

Tortilla soup from Don’t Waste the Crumbs

Pizza black beans from The Granola Mommy

Or you can take the soaked, uncooked beans to make a variation of traditional natto.

Slow Cooker Black Beans

(to soak)
2 cups black turtle beans, dried.
Water to cover.
2 tablespoons of acid, like apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, lime juice

(to cook)
One onion
5-6 garlic cloves
8-10 cups water, broth, or a mix of both liquids

1 bowl
1 colander
1 slow cooker
Sharp knife
Cutting board

Total preparation time: 24-36 hours
Active preparation time: 10 minutes

1. 12-24 hours before you plan to cook, place beans in a bowl with room temperature water to cover and acid for soak.

2. After beans finish soaking, drain and rinse.

3. Place rinsed beans in slow cooker with water/broth, one whole onion cut in half, and crushed garlic cloves.

4. Set slow cooker on low for 12 hours and leave to cook.

5. To store, freeze in bags with enough cooking liquid to cover from freezer burn. Remove onion and garlic before freezing.

Happy eating!

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