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No-‘Poo Hair Care

No-‘Poo Hair Care

I’m now four months shampoo-free and in love with the results! My hair has never been so soft, frizz-free, quick-drying and easy to brush out. It feels healthier, and if I do say so myself, it looks great. Shampoo and conditioner were the last products in my shower rack loaded with carcinogenic chemicals. After a […]

Superpowers of Stinging Nettles

Superpowers of Stinging Nettles

Many of us have long known nettles for their bee-like sting to the ankle as we sweep by the leaves along a trail or wade into them in the corner of the yard. I was introduced to nettles when I fell into a patch while on a hike as a kid. Via tiny hollow hairs, the plant delivers […]

Tule Fog

Tule Fog

It was an apt enough morning to awaken with a sore throat. The tule fog lingers heavily over the grass, and light was slow to spread into the day. We all stayed in pajamas and socks. The aroma of chicken stock for soul-soothing, cure-all spicy garlic broth will soon fill the air.

A Real Hangover and Cold Cure

A Real Hangover and Cold Cure

Some of us have awakened this last morning of the holiday break feeling less than stellar– thanks to unhappily timed cold or flu or too much fun had Saturday night. In our house, we reclaim our day with a mug of soul-soothing spicy garlic broth. The hands-on cooking time is minimal. Since overindulgence is so often paired with a large bird-centric […]

Giving Shampoo and Shower Gel the Flush

Giving Shampoo and Shower Gel the Flush

We make a dedicated effort to avoid chemicals in laundry detergent, household cleansers, and certainly our food. So it’s struck me as illogical to then hop into the shower to “clean” myself with products known to be hazardous to both my health and the environment. Pthalates, sulfates, plastic microbeads, even formaldehyde regularly lurk within the […]

Dairy Sheep

Dairy Sheep

After giving serious consideration to factoring one or more milk goats into our homestead operation, and chatting with a friend about the thought, my inclination is now leaning in a different direction, one so often overlooked: dairy sheep. The idea might seem strange to Americans, although sheep milk is produced abundantly around the world and […]

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I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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