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Postpartum BuJo


I guess this is going to be my announcement that little Firefly was born over the summer! It was my first painless birth and my postpartum time was relaxed and refreshing. I’ll share her birth story at some point. Right now, I’m quite excited because I’m able to accomplish quite a lot now, which means… Bullet Journaling!

Here are some images from my September BuJo and what I’ve been doing in Melody’s school BuJo!

Intro to the month

Some monthly tracking

Weekly spread. I havent put my water sticker on yet, at the bottom

Fun mistake! I tried creating a grid for a whole term of AO but that looked horrendous, so i used this free printable stationary to cover it over

Oh my gosh, I am SO excited to complete this in a decade!! ūüėČ

Melody’s weekly schedule for AO


April 2016 Meal Plan


This is what our April meal plan looks like – it’s super simple to put together, when I know what goal(s) I have in mind – no extra time planning compared to any other meal plan! I still look online for recipes like anyone else, and like most families who cook from scratch, I take a little more time to ensure more nutritious fare via my researching health regularly (this will be for life, I am a type 4 after all) and cooking time. The planning stage is not more time consuming, though. ūüôā
I already had April 1st in my meal plan for March, so it’s omitted here.



Monday ~ Scrambled Eggs, orange slices, smoothies

Tuesday ~ Lembas Bread with coconut oil, ham, bananas

Wednesday ~ Paleo Sausage Egg McMuffins

Thursday ~ Paleo Raisin Bran

Friday ~ Paleo Breakfast Pizza

Saturday ~ Paleo Chicken Noodle Soup

Sunday ~ Cinnamon Raisin N’oatmeal



Monday ~ Cabbage Soup with Ham, dab of coconut kefir

Tuesday ~ Almond butter & bananas with raisins, raw veggies

Wednesday ~ Roast Beef, Paleo cheese, raw veggies with ranch

Thursday ~ Roasted Potatoes, Chicken Sausage and Peppers, cultured applesauce

Friday ~ Paleo Swedish Meatballs, mashed potatoes, green beans, smoothies


April 4-8

Monday ~ Honey-Mustard Drumsticks, Probiotic Potato Salad, Hot Bacon Spinach Salad

Tuesday ~ Sloppy Joe’s in a Bowl, buns, fermented french fries, cultured broccoli salad

Wednesday ~ Loaded Sweet Potato Soup, dab of coconut kefir in bowls

Thursday ~ Fish sticks, sweet potato dollars, ranch, tartar sauce

Friday ~ Waffles (Banana-Nut Pancakes, cooked in our waffle iron), coconut whipped cream, bacon, fruit salad, scrambled eggs


April 11-15

Monday ~ One-Pot Paprika Chicken, cultured apple sauce

Tuesday ~ Creamed Chip Beef over Eggs, green beans, water kefir

Wednesday ~ Deli meat wraps, popcorn/nuts, coconut kefir smoothies

Thursday ~ Open Face Tuna Melts, chips, raw veggies

Friday ~ Margherita Pizza with Paleo pizza crust (linked on Second Breakfast page), salad, kombucha


April 18-22

Monday ~ Nourishing Moroccan Chicken, zoodles, water kefir

Tuesday ~ Healthy Hamburger Helper, cultured ginger carrots

Wednesday ~ Chicken, Yam, and Chard soup, kombucha

Thursday ~ Paleo Shrimp Alfredo¬†(possibly adding Paleo “parmesan”), brocolli, kombucha

Friday ~ Cheeseburgers, cultured french fries, ketchup, Nourishing Orange Julius’


April 25-29

Monday ~ Perfect Chicken Salad, tater tots, cultured ketchup

Tuesday ~ Stuffed Hot Dogs, baked sweet potatoes with cultured apple sauce

Wednesday ~ Classic French Onion Soup, steak strips, kombucha

Thursday ~ Jambalya, Paleo “cornbread,” cultured chutney

Friday ~ Ground Beef Stir Fry, water kefir

Bullet Journal Update


The littles were about to destroy a gorgeous cover to our hardback Wind in the Willows and I couldn’t bear throwing it away, so I made it the cover to my next Bullet Journal, on the comp notebook. The horse in a field, from the back, is inside my bullet journal, at the back. The whole thing makes my heart happy!

I’ve been going at the BuJo since April – and like almost everyone else, loving it!


It’s easy to love, when you make it your own. No blank spaces unfilled if you have nothing to do that day, as with a traditional planner, if you don’t want to. Personalizing possibilities are nearly endless (see my handmade TARDIS stamp on my back pocket?).


In the original BuJo tutorial, there’s no yearly calendar spread that I can recall, but there are times I really need/want it, to keep track of birthdays and whatnot. I printed this calendar from Donna Young, free. I have my Mother’s Feast schedule marked out on the lines, but it would be ideal to mark what holiday, birthday, etc is in the week/day highlighted.


I started, very recently, keeping my Restorative Exercise Specialist training notes in my BuJo. I have been keeping them in a separate book, but I’m finding this information in the BuJo more connected for me.


Party planning had been in full swing, including some ridiculously pathetic, but encouraging drawings. (We’re huge Tumble Leaf fans, here!)

I also keep a lot of monthly tracking in my Bullet Journal. I was tracking our budget… err… attempting to… but stopped putting those papers in.

image Like my fertility tracking…

image Menu planning…

image Healthy Gut log…

image Snack Attack, using all of Katy Bowman’s Snacks, plus 7 of her Aligned & Well DVDs.

image Fly Lady focus zones, that I swap around as needed…

I still keep weekly things flowing, too.

image And keep little clips of special things…


Keep track of various things (this is how I do almost every week set-up), like moods, water intake, weather, and daily notes and to-dos…


Keep track of other things and doodle (below, is a long box to fill in what I’m grateful for each day; the blank box above generally has an inspiring quote I’ve read the week before)…

I also occasionally draw, write poetry, schedule-plan for home learning, keep a list of books I want to read, and more!





This Bullet Journal thing is helping me see health issues, keep on task most of the time, keeping off the internet more… overall a very useful tool for life!

Do you keep a Bullet Journal? If so, what do you put in it?

June Menu Plan 2015



Go to my¬†Second Breakfast¬†page for info about how my family eats, find our staple recipes (if it doesn’t link here, it’s linked there), and more!

This month is slightly different – I am doing my second Whole30. I ate this way in January and felt amazing, lost a lot of weight, and internally was doing much better. Since, I have added in fermented dairy and natural sweeteners back in (honey, maple syrup, Sucanat), and I need to figure out if either one (or both) are causing sleep disturbances and mood issues.

I am a little more than excited, as Daryl said he wanted to join me on this Whole30, knowing he’d also give up smoking (which I abhor for a dozen or more reasons) along with dairy, legumes, and grains. I think he’s going to tone up and feel great at the end. Melody is also doing it now, as she has started having growing pains, and wants to see if going Paleo will help her. Leela is just kind of along for the ride.


Mondays ~ Monkey Salad. scrambled eggs (with broth), cultured guacamole
Tuesdays ~ Spinach Sausage Scramble, cultured applesauce
Wednesdays ~ Italian Chicken Casserole, cultured carrots
Thursdays ~ Butternut Squash Breakfast Skillet, kombucha
Fridays ~ Paleo Raisin Bran, Bacon, Eggs

Mondays ~ Golden Cauliflower Soup, kombucha
Tuesdays ~ Perfect Chicken Salad, cultured fruit chutney, Toadstool Salad
Wednesdays ~¬†Mason Jar “Instant” Ramen Zoodles, chutney
Thursdays ~ Spatchcock chicken, raw veggies, kombucha
Fridays ~ Italian Wedding Soup, cultured ginger carrots


Week 1 (June 1-6)
Monday ~ Slow-Cooker Moroccan Chicken, Hot Bacon Spinach Salad, coconut kefir
Tuesday ~ Hamburgers, Cultured Coleslaw
Wednesday ~ Creamy Sausage Soup with Greens, Italian Salad
Thursday ~ Salmon Cakes (sub bread crumbs with 1/2 cup almond flour), Sweet and Spicy Brussel Sprouts
Friday ~ SB&J burgers, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Cultured Arnold Palmers (1/2 cultured lemonade, 1/2 kombucha)

Week 2 (June 7-13)
Monday ~ Chicken with Rosemary & Roasted Oranges, root veggie hash. kombucha
Tuesday ~ Plantain Beef Pie, Lacto-Fermented Zucchini
Wednesday ~ Big Italian Salad, Water Kefir
Thursday ~ Zucchini Noodles with Scallops and Bacon, cultured carrots
Friday ~ Turkey Avocado Wraps, sweet potato dollars, cultured applesauce

Week 3 (June 14-20)
Monday ~ Spatchcock chicken, Curried Kale & Green beans
Tuesday ~ Paleo Swedish Meatballs, Zoodles, water kefir
Wednesday ~ Pork with Sauerkraut and apples, baked sweet potatoes
Thursday ~ Cod Fish Fry, crunchy cauliflower bites, Italian Salad, water kefir
Friday ~ Salted Mocha Burgers, Cultured Broccoli Salad

Week 4 (June 21-27)
Monday ~ Perfect Chicken Salad, Hot Bacon Spinach Salad, fruit chutney
Tuesday ~ Hunter Stew, cultured apple sauce
Wednesday ~ Sausage, Eggs, Coconut Kefir smoothies
Thursday ~ Salmon Ceviche, raw veggies, coconut kefir cheese
Friday ~ Grilled Chicken (spatchcock marinade), cultured broccoli salad

Week 5 (June 28-30)
Monday ~ Italian Chicken Casserole, kombucha
Tuesday ~ Steaks, crunchy cauliflower bites, green beans, water kefir

Life-Giving Living in an Automated World


Sunrise Over Camas Prairie, Idaho by Charles Knowles

I think the most interesting thing about learning healthy biomechanics, while I am in my first year of Restorative Exercise Specialist training, is re-realizing how extremely separated from life-giving things we have really become in “modernized” nations. We sit in chairs all day. We are busy, busy, busy, but are barely moving, and this hurts our bodies, minds and yeah, spirits.¬†
I find this in most areas I study, actually, whether it’s whole body movement, birth, treatment vs. healing for ailments, food choices, schooling, politics, and more.

Even as I type this, I am separating myself from more life-giving activity (sleep), despite that writing/typing out my thoughts does help me to express inner workings, and I enjoy it (life-giving when I do it in the day time).

I began writing the above on the first of April, and this sentence is my attempt to revive my thoughts, on the last day of April.¬†Since, I have cut down my time on social media, making a slow move from Facebook to Mewe… and finding I did not use MeWe as frequently as I thought I would. I still use it, but it’s not so all-consuming as Facebook was.
I made a deliberate choice to start “chewing the cud” from¬†
my time in this life, to unplug from device more and more, and make intentional relationships a priority rather than a spectatorship… which I found myself doing with Facebook.

I moved to MeWe, I started a Bullet Journal, and I began making direct contact with my friends and family – outside of Facebook. I started to hone my focus on RES work. The result, personally, was overwhelmingly refreshing. I felt free. For the first time in 4 years, I felt like I was taking part in my own life, have been regaining a sense of community, and am showing the people I love that I am invested in them… not just watching on and waiting for a status update. (I’m not denouncing this entirely – it has its place. It had just become a crutch for me and an escape from pain, after the failed trial, and I needed to step away from it entirely in my life.)

It makes me wonder – what more can I be doing to offer and seek out life-giving living, in this automated world?
Is there anything you do to seek out life-giving living, that you’d love to share with others?¬†

May Meal Plan 2015


I am eating Paleo (Primal) by necessity, but I try to add in some grains each week for my family (while I omit). I can not handle unfermented animal dairy, even raw, though I can tolerate fermented dairy, so I will sneak some Primal action in. Like Pizza.

Daryl had sworn by his breakfast of oatmeal for a long time, stating it was the only thing that would fill him up. I made a few Paleo breakfasts for him one week and he converted quite easily, even saying that he didn’t realize that oatmeal was actually making him sluggish within an hour and he was hungry much sooner than the Paleo-friendly breakfasts. But, when you are comparing soaked oatmeal to a bowl of cereal and milk, of course you feel better with it!
He recently said something I didn’t think he would ever say, and that was that he was okay with limiting his bread take even more, “why not?”

I cook Monday-Friday and cook enough to have leftovers all weekend. This makes our days with Daryl easier and filled with more time together doing things we enjoy.
Monday-Friday, I also rotate the breakfasts and lunches each week for one month.
For dinners, Monday is some type of chicken dish, Tuesday is beef, Wednesday is a random choice, Thursday is seafood, and Friday is Make-In foods.
We also have a lacto-fermented (cultured) food, beverage, or condiment with every single meal. (Any linked fermented recipes that mention whey, I substitute with water kefir wonderfully.)


Monday¬†–¬†N’Oatmeal,¬†Cultured Berry Jam
Tuesday¬†–¬†Rustic Paleo Breakfast Pizza,¬†Kombucha
Wednesday¬†–¬†Paleo Egg McMuffins,¬†cultured guacamole¬†(all the ingredients, plus 2 tablespoons water kefir and then allowed to culture for 7 hours)¬†cultured salsa
Thursday¬†–¬†Paleo Lemon Pound Cake, Cultured Berry Jam*
Friday¬†–¬†Paleo Cookie Crisp, coconut milk (I take a can of Thai brand coconut milk, add the same amount of water and 1/4 teaspoon dolomite – I don’t crave milk much anymore, but when I do, I plow through this pretty quickly… so it’s good on our wallet that I don’t crave milk too much) for me and raw cow’s milk for everyone else,¬†cultured applesauce


Monday¬†–¬†Almond Butter¬† and banana on¬†Roti, veggies,¬†ranch dip
Tuesday¬†–¬†Tuna Melts¬†on apple slices, water kefir (1 tbsp. grains, 1 tbsp. Sucanat, 1 cup water, 20ish raisins, 1/2 cleaned and dried pastured egg shell; mix up and let culture for 1-2 days)
Wednesday¬†–¬†Spatchcock chicken,¬†Fajita-style Quessadillas¬†(I make mine in Roti*, the family’s in¬†Nourishing Tortillas¬†– reduce to 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and use coconut oil –¬†and we add in some of the spatchcocked chicken), cultured guacamole*
Thursday¬†–¬†Paleo Swedish Meatballs¬†with¬†Zoodles¬†(100% wheat pasta for the family), kombucha
Friday¬†–¬†Golden Cauliflower Soup,¬†cultured ginger carrots


Friday (May 1) Р Faux Carb Pizza crust for Supreme Pizza, ranch dip*

Week 1 (May 4-8)

Monday РChicken Bacon Alfredo (I sub with coconut milk Рyep, this is a Primal recipe) with zoodles* (100% wheat pasta for family),cultured fruit chutney
Tuesday –¬†Liver Pate¬†(sometimes we add 8 ounces of cream cheese to it!!),¬†Crackers, veggies, ranch dip*
Wednesday –¬†Chicken, Yam and Chard Soup,¬†LF zuchhini
Thursday –¬†Fish sticks,¬†tater tots,¬†ketchup,¬†tartar sauce
Friday – Hot dogs with ketchup* &¬†mustard,¬†macaroni and cheese¬†(good alternative that doesn’t taste like mac n cheese, but is DEFINITELY a similar comfort food –¬†Paleo Mac ‘n Cheese),¬†Vanilla Bavarian Cream with berry sauce¬†(we love this as leftovers!!)

Week 2 (May 11-15)

Monday –¬†Italian Chicken Casserole, LF carrots*
Tuesday –¬†Pastured Beef Stroganoff¬†with¬†cauli-rice¬†(brown rice¬†for family), water kefir
Wednesday – Sausage (Beeler’s breakfast), eggs (local pastured),¬†root veggie hash¬†(I fry this in butter and coconut oil; oven cooking takes much longer than the recipe conveys for us),¬†cultured apple sauce
Thursday –¬†Coconut Shrimp, salad,¬†apple-kefir dressing¬†(made with¬†coconut kefir),¬†cocktail sauce without horseradish
Friday –¬†Jambalya,¬†frog legs¬†(sub. flour with arrowroot powder),¬†Paleo “corn” bread,¬†red beans and rice¬†(I completely omit for myself), kombucha*

Week 3 (May 18-22)

Monday РSpatchcock chicken*, sweet potato dollars, green beans, ranch dip*
Tuesday –¬†Roast Beef,¬†potato pancakes,¬†Spinach salad, kombucha*
Wednesday –¬†Cocoa Spiced Rubbed Pork with Crimini Berry Sauce,¬†blue cheese potatoes¬†(sub with coconut milk), broccoli, cultured smoothie
Thursday –¬†Fermented Salmon,¬†Sourdough pita bread, LF zucchini*,¬†Kvass,¬†cultured garlic
Friday –¬†Better Than Take-Out General Tso’s, water kefir*

Week 4 (May 25-29)

Monday –¬†One-Pot Paprika Chicken, water kefir*
Tuesday –¬†Butternut Squash Shepherd’s Pie, kombucha*
Wednesday –¬†Salmon Chowder, LF carrots*
Thursday –¬†Paleo Fish Tacos, fruit chutney*
Friday –¬†Chimichangas¬†in Roti* or nourishing tortillas*,¬†cultured salsa, salad

* = repeated recipe

A Mother’s Feast, First Semester’s End


From this point forward, I am referring to Mother Culture as¬†A Mother’s Feast, and am taking part with a collective of mother’s who are also carving out enrichment time.

Despite not knitting often, I still worked on a Doctor Who scarf… slowly.

As my first semester of my first not-pregnant Mother Culture schedule comes to a close, I am left with many thoughts, which I would like to compile rather haphazardly here.

1) Doing this, regularly, takes a LOT of determination. Nursing Stryder, Leela’s desire to snuggle or “throw a tantrum,” cooking, cleaning, and ensuring Melody is staying to task… these are rightfully and joyously calling my attention during the day. It is much easier to say, “my brain needs a break, I can catch up on Revival Tarries tomorrow night.” Sometimes, I did this. But it made my time reading feel more crunched and I was trying to digest larger chunks of a book.
I barely ever took time out to practice my violin or to knit. It happened very little. Considering that within Charlotte Mason’s educational foundation is an immersion/appreciation in the beauty of the arts and handicrafts, I feel disappointed in myself. Though, I have 3 more semesters of this year to rectify my desire to include these things on a regular basis, so I am not letting that drag me down.

2) I don’t know why, but I am nervous TO NARRATE, despite that it’s not difficult, I do it all the time with my friends and family when relaying information I’ve read before… and yet, just telling myself I want TO NARRATE makes it feel stuffy. So, I am learning to be more open with Melody about this, and just asking her what she read about, how would she tell me as a reporter, etcetera. As, hearing, “Please narrate what you read for me,” for me, makes me feel pressure… and I don’t want that for her or anyone!
As an aside, I am beginning written narration in the second semester, and I’m going to brave it and share it here.¬†I’d love a Charlotte Mason follower to give me a pass or fail, with or without effort, and use a rubric with me!

3) Reading How To Read a Book with Melody helped me be willing to completely halt books in my Mother Culture schedule. I actually set aside 2 books (Weedless Gardening and Know Your Fats) after reading this from HTRAB:

“You have now skimmed the book systematically; you have given it the first type of inspectional reading. You should know a good deal about the book at this point, after having spent no more than a few minutes, at most an hour, with it. In particular, you should know whether the book contains matter that you still want to dig out, or whether it deserves no more of your time and attention. You should also be able to place the book even more accurately than before in your mental card catalogue, for further reference if the occasion should ever arise.
Incidentally, this is a very active sort of reading. It is impossible to give any good book an inspectional reading without being alert, without having all of one’s faculties awake and working.”

4) I love attempting this, and succeeding, not pregnant. I attempted a Mother Culture schedule while pregnant with Stryder and quickly lost steam a month in. Pregnancy can make brain fog a very real thing!

5) More in-depth, I am truly seeing clearly how subjects overlap and connections are made. I could see it, and have experienced it several times before, but I am regularly experiencing it while consciously offering myself a planned out, scheduled feast of brain-food goodness.
It reminds me very much of cooking, the Mother’s Feast: singularly, a food (let’s say an apple) may be worthwhile. It may even be spectacular (especially if we are talking about Pink Ladies – okay, off topic). Somehow, that one singular apple is transformed from spectacular to magical, when combined with other singular foods or spices (cinnamon, sugar, almonds, butter, lemon juice). And this leads me to my next thought that Mother Culture has proven to me:

6) A Mother’s Feast has to be prepared. To turn the apple into magical from spectacular, you must cut the apples, pulse the almonds, melt the butter, and mix it all together to get an apple crisp. To truly be nourished from our reading, we must plan for it. We may obtain nutrients to survive from the apple alone, but we thrive and are truly nourished, into our comfort-food loving souls, when we take the time to prepare for an apple crisp. If we want our minds to be nourished, we must plan for it, prepare time, energy, and supplies, to create¬†that rich environment. It seldom happens by accident.

7) Recognizing this at the end of the semester actually helped me be more decided with Ambleside Online for the children. I was becoming tired and weary with constantly asking Melody to stick to task, and was contemplating¬†unschooling. I know that unschooling is not generally just sending your children out into the woods all day, but I also know it’s not preparing a feast and having hungry minds devour it, even in Charlotte Mason-inspired unschooling situations. Preparation doesn’t matter if a child doesn’t consume it, if a mother doesn’t consume it.