I am a wife, mother, chicken-lover, dog-chaser, avant-gardener, artist, and a dreamer. I graduated from the University of Washington in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Visual Art and I hope to someday (when my children are older) continue pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in midwifery. My two passions are art and birth, and I especially love graphic design, working with textiles, and photography. I grew up in Seattle, Sicily (Italy), and London, where I met my husband. My husband is a pilot in the Marine Corps and so my scenery is always changing. My four beautiful children are my inspiration in everything I do, and I am so thankful that I am able to stay home with them. I home(un)school my kids with a mixed curriculum inspired by our homesteading journey as well as some Waldorf and Montessori teachings and tools. This blog began as a way to keep track of and share my recipes, but has grown to include many other interests of mine and projects we have undertaken as a family-from building a chicken coop to the homebirth of our third and fourth babies. Moving forward I hope the theme of this blog will be holistic living, with food and meals shared together as a family being a central and important part of that. I look forward to sharing many more recipes, photos, arts, crafts, profound thoughts (wink), gardening experiments, and homeschooling adventures.
Childbirth is a passion of mine. In my photography work I have chosen to specialize in birth photography. I am also a certified birth doula. Personally, I have had many different birth experiences (c-section, hospital VBAC, and two homebirths). It has been an amazing journey and if you are interested you can read my birth stories here.
I am a compulsive business owner. Ask anyone I know. I have a need to be making things and a need to share my creations. ;) After my son was born in 2011 and my husband deployed shortly thereafter and I found myself needing a creative outlet. I started making Waldorf dolls and organic cloth diapers for my own children. This blossomed into a small diaper company, which has continued to grow ever since! Our entire family is now involved in One Love Diaper Co. as well as a dear friend (and talented seamstress) who I roped into taking over our sewing! It's been an challenging and exciting undertaking and we hope to expand our small business in the next few years and continue to provide opportunities for other military spouses and moms in our community to work in a supportive, family-centered environment. We are excited to be currently searching for our "forever farm" to move our family and business to so that we can continue to grow!