Category Archives: Raising Children

Understanding Sugar’s Effect on Your Family’s Health

Don’t beat yourself up over your inkling towards having a sweet tooth. All humans have this woven into their DNA. We’ve enjoyed the pleasure and reward of a sweet taste since the beginning (think honey and native fruits). Ancestrally, sweet often meant safe since very few sweet-tasting plants were poisonous. But where did we start […]

Mindful Eating – a way to rid the guilt

Howdy everyone! Farmer Ashley here with some functional medicine farmer tips. Today I am covering: Mindful Eating Yes, that’s my husband (Paul) hugging me with a headlock. And yes, we are eating homemade birthday cupcakes. And yes, that is pure joy on my face thanks to both the human connection and the delicious (rare) sugary delight. […]

Artificial Christmas Trees – Hazardous or Healthy?

I love this time of year with holiday decorating. My family cranks up the holiday music and spends hours decorating the house. My five-year-old continues to “rearrange” all the way through the New Year. 😉 But wait. Before you buy an artificial tree, read this article. Many people opt for an artificial tree because their […]

Water… the most common nutritional deficiency

Water is important, rather ESSENTIAL, to our overall health. It is the most abundant substance on the earth and in the human body. Roughly 55-60% of the adult body is made up of water, and every living cell in the body needs it to keep functioning. Our bodies lack the capability to store water, therefore […]

What’s for Breakfast in the Fast Food Kitchen?

With the latest news from the EWG releasing data of detected glyphosate levels (a weedkiller mostly-commonly known as Roundup) in cereal, many of us are wondering what to feed our family for breakfast. An excerpt (Link to Article): “Popular oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars come with a hefty dose of the weed-killing poison […]

Make Your Own Elderberry Gummies!

The flu is the furthest thing from fun, but getting prepared to fight it off can be! Today during farm school, we decided to break some rules and play with our food!! I guess it’s okay if you’re building up your immune system, right? Using our Elderberry Herbal Syrup Kit and gelatin, we whipped up […]

What is Ancestral Health?

Evolution is defined simply as change over time. When we (Ashley & Liz) reference “our ancestors,” we are referring to humans living before modern societies. We try to steer away from firm historical timelines and instead focus on pre- and post- modern times. We simply want to lay out the successes of “before” to find […]

How to Be a Better A**hole

Often my friends ask me, “Ashley. How do you do that? You just don’t seem to care about so many things! And the things you do care about, you care deeply and passionately.” I respond, “I try to be the nicest asshole ever. If someone or something is not on my “give a f**k list, […]

Repel those pesky bugs!

It’s easy to make your own bug spray. By now you have heard about the dangers of using DEET sprays. If you have not heard about that, please don’t use DEET, especially on your children. A quick bit of your own research will explain why. Instead harness the power of plants in essential oil form […]

How to Make Safer Slime

  How to make safer slime with less or no borax Last week, I had the pleasure of joining my friends at WTKR Channel 3 to demonstrate how to make safer slime. Watch the video! http://wtkr.com/2017/03/30/how-to-make-slime-without-using-borax/ No matter where you find children, whether at home or at school, they are all crazy about slime! We first […]