Hello there! So… you’ve landed on my site, looked around a bit, and are wondering, “Who in the world is this gal?” Well, allow me to tell you a little about myself.
1. Hi! My name is Danielle. I am 37 years old, married to the best man on this earth for me, and I have 4 children (three boys and a girl). Right now we live in and LOVE Arizona. We don’t know how long we will be here, but we are enjoying it so much. Like, pinch me. Sometimes I do feel like it’s all a dream.
2. I am extremely efficient. . . er, maybe it’s just lazy. Ha. I’m always trying to come up with shortcuts to simplify the way things are done. I’m one of those strange people who always tries to reinvent the wheel. Sometimes it works, but many times I fail, bigtime. The discoveries that work for me are shared here for you, in hopes of helping your life become simpler in some way. I’ll probably share my failures with you too, honestly, because sometimes fails are funny. 😉
3. The blogging experts tell you that in order to have a successful blog, you have to present yourself as an authority in your field. Well, what I have to give you is all I know and what I have experience with. I encourage you to do lots of searching to find what fits best for you, whatever the topic. But I will give you the best of what I do know.
4. Our children were all born with food allergies/eczema. Some of our most painful memories are those of my infant son, screaming as we put eczema cream on his little body each night before bedtime. Finally, after a bitten-through-cheese-package incident when he was nine months old, we started piecing together the puzzle and realized his eczema stemmed from food allergies – through his food and also through the food I was eating while nursing. I started spending hours searching online, trying to figure out some remedy or healing method for him. I stumbled upon the Weston A. Price Foundation, Nourishing Traditions, and a whole slew of real food blogs who gave me a crash course in traditionally prepared foods.
It was, and is, so fascinating. I learned about home fermentation, soaking grains, organ meats like liver, (and so much more), and I was sold. We’ve tried to eat a real food diet as best as I can manage. A few years ago, we went through the GAPS diet for six months, and because of it my children were able to start eating ghee, a dairy product, and my oldest lost his allergy to egg yolks. (We’re still not sure about the whites.) Right now I struggle with the balance of feeding my family real food and the burnout that seems to tag along with that. Still not sure we’ve found our balance yet. We use essential oils, homeopathy, and other various means of natural healing in our day to day lives – and in that area I wouldn’t look back, even for a moment.
Right now I struggle with the balance of feeding my family real food and the burnout that seems to tag along with that. Still not sure we’ve found our balance yet. We use essential oils, homeopathy, and other various means of natural healing in our day to day lives – and in that area I wouldn’t look back, even for a moment.
5. I kind of just started this blog one day as a way to document all the new things I was learning about nutrition, food preparation, a simple life, and my Christian walk. Whenever I would learn a new skill – say, dehydrating for example – I would imagine teaching and training my daughter how to do it. She was an infant at the time and found my lectures a total snoozefest.
So I just started a blog one day. It was and is a release for me, a way to spill out some (not all, Lord help us) of the thoughts running around in my head. It’s been hard work but so fun! I never would dared to dream it would grow as it has and sometimes I want to pinch myself when I think about where it began and where it’s going. If it’s a good fit for you, I would love to have you along! <3
6. I promise to keep it real with you. My kitchen seems to always be in a state of chaos. Under the table always needs a good sweep AND mop. And once that finally happens, fifteen minutes later it needs it again. My kids can be whiny, and I myself have been known to whine a time or two. Shocking, I know. I’ll keep it real.
7. Why the name, It’s a Love/Love Thing? Well, I started the blog wanting to share about the things I loved. But even more so, we’ve had several difficult life lessons in the past few years, and I just didn’t want my life to be something I tolerated, something I loved sometimes and hated other times: a love/hate thing. I wanted to embrace the bad as much as the good, and learn to love it all. The bitterness and sweetness of the journey. Love/love is super hard though. You know? I’m trying, but it is just so hard.
8. I really try my best not to judge people. By nature I am very discerning and analytical, always trying to classify people, events, and behavior. But I have learned some lessons during my time on this earth, and one of the biggest lessons was that I don’t have enough logs removed from my own eyes to start zeroing in on everyone else. I’m just not there yet. If others are, that’s great! Maybe one day I will be. But for now, my aim is to treat others with compassion, understanding, and love. I want to see what God sees when I look at people – and God is full of hope for all of us.
9. I truly believe we need to find out what our purpose is on this earth and get to work doing it. You are unique in all of creation – have you figured out why? What are you here for? A successful life, in my opinion, is a life lived to the best of our unique abilities, bringing to this world what we were brought to it for, in love. Our gifts and talents aren’t random or mistakes – they are full of purpose and I wholeheartedly believe we should be using them every day. 😉 [freebie]
10. I am not perfect. Never have been. I do not have a perfect life. My kids aren’t perfect. I am not the perfect Christian, wife, mother, daughter, friend, or neighbor. My house isn’t perfect, my car isn’t perfect, my attitude isn’t perfect, my theology isn’t perfect, and my blog isn’t perfect. Yes, I truly love to keep things light, uplifting, and happy around here, but keep in mind, this blog is an edited extension of me.
Every day I am reminded of my intense need for a perfect Savior. He’s the only perfect thing in my life. If you like and prefer perfection, I will most likely disappoint you. 🙂 But if you want to read some tips and recipes from a mom who’s just trying to make it day to day the best she can, then come along with me! You can share your tips too, and we can learn from one another.
Essentially, my blog will cover topics such as:
- healthy recipes made from scratch (or mostly made from scratch)
- healthy kitchen how-to’s
- healthy living
- essential oils
- natural beauty & hair
- natural remedies
- the Christian journey of walking in faith, hope & love
- and anything else that grabs my attention.
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Thank you so much for stopping by. Have an amazingly wonderful, love-filled day. <3
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