Monthly Archives: October 2013

What do Unschoolers do?


People are often curious about what we do all the time. If we don’t go to school and we don’t homeschool, then what do we do? Let’s take a look at what the kids are doing…
This is my oldest son, Michael. He is twelve and has been mostly at home for his school years except for two months when he wanted to try out school and kindergarten in an alternative, open concept school. (which he loved, by the way.)
I’m absolutely astounded by the things that Michael is doing and that it is self initiate and directed. It is showing me that when people are given the space and the freedom to explore their passions, they can create and accomplish amazing things.
Michael made this outfit of the character Ezio off of a video game. The pieces are all sewn from material; made from scratch. It looks quite complicated from the creation of the hood to the red reverse appliqu├ęs (a term from Grandma) on the tunic. He also made the hidden blade with a combination of springs and other things. I see the way he gets an idea and follows through with planning, research and then production. His sense of self is developing as he finds the things that give him great joy. He is thinking about ways to use these joys as a means to support himself in the future. As a parent, the main thing I aim for is for my children to develop a life that is based on doing what they love. I hope they will never have to work jobs they hate simply to make ends meet.
Michael is also teaching himself to play piano and plays some beautiful and complicate songs from composers like Beethoven and Pachabel.
It turns out that I can let go and I can trust them to live their lives, gathering the information and the skills that they need to survive.
And this is just the beginning. I can’t wait to see what he does next.
What amazing things are your children doing?


Nourishing Pumpkin Spice Latte


Mmm… This is good enough for anytime of day yet healthy enough for breakfast.

Super Pumpkin Spice Latte:

1 cup of organic coffee
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp organic butter
1 or 2 heaping tbsp pure pumpkin
Generous splash of heavy cream
2-4 tbsp maple syrup
Dash of allspice
Generous dash of cinnamon
1 egg from pastures chickens
1/2 tsp vanilla

Blend everything until foamy.

Do high fat drinks and foods make you nauseous or give you a stomach ache? It use to for me; instantly. I cured it with Swedish bitters which stimulates the production of bile to help you break down fats. Any bitter herbs are said to be able to do this.
You may also be low in stomach acid. That can be tested by using the beet test. Do beets make your pee red or pink? If so, you have low stomach acid. I increased mine with beet kvass, but you could also try raw apple cider vinegar, kombucha and other fermented foods.

When Life Happens… It is good.

And just like that, without noticing, you’ll become what you’ve strived for. Your thoughts become less frequent and your heart more full. Colours shine more vibrantly and you exist less and less in a state of stress. You take it in and even allow the dark feelings to exist within you without judgement. A sense of acceptance of everything will wash over you and you’ll find yourself content and connecting with what you love. You have been asking for this. Did you believe that it could be this way? It’ll happen more and more, mostly with ease as you keep reaching and embracing for all the good. And there is a lot of good to be had. It is all good.