Author: Meagan

Happy 7th Birthday Isaiah!

Today is Isaiah’s 7th birthday, and that means today is HIS day! With four kids in the house, it seems that Dean and I are constantly trying to teach the boys to share and to think of each other first, and although we do spend regular one-on-one time with each of the boys, the majority of our time is spent together… trying to get along and live in peace. So, it’s nice to have a day all of your own every now and then where you get to be in charge, and everyone else is good with that. Today...

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5 Practical Ways To Decrease VOCs And Off-Gassing In Your Home

It all started when I was REALLY pregnant with my third child. Our old mattress was hurting my back, and I could not get comfortable enough to sleep well. We thought about purchasing a new mattress, but unfortunately, we just couldn’t afford it at the time (and an organic one wasn’t even an option) so my mother-in-law surprised us one evening with a top-of-the-line foam-top mattress pad. I knew a little bit about toxins in mattresses so I assumed that the mattress pad was very much the same, however, the only thing I knew to do at the time...

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5 Soothing Ways To Help Your Sick Kid Feel Better

Having a sick kid stinks. Having four sick kids, all at the same time, really stinks. I should know! And why is it that anytime one of my kids get sick, all the others end up sick too?! It’s not like I’m not doing my darndest to keep them healthy and to minimize the spread of germs. I mean, the elderberry syrup is flowing, the antimicrobial essential oils are diffusing off and on, homemade disinfecting sprays are being spritzed all over, hands are being washed repeatedly… all to no avail, it seems. And, to make matters worse, not only...

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A Day In The Life: Making Valentine’s Day Gift Packs For The Cousins

We have this yearly Valentine’s Day tradition in our family where the cousins put together fun Valentine’s Day gift packs for each other and mail them out via snail mail. Now, I don’t know about you, but I love getting fun, surprises in the mail! (It sure beats bills! Am I right?) And my kids are no different. My boys love getting mail with their name on it. Letters, magazines, packages, books… you name it. If it comes in the mail, and it has their name on it, they’re stoked! These little Valentine’s Day gift packs are a fun...

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Miracle Breakfast Cream: My Go-To Weekday Breakfast

This past week, a couple of my sisters-in-law and I were sitting around chatting about healthy eating after Sunday lunch, and one SIL mentioned that healthy breakfasts were a struggle for her. Now, if you’ve been reading Growing Up Herbal long, you’re probably aware of my relationship with breakfast. As in, I’m in no rush to jump out of bed and start whipping up a full course southern breakfast (unless it’s a Saturday or a special occasion). This means that if I want my kids and I to have a healthy breakfast, it has to be a quick-fix (otherwise, I...

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Raw Maca & Ginseng Aphrodisiac Truffles For A Valentine’s Day Treat

Love is in the air, and these herbal aphrodisiac truffles make the perfect sweet treat for Valentine’s Day. Use them in place of traditional (unhealthy) sweets to accompany the special gift you’re giving to your sweetheart or bring them out for dessert as a way to complete a perfect homemade Valentine’s Day dinner. No matter, these are sure to cure your craving for something sweet while offering a bit of nourishment to some of your body’s most important body sytems! What’s So Great About Herbal Aphrodisiacs? Yes. There is a category of herbs referred to as aphrodisiacs, but don’t get the...

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DIY Hair Pomade For Rowdy Boys

If you’re trying to make the switch to natural hair care products (like I am), you’ll love what I have for you today! All natural, DIY hair pomade… made two ways to fit your needs! This DIY hair pomade is one of the best (in my opinion), and it holds hair in place even for the rowdiest of boys… unless of course they’re smashing their heads into things. Then, they’ll have a nice spiked, messy look going on. But, hey… a mom can only do so much sometimes. 😉 Making The Switch To Natural Hair Care Believe it or...

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15 Practical Ways To Use Hydrosols

Have you made hydrosols a part of your herbal apothecary yet? If not, what’s stopping you? Not only are they easy to come by, but they have tons of benefits and are safe for kids and adults to use. Plus, there are lots of practical ways to use hydrosols so you’ll never find yourself wondering what to do with it or feeling like you’ve wasted your time and money on another herbal preparation you have no idea how to use.  If you’re not already familiar with them, keep reading because today, I’m going to introduce you to the world...

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I’m Meagan, a registered nurse turned herbalist, and I want to live life naturally. Follow along as my husband and I and our four sons figure out what natural living looks like for our family. And of course, I’d love for you to join me on this journey, too! There’s nothing better than having a good hiking buddy with a compass!

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