Light through water: a summer recap

She has many wonderful qualities, but empathy is not one of her stronger traits.

Sometime this summer we were having a conversation over the phone.

“This summer has been so hard,” I said.

I then continued to give her a list of things that were hard. Among the top of the list:

  • taking care of 5 (five!) kids all day long, every day
  • staying on top of housework (impossible–see previous point)
  • needing patience but seeming to always run out at about 9 in the morning, which is a rather depressing way to begin the day.

I don’t even remember what my mom’s response was, other than, I know it was devoid of much sympathy.

You see, my mother comes from a long line of pioneer-stock women–the hardy, no-nonsense, let’s-find-solutions type.

Five kids? That’s nothing.

My mom had...

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How I quit smoking, lost 50 lbs., & became a marathon runner {guest post by Erica House}

Today’s post is from Erica House, just an average girl who has done some spectacular things.

The thing that I love about Erica is that she has completely turned her life around in a very do-able, sustainable & health promoting way. Through simple changes in diet & exercise, she’s lost weight, became a marathon runner, & is now inspiring others to do the same. 

I hope you’ll read her words & be inspired to set some new fitness goals & try things you never thought you could or would do. 


My Story: How I Quit Smoking and Lost Weight


It wasn’t that long ago that I was morbidly obese (according to my BMI) and the thought of running never entered my head. After I lost over 50 pounds by eating right and going to the gym a few times a week I started my...

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How to Know if You Have Candida {Guest Post by Ricki Heller}

Today’s guest post is from one of the sweetest, most generous, & talented vegan holistic bloggers–Ricki Heller.

I’ve known & interacted with Ricki over the years. I’ve followed her blog & enjoyed many of her recipes (love her Naturally Sweet & Gluten-free Dessert cookbook!). She is thoughtful, kind, extremely knowledgeable, & just an all around spectacular person. She takes the time to really get to know & interact with her readers & she also makes time to reach out to fellow bloggers, as well as her fans. Her kindness is an inspiration to me.

I asked Ricki to share her story with Candida Related Complex, as well as give a synopsis, sort of a 101 overview of what you need to know & do should you suspect you are dealing with candida overgrowth yourself.

I think...

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