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What I learned from a Stanford Nutritional Course I took Online For Free From Coursera

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Hello,

Did you know you can take some college courses for free or a small fee depending on if you want to be able to put it on your resume?

Since April 2012, Computer Science Professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller from Stanford University have been busy so that the rest of us could have access to some of the best educational courses out there. There are other options out there, but I tested out Coursera first.

Naturally, I was curious, after I heard about Coursera for the first time in mid 2015 from my 60 year old mother (She’s not your typical 60 year old) I knew I had to take a few courses for myself… for free!

Being a mother of three boys who know how to eat, eat, eat. I started all of my children off on fully organic, homegrown, homemade, home cooked, vegetables because don’t we all know by now that if you start them out on fruit that they are more likely to crave sweet over other more nutritious foods and that those pre made baby food jars aren’t the healthiest option?

I am an Entrepreneur, having once run a successful blog for a few years back in the early 2010’s, and I am currently studying at my own pace to become a Yoga instructor, while starting a non-profit.

Who knows how true it is, but I once heard it takes 10 years to master anything, so I’m in the year of mastering this be-otch… called nutrition!

If you’ve read my post on how I kicked a few health issues then you understand that it had been a love/hate relationship. Why can’t I eat chocolate covered cherries all day and feel like a billion bucks? Well, it turns out not all food is created equal and that our bodies can be screaming at us and if we don’t know what to listen for (say, if no one taught us or maybe we are too stubborn to listen).

I realized late in life that I knew nothing about nutrition. I was 6 months pregnant with my first son and I wanted whatever I wanted and had been told by most every passer-bye-er that I was so lucky I would get to eat whatever I wanted.

Those ARE the words every pregnant women wants to hear. Because all of a sudden your sexy, sleek, curves, are bulgy and swollen and you can’t tell if you want to laugh, cry, or throw up. I call that time in my life my own version of the Wonder Years.

I think back and wonder why I thought the things I did. I understand that I had never learned what kind of foods were really good for me. I knew to eat vegetables, but I didn’t know how to make them delicious yet and the phrase “I can eat whatever I want.” Kept creeping in my head.

Eating whatever I wanted at the time was hindered by our bank account at the time so my go-to consisted of, some of you may want to close your eyes, but McDonalds and a Coke. I was totally hooked. I needed that Big Mac and caffeine.

Now, knowing what I know, it was the MSG, corn syrup, salt, partially hydrogenated oils, etc. that kept me coming back for more. I wasn’t just hooked. I was addicted. Mostly to the coke I found out later. Interestingly enough, when I wanted to know why I had this addiction, I asked my family I found out my oldest sister takes the cake.

Back in the days of siblings being the only baby sitters available, my 11 years my senior sister, was too tired to get me the water I was begging for. So, she handed her baby sister her coke to quiet her.

Now, you have to understand that I don’t blame anyone else for my problems (at least when they can hear me ; ) so I bucked up and was bound and determined to find out more about our food system. This started in 2006 and I have been studying everyday since and now have plans to potentially become a Holistic Health Practitioner. If I do this it will be AFTER I raise my triplets (No, they’re not really triplets).

So you want to know what I learned from my Free Stanford course? Not much, But that was the best part! The instructor was so impressive! She knew what I already knew… But I expected it to be a food pyramid, laughable nutrition course because that has been my experience my whole life.

I was delighted to find out I was wrong on my expectations. Realizing that I would never have had access to this amazing course if it wasn’t for Cousera, I told as many people as I could about it. I didn’t need to know the info in the course, but I needed to know that the course was worthy, I guess. It is worthy.

I had spent the last 10 years gathering a lot of the info she laid out in 5 weeks. So if your looking for some learning short cuts, you can look on Coursera or one of the many other online schools popping up.
I don’t think it should be so difficult to obtain a job that pays a very generous wage. It should fully be expected and the norm that everyone be healthy, happy, kind, motivated, friendly, generous. I understand that the biggest problem starts with the Giant wealth gap between the 1% and the rest of us. Let’s not forget we’re all in this together.

Hope you make your day amazing,

-Holly

 

[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coursera]

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Coconut Oil Pulling

Posted by in Conversation Starters, Family, Life Hacks, News

Hello,

I am a true believer in the coconut oil pulling craze.

I first heard about it around 6 years ago. You put around a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth, you swish it around and “pull” it, somewhat vigorously, through your teeth anywhere from 10-20 minutes.

Now there’s a little debate in my mind as to how long because I’ve read a few well-known health sites that have said anything over 10 minutes may cause you to re-absorb some bad bacteria if you pull too long.

My personal belief is that you should pull the coconut oil through your teeth as long as you can stand it… up to 20 minutes.

The truth is, your jaw muscles get really worked out during this whole process and it gets tiring. Especially the first few times you do it, but there are so many benefits and the workout is one of them!

I’ve noticed it helps define my neck, chest, and shoulder area because it’s such a workout that it usually reminds me to actually do some other physical moves while I’m doing my pulling (think squats, horse stance, core exercises, whatever you can think up). Total bonus!

Not only does it help in toning the neck area, but it also:

  • Cures tooth decay
  • Kills bad breath
  • Heals bleeding gums
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Whitens teeth
  • Soothes throat dryness
  • Prevents cavities
  • Heals cracked lips
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Improves acne
  • Strengthens gums and jaw

I have noticed all these benefits in my time using it.

I know I’m just a little ‘ol girl from the inter-webs, but speaking from years of experience, when I remember to do the coconut oil pulling 3-5 days a week, my teeth are whiter, cleaner, healthier, and pain-free. I have less gum and mouth issues altogether since introducing this into my life.

If I feel a canker sore coming on after I bite my cheek or something, coconut oil helps mouth my wounds heal faster, it’s awesome!

So go to the cupboard right now, grab your cold-pressed coconut oil and scoop a quarter size amount into your mouth and start giggling because you’re going to sound like your talking to your dentist for the next little while 😉

Oh and maybe share this if you like it. Girls gotta blog!

Happy coconut oil pulling!

-Holly

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Life goals

Posted by in Family, Inspiration

 

  1. Become a successful blogger!
  2. Finish the business plan for our non-profit.
  3. Find where to have our own organic, sustainable farm!
  4. Financial freedom (Be financially able to do anything we could dream of. Don’t worry, they’re all good dreams)
  5. Have an amazing house (hopefully built with all sustainable things) with an atrium in the center (for a kitchen/herb garden) and a kitchen with all the latest and greatest in it.
  6. Have a greenhouse and chicken coop.
  7. Have the house and everything be solar powered.
  8. Find out who will build a solar-powered tractor.
  9. Encourage people to go for solar or wind energy.
  10. Get a Tesla.
  11. Encourage people to not encourage fast fashion.
  12. Start learning which products are life-long and only buy them or start making them if that product doesn’t exist.
  13. Make my own materials and products from things grown on our land.
  14. Get all the labor saving devices to make farm life a breeze for anyone to be able to do it.
  15. Get all the farm animals as babies to raise them together so they protect and love each other.
  16. Offer a rescueing service for animals who need a sanctuary.
  17. Encourage kindness always and forever.
  18. Encourage all governments to re-evaluate the level of greed in control. (Money’s fun, but every one having a great time is WAY more fun)
  19. Continue to love and be loved.
  20. Celebrate all these accomplishments!

I recommend everyone write their own goals list. Each of my children have theirs written down and we change it as we work on Goals.Have an awesome day!

Have an awesome day!

-Holly

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We Have A Dream

Posted by in Conversation Starters, Family

Hello!

Everyday my family and I talk about our goals and dreams and try to chip away at the list of things necessary to get me and my family closer to them. My husband is working towards our shared dream every time he leaves the comfort of our home and has to go work for weeks on end just to provide for us.

We were smart enough to learn that being entrepreneurs was in our best interest. Now that we know that, we just keep learning everything we don’t already know about how to complete our goals. Sounds like obvious stuff, right?

Well, it’s not that easy when you’re goals involve buying a large piece of land and it’s not in our plan to settle for a tiny lot just because that’s all we can afford. So ten years, 3 babies, 3 dogs, 2 cars, 1 motorcycle, and no land later, we’re still trucking along towards the perfect situation.  (I know we put the cart before the horse, but I still feel like that shouldn’t mean we can’t make it ahead just because inflation rises faster than wages.)

And if you’re thinking: Sell everything and buy land, we’ve been doing that for the last 4 years.  No joke! Every time we’ve saved ANY money something came along that takes just about the same amount away. Like there was an invisible message written in the sky above us that said “They have extra. Take it!” Well no more!

Since we run our own business and our expenses are all our own, we know that we haven’t been making any profit for the past few years. Since we don’t want to take out any loans, we are just paying for most things as we go.

This is great and horrible: We make the money. We spend the money. It goes towards bills or expanding the business or something that works towards a goal so that we may hope to make more money. Then it’s gone and we literally have to wait until we make more money.

So, I’m trying to follow the rules of the successful places that give their tips to do this or do that, to be successful in life, blogging, saving, penny pinching, etc. I plan on posting about what works on here so I can share the love. 

I do worry sometimes that I’m too late. Bloggers gotta blog and I’m in a see of millions trying to be seen who put way more time into it than me. I have busy days, pretty much everyday. Even my husband usually has to wait his turn for my attention whenever he is home because I do so much myself so that we can save money.

To get an idea of some of the things I do myself most of the time. This includes, but is not limited to cooking and baking from scratch (can we say bulk food ;), kid raising, cleaning, laundry, outings, shopping (one of my faves! Hey, I’m still girly and I only like to buy sustainable, ethical, humane, good for the planet stuff) crafts, most kinds of repairs, homemade soaps and cleaners, toothpaste, face and hair creams and masks, healing through food, essential oils, and so on. 

During the summer, life is amazing because it’s warm and there is so much to do. During the winter, ehh…. not so amazing, unless we’re out on an adventure and we’re not big fans of cold weather so winter adventures are kept at a minimum.

Don’t get me wrong. We do a lot of fun stuff. Play cards, board games, playstations, computers, light sabers, dinosaurs, learn about the cosmos, watch Planet Earth, build forts, make home movies, bake/cook, teach, fly drones, play music, go on walks, and so on. But our dreams, ten years in, are getting closer than ever before and I just want to push us onto that life raft and yell “We made it!”

Are you working on any dreams right now? If so, what have you found to be most helpful in attaining them? Let us know in the comments below!

Have a wonderful day,

-Holly

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A Married Mother Of Three’s Take On Valentines Day

Posted by in Conversation Starters, Family, Inspiration, Life Hacks, News, Uncategorized

Hello,

Since I approach my life a bit differently than most, people randomly ask me what my take on certain things is, like commercialized holidays.

Today being February 14, 2017 or Valentines Day, V-Day, ❤️-Day, etc. I found it appropriate to answer this question. 

My personal belief is that no holiday really matters. If you’re feeling flush with fat stacks of money spilling over, I can understand wanting to splurge on your loved ones, otherwise, just keep reminding the people you love and care about that you love them way more than once a year. 

It can be so simple and free (or almost). If you aren’t busy and your loved one is, maybe make a meal for them as a surprise or do something else you know they’re bound to enjoy. After all, you’re together because you bonded over something, right?

If you’re both busy, lighten up and plan to celebrate when you can, in a way that is special to each of you. 

Ultimately, at the end of the day, all that matters to me is that you didn’t give me a negative memory. It is kind of that simple. 

I’m comfortable in my skin and I want people to be free to focus on themselves. I am not influenced by any date unless it is directly special to me or someone I love. 

We celebrate what is important for us as individuals and as a family. I love spreading love, I just don’t wait for a holiday to do it. 

If you can try to get and/or give someone a happy, authentic, positive memory on any day… 

Well then, those are the kinds of memories people cherish that last forever. 

-Holly

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What is a Personal Energetic Profile?

Posted by in Family, Inspiration, Life Hacks, News

“The number one self-discovery tool on the internet.”
According to the website thefouranswers.com.

My wonderful mom sent me their link and told me I’d need my dad’s birthday to get my results.

This intrigued me because outside of my results on my kick-ass cookin’ or after doing a few weeks of Tracy Anderson, I don’t get told to expect results very often.

So after doing some house cleaning, cooking, general momming, and spending some quality time with my oldest son, I opened my email, clicked the link, entered my info, and waited for my free personal energetic profile to come in my inbox.

The form looked like this and asked for some personal information.


I submitted my info and am not sure exactly how long it took to receive it, but it was within a few hours. The email had a five page PDF of my Personal Energetic Profile results attached to it. In that profile, they give you your 4 lifestyle traits, what kind of attraction style you have, and let you know if you have any personality modifiers (I believe, their are 5 possible personality modifiers).

Fast forward to me reading my results and being blown away that it was so spot on!


You wind up with an amazing new insight into yourself and how you vibrate energetically. As they so eloquently put on my detailed results in the five page PDF, “This is your relationship with yourself.”!

That’s huge! The more you know about yourself, the less guesswork you wind up doing. Win win!

I can’t wait to do my husbands with him and I totally recommend that everyone take a moment to gain this new knowledge into their own existence.

Let me know how you match up with what your Personal Energetic Profile below.

Have a wonderful day,

-Holly

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Happy New Year!

Posted by in Family, News

Hello 2017,

I am so excited for the year ahead. We have big plans this year and look forward to sharing it with you all. Some of those plans include continuing to build this site and its content. That will be my most challenging aspect of the year, incorporating more working (blogging) into my already long work(momming) day. When you’re a mother of three kids, especially high intensity boys, then you’ve got to get your goals and get going, otherwise someone grabs you and sends you on their mission they have for you. (Love you boys…) I’ve come up with the ideas for the pages and I really want to know what you think. This is something I’ve wanted to do for years. I was a blogger a few years back and really enjoyed it, but my kids were so young and life outside blogging got too demanding to keep track of.




If you don’t know what it’s like to have kids, let alone, 3 boys, let me give you a little insight. I wake up each morning around 5:30-6 a.m., excited for the day ahead, I ponder to myself… “How long do I have before anyone else wakes up?” about that time my youngest, Aiden, wakes up. Everyday.After about an hour of just mommy and Aiden, my other 2 wake up and then it’s the breakfast dash. I closely relate it to Parana’s feeding if we’re having cereal, but if we’re going with “Egg and a Hogle” then it’s a whole different adventure. It’s more like the seagull’s from Finding Nemo “Mine. Mine. Mine.” Not to give the impression that they don’t share well, but they definitely are competitive at times. After breakfast we try to discuss our goals to accomplish for that week or that day. This is another big goal for 2017. Really focusing on working goals that have tangible rewards. It’s been 10 years since my first pregnancy and 6 years since my last. I have fully potty trained kids, which is HUGE! and now I finally feel like my days are becoming my own. When I’m in the thick of momming and my days are not my own it feels like I’ve stepped outside my mind and I put my body on loan to the little souls that need it for all their own needs. When I just had my first son, i didn’t understand how easy I had it. Then I had my second son and thought, hey this is a piece of cake, I’ll have another. I thought it would be a girl, but hey, I love all my boys and couldn’t imagine my days without them. What i didn’t realize was what I was really getting myself into. I thought that I just had to be there and that would be enough, but if you want to be successful at momming then you need to look at the BIG picture and if you look at it enough like I did you see that if you can’t afford all the luxuries and intricacies that being wealthy and having your own version of a helpful tribe would, then it all falls on whoever is taking care of your children. And for me, that’s me and my family. It used to only be me and my husband, then it was just me, and in the past few years everyone has been slowly coming around, realizing “Hey, you’ve got something amazing here.” If I’m grocery shopping, I buy all organic local ingredients. I’m a co-owner at the local CO-OP and try to make almost everything from scratch. I’m a soft believer in the 80/20 rules in life. I don’t believe anything too strongly because the opposite of crazy is crazy, and I’m really into healing the whole body and soul, but I don’t walk around preaching smelling like patchouli (…not because I don’t like it, but I don’t, lol, and I don’t want to smell like it, no offense to anyone who enjoys it 😉

This year I plan to share how I make this confusing jigsaw puzzle of life make a little bit more sense to me. I have shortened healing time when my children suffer from illnesses, regrown enamel and gums, cured my own autoimmune/thyroid disorder I was suffering from due to depression, working on healing my torn rotator-cuff with collagen, making my own homemade beauty products and tips, sharing great unique family recipes, and anything else that pops up that seems worthy of sharing.

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful 2017!

-Holly



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Idaho Snow Tubing Adventure

Posted by in Family, News





Hello!

Since I was fortunate enough to get a Go Pro Hero 5 Black as an early holiday gift, I got to test it out when the whole fam went snow tubing at a little tubing resort outside of Boise, ID.
This was my first time ever messing with a Go Pro or their apps, so let me know what you think.

Thanks!





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