A Look Back at 2013 {and whats to come in 2014}

I CANNOT believe its already 2014. That quote, "The days are long, but the years are short"could not be more true.

2013 was kind of a blur when I think back that in January, we found out we were pregnant with Ruthie, and Jacob could hardly talk and had just learned to walk!? Crazy. Now I'm sitting here holding a 3 month old GIRL and chasing a toddler that doesn't stop running and has a pretty extensive vocabulary (but mostly chooses to talk about cars and trucks.) So grateful. I am so looking forward to what The Lord has for us this next year.

It was this Summer that I decided to start blogging more—sharing my passion for real food, natural living, and being a little more vulnerable and transparent about my life. I really didn’t know what it would look like, and if people would even read (or care for that matter). I was on the fence about it for a while— and if I’m being really honest, I was worried what people would think of me... (all obsessed with taking garlic for a cold, drinking raw milk and kombucha, and lathering my babies with coconut oil—some would say I'm kind of a nut.) But since insecurity and fear is not a good reason to not do something, I went ahead and did it, in hopes that someone might read and learn a little tip or two that might benefit their family like it had ours.

So thank you friends, who continue to read and who keep encouraging me to share our journey. I don't know how long I'll keep blogging, but for now, I hope that it is an encouragement in some way. I hope that you don’t find judgement here or walk away feeling bad because you still love your Diet Coke or you drank a bottle of Dayquil instead of fighting it with natural remedies. We're all learning and just doing the best we can, right?

So, Happy New Year, Friends!
Be blessed!

Here are a few things I want to talk about in 2014:
  • Ruthie's Natural Birth Story (Why and a few things I think helped)  
  • Breaking down all the Health Food Jargon (words like “natural”, “organic”, "whole grain" “made with real fruit”, etc.) 
  • Why and How I stopped drinking Diet Coke (yes, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done..) 
  • Why We LOVE Eggs (and what the labels really mean, i.e. cage-free, organic, free-range) 
  • My New Obsession with Essential Oils (I thought it was a little bogus too—but now, I cannot live without them) 
  • My Favorite Real Food Recipes (that aren’t fancy) 
  • How to Make Kombucha (and why we drink it every day) 
  • My struggle with depression (and some natural things that I think really helped me)


  1. Lauren! You were such a highlight of my TN trip~ I absolutely loved seeing you, meeting PRECIOUSLY PERFECT Ruthie, and getting to catch up....you are one amazing woman and I love you dearly. Praying for a fabulous 2014 for the Crabtree family~ much love and hugs to all!

  2. KELLY, I can always count on your sweet words to make me smile! We had such a blast! much much love!!!

  3. Keep on blogging girl ! Love seeing your posts :)