Why We Installed an Alkaline Reverse Osmosis Water Filter

Why We Installed an Alkaline Reverse Osmosis Water Filter

This post contains affiliate links rewarding us a small commission with each purchase. Water is an essential part of our daily lives. We often hear we need to drink more water. Keep hydrated! Eight glasses a day! Take a water break! But how do we get the most out of the water we drink? And what if the water from the tap just isn't tasty at all? [caption id="attachment_2058" align="alignleft" width="300"] 26.5 pounds of water, 24 pieces of recyclable garbage when you're done![/caption] For years, Laurien and I used to load up on packs of water from the grocery store with each grocery run including two enormous 24-packs of bottled water jammed under the cart. We paid around four bucks for them and lugged them home (they typically weigh more than 25 pounds). The taste was decent and the convenience of having cold water ready to grab and go was...Read More
Home Remedies for Sore Throats

Home Remedies for Sore Throats

Allergies are back with a vengeance in America's Heartland as we transition from winter to spring. Usually, when Spencer starts getting sinus headaches I know it's time to stock up on local honey and start my daily dose of loratadine. It's always better to take preventive action with allergies rather than react. But thanks to my blissfully exhausting baby-centric life as of late, my allergies totally snuck up on me this year. So grab some tissues, turn on your humidifiers and let's go over how I got rid of my head-poundingly painful scratchy throat in just three days. When I was little, I suffered strep throat chronically so my parental units whisked me off to a doctor every time my throat started to hurt. Usually, it was just allergies. The tell-tale sign of strep are white spots at the back of the throat, so check before running to the doctor. Regardless...Read More
My Ectopic Pregnancy Story

My Ectopic Pregnancy Story

February 2 was a Friday of firsts for me. First ambulance ride. First hospital admittance. First IV. First surgery. First time under anesthesia. First breathing tube shoved down my throat.  First time a doctor has ever told me my life was in danger. I'm not the type of person who runs to see a doctor over an ache until I've explored a lot of other options. But when you're in pain so intense you can't roll over in bed without breaking into a cold sweat, there isn't much choice. Two weeks ago, my in-laws took me to the emergency room for stomach and side pain. Imagine my shock when the doctor told me I was pregnant again. My first pregnancy was a breeze, aside from a few weeks of morning sickness (all-day sickness, really.) I got my first butt injection and went home with antibiotics for a kidney infection, where I got...Read More
Why I Chose Home Birth

Why I Chose Home Birth

On the evening of August 20, 2017, I gave birth to a healthy baby girl in the comfort of my own home. Only my midwife, Cheryl Gilman, and husband, Spencer, were in attendance. Active labor was relatively short for a first-time mom. My daughter's transition into this world was, in a word, smooth. I didn't tear or lose an abnormal amount of blood, despite battling anemia all my life. And, although labor was downright uncomfortable at times, I wouldn't call it painful. You may be thinking, "Wow, Laurien, you're so brave." Or, "Dang, Lo, you must have quite the pain tolerance." Wrong. My heart was intent on giving birth naturally, preferably in the comfort of my own home, long before I conceived. I believe this serious forethought in conjunction with my own independent research and months of reading/hearing other mothers' birth experiences attributed greatly to the success of my home birth. So before...Read More