About Me

It has been two years since I updated my ‘about me’ page so I guess it is time.  **updated 10/27/14**

I am Angela and I would really like to thank you for stopping by!  My husband and I have 5 kids:  Alex (9), Ava (6), and Audrey (4), my stepdaughters who are 22 and 17 and I am going to become a grandma at the end of this year.

Earth Mama's World

We live on the East coast of Florida on a barrier island.  I absolutely love where we live, I feel that it is paradise.

photo credit:  Indian River by Air
photo credit: Indian River by Air

I started this blog to chronicle my family’s homeschool experience.  As we began to live a more natural life I decided that I would write about that too.  So, if you are new to this site you should know that I pretty much blog about anything and everything that goes on in our lives.  I realize our life is in a state of constant evolution and this is apparent in my posts over the years.

So here are a few things about me and my family, if you want to know more ask in the comments!

Homeschool:  Our home learning is a constant evolution.  We began homeschooling in 2011.  Our homeschool started as ‘school at home’, that lasted about a week.  We have deschooled and we have unschooled.  Currently, we are settled in as very relaxed eclectic homeschoolers.    While I was studying at college to become a teacher I had no idea that I would become a homeschooling mama.

Natural Living:  My family is certainly making a dramatic change in our lifestyle.  We used to eat fast food, buy bottled water, and use harsh chemicals in our home.   We now make our own homemade household cleaners and hygiene products.  We eat real foods as well, no more boxed items for us.  I recently started making kombucha and fermenting.  We enjoy having fun in the kitchen!

I used to run to our pediatrician every time my child had a runny nose until my son suffered from a severe allergic reaction that was a result of his pediatrician not listening to my concerns.  I began to honour my mama intuition and learn more about treating illnesses naturally.  We use herbs and oils to heal ourselves and to maintain health.  We rarely go to the doctor.  We turn to homeopathic remedies as often as we can.  Alex received all of his vaccinations up to age 1.  Ava and Audrey did not.


My husband and I practice natural parenting.  We believe in attachment parenting.  We love and respect our children, respond to them with sensitivity, practice gentle discipline, and and provide constant loving care.

We co-sleep.  In our room we have a king sized bed with a twin pushed next to it.  All 5 of us wake up together in the morning.

I wear my babies.  My youngest is 4 and I still wear her.

I full term breastfeed.  When I was pregnant with my first I was dedicated to breastfeeding for 12 months.  Little did I know that I would still be breastfeeding 9 years later!  I weaned Alex at 2, Ava self weaned at 2 1/2, and Audrey is still breastfeeding at 4.

I am a very happy person who believes in kindness.  I am on a spiritual journey that opens my heart and being every single day.  I try to live simple.  I am trying to slow down.  I try to meditate daily.  This all works for me.  <3

Love, peace, and happiness,


Oh, and if you want to see what our life looks like day by day check out some of my Mamatography posts!

38 thoughts on “About Me

  1. sandy says:

    I can’t believe how much Alex & Ava have changed in the last year – They both look so little in the pic of Ava holding Audrey in the hospital!

  2. Kelly says:

    I’ve just discovered your lovely website. It’s full of ideas and inspiration. I’m very pleased to have found it.

    Kelly xx

  3. Angela says:

    I’m following up with you regarding the list FamilyNursePractitionerPrograms.com published of 100 Fantastic Family Health Resources.
    I contacted you last week to inform you about your nomination, and I’m pleased to let you know that you’ve made the final list! You can view the whole list here: http://www.familynursepractitionerprograms.com/family-health/
    We’ve created a badge you can use if you wish to promote your recognition on your website and social media accounts. You can place it on your site using the embed code below, or I’ll be happy to email you the image at your request.

    We made this list of family health and fitness resources in the hope that it would become a useful resource not only for families, but for health care practitioners, especially prospective students considering a career in nursing. We hope you find it useful as well!
    Congratulations, and if you have any questions about how to incorporate the badge onto your site, please let me know – I’m happy to help!
    Thank You,

  4. dee says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog the other day, checking out ideas for H.S. on pininterest. I was drawn to your beach pictures and could not get over how much it reminded me of my hometown, Melbourne. Brought back good memories, and much thankfulness as I miss my home and the east coast. Much love to you and yours, Dee

  5. Laura says:

    Your style is so much like mine! I am so glad to found this page. I am a proud natural-attachment parenting mom (along with my husband). We still co sleep with our 9 and 7 year old boys. I breast fed my kids until age 4. I also getting away from the pediatrician and curing my kids from acute illness with good old oregano oil. Just started to make my own toothpaste and hand sanitizer and that is how I found your website. I am a vegan as well as both of my kids, however hubby is not “there” yet :-))

  6. Bianka says:

    Hi Angela, thank you for creating this inspiring website. Our water is pretty bad and I use a water filter. However, the water still seems to be full of chloride and other things the water companies put into it. You have mentioned that you used to buy bottled water. I was looking around your website but could not find any alternatives. Please let me know.
    All the best to you and your family. Enjoy living the natural live. Most of us are so far away from it those days.

  7. Bridget says:

    Interested and would love to try what you’re doing! I’m confused, do you sell any of your home made products? And if not, why not? Thanks 🙂

  8. Mary says:

    I just found your information about the natural remedy for pinworms. I am desperate for relief, as Rx and OTC meds have not worked. I’ve been to multiple doctors. It’s been six months. I, too, am washing and cleaning excessively. My hands are in horrible shape from all the handwashing. I will be buying some fresh food grade DE today. I use it already to get rid of ants, but it’s been sitting on the back porch for a long time. Thanks for posting about it.

    • Angela says:

      I hope that the DE brings you relief Mary! It takes so much work to eliminate pinworms, good luck and let me know how it goes. 🙂

      • Mary says:

        Good morning. Finally found some DE food grade. However, there was a warning that it was not for human consumption. I mixed 1 TBS with 12 oz cold water anyway, and started drinking it. Halfway through, it immediately came back up. 🙁 I drank another glass of plain water after that and the water stayed down. I don’t know if there is another type of DE food grade that is ok for people, or if my body just can’t tolerate it. Thanks for your reply. I’m still fighting the battle.

  9. Joram Lee says:

    Great site, great ideas. We are starting a whole new life which has been in the evolving for the last 5 years, including home schooling and unprocessed diets. So glad we found you

  10. Lola says:

    I stumbled on your website while looking for natural ways to control my frizz and was very inspired by your “going back to basics” way of life! I am a stay at home mom of four and although do not homeschool (which I tried and only lasted 30 days), I love the whole simple living lifestyle. Though change is hard but I know slowly but surely we will as a family get there. I am trying to cook fresh food everyday instead of eating out. Eating less and less processed food, and getting the kids to slowly get the hang of things. I have not created and tried any home made anything yet but I am inspired to go for it starting with taming my frizz LOL!!! So thank you for your blogs and thank you for going green!!!

  11. shanna says:

    Hi Angela I just read your post about pin worms. Unfortunately I have caught pinworms and I am currently 23 weeks pregnant. I am wanting to try and go a more natural route as opposed to taking medication because I do not want to take anything at least while I am pregnant. I was wondering if you have known of anyone taking food grade DE while pregnant? I was liking the idea of trying it but I am wanting to make sure it’s safe during pregnancy. I completely understand you are not a doctor. I was just wanting to get your personal opinion on it and was wondering do you have any other tips of things that I could try that should be safe during pregnancy. Thanks so much !

  12. Sally says:

    I have been looking for a squeezeable toothpaste and found your recipe. What have you found to pour the squeezeable toothpaste into the tubes. I tried making but it was a mess putting the mixture into the tubes. It’s very thick and doesn’t want to pour into the tubes.

    • Angela says:

      I have a small wooden spoon that I drop it into the tubes then kind of shake it to get it to go in, it can be messy at times but it’s worth it!!

  13. Jenny says:

    Breastfeeding until age 2 is amazing! Breastfeeding until age 4 (and counting) is inspiring!! <3 I wish that more people had your outlook on life. The world would be a much better place.

    • fatima says:

      I really respect you as a mom who cares for her kids breast feeding is something out of our world nowadays,and the two years is the best in my religion you breast feed to 2 years 4 years is a little more still i must say you are a great mom.

  14. Tina says:

    Hi, I love your blog and have been reading about the garlic oil ear drops that you use for your children. I don’t know if you know the answer to this question or not. However, I was wondering if you put oil in a child ears, doesn’t it start to build up in the canal? Is it absorbed or does it stay in there? It would seem that after several treatment it would feel like water stick in the ear. Maybe you can shed some light for me. You are experienced with this and I believe it works over antibiotics. So. I would love to give it a try.
    Thank you.

    • Angela says:

      Yes, it works! We live on the coast of Florida and I use this on all 3 of my kids and myself and I can honestly say that it works. Did you use non nano zinc oxide in your sunscreen?

  15. Deborah says:


    Check out Classical Conversations online which is a great traditional, interesting, and complete education for children.
    This is the format that we have used since my son was in the fourth grade and now he is going into the eleventh grade. He is able to critically think about issues and then to express his opinion by learning debating techniques. We have enjoyed it very much!


  16. Angela Voelkel says:

    having a sever allergy to Latex and a mild allergy to coconut, I spend a lot of time reading ingredients before I buy. It’s seems it’s getting harder and harder to find products that don’t have coconut or a derivative of coconut. I’m also medically retired from the Navy and my husband is my Veterans Admin caregiver. So we get paid once a month. I have 3 kids. One in college and two boys in high school. I can’t afford what companies are charging for products I can use.
    I am looking for any hygienes recipes that are coconut based, simple, and cheap. Which brought me to your sight.
    Do you have any suggestions?

  17. Hello Angela,

    I love your blog! It was so much fun reading about your family and your journey to homeschooling your beautiful children and blogging about it. I am sure you a resource and a guide to so many families.

    I am a 5th grade teacher and I have a ton of math resources that I think would be perfect for homeschool families. My curriculum is designed so that kids explore concepts at their own pace and the difficulty builds gradually so that all kids are challenged, but at the same time feel successful.

    Here is a link to my store. I would be happy to provide you with any resources free of charge so you can see if it would be a good fit for your family or your blog.


    Even if you aren’t interested in my materials, please let me know any advice you have for connecting with homeschool bloggers and families.

    I really appreciate your time!


    • Angela says:

      I am hoping over to check out your resources now! We are in the midst of multiplication so I am sure that you will have a resource that will be helpful for us, thank you for stopping by. 🙂

  18. Sandra McArthur says:

    Little side note,… After eating more garlic regularly for a lifetime – now (am in my fifties) had to take an antibiotic for the first time in 30+ years last week! Garlic has a natural antibiotic effect with less side effects (no yeast problems in my girls after coming back to the States and realizing – not all that is primitive is bad). Being born here,… It was a learning curve. Balance was key.
    Another hard earned lesson from when mine were little,… Olive oil on the scalp and hair for lice, overnight every night – washed out every morning. Clean regularly gone quicker with less problems and toxicity: (nits or their empty dead shells still must be removed by hand to have evidence of their once having been there gone or hair cut out) vinger gets it easier to let go. Combination of the olive oil at night and vinegar in morning with shampoo – most dandruff becomes history. (I’d put a cheap shower cap- then grocery bag tied on for them to sleep in) the olive oil drowns them – without the harsh pesticides that were harming my youngest – till mom reminded me of the old way – hate she’s now passed. May her memory be a blessing!

  19. Bill says:

    Hi Angela taking the diatomaceous 3 table spoons a day & using on bottle like power at night for three weeks won`t work for me ??? Can`t sleep or eat no apatite for food PLEASE HELP Bill Bowe

  20. nubia says:

    I’ve just read more and all I can say is we relate so much. I don’t give injections to my children and we all co-sleep in 1 room my King and I with our 3 kids. We also eat healthy 5 years without meat but we do eat fish and other products as we live in London it’s not as easy to get natural food anymore. But we will get much more healthier soon when we improve our diet again. But yeah I’m enjoying your energy right now and you inspire me. Beautiful woman you are.

  21. Shannon Brimer says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you would put the garlic on Audrey’s anus in the morning before she took a shower or after? This is a question in regards to your pinworm post. Thank you!!

  22. Julian Green says:

    My name is Julian Green, I was looking through your site and saw that you share information from the
    National Institutes of Health (NIH). We wanted to thank you for passing along this message of awareness to others.
    Also, I wanted to see if you we’re open to sharing more information on these topics.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

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