My name is Michele, I am wife to my wonderful husband Bryant and the mother of two beautiful girls, Paige born in 2009 and Keira born in 2011. Paige was quite the surprise when we found out I was pregnant. My husband and I had been married 15 years, it wasn’t that we didn’t like kids, we actually loved kids! We were always the couple happy to babysit our friends kids and enjoyed being the fun aunt and uncle. We actually went back and forth our entire marriage, the timing just never seemed right. We were just about at the point when we thought we had waited too long and perhaps we weren’t going to have them, when surprise!
We love being parents and so after Paige turned one we decided we didn’t want her to be an only child and then here came Keira. I am now a stay at home mom, and I love every minute of it. I love doing projects in my home, for my kids, and with my kids and also homeschooling them both. Who knew being a mommy could be this much fun and hard work at the same time!
Our Journey to Living a Healthier Life
As we looked into the eyes of those beautiful babies we knew we needed to stick around for as long as possible and make sure we kept them as healthy as we could, but where to start. I made organic baby food for both my girls, breastfed them for the first year, and made sure they became good water drinkers. We reduced the chemicals we used in the house, tried to find natural cleaning products, and used organic products where we could.
We bought many of the organic pre-packeged foods, after all we grew up on pre-packeged foods. When we were first married that trend continued, Hamburger Helper, Kraft Macaroni and cheese, and Ramen Noodles were a staple for us. We had little money and I had never really learned to cook. So when we tried to go healthier it wasn’t really a shock that we tried to look for healthier pre-packaged foods. I actually enjoyed cooking, but who has the time. With a baby and a toddler I was barely keeping my head above the water most days, so any help I could get was appreciated.
As my girls kept growing my husband and I still felt we weren’t doing enough but we weren’t really sure what to do next. We read book after book, searched the internet and talked to others who were also trying to live healthier lifestyles. 2 years ago we moved into our current home, we found a wonderful integrative medicine doctor. Yes she is your normal doctor, but she also believes in treating the whole body, not just the symptoms you experience. With her guidance we started on our real food journey. I was very hesitant at first, cooking everything from scratch is a lot of work!
Mama Bear Love
I have always enjoyed sharing things I love doing with my friends and family. I initially started this blog several years ago to do just that. While talking with many of my friends and family I know many of us are on the same journey to living a healthier life, I wanted to share our journey. We believe in progress not perfection, you will notice we are far from perfect in our journey. Many are undoubtedly ahead of us, but join us a we keep making that progress.