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Back in action at SoulShine!

I have returned from maternity leave and am back in action at SoulShine! My sweet Smith is three months old next week. It’s been a wild ride adjusting to having three little ones but my mind has settled from the adjustment and I am more excited than ever about all the awesome that SoulShine will…

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The Five Love Languages of Children

Our newest bundle of love, Smith Gerhart SengStack, joined our family on November 19th. Over the next few months, we will be navigating our new normal, a family of five! One of the challenges in adding a new addition to the family, is making sure that the current members get their fair share of love and…

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Expect Nothing. Appreciate Everything.

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday! It may sound cheesy, but I really do love to give thanks. I feel incredibly blessed in my life and enjoy passing sincere gratitude forward, so celebrating an entire day to this concept brings me joy. I believe my kids know gratitude. It may not always be sincere,…

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Courage to Start – Strength to Endure – Resolve to Finish

Courage to start. Change doesn’t come easy, but what good thing does? Whether you are changing your eating habits, your morning routine, or just trying to make more time to connect with those around you, it can feel like a lot. I love BIG change! I’m constantly trying to change things up. Whether it’s moving…

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Homestead After School Markets

This month marks SoulShine’s first market of the year and we’re excited for the season! Here’s some history on the Homestead After School Market. In 2009, I traveled to India with The Learning Tea organization (http://www.thelearningtea.com) to meet young women who were selected into the Learning Tea’s amazing scholarship program. In an effort for SoulShine…

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Southern Butterbeans and Dumplings

Chef Courtney prepared Southern Butterbeans and Dumplings for lunch today. Using local and organic ingredients for this dish, Chef Courtney even prepared the dumplings from scratch! Try the recipe with your family!   Ingredients: 1 bag of butterbeans (best results to soak overnight) 2 petite tomatoes, chopped 3 stalks of whole corn, cut off cobb…

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What if I fall? Oh, my darling, what if you fly?

I loath routines. I yearn to have each day different from the day before. I started my own business at 25 to ensure that routine would not interfere in my life. However, at 36 and a mother to almost three kids, I know that I have to give into our collective need for routine. Ugh.…

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Banana Oat Bread

Chef Courtney prepared a warm Banana Oat Bread! This tasty breakfast was a great way to start the day; try the recipe with your family this weekend! Ingredients: 1/3 cup- agave 1/2 tsp- ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp- ground apple spice 3- large bananas 1 1/2 cups- 2% milk 3- large eggs 1 tsp- vanilla extract…

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Picking the monthly mantra for SoulShine’s permaculture curriculum involves an internal reflection of the values I look to cultivate within myself and my family, so it’s always close to my heart. Each stage of my children’s emotional growth presents different opportunities for my own personal growth. It’s affirming to know that, together, we are making…

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Why Permaculture?

Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share As a child, my daily diet consisted of canned ravioli, fruit roll ups, Squeeze-It bottles, high sugary cereal and fat-free milk. I loved it! My mom let me put whatever I wanted into the grocery cart and I remember being giddy (probably sugar jitters) excited to eat all of…

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