Hi! Welcome to my blog. I’m mostly a stay-at-home-mom who teaches dance and yoga nights and weekends so I can be home with my two precious boys during the day. They keep me incredibly busy, since one is just 16 months and the other, 3 1/2 years, with another munchkin due February 2013! My house is usually messy, but that’s because we play and cook together A LOT. I have an incredible husband who is the glue to our merry family. I have a background in Communications / Journalism, so I love to write. I love reading magazines about natural living, the Yoga Journal, and Dance Teacher magazine and spend a lot of my spare time crocheting.
Before the kids came along, my husband, Kevin, and I lived in France! Kevin worked there as an Engineering professor for two years and we had the time of our lives traveling Europe on weekends and making lots of French friends. Living abroad is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself – it helped me to appreciate what I have in America and also appreciate other cultures and countries. I grew tremendously as a person and will never, ever forget our time there.

Kevin and I met on an accidental double date – my best friend was dating his best friend, and we happened to be the only ones who could go out salsa dancing with them one night. We totally hit it off and couldn’t stop talking and dancing! Only problem? He lived in France at the time where he was finishing his Ph.D.! So, we didn’t exchange emails, numbers, nothing. Nine months later he got my email from his best friend and contacted me, saying he hadn’t met anyone else in nine months who was as special as me, and he didn’t care anymore that he lived in France – he had to talk to me! We talked and emailed non-stop for six months, until he made the decision to move back to the states to see if things would work out between us…and the rest is history! Now, we have the American dream and couldn’t be happier.

Drop me a line sometime at sara (at) mymerrymessylife (dot) com

Gabriel and Grayson – the cutest little boys a mom could ask for!
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  1. Hi, I just found your blog through Pinterest and I’m so glad I did! We are all natural over here (in the last 6 months) because I have two kiddos (plus 1 more)that can not handle any chemicals at all. (Mitochondria issues)I’m still learning recipes for cleaning, cooking, health and beauty so, your site is a huge plus for me! I’ll be around often.
    I write over at Dysfunctional Dose if you ever want to stop by. I would love to have you!
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  2. I found your site via CarrotsAreOrange and love it! We are starting a permaculture farm and have been “gentleman” organic farming for a few years. I have three boys (13, 12 and 9) and we homeschool. We also homeschool with a foundation of Montessori.

    I love your blog theme! I had to visit the designer site but didn’t see anything in the portfolio as original as yours! Great pick! Seems your third child was due last month… I pray it was a blessed and uncomplicated delivery! Anyway, I just wanted to say hello!

    • Hi Trish! What sweet comments to leave. I designed the site myself, using vector images, so I didn’t create all of them myself. But thank you! Our third baby boy was born at the end of February, and it was a blessed and uncomplicated delivery. We have both recovered very fast and are doing great! That’s so neat that you also homeschool AND have three boys and do Montessori! I love that you’re doing organic farming. We plant an organic vegetable farm each year, but wouldn’t call ourselves farmers, really. Thanks for stopping by to say hi!

  3. Hello every one, here every one is sharing these know-how, so it

  4. Hello,
    That’s it, I’m hooked. I’ve been making my own safe lotions and cleaning products for years, using various books and websites. But now I’ve found it all on your blog. This is the only blog worth me following as I can tell we have a similar mentality. Thanks and I’ll be back often.

    Chanhassen, MN

  5. Hi! I just happened onto your blog while researching the use of glycerin for no-poo recipes. You really seem like my kind of person! I am a Grammom who home schooled 6 children and am now eagerly encouraging some of my grandchildren in their home school endeavors. I read your “about” section to find that we have quite a bit in common! I have not used any store bought hygiene products for nearly 1 1/2 years (except for a deodorant I have found that is all natural and has no aluminum…. whatever in it.) I have started to use all homemade or natural essential oil household cleaners over the past year. We, as a family have eaten all whole grain and as local raised produce as possible for many years. My children and I could not eat cow dairy or processed grains. So we found a local goat farmer and ground our own grains. Now, due to migraine issues, I find that I cannot use any artificially scented products at all… EVER! So I have discovered essential oils! And for the “piece de resistance…” I had 4 years of French in high school and advanced classes in college. I have traveled in France and Belgium. I have kept my children exposed to a variety of languages and cultures, of course including my favorite (French) Pennsylvania Dutch (my husband’s parents spoke it fluently) ASL and a smattering of Spanish. I am presently teaching a French 1 class at a small private school behind my home… (which 2 of my grandchildren attend). Wow! Can I talk! It was so refreshing to read your blog. Thank you! I do not have a blog, but My daughter who has 3 little girls and now a son has a blog… http://measureofagift.wordpress.com/ How I wish these resources had been available while I was a young mom! Thank you,
    Have a wonderful day!

  6. Janine Lacson says:

    Hi! i’m a student from the Philippines. I red your blog about the home-made hair lotion, and i would really appreciate it if you would let our team of researchers to use your homepage as a reference for our research proposal. Thank you and have a nice day!

  7. Sarah E Gordon says:

    I came across this oil while looking for a natural make-up line by Josie Maran.  I of course went to my local Natural Market and found 2 oz for $16 for Now argan oil compared to about $50 for 1.7 oz on Josie Maran website.  Apparently this oil is amazing, but people need to be careful and make sure they know how to apply it and what type is okay to buy.  I found this video

    Watch “Argan Oil WARNING: 5 things to consider *before* …” on YouTube
    Argan Oil WARNING: 5 things to consider *before* …: http://youtu.be/RsBKwG_uzXA

    Also I don’t know for sure, but it might not be a good idea for those with a nut allergy to use this, but some can do a patch test.  Anyway, I am going to add this to facewash oil method you suggested, like 3 to 4 drops.  I also am going to mix olive oil with sugar and some lavender oil for body/face scrub. I heard grape sead oil is good as well.  Let me know your thoughts.  I am going to make deodorant soon and loving your site.

    Also can you tell me what you think of soap nuts? They are actually berries that are low sudsing like castile soap and are put in mesh bag with clothes while they are washing.

    • Hi Sarah! I have heard of soap nuts but have never tried them. I would like to someday, though? I’ve heard argan oil is great for the hair, but I’ve never heard it used for the oil cleansing method. It’s really expensive to have to use everyday, if you get the pure oil. That’s why I like to use organic olive oil and sweet almond oil.

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