PU4A9516Hi ya’ll, and welcome to My Merry Messy Life! I’m Sara, the owner, and I’m at stay-at-home mom to three precious boys. I share my passions of green and natural living, essential oils, real food eating and recipes, crocheting, and homeschooling. I named this blog, My Merry Messy Life, because it perfectly describes my life! We do have a happy, merry family as my husband is an incredible man who supports me fully and he really sets the tone. Our boys are very much BOYS – they are always outside, playing in the mud, dirt, sand, and gravel. And if they’re inside? It’s painting, coloring, play-doh, trains, cars, cooking together and making messes!

Green and Natural Living

The most popular category of my website by far is green and natural living. I’ll never forget how my natural journey started in 2009 – I had just found out I was pregnant and was a dance teacher at the time. I told my boss and she quickly blurted out that she had natural labor with her twins – yes, TWINS! She said she knew a fantastic midwife and chiropractor. I looked at her like I thought she came from looney land and basically said, “Thanks, but no thanks” (freak!), while thinking, “you couldn’t pay me to have a baby without drugs!” Six months later, I was Bradley-trained and giving it my all without drugs. Now, if you read my almost-natural birth story, you’ll see things didn’t go as planned, but I am so happy I started down this path.

This girl who would run to the doctor for every little ache or pain, ate Snicker’s bars for snacks, loved fast food, and thought Cheerios were a health food has now not even needed the doctor in almost a year, eats like a health nut, lost all the baby weight plus some (after three babies), and uses essential oils on a daily basis. Yup, that’s me! And I feel the best I’ve felt in years, all thanks to that one crazy comment from my boss.


  • Essential Oils – I believe God gave us all we need to heal our bodies with real food and plants, which is where essential oils comes in! They are so powerful and so effective. We have gotten healthier and stronger the more we’ve used Young Living essential oils and I love having these helpful tools at my fingertips.
  • Natural and Safe Makeup – There aren’t too many makeup brands I trust – most contain very harmful chemicals. I now use only Beautycounter!
  • Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes – You can replace those toxic and dangerous cleaning products, one by one, and before long, you’ll have a green and natural house with supplies that won’t aggravate allergies, asthma or send you to the emergency room if swallowed.
  • Natural Health and Beauty Recipes – I make all my own lotions, body wash, shampoo, foundation, face wash and more and share all of my recipes with you!
  • Homeopathic Recipes – I love to use herbs and essential oils to heal from viruses and even bacterial infections. With the help of my naturopath and chiropractor, I now have a full natural medicine cabinet!
  • Green Living – Paper-Free – I like to use as little paper and plastic products as possible – it’s both green and non-toxic.

Tons of Free Crochet Patterns!

I share all free crochet patterns here. I started crocheting in 2011 right before my second son was born. Believe it or not, I learned on YouTube! It is such a fun and relaxing way to spend my evenings after a long day at home with my three littles. I have patterns in every category:

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.

Real Food & Healing with Nutrition

In addition to a natural, non-toxic lifestyle and using essential oils and herbs, I believe our bodies function properly when we are eating a real food, nourishing diet. And while that can seem overwhelming, it’s actually quite simple! Understand and know every ingredient in the food you’re buying. In general, if it has more than five ingredients, it is not real. Stick with plants (organic is best), grass-fed and pastured meat and dairy, and soak your grains.

I have done the GAPS diet to heal eczema, but for my family, we eat a traditional foods diet, like the one outlined by the Weston Price Foundation.

See all my free real food recipes and articles here!

Extras – Homeschooling, Pregnancy, Crafts

I’m passionate about homeschooling my children and have been doing some Montessori work, both in lifestyle and education, and the kids have THRIVED under that philosophy. It partners well with our parenting philosophy of Positive Discipline, which is based on a book by the same name.

I’ve shared my pregnancy journey with our gender reveal party, and must-haves for pregnancy and newborns.

I’ve created many crafts for my children, and hope to get more into that as they get older and I have a teesny bit more time to myself!

Love to Shop on Amazon

Shopping with small children, and even older children, is no fun, as most of you know. Wiggling, screaming, complaining, temper-tantrums – it takes nerves of steel to survive it sometimes! So, I shop very little in real stores anymore because I find nearly all of what I need on Amazon! See which products I buy and recommend here.


  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!

    • Hi Nikki! Great to have you around! Thanks for taking the time to drop a nice note. I’ll check out your site, too!

      • Dear Sara, I tried to make my homemade soap. I blended 12 oz. of castile soap in my blender. Small pieces at a time. Then, Added the washing soda which I made baking for 1 hr at 400. THen, I accidentally put peppermint oil in and then, lime because none of my stores had lemon. My husband broke out and itched. He also tried to heat in to be sure it emulsified and when, he added to the hot water it solidified. WHAT? I am confused.

        • Hi Melanie! I’ve not ever made my own soap before, to be honest. Are you referring to the laundry detergent recipe I have and not soap? I have found that Young Living Essential Oils are the best out there – many others cannot be ingested and cause people to break out in rashes, so that could be the problem there with your husband.

  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!

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  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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  8. the link to subscribe to your newsletter does’nt work.
    Please help me you have so nice ideas to crochet.
    Thanks a lot by advance

    • Hi Sophie! Hmm, it must’ve been down when you tried. I can add you manually, no problem!

    • Hi Sophie! Thanks for wanting to sign up. I just manually added you. Please click on the confirmation link you got by email and you’ll be all set!

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  9. DeLena Cook says:

    Can you please tell me about the resin burner and frankincense resin? I know nothing about this product. Was wondering what the health benefits are for burning.

  10. So glad to have stumbled onto your blog when searching for a natural, homemade baby shampoo. We have so much in common, and I love your to-the-point style. I am a newish blogger, and I can see my blog being sort of similar in the future. I have a lot to learn, though! Anyway, thanks for all your hard work. I’ll be back to read more!

  11. Jenni Clark (Alexa's Mom) says:

    Wow! I had no idea you had a blog! I just happened to be looking up DIY laundry detergent with Dr. Bronners soap and this showed up on my search only to see your name and picture. Small world!!
    My sister opened up a world of essential oils and healthier living (starting with toxic cleaning products purge) and so begins a new way of living. I have a lot to learn! 🙂 See you on Wednesday. lol 😉

    • Oh my goodness! Hi Jenni! How funny you found me online! So, you’re getting into natural living now? It is amazing. I LOVE essential oils. See you on Wednesday!

  12. I’m a 46 year old mom of 3 kids: 22, 19 & 12. I’m laid up in bed from foot surgery and was googling natural face powders when your website came up. I’m so glad it did! I’ve always loved health and nutrition and anything natural so your site is a real treat for me! This has been my 3rd foot surgery this year so I feel toxic from all the meds. I ordered your 31 day detoxification manual to help me detoxify as I recover. I’m so excited to have come across your site. I have also homeschooled for years and send my blessings to you in your home school journey. Thank you for the neat things you share!
    Lord bless you!!!

  13. I’m crocheting something and already have rows of double crochet and i want to use the crocodile stitch to make the
    bottom. I want it to point downwards. I know how to start off with the stitch , i just cant figure out how to finish with the stitch. Can anyone help me?

  14. Hello Sara I never got my $20 for Amazon.I am about to reorder some oils and I remembered I never got that.Thanks am enjoying my oils ! But now have run out of some from daily use.

    • Hi Debbe! So, I send the Amazon gift card to anyone who emailed me the promo code from when you signed up in January. I checked and didn’t see an email from you with the promo code, so that’s why it wasn’t sent. I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying your oils and using them daily! That is the best way to experience optimal health -keeps your immune system and body strong!

  15. Hello Sara. I have came across a crochet stitch that was for sale, I couldn’t find it free. Ur site came up and I found the stitch free. It’s the puff stitch. Well, I knew hot to do the puff st., but not how the other site did it. They called it Puffy Aloe Stitch. From ur territorial I figured the stitch out. I want to make a baby blanket with it. Thank u very much for having it in ur site.

  16. Allison says:

    Hi Sara!
    I found your site while looking for free heart ornament crochet patterns. I love the pattern you have for the simple crochet hearts! I run a ministry in North Carolina called 53 Roses (53roses.com) and one of the programs we have uses a small heart ornament as part of a bundle. Would it be ok if i shared you pattern with our volunteers who are going to be making ornaments? I can just email them a pdf, or i can actually link it on the site (or both).

    Thank you!

    • Hi Allison! Absolutely! That’s exactly what the patterns are for – to share! I prefer if you link to it, and there is a green “Print Friendly” button at the bottom of each page so you can print the pattern as well.

  17. Hello Sarah. Really like your things. I filled out the subscription form to have both newsletter and new posts sent to me. But I could not find near there the ‘Subscribe” button. Will you help please? Thank you from Sooz in Australia

  18. Judy Wollstein says:

    I am making your Crochet Girl Purse with Flowers. When I finished line 18 I discovered that line 19 was missing and the instruction went directly to line 20-21. I am making it for my about to be three years old great grand daughter. It is absolutely adorable. Can you please e-mail me the instructions for line 19?
    Thank you.
    Judy Wollstein

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