Jenney Cheever

Jenney, aka Mama, has worn oh-so-many hats in her adult life, including artist, actor, nanny, teacher, writer, and licensed child care provider, to name a few. She has previously written a blog about unschooling, and has written articles on many topics, including natural parenting, homebirth, breastfeeding, homeschooling, nutrition, gardening, crafting and more. She is still trying to decide what she wants to be when she grows up.

Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth While Avoiding Sugar

So we're doing this 21-Day Eat Clean Challenge, and it's got me thinking about things I do to keep my healthy diet on track. I have been on-and-off the Cleaning Eating wagon for years, though each year I feel like it gets easier and easier and I do better and better. I found the hardest thing for me was getting rid of sugar. I have SUCH a sweet tooth, but the older I get, the more I feel really awful when I eat it....more

Autism is NOT a Punishment

I read a piece on Jezabel today which set my blood to boiling. It was about how Toni Braxton wrote in her memoir that she believed that God gave her son Autism as punishment for having an abortion earlier in life. No, really. Her exact words:...more
LeeLee1210 I'm very glad to hear that she doesn't feel that way anymore. I definitely understand ...more

7 Year Life Cycles

This is a deeply personal post... about transitions, acceptance, and finding happiness.I recently read an article about how we humans go through 7 year cycles in our lives. I became completely fascinated by this concept, and I've been reading more about it....more

Vegan Roasted Beet Pizza

I've mentioned here before about how The Man is VERY serious about his pizza. He gets all twitchy when I talk about experimenting with his pizza night! But since the Butternut Squash Pizza I did a couple of weeks ago was such a big hit, I decided to take my chances and experiment again this week....more

Sundried Tomato and Basil Cashew "Cheese" Spread

You might all get sick and tired of me going on and on about cashew cheese.But seriously... this stuff has changed my life! Before this vegan transition, I loved cheese, and really thought that I would miss it. But this cashew cheese totally fills the void for me, when I'm craving some creamy, cheesy comfort. To keep things from getting boring, I am constantly experimenting with different flavors and additions....more

Organized Basement, Part 1

Here in New England, we are expecting a big ol' snowstorm for the this long President's Day weekend. Snow is supposed to roll in late this afternoon, and dump 6-10 inches on our area. Since I'm going to be snowed in with my family, I plan to spend some time working on my ongoing Basement Organization Project. As of this writing, I currently have about 2/3 of the basement looking about as clean and organized as it's going to get. Our basement is not at all a "pretty" basement. Our house was built in 1895, with a stone foundation, and a dirt-floor basement....more

DIY Wool Dryer Balls

The Man is the primary laundry-doer here at the Homestead, which is something that I'm ever-so-grateful for. He was asking me the other day if there are any all-natural alternatives to chemical  dryer sheets, to deal with the pesky problem of all the static we get in the laundry this time of year, when all those fleece pajamas are in the wash. I had heard of wool dryer balls, though I had never tried them myself before....more

Healthy Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I have a real weakness for baked goods. Nothings says comfort to me like a cup of tea and something warm from the oven. Even though I now avoid flour, sugar and dairy, I still crave a cookie now and then, so I've been working on recipes for healthy alternatives. The family was skeptical that I could come up with a cookie that would be both healthy and tasty, but I won them over with this recipe....more

Homemade Pizza Night

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DIY All Natural Body Spray

Many years ago, I used to love Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar body spray. This was back before I realized how harmful seemingly "safe" body products can be. As I became more conscious of what I was using on my skin and hair, I began to pay attention to ingredients, and I did NOT like what I saw there. All sorts of unpronounceable ingredients, and even artificial colors, being absorbed into my skin every day. Yikes!...more