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Megan Tietz
the wind-swept plains of Oklahoma
I'm sorta crunchy as in sorta granola, sorta hippie, and always in my barefeet.
Interests: reading, writing, photography, babywearing, vaccine injury awareness, and simple living., raising up babies, christian spirituality. attachment parenting, breastfeeding advocacy (in infancy and beyond)
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photo by Finn Frode Here we are, just about to put July 2014 in the books! Wanna sit outside for brunch this week? We are finalizing back-to-school stuff - the girls go back a week from tomorrow. You are probably... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
I can understand the concern over sharing information gathered by another blogger (and I know I am just a blogger, too! No claims on being an expert here!), but I absolutely trust the opinion/research/practices of certified aromatherapists in the same way I would trust my local pharmacist in her cautions about drug interactions. Certified aromatherapists have had hours and hours of education and training and many of them have been practicing for years - long before the recent interest in EOs picked up. In terms of asking a bio-chemist, the reality of medical research is that it is all too often connected to funding. Unless research is funded, bio-chemists and other scientists are probably not going to take up the plight of proving or disproving injury from ingestion of essential oils so in the meantime, we have to rely on documented cases (http://leetea.hubpages.com/hub/Essential-Oil-Safety-Documented-Side-Effects-Injuries-and-Deaths-from-Essential-Oil-Ingestion). As I responded to Courtney above, I am only hoping to urge people toward using caution in this matter. I know for me, it is enough to trust the wisdom of certified aromatherapists whose education and credentials far outweigh mine.
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Courtney - I did not dig that deeply. In all honesty, I don't have the time or money to read medical journals to investigate peer-reviewed research on the topic. For *me*, the fact that the professional bodies that oversee the best practices of certified aromatherapists urge strong caution over ingestion of EOs is enough to convince *me* that it's not a practice I will take up for myself or family. If I were going into aromatherapy as a profession, I would absolutely dig up all the medical research I could find to affirm or dissuade my agreement with these governing bodies. As is, I'm just a mom and a natural family living enthusiast, so I'm just going with the pros on this. If you want to point readers in the direction of research you have found to be helpful, you are more than welcome to share your links. Thanks for your response!
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100% organic sometimes means 100% lousy at cleaning the toughest stains. Can Freshana's MAXAM spray pass the test? Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
Interesting! My husband was teased a lot as a kid, too (our last name lends itself to that). He could give not one flying FLIP what other people think of him (unless they think he has done something dishonest or that would otherwise defame his character. then he cares a WHOLE LOT. But care about his work? or his social bearings? Nah. Never.).
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Thank you, Rachel! I have had a knot in my stomach all day about publishing this because I have SO MANY FRIENDS who use and/or sell oils. Thank you for hearing my heart on it!
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Thanks so much, Colleen! It has been surprising to me to see how ... passionate ... people can get about their oils. I am all for passion as long as it makes room for everyone to do their own digging. :)
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I haven't read that one, but if she wrote, I am sure it is hilarious!
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Thanks, Kari! I spent hours on this one. Truly. I am glad you found it helpful!
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Essential oils are powerful agents of health and healing. Please be sure to use them safely! Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
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delectable berries photo by epSos Oh goodness! As our the temperature heads into all-too-familiar soaring July heights, I have to say that the lazy part of summer is in full effect around here. With just two weeks of summer break... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
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Jul 17, 2014
It actually has been quite lovely! It's amazing how much I resist really just resting though. It shouldn't take this much conscious effort but the physical symptoms are definitely enough to slow me down. :)
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I have not, but I will look it up now!
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"When I start my period, I give myself the day off." I was seventeen when Patti confided this to me, and twenty years later, I still hear her words. When I was a senior in high school, my parents and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
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Airia Air Purifier: 100% natural and 100% effective at getting rid of the stinkiest of bathroom smells! Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
Love the freedom connection to the Dooce piece. SO, so good. And just by way of sidenote - I fully own the fact that my weirdo Instagram issues are fully my own problem. I definitely do not begrudge anyone the joy of sharing life there! I got my own junk to work out but that's no one else's problem and it sure isn't Instagram's fault! ;)
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My new favorite podcast is NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour, and last week's show "Too Old for Youth Culture and Toys" was a great episode with opinions flying over being "too old" for anything as well as nostalgia for toys... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
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This summer marks nine years since I first opened the pages of Toni Weschler's classic reference book Taking Charge of Your Fertility, and what I discovered in that book changed my life forever. After I briefly mentioned in yesterday's links... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
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swoon-worthy brunch pic by MIKI Yoshihito Depending on where you live, you are either fully in the throes of summer OR winter. Therefore, I think we all deserve a decadent virtual brunch menu today, don't you agree? Gah. Can you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Megan Tietz :: SortaCrunchy
Oh video. Speaking as someone who has NO video from her childhood, I can say that I would LOVE to have even 30 second clips! So, I totally need to do better with that, too.
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I feel like I need to talk to a therapist about my Instagram issues. Just kidding. Sorta. I have deeper issues than I thought, though! I can't say I miss it since we've been on a break. Anyway, here's to more pictures any way we can get them!
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It feels so good to pick up the serious one again, right?!
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Thank you for hearing my heart, Christie!
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Oh, I fully intend to keep using my phone camera to grab quick shots. I just really MISS the big camera, ya know?
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