“Happiness comes from sharing one’s self and one’s blessings. All riches are multiplied by the simple process of sharing them where they may serve others.”

                                                                           -Anonymous 

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Beautifully (Adverb) From Beautiful [byoo-tuh-fuhl]) –adjective 1. having beauty;  having qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.

Bohemian [boh-hee-mee-uhn] -noun. A person, as an artist or writer, who lives and acts free of regard for conventional rules and practices.

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Start at the very beginning, it’s a very good place to start…

My name is Randi, and thank you for visiting my online love child!

Beautifully Bohemian was born at the perfect time, back in 2011 with this post. I created this site out of need- to not just express myself, but to help other people find their own way to happiness and personal growth, through pant-based recipes, herbal remedies, and alternative living. As of 2016, this has expanded to providing online herbal tea and gifts, to bring a spark to your day and help you along your own personal journey.

My main goal has always been, and always will be, to provide people with inspiration to help them blossom in whatever way they need to.

You see, there was a time when I hit rock bottom. I suffered from depression and substance abuse for years. I really lost my way. I thought I was worthless, I thought I wasn’t good enough, and I thought that I didn’t have any control over my future. It was a really dark period in my existence, because I was reaching for outside sources to fill the void.

I didn’t realize that the power to change was in one step…and it started in 2007.

randi hat1I went through my own transformation, by living consciously through food. I learned that a huge source of my depression and anxiety wasn’t just coming from drinking and other sources…it was coming from my diet.

I started reading labels, researching, and made a conscious effort to clean up my life. And THAT is when everything started to transcend to a higher level of appreciation for this life and what we are meant to do here.

Like Alice, I fell down the rabbit hole and saw that this was about more than just food: it’s also about breaking out of the mold and the chains that society has shackled to us since birth. Yes, I realize that is a hefty accusation. However, every time I took a step AWAY from what I was taught growing up (taking one step back from fear, and one step towards love), I began seeing changes in my life. I had a lot of inner work to do, which was rooted in self-love.

I’m still learning those lessons, but the bonus is that I can share the journey and what I learn with you…and I thank you for that.

If you want to know a little more about me…

So in this amazing journey called life, I’m a wife, mama, homeschooler, creator, and all-things-natural lady. I am married to the love of my life, Jeff, who is (and will always be) my high school sweetheart. We have three absolutely amazing children, twin girls and our most recent addition- a boy.

In my spare time, I reach for grounding activities such as playing music on my guitar, reading, sketching, learning more about herbal remedies, writing, walking through the park, playing with my dog, and spending quality time with my kiddos. I also enjoy incorporating yoga practice and weight-lifting into my week for my mental/physical health.

If there’s one thing I’m proud of, it’s that I have continued to successfully provide a loving and nurturing environment for my children. Staying at home with my kids to educate and raise them has been a sacrifice, but it is a blessing, one that I’m thankful for every day. I am grateful that I get to experience their discoveries with them, and I embrace the challenges of being a homeschool, work-from-home mama!

Here are some common questions people ask me (online and in the real world), and provided answers:

Why vegan? Isn’t vegetarian crazy enough?

The transition into veganism is something that I wasn’t expecting to happen when I began my wellness journey a decade ago (I started out eating “organic, grass-fed” beef just like any other newbie hipster). However, the more that I read about health, the treatment of animals, and the impact of animal agriculture on the planet, the more it made sense to dump the animal products and switch to a plant-based diet.

While it’s great that vegetarians are choosing not to eat their fleshy pals, many vegetarian recipes are still heavily reliant on animal products, including eggs, milk, and the number one addiction: cheese. If you are curious about dairy-alternatives and want to know why you really don’t need cheese to survive, click here to read this post.

And listen, people want to debate ALL. THE. TIME about what is and isn’t good for our bodies, and the debate will continue to rage on, probably until the end of time. What it came down to for me is experiencing the benefits first-hand of eating a plant-based diet, and knowing that I didn’t have to support the meat-industry anymore. Guess what guys? I’m STILL ALIVE, it’s a miracle!!! For more FAQ’s for new vegans, please click here.

Do herbal remedies really work? Why not just buy them?

YES they work and you can TOTALLY make them on your own!!! The bonus about working with herbs is that you can become familiar with plants in a whole new way. It is shocking how many people STILL take over-the-counter drugs, and as a result become more reliant and more distressed. The more that you clean up your diet, repair your immune system, and focus on natural healing, the better off your body will be (and your mental health- bonus!).

Our society has become so accustomed to popping a pill and having something happen magically in 10 minutes. Well, herbs may not always work that way (peppermint is pretty badass though), but they sure do help your system REPAIR ITSELF. Our bodies were designed to heal and flourish, but it can’t do that if you keep putting cement and anthrax in your internal washing machine, ya dig?

And believe me, I totally understand what it’s like to feel completely overwhelmed, which is why I always recommend to start small. To learn the best way/resources to teach kids (and YOURSELF) about herbs, check out this post. If you want to see all my herbal remedies, please click here.

Why did you decide to homeschool?

The decision to homeschool was not one that I thought I would ever make. I went to public school and was scarred for many years because of it. Yes, homeschooling is a lot of work. Yes, my kids are with me…24/7. Yes, sometimes I wish I could be one of “those” mamas that send their kids to school and drink Starbucks all day (it can be very appealing at times), but then I realize what wonderful, innocent, intelligent, patient, creative, and compassionate children mine are; I remember that this is the result of keeping them home and allowing them to thrive at their own pace. Peers or public school circumstances haven’t broken them. You can read about my decision to homeschool by clicking here.

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You birthed in a horse trough, seriously?

Yes. In fact, my son was born in my bedroom, in the water, in a horse trough. Giving birth to him all-natural, and being completely connected to the experience was one of the best moments of my life. I would do it again in a heart beat…oh yeah and just so you know, he slept in a dog bed until he was 6 mos…just sayin’.

Ok, so like, vegans eat…. what, exactly?

Twigs. Leaves. You know, anything I can find to “nourish” my frail body lol. Just kidding folks. As a vegan, I eat anything and everything yummy and cruelty free. My last pregnancy was 100% vegan, resulting in a 9 pound, 8 oz baby! Really, I love cooking, I love eating, and I love food. I also love animals, but not on my plate. Period. You can try out many of my recipes by clicking here.

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How do you homeschool/work/cook/clean/everything and keep your sanity?

Honestly, I don’t know sometimes lol. I think that every mama that works from home and homeschools knows that it’s a constant balancing act. Some days the ratio is off, there may be more schooling, crafting, or reading, others may have more work, outings, or cleaning, but rarely is there a day where I do nothing at all. Sometimes at night I completely crash out of exhaustion, and then begin the cycle all over again the next day. It can be a challenge sometimes, but I love it. It’s my life, in which there is never a dull moment, only space between exciting adventures.

Can I share your page/use your photo/quote you?

I’d love for you to share my page! Spread the word about Beautifully Bohemian to your friends, your family, and your dog. Tweet it, Facebook it, Pin it, and SHARE it! As for reposting photos on your blog, PLEASE ask permission. Chances are, if you want to use a photo, I’ll say yes, just please ask!!!

Can you link my blog?

Yes! I’m always up for cross promotion, and I’m always up for spreading the word about other websites. Please check out advertising opportunities here!

Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

Yes. Be yourself. That is the best advice I can give you. If you constantly worry about what others think, you will burn yourself out. Write often (by hand!) to practice your skills. Oh, and only blog when you feel really good about it. I know some people say you should blog daily, but for me, I would never see my family if I did that. So, I only blog when I’m in a really good place, or, when I’m in a really bad one and need to release something. Both result in loving and/or REAL posts. To me, this is blogging gold. People that need to connect with you will, and those that don’t aren’t meant to.

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randiSo thank you for being a part of my experience, and letting me be a part of yours! I have so much to offer you and your loved ones, so please check back frequently for blog posts, gifts, ebooks, and more! If you have any comments, questions, concerns, requests, or anything else you feel I could help you with, please contact me via email! I enjoy connecting with other Moms, and I would Love connecting with you! Thanks again and sending you and your family lots of Love and Sunshine today!

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