About

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Hey there!

I’m Loriel, the creator and writer of this beautiful little natural lifestyle blog, Naturally Loriel. I’m a conscious thinker and a passionate doer. I’m a dreamer of all things self-sufficient (even though my life is totally not that right now), a brown-thumb gardener with a green thumb heart, a lover of nourishing REAL foods (and cake too), and an advocate for food rights. I want to inspire people to change their lives so they are happier and healthier; but most importantly, I want to inspire them to change their lives so our children have a future that is bright, healthy, and satisfying.

I first started on this journey when my son was 9 months old; a friend of the family sent me an article on why baby cereal was so bad and I was completely appalled. From that moment forward I went into full research mode, questioned everything I read, and slowly began to change our lives; from the types of foods we ate to the things we put on our body.

Naturally Loriel is a place where I share my journey to living a more natural lifestyle. It’s a place where perfection is not the goal, where my crazy chicken lady shines bright, and where I share real, from-scratch, soul-happy recipes that don’t break the bank.

Aside from Naturally Loriel, I created and launched Naturally Free — an organic spice blend business almost a year ago. I’m licensed with Florida’s Department of Agriculture to create and sell my spice blends, and do so in a certified commercial kitchen. My vision with Naturally Free is to show people you can have convenience of eating healthy without compromising your family’s health. All of my blends are made with 100% real, organic ingredients and handcrafted in small batches. Shop Naturally Free Blends here.

 

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'About' has 13 comments

  1. July 23, 2014 @ 3:12 pm Lauren

    Hi Loriel! I found your blog today and am excited to read more posts! Thank you for being a force for good and beauty in the world 🙂 where are you blogging from? I am up in the Pacific Northwest trying to start up a little homestead and eventually kids on a little island off of Seattle. Looking forward to reading more!

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    • July 23, 2014 @ 9:46 pm Loriel

      Hey Lauren! I’m blogging from central Florida although I was born and raised in Northern California. Good luck on your homestead and the kiddos. 🙂 I dream of having a homestead as well.

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  2. October 29, 2014 @ 1:31 am Amber Hosking

    I found your site through a post from Tara on We Got Real. She referred us to your article titled “3 Tips for Stocking your Pantry”. I love the advice you give on stocking the pantry – but that’s not what grabbed me. I like the way you write – it’s very real. I especially like the fact that you use the word Damn! when looking at the cost of organic food. That’s me too! But the biggest impact was the picture you shared of your “hot mess of a pantry”. Thank you for not making it perfectly organized before snapping the photo. What a relief to see a chaotic mess of spices, noodles and who-knows what else stuffed onto the shelves. (For the record its the “who-knows what else” in the pantry that often saves the day in making a great meal from nothing! I can tell you know that too.) What a great feeling it was for me to see that and know I’m not the only one! So I came to your site and I now see that’s what you are all about. So thank you for that. For not portraying perfection. It’s a great comfort to the rest of us. Keep up the great work 🙂

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    • October 29, 2014 @ 1:22 pm Loriel

      Hi Amber. Your comment completely made my day! It is my goal to be as real as possible so everyone sees that I am imperfect too, that I struggle just like you, and that I have a pantry that is constantly messy no matter how much I try and organize, just like you. 🙂 I hope you stick around and thank you for your sweet comment and support.

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  3. November 21, 2014 @ 12:43 am Ann

    Hi, Loriel.
    I saw on scratchmommy that you clean a home for extra money. I’ve been searching for months for a part-time job that would fit with my work schedule, but I’ve had no luck. I know the article you wrote about Branch Basics was to introduce us readers to the product, but I think you’ve given me a possible solution to my financial woes! If you don’t mind me asking, how did you get your cleaning gig?

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    • November 21, 2014 @ 8:16 am Loriel

      Hi Ann! My mom cleans houses so when I was really hurting, I asked if I could tag along and help. Since then, I’ve stopped cleaning a majority of houses and just kept one house. Good luck!

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  4. March 29, 2015 @ 11:22 am Daphne Mitchell

    I would love to follow your blog. I just ordered non GMO seeds.
    If you have any recipes for homemade non petroleum or soy candles would be much appreciated.
    Thank-you

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  5. September 14, 2015 @ 6:35 pm Rachel Helberg

    Hi Loriel,
    Soo proud and happy for you – welcome to the club(s) – yep, you are into more than one now – the “i love chickens (cant see a life without them), the “i HATE GMO’S” (don’t get me started on that one – wont get off it!!grrrr), the “i want to live sustainable (we – my sister and I – do for the most part now – I am 56 incase you are wondering)-or as much of it as possible”, and – of course the “i love everything green and natural” CLUBS – I could go on, but that covers the bulk of them. I was raised on an 80 acre farm in WI – now we live on about 20 acres in CO – went through my phases of “partying” and found my heart has been, is and always will be on the farm/in the garden/living naturally! We love growing, canning, harvesting – all of it. Have about 30 chickens (layers), cats, dog and about 5 acres of garden. We had over 100 cashmere goats (its a boer cross – for the best fiber) – for their fiber, but we did eat goat meat as well (tastes like pork but not so fatty). Had a friend that made goat cheese – yummy!! We had a house fire last year (2014) lost everything and my 4 yr old grandson too. Just about a month after the fire I found I had osteoarthritis – spent the last year getting our house replaced along with my major joints (my sister now calls me the Bionic Woman – LOL). Life goes on – winter passes to spring and new things grow – the one constant that kept me going through all of it – we still have our little piece of heaven! It’s never easy – but if you are really paying attention, and if your heart is truly in it – there are/will be great rewards! Be happy to share with you our experiences with goats, guinea birds (gonna get more of them next spring we hope) and a number of other critters we have had.
    Rachel

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  6. March 30, 2016 @ 1:17 am SALEH SHEIKH

    Loriel,
    You are real and pure people, I feel and I’m in search of, what I could smell out of your blogs I coud read so far.
    Happy many good wishes to you and your entire family from this most ancient land, The Valley of Indus, where first born huuman Cain son of Adam chosed to settel to grow wheat and cotton first of all!
    You can come and visit to witness with your own eyes! We are the most ignored people relative to our cotribution to the entire humanity, you will be surprised to know. Saleh Sheikh Karachi.

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  7. July 6, 2016 @ 10:57 pm Leila

    That looks like a young Barnevelder you’re holding in the first photo? Is it?

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    • August 10, 2016 @ 11:36 am Loriel

      It’s a black sex link.

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  8. October 4, 2016 @ 8:35 am Jane

    Could you please email a list of the books that you found helpful in your chronic depression?

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  9. September 11, 2017 @ 8:16 pm Katie Jones

    Hey Loriel,

    I recently came across your site and I’m wondering if I can post one of my articles here.

    I’ve been writing up home improvement articles too and would love the chance to write
    on your blog but I couldn’t manage to find your email. If you could get a hold of me at
    ikatie.jones@outlook.com?, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks,
    Katie

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