Articles by Loriel

Aside from being a wannabe backyard homesteader who wrangles chickens and free-range kids, Loriel is the owner/creator of the professional natural lifestyle blog Naturally Loriel, owner of the organic spice blend business Naturally Free, and freelance professional food photographer.


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DIY Grazing Boxes

Raising backyard chickens is really not that hard and it’s a great source of cheap entertainment and delicious homegrown eggs. The biggest challenge we’ve faced as backyard chicken owners is reducing the cost of the organic, non-GMO, soy-free feed we purchase. Depending on the size of your flock, you can easily go through a bag…

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DIY jello cups
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DIY Jello Cups

At my son’s elementary school, they’re all about no waste; they encourage parents to pack lunches free from plastic wrappers, paper cups, juice boxes, paper napkins, and anything else that could end up in the trash cans. It makes my heart sing with joy to see small changes like this being implemented because I believe…

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Make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches a little more healthy by making homemade peanut butter free of preservatives, HFCS, and more!
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Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe

I try to remind myself that parenting is all about “seasons.” There is the newborn season, no sleep season, potty training season, the “no” season, the eat-everything-without-questioning season, the mind-of-their-own season, and now for us, we’re currently in the-only-thing-he’ll-eat-is-peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwiches season. The struggle is real, my friends. The good thing about seasons is that they are…

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