Meet Amanda Rog

 
Are you a busy stay-at-home mom, juggling the demands of family life while yearning for a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle? If so, you've come to the right place!
I'm Amanda, a certified life coach, aroma freedom therapy coach, emotional wellness coach, and herbalist. As a devoted homemaker and homesteader myself, I understand the desire to nurture your family with wholesome meals, natural remedies, and a frugal, DIY approach to life.
In my journey, I've learned the art of preserving harvests, cooking from scratch, and embracing the power of herbs and natural remedies. I'm passionate about sharing this knowledge with you, empowering you to create a fulfilling life filled with health, abundance, and connection to all that God has given us in nature.
Join me as we embark on a journey of discovery, learning practical skills to enrich your homesteading dreams. Together, we'll explore the joys of crafting, gardening, and sustainable living, all while honoring our faith and the blessings bestowed upon us.
Let's cultivate a life of purpose, abundance, and joy, one step at a time. 
Welcome to your path towards holistic living and homesteading bliss! 🌱

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Companion Planting with Tomatoes

Companion Planting with Tomatoes
Companion planting is a gardening technique that can enhance flavor, increase yield, and repel pests, by planting certain plants in proximity. For tomato lovers, incorporating plants like basil, garlic, onions, carrots, lettuce, peppers, marigolds, nasturtiums, and borage into their garden not only benefits the tomatoes through improved growth and pest control but also adds diversity and beauty to their garden space. These companions serve various functions, from repelling pests such as mosquitoes, aphids, and tomato hornworms to attracting beneficial insects and improving soil conditions.

On the flip side, not all plants make good companions for tomatoes. Planting tomatoes near corn, potatoes, fennel, brassicas (like cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower), kohlrabi, or walnut trees can lead to competition for nutrients, increased risk of diseases, and stunted growth due to the release of inhibitory compounds or shared vulnerabilities to pests and diseases. To ensure the health and productivity of tomato plants, it's critical to avoid these unfavorable pairings.

Effective garden planning involves considering companion planting principles to create a harmonious, productive garden. Incorporating beneficial flowers not only aids in pollination, making it an excellent strategy for beekeepers, but it can also provide additional resources for herbal teas and other uses. Being aware of which plants to pair or avoid can make a significant difference in gardening success, offering a natural way to achieve a thriving, diverse garden ecosystem.
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God's Provision in Life's Storms: Weddings, Taxes, and Health Challenges

God's Provision in Life's Storms: Weddings, Taxes, and Health Challenges
This week has been a whirlwind...no, make that a tornado.  Just as a brief overview, this is how it has gone:
  • Our daughter is getting married next month.  Our budget has had to change due to some of the plans falling through and having to make adjustements.
  • We found out we owe on taxes (shocker, right??) and need to work that out.
  • My husband had emergency eye surgery this week, another unexpected expense that we need to work through.
We have been working on the wedding for a few months now, so I can't say that one is new to this week.  However, the other 2 both happened just this week.  Talk about sticker shock!  Life is happening super fast and coming at us head on.  And I know I'm not the only one it's happening to.  This economy is hard on us all.  Add in a few unexpected things and WHAM!

But here's the thing.  God always provides for our needs.  Blessings come in all shapes and sizes.  Even though we have a lot going on, it's super important to look at all the blessings we have.  This week I have spent a little extra time in prayer and thought just being aware of my many blessings.

  • I have a family who loves me and is willing to help any way they can.
  • I (with the help of my husband, of course) have raised 3 amazing kids who are willing and able to help in various ways.
  • I have a roof over my head, food to eat, and a reliable van to get me where I need to go.
  • Most importantly, I have GOD
These are the top blessings I have been reminding myself of this week.  When times are hard it's way too easy to see all of the negative things around.  The blessings mentioned above may seem a bit routine and obvious, but in times like this they are the biggest blessings that help me overcome.

It also helps to find scriptures to meditate on and help me remember who is in control.  This is one of my favorites when my life seems like a tornado:
"And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."
2 Corinthians 9:8

No matter how routine they may seem, always remember to count your blessings...especially during the hard times.
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