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Powerful Pregnancy (Leg cramps, restlessness, and morning sickness)

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I put an app on my phone so that the kids could track my pregnancy and the baby’s development. I had a hunch it would drive me crazy and occasionally angry. And it has. Every week I get the updates of how big the baby is and what organ is developing at that stage of gestation.  But then there is the section on what to expect.  It sort of goes like this, “This week in your pregnancy you will discover that your body hates you. You will be vomiting, cramping and bitchy. And the best news is there is nothing you can do help yourself feel better. Have a happy pregnancy!”

This is not my experience.  You see, I firmly believe that the fact that I conceived life, am carrying that life, can birth that life and then sustain that life through my breasts is a sign of my health and not a sign of disease. Pregnancy is not a sickness to be managed or cured. It is a powerful force of femininity. It is a reminder–every single day for 40+ weeks–that Satan was defeated through an act of femininity, an act of motherhood. **drop mic**

Pregnancy is powerful, ladies!  What our bodies are capable of is incredible! Mighty! Beautiful! And yes, it is challenging!  But, it does not have to be miserable!  Can we try to keep in mind that Jesus reversed the curse on the cross! Your husband doesn’t have to loathe going to work by the sweat of his brow every day, being tortured by the misery.  You don’t have to dread bringing forth new life by the sweat of your brow, drowning in misery. #rantover

After chatting it up on Facebook and Instagram with other expecting mommies, we decided to do a series of posts on common pregnancy complaints/symptoms and how to respond to them.  Let’s call it POWERFUL PREGNANCY!

Powerful Pregnancy

This is my belly in my 8th pregnancy. Photo credit: Cory Plowman Photography

{Here is where I insert the disclaimer. I am not a doctor. Not a midwife. Don’t play one on TV.  I am a childbirth educator and doula, but that is hardly an authority figure in your life. So, use your common sense. Nothing in this article or on this website is a substitute for professional medical advice and it is not the intent of Daja or Kristina to advise about your particular situation or health condition. Do your own research and own your own choices. You’re a grown-up.}

Let’s talk about three things I think can all have the same root cause: Leg cramps, restlessness, and morning sickness.

That right there is a trifecta of misery.  If you have ever been pistol whipped awake in the dead of night by one of your muscles cramping like no one’s business, you know what pain is.  And that constant restlessness, especially of the legs, that can keep you awake all night is horrible. And let’s not forget morning sickness, which is a serious misnomer.  It’s not morning, often. It’s morning, afternoon, evening and nighttime sickness. Icky.

These three things, although they manifest very differently, often have the same root cause: Magnesium deficiency.

According to the Journal of the American College of Nutrition 68% of people suffer from magnesium deficiency.  There are over 300 biological functions that depend on magnesium.  So, it’s not something you can really afford to ignore–whether you’re pregnant or not!

Real Food Sources of Magnesium

  • Dark leafy greens (such as kale, chard, spinach)
  • Nuts and seeds (soaked and sprouted when possible!)
  • Avocado
  • Fish (are you wary about eating too much fish because of contaminants? Nourishing Our Children knocks that question out of the park with a well-sourced and excellent article. Read it here and the follow-up article here.)
  • Bone broth (from the bones of sustainably raised animals)
  • Bananas
  • Raw Dairy

Why are so many people deficient in magnesium, even if they eat a whole food “healthy” diet? The short answer is that our soil is depleted of many essential nutrients–magnesium among them–due to our industrial model of growing food. *cue very sad sigh*

Our human ancestors evolved in a world in which healthy drinking water came directly from streams, rivers, and lakes, rich in mineral content. The human body became reliant on obtaining a considerable proportion of its daily mineral needs from natural water sources.

Fast-forward to the twenty-first century. We obtain drinking water from a spigot or a plastic bottle. Pesticides and other chemicals seeping into the water supply have made everyone suspicious of water quality. As a result, municipal water-purification facilities have intensified their efforts to remove contaminants like lead, pesticide residues, and nitrates from drinking water. Unfortunately, these modern water-treatment methods also deplete drinking water of desirable minerals like calcium and magnesium.

Exacerbating this problem is that many Americans, distrustful of the purity and safety of municipally treated water, have added home water filters and purifiers that efficiently extract any remaining minerals from the water, thus converting “hard” into “soft” water. In fact, the manufacturers of these devices boast of their power to yield water free of “contaminants”—including minerals like magnesium. Thus, the magnesium content of the water that passes through most commercial filters is zero. (Source)

So, if a magnesium deficiency is at the root of the cramps, restlessness, and morning sickness and it’s difficult to get enough from the average diet, what is a pregnant mom to do?!  Here are some of the simple things we have used to address this concern and to have a happy pregnancy:

1. BONE BROTH

Back on that soap box, are we?!

Yep!  My own personal experience has convinced me of the effectiveness of a daily bone broth regiment.  You can read all about that on our post about bone broth.  Use the highest quality bones you can find.  Ask your local meat market or farmer’s market about grass-fed, pastured, free-range, and organic meats.

2. Raw Milk

Wait?! You drink raw milk while you’re pregnant?!

You better believe it!  In fact, we are not at all convinced about the safety of conventional milk purchased in the average grocery store.  But, we do trust raw organic pastured milk for local farms. Farms we can visit, check out, and we can look our farmers in the eye!  That’s the kind of accountability we like in our food system. (Chris Kresser does an excellent job of breaking down the raw milk question in a series of posts called Raw Milk Reality.)

3. Epsom Salt Soaks

Your skin is your largest organ and is like a huge sponge! It can absorb so much! (Which is one reason we should be cautious about what we put on our skin. Think about the ingredients in your shampoo, perfumes, make-up, etc.)  Especially in the first trimester of pregnancy when the queasy can set in, I take at least one (sometimes more) long Epsom Salt soak every day.  I put a couple cups of Epsom Salts in the tub and about as much water as I can to cover my growing belly.  Soak for about 30 minutes so that the mineral has a chance to really absorb. Use this time to relax and restore and for some positive meditations about your pregnancy and prayer time or Scripture memory.  Do not use this time to shave your legs or mess around on your phone or iPod.  Seriously, people. Seriously.

Don’t have a bathtub? Move. Just kidding. Try a daily foot soak!  This is also a very effective way to absorb magnesium and to pamper yourself!

4. Supplementation

There are a lot of supplements on the market. Unfortunately, if you don’t use them properly they just create expensive pee.  For example, magnesium must be in balance with other nutrients (mostly calcium and vitamin D) in order for you to absorb and utilize it.  When my students ask for a recommendation for a calcium supplement, I always recommend one that has a 2:1 ratio Calcium to Magnesium.  In addition to that, make sure you are taking in enough natural vitamin D–either from the sun or a safe source of fish oil. We like fermented cod liver oil.  (Concerned about the recent hullabaloo about fermented cod liver oil? We aren’t. We still take it every day. Read the Westin A. Price Foundations statement on FCLO here.)


Have a joyful and blessed pregnancy!  And leave us a comment with one of your pregnancy symptoms you’d like us to address!  Or tell us your best remedy for leg cramps, restlessness and morning sickness!

Lord Jesus, I lovingly pray for this sweet hope
that I keep within my womb.
You have granted me the immense gift
of a tiny little life,
living in my own life,
and I humbly thank you for choosing me
as an instrument of your love.
In this sweet waiting,
help me to live in a constant attitude
of self-surrender to your will.

Grant me a motherly heart that is pure,
steadfast and generous.
I hand over to you my own concerns;
any anxious fears that may come,
my own wishes for the little person
that I still have no knowledge of.
Grant that it may be born healthy in body,
keep far from it every peril to its soul.

Mary, you have known
the ineffable joy of a holy motherhood;
give me a heart that can transmit an ardent, living faith.
Sanctify my waiting,
bless this joyful hope that is in me,
grant that the fruit of my womb
may open out in virtue
and in holiness through your working
with that of your divine Son.

Amen

(source)

Powerful Pregnancy

{This post contains affiliate links. Clicking on or purchasing through affiliate links doesn’t cost you nothing, but a small commission goes to support this blog and the families who love to write it.} I put an app on my phone so that the kids could track my pregnancy and the baby’s development. I had a […]

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Easiest Homemade Yogurt Evah!!!!

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You can hashtag this #wapf or #goodfat or #raw or #probiotic….

or how about just #AMAZING!  Because seriously, this little trick is awesome-sauce.

My mother-in-law’s naturopath told me to do this to get lots of good bacteria into her diet, plus a generous amount of healthy fat.

Also, did I mention this is DELICIOUS?!

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Easiest Yogurt Evah!

You can hashtag this #wapf or #goodfat or #raw or #probiotic…. or how about just #AMAZING!  Because seriously, this little trick is awesome-sauce. My mother-in-law’s naturopath told me to do this to get lots of good bacteria into her diet, plus a generous amount of healthy fat. Also, did I mention this is DELICIOUS?!

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Putting Up! (Ways To Make The Harvest Last)

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If you follow this blog, you know that I (Daja) have moved from Southern California to Maine.  We have a little farm we call Kylo. It’s a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race kind of thing.  We got a huge garden in this year and are gradually adding our animals. What blows me away is how wonderful the soil is here. I’ve been gardening in California for years and it is definitely an uphill battle–what with the water issues, intense heat, clay-like soil.  But here, it has been much easier and much more delightful to garden. Stuff actually grows here without so many tears.  The downside is that in Southern California I gardened year around. Here, you have 90-120 days. So, you better be movin’!

Today I sat down at my computer and my ten year old son walked by and said, “Whatcha doing?”  I replied, “Ordering a few things online.” He said, “Let me guess. Canning supplies.” #dontjudgeme Read More

Putting Up

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Caramel for Carmel

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My little story begins with my husband and I picking up some Craigslist finds in a nearby city.  We left most of our furniture in California when we moved to Maine and have little-by-little been finding the things we need to make our home more functional.  After picking up a desk at someone’s house, we headed to the local Habitat ReStore.  On the way, my husband asked, “OK, what exactly are we still looking for?”  I listed off a few things and then I just started to pray aloud, “Lord, lead us. You know what we need to have in our home. So, let us find things that are useful and beautiful and that would be a blessing.” Read More

Caramel for Carmel

My little story begins with my husband and I picking up some Craigslist finds in a nearby city.  We left most of our furniture in California when we moved to Maine and have little-by-little been finding the things we need to make our home more functional.  After picking up a desk at someone’s house, we […]

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Five Phrases That Should Be Banished For Our Food Talk

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We are food bloggers. We get it. Sometimes it can become challenging to find just the right words to describe the amazing deliciousness of a recipe you’ve tried or created.  I mean, you really want people to take your word for it and try it for themselves.  Amid all the food talk online you don’t want your pasta a’la fromage to be white noise. But, here’s the thing….well….things are getting out of hand.  It’s time we had a talk. There are a few phrases, turned hashtags, that we really have had enough of. Read More

Food Talk

We are food bloggers. We get it. Sometimes it can become challenging to find just the right words to describe the amazing deliciousness of a recipe you’ve tried or created.  I mean, you really want people to take your word for it and try it for themselves.  Amid all the food talk online you don’t […]

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Salad For Breakfast? Three salads that will jump-start your day!

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Does breakfast ever get a little boring at your house? The same oatmeal or smoothie or scrambled eggs? Need a fresh idea? I have been trying to include vegetables and/or fresh fruit at every meal.  Breakfast can be a challenge on the vegetable front. We don’t usually think of veggies at breakfast unless it’s a green smoothie or the occasional Western omelet.  So, Kristina’s 12 year old daughter, Alyssa and I teamed up to create three breakfast salads. These are not your regular salads–they have a distinct breakfast-y flair! Alyssa is the Supreme Queen of Salad Dressings (it’s an official title. We are waiting on the stationary.) and every vegetable or fruit she touches turns to absolute gold.

Breakfast Salads

Each of these salads not only tastes DELICIOUS–like you will want to marry them–they also each have a decent amount of protein and healthy fat!  Which is sort of essential if you don’t want to be ravenous by 10:30.  Protein and fat can carry you through until lunch. No sugar crashes and no sugar cravings!

Apple Salad with Cardamom Creme Dressing

Apple Salad with Cardamom Creme Dressing

For the salad:

6 sweet apples, cored and cut into chunks

3 oranges, peeled and roughly chopped

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/2 – 3/4 cup roasted and salted pistachios

Hemp Seeds

The Dressing:

8 oz. creme fraiche

3 teaspoons real maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

DIRECTIONS:

Mix together all the ingredients for the dressing. Set in fridge and let the flavors come together for about 20 minutes.  Meanwhile, prepare the salad. Toss the apples, oranges, raisins, cranberries and pistachios together. Add the dressing and lightly toss to evenly coat the fruit. (I had some extra dressing left over. Which was awesome with scones come tea time. FYI.) Serve on plates and sprinkle with hemp seeds to serve.

Smoked Salmon and Fresh Beet Salad with Lemon Herb Dressing

Smoked Salmon and Fresh Beet Salad

For the Salad:

3 heads green leaf lettuce, washed and torn in salad sized pieces

handful of chives, chopped

3 raw beets, peeled and grated

6 – 8 oz. smoked, flaked salmon (not lox.) (Something like this.)

1 egg per person

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

For the dressing:

juice from one whole lemon

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon dried dill

1/8 teaspoon Kelp granules (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Start with the dressing. Mix all ingredients together. Set aside to allow the flavors to come together. Mix all salad ingredients, except the egg. Make sure you flake the salmon into smaller shreds so that it is evenly distributed throughout the salad. Toss with the dressing to taste.

Medium fry each egg, so that you keep that delicious runny yolk.  Serve the salad on plates and top each serving with the fried egg. Sprinkle with the salt and fresh pepper to taste.

Bacon, Egg, and Kale Salad

Bacon Egg and Kale Salad

For the salad:

1 head kale shredded or torn into small pieces

6 eggs, boiled and roughly chopped

8 oz. raw milk cheddar, cubed (or whatever other cheese you like)

8 oz. bacon, crumbled and fried crisp

Dressing:

6 oz. sour cream

Salsa to taste (I used about 1/4 cup of hot salsa. We have a great fermented one here.)

Avocado slices to garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Start with the dressing. Stir together (full-fat….need we say so???) sour cream and salsa. I used about 1/4 cup, but taste as you go to reach your desire heat level! Set aside to allow the flavors to come together.

Mix together all the ingredients for the salad. (If you boil the eggs the night before, this breakfast will come together lickety-split!)

Place salad on a plate and top with a generous dollop of your spicy cream! We served this with avocado slices.

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Breakfast Salads

Does breakfast ever get a little boring at your house? The same oatmeal or smoothie or scrambled eggs? Need a fresh idea? I have been trying to include vegetables and/or fresh fruit at every meal.  Breakfast can be a challenge on the vegetable front. We don’t usually think of veggies at breakfast unless it’s a […]

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Benefits of Bone Broth

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It’s no secret that we love our bone broth! It has become a staple in our home and our magic bullet, so to speak.

Come to this very practical workshop and learn WHY we believe that bone broth is essential for every healthy family.  Learn HOW to make it, store it, use it and love it!  You can do this!

Bone broth is far more than just soup.  It’s the base for great cooking–soups, stews, sauces, gravies, grains, legumes, and on and on! Don’t miss this workshop!  Register early and save $$!

PLUS, you’ll get to take one 2 quarts of our homemade bone broth!!!


Benefits of Bone Broth

Benefits of Bone Broth

  It’s no secret that we love our bone broth! It has become a staple in our home and our magic bullet, so to speak. Come to this very practical workshop and learn WHY we believe that bone broth is essential for every healthy family.  Learn HOW to make it, store it, use it and […]

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Quinoa Bites with Hollandaise Sauce

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Today we have a guest post from our real-life friend, Rebecca. The three of us met years ago through our church. Now we live in different parts of the country, but stalk one another online for tasty foodie ideas and lots of laughs. Recently she left a comment on our FB page about her new favorite snack.  Another reader said that she just must have this recipe.  We are so happy when we can make your wishes come true.  Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo! We know you will enjoy her recipe and joyful spirit. Make sure you check out her blog: Food Laughter Love!

Quinoa Bites with Hollandaise Sauce

At our house we love snacks and, honestly, we would eat Tapas for dinner everyday if we could.

Several year ago I started making Fried (not really fried but baked) and Stuffed Rice Balls (Arancini di Riso) and we loved them, but then I realized I was allergic to rice… SAD DAY!  (Well, let me say this I can eat 1/4 cup without wanting to cry from stomach pain. So, it makes begin gluten free a little hard and generally I need to create my own flours.)  Since then I decided to play with quinoa and see if I could make something similar. These are simple to toss together and everyone generally loves them! They are the perfect place to toss in extra veggies or some extra fibrous seed (think flax, Chia Seeds, or sesame). You can make pizza bites with spaghetti sauce, buffalo chicken bites with blue cheese dip, spinach artichoke bites or even Southwest bites with an avocado creme! See the possibilities are endless!!!  For these I used Prosciutto and asparagus with a homemade hollandaise sauce. We might have fought over them.  I mean, I took them to a friend who was sick along with a salad and bone broth.

I hope you enjoy them and I can’t wait to hear what amazing bites you all make!

Quinoa Bites

• 2 c. cooked quinoa (I cook mine in low sodium chicken broth)

• 2 large eggs

• 2 tsp minced garlic

• 1 c. diced onion

• ½ c. fresh basil leaves, chopped (or any herbs you want)

• 1 tsp dried oregano

• ½ tsp dried thyme

• ½ tsp sage

• ½ tsp real salt

• ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper

• 1/2 cup of meat of your choice (precooked)

• 1 c. shredded paramasan cheese or cheese of your choice

• ½ c. bread crumbs or flour – I used chia & flax meal seeds soaked in chicken broth (2 tbs )

•  sauce for dipping

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix together all ingredients, except for your sauce

3. Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin, filling each cup to the top (1 heaping Tbs each).  (Note: my were not in the muffin tin – but they do work better in a muffin tin.)

4. Bake for 20-35 minutes. Check at 20 minutes and bake longer as needed.  Let cool for 10 mins. Remove from pans.  Enjoy with dipping sauce.

Quinoa Bites

Hollandaise Sauce

Don’t be scared! Its super simple to make and you can brag that you have mastered the great Hollandaise sauce.

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon and lime juice
  • 1 Tbs. water
  • 1/8 tsp.  real salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 pinches of freshly ground white pepper
  • 8 Tbs. (1 sticks) unsalted butter , melted

Directions:

In a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, combine the egg yolks, lemon and lime juice and water and whisk constantly until the mixture begins to thicken, then continue whisking about 1 minute more. Remove the bowl from over the pan as soon as the mixture thickens. Add the salt, cayenne pepper and white pepper.

Using a stick blender with the aerator attachment, blend the mixture while slowly pouring in the melted butter in a thin stream until incorporated, about 2 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Cover and keep warm over very low heat, if it starts to warm up just add a small drizzle of warm water and whisk.

Will keep for 3 days in the fridge. Makes 2 cups.

Rebecca Smith of Food Laughter Love

About Rebecca Smith:

She is a creative soul, who loves to help others. She is a food lover and her ideal vacation would be an around the world trip, learning to about food from the locals. She loves people and helping them become who there where created to be. This includes coaching them on healthy foods and a toxic free life. On her healing journey she has learned that your heart and soul plays a major role in the body’s overall well-being.  She is pretty much head over heals in love with her husband, loves her adult step-daughters, and really enjoys taking their dogs Charlie and Coco for hikes. She totally geeks out over the science and chemistry of essential oils and herbs.  You can follow her at www.foodlaughterlove.comon Facebook at Food Laughter Love and on Instagram where she sometimes shares quick recipes at @rebstar.

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Quinoa Bites with Hollandaise Sauce

Today we have a guest post from our real-life friend, Rebecca. The three of us met years ago through our church. Now we live in different parts of the country, but stalk one another online for tasty foodie ideas and lots of laughs. Recently she left a comment on our FB page about her new […]

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Fermented Veggies with a fun variation

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Does fermenting stuff intimidate you?  Here is a fool-proof way to have the tastiest fermented vegetables!

Fermented Veggies

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Fermented Veggies

Does fermenting stuff intimidate you?  Here is a fool-proof way to have the tastiest fermented vegetables! What you need:

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You Need More Provision Room In Your Life

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Need a daily dose of Provision Room inspiration?  Or maybe a laugh? Or a cry? Or to hear about our misadventures to put your life in perspective?  We only get around to updating the blog about twice a week.  At the most three!  But, you can find us daily in other places!

The Provision Room www.theprovisionroom.com

FIND US ONLINE

We have a Facebook page where we share links and pictures and random quirkiness. Because that’s how we roll.

We have a new Instagram account, because sometimes there’s no other way to capture the essence of chalk covered babies, new shoes, recipes, and the occasionally deeply theological reflection.

We post YouTube videos.  Now you can maximize the time you waste watching weird videos on the internet!

We are also endlessly fascinating at the rate of 140 characters a TWEET! Come follow us!

Ever heard that if you liked it you should’ve put a pin on it? Follow us on Pinterest!

And if all that isn’t enough, make sure you subscribe to our RSS feed!

In The Kitchen

MEET WITH US IN PERSON!

We offer a variety of ways to connect with us in person!  We love meeting new people, sharing our love of home-centered living, and learning from lovely homemakers everywhere!

We offer the following classes:

  • Traditional Food (fermenting produce, kombucha and kefir, bone broth, etc.)
  • The basics of cooking and food prep
  • Cooking with children (Parent and child cooking class!)
  • Feminine Joy (turning “That time of the month” into a joyful expression of femininity and creativity!)

We also offer several retreats:

  • Daughters of the King (Weekend or One Day Events)
  • Embracing the Sabbath Rest (One Day and Half Day Events)
  • Food and Social Justice (Experience a local farm-to-table dinner and learn about food as social justice issue.)

Breathe Beautiful

CONTACT US

Contact us with questions, feedback, guest posting opportunities, or to schedule a special event!  theprovisionroom@gmail.com

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Need a daily dose of Provision Room inspiration?  Or maybe a laugh? Or a cry? Or to hear about our misadventures to put your life in perspective?  We only get around to updating the blog about twice a week.  At the most three!  But, you can find us daily in other places! FIND US ONLINE […]