This wild crazy dreadlock journey

Dreadlock Journey

dread journeyI have decided to stop wishing I was brave enough, to stop endless pinning of photos on pinterest of other people with dreads… I have decided to stop dreaming about having dreads and decided to go for it.

I’m a little nervous about the reaction I will get from the local community but I’m tired of saying “someday I will be brave enough”

dread journey 1(this is my goal:)

You know what actually helped me take the plunge, I was went to pin a photo of dreads I liked and noticed the name of her board was “In another life” and I realized if I didn’t do it now, I wasn’t ever going to do it.

dread lockWish me luck :)

Here’s my one month you-tube update if you’re interested in seeing the progression.

Here’s to being brave,

Barefoot Mama

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a touch of nature

4/20 Easter Sunday wild foraging walk 

We went into Cameron park with some good friends this 4/20- Easter Sunday. We (me and the girls Tarzan and Daddy stayed home and played with the big tractor. Worked out really well because it turned into a really relaxing afternoon for all of us) spent the afternoon foraging for wild edibles, learning about our locally growing medicinal weeds, enjoyed some peaceful time by the spring with our families.

16I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.
e. e. cummings

8One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
William Shakespeare

2 field Journal

3Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
John Lubbock

5sharing weeds with friends :)

It makes my soul leap, smile, rejoice to see our little ones learning how to forage for medicinal weeds. #blessings

6The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures, the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations – each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy, bound together by cosmic harmony.

11spring water

9In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
Aristotle

4As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen unself- consciously to the soughing of the trees.”

7the paths inside of Cameron park are beautiful. If you’re ever in Waco, I highly recommend taking a walk through Cameron park

420 foraging 086Thank you, Isaac and Courtney Clay for coming all the way here share your knowledge of wild edibles with us.

10Juniper had so many great questions and Isaac was so patient and kind to answer them all.

13day of rest

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
John Lubbock

420 foraging 078Mama Branch from King Chaga’s Kitchen brought raw, organic brownies and raw dipping chocolate for us to enjoy after the hike. #AMAZING

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“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
Albert Einstein

4/20- Easter Sunday 2014 I was blessed with an opportunity to relax after what has been an insane couple of weeks, I spent some peaceful time with my girls, soaked up nature’s beauty, got grounded and learned more about the wild edibles in my area with some sweet, sweet friends. A truly magical day!! #blessed

~Barefoot Mama

 




 


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fillers and followers

too much

We Fill, We Follow, We Take 

“We fill our schedules and agendas to the brim keeping us from seeing what’s right in front of us
We fill our bodies with legal and illegal stimulants, prescription drugs, fake food and feel good chemicals to help silence the voice of reason
We took away the stars and filled our nights with man made lights- entertainment that gives us moments of pleasure and a lifestyle of struggle
We fill our minds with facts and our souls with fabricated truths
We fill our children with fear and saturate them with our gift baskets of lies
We fill the earth with our excess and poison her with our greed.
We fill our days, weeks, months and years with meaningless holidays to pass the time- to keep us from our source, our purpose, our gifts.
We fill our hearts with feel good ideals and surface love. We file away our guilt with self-love and pleasure and calcify the light trying to guide us with instant gratification and comfort.
Our cup runneth over. We have taken all there is to take and yet we have nothing.
Our cup runneth over and yet we have nothing to give”

~Brooke Hamptontoo much 1

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Life without a filter

Let’s get real

life without a filter

K.I.R Fact 1: When I take photos I usually have to move the mounds of laundry and random debri so that the pics I post don’t show how truly messy my house is most of the time.

K.I.R Fact 2: I adore my kids and feel blessed to be given such crazy cool kids, but sometimes they annoy the hell out of me.

K.I.R Fact 3: I think (hope) the kids are enjoying their childhood and they like us most of the time, but occasionally they look at us and I know they can’t wait for the day when they don’t have to answer to us.

Keep it real Fact 4: I am grateful for my man, but there are too many days when we fail to see each other, we take each other for granted and in all our rushing around treat each other harshly and say things that are straight out rude (working on that) I’m in love with him most of the time, but there are moments when the site of him makes want to take a road trip and never return.

K.I.R Fact 5: I love nature and I am sincerely striving for a simple and sustainable life, but I enjoy a little late night online shopping and I have WAY TOO much shit that we don’t need. (Also working on that)

  K.I.R Fact 6: I look hot some days, but there are days when I look at myself in the mirror and I am legitimately scared. Oh, and my ass is starting to sag with age and it pisses me off. #randomfact #tmi

K.I.R Fact 7:  I worry too much, talk too much and take on too much (which results in my royally screwing things up sometimes). I am selfish and occasionally rude.

 

The moral of this long ass post is that I am human. I love pulling beauty out of my days to share with the world and to keep for my kids to enjoy someday. I get really excited about sharing my daily lessons in hopes that they resonate with someone. I do have the best day ever, every day…not because everything is perfect, but because I decide to hold onto the things that touch my soul with light.

Each day has it’s struggles, the kids get sick, people we love die, people have off days and do stupid things, we have real things to worry about and sometimes the world just doesn’t make sense and we don’t feel like smiling, but that doesn’t change the fact that life is beautiful, life is amazing, life is magical!!

Everything looks ideal when we only share the good moments, every couple looks perfect with the right backdrop and everyone’s ass looks better with the right filter. 

Sending love & magic your way,

Barefoot Mama

#keepitreal

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Sizzle

Photo day with

Our matriarch

The Beautiful, Talented, Strong & Sassy

Joan Marie Aldrich aka “Sizzle”

mimi joan 2014 011A little pre-photo shoot jam session with Aunt Taylor aka “ticky”

mimi joan 2014 022Sisters

mimi joan 2014 003Cousins and Best Friends

mimi joan 2014 009“The more a daughter knows the details of her mother’s life, the stronger the daughter.”  ― Anita Diamant

mimi joan 2014 091She’s ready!!

We were all so proud of her. It was hard for her to get out there, but she did it!! She amazed us all! We all cheered her on when she came outside.

mimi joan 2014 055love is a powerful thing

mimi joan 2014 082 jjMimi Joan and Alayna Joan

mimi joan 2014 068Mimi Joan and her babies :)

mimi joan 2014 085“Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation.”

Lois Wyse

mimi joan 2014 088I think we all wish for this- to be deeply loved by so many beautiful souls.

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A mother and her son

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“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see”

mimi joan 2014 032“A family can develop only with a loving woman as its center.”

~Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

mimi joan 2014 047It was a day full of love, tears and laughter.

A beautiful day!

I pray that at 80 I can say I lived with as much passion and color as this woman. She is a part of all of us. Each of us hold a great collection of amazing memories because of her hard work and unending love for us. She is truly remarkable and we are all grateful for the gifts she’s given us.

~Barefoot Mama

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Road Trip

We took a little Road trip to Louisiana this past weekend because this sweet little princess turned 1 :)

mylas party and harry potter read aloud 040sweet birthday girl

mylas party and harry potter read aloud 020Family Time mylas party and harry potter read aloud 022 pinterest worthy party for the sweetest little girl in the world :)

mylas party and harry potter read aloud 024Sunshine & Lemonade  mylas party and harry potter read aloud 028 Having way too much fun :) #surferboy mylas party and harry potter read aloud 034 Lucca was so proud of his gift mylas party and harry potter read aloud 041Lemonade stand  mylas party and harry potter read aloud 045such a cutie  mylas party and harry potter read aloud 053Cousins  mylas party and harry potter read aloud 055 love it

mylas party and harry potter read aloud 065I love how Myla is looking at Lucca in this one..ha ha!

mylas party and harry potter read aloud 070sweet girls mylAS partyWe headed down town after the party for a little live music. Fun times!

We only stayed one night so the 2 full days took their toll on the kiddos, but it was so worth it. So glad we could be there for Myla’s special day!!

~Barefoot Five

“Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life. ” unknown

My “magic” in a bottle!

foot soakWe found a hot spring on the way.

Great spot in Marlin, Tx to soak your feet :)

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This Wild Journey

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here. I miss this space and all of the sweet friends I made here. Life has been wild and wonderful, but it’s left me little to no time to share here. With three kids school age, putting together events at Enchanted Cedar, the garden, the house, baseball and regular life my days are pretty full.

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My tribe

I started my journey to dreads (finally) I’ve been talking about it for years and decided to go for it :) There are too young to talk about. Once they mature a little, I will post about it.

We wrapped up Oak Meadow 3rd grade with Niyah and 2nd grade with Alayna. We have a a English teacher coming to Enchanted Cedar twice a week right now. She is wonderful! Niyah will start OM 4 this summer, there is a lot of reading and writing required in 4th grade and Erica (the English teacher) is helping her become a more confident speller.

barefoot girls

Niyah is growing up a bit too fast. I’d like to find a trick for slowing this all down :)

Alayna is as intuitive and daring as ever! #minime

barefoot wild man

Tarzan is completely out-of-control which is just how we like him..ha ha! He learned how to write his name this Winter and he’s really proud. If you came over to visit he would probably ask you if you wanted him to demonstrate. oh, and His dreads are doing GREAT!!

barefoot english teacher This is the Lovely Erica Heath, the girls English tutor. Erica does the Harry Potter Read alouds at Enchanted Cedar and is also in the band The Lucky We :) We are so grateful that she’s crossed our path.

barefoot familyWe have been making a lot of changes to our diet lately. There are so many people around us getting sick and it’s helped us take a long hard look at what we are putting into and on our bodies. I have been eating only RAW food for a month now..YAY!! I’ve wanted to try doing this forever, but never could muster the discipline. I have a few joints that are/were bothering me and I knew the only way to get rid of pain was to stop eating foods that feed the inflammation. The kids & the man are not all raw, I still cook rice, beans, eggs and such for them. The whole family eats more fresh food now that it’s readily available which is great. We are focusing on getting a good filter on our water here, growing everything that we can ourselves and making sure the kids food is as clean as possible (organic, gmo free, msg free..etc)

I plan to post here more often in 2014.

Sending love and magic your way,

Brooke Hampton and the Barefoot munchkins

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Local Talkshow

I was invited onto a local talk show yesterday, called moms everyday. Even though I meditated the morning of and drank 6 cups of chamomile tea I was still really nervous..ha ha! I was grateful for the opportunity to share our heart and vision in regard to Enchanted Cedar (our Chaga house in Texas)

The girls got to come with me, which was really fun for them.

Here’s the play back if you’d like to WATCH

Hope you are all having a perfectly magical day!!

Barefoot Mama

Note: I have had a hard time stopping to blog lately, but I am actively using instagram under the username barefootfive.  It’s easy to use and automatically saves the edited photos onto my phone. Anyhow- If you’re on instagram leave your username in the comments so we can look you up :)

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Christmas doesn’t come from a store

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” 

Norman Vincent Peale

I’m so in love with these goof balls :)

Childhood is so magical

Lucca got tired of walking. It took us a really long time to pick out a tree this year. Our children are all very opinionated and passionate….each had a tree that they loved and it took us a bit to find one we could all agree on..ha ha!

Niyah’s choice :)

                                                             She makes a cute elf :)

Our attempt at a family photo…ha ha!

Sometimes I wish they could stay like this forever. Time is moving so fast and they just keep growing up:/

Tarzan

“honey, I think you should let your dad help me…..oh, never mind, you’re a strong little thing” ~ Tree Farm Elf

ha ha!

 “Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more….” ― Dr. Seuss

We have all changed a lot, made lots of dramatic changes and most completely transformed our life style in the past 5 years. Our views on many things have changed, but there are still certain traditions we’d like to hold onto while the kids are young. This is one of those…

Enjoying the Magic of the Season!!

~Barefoot Mama

 

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My clan

Trying to enjoy family and tradition, while searching for something new and real to celebrate in the midst of these strange man-made, over commercialized holidays

Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life! ~Albert Einstein


Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.
Jim Morrison

Some of the most important conversations I’ve ever had occurred at my family’s dinner table.
Bob Ehrlich


Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. ~Jane Howard

Maybe these holidays we celebrate could afford to have a little more depth and truth surrounding them. Maybe we could/will dig a little deeper and discover the real meaning behind our traditions.

I know for us, moving forward we will be searching for new traditions that will help us on our journey and bring us more in touch with our purpose here.
We don’t mean to disrespect our culture or traditions, we are just ready for something new, something that doesn’t involve killing 46 million Turkeys for one day of over indulgence.
In the mean time we are soaking up the joy and love in these moments with family & friends.


Hope you all had a magical day!!

~Barefoot Five


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