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”

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Creating a magical local reality in Lorena, Tx

Lorena, Tx

We moved to this sweet, sleepy little town 8 years ago (can’t believe it’s been that long). My husband was transferred to the Waco area with his job. We weren’t crazy about the  area, but we liked that we were so close to Dallas & Austin.

We delivered all three of our children in Austin at New Life Birthing Center with Mari Mikel Penn.

After a year of living in the area, we found this magical little farm house in the country and decided this was the place we would stay while our babies are young.  :)

For a long time we felt very alone here, few friends, no healthy food available and a very small selection of the types of experiences we were hoping to make available to our babies. We loved the simple farm life this house and town could provide, but past that we found the area lacking in culture and color. We would drive the hour a half to Austin for food, entertainment, summer schools, toys (waldorf stores) etc…

I was reading Amazing Grace by David Wolfe and Nick Good and the main thing I gathered from that book was that

We create our reality, everything we are and are experiencing is a result of our thoughts. So, I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and change my reality. I became determined to make this town everything I would find in Asheville or Boulder (where I wanted to be:)

We opened Enchanted Cedar December 21st, 2012 (Winter Solstice) and since then this place has come alive with culture, music, art, LIFE!!

Enchanted Cedar offers Meditation, Raw Community meals, Drum circles, Story times, kids yoga, Raw chocolate, an EPIC COMMUNITY of amazing souls, Classes, Festivals, Celebrations, Sun gazing meet-ups, free wifi for study groups, vortex water, FREE CHAGA TEA, Specialty Coffee drinks with fresh Coconut water and vegan mocho, Ceremonial Cacao, Super-food Smoothies, Juice Bar, Waldorf books and toys, Epic Glo has ifrared sauna-Chaga body treatments and organic scrubs, Henna art, LIVE MUSIC, Open mic, Creative nights, Full moon YOGA, and we’re working on a farm stand & food co-op, water co-op, Waldorf Home school co-op and Rainbow Warriors kids Summer camp :) Enchanted Cedar amazes me daily with what it has been able to create here in this town.

GMO FREE Organic Seed Exchange started by one of our regulars :)

Kids Drum Circle

OPEN MIC

Need I remind you that this is Lorena, Tx..ha ha! EPIC

So many sweet natural parenting mamas at Enchanted Cedar. They are so good to their babies and to mine. They read to my kids, play with my kids and love my kids. I am so grateful for this community of mamas that have come into my life. #blessed

No drugs, no alcohol, no stimulants..just RAW CHOCOLATE, Chaga and AWESOMENESS!!

We are having the BEST TIME EVER at EC!!!

Ben leads our Adult drum Circle at EC. He was signing the wall with Raw Chocolate..YES!! ha ha!

Our Solstice Events & Celebrations are amazing!

King Chaga’s Kitchen

The Team in our Kitchen is continually raising the bar in the world of Raw Treats.

Enchanted Cedar

100 N Oak st in Lorena

If you are ever headed down I-35 in Texas, stop by and have a cup of Chaga with us!

You can follow us on Facebook at

www.facebook.com/enchantedcedar

for updates and infos about upcoming events.

Finding Magic in this ordinary town :)

If I hadn’t overcome my fears, If I hadn’t ignored all the voices telling me

“this will NEVER WORK IN LORENA, TX”

then I would never have met all of these amazing people and I would be living in this town and wishing I was somewhere else.

Enchanted Cedar is proof that with a strong vision (that you can hold regardless of what’s happening around you) and the right intention, absolutely anything is possible”

We still have a long way to go, but we are on our way to creating a magical local reality!

~Barefoot Mama

My magic in a bottle

Cashew Cream Ice Cream dipped in Warm Raw Chocolate..YUM!

It fills my heart with gratitude to see my babies enjoying the music, community and healthy food that this enchanting place has provided for them. #blessed

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Our Journey to Dreads

Rainbow Wolf had dreads when he was 2 years old, but I was the one who started them and I didn’t do a very good job. They were a bit too large and not separated well. We ended up brushing them out and trimming his hair:(  I cried while trimming his beautiful hair, it was a sad day.

We have been trying to decide what to do with his hair. It’s too amazing to cut, but it was really bothering him this summer in the heat. I had pretty much given up the idea of him getting dreads and then I saw this photo.

I showed it to Rainbow Wolf and he said

“that’s me”

My sweet, but a bit conservative hubby finally agreed to give it one more shot..ha ha! This time we went to a professional :)

They were having way too much fun on the hair dressers IPad..ha ha! We don’t have many electronics in our home so when my kids get their hands on them, they become zombies. In this case that was a good thing because it took over 3 hours to do his hair :/

Baby Dreads

Day old Dreads 9/18/2013

Cross your fingers that they hold. We are really excited to see what they look like in a few months. She told me to roll them with organic beeswax when they start getting frizzy. Hopefully this method will work :)

~Barefoot Mama

I will be posting photos on instagram if any of you want to watch the progress:)

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Whatzweird?

I said “Honey, I have a new Idea”

and he said “Oh, shit!!!”

ha ha!

Introducing my newest idea :)

Whatzweird

Connect with the Wild. Enlightened. Inspiring. Real. Dynamic…events, businesses, causes, festivals & people in your community through this rapidly growing whatzweird online community.

Whatzweird.com is scheduled to go live September 11th at 3pm, CST.

You can find more details about that day

HERE

Here’s the whatzweird team and my family of weirdos.

Is there anything

Wild. Enlightening. Inspiring. Real & Dynamic

going on in your community?

We would love to hear about it!!

You can visit us on facebook

email us at whatzwyrd@gmail.com

Call in or listen to our radio show Whatzweird Radio

You can also visit whatzweird.com on September 11th, and share your weirdness with us!

Let’s #connect ☀ ☽ ⊙

~Barefoot Mama and my Team of Weirdos

PS. Every single day I hear or see something that makes my blood boil and breaks my heart into tiny pieces. I could come to this space and share those things with you, but I don’t because I know you already see them. Maybe not the exact situations or stories, but you see your own versions of the same thing. You see our rights being slowly taken away from us, you see that power and money rule over any other human right, you can see that we are losing site of what is real and that we are living under a reality that has been created to keep our true power & light hidden, you can see that we are destroying our earth and each other.
This new online community is being built to show you that there is still beauty left, to show myself that people still care about our earth and each other, to show the world that there is still light and WE ARE IT!!
Whatzweird.com will not be just another social media site, its a place to come and share all the beauty you can find in your world and where you can come to be inspired by all that is wonderfully weird, beautiful, amazing and real in the world. It’s a place you come to be reminded of what we are capable of as humans. I don’t even know what all we are capable of, but I know WE ARE CAPABLE OF MORE THAN THIS!!!!! Let’s connect and share our light with the world! Stay W.E.I.R.D!

 

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