Anna

Anna
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Anna likes to think she’s rooted in the Wild, Wild West, as she was born in California and grew up in Colorado. She married a big-bearded Texan, and together they have a two-year-old daughter and a son due to arrive Summer 2018. She’s an easy crier, particularly when it comes to beautiful stories about people with a lot of heart, a lot of courage or a lot of character. Motherhood has affected her deeply and reinforced the importance of creating a life of intentionality and joy. She and her husband Chris love a good story, a good laugh, and a good song. You can find her on Instagram @annaclonts.
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Secrets of the Not-Bored Mom

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“Aren’t you bored staying home with your kids all day?” I was surprised by the number of people that asked me this once I became a mother. I usually responded with, “I guess that...
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A Local Food Guide: Colorado Springs Favorites

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I can’t tell you all about local food without sharing information about some of Colorado Springs’ favorite farms, right?  This list isn’t comprehensive. It’s meant to get you started with some of our city’s favorite...
local food

How to Buy Local Food

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I decided to quit the supermarket and felt inspired. Then I googled “Colorado Springs farms” and found almost nothing. A few different google searches, still nothing. So I learned to approach this the old-fashioned...
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Why I Quit the Supermarket

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Maybe you love the supermarket. Maybe you hate it. Or maybe you haven’t thought about it. It’s just where we have to go to buy our food, right? No matter how you feel, I’m...
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Outsource like a Mother

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Every mother outsources some of her tasks. If you count machines as outsourcing, then we outsource our dishwashing, laundry duties (sans folding), and I don’t think any of us stoke a fire when we...
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Nontoxic Skincare: A No-Brainer Shopping Guide

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Want to move toward nontoxic skincare, but find it overwhelming? Most of us don’t have time to study ingredients, so I’ve compiled a list of online retailers that curate for us. These companies don’t...
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An Empowered Birth: Why I Chose To Use a Midwife

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“Are you pushing?!” My midwife, Emily, walked into my bedroom on a Sunday morning after receiving our call that it was time.  “Yes!” I said between breaths. I was kneeling on the floor with my...
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Creating a Peaceful Home

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Several friends have commented that our home is peaceful and relaxing. We have people in our house all the time and I’m not a perfectionist hostess, so this got me wondering about what makes...
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Chemical Exposure: Burned by Oven Cleaner

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As I write this, my husband is in bed for the fourth day in a row, on oxygen and recovering from a significant chemical burn to his lungs and mucous membranes. He was strong,...
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Research, Research, Research: The Age of the Over-Researched Mom

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You’re a mom, and maybe you thought that being a mom was all about children. Well, it’s not. It’s about science. It’s about finding, reading, interpreting, and then sharing the original scientific research about...