Hello and welcome! My name is Jen Raines and I am on a quest for a simpler life. I am a christian, a wife and a mother of 4 amazing daughters. Though our lives tend to get quite hectic, I try to keep it simple, by that I mean getting back to the basics. I have always eaten and lived relatively healthy, or so I thought, until 2013 when I started to have heart palpitations. I wasn’t sure of the cause so naturally I went to see the doctor. Long story short, it took many tests, and a heart monitor later to find that I was perfectly healthy.(phew) However, during this time I was scouring the internet to see if I could find the cause. After hours and weeks of researching, I actually narrowed it down to a simple lip balm! A “freebee” that was given to me at a soccer tournament no less. The ingredient phenyl trimethicone in this particular no-name brand was known to cause “fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat” BINGO! As soon as I stopped using it, the symptom went away. This was just the tip of the iceberg for me. From that point forward I have been on a real food, real ingredient journey. I have realized that it is not just what goes in the body, but what you put on your body as well as what you surround yourself with. We have since learned how to make our own beauty products, house cleaning products and many other things homemade… and yes my girls and husband are finally coming around to this “new way of life”.