I’m so glad you’re here! Welcome to our little family and the blog that opens up part of our family journey in the hope that it can help simplify yours.
I’m Kezia a born and bred London girl and my husband Jared hails from Austin, Texas. After a decade together in Northern California, we’re setting up home in rural West Sussex. We live here with chickens, bees, our two kids Clayton Oak and Roey Gold, and very thankfully beside my parents.
Our days are a jumble of different pieces; parenthood and learning to live off the land, libraries and paper writing, recipe developing and blogging, homeschooling, traveling (when that’s allowed again, you know!) and working. But we’re hands down happiest when we all crash round our kitchen table together, with plates of pancakes and a giant steaming french press. Or two. That’s pretty much what every Saturday looks like, so you know where to find us!
“Loving Our Bodies With What We Love To Eat”
That was the original tagline of the blog and where it started. It’s morphed a lot since then, as we have and when it comes to eating, we couldn’t really have been more different when we met 11 years ago. Between us we’d tried everything from a 100% raw vegan lifestyle, to seeing if pizza rolls can sustain someone through college. It’s a journey. For the last 10 years we’ve been on that journey together, discovering balance and health together and sharing the story online. We don’t have a certain ‘way’ that we eat, we’re just about real food, good food, keeping it as simple and sustainable as possible and nourishing our bodies with food that we really love to eat. And the recipes from that journey are what we get to share here – I hope they help you nourish your body well with food you love too.
Food Changed Our Lives
We didn’t mean for food to just be the starting point but as we dug in to making the meals we love be the best ones for our body it took us on a journey that’s changed how we live. What we put in our bodies turned into a quest for the best versions of what we put on our bodies. Slowly we detoxed and simplified our skin care products, makeup, and cleaning supplies.
Then in 2015 when we brought a little newborn home it made me question the clothes we were putting on our bodies, and on his baby skin. I started to look into clothing. You can’t research for long before discovering the story behind textiles and how clothes are made which sent us on another incredible journey of adjusting how we shop so that we are conscious of the people and the planet as we fill our wardrobes.
Children Changed Our Lives
We don’t sleep in on Sundays now, but we laugh a whole lot more and aside from the obvious changes and extra wrinkles, looking at my two children really stopped me in my tracks in how I take care of people and the planet as I shop. It’s led us to use every purchase we can to champion people, and to protect them, and to steward the earth we’ll hand on to our children. Practically this looks like slowing down and asking a lot of questions, it looks buying fair-trade, ethically produced products, moving towards an eco conscious, zero waste creating home. It’s not a journey I expected to find myself on but I love it, and really, what about my life did I expect?!
That Doughnut Girl
When we lived in our small town CA home I often got asked around town, ‘wait are you the doughnut girl?’ I am, that doughnut girl. One day after wanting a creative treat I tried some baked doughnuts and drizzled chocolate and nuts over the top and snapped a picture. The post led to me promising a recipe ebook, then realizing I had no clue how to do that, a 6 month journey learning… and then my first ebook: THE WHOLE DOUGHNUT. That led to requests around town, certifying our home kitchen to a home bakery, and churning out hundreds of doughnuts a day for local coffee shops and customers. I loved getting to roll up my sleeves and create cakes and treats to let people enjoy food and celebrate in the most real food way. We closed out doors when Roey was 6 months old and cooking during naps and till 3am was just too much. From there the business moved fully online… which takes us to now!
Where are we now?!
Over the years of sharing our life online I’ve loved getting to bring a piece of our journey and watch it bring simplicity, ease, learning, and joy to yours and so many others. I love hearing every piece of how a window in on our world has brought positive change in your lives and therefore the lives of others and I feel incredibly lucky to get to be here doing this!
When Jared quit his job to start a PhD, I became the sole breadwinner for our family and so now this blog here and our different online spaces are my full time job. You can read a post HERE about how I fit it in around being the primary 9-5 parent – yes sometimes it’s a struggle but I’m very grateful! If you wonder HOW it makes money, you can read a post HERE or ask me any question on that. There’s nothing that I want to be a secret or veiled, we really are one big team – you and me and everyone who reads – all trying to do a step better each day.
And as the journey has morphed I’ve learned a lot about what I have to bring that actually helps, so this space is different from the way it started with no faces and just endless plates of food. What you’ll find here now is pieces from every aspect of the journey to love and care for people. planet, and personal health in the choices we make every day. It’s a journey of small steps and not of judgement. There’s food, there’s real life budgets, there’s gardening and meal planning, there’s how and where and what we shop and source things and how we practically minimise the waste we create in our home.. you’ll find it all here with a dose of real life mixed in!