Hello and Welcome to “HomeNaturallyMade”!
I’m Shirley, a home cooking from scratch fanatic and a firm believer in all-natural whole ingredients for cooking, and personal care products if possible. I am also a huge advocate of natural ways of body & mind exercising, healing, and thriving. I live in the Chicago area with my husband and our two wonderful boys.
Around the early Summer of 2015, I noticed something strange happening inside my mouth every morning. I would wake up noticing a thin layer of loose skin inside of my mouth wall. It would fall off if I tried to use the tongue to touch and feel it. It concerned me initially, but a bit of research showed that I might have developed some sorts of allergic reactions to some chemical compounds put into commercial toothpaste. I stopped using the toothpaste I was using and switched to an all-natural toothpaste made mainly of baking soda. Sure enough, the symptom stopped as soon as I switched. It relieved me while fascinated me at the same time. This experience jump-started my journey of healthier living. Well, I consider myself already leading a healthy lifestyle, but this lifted me to a new level.
I became passionate about making personal products such as toothpaste, lotion, serum at home. As a mother, I strive for cooking the most possible nutritious & healthier meals for my two growing boys. I started checking out various mother nature’s superfood ingredients and incorporating them into the daily home cooking from scratch routine. I was hoping by doing so my kids will learn to appreciate original food as they should be. OK, I also learned quickly the importance of balancing taste and nutrition. Ha Ha!
Why I started this Blog, and How I did it?
First, I learned so much along the way and I love to share. Hopefully, this will inspire and help someone out there and do my tiny part to make this world a better place.
Second, my younger son started asking me to document “Mommy’s Recipes”. Whenever I made something nutritious & delicious, he would say: “Mommy, can you put this recipe into Mommy’s Recipe Book? So that when I grow up, I know how to make this?” How sweet! A compliment like this keeps a smile on my face after a long day. I hope this blog will become Mommy’s Wisdom + Recipe Book combo. Ha Ha!
Third, COVID-19 shelter-at-home gave me some extra time needed to kick start my blog.
Last but not least, I’d like to shout out to my friend Anu who encouraged me and coached me along the way. For someone who had no clue how a website is built and how a blog works, to say it is overwhelming is an absolute understatement. I’d like to express my sincere gratitude for Anu’s generous counsel & guidance. It is an amazing feeling when you have someone you can go to just for a quick question. Anu does an exceptional job blogging about Indian style home cooking using simple ingredients. Check it out here.
I have been drinking from the fire hose for the past month as I prepare for my blog launch. I am sure I’ll continue to do so in the near future. Rest assured, I’ll report back in bout 6 months regarding lessons learned and food for thought. Stay tuned!
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XO and See you around,