About Me


Hi!  I’m Kariane.

Mother. Partner. PhD.
Cook. Homeschooler. Writer.
Treehugger. Reader. Homemaker.




More Details about me:

I have two amazing boys. They have taught me more about love and myself and how to be present in this world than anything else I’ve ever encountered.

I am married to an incredible man, who I adore completely.

I have a PhD from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. I research everything thoroughly. Perhaps it’s a carry-over habit from my BA, MA, and PhD, or – more likely – it’s why I decided to stay in school for so long. I love learning about things in detail. I know how to ask good questions, how to evaluate an information source, and how to find the answers to my queries.

Natural remedies are an integral part of my life. I can’t remember the last time I reached for an over-the-counter medication. And while I’m very thankful for Western medicine when we need it, for the most part I believe that our bodies can heal themselves and that a little boost from nature, in the form of healthy food, essential oils, homeopathics, and herbs, can help the process to go faster.

I believe that people learn best when they’re genuinely curious about something. This carries over into how I help facilitate learning with my boys, and anyone else I encounter.

I believe that when a person, whether an infant, child, adult, or elder, tries to communicate something, that we should take those communications seriously and respond kindly. This, more than anything, has impacted how I parent my children.

I think that healthy, clean, real food is integral to living a long, healthy life. I believe that nutrition is the single biggest decision I can make to impact my physical well being.

I try to live simply, and to keep my ecological footprint small. I do my best to avoid toxic chemicals in my home and my food as well as try to make decisions and encourage actions in others that will keep these toxins out of our air and waterways.

I read voraciously. I frequently read for a few hours every day. I used to read mostly to myself; now most of my reading is out loud to my boys. I love good fiction.

I love to eat; therefore I learned to cook. I started cooking as an undergrad when I needed something to do that was very different than my academic studies. This continued through my graduate school years, and turned into a passion as I found more time for it. I generally cook without a book (my partner is forever encouraging me to write things down so I’ll be able to make them again), but when I do read cookbooks, I tend to read them front-to-back like novels. I rarely make a recipe the way I encounter it. I’m constantly modifying things to my own tastes and standards.




6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Karianne,
    Your passion for life is vibrant!
    I’m enjoying reading this, and it’s encouraging me twards realness and simplicity in every area of my life.
    Glad I found you!

    • Thank you! You’re very sweet.

  2. Hi Karianne,

    I found your website through a comment you had left on No Sidebar. I just love what I have read about you here.

    I’ve been an ultra consumerist for most of my life and am finally waking up to the reality of the damage its doing not only to myself but to those I love and the planet as a whole. I’ve started on this journey many time and have failed over and over again, but I find that I don’t want to give up. Like a child learning to walk I hope that I will one day learn to stay the course and continue to simplify and reduce my carbon footprint.

    My website was born out of this need to stay on track on this journey and most of all to share my experiences and also learn from others like you and continue on this path by building and interacting with a community of like minded people, who all want to make the same changes and help our planet, our bodies and our minds to become healthier and remain sustainable.

    I’m so happy I found your site and look forward to reading more of your posts.

    • Welcome! I’m glad to have you here. It’s always nice to encounter people on a similar journey. I look forward to checking out your website.

  3. Hi Kariane! I always appreciate your solid, thoughtful comments on Smallish so I thought I’d pop over to say hi and thanks. 🙂 It’s fun to read more about you and what living intentionally means to you! 🙂

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