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.