My name is Ann Marie and I'm a mother to my first born girl, Kate and baby boy, Oliver. We live my husband, Seth and our two cats Bowie and Blackberry, in Los Angeles. This blog was started in 2007, the year my daughter Kate was born.
I mostly write about food and health. When I was 25 years old, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. The pain in my knees was so bad, it would wake me up at night. And the arthritis was spreading to my fingers and elbows. I was also suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities, chronic sinus infections and colds, and seasonal allergies. After a lot of research, I realized that I was gluten intolerant. I changed my diet and started taking strong probiotics, and I completely recovered from all my symptoms and reversed my gluten intolerance in two years.
So, yes, I'm very passionate about food. Not only because I love cooking and eating food, but because I know firsthand that food is medicine. That said, I think most “health food” tastes awful and a lot of it is not even good for you. Green smoothies are terrible, soy milk is vile, and kombucha is full of fluoride.
I advocate eating traditional foods that humans have been thriving on for thousands and even millions of years. Butter, cheese, meat, gravy, and yes, bread and wine. This post sums up my health food philosophy: Top 5 Reasons Cheese, Bread and Wine are Health Foods.
I also write about natural/green living, homeschooling (unschooling) our two children and traveling with my family.
My blog is about living life to the fullest and taking risks to follow your dreams, even if it means losing all your money and having everyone turn against you (yes, that happened to me recently.) It's better to make a million dollars and lose it than never make a million dollars at all.
Life goes by fast and one day it's over and you don't want to be lying there at the end of your life, thinking yeah, I never did much of anything. If your life is boring, if you're broke, if you're miserable, it could be because you haven't taken enough risks.
Or maybe you're miserable and depressed and broke because you took a lot of risks and you haven't recovered yet. Respect (fist bump)! When you take risks, you often fail, and then you're miserable for a while, but then in time you rebound and you're a better person for it. I've been there, done that, got the t-shirt. And YES! I am stronger and happier having gone through it.
But most people I know who are miserable/depressed/broke, it's because they haven't taken enough risks and are just wallowing in mediocrity (the safety zone).If you are reading this blog, maybe you want more out of your life.
I've very grateful I have this precious opportunity to homeschool my children, and am really loving this joyful time in my life. I'm excited about lots of things, including wine, food, cooking, restaurants, travel, quilting and camping. I like to write blog posts about what I'm passionate about. If you are passionate about this stuff too, maybe you will find some inspiration here on Cheeseslave.
I'm also very grateful to all my readers and followers. You are an extended community that I cherish very much. Thank you so much to each and every one of you for reading and commenting and sharing.
I'll write a longer “About Me” page later, but for now, here are a couple quotes and a video clip that sum up my philosophy.
“If it's not hell yeah, it's hell no.” – Derek Sivers (More on that in this post.)
“Some people don't like rock and roll. Fuck those people.” – Bon Scott, AC/DC
“If you want to sing out, sing out. And if you want to be free, be free. Because there's a million ways to be, you know that there are.” – Ruth Gordon in the movie, “Harold and Maude” (song by Cat Stevens)
Thank you to my favorite English teacher, Pamela Francis, who showed me “Harold and Maude” when I was 17 years old.
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