Saturday, April 6, 2013

Mothering with Mindfulness Sponsor - Enchanted Cedar: The Journey Home

Today I would like to introduce you to one of my April sponsors Enchanted Cedar: The Journey Home

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up on Long Island in an old Whaling Town. When I was 11 my family broke away from the mold (and everything else that was “normal” and familiar to me), my mom pulled us out of the public school system and we went on the road. The first RV I ever saw was the one that was to become my new home..ha ha! We were a traveling sales family for a little over 9 years. It was a beautiful, memory filled and very colorful journey, I’m not sure I would be brave enough to go on the road with my family, but I am grateful for all the life experience my parents decision gave us kids and for the strong family bond that was formed over those years on the road.

I spent a few years traveling on my own, working and finding out a little bit more about the me apart from my family unit. 

I married the most amazing man on the planet in 2003 and we began our sweet little family. We moved onto a farm in Central Texas where we are now raising our three precious kiddos. Our family is passionate about organic farming, homeschooling and sustainability which keeps us all pleasantly busy.

We own and operate a local Chaga house/ Waldorf Store/ Raw Chocolate shop in Lorena, Texas called Enchanted Cedar along with all of my crazy awesome family members. If you are ever on I-35 you should stop in for a cup of Chaga.

Enchanted Cedar: The Journey Home is your first book, what inspired you to write it?  

A deep desire for things to be different than they currently are. My dream in writing this book was to begin a series of books that would introduce the beautiful and magical world of natures medicine to young children. To help them become familiar with nettles, chaga, reishe, dandelion..etc So that maybe someday when their body is in need of healing, they might consider looking to nature for cures. 

For a little sneak peek at this lovely story, stop by here to listen to  Brooke read it.

The story takes place in the forest; can you explain the role nature plays in your life?  

When I am disconnected from Nature, I feel disconnected from’s that simple!

The story is beautifully illustrated; did you work closely with the illustrator to bring the characters to life?  

I saw Vicky’s profile on elance when I was in the “thinking about it” stage of  my book. Her smile lit up my world and I knew she was my girl.  From the very first time we talked she just got me! Everything I saw in my head and tried to explain she somehow  managed to bring life to it. She is so incredibly talented! We were meant to be friends and this book brought us together!

You mention “finding the magic” in each day on your about page, what does this mean?   

Magic: Sparks of positive energy spun with hope, love and excitement.

There’s a glittering, sparkling magic in everything, it’s there when you are doing laundry, paying bills, cleaning floors or the chicken coops. There is magic deep within all of us. The world is glittering with love, light and possibility. Many of us, like me have to find something that will help us stop spinning long enough to see that beauty and magic in our “ordinary” days!  For me that something has been Nature.

You have a free day, no plans, how do you choose to spend it?  

That’s easy:) Barefoot in the muddy garden with my babies, my chickens and my sweet man!

Would you like to share a favourite quote with us?  

You already know it because it’s one of your favorites too.

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has the power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, Rejoice, for your soul is alive.” ~ Eleanora Duse

Thanks so much for taking the time to share a little bit about yourself with us. It was wonderful getting to know you a little better Brooke. 

You can connect with Brooke a few ways:


Brooke has generously offered one of her books, Enchanted Cedar: The Journey Home 
to one lucky Mothering with Mindfulness follower.

To enter leave a comment, one per person, below.

Giveaway is open until Friday April 12, 2013 at 7pm.

I will draw a winner after this time and announce it in this post.

Thanks so much Brooke!

And the winner is entry #22
Mama Gone Green
"Sounds like a wonderful read."



  1. We would love to be the lucky winners.
    Stacey Rennehan

  2. Peace and LOVE. Can't wait to read the story!

  3. I bought the book but would love to have a copy to be able to give away. :)

  4. Great interview Brooke, You are amazing

  5. Wonderful! Thank you for reminding us that enchantment and wonder surround us always, and we only need look to see it.

  6. You're doing Amazing things. You've got guts and you will reap the glory. :)

  7. Love that Miss Brooke! My little man would just love her magical book!

  8. ~we try to break the mold every day!
    Cannot wait to read it :)

  9. So sweet! Reading this book with my daughter would be a joy. Thank you for the chance to win!

  10. I would love to win a copy of her book :)

  11. Brooke is such an amazing soul! Love her!

  12. Would love a copy of this book!

  13. Wow! It sounds like a beautiful story and Brooke sounds like an amazing person. Thanks Kim and Brooke. xxoo

  14. sounds like a great story.

    cheers Kate

  15. WOW, I SO enjoyed reading through your story! I love it when people have courage to do what's in their hearts - even when it seems "out of the ordinary." I struggle with that even though my heart yearns for more! Love being inspired by beautiful people like you!!

    1. Sending lots of love your way, sweet mama! hugs

  16. Sounds wonderful! :) Thanks for sharing!

  17. Great interview! Makes mw want to learn more :)

  18. We would love to win a copy! Thanks so much for the opportunity :)