My name is Courtney.

I am a certified birth doula, fertility awareness advocate, real food lover, designer, master organizer, and small business advisor located in St. Pete, Florida.

I love God, my family, my friends, my cat Sophie and my dog Porter.

I started this blog as a way to share what I learn with others. My promise to you as a reader is that I will always be genuine with you. I take great pride in only offering you information and resources that I personally use/find helpful. This blog is literally a reflection of my life—in all it’s glory and messiness.

Sometimes my dishes don’t get done. Sometimes I even post embarrassing pictures of myself (like my post about getting rid of eye styes naturally). I even talk about really personal stuff like my natural alternative to birth control. And I also talk about my faith journey, because it is a journey, and I’m still learning every day what it means to follow Jesus.

This blog is a reflection of my life. I hope that by offering this piece of me to you, we can build a supportive community and, together, create a healthier more vibrant world.

I’m really glad you’re here. It’s a wonderful journey, my friends.


  1. Are you related to Jack Polivka from the western suburbs of Chicago?
    my husband was a fraternity brother of Jack’s at U of I.
    Just asking……..

  2. I’ve been enjoying your blog for about a month now, and learning so much. I just got ‘From Scratch’ in the mail today thanks to your recommendation. I also just made my first kefir this week. I’m looking forward to this new food journey.
    Any healthy food tips for getting rid of hip bursitis? Inflamation I guess is the culprit.

  3. I’m part Slovak. My maiden name is Cibak. I must say I love your blog! It’s pretty cool to see all the folks that reply that have Czech or Slovak heritage. Not very common in my part of the country. Most people in my town are from the British Isles originally, and their families have lived in the states 200 years+.

  4. Absolutely love reading your thoughts! You have inspired my husband and I to do the same! He’s working on our website now and I’m very excited. Just wanted to say I’m embarrassed I’ve just now read this and was pleasantly surprised to see you are of Czech heritage. My husband is of Slovak heritage…and we absolutely love visiting both countries.

    Thank you for being such an inspiration and providing justification for all the “crazy” ideas I come up with.

  5. Hi! I am Jana Polivka. I am married to Dwight Polivka. Could we be related??? Love your blog. It sounds as if we have something in common!! Would love to hear if there is a connection somewhere. :)

  6. Hi Courtney, just came across your blog and love it! Although I love the content (raw milk/real food), it was your name that I noticed first. My maiden name was Policka (pole-lee-ka), and I have never seen another last name that was so close to that!! I don’t know much of the history, except that when my grandfather came to America, his last name was actually Policha (pole-lee-ha) but that was too hard for people to pronounce so he changed it. Nice to meet you and thanks for the great info on your blog ~ Chris Smith – yeah, I went from Policka to Smith :)

    • Hi Christie, I´m from Slovakia, is near TchechRepublic – and do You know, what does Your name Policka mean? It´s little shelf :) And Courtney – with name Polivka is a very good czech actor, Bolek Polivka :)

  7. Hello there, Courtney! Just found you through one of the health networks and Nutrition on a Budget. I blog at Whole New Mom. I see that you are in Murfreesboro! I’m pretty sure my hubby is there regularly (yearly, at least) for conferences – and his heritage is Czech as well! Just thought I’d say “hi”. I’m a new subscriber and LOVE your recipes. :) Look forward to connecting more.

    • Hey there Adrienne! I emailed you about a dehydrator a while back, and I’ve linked up on Allergy Free Wednesdays (Traditional Tuesdays?) a few times, too. :) It’s so random that your husband comes to Murfreesboro of all places! Thanks for subscribing. You’ll have to let us know what recipes you try!

  8. I think I am officaly addicted to your blog! :) Just reading through the recipes is making me drool. I’m a huge fan of Indian food so I’m going to be stopping by often.

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