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I’m Karin and I have been on this planet long enough to have learned a few things worth sharing. Everyone in my family has some kind of special issue when it comes to eating, so cooking is always and adventure! I also try to embrace a healthy non-toxic lifestyle and constantly get myself into some kind of DIY trouble to round out my life.
But the most important aspect of pretty much everything I do is to make life simple to free up time and money for FUN!
So what can you expect to find on The Witty Gritty Life? Let me take you on a short tour!
There are recipes to explore…
Cleaning tips and strategies…
Health and beauty…
DIY Crafts and Projects…
How did I get to be a blogger?
From the moment I realized that I could actually create something with my own two hands, I was hooked on making stuff! Luckily, my parents always encouraged me to try and figure out how to do pretty much anything myself. Early “decorating” memories include cleaning out an old unused chicken coop on our property in Germany and turning it into a clubhouse for my younger brothers, their friends and myself! Oh, how proud I was of that awesome little neighborhood hangout!
Later on, when I found myself far away in a foreign land where I barely knew anybody, that creativity and ingenuity paid off many times over when it came time to not only find, but also furnish my first apartment on less than a shoe string budget. It was during that time that my love for thrift shopping was ignited, a love that continues to this day!
Motherhood brought with it a whole new set of challenges and opportunities to be creative. Our second son was diagnosed with AUTISM at a very early age and it was quite obvious from the beginning that we would have to overcome pretty substantial obstacles.
The decision to put him on a gluten free, casein free and later egg free diet was not an easy one, but one that I credit with the strides he has made to get us to where we are today. When we first embarked on this dietary journey, my son’s food choices were limited to three, yes, 3 things: smooth raspberry yogurt, chex mix and graham crackers.
You can imagine how disheartening it was for me to know that no matter how hard I tried, my baby just would not eat anything that could be considered nutritional in any way. He was essentially malnourished. He never slept through the night – of course neither did I. Those years are such a blur of doctors and therapy appointments, desperately trying to find the help he needed.
Later, just as we finally seemed to have the autism thing under control we were faced with the new and ominous challenge of my husband’s throat cancer. When grueling radiation therapy left him with a feeding tube and without the ability to eat for nearly 2 years our resolve was put to the test yet again.
I am happy to report that he is back to eating and living a normal life. But radiation therapy did leave him with extreme sensitivity to anything at all spicy and he needs soft textures to be able to swallow normally.
By the time I lost my normal sense of smell and taste, I was already accustomed to adjusting our cooking and seasoning to somehow accommodate the very different needs each one of us has in that regard.
As you can well imagine, both autism and cancer are hard on any budget, but I was determined to not let any of those concerns keep us from living in a clean happy and tastefully decorated home. The Witty Gritty Life is where I want to share all of it with you!
Thank you for taking the time to read my story!
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