About Roots & Boots

...and Kathleen

If you love...

  • nourishing, real food recipes
  • natural health & wellness
  • all-natural, nontoxic home
  • essential oil tips
  • organic gardening secrets
  • wholesome family living
  • food-growing adventures

...you'll feel right at home here!

How Roots & Boots Got Started...


After a few years of mysterious symptoms with lots of unhelpful answers from doctors, I finally received a thyroid disease diagnosis.  Next, I learned I had Hashimoto's, an autoimmune thyroid disease.  

This led to much research, which eventually led to a dietary overhaul.  Out went the gluten.  Yikes!  Next was dairy and eggs, and then sugar.  Double, triple yikes! 

One thing led to another, and now I am completely and utterly crunchy. There's no turning back, folks!

At the beginning, I was overwhelmed.  I struggled to find resources and answers while battling exhaustion and attempting to care for an infant and a preschooler.

Gradually, I built up a collection of research, recipes, tips and tricks. And slowly, but surely, I began to feel better.  Better than I’d felt in YEARS! This "crunchy" lifestyle felt good.

I needed a way to organize all my new healthy resources, and I wanted to share them with others.  Plus, all my friends kept asking me for tips.  And recipes.  And recommendations.

Thus, Roots & Boots was born!

5 Things About Kathleen...

1. Christ-follower - Reminded daily that I’m a sinner saved by grace, and thankful for it!

2. Wife of Mr. Native Texan - I grew up in Pennsylvania.  Which makes me a Yankee.  Which is a fact I’d never really considered before moving to Texas and marrying a native.

3. Boy mom of three - I love being a boy mom!  Despite the fact that we can't get through an entire meal without talking about poop.  Seriously, the boys are a huge help: we definitely couldn't run our homestead without them!

4. Homeschool mom - What??  Definitely on my running list of Things I Never Expected.  The longer we homeschool, the more we love it!  Except for the days when it's really hard.  Which is most days, actually.  In all seriousness, it's super-rewarding and such a great fit for our family.

5. Homestead mama - We were eating so much real food that we decided to start growing it ourselves.  The garden got bigger, three laying hens turned into twenty turned into hundreds, and then we started raising our own meat.

We needed a farm.  Our family moved to a 20-acre farm in May, 2018 and hit the ground running.

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Here's to healthy living!