About Shannon @VillageGirlBlog

With my Husband, we raise our two sons and a nephew, three dogs, a cat, four chickens and a large garden on my just under an acre lot in a small village in Southeast Michigan. I am passionate about real food, and eating as local as we can without giving up olive oil, coffee, you know the necessities. Herb gardens and backyard chickens, reading, writing, photography are my other passions. I believe that things will work out eventually, the glass is not only half full but it is refillable.

Herbal Infusions, Lavender Water, Exciting News… Oh My

Good Morning Friends! I have some exciting news. I will be sharing posts over at Herbal Living. An online collection of all things herbal from Mother Earth Living. Yay!  Continue reading

Spring Time in the Apple Orchard

While Autumn is my very favorite season, Spring time holds a special place. It is a promise of renewal and rebirth. I don’t know about you, but for me it is the reward for bleak late winter winds and cold. Continue reading

Bucket List of Moments Updated

Just over a month ago, after life threw my family, my friends, my community a curve ball, I sat down and wrote out a bucket list. My list is all about moments. I want to have experiences, build relationships, see the magic in this world. GO ON ADVENTURES!  Continue reading

Bucket List of Experiences 2017

Timing. They say, timing is everything. The last seven days, timing has been a theme. It started with an email asking what my 2017 bucket list would be and ended with the funeral of my children’s friend. Timing… they say is everything.  Continue reading

Fall In My Neck of the World

Barns and TreesSummer is such a busy time for my family. The kids are all involved in something and I am the type that does not like to miss a thing. It is hard to remember to stop and smell the roses so to speak. This year was no different. I let life lead me instead of me leading my life. I got wrapped up in the day to day and forgot to just be still. To stop and enjoy moments. I need to get back to basics. Dial it back and remember to enjoy each moment for what they are worth. You don’t get these days back.  Continue reading

Herb Gardening

Grow and herb garden. Easy to do and so many benefits to your yard, your cooking and your skin care routines. This Mothers Day weekend has been beautiful weather. Some years, I spend it planting in my garden. This year, it still feels too cool for most plantings, but I am just dying to play in the dirt. Who doesn’t love a sun ripened tomato? Or sweet watermelon fresh from the vine? My favorite part of my gardening though are the herbs. Continue reading

Dandelion Oil Salve

Save the Dandelion… It is all over Facebook as a warning to preserve the dandelions for bees. One post I saw stated that dandelion’s “are the very first food source for bees after a long winter”. That may very well be true, but save some of the dandelions for yourself too. These underutilized plants have so many qualities! Continue reading

Citrus and Herb Infused Water

Citrus and Herb Infused Water. Tastes of sunshine. I am just gearing for Spring to really take over. My soul is craving sunshine and warm breezes. I want to put up my clothes line and fill my sheets with the smell of wildflowers and mowed grass. The hint of baseball season has my family buzzing about. Cleats are dusted off, mitts oiled and sunflower seeds bought in bulk. Our chickens are starting to lay more regularly after their winter break. Life is being awakened and renewed all around us. Michigan winters may be long and cold, but they sure do make us appreciate Spring. Spring Fever? Yes, I you could say that I have caught a case.  Continue reading

Coffee Scrub

Our first snow fall of the season and Mother Nature came at us with over a foot of snow. It was beautiful. There are few things as peaceful as the quiet sound of falling snow. One of the many reasons I love living in Michigan is the changing of the seasons. However, this time of year, my skin is taking a beating from the dry forced heat of the furnace and the many hand washings that go along with working in an elementary school. One of the ways that I combat dry skin is by making my own exfoliating, super moisturizing, coffee scrub. Continue reading

The Great Parenting Experiment

This past week has marked the end of summer vacation for me. I was back at school, copying papers, decorating bulletin boards, connecting with an awesome team of people who are excited for the 2015-2016 school year. I am lucky and work with people who inspire me everyday. They inspire me to make a difference in the lives of children. It is an enormous task. One that weighs on each and every member of our school. I work in an elementary school, so the students I get to interact with daily are still quite young. It is a polar opposite from my home and volunteer life.  Continue reading