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My name is Jacquelyn Byers. LittleOwlCruncyMomma is a blog about me, my life, my thoughts and my experiences. It contains information about nothing in particular and everything in general. I talk about whatever I am thinking about at the time. I am, among other things, a wife, a mother, an explorer, a dancer, an actress, a lover of books, a teacher, a student, a cook, a Weston A. Price fanatic, a creator and a thinker.

I record bits of my life so that some day I can look back and laugh at my mistakes and be proud of my accomplishments. I invite you to laugh and learn with me.

I became a mother on May 29th of this year to a beautiful, healthy, vibrant baby girl. My husband and I chose the name Athena. Named after the goddess of Athens, her name represents strength, wisdom, power, knowledge, courage and any other virtue that Athens one time or another stood for or admired.

The Meaning of "Little Owl"

As the harbinger of wisdom, truth and light, the goddess Athena was closely associated with the owls-creatures of the night who can see through the darkness. In ancient tradition the goddess carried, perched on her shoulder or on her hand, a companion--a Little Owl (species: Athene noctua). These Little Owls would gather in swarms at the Acropolis to receive protection and to pay homage to their beloved. The Little Owl symbolizes the wisdom and veracity of the goddess.

The Meaning of "Crunchy Momma"

I am a "Crunchy Momma" in the sense that my lifestyle and choices are alternative in many respects. It means I am not quite as radical as a "hippy momma" but more liberal than a "mainstream momma". As a Crunchy Mama my journey will be far from the ordinary experience of the modern suburban housewife. I am a home-birthing, baby-wearing, elimination communication-practicing, co-sleeping, Weston Price-following mom.

I enjoy sharing with you the reasons for the choices I have made so far, the choices I will make in the future, and my process of realizing my mistakes.

It is my hope and prayer that my journey as a mother--beginning with my Little Owl--will bring me wisdom, strength and courage.


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  1. Hello,
    I am Lisa's mom and I found your link on her site. Congratulations on being a momma, and on writing whatever pops out of your head--I will await future mind droppings.
    You can find me on http://wishonawhitehorse.blogspot.com

    1. Sweet. Thanks for stopping in. Will check out your site.


  2. After a discussion on our Dutch Facebook group Natuurlijk Gezond Leven (translates to natural healthy living) about shampoos and washing with baking soda and vinegar, someone posted a link to a Belgian website (bare with me here) who picked up a story from Huffington post about how you don't use anything but water to wash your hair! Had to look you up after that :-)

    And lo and behold you are also a baby carrying, non vaccinating, home birthing (though it was the plan it didn't work out like that in the end unfortunately) Weston price mom!

    So nice to meet you :-)

    I am on my phone right now but would love to pick your brain!

    1. Hey Jolanda!

      What a small world! Thanks for introducing yourself. Would love to chat more. <3 <3 Blessings to you and yours!

  3. I just found your blog today after the rant from Kathy Lee and Hoda (which made me laugh at their ignorance). I would love to follow your blog by email. Do you offer that option?

    1. Thanks for introducing yourself! Yes, there is an option for that on the right-hand side of the page. Right under the Google+badge.


  4. Request from 'The Social'January 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Hi there!

    My name is Taylor and I am the clearance coordinator with ‘The Social’, a daily, live, one-hour talk-show that airs across Canada on CTV, produced by Bell Media Inc.

    We would like to feature your blog on The Social on an upcoming episode!

    In order to do so, we need to receive your permission to use it.

    Could you please email me (taylor.whittamore@bellmedia.ca) at your earliest convenience so we can discuss the possibility of featuring your blog on the show?

    This is a time-sensitive request as we need approval ahead of time, so if you could please get back to me as soon as possible, that would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks so much in advance for your help!

    Kind regards,


  5. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better here. I think we'll have a bit in common!! Thank you for introducing yourself. I love the name you chose for your daughter and all the meaning that it has.

  6. Good morning, My name is Greg Vick, and I work for Vinnie Tortorich who is known as America's Angriest Trainer. He asked me to contact you so that I could send you a copy of his book for you to read and review. In addition, Vinnie would also love to have you on his podcast. Please send me an email at greg_vick@ymail.com

  7. heya jacquelyn my name is randy and a couple months ago i heard your interview on the adam carolla show. i had been thinking about discontinuing my usage of shampoo and listening to you made it happen.
    I was using harsh shampoo because i suffer from dry scalp. I haven't washed my hair in over two months (with the exception of using baking soda every other week) but every few days the dry scalp creeps up. do you have any suggestions?

  8. Hi Jacquelyn, I just found your site through Natural Family Fridays and I am really excited! It looks like you have a great site with a lot of great content. I subscribed through bloglovin and I can't wait to read more. :-)

  9. Hello Jacquelyn Byers,

    I’m a representative for "Home and Family" at the Hallmark channel. We would like to feature some of your pictures for one of our segments.

    Please email me at morganpresson@gmail.com, hope to hear from you soon.

    Thank you,


  10. Hi Jacquelyn, my name is Andrea I saw your article by yahoo, in wich you say that you have not use shampoo for few years, I decide to do the same I have been doing it for almost two moths right now, but I am a Curly hair gal and I use to comb my hair with a home made solution of ground flazseed and a little bit of white vinager, but my hair is now reaaaally greasy, for how long this is going to be??? I do not want to quit, but I think I should wash it with baking soda or ginger root, help me pleaseeeee!!!!!!!!!!!! I love your blog


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