I’m Rebecca Simmons. In life I’m lots of thing. But on this blog I am the writer, urban homesteader, crafter, chef, yoga teacher and mom to four daughters (ages 10 months, 6, 9 and 11). Simply Natural Mom is where I share my stories, tips and thoughts on mothering by intuition and natural living made easy. My girls all attend a Montessori school so you’ll see reflections of that here too. With four kids, lots of neighbors, a dog, cat and five chickens – our home is full of life. We believe in old school play, living creatively, holistic parenting and living life as it comes to us. Even if that means climbing trees in dresses.
I live in Tennessee but I am originally from Atlanta. I became interested in living an organic lifestyle while I was in college, in South Georgia.
Seeing an 18-wheeler truck packed with hundreds of dirty chickens changed everything for me, during one of my many four-hour treks up Interstate 75 to get back home. The feathers flying in the wind, down the interstate, made me curious to know where food comes from before it lands on the grocery store shelf. That experience drove me to become a vegetarian and set me on my path to organic living. After 20 years I now consider myself a recovering vegetarian. Today our diet comes from a mix of Western A Price, Paleo and gluten free philosophies.
Since beginning my mothering journey I’ve been a passionate supporter of natural birth, cloth diapers, baby wearing, co-sleeping and extended breastfeeding. I was one of the founding members of my town’s local chapter for the Holistic Moms Network, and served five years on the Board of Directors at Liss Ross Birth and Women’s Center. Right now I’m reliving these passions first hand with my bonus baby, born a few years removed from baby days. In 2015 I completed my 200 hour teaching certification and I now teach prenatal and mom and baby yoga classes. Life is very sweet.
It’s also challenging, pulling double mom duty with a baby and pre-teens. But just like toddlers, the same gentle approaches that are rooted in positive discipline and building our relationships based on mutual respect still apply. Which is a good thing since I’ll have a toddler and teenagers at the same time.
Since my mothering days began in 2004 I have let my intuition lead the way in making parenting choices that simply make sense and work for our family. Most of the time if we are listening to our children, and ourselves, these decisions easily define themselves. This philosophy pretty much wraps up how we roll and is my idea of what being a simply natural mom is all about.
Pre baby days, I spent five years building a career as freelance journalist in Atlanta, writing for magazines, alternative weeklies and covering politics for a bilingual Hispanic newspaper. After spending years with a part of me grieving not having a career, I can honestly being a stay at home mom is where my heart is at. But I do love to write, and it’s something I must do by default, to keep myself happy. So here I blog, sharing our life with you, and all the things that might be of interest to other moms looking for ideas to live a more simple life, in an organic kind of way.