Mountain Mary's is located in the small town of Eagle River, in the pristine Eagle Glacier Valley of the 495,000 acre, Chugach State Park in South Central Alaska.
Mountain Mary's is a labor of love. Love of herbs, nature and a more natural healthy life. MM's started in a kitchen 17 or so years ago, morphed into a store front and back to the home shop that it is today.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Adoption Status

These are 2 early pictures of "Annie" her first Holloween with us and shortly after her arrival at 5 months old. I will find a recent picture to post, we take enough of them!
People are asking about our adoption status, so her it is :O) We went to the termination(TPR termination of parental rights) trial on the 11th, the mother did not show so it was automatic termination. The judge though to "make a good case and make it stick" went through every article of the termination law and sited abandonment (that just for not showing up), failure to maintain resonable contact with the child, failure to utilize the resources avaialble to her to become and stay substance free, failure to obtain safe adaquate housing, etc.
The father was ternminated as "unknown" and the judge granted the termination even though no public notices were posted. Judge said "even if the man somehow recognized himself in the notice, he would not likely come forward and claim the child because he was likely a client of Ms xxxxx and not willing to admit to that."
Then he gave a speech that nearly made us cry, telling us how wonderful and selfless we are and how we saved a child's life. People like us are a god send to these children. He also said we were brave at our age! LOL He said "at the ages of most of us in the court room (the stenographer was a young man in his early 20's) I can imagine you'd rather relax after a long day than chase a 2 year old around". (and I thought...especially one with a 6 year old on her heels)

Our adoption date is May 15th! Party on the 16th!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

A New Book

If you have a chance you've got to check out my friend Ellen's book "Ask Mother Nature, A Conscious Gardener's Guide. For more information on Ellen,her book and Good Earth Garden School, go to, you'll be glad you did!

Friday, March 27, 2009

5 Foods That Take Years off Your Skin

Perhaps the only food you associate with skin is a little whipped cream on Saturday night. But plenty of other foods (ones you can eat in public) can help protect your skin, so you look and stay younger:

1. Legumes, avocados, soybeans, nuts, and egg yolks: These contain biotin, and a lack of this chemical can lead to dry skin and brittle hair and nails.

2. Salmon: The carotenoid that gives this fish its pink color, astaxanthin, also improves your skin’s elasticity. And it’s full of the good fat -- DHA-omega-3 -- that makes your skin and hair look younger and healthier.

3. Green tea: Its polyphenols act to protect you against sun damage and help thicken your epidermis, your body’s primary barrier to the outside world.

4. Pomegranates: In addition to thickening your epidermis and helping to produce more collagen and elastin (the stuff that keeps your skin firm and springy), pomegranates contain antioxidants that seem to accelerate wound healing.

5. Tomatoes: The nutrients in tomatoes reduce the chance you’ll get a sunburn (but you still have to use an SPF 50 and 4-star titanium dioxide or zinc oxide sunscreen!). It may be due to their lycopene content, but we really don’t know the active ingredient. So if there’s a choice between a lycopene supplement and the real tomato, choose the product from the vine.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Movie, "Cancer, Nutrition & Healing"

Well, Dear Eco-Gardeners,
we all know loved ones who are dealing with cancer. Here is an inspiring way to learn and to help.

Please join us in Anchorage on Saturday from 4pm to 6pm.

Free Movie! Saturday Matinee

Come watch and then discuss the film, Cancer, Nutrition, and Healing.

Seven years ago, eco-consultant Jerry Brunetti received word that without aggressive chemotherapy treatment he would be dead in as little as six months from an aggressive form of lymphoma. He opted not to travel that route, and instead embarked on his own journey seeking advice, treatments, alternative protocols and hands-on care from a wide variety of sources. The result has been depth of understanding that is almost beyond compare, steady improvement in his own overall health, and a return to normalcy of the affected lymph nodes. Oh, and he’s very much alive.

Learn about: strengthening immunity, holistic treatment protocols, health-boosting recipes, supplements and detoxification, supplementing conventional therapies, foods to eat, and foods to avoid.

When: Saturday March 21 Time: 4 – 6 pm. Cost: free!

More Information: Linda at 562-2259

Terra Bella Bakery Café
601 E. Dimond, Anchorage
Next to Bed, Bath and Beyond, across from Dimond Mall

Ellen Vande Visse
Good Earth Garden School

Friday, March 6, 2009

Creating Better Intentions

Good Morning!

Creating Better Intention and Essential Oils

Finding focus is a welcomed clarity in order to bring awareness to
our lives. How many people do you know who lead an almost incomplete
and unexamined life? Art of any kind is the ability to tune in and
make it your own. The attaining of your goal through intention is one
of the most rewarding and self gratifying accomplishments we can do
for ourselves. And guess what? You deserve every single bit of it!

Tuning in to any energy is the ability to quiet the mind, allowing
your inner self, or intention, to perceive truth. By practicing this
art, we develop a sensitivity toward inner information and the
ability to condition our mind to listen on a much more subtle level.
This developing can give us the ability to sense energy and actually
perceive our intention on an even more subconscious plane.

Techniques are vast and varied, all of which, can be used in calming
and clearing the mind, therefore, achieving clearer perception.
Include some of the following:

1. Clear intention is a result of meditation: Meditation is a time-
honored technique that can take you into infinite dimensions of
consciousness. It is a simple effort that becomes effortless as we do
it more and more. One major principle to meditation is the ability to
completely quiet your mind. By quieting our mind, it can allow us a
clearer picture of what we really intend.

2. Become more mindful: Mindfulness is the act of being fully aware
of what happens in each moment. Try living in the NOW. Be present.
Honor each moment you are given. Acknowledge each task you take.

3. Energy follows thought. As you think of your intention, you are
made aware of it. As you are made aware of it, you are able to bring
it to fruition by asserting your energy. When you program thought to
be positive, your intention will be positive. The outcome is
inevitable. Especially when you see it as such.

4. Moving is the action to your motivation!: There is a mountain of
proof that movement is the best thing for mind, body and spirit.
Moving helps with depression, increases our cardiovascular system,
moves energy (Qi) and blood, stimulates the brain, increases hormone
production and takes us from one place to the next. Use movement as a
tool to move intention forward.

5. Intention reverberates. When we throw a stone in a calm lake, we
can see how the ripples start at the center point, where we dropped
the stone (our intention) and move outward from that point. When we
specify our intention, it moves out through the Universe as do the
ripples in the lake.

6. Intention is a reflection of many values. Our values are a direct
reflection of our beliefs. When we have strong, sensible values, your
beliefs reflect it. These same beliefs are an expression of our
experiences. Most often, people who have relatively good or tolerable
experiences have a better outlook on their beliefs.

7. Make Room for Change: Make it a nourishing, self respecting place
for change to take place in your mind. In the same way, create a life
affirming, positive path to reach your goal. Make no excuses.
Procrastination is the bi-product of feeling unworthy. Self worth
leads us in the right direction.

8. A lack of awareness + not being grounded + being unfamiliar =
FEAR: Become familiar with what your intention is. Once you are
familiar with the reasons why your intention is important and
familiar with the information you did not know or understand about
reaching your goal, this takes the fear out of it! Take initiative
and responsibility in seeing your true goal through to completion.
This all begins with the intent. Once you are familiar, there is less
fear and you become more grounded in your approach.

9. Make Every Effort: to do something each day that brings your
intentions closer to your goal. You will do this now, because you
understand why you want to reach this goal, what it means to you and
the fear behind it is gone. You will make the effort now because your
are aware of the fact that you love and respect yourself more and
deserve to make the effort.

10. The Honoring of Ourselves: This is something we tend to lose
sight of, especially as we grow older. "Excuse instead of action"
seems to be the norm, instead of the exception. Honoring everyone
else first (husband, wife, children, family, friends, colleagues) is
the path we so often go down first, before we take care of our own
needs. If you are not in tip top (mind, body, spirit) shape, how can
you effectively care for others?

Essential Oils for Intention

The power of our senses can be harnessed as an unbelievable tool that
you can use to your life's advantage! Diffusing essential oils
stimulate our olfactory nerve. These essence can restore balance and
harmony to your body and to your life. The energy of a scent can
invigorate your intention. Here are some of the most interesting oils

Basil: This oil is wonderful for poor concentration, nervous tension,
digestive problems and insomnia. Basil is used to support the process
of deep change. Rich, sweet and pungent, use this oil to evoke

Bergamot: Uplifting, refreshing and encouraging. It can help relieve
anxiety and depression, ease grief and sadness and increase mental

Cinnamon: Cinnamon bark was first recorded in Chinese formularies as
early as 2700 B.C. The herb has been used as a healing aid for
stomach upset and gas, diarrhea, rheumatism, kidney ailments, and
abdominal pain. Cinnamon bark contains the essential oils of cinnamon
and can stimulate concentration focus and memory.

Frankincense: Sedative, elevating, warming, used for anxiety,
apprehension, fears, nervous tension and stress-related conditions.
It slows down and deepens the breath, which makes it helpful for
meditation. This oil is helpful for bringing about clarity in

Lavender: Balancing, stimulating, strengthening, good oil for mind
clearing and focus.

Peppermint: Refreshing, increases concentration, increases memory,
strengthens the nervous system and is used for fainting, headache,
mental fatigue, migraines and stress. Peppermint oil is used to
pinpoint intention and stimulate action.

Rosemary: Stimulates the adrenal cortex, used for nervous and
emotional exhaustion, apathy, depression and stress. Clears the head,
improves memory and concentration, reduces mental fatigue, combats

Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Taking Time For Yourself

Modern life compels us to rush. Because we feel pressured to make the most of our time each day, the activities that sustain us, rejuvenate us, and help us evolve are often the first to be sacrificed when we are in a hurry or faced with a new obligation. It is important we remember that there is more to life than achieving success, making money, and even caring for others. Your spiritual needs should occupy an important spot on your list of priorities. Each task you undertake and each relationship you nurture draws from the wellspring of your spiritual vitality. Taking the time to engage in spiritually fulfilling activities replenishes that well and readies you to face another day. Making time for the activities that contribute to your spiritual growth has little to do with being selfish and everything to do with your well-being. Regularly taking the time to focus on your soul’s needs ensures that you are able to nurture yourself, spend time with your thoughts, experience ! tranquility, and expand your spiritual boundaries.

It is easy to avoid using our free moments for spiritual enrichment. There is always something seemingly more pressing that needs to be done. Many people feel guilty when they use their free time to engage in pursuits where they are focusing on themselves because they feel as if they are neglecting their family or their work. To make time for yourself, it may be necessary to say no to people’s requests or refuse to take on extra responsibilities. Scheduling fifteen or thirty minutes of time each day for your spiritual needs can make you feel tranquil, give you more energy and allows you to feel more in touch with the universe. Writing in a journal, meditating, studying the words of wise women and men, and engaging in other spiritual practices can help you make the most of this time.

Making time to nurture your spirit may require that you sacrifice other, less vital activities. The more time you commit to soul-nurturing activities, the happier and more relaxed you will become. The time you devote to enriching your spirit will rejuvenate you and help you create a more restful life.

Monday, March 2, 2009


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