I’m Katie, a normal girl living in Florida.  My bit of the internet is filled with the enjoyable things that I get to see and do, while trying to live a more genuine, sustainable and organic life. I enjoy garden growing, hand crafting, herbal brewing and the homemade making of a variety of things.

I’d love to have you join me on facebook or tweet along with me on twitter. If a comment just won’t do and you need to get in touch, send me an email at katie@katienormalgirl.com.

Thanks for stopping by!

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REGULAR features  |  bits of healthy living and fun inspiration

updates on my five-year plan to start a business, a non-profit and in general, make life sweeter for myself and those around me

create something new – monthly earring making tutorials, floral arranging demonstrations, DIY decor, sewing, crafting and more

recipes that feature a fruit or vegetable when it is at its peak of freshness and flavor

tips and tricks for loving and caring for your unique beauty, herb of the month and its medicinal uses, in-depth product testing and reviews of natural body care products

updates about the books, blogs and magazines that I’m reading, along with updates on what you’re reading, join the conversation on twitter and facebook

photos and gratitude statements about the simple things that make life so wonderful

a quick escape to the outdoor world and the magic within it

creative inspiration featuring everyday objects

unique and fun products with a conscience 

little things that you can start doing today to be your best and most vibrant self

gardening projects and tips for both the beginner and the experienced gardeners

an easy meat-free (but still filling) meal that you’ll love – vegetarian or not

free download featuring a photo from The Nature Walk Project series and calendars, perfect for printing or for use on your computer background



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  1. Because I find your blog informative, fun, and inspiring, I have nominated you for the Lovely Blog Award –

    The guidelines for accepting this award are as follows:

    1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog in your post.
    2. Share 7 things about yourself.
    3. Nominate about 15 other blogs that you enjoy.
    4. Let the nominees know that you chose them. (An aside: if you don’t want to play or pass along the award, that’s totally fine. Just know that this is my way of saying, “I like your blog! I really do!”)

  2. Cheers for following our exploits on Serendipity Farm :) Hopefully you will get your nursery dream and touring garden one day soon. We are studying landscape design at the moment and are hoping to use what we are learning to make this place work for us. We are planning edible food forests, permaculture and no dig gardens and living off the grid as much as we can and are implementing what we can as we can. Your blog is really beautiful and we are very flattered that you would want to come digging in our untamed earth here in Tasmania alongside us :) See you soon…

    1. Looks like I missed your comment until just now. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such lovely words! I’m really enjoying Cauldrons and Cupcakes, it’s right up my alley. :)

  3. I found you through Adventures of a Dog Mom, who nominated us both for a little award. Love your blog- interested in learning more about gardening and specifically composting here! Though it may be a tad different in Park City as it is for you in Florida…
    Stop by theusualbliss.com sometime!

  4. I’m so glad you provided an awesome easy looking way to make lotion. I love herbs and making things. Can I substitute one of the oils your recipe calls for with lanolin? I love how lanolin seems to heal, and it is in my current favorite hand lotion made by Neutragena. Also for the skin toner, is the apple cider vinegar the strained pasturized kind, or the cloudy with bits kind, or does it matter? Also do you have a recipe for lip balm? I also am a huge fan of Neutragena’s lip balm, but it is no longer available in stores in my area, or anywhere I’ve looked other than ordering online (and very expensive).

    1. I’m glad you like the lotion recipe! I also like the lanolin in my lotions, though it’s not for everyone. I’d replace 1 tbsp of any of the oils with the lanolin. That should give you a great face or body cream.

      As for the apple cider vinegar, you can use any variety (filtered or unfiltered) that you prefer. I like the raw, unfiltered variety, myself. It has a few more benefits than the filtered variety.

      Oh lip gloss, great question! In the evenings I’ll do just a quick swipe of olive oil across my lips and that always feels so hydrating! I’ll have to look up the ratios for you but I like an olive oil, beeswax mix with just a hint of peppermint oil. If you’re feeling adventurous, go ahead and melt a small amount of beeswax and add some olive oil. Allow it to cool slowly and stir it occasionally to test for consistency. While it is still partially melted, I’ll stir with a wooden skewer to get some of the balm on it, then pop that in the fridge for 30 seconds to cool it down and test it out! That’ll give you an idea of the consistency and you can add more oil if you want to. If you want that slightly tingly sensation that some Neutragena balms have, you can add a drop of peppermint essential oil. I’d keep it at no more than 1 drop per 2 tbsp of mixed lip balm. The peppermint will stimulate circulation in your lips making them look fuller and slightly pink.

      Thanks for all of the great questions, Donna! Let me know if you give the lotion or the balm a try!

  5. Kate, what a brilliant blog you have it is really informative has imaginative images and a real sense of joy and belonging. I am really glad to have been recommended to look at you site. Thanks for sharing, regards, James

  6. So glad I stumbled in to your blog! I have recently changed my diet so that I mostly eat veggies with the occasional meat or fish dish thrown in. Your recipes look delish can’t wait to try them out. I would love to see more Quinoa and Flaxseed recipes…they are two of my favorite fods/ingredients.

  7. Hi Katie,

    I would like to wish you a wonderful New Year. May 2013 bring you more happiness, love, and success. I would like to thank you because you continue following my blog. I hope my blog posts do not disappoint and that your visits in there have been a joyful ride.

    I have been having trouble with my subscription, so now I am resubscribing, looking forward to reading more of your wonderful posts! Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you. :-)

    Subhan Zein

  8. Hi Katie!

    I came across some of your lotion recipes on Pinterest. I’ve purchased most of the items that I will need but I’m having a hard time finding cosmetic grade borax. Any suggestions as to where to purchase it? Thank you for the wonderful tutorial and recipe! Can’t wait to get creative with lotion making.



    1. Oh, how wonderful! I’m so glad that you’re going to give it a try. You can purchase it from my favorite online herbal supply shop, Mountain Rose Herbs (https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/search/search.php?utf8=✓&refine=y&keywords=borax&commit=Go). The 1lb. size for $3.50 is practically a lifetime supply of the stuff! As I’ve mentioned to a few other people, it is basically your insurance when making the lotion, it helps mix the water and oils together…and keep them together. It also acts as a natural preservative. I wish you luck and I’m sure it will go wonderfully. Let me know how it turns out!

  9. First of all, you look like Scarlett Johansson. Second, FLORIDA! My homelands. Where are you at? Thirdly, after years of a love-hate relationship with meat, I became a vegetarian in March, so I will definitely be coming back to read here pretty frequently. Nice to meet you :)

    1. Haha, that’s very sweet of you to say. No kidding?! I’m in the Orlando area, where are you from? Woo! Go veggies! I have lots of great veg meals coming up and because I am no culinary expert, they are all REALLY easy to make. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  10. I do not remember how I found your site, but I enjoy looking at your posts and like the way your site is laid out. Simple, professional and easy to read. I just started my site. Feel free to visit. I will be adding more over time, but it is a start


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