March 25, 2013
Any other fans of Sara Janssen? She swithced up her blog from its old walk slowly live wildly domain to now Nesting Gypsy. There seems to have been an influx of the crunchy mommy bloggers over the past few years, but Sara's blog is one of the few that I still read even after her blog switch and adding in a third daughter. They bought another rv and are preparing to hit the road in the next few months.
February 10, 2014
I have read Sara for a couple years now. I really like her and her family looks sweet and happy. I love to see the way she decorates and makes a place home. It's not my aesthetic but its beautiful.
The only thing that irks me is the essential oils can cure anything mentality. Although to her credit she did take her daughter to the hospital for a really serious infection recently and admitted that the antibiotics were necessary so that was encouraging.
I just cannot deal with this new marketing scheme selling essential oils as cure alls. Bored stay at home moms needing something to do and buying into the whole thing
October 29, 2013
I'm looking for new SOMIs and just checked this one out based on the recommendations here… so let me get this straight:
You are a young white blonde-haired blue-eyed woman who pipes up about following jesus and has written a book on your love of dreadlocks and the deep mystical journey of getting locked, and you've interviewed other women who embark on this brave path… and they are all white, too???
I could maybe get over the blatant cultural appropriation if she would just acknowledge that it is exactly that. To not even mention it, and fully exclude women of color from the book (at least from the promotion, I haven't seen the interior nor do I really care to), is beyond appropriation – it's racist.
I've read Sara since the early days when she got traction on the mothering.com message boards. Back then it was just her husband, her, and their oldest, who was itty bitty. She was starting to explore minimalist living and whatnot. I enjoyed her blog back then (those archives are still up, I believe). Then it just kept evolving. The nomad lifestyle. The dreads. The dread thing was especially tiresome for me. I feel like there's a growing group of privileged, young, white evangelical Christians who are co-opting the cultural identity markers of minority or subversive subcultures as a way to further their evangelism and gain buy-in with the masses. Tattoos, dreads, piercings, rock n' roll (as worship music) and Sara is one of those. So her agenda with her dreads just seemed like an extension of this, and an ignorant one at that. I didn't realize her book, which I never bought or read, only contained white people. That's bad.
Her latest hardcore shilling of those stupid DoTerra oils is just transparently money grubby. I wish those oils would die. My former boss tried to take me out for a cocktail to talk about them. She texted me this spammy invite, which I promptly deleted. How about we go out for a cocktail and catch up? Oh wait, you can't get any money out of me that way.
Sorry, tangent there.
But Sara is a SOMI turned GOMI for me.
April 5, 2012
I've read her for years, but she's deep in GOMI territory for me, too. I always knew she was a bit of a shill (Bus tour! Vitamix! Children's books!), but I knew she probably needed to bring in some cash so I didn't mind much. I thought she was kind of sweet and a nice hippie mom. But the all-white dreadlocks book, followed by the snake oil selling, has finally killed it for me. She's now one of those who talks a lot more authenticity than she lives.
February 22, 2014
I am so confused by the latest RV tour? Sharing info about essential oils? I have 10 people on my FB feed who could share that info and send me some oils- I dont understand how they can justify traveling around for that. If you want to travel, travel- but I guess this way they can claim this extended trip on their tax deductions.
April 5, 2012
I'm confused by it as well. Especially since they just bought a house and were "settling down." She's always been one to thrive on change ("Now we have an RV! Now a house! Now a fifth wheel! Now a farm!") and I've often thought it must be exhausting to be her husband. But to buy a house, spend a lot of time and money extensively renovating it, and then immediately buy not one but two RVs and go sell essential oils? Either she really does have the shortest attention span in history or there's a story there.
I am confused because they just bought and remodeled a house. And now they're back on the road?
I think she's super restless. I feel bad for her kids and husband.
November 19, 2012
I have read her since her early days, as well. She was SOMI for awhile, and although she still isn't GOMI, I read her to sort of shake my head and feel exhausted and confused.
We bought the Minnie Winnie off them so my husband met them briefly when he flew in to drive it home. They are nice! And she is very driven. When she makes her mind up about something, she goes for it. I just wish she would decide? When we bought the RV from them they were raw foodists and turned the RV into a raw food mini kitchen. Now she eats meat? So whirly twirly!
October 6, 2014
I agree. I've read and enjoyed her blog since early 2007. I have always thought she was a bit exhausting at times, not to mention over-obsessive with a really short attention span. She gave just enough of a hint of hypocritical information that I never completely knew how to take her (quietly making a living working for her parent's ice cream company while dissing dairy all over the internet?)
I've gotten to know her a little bit over the last couple of years and can honestly say she is a beautiful person. She is insanely focused, though; and everything she does has a purpose. I definitely wouldn't say it's calculated, but she works very hard to put forth a specific persona and image, and she's NOT the crunchy, all hands-on earth mama that her blog would let you believe. She works A LOT, has a part-time nanny, and spends the majority of every day working on the oils thing. She decided she's getting Blue Diamond in a year, and there's nothing that will stop her from doing it. The goal is to make a high six-figure salary. Not a terrible goal, IMO… I just hate the sleazy oil business that has crept into every piece of her life, and she seems to be consumed with blue diamond. The tour is an extension of that. Go out and sign-up as many sellers as possible. Nothing more.
It's too bad because I miss the Sara I could relate to, even if I did have to take her with a grain of salt.
February 10, 2014
Oh this is good insight. I honestly was really confused when they hit the road again after all the work on their new house. I was guessing financial issues? I bet they rented out there home for a good price.
It's pretty icky that she portrays such a different persona than the one detailed here. I do think their life is a bit frenetic but it seems her husband is supportive and the girls look happy.
Also to go back to earlier posts – yes the dreadlock thing is so cringey – I honestly do not understand all of that but its gross. (for the blatant appropriation not because dreads are 'dirty' – some are and some aren't).
Ughhh. She creeps me out. Intense is right as someone mentioned before.
Also get that damn mole removed. It's growing and you are NOT SJP. (Thank god she finally got hers snipped).
Wow. They've bought a motor home and are renting out their primary residence to "travel and
spread the love of essential oils."