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Sara Jansen Walk Slowly Live Wildly/Nesting Gypsy
October 7, 2014
11:32 pm
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Team Mom Tara
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March 25, 2013

lalaloopsy2 said
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.

lalaloopsy2 said
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.

lalaloopsy2 said
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.

If it wasn't for her posting a photo of Emma eating a cup of cold stone ice cream I would have never put two and two together that she works for her parent's coldstone creamery business. I know she says her girls are unschooled but with the constant traveling and having a nanny how on track academically are her girls? I can't help but wonder how unschoolers say they learn by life, but it takes a lot of effort and dedication on the parents to make sure the kids are getting their academic needs met through interests.

October 25, 2014
1:00 am
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Overexcited Walrus

I've also followed her since, oh…2007 or 2008. I've enjoyed watching her little family and her girls are really cute. I was ridiculously impressed when they moved very small and got rid of all debt.

That being said, this chick is FLIGHTY. First raw food (where her husband looked so sad and skinny) to the smoothies and then the hoops and then the cleaning products (we all do remember that one, right?) and then onto…let's see…the live lightly tour and the countless RVs and now the oils. Those stupid, stupid oils.

I feel very sorry for her oldest child, who really just appears so sad to me in many of the photos. She's 11, I think (or closing in on it) and hasn't been in one place for very long. Her "friends" are typically just kids of people her mother knows, or kids they meet while RVing "unschooling," I mean. 

What's the longest she's ever been in one place? Maybe a year? My kids are homeschooled (NOT unschooled) but kids need a chance to settle, and to meet people and find their own identities. The post she wrote about unschooling– where they researched interior design for her daughter by watching HGTV and sending away for interior design materials, it killed me. (I can't find the post anymore- wonder if she took it down.)

Also wondering, how does she get her husband to go along with all this? The raw foods, the RVs, the constant remodeling and then moving, the oils…doesn't he ever just say "enough is enough?"

I'm glad this is up- I've been wondering if anyone else sensed things that were odd about her. 

October 25, 2014
5:48 am
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minxy
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February 14, 2013

I loved her early blogging when the oldest girl was very little, they down-sized to a tiny apartment, lived simply, she stopped shopping…. It was lovely to read and inspiring. Then they started travelling all the time and I lost interest. She seems like a great person but must be nice to be financed by family to live such a hippy life. Flighty is the word, but I do think she absolutely believes in everything she does, wholeheartedly……until she doesn't any more.

October 26, 2014
9:11 pm
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susieQ
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January 25, 2013

Mimi Mediocrity said
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. angry

 

Sorry, tangent there. 

 

But Sara is a SOMI turned GOMI for me. 

This.

October 26, 2014
9:15 pm
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susieQ
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January 25, 2013

Suicidal Pigeon said
I've also followed her since, oh…2007 or 2008. I've enjoyed watching her little family and her girls are really cute. I was ridiculously impressed when they moved very small and got rid of all debt.

That being said, this chick is FLIGHTY. First raw food (where her husband looked so sad and skinny) to the smoothies and then the hoops and then the cleaning products (we all do remember that one, right?) and then onto…let's see…the live lightly tour and the countless RVs and now the oils. Those stupid, stupid oils.

I feel very sorry for her oldest child, who really just appears so sad to me in many of the photos. She's 11, I think (or closing in on it) and hasn't been in one place for very long. Her "friends" are typically just kids of people her mother knows, or kids they meet while RVing "unschooling," I mean. 

What's the longest she's ever been in one place? Maybe a year? My kids are homeschooled (NOT unschooled) but kids need a chance to settle, and to meet people and find their own identities. The post she wrote about unschooling– where they researched interior design for her daughter by watching HGTV and sending away for interior design materials, it killed me. (I can't find the post anymore- wonder if she took it down.)

Also wondering, how does she get her husband to go along with all this? The raw foods, the RVs, the constant remodeling and then moving, the oils…doesn't he ever just say "enough is enough?"

I'm glad this is up- I've been wondering if anyone else sensed things that were odd about her. 

This. you've hit it all. It's why I cannot believe or trust anything she says…very flighty, very focused (in a way that blows through everyone in her path), carefully constructed image.

November 25, 2014
9:20 am
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Kellenor
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November 25, 2014

lalaloopsy2 said
… 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…

She has a nanny? That part I didn't know. I do agree with everyone here though – I've also read her blog for a few years now, after having 'met' her on a message board. I loved reading about their downsizing from a house + debt to small-scale living, but once the RV purchasing and remodeling started (decorated with Pottery Barn and expensive rugs) I questioned the authenticity of her "simple living". I brought this up on the message board we were both on, and asked if she'd elaborate on what was an apparent discrepancy between what she writes and what she actually does – she never gave much of a reply, but a friend of hers answered with, "she said they'd be living simply, not roughing it!" But let's face it – RVs (especially the full sized motor homes they've had) are NOT cheap, and add to that base cost the conversion of the engine to using vegetable oil, and the complete remodeling of the interior – well, that's PRICEY. And even with her husband doing all the labor, it's still expensive, and not really a good or realistic example for anyone who was following her to get tips on living simply themselves, because we're not all married to contractors.

 

And shooting for a high six-figure salary (and yes, she and her husband have both certainly relied on her parents for providing easy and plentiful income while they traipse about the country following Sara's latest whim) is the absolute antithesis of everything she's "preaching". pageviewspageviewspageviews Her husband and kids must surely suffer for all of this.

 

Someone once commented on a blog post of hers, questioning the big screen TV they had and the high-priced items (VitaMixes, water filtration systems, etc. etc. etc.) and she countered with, "That is like being invited to someone's home and then insulting them" – but I thought that comment was spot on, and was more like being invited to someone's home for a vegan potluck and having the hostess serve beef. Plain out hypocritical.

November 25, 2014
9:43 am
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Kellenor
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November 25, 2014

Oh, and there is *ONE* black person profiled in her dreadlock book.

December 20, 2014
2:30 am
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lalaloopsy2
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October 6, 2014

They've never been strapped for cash:

1. Matt was CEO of a corporation that oversaw all of the Cold Stone franchises in the midwest for years when they packed up and sold their house and started on their living simply thing

2. She makes more money a month than he did with his construction company. He's SELLING his business to let her go whole hog on doTERRA

3. She got to Diamond in 6 months, which means she brings in anywhere from $10,000-$20,000 A MONTH. but their goal is blue diamond. oils, (the money from them anyway) consumes their lives!

 

It's not about health, or spreading love or anything other than making a boat load of money. you know, the good, "simple christian" values she goes on about. she is one person in her selfies and snapshots of colorful family bliss moments and a whole other person in real life.

I'd never look down on someone who wants to make money, I just don't like how she pretends it has nothing to do with money and lies about their lifestyle.  I mean, if you're blogging about your life to the whole world, then don't treat your readers like they're stupid.  There is definitely a different story to their life than the one you see on her blog.angry

January 3, 2015
8:05 am
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Sleepdeprived
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I feel so duped. I totally bought her schtick and even had a few moments when I felt bad because she (seemingly) spent 24/7 around her kids and seemed to really enjoy it. But joke is on me because she has a nanny? And they have family money? So they probably aren't living on as little as I always believed.

I never read the dreads book because I have zero interest in dreads but to only talk to white people seems very short sighted, at best.

January 7, 2015
10:18 am
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Overexcited Walrus

lalaloopsy2 meowed

I'd never look down on someone who wants to make money, I just don't like how she pretends it has nothing to do with money and lies about their lifestyle.  I mean, if you're blogging about your life to the whole world, then don't treat your readers like they're stupid.  There is definitely a different story to their life than the one you see on her blog.angry

Sounds like you know a bit of the behind-the-scenes info on her. I had an interaction with her once (not face to face), for work, and it really took me back how self-promotional she was– definitely not how she portrayed herself online.

I do not think her life is all unicorns and rainbows– especially living in such close quarters with the kids– and the oldest one is definitely not little anymore. My kids are pretty good kids, but I can't imagine they would be thrilled by that sort of living situation.

But, I am sure she has some sort of serenity oil to shill that will help with any family issues, right?

That's crazy she is making so much money from the oils– but she doesn't strike me as the type of person who THINKS AHEAD at all. Hope she's saving a bunch of cash…this essential oil scam won't last forever.

January 9, 2015
8:49 pm
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raivo
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January 9, 2015

I totally agree that she has gotten more and more tedious over the years – i started reading her blog at the very beginning when they sold their house and moved to the teeny apartment. Then suddenly it was "we're moving!", "we got an rv!", "we sold it (like 2 days later)", bought another one! Sold it! Blah blah blah. It was annoying that she was always preaching "bloom where you're planted" but never actually staying planted for more than 10 min. bs

Then there was the time on their "Live Lightly" tour that someone asked her about the hypocrisy of being on a veggie oil sustainability tour, yet flying all her family members all around the country all the time using tons of jet fuel. She responded that she didn't really care.

THEN, buying a house larger than the one that she wanted to sell wayyyy back at the beginning of her blogging thing for $375k and renting it out for $2200 a month. Plus all the diets, juicing, oils, dreads…..yawn. shutupsigh

She seems desperate for attention. Her husband must have the patience of a saint, I always wondered how she got him to go along with all her annoying ideas.

January 9, 2015
11:13 pm
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Overexcited Walrus

raivo meowed She seems desperate for attention. Her husband must have the patience of a saint, I always wondered how she got him to go along with all her annoying ideas.

I swear she once said that she NEVER turns down her husband's advances. I think it is some Christian thing.

Never underestimate the Power of Poon.

December 30, 2015
11:26 am
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kgrr
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December 22, 2014

I can't stand her blog or her instagram – every single picture is some new thing she bought. Or some new project she is making her husband do. I laughed loudly when she talked about her new Insta Pot and bone broth- really? Now you do bone broth? It's like she can't stop consuming, everything she does is materialistic. Ugh.



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