My name is Jessica Claire Haney. I am a writer, blogger, editor, wellness advocate, holistic business consultant, former high school English teacher, and mother.
Welcome to Crunchy-Chewy Mama, where I write about living naturally, most of the time.
Writing & Blogging
On Earth Day 2014, I launched the website I wished had existed when I became a parent. Mindful Healthy Life of Metro DC, is an online lifestyle magazine for families interested in holistic health, natural living and mindful parenting. It has a blog (where I write more frequently than here), a calendar, and a directory.
My graduate degrees are in English and women’s studies. I tweet more political, feminist and creative leanings occasionally at @CrunchyChewy.
Writing clips and more about my background are available at JessicaClaireHaney.com.
Parenting & Living Naturally, Most of the Time
I have one gregarious boy born in 2006 who got a sister in 2010. She tries to do everything he does with varying degrees of success and disaster.
Having long ago found healthier living thanks to a gluten-free, dairy-free diet, traditional foods diet and a wide variety of alternative health modalities, I’ve got pretty strong convictions about how to live to feel good.
But I also reside in a Northern Virginia suburb of Washington D.C. and have my share of contradictions when it comes to living a free-range lifestyle. One Birkenstocked foot is rooted firmly in the local health food store while the other is trying to make its way to a pedicure at a low-toxicity spa.
Some days we get outside a ton, others we seemingly just drive around.
When I’m not trying to find – or to complete – work for pay, writing, cooking, going to appointments or yoga classes, or arranging childcare – or parenting! – I volunteer on issues of health and wellness in schools, with NoVA Outside, and with the local chapter of Holistic Moms Network that I founded in January 2009.
Crunchy-Chewy Mama is the place where I reflect on life as I live it on both sides of the crunchy/mainstream divide, particularly when it comes to being a nutrition freak, attachment parenting mom, Waldorf education enthusiast and public education advocate.
Healthy Eating includes some recipes and food reviews but mostly shares my journey toward finding the right diet – that is, nutritional protocol – for me with my many sensitivities. Musings on politics in general, feminist issues in particular, and activism (often of the birth, body, and breastfeeding variety) are founded in Politics & Activism. I share experiences with and information about alternative health modalities (or rants about allopathic medicine) in Holistic Health. Reflections on writing, art, photography and theater, especially of the feminist, progressive, and/or mom-created variety, are found in The Arts. Local-related posts are on the DC Metro page.
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I am actively seeking partnerships and collaborations for Mindful Healthy Life, for the site in general and with respect to my forthcoming eBook, The Mindful Healthy Life Guide to Holistic Family Living in Metro DC.
I am not currently seeking collaborations through Crunchy-Chewy Mama, but I’m certainly always open to conversations!
Later in 2016, I will be seeking representation for my first novel. Contact me if you’re an agent and would like to have a conversation.
I can be reached via email at clairejess (at) gmail (dot) com.