I am a stay at home, nature lovin,’ felt lovin,’ vegetarian earth mama! I have two lovely daughters, a hard-working husband and lots of animals- turtles, cats and dogs. We love the outdoors and nature…which inspire us daily. I have a BA from Ohio State University and my Masters of Arts in Teaching from Mary Baldwin College. I have taught elem. ed. and preschool for about 20 years in schools and parks, my focus has always been science and env. ed. I have a great love of herbs and their medicinal qualities, have been studying them for a long time and continue to learn all I can about them. I have been asked numerous times how I have raised such nature lovin’ and creative little ladies. This site is dedicated to those questions, this is how I do it!

IMG_2301 This is Araina (6yo), she is the spice in the family (although she has a lot of sugar as well). She is an animal lover and the animals adore her right back. She definitely has the magic touch with them. She is always singing, making up rhymes, dancing and making people laugh. Her favorite colors are blue and orange and she collects owls. Help us because she is a natural born flirt.

IMG_1961 This is Fauna (7yo almost 8), she is my little fairy that is always doing magical things around the house. Her favorite place to go when she needs peace is into our back field. She is my little herbalist, she is always making medicinal teas to drink when she is not feeling well and healing lotions for cuts and bruises. She loves to get dirty and play in the mud.  Her favorite colors are pink and red and she collects horses. You may not see her in the posts as much because she is starting to become annoyed with the “crazy lady with the camera!” She has her own website called 3 Black Inkspots.



30 responses to “About”

  1. Denise Kennedy

    I have loved looking through your blog! I am a new blogger myself and I can only hope to have a blog this well put together and beautiful one day!

    1. 5 Orange Potatoes

      Thank you Denise! I’ll be having a look at yours!

    2. 5 Orange Potatoes

      Denise, I would love a link to see your blog. :)

  2. Stacey

    Hi Lisa! Thank you so much for your amazing blog! I come often and comment never. I’m bad for that, but I promise to give feedback on anything I use. Because I use you A LOT. As a result I have wished a Beautiful Blogger Award on you. Lucky you. Check it out on my site if you like, but know you are in my top 7 blogs because you are so amazingly fantastic. Thank you again and again for filling out my homeschooling projects. I don’t know what we’d do without you!


  3. Ami

    Lisa, I am deeply inspired by what you’ve done here! I’ve just started blogging, and found your link through some other blogs I love, and I am astounded at the depth and beauty of your life! Thank you so much for sharing, it is so motivating and sweet! I think I’ve been lost, browsing through your seemingly endless creativity for nearly an hour now! Thanks again!

  4. Jeanene Tremoulet

    Hi Lisa, I love all your beautiful creations.. I’m sure my children would have lots of fun in your home. We have a beautiful organic farm in Dominican Republic but we are looking to return to the USA in the near future so are heading on an airstream adventure through some states to see where our journey takes us. My children love herbs, we make our own teas, tinctures, creams. So much fun for them.

  5. damhaza

    Awsome blog! I am a nature lover too, i still live in the city but i plan to live outdoors.

    I love and defend all living thing, wich it is something many of my friends do not share. they are more like city people. It’s something that runs in my family and it is wonderful to find this blog with whom i share preferences. I look forward to continue reading and learning here! nice to meet you :)

  6. Danielle

    You are a beautiful soul! Your approach to art and play are inspiring and you and your girls are lucky to have each other. I will be visiting often to see what new adventures you are kind enough to share. Thank-you!!

  7. Sheila Camm

    I am interested in how you came up with the name for your blog?

  8. Patti

    WOW!!! I’m SO glad I found your blog—-it is simply amazing! I love all photos that give us a little glimpse of your life and I can’t wait to try some of your recipes. You have a lovely family, pets included, and I look forward to reading more. Thank you for inspiring me today.

    Blessings, Patti

  9. Miss Lily

    Thank you for being here on the world wide web!
    I love your site, the pages, the feel. It is without a doubt the most lovely and comfortable page and site I have ever visited. thank you for inviting me in, and greeting me with such a warm welcome. Beautiful. Thank you .. much love your way.

  10. Ginny

    Nice to “meet” you! My mother in law attended Mary Baldwin College, and we live in Virginia. My nickname in middle school was “nature girl” and I am still holding true to that title some twenty years later :-)

  11. Dawn Suzette

    Nice to meet you!
    Looking forward to exploring your blog and seeing your nature adventures unfold!

  12. Charley Jones

    Hi Lisa
    What a lovely blog. The shot of your husband’s shoes made me laugh. My husband is also not a fan of being “featured” in my blog posts, but luckily he is very helpful when it comes to generating ideas and content for my writing as he loves to get out on the water too.
    Charley :)

  13. Judy

    Just zoomed in from the UK while looking for a recipe for violet tea and was delighted to find this lovely website – such a pleasure to delve into – well done for sharing with a virtual world!

  14. Sadie from allnaturalme.com

    YOU are lovely. Is there any way we could do play dates?

    Much love!!

  15. Meg Rosker

    I love how you did this page. It is fantastic. I will have to work on doing something similar on my blog. Your photos look great! I love your site and will be checking back often. When you have a chance, take a look at our blog. Take Care. Meg

  16. Annie

    Thanks for sharing. I am continually amazed at the creativity I find online. I look forward to being inspired by your blog as I venture into homeschooling two three year olds.


  17. angelica

    Lisa, I have a request! :) I’d love to see a post with some pictures of your favorite areas in your house. I loved the post of your table full of nature supplies, and always love getting glimpses of your pots or herbs, drying leaves, etc. I need some inspiration for bringing nature indoors. I am so happy to have found your blog, and find something inspiring in every post.

    1. 5 Orange Potatoes

      Interesting idea Angelica, I will have to work on that one!

  18. Zoe

    Just wanted to let you know we’ve had great fun this afternoon reading your various dandelion posts – and have linked to them from http://www.playingbythebook.net/2009/11/12/the-overconsumption-of-dandelions/ where we’ve just reviewed a fun kids’ picture book about dandelions.
    Thanks for all the inspiration!

  19. nola @ alamonorth

    Just found you via Maria, my friend in Poland. Your site looks lovely! i will bookmark it and be back to rummage around later!

  20. Amber

    Thank you for sharing these projects!! As a homeschooling mom I need ideas like these. :o)

  21. Janey

    I just found your site–having been directed here from another. As I wandered through, I thought that you HAD to be a home schooler. Well, I guess all parents are home schoolers to some extent–some just more than others.

    So many things here that are along the lines I things I did with my sons when we were learning at home. I wish your site had been around then. There are so many great ideas here for learning about life through our own environment. One of my greatest joys learning with my kids was gaining knowledge about our own surroundings. We studies our wildflowers, trees, rivers, ponds, woods, local history, and industry in depth. What a wonderful base on which to build a real understanding of the world. You have two lucky children there. Way to go!

  22. Jill

    What a wonderful site you have created! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and education! It is a gift!
    Best to you , Jill

  23. Claudia Lara

    Hermosa tu página wweb… hermoso trabajo, felicidades¡¡¡¡ claudia lara, Copiapó III región de Chile.

  24. The Tan Family - Syrendell

    You did a great job of sharing your life with us on this page! I feel like I know you better. What a beautiful family you have. :)

  25. Nichole

    Glad to have found you! You are generous with all the wonderful ideas you share with us. I’ll be reading along.

  26. olga

    Hi Lisa! It is great to visit your ‘new’ blog and find out even more about you! Your dogs are so cute :)

  27. Cam

    I LOVE your About page! It is so cute!! Nice to ‘meet’ you all, and I am still laughing at the shoe shot!!

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