On Grief and Grace (or Why I Hate April)

Sunrise in the rearview mirror - On Grief and Grace at LiveRenewed.com

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise - Victor Hugo Life has been full and busy around here for the past few weeks, and my mind occupied with projects and deadlines and activities for the kids. Finally, at the end of last week I felt like I could come up for air. Except when I took a deep breath, it wasn't a breath of fresh air. It was heavy and filled with dread. April and Easter are right around the corner, and I hate April. This is strange, I know, because most people … [Read more...]

Encouraging Your Kids to Love Reading

Do you have a child who is ready to dive into reading chapter books? Check out these ideas for encouraging your kids to love reading at LiveRenewed.com

The UPS truck pulled up in front of our house and my daughter could not contain her excitement, she had been waiting all week for her new Kindle to arrive. Every day she'd run into the house after school and ask, expectantly, "Is it here yet?!" And every day when I answered, "No, not yet," her face would fall and she look up at me with sad eyes. So on this day when the UPS delivery man jumped out of his truck with a small brown box, she was so ready. But then he went up to our neighbor's … [Read more...]

Pour Into A Thirsty World: World Water Day 2015

World Water Day 2015

Every morning, I stumble into the kitchen in the faint light of the early morning, grab my tea kettle and turn on the faucet. The water flows down smoothly and easily and fills the kettle, which I set on the stove to boil, eagerly awaiting my morning coffee. I didn't have to go anywhere or work in any way to have clean fresh flowing water this morning. In my home, in my life, water is always there. It's always been there and it will always be there. I never have to think about it or worry … [Read more...]

6 Natural and Simple Stress Relievers

Feeling Stressed and overwhelmed? Try these 6 Natural & Simple Stress Relievers at LiveRenewed.com

To say that February was a stressful month for our family might be a bit of an understatement. It was one of those months where Murphy's Law came true. Anything that could go wrong, did go wrong, and all around the same time! I'll spare you all the details, but here's a little rundown: The drain in our basement flooded so we were unable to do laundry At the same time our family got hit with the stomach flu so there was extra laundry to be done We thought we fixed the drain, but then it … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Clean

Do you struggle with feeling overwhelmed when you look at the mess around your house and don't know where to start? Choose one of these 7 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Clean and get started right now! at LiveRenewed.com

I often find it a little bit ironic that some of the most popular posts here at Live Renewed are posts about cleaning. I don't know if I'm the best person to offer cleaning advice because it's something I struggle with myself! I wrote those posts as encouragement and motivation as much for myself as I did for you! But, there's something about these posts that have really resonated with a lot of people; maybe because you don't like cleaning either and have a hard time keeping up with your … [Read more...]

The Best Way to Fold and Organize Your Kids’ Clothes!

The Best Way to fold and organize your kids' clothes! at LiveRenewed.com

Let me just start off this post by saying that I am NOT a naturally organized person or a naturally good housekeeper. You know those women whose homes seem to always be clean and in order, even when you stop by unannounced? Yeah, I am definitely not one of them! Because keeping a clean and organized home doesn't come naturally to me, but I wish it did, I have read A LOT of books on organizing, decluttering, and cleaning. Over the years, through a lot of trial and error and with many relapses … [Read more...]

Dear People Who Want Me To Vaccinate My Child

Dear People Who Want Me to Vaccinate My Child: An Open Letter from LiveRenewed.com

Dear Government officials, Pro-Vax parents, and Media pundits who want me to vaccinate my child, Here I am again, drawn into this issue that I said I would never talk about because this whole discussion, debate, argument, whatever it is, makes me absolutely crazy. I'm hearing loud and clear right now that you want me to vaccinate my child. I get that you're passionate about it and you're just trying to get your message across. I think you fail to understand, however, that I'm actually … [Read more...]

From Death to New Life: On Observing Lent for the First Time

Death & New Life: On Observing Lent for the First Time at LiveRenewed.com

I was raised in a Wesleyan church and for me Lent was something the Catholic kids at school did when they'd give up chocolate or pop and wouldn't eat meat on Friday. I didn't really know what Lent was, but I thought it was more about following some outdated religious symbolism then a spiritual practice that would actually deepen my relationship with Jesus. My dad passed away on April 21, 2012. Just two weeks after our family had all been together to celebrate Easter. And as anyone who has … [Read more...]

All Natural Energy-Boosting Drink

Do you drag in the afternoons and sometimes reach for an extra cup of coffee or soda? Kick the afternoon caffeine habit today with this detoxing, natural energy-boosting drink! from LiveRenewed.com

I stumbled across the idea of an Apple Cider Vinegar and water drink a few years ago and was intrigued. I had heard a lot about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) but was unsure about actually drinking it. I figured it couldn't hurt to try it. I found a simple recipe and I was pleasantly surprised by the taste, but it was the way I felt after drinking it that really got me hooked! It's a natural energy-boosting drink!  While there are definitely lots of good reasons to to drink ACV … [Read more...]

Just Another Day in My Extraordinary Ordinary Life

I'm sharing photos from a regular day in my regular life. My days are not anything special or amazing, but I live an extraordinary ordinary life. Come peek at a day in my life and find out why! at LiveRenewed.com

I really love the idea of the Day in the Life posts. I like taking a typical day and chronicling it in words and pictures. The problem becomes that my life and mind and hands are so full most days that I often forget to stop and take pictures every hour and write down what I've been doing! I decided to chronicle my day on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. It was supposed to be a typical day with my kiddos, but it didn't turn out quite the way I expected. Here's a peek into a day of my extraordinary … [Read more...]