6 Lessons We’ve Learned in 12 Years of Marriage

Through twelve years of marriage we've had many ups and downs and have worked hard to get to a good place. Here are six lessons we've learned in marriage along the way.

"Hey!! Daddy stop scoochin' mommy!!" Our 3 year old pulled on our pant legs as she tried to wedge herself between us while we stood in the kitchen kissing one evening when Jer got home from work. Somehow "scoochin'" has become the term for mommy and daddy kissing in our house and it cracks me up every time. Jer and I have been married for 12 years on September 20th, and I am so thankful to say that we are in the best place our marriage has ever been. We're proud of our relationship because … [Read more...]

How NOT to Save Money by Protecting Your Cell Phone

How NOT to Save Money by Protecting Your Cell Phone. What's your #PhoneWrecker type?

So what is more expensive? A quality protective cover for your cell phone? Or replacing a cracked, broken screen twice in three months? Well I can tell you, it's definitely not the cover! And I'm thankful to OtterBox for sponsoring this post and providing my phone with a case that will protect it from my kids and me from now on. I don't know about you, but my kids use my iPhone a lot. They play games, read books, watch shows and YouTube videos, FaceTime family, and listen to music. The first … [Read more...]

How comfortable do you feel using essential oils for your family?

How comfortable do you feel with using essential oils for your family?

Do you use essential oils for your family and around your home? How comfortable do you feel with properly using essential oils? I stared using essential oils several years ago. I first used them in my homemade cleaning recipes, and then as natural remedies for my family during cold and flu season. More recently I've been expanding my collection of oils, and learning even more amazing uses for them. Essential oils are beneficial, affordable, and even fun to use! But, as essential oils are … [Read more...]

Let me tell you a secret: You are an inspiration!

Let me tell you a secret: You are an inspiration!

A new friend came over for a playdate last week, and she said something to me, almost in passing, as she was leaving that has stuck with me and I can't get out of my mind. She said to me, "You're such an inspiration." And I was surprised and caught off guard by her comment. It's definitely not something I was expecting her to say.  Here's why, this new friend has a PhD in theology (or some other really, really smart thing) from Notre Dame and is now a professor there. She completed her … [Read more...]

3 Kid-Friendly Ways to Enjoy Smoothies

Does your family love smoothies? Here are 3 easy and kid-friendly ways to enjoy smoothies with a delicious Pina Colada Smoothie recipe.

Now that our kids are back in school, I'm making a point to be more intentional about planning ahead for our breakfasts, packed lunches, and after school snacks. I need to make sure I have quick, easy, and healthy options available. Fortunately, our family loves smoothies. (I mean really, who doesn't?!) And I love that smoothies are a great way to pack a lot of nutrition into a meal or snack without a lot of work! Here are some of the ways our family enjoys smoothies: For Breakfast You … [Read more...]

4 Things I Want to Say to My Kids Every Day

What would happen if you were intentional about saying these four phrases to your kids every single day? What kind of legacy would you leave for them? Read: 4 Things I want to say to my kids every day.

Several months ago during a Bible Study group we were studying Psalm 90 as a part of the life of Moses. It's a Psalm that talks about how the days of our lives are numbered and will pass away quickly. It can be a little depressing, but one of the ladies in our group shared how she viewed this passage in a different way regarding being intentional with our days and using them to leave a legacy. She encouraged us to count up the number of days we have left to live if we are blessed to live until … [Read more...]

Why we choose to send our kids to public school

Are you struggling with community or family expectations about how to educate your kids? Here's our family's reasons for sending our kids to public school, hopefully they will be an encouragement to you!

As our oldest two kids head back to school this week, I wanted to share our family's reasons for sending our kids to public school. This will be our kids' 3rd and 5th years, respectively, in public school because they attended two years of public preschool before beginning kindergarten. We have never regretted our decision to send them to public school! I know some families face community or family expectations about where and how to educate their children and sometimes have to make a … [Read more...]

3 Fun & Frugal Back to School Traditions for the Whole Family

Looking for some creative ideas for celebrating going back to school? Check out these 3 Fun & Frugal Back-to-School Traditions for the Whole Family that will start your kids off right this school year!

*This post was originally posted on Aug. 16, 2011, but I love these ideas so much and with my kids heading back-to-school tomorrow, I wanted to share them with you again today! I'm still catching up from being on vacation, so here's another great guest post for you! I love the idea of the time capsule, since this is my daughter's first year in school, it would be a great time to start that tradition! Guest Post by Stacey at A GOOD and SIMPLE Life: Back to school is just around the … [Read more...]

15 Favorite Classic Children’s Books for Every Family

Do you remember your favorite books from when you were younger? I love to share classic books with my kids. Here's our 15 Favorite Classic Children's Books for Every Family's Library including picture books, early readers, and chapter book series at LiveRenewed.com

Do you know what I think is absolute magic? Watching your child learn to read and then grow in their love of reading! This summer, I've had the pleasure of watching both of these happen with my two older kids. Kaelyn, who's going into 2nd grade, has been reading for a few years and has always read above her grade level, but this summer, she really started to dive into books and is reading a chapter book every few days! I love it when she brings her book to the breakfast table, in the car with … [Read more...]

How to Waste Your Day

Procrastination is something many of us struggle with on a regular basis. But what is our procrastination really costing us?

Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?  -Old Procrastination Proverb I learned from my Dad I sit snuggled up on the couch, the clock reads 11:00pm. I'm tired and I need to go to bed. I look around and notice a few things strewn about on the living room floor, left over from the post-soccer practice bedtime rush for the kids. The dining room table is still covered with crumbs from the day. In the kitchen, the dishwasher door sits open, left that way after loading the dinner dishes. … [Read more...]