10 Ways to Clean with Salt

Even though I've been using natural and homemade cleaners for over 8 years, I had been neglecting this super effective and affordable natural cleaner hiding right in my cabinet! Here are 10 Ways to Clean with Salt all around your home!

One of the very first changes I made when moving toward a more green and natural lifestyle was to ditch all of the chemical filled conventional cleaners I had simply assumed were the best way to clean my house. Since that time I've experimented with many, many different natural and non-toxic cleaners and homemade cleaning recipes. I've found my favorites that have a permanent spot in my cleaning supply cabinet, as well as made some mistakes along the way. I continue to be amazed that there … [Read more...]

30 Practical Items to Pack in an Operation Christmas Child Box

Bless a child with useful items that will meet their needs with these great ideas for practical items to pack in an Operation Christmas Child box this year! 30 Items to Pack in an Operation Christmas Child Box

Our family packed a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child for the first time this year! I want to encourage you to pack a box with your family too, especially if you've never packed one before. Operation Christmas Child blesses children around the world with shoeboxes packed with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items to demonstrate God's love to them in tangible ways. If you're new to the Operation Christmas Child ministry, start by watching some of the OCC videos with your kids. This will … [Read more...]

Managing After School Screen Time for Kids

Managing After School Screen Time for Kids - A helpful and intentional plan to help manage after school screen time for kids.

I don't know about your kids, but almost every day when my kids come home from school, after grabbing a snack, they ask for screen time. Whether it's watching a show, playing a game on the iPad, or checking out one of their favorite You Tube channels it was becoming a default for them which was something I wanted to avoid. Torch, a new and exciting wifi router, is sponsoring this post and I'm excited to share with you how it can help you to manage your kids' screen time. In order to … [Read more...]

How to Clean a White Kitchen Sink Without Harsh Chemicals

Is your white kitchen sink dirty, dingy, and stained? This method will get it bright white and sparkly clean again without harsh chemicals or a lot of work! Find out How to Clean Your White Kitchen Sink Without Harsh Chemicals!

I really, really love the idea of a white kitchen sink. A white apron sink is on my wish list for when we finally get around to updating our kitchen. But let me tell you, those things are crazy hard to keep bright white and sparkly clean when you use them for, you know, cooking and feeding your family three meals a day. Unless you never, ever eat at home, your white kitchen sink is likely to look dingy, dirty, and just plain gross without a little intentional cleaning on your part. We've … [Read more...]

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...]