5 Ways to Green Your Bedroom

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If I had to guess, I'd bet we all wish we spent a little more time in our bedrooms. Whether relaxing, sleeping, reading, or enjoying our spouses, more time in the bedroom is pretty much always a good thing. We need to think about more than just increasing the quantity of time we spend in our bedrooms, by also looking at the quality of our time. So, it's important to make sure our rooms are as safe and non-toxic as possible. Here are five ways to green your bedroom, including our absolute … [Read more...]

DIY Kitchen Storage Boxes

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*This is a guest post by my husband, Jeremy, who loves woodworking and builds us beautiful and functional stuff for our home. Because so many people commented asking about our kitchen storage boxes, I'm so thankful he took the time to put together this DIY tutorial for you! This post contains affiliate links. By Jeremy McClements I have wanted to join the fray and add a DIY post here for a while now. I love building and creating projects for our family. I take ideas I find other places and … [Read more...]

5 Books to Read in 2015!

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Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. One of my personal goals for the New Year is to continue reading as much as I can and listening to audiobooks whenever I can. I have loved reading since I was a young girl, but haven't made as much time for it in the past few years as I would have liked. During my blogging break, I read and listened to some fabulous books that had a huge impact on my life and expanded my mind and heart. I love that about books! Such a simple, but profound, way to … [Read more...]

How I’m Kicking Off 2015: My 5 Personal Quarterly Goals

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Okay, yes I realize we are already a week into 2015, and I'm finally getting around to posting after my almost 6 month blogging break. (Yikes! Was it really that long?!) Oh, it it so good to be back! I have so much to talk to ya'll about! First of all, how are your New Year's goals and resolutions going so far? You know, I used to think that I HAD to have all of my goals and resolutions set by January 1st and if I didn't then I had already missed the boat. I thought that if I didn't start … [Read more...]

A Time of Quiet

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The ground here is already covered with snow, which definitely puts me in the Christmas mood! For a peek behind the scenes of Live Renewed, you can follow along with me on Instagram!  You've probably noticed that it's been a little quiet around here recently. I haven't posted much since July! This break has been intentional. I took a break from blogging in July to enjoy the summer with my kids and go on vacation with my family. But then that break extended into August when we got back from … [Read more...]

To be called Mommy

What a privilege it is to be called mama at LiveRenewed.com

Mom. Mom. Mom. Mama! Mama!! MOOOOMMMMYYYY!!! We were driving back from our family vacation in Northern Michigan, and while the older two kiddos were watching a movie the youngest babe wasn't interested and instead wanted my undivided attention for about two hours straight. Jer and I were trying to have a meaningful conversation, which was pretty much impossible because we kept being interrupted every 5 seconds by her yelling, "Mama, Mama, MAMA!!!!" I'd say, "Yes, Blair?" and she'd rattle … [Read more...]

How to Completely Clear Off Your Kitchen Counters

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The kitchen is the heartbeat of the home, but too often our kitchen counters can be messy and cluttered which can lead to us feeling stressed and overwhelmed. A clean kitchen is a happy and productive place to be!  I shared last week about how I had completely cleared off my kitchen counters last summer, and the big difference that it made in my life. And if you follow me on Instagram you probably noticed that I spent most of a recent Friday sharing my process of clearing off my … [Read more...]

5 Ways Clearing Off My Kitchen Counters Changed My Life

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Around this time last year, I completely cleared off my counters. As in, I removed everything from my counters except for soap by the sink and a small aloe plant. It was AMAZING. One night when my hubs and I were taking a walk after dinner, I told him that I thought completely clearing off the counters had changed my life. He chuckled and told me I was being a little dramatic. But I was serious. It really did change a lot of things about my life that were causing me stress and making me … [Read more...]

Vaccinating my Child: 15 Reasons I’m Looking for Middle Ground

Let's have an adult conversation about vaccines. Vaccinating my child: 15 Reasons I'm looking for middle ground at LiveRenewed.com

I told myself that I would never write about vaccines. It is a scorching hot topic, and honestly I don't want to get burned. But here I am, because I have this sneaking suspicion that maybe I'm not alone in feeling the way I do. My daughter had her two year old well baby visit this week. And I was feeling very anxious leading up to the visit because I knew we'd have to face the issue of vaccines again with our doctor. Let me start by saying that I am not pro-vaccine and I'm not … [Read more...]

Babies Don’t Keep: Some Thoughts on Being Done with Babies and Breastfeeding

Babies Don't Keep: Some Thoughts on Being Done with Babies & Breastfeeding at LiveRenewed.com

My baby turned two years old on Sunday. Deep breath. When did that happen?! I can still remember giving birth to her at home, in our bedroom. Like it was yesterday. And the newborn snuggles! Oh, the newborn snuggles. I just cannot get enough. Those newborn days are so fleeting. You're so exhausted, and yet trying to just drink in every moment. The days just seem to fly by too fast. And you blink and she's not a baby anymore. She's two, and she's running and talking and growing into … [Read more...]