5 Simple Castile Soap Cleaning Recipes

Replace five conventional household cleaners with these simple castile soap cleaning solutions. Save money and eliminate toxic cleaners from your home!

Replace five conventional household cleaners with these simple castile soap cleaning solutions. Save money and eliminate toxic cleaners from your home! Castile soap is one of my greatest green and natural loves. It is made from plant-based oils and free of artificial foaming agents, harsh cleansers and detergents, petrochemicals, and anti-bacterial agents like triclosan. I use castile soap as the base for almost all of my homemade natural cleaning recipes because it is so effective. … [Read more...]

When You’re Not Thrilled About Being Pregnant

Sometimes getting a positive pregnancy test is not what we expected or wanted. An honest piece on when you're not thrilled about being pregnant.

Two lines. Two lines. What in the world?! How is that possible? No. That can’t be right. I’m pregnant? Two lines. I’m pregnant???! I can’t. believe. I’m. pregnant. These were the thoughts running through my mind as I took a pregnancy test at the beginning of December and it came back obviously positive, within seconds. No waiting 3 minutes for that thin blue line to appear. It was there as soon as the liquid moved across the test strip. This was completely unexpected. A … [Read more...]

And The Gift Goes On

Make generous giving to those less fortunate and more vulnerable a part of your family's gift giving tradition this year with the Samaritan's Purse Gift Catalog

One of my very favorite things about Christmas is the traditions. Growing up, my family had a tradition of playing Sandi Patty's song "The Gift Goes On" on Christmas morning as we handed out our presents from under the tree. The lyrics say, "And the gift goes on, the Father gave the Son, And the gift goes on, the Son gave the Spirit, And the gift goes on, the Spirit gives us Life, So we can give the gift of Love. And the gift goes on and on and on." As cheesy as the song may now … [Read more...]

Winter Gear Storage Solution: Simple DIY Shelf & Bench

Are you dreading winter and the onslaught of winter gear that comes along with it? Wondering where you are going to keep all of that stuff? Check out this Winter Gear Storage Solution: Simple DIY Shelf & Bench

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Behr. The opinions and text are my own.  Winter is right around the corner here in Northern Indiana, and for all of us who live in cold and snowy climates we know that along with winter comes lots and lots and lots of winter gear. Our entryway becomes overrun with snow boots, coats, snow pants, hats, gloves, and scarves, in addition to our regular bags, backpacks, shoes, and more. Since we use this gear for as much as five months out of the … [Read more...]

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...]