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...]

Our Summer in Pictures

Our Summer in Pictures at LiveRenewed.com

It's been a rainy and fairly cool summer so far, but we're trying to still enjoy every moment! Shopping Local at Madison Road Artisan Market This girl has been reading like CRAZY and I LOVE IT SO MUCH!! Lots of cloudy, rainy soccer games. And of course, summer projects - we still need to finish painting the bathroom! Just the sweetest! And these too! From our garden! We LOVE Art for Kids Hub! She's 3!! Highly recommend this balance bike we got her for her … [Read more...]

Healthy Banana or Chocolate Protein Milkshake

A healthy alternative for a cold, refreshing milkshake with an added protein boost. Healthy Banana or Chocolate Protein Milkshake at LiveRenewed.com

This post was created as part of the #NOWWellness Blogger Ambassador Campaign in which I am a financially compensated blogger ambassador. The opinions are my own and based on my own experience. One of my very favorite things about summer is milkshakes, smoothies and frozen drinks. Our family loves them so much that we use our blender on pretty much a daily basis. We make them for breakfast, snacks and sometimes even for a simple dinner with popcorn when mama's feeling lazy, or it's too … [Read more...]

6 Uses for Avocado Oil

Have you tried the healthy, real food oil yet? Here's 6 Uses for Avocado Oil to get you started! at LiveRenewed.com

This post was created as part of the #NOWWellness Blogger Ambassador Campaign in which I am a financially compensated blogger ambassador. The opinions are my own and based on my own experience. I've been using healthy, real food oils in my cooking and homemade personal care products for years - butter, coconut oil, and olive oil. But recently I learned about another real food oil and was intrigued and wanted to try it for myself. We all know how good avocados are for us, so it only … [Read more...]

Summer Stuff We Love

A list of our favorite things for summer - make your life easier and enjoy time with your family this summer. Summer Stuff we Love at LiveRenewed.com

In honor of my kids finally being done with school and on summer break, I wanted to share with you some of our favorite summer stuff we love, the things that are bringing us joy, or making our lives a little bit easier, this summer! I'd love to hear from you too, share your family's summer essentials with us! As we go through our daily routine: Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones I got this devotional book after searching around on Amazon for a devotional book for … [Read more...]