A Time of Quiet

Winter trees at LiveRenewed.com

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

How to completely clear counters at LiveRenewed.com

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

How to completely clear off your kitchen counters at LiveRenewed.com

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...]

A Quick Sale on Green Your Life!

Green Your Life: A Guide to Natural, Eco-Friendly Living by Emily McClements of LiveRenewed.com

This weekend only I'm running a sale on Green Your Life, A Guide to Natural, Eco-Friendly Living for 40% off with the code JUNE14!    This is the first time Green Your Life has been on sale, and will probably be the last time it's on sale for the rest of the year! So get started living a greener, healthier, more natural life today! Click here to purchase Green Your Life! … [Read more...]

50+ Tempting Cold Drink Recipes to Help You Kick The Soda Habit!

This is great! 50+ Tempting Cold Drink Recipes to Help You Kick the Soda Habit! from LiveRenewed.com

Summer  is here! And one of the things that I really missed when our family first made the switch to real food was soda (or pop, Coke, soda pop, fizzy drink, or whatever else you might call it!) I knew that soda was really bad for me, but there's just something about that ice cold carbonated drink that I especially crave when it's super hot outside!  What I don't like though, is the effects that soda has on my body! I get headaches and really bad back pains and aches whenever I drink it. So, … [Read more...]

Five Minute Friday: Nothing

Kids at the beach

We spent last weekend in Northern Michigan, one of our favorite places in the world, and enjoyed beautiful weather (although the water was freezing)! It was great family time and I just had to share this pic, because well, they're stinkin' cute!  I have been wanting to join in with Lisa Jo and Five Minute Fridays for a long time, but for some reason or another, just never jumped in. This week has been crazy around here, but I want to stay committed to posting twice a week. So when I woke … [Read more...]

Should you use a Vinegar and Baking Soda Mixture for Cleaning?

Should you use a Vinegar and Baking Soda Mixture for cleaning? The answer might surprise you! from LiveRenewed.com

I learned something interesting last month when I wrote a post over on Keeper of the Home about vinegar not being a great non-toxic cleaner. I found out that some people love their vinegar and can be kinda defensive about it! But, I'm here today to dispel another green and natural cleaning myth: That vinegar and baking soda is an effective homemade cleaning solution.  So should you use a vinegar and baking soda mixture for cleaning? The truth might actually surprise you. The Truth About … [Read more...]