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...]

Homemade Shaving Cream for Father’s Day

Need a quick and easy Father's Day gift? Homemade Shaving Cream from 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. Father's Day is right around the corner, have you decided on a present for your man yet? If not, check out this awesome and easy Homemade Shaving Cream.  Most of us have husbands who either have to, or choose to, shave their faces every day. Conventional shaving creams can not only be … [Read more...]

Entertaining and Educational YouTube Channels for Kids

Do your kids want to learn a new hobby or try some fun science experiments this summer? This list of awesome YouTube channels for kids will help get them started! at LiveRenewed.com

It's finally June!! For many of us, summer break is just beginning. For others of us, we have a few more days of school left. (Hurry up, Summer!) But hopefully most of us are working on our intentional summer plan and routine for our kids. So, I wanted to offer a few fun ways for your kids explore some new hobbies or activities this summer, while also helping to keep them occupied for a bit! It's a win-win! Over the past year or so, my kids have really enjoyed learning new things and trying … [Read more...]

On Parenting with Grace and Second Chances

How parenting has taught me about grace and second chances at LiveRenewed.com

Last week, I was sitting on the floor with my daughter, helping her sort hundreds of tiny rubber bands by color after I accidentally knocked over her Rainbow Loom band storage box that had been left open and sitting precariously on our dining room bench. As we worked, she talked. (I love that about working side by side with my kids, how they talk and open up, especially when I'm helping them with something.) And she told me something I will cling to as a mother for a long time. "Mom," she … [Read more...]

Why I’m Now a Huge Audiobook Fan (and why I think you should be too!)

Listening to audiobooks is a great way to increase your productivity and encourage life-long learning. Find out how and why I listen to audiobooks! at LiveRenewed.com

Just over a year ago I jumped on the audiobook wagon, and I have never looked back. It is not an overstatement for me to say that listening to audiobooks has changed my life! Here's why: Increased Motivation Sometimes, okay most of the time, I don't want to clean my house. I despise doing dishes, I don't enjoy folding clothes, and let's not even talk about cleaning the bathroom. The only homemaking task I might actually enjoy is vacuuming. I do love a nice clean floor! So I usually need a … [Read more...]

Chocolate Peanut Butter “Ice Cream”

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter "Ice Cream" A Perfect snack to satisfy your sweet tooth! at LiveRenewed.com

By Rachel Line (my sister!) Yesterday I was super hungry when my son got up from his nap. He usually has a snack, and I decided to join him. But what should we have? I saw the bananas laying on our counter and I thought of the piles of frozen bananas in my freezer. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana "Ice Cream"... perfect! I've been making this special treat for several years now, and I love it for so many reasons. It satisfies my sweet tooth without all the unnecessary ingredients of … [Read more...]