Monday, June 11, 2018

Organic Beauty and Care - Comprehensive List



I get a lot of questions about our bath and body regimens.  For years our family has not used things with synthetic preservatives, artificial colors, fluoride, and artificial sweeteners.  Avoiding these things was really challenging in the years past.  We had to make a lot of our own goods.  Though some of our homemade products were great, others fell short of our expectations.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Delicious Slow-cooker Vegan Chili


Happy Tuesday!

I love making chili!  It's so easy, so delicious, and helps me rid my fridge of veggies I need to use up! Win-win-win!  Plus, it's a great meal to put together when Monday hits and the world seems to be filled with chaos!

There are only a few required ingredients:

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Paul's Summer/Fall Capsule Wardrobe



Capsule wardrobes are a bit of  an obsession.  Because of my minimalist and sustainable attitude toward fashion, I have been de-facto wearing a capsule wardrobe for years, but only recently did I vow to do the same for my kids.  The most difficult to do this for was my newest son.  Babies need a lot of clothes, right?

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!


Today is Mexican Mother's Day.  This is the day I usually celebrate Mother's Day with my mom.  In honor of this day, I wanted to share something for newer moms.

For whatever reason, post-baby bodies are frequently included in my Instagram explore feed. Women sharing how they are working out at a few weeks post delivery and sometimes even bragging that they are back on track after a week. Posting photos of their trim tummies—absent of any evidence that a life had just grown inside their wombs. 


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

My New Sewing and Crafting Desk!

Hello! 

I just got this beautiful new sewing desk delivered!  I'm working on setting it up now!  Check out my Instagram stories to see it as I build it!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Babies and the Kitchen Sink


Today Paul is 16 months old! Today Paul still fits in the kitchen sink for baths, but not forever and not for long. I will miss these days with all of my heart.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Lay or Lie? Why is English So Difficult?

Let sleeping babies lie

"Lay" v.s. "lie"... oh me, oh my.  Seriously, this has to be one of the most confusing word mix-ups in the English language for me.  I always hesitate in using these words because I always know that I am likely going to use them incorrectly.  Most people will not notice, but it just bothers me that I don't understand the rule!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Breastfeeding a Toddler: Why I Continue Past the 12 Month Mark

Paul and me at 1 year and 3 months.
Here I am again.  My fourth earthly baby has reached the one year mark.  It has come so quickly that it feels like he was born a mere blink ago!  Celebrating the completion of the first year of his life comes with many exciting milestones from learning to walk, and increase in communication skills, and for many babies, weaning.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Simplifying Life: Is It Always a Good Thing?


To answer the question, no, not always.  I started this blog five years ago and so much has changed in that time.  In many respects, I feel like I am a very different person.  When I started writing on this specific blog, I wanted to share a lot of "life hacks."  Things that are easy, quick, simple, and require little effort.  All of that is fine, except that I've found--at least in my own life-- that quick and easy answers are not always the best answers.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

How to Wash Bed Pillows in the Washing Machine


Laundering bedding is one of my least favorite chores.  Being a family of six, we have quite a bit of bedding and adding this into my daily laundry creates a mountain of blankets once a week.  What a lot of people do not realize is that it is not only the bedding that need to be washed, but pillows really need to be cleaned as well!  I know, who wants more laundry?! I think most of us would answer, "Not me," but if this is not already a part of your routine, it should be and it's so very worth the end result.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Why is My House Always Getting Messy? 31 Days to Clean - Day 7


So I'm getting back to my book 31 Days to Clean by Sarah May and I'm currently on day seven.  Day seven's reading is basically about the curse. 

As Sarah states it, the curse is not that we would have to work (there was work before the curse and we will again have work after the restoration of all things) but rather that we have unproductive and tedious work.

No Matter how many times I clean and have the kids clean up after themselves, I always seem to find a mess.

Monday, February 19, 2018

How to Better Manage Your Time: Even if You Have a Personality Type with a Poor Concept of Time


Time management is difficult for me. I’m often so caught up in a task that hours can pass by in what seems like the blink of an eye. In fact, my well-intended efforts to meet with someone are often delayed substantially because something that I think will take 10 minutes can take (rob) an hour of my time before I realize it! However, despite this issue involving time as a construct, I’ve found some simple ways to save time throughout the day and to keep too many tasks from stealing away your day.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Life-Schooling through Books


Library days are among my favorites. Getting to the library is always a challenge for us, especially right now that Paul is 13 months. I try to schedule library outings around nap-times, but he usually wakes shortly after arrival.

This past week’s outing came with a surprise...

Monday, February 12, 2018

Making Tax-Time Fun with a Few Pretty Things!


Alright, let's be honest--even if you are expecting a refund, filing taxes is never fun.  As a small business owner, it's even less fun, but I look forward to the little things!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Simple Valentine's Day Craft for Young Children


Happy February!  With Valentine's day around the corner, it's a good time to revisit fun activities!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Boho Driftwood Jewelry Display



Today I'm sharing this super cute and simple jewelry display! 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

How to Clean Your Warm Mist Humidifier Without Chemicals



I’m doing something a little different today, but it starts with a short story.  During a nasty cold in our home, we decided pulled our humidifier out.  We were using an adorable Hello-Kitty cool-mist humidifier in our kids’ room, but needing a second and after doing some research, I realized that a warm-mist humidifier would be better for our family,

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Year: Out with Resolutions, In with Goals



With a new year comes the feeling of a clean slate, a new beginning.  I’ve never been one to make new year’s resolutions—I’d never quite understood why a resolution should begin on January 1st and not just whenever a person currently is.  Also, it always seemed to me that resolutions are quickly broken and abandoned.

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