Minimalist(ish) Stocking Stuffers

If you know me personally, you know I struggle with holidays and giving and receiving. Last year I was very outspoken against participating in Christmas, much to hubby’s chagrin, so we have compromised this year and will do a few things at his request. One of those things is to do stockings again. As a minimalist at heart (but not so much in practice – it’s a goal I’m always working toward), I came up with some ideas for stocking stuffers that will be enjoyed by the kids but not be a bunch of little China cheapies that will get

Ingenuity Trio 3-in-1 High Chair Review

After we added our fourth child to our family, it dawned on me that with an 18 month age gap between her and my third child (my ALL BOY child who likes to run, climb and throw food), I would need two high chairs, or at least a booster seat for my son. In looking for a play yard on the Walmart site, I saw a set that includes a play yard, a bouncer and this high chair, the Ingenuity Trio. I don’t need all that, but the high chair popped up on my Facebook feed after that (eyeroll…they are

We Are Those Weirdo Homeschoolers

Yep, that’s us. We do things differently from most. I’m the mom with the gaggle of kids at the grocery store in the middle of the day (or not, since grocery pickup is my current go-to!). We are the ones who don’t know most of the characters from popular TV shows, so we may not be able to hold a conversation about pop culture, and that can be awkward. They are the children who think outside the box and come up with ideas you never considered, which means sometimes you don’t understand them at first. They might be shy at

FREE Dairy Unit Study

This was our first unit study of the 2017-2018 school year! It was pretty intensive and demanded quite a bit of my own time due to all the kitchen activities, but my children are also barely kindergarten age, so older kids (and their moms!) will have an easier time than we did. It was still great fun! In our dairy unit, we learned about how milk comes from cows, the process of bottling it, how cows live, and the many products that can be made from milk. We also learned about bacteria, culturing and fermentation, chemical changes and states of

Kids Aren’t Expensive – It’s Your Lifestyle

I always hear how expensive kids supposedly are. We have four now, and each baby does add to the overall cost of living for the household, but the assertion that more kids shouldn’t be had due to their cost is a sad reflection of the materialism of society. To put it another way, if your main concern in life is to travel, dine at upscale restaurants, and wear fancy threads, I can see how you might think kids are expensive. You have kids and change nothing and keep doing what you’ve always done. But that’s not how it works! You

All About Grocery Pickup

Do you enjoy taking your kids to the grocery store with you? If yes, this post isn’t for you. Ha! If no…do you waste time reprimanding them for goofing off or being totally distracting? Do you wander the aisles, forgetting what you came for and adding a bunch of unplanned-for junk to your cart? Does every trip leave you exhausted and pulling your hair out? Kids need to learn, of course, but there are many opportunities for this; the grocery store doesn’t necessarily have to be the place for it. And even with a list, things are overlooked and impulse

Unit Study Planning

I’ll be the first to admit that I can get super overwhelmed when planning our homeschool year. Am I cramming in too much? At the right pace? A balance of challenge and ease? What materials will help them learn best? Are textbooks really necessary?? One thing I don’t struggle with is planning a unit study! I love the topical approach to subjects that are non-linear, like science and social studies at the elementary level. Unit studies are the perfect solution for us. I’m going to share with you the system I’ve developed that helps me get my ducks in a

A Quick Start Guide to Meal Planning

Meal planning has become a must for me! It takes about two hours each week for me to plan a menu for each day, make my grocery list AND place an online order for grocery pickup. That two hours keeps me on budget and ensures that I always have healthy meals planned out for my family. Creating a meal plan each week has also helped me to lose weight by not running to a drive thru or grabbing junk food and calling it lunch! My kids are better off when eating real food and seeing their mama modeling the household

What is the Adrenal Cocktail and Why Do I Drink It Every Day?

Fight or flight? Our adrenal glands are in charge of how we react to certain situations. But more importantly, chronic stress can really burn us out by taxing our adrenals too much, too often. These little glands, located above the kidneys, regulate our sympathetic nervous system, which directly and indirectly control so many of our bodily systems. One simple thing you can do to nourish your adrenals is to drink the adrenal cocktail every day. But what is it and why does it help? This article originally appeared on my old blog, Townsley Times. If you came here looking for

5 Steps to a Natural Lifestyle

We’ve all heard the term “crunchy,” but what exactly does it mean? It means different things to each person, and everyone is crunchy to differing extents, so there is no set definition of the term. Generally speaking, though, it means that you prefer natural means of doing things over using chemicals and conventional products. The mission of the crunchy mama is to raise healthy children (and be healthy herself!) by cutting out things that could overburden the body with detoxification instead of repairing the damage we incur through our day to day activities. This article originally appeared on my old