Finally…a favorite chili recipe!

I love chili but have spent literally years looking for one that tastes good every time (or even one time). I was using my mother’s recipe but maybe my taste changed because it stopped tasting good. I hate when that happens. Over the past maybe five years, I’ve been googling a new recipe almost every time I want to make chili and nothing ever tastes how I want it. And sometimes if I repeat one I already used, it doesn’t taste the same. I think this is because I am inconsistent with how much meat I use and also the

Keeping Your Sanity When All Your Kids Are Little

You start out with one baby. He takes up a lot of your time, day and night. But eventually you find your groove and all is well. You might add another baby a year or two later. And now you have two little people to take care of, but no additional help. But eventually you find your groove there, too. Baby #3 comes along. And another. And maybe more after that. You always eventually find a balance and a swing to things, but you often feel like you’re not holding it all together so well. All these little kids who

Easy Prep Gluten-Free Breakfast Potatoes

We sometimes go gluten free to see if our health improves. We haven’t had any noticeable health changes when doing it, so it’s been hard to stick with. I still believe a gluten free diet is a good thing unless you’re making all your wheat products with sourdough starter and heirloom varieties of wheat (preferably sprouted and ground fresh – but let’s be realistic here). I am not currently in a season of life where we can afford that nor do I have the time for it, so I try to incorporate as many gluten free meals as I can

The Crunchy Mama’s Birth Plan

I am frequently asked to share different aspects of my birth plan. Usually I end up emailing off the whole thing, because it speaks for itself, mostly. There are a few points I am asked about a lot, so I figured I’d put up a post to explain the why behind each choice I have made. Before we get started, understand that these are MY preferences. No birth is ever the exact same as another. I’ve had four totally different birth experiences so far and ended up compromising on some of these things. This list of birth preferences is what

5 Things I Wish I Knew As a First Time Mom

That’s me with my Ruby when she was five hours old. My second-born. The one who rocked my world for the second time in less than two years. I’ve had four kiddos now. For some reason, people keep thinking each child is my first if they see me with only the baby of the bunch. Their advice is the same as it was the first time around. However, there are some things that don’t get said to the first-timers because they are so obvious, we feel they must already know them (except they don’t), or because they are personal and

Let’s Talk Car Seat Safety

As a total car seat nerd, I’m passionate about sharing the dos and don’ts of car seat safety! Today I’m bringing you an interview with a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) to help bring awareness to the most common mistakes parents make when it comes to kids in cars. Let me introduce you to Lissie Antos of Buckleberry Carseat Checks! She is a CPST located in the Inland Empire area of California. She performs private car seat checks and workshops for parents who want to ensure that their kiddos are as safe as possible. Thanks, Lissie, for this great info

Once a Month Meals Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts

Whether you’re a Once a Month Meals newbie or a dedicated fan, there are some shortcuts and tips I want to share to make the process a bit easier for you. I’m all about making life (and motherhood) as simple as possible! Here are my top 10 tips for making the once a month freezer cooking process as efficient as it can be. This article originally appeared on my old blog, Townsley Times. If you came here looking for this particular article but thought you were going to a different site, never fear, you’re actually in the right place. 🙂

5 Quick But Meaningful Ways to Connect With Your Kids

One-on-one time. Everyone says having a bunch of kids is bad because you can’t spend quality one-on-one time with each kid each day. I think that mindset is faulty. It’s not necessary for a child’s development to have alone time with each parent every single day. Quite frankly, that’s not even practical for a family with only two kids. And that is not even addressing the sibling relationships that should be fostered. What to do instead? Well, connecting with your kids is still important. It fosters a bond between parent and child that is so important for maintaining closeness, trust,

Sneak Peek at February’s Start Homeschooling Summit

Just wanted to share with you all that I’ll be participating in the Start Homeschooling Summit next month! If you are wondering about homeschooling or are new to this, you won’t want to miss these online workshops! If you are currently homeschooling, you will definitely get a lot out of this as well. I’m excited as this is my first time creating a workshop and participating in something like this. My workshop is called Stress Less With Systems and Routines and I discuss three strategies for making your mom duties a little easier! We homeschool moms work hard to keep