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

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

Parenting Help for Christians (Review)

Okay, so we all have kids who have behavior problems from time to time, right? I mean, no parent is perfect and every child is an individual. Some of us struggle with strong-willed children who are less likely to be obedient. It often comes down to who can hold out the longest. That person should always be the parent, but it becomes exhausting, to say the least. My oldest child is particularly challenging, spunky as some would say (like her mama). I feel like we’ve tried so many ways to appeal to her, and while she has a servant’s heart

Improve Your Concentration With a Single App

I was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult. I didn’t show too many signs of it as a kid, other than excessive talking. I chalk that up to having a brain that never turns off – not necessarily ADHD, just an active mind. But, as an adult, it seems I have some problems with inattention. This started before kids, so I can’t blame them. Ha! As a writer, the ability to concentrate well is imperative if I want to get anything done. Now with the voices of children added into the mix, I had all but given up trying to

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

Freebies and Bundles of Bonuses, Oh My! A Preview of the Start Homeschooling Summit

Early access to the Start Homeschooling Summit has begun! Our fearless leader, Kelly George, decided to open up the Summit so people can watch the pre-recorded workshops and access all the downloads before the Summit even begins. I’ve been busy watching and downloading so I can bring you a preview of these valuable resources. To bring you up to speed, if this is your first time hearing of the Start Homeschooling Summit: A couple dozen of us have come together to share our homeschooling and homemaking wisdom with those who might be newer to homeschooling. Fear not, there is something

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

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,