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

Freezer Cooking with Once a Month Meals (Mommin’ Made Simple)

One of the main things I harp on is doing a meal plan. It makes your life so much simpler to only think about the week’s meals one time each week! But I started thinking…if I only have to put thought into dinners once a month, that simplifies my life even more!

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. People act as if alone time is the only way to connect with your kids. Truly, though, 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

Herbal Tea for Pregnancy

Have you heard of pregnancy tea? You might have heard of red raspberry leaf tea, at least. There are various ways to make a nourishing tea during pregnancy and today I’ll share how I make mine. I first heard of “RRL tea” in natural living circles. These ladies were saying that red raspberry leaf tea could strengthen the uterus so contractions are more efficient and labor goes quicker. I’m allllll for that! Haha, well, that’s not true for everyone, but there are vitamins that you get from drinking pregnancy tea, so it is still worth it to drink up. You

Need to Spruce Up Your Decor? (Review)

We have moved nine times in seven years. Four of those were cross-country relocations, and each time, we have gotten rid of stuff in an attempt to downsize. One of those times, we only packed my van, hubby’s truck and a 6×12 box trailer. We sold off most of our belongings and started fresh. But each time, I never seem to replace our decor. Or I buy stuff with the intention of putting it up and it only gets half done, or I don’t get to it (like my picture frame wall that I have yet to get pictures for).

5 Self-Care Tips for Busy Moms

Your job as Mom can be stressful! Whether your kids are teens or tots. Whether you have 10 kids or an only. No matter how much money you have. Motherhood is fast-paced (although the hours seem to drag at times, eh?). It involves bodily fluids. It involves teaching the common sense things and also the book things (for us homeschoolers, anyway). We worry at every stage of our children’s lives. We play chauffeur, chef, housekeeper, nurse, coach…I’m sure you’ve heard the list before. This is not to say that dads aren’t stressed, busy, or in need of some TLC. But

I Don’t Use Deodorant and You Shouldn’t Either

Did you know antiperspirant contains aluminum? It has been linked with cancer and generally speaking, you really don’t want metals in and on your body (your skin is your largest organ, after all). Aluminum has been linked with Alzheimer’s as well, although it’s debatable as to if use of antiperspirant with no other factors would cause this alone (I don’t think so, but metals accumulate so add other sources and you may be at higher risk). Either way, it is an endocrine disruptor and both men and women need to stay away from those. Deodorant does not contain aluminum but

Are Your Mornings a Disaster? (Course Review)

I’m the first to admit I am NOT a morning person. Never was, never will be. Mornings used to be a huge disaster. Like huge. Kids whining about being hungry, a baby crying, a minefield of toys in the living room, and a mama wishing she liked hot coffee because life would be so much easier without having to run a blender or run to a drive thru (which involves carseats and overspending ’cause then everyone HAS to have something since mama gets something). But I digress. Then Crystal Paine’s Make Over Your Mornings course came onto my radar. It