Easy One-Pot Rice, Lentils, & Veggies

Easy and one-pot are two attributes that I really like in a meal, especially when I’m tired or short on time.

One of my very favorite one-pot meals is a very loose recipe that I make depending on what veggies we happen to have in the fridge. With rice and lentils as the staples, it’s very filling and frugal, too!

Easy One-Pot Rice, Lentils, & Veggies

The recipe I’m sharing today isn’t something set in stone. Take a look at it, then when you want to make it, take a look at what is in your fridge. Chances are, you can make something really tasty without having these exact ingredients.
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Why I Stopped Being Skeptical of Direct Sales

If you told me seven years ago that I’d be a consultant for a direct sales company, I would have given you a quizzical look with furrowed eyebrows. 

For years, I was extremely skeptical of direct sales companies and their consultants. I never went to a home party. I never purchased through one. I never bought anything from an independent consultant of any direct sales company.

Why I stopped being skeptical of direct sales

Obviously, something changed. Not only am I no longer skeptical of direct sales companies and consultants, I am a consultant for Lilla Rose, a direct sales company.

I realized that for years, I held some big misconceptions of direct sales companies. Eventually I learned that I was really wrong, and that direct sales companies are nothing to be cautious or skeptical of.
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5 Favorite Essential Oils to Promote Peace & Calm

Stress is an unavoidable fact of life. Everyone deals with it, but some days offer more than the typical dose.

We all have days when we could use a little boost of calm. With five littles in this house, I don’t think I’d ever turn down a daily boost of peace, calm, and destressing!

5 Favorite Essential Oils to Promote Peace & Calm

There are all sorts of ways to help deal with stress levels on particularly rough days. Herbal teas, exercise, a walk outdoors, and soothing music can be great!

Essential oils are also a fantastic way to unwind and calm down when stress seems to get the better of us. Personal preference definitely plays a part in which oils can help us relax, so today I’m sharing five of my favorite oils.

The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed with stress, one of these might do the trick for you! [Read more...]

Soothing Lavender, Calendula, & Chamomile Hard Lotion Bars

It’s starting to get cold, and that means my hand will start to get dry.

Between the dry indoor air, cold Ohio winds, and hand washing dishes for our family of seven, winter can be rough on them!

Lavender-Calendula-Chamomile-Soothing-Hard-Lotion-Bars

Lotions and hand creams can be a nice solution, but if you want something to really seal in the moisture to your skin, a hard lotion bar is a great alternative to try.

Lotion bars seems like a strange concept. We usually think of lotion has a thick liquid or cream.

But give a lotion bar a chance, and I think your hands will thank you. [Read more...]

Refreshing the Heart of a Pastor’s Wife

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to develop a close friendship with the wife of a pastor, you might understand that unique challenges come with that role.

No doubt there is joy in serving and playing a crucial part in ministry, but sometimes, a minister’s wife can find herself weary, tired, anxious, or worn.

Refreshing the Heart of a Pastor's Wife

My husband has been a bivocational pastor (that means he has a full-time job and also pastors our church) for over 8 years now. He pastors the church we started, and though it is a labor of love, there is certainly labor involved.

Anytime we labor, we get tired. When we don’t get enough rest or refreshment, that fatigue builds until we do something about it.

That’s why I’m so happy to share with you a special community that’s just been started on Facebook to help encourage the hearts of pastor’s wives. [Read more...]

A Daily Planner That Works for Homemakers

I really love feeling organized. I may not always be organized, but I sure love feeling like it.

One thing that helps me feel organized, and sometimes even attain such a status, is writing down what I need to do. I tend to make lots of lists on sticky notes or scrap pieces of paper. Sometimes this works well, and other times I find my random notes scattered on my desk or in the kitchen.

A Daily Planner That Works for Homemakers

My husband once encouraged me to use an app on my phone to keep track of my to do lists and shoppings lists, but that just never worked for me. I need and like to physically write things down.

I’ve eyed different day planners in the past, but I was never overly impressed with them. The calendars looked nice, but much of the planner wouldn’t work for me. Homeschooling and raising young children doesn’t really lend itself well to neat, tidy, predictable days blocked out by the hour!

However, I was recently thrilled to try out a planner that was actually designed with the homemaker in mind, and it is a much better fit than anything else I’ve seen before! [Read more...]

A Look Back on 31 Days of Blogging

I made it! I made it! I made it!

Thirty-one days of posting on this blog, and you stuck with me.

A Look Back on 31 Days of Blogging

I’ll be honest. When I decided to do this late on September 30, I wasn’t really sure what the month would end up looking like. I wasn’t sure if I’d make it, either!

But something about the word challenge being part of this whole 31 days of blogging thing made me really want to stick with it and stay committed until October 31 rolled around. And here it is.  [Read more...]

Family Devotions in 4 Steps

A crucial part of our day is our family devotional time. In our house, we call it Bible Time.

Twice a day, in the morning after breakfast and in the evening before bed, we gather the family on the couches for a time of family worship. Of all the things that I need to get done in a day, this is one I do my very best not to miss.

Family Devotions in 4 Steps

It can be easy for families to feel a little overwhelmed with the concept of family worship. We typically think of worship as something done in church, and not at home.

Whether you call it family devotions, family worship, or Bible Time like we do, it’s really a crucial investment into the spiritual health of the family and your children. It also doesn’t have to feel hard, scary, or beyond Dad and Mom’s ability!

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Ode to Dishes: A Fine Piece of Poetry for All Handwashing Homemakers

I’ve written some pretty heart-felt and serious stuff this month, and I’ve enjoyed writing from my heart and from where I am in life right now.

But if I want you to really get to know me during An Extended Stay, friends, you gotta know that I love a good laugh!

Ode to Dishes: A Fine Piece of Poetry for All Handwashing Homemakers

Dry jokes, witty one-liners, and kooky crack-ups are right up my ally. Apparently alliteration is, too.

I also like poetry. I read it often to my little scholars. I love it in hymns.

And every so often, probably after reading Winnie the Pooh (affiliate link), a bit poetry comes to me as it does to the beloved bear.

Pooh likes to share his poetry with friends, so today I’m sharing one with you.  [Read more...]

7 Scriptures to Encourage the Heart of a Weary Mom

I know I’m not the only mom that gets weary. Sometimes, it feels like we have so much to do and there’s just no hope of getting it done.

We get tired. We get down. We get discouraged.

7 Scriptures to Encourage the Heart of a Weary Mom

It’s at those times that centering myself around a Scripture can keep me from losing my composure or harboring resentment in my heart about the demands of motherhood.

I want to share seven Bible verses that help to refresh me when I’m really weary as a mom. I hope that some of these can encourage your heart when you are struggling, too! [Read more...]