Simple Healthy Eating How-To with GNOWFGLINS {Review & Giveaway}

When I saw the end of the Healthy Eating Made Simple Series coming up, I wanted to be able to offer my reading friends (that’s you!) something that would help you put the information I’ve shared into practice. What could I offer that would give you the hands-on help that would help take you from knowing what you should do to actually doing it in your own kitchen?

Simple Healthy Eating How-To with GNOWFGLINS, a review and giveaway ending the Healthy Eating Made Simple series at Smithspirations.com

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It didn’t take me long to decide, and I’m really excited for one of you to win a six-month basic membership to the online classes offered by GNOWFGLINS! [Read more...]

Can You Make the Most of Your Failures?

The longer I live and the more failures I see in myself, I become more convinced that my attitude and reaction to my failures can either make those failures a greater hindrance or an effective tool in my life.

Making the Most of Our Failures, a post by Smithspirations.com and shared with YourThrivingFamily.com

I don’t like failing. No one does. Who in their right mind enjoys knowing that they messed up, made a mistake, or failed? Not a soul.

But each and every one of us fail someone or somehow, and if we were to compare ourselves to Christ, we fail every single day. If failure is that frequent in my life, I better learn how to deal with it! [Read more...]

Get Equipped with a Homeschool Giveaway Bundle {10 Winners & $600 in Prizes!}

Attention homeschoolers! Looking for resources, encouragement, and training for next school year? I know I am, and I’m partnering with some other great bloggers to offer this homeschool giveaway. This giveaway has some great resources to get you started. We’re giving away $600 in prizes!

Get Equipped! Homeschool Giveaway - 10 winners, $600+ in prizes. Ends 4/19/14

8 Winners Will Get…

  • A live stream pass to the Family Discipleship and Homeschooling Conference (worth $29.95)
  • Two year-long handwriting workbooks—print and cursive—that help kids memorize a long text of Scripture, and a 30-day family Bible study that delves deeply into that same passage (worth $17.50)

2 Grand Prize Winners Will Get…

  • All the prizes mentioned above
  • A year-long subscription to Lessontrek’s lesson planning app (worth $60).

Ready to get the scoop on the prizes and enter? [Read more...]

Refresh Yourself on “One of Those Days”

It’s inevitable that in life, we have those daysThe ones that leave us feeling frazzled, worn out, and at the very end of our rope. While the pint of Haagen Daz or a pan of brownies seems like a great solution, there’s usually a twinge of guilt with such a binge on sweets.

15 Guilt-Free Ways to Refresh Yourself on One of Those Days

I recently came up with a list of fifteen things I can do that are free (or extremely low-cost), take just a few moments from my day, and really help to recenter and refocus me on one of those challenging days. As a mom, I really need to memorize these because I’m too prone to forget them when I’m in the middle of some stress.

I’ve shared this post with Mom Essentials, and I’d really love for you to join me there to get my suggestions (and add your own if you have some!). But before you click over, I want to give you some heads up about something that I’m really excited about. It’s just around the corner!

Get Ready to Feather Your Nest

I’ve participated in fantastic ebook bundle sales in the past that have supported fellow bloggers who have also authored ebooks, and another one is coming right up! It’s packed with 80+ great resources to help you along in your homemaking journey, as well as the bonus offers (worth $200!) that make the bundle a no-brainer.

But I’m extra excited about this one. Want to know why? [Read more...]

Kale & Red Pepper Frittata

Are you a fan of frittatas? I am! Frittatas are easy and nutritious one skillet meals featuring eggs, cheese, veggies, and some meat or other ingredients if you prefer. They come together so quickly and are great for those afternoon oopses of “What am I making for dinner?”

Kale and Red Pepper Frittata, a recipe by Smithspirations.com and shared with ForTheFamily.org

I recently made a kale and red pepper frittata frittata not too long ago that really hit the spot. It was yummy, simple to make, and looked great with the contrasting green kale and red peppers. Cooked up in my cast iron skillet (Amazon affiliate link) on the stovetop and finished under the broiler, it was ready in about 20 minutes. Win!

This is definitely a recipe to try, especially if you are new to frittatas or don’t usually eat a lot of cooked greens. I’ve shared it with For The Family, where I’m a food contributor, so click over to get the recipe! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Want a Natural Birth? Educate Yourself!

When it comes to having a positive birth experience, reading, researching, and educating myself have been crucial steps that I’ve taken. Years ago I realized that if I wanted to be in the minority of women to give birth with little to no interventions, I needed to be armed with information.

Educating Yourself for a Better Birth

My midwife has since told me that childbirth and pregnancy education is often the difference between a woman who gives birth with fear and one who births with confidence. I’m sharing some of my tips on educating yourself for a better birth at Day2Day Joys, and I’d love for you to click over and read them there.

We may not always have the birth we planned or expected, but when empowered with knowledge, we can help make our birth the most positive experience that it can be.

If you want an excellent place to start, one of my very favorite resources for information and encouragement on pregnancy and birth is Natural Birth Stories. It’s definitely worth a read!

Homemade Children’s Liquid Multivitamin

Ever worry that there are some nutritional gaps in your child’s diet? Yep, me, too! Though our family focuses on a real food diet and I want the bulk of our nutrition to come directly from the foods we eat, sometimes it’s nice to have a high quality children’s multivitamin on hand.

DIY Children's Multi-Vitamin Glycerine Tincture from Smithspirations.com & BulkHerbStore.comblog

If you’ve ever shopped for a children’s multivitamin and read labels, you might be a little alarmed. Most are filled with synthetic nutrients, artificial colors and flavors, and questionable ingredients. If they are all natural and based on whole foods, your wallet will feel it.

However, there’s a better way! I recently shared a DIY post at the Bulk Herb Store blog on how I made a liquid children’s multivitamin tincture with herbs, vegetable glycerine, and water. It’s super easy, frugal, tasty, and nutritious! Click here to get the recipe and simple directions.

The Bulk Herb Store is a great place to go if you’re looking for high quality organic herbs and spices for your home. Be sure to check them out!

Great selection of bulk herbs, books, and remedies. Articles, Research Aids and much more.

Understanding Bread with The Vintage Remedies Guide to Bread {A Review and Giveaway}

Something I never could understand about the whole anti-grain, low-carb movement was how bread could have been a dietary staple for thousands of years, and now suddenly become the root of all dietary evil. Clearly some people were having a lot of health improvements by removing grain, gluten, and bread, but why? Why was bread suddenly so harmful?

Understanding Bread with The Vintage Remedies Guide to Bread, a Review and Giveaway on Smithspirations.com

Then came along a resource that helped me really understand the history of bread, why it seems to harm health today, and how it can actually be a very valuable addition to the diet. If you eat bread, it’s a must-have, and if you’ve eliminated grain products because of health trouble, it’s absolutely worth a read, too. No hype, no hysteria. Just the facts, ma’am.  [Read more...]

Healthy Grain Choices {The Healthy Eating Made Simple Series}

If you feel that grains are a benefit to your diet (and we have found that to be the case in our family), it’s obviously important to ensure that the grains we choose to eat are those that will feed and nourish our bodies. Otherwise, we are simply filling up with lots of starch that will actually deplete our bodies of nutrients in order to process them. That completely defeats the purpose of a real food diet!

Healthy Grain Choices, part of the Healthy Eating Made Simple series at Smithspirations.com

Most of us know that whole grains are the better choice when compared to refined grains. But why? And how do you know if the grains you are choosing are whole? Equally important is knowing the best ways to prepare those grains to fully enjoy their nutritional benefit. [Read more...]

The Great Grain Debate {The Healthy Eating Made Simple Series}

If there’s one area of real foody-ism that can conjure up a good deal of disagreement, grains might be it. I’ll give dairy and milk a close second. Conventional advice encourages lots of whole grains along with little fat, while on the opposing side there are those who say no grains and limited carbs with plenty of fat and protein is the way to really feed the body.

The Great Grain Debate, part of the Healthy Eating Made Simple series at Smithspirations.com

It can all be so confusing! Grain-free diets are incredibly popular right now, with all sorts of people claiming incredible success. The question begs to be answered: Do we really need to eat grains? [Read more...]