If I Did Everything I Should Do for One Day

Do you remember when I wrote earlier this month about achieving balance? And how my grand secret to keeping so many plates spinning at once is that I actually don’t? And that every single day I have to try to decide what is most important?

I’ll be honest. Yesterday was one of those days where I didn’t do so well with that.

If I Did Everything I Should Do for One Day

Outwardly, I kept my composure, and thankfully so! Inwardly, though? I felt like a toddler on the verge of a meltdown. Everywhere I looked I saw reminders of what I wasn’t doing and wasn’t getting done, and I felt tired. Really, really tired.

Once I could get to the end of the day and sort through the day, two things became clear. One: I need to get to bed somewhat earlier. It’s a sad state of affairs when midnight feels like an early bedtime!

Two: I need to constantly refocus the expectations that I have of myself, because if I did everything in one day that I thought I should do, I would need either three of me or three times more hours to the day. [Read more...]

Monday Morning Blessings (on Tuesday)

I know. It’s not Monday.

Yesterday’s super Berkey giveaway post threw off my usual routine for the month of sharing a post of blessings on Monday. Our Tuesday is actually going to be a lot more like a Monday because the weekend we just came out of, so I decided to do Monday Morning Blessings for this week on Tuesday.

Monday Morning Blessings, Week 3

Sharing these blessings never means that everything in our life is perfect. Instead, this is all about refocusing on the many, many blessings that do surround us so that trials can be kept in perspective.

Perspective goes a long way in keeping a grateful heart!
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Win a 3.25 Gallon Stainless Steel Royal Berkey from Positively Real Media!

My guess is that you are blessed with access to clean running water. We don’t really worry about getting parasites or other waterborne diseases when we turn on our tap.

But while we are blessed with clean water coming through indoor plumbing, are you aware of some of the environmental contaminants that are frequently found in that water? Traces of heavy metals like mercury and aluminum, pesticide residues, and volatile organic compounds can be found in our drinking water!

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Sunday Morning Meditations

The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock

an extended stay 100x100 buttonThis post is part of the 31-Day series, An Extended Stay, where I invite you into my heart and into my home through the whole month of October.

You can read more 31-Day series by other bloggers in the Family section of the challenge’s website linked up here.

A Look at our Homeschool Week (Oct 13-17)

I won’t lie. This was one of those homeschool weeks that kind of fizzled out by then end, at least in my mind. I do have some highlights to share, and I do have a good reason for lacking a lot of motivation by Thursday.

A look at our homeschool week

Our little Baby C came down with a fever Wednesday night, which meant that mommy was up all through the night hours trying to keep her comfortable. That also means I slept in even later than usual, and well, you know how the day can snowball after that! Repeat that routine for Thursday night, too.

Thankfully, we at least got the core areas of school done. My oldest even took her first Latin test! She was terribly nervous, sweet little lady.
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My 7 Steps to Natural (Part 3 & The Grande Finale)

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little bit about my journey towards natural living.

So far I’ve shared the first three milestones in Wednesday’s post, the second three in yesterday’s, and now today, I share the one final step that’s been crucial in my journey.

My 7 Steps to Natural, Part 3 & the Grand Finale

Why has this step been so crucial? It’s been game-changing, actually.

With this step, I really started to get serious about the health of my family, the whole field of natural health, and even began dreaming a little bit, too. [Read more...]

My 7 Steps to Natural (Part 2)

When I look back on my natural living journey, I can identify some specific milestones that helped me learn more, change more, and take the next steps. Yesterday I shared three of those steps.

Today I have three more steps to share with you. I know, that only adds up to six, right?

Yes, I am a homeschool mom, and I promise I can add. The seventh step is coming on Friday.

My 7 Steps to Natural, Part 2

The three steps I’m talking about today were probably some of the biggest turning points for us. These moments represent more dramatic changes that took place more quickly.

However, they were still steps, albeit larger, one taken after the other.
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My 7 Steps To Natural (Part 1)

It would be really easy to hop on this blog, and no doubt others like it, read some of the posts, and walk away feeling completely inadequate when it comes to natural living. Herbs, essential oils, non-toxic cleaning, whole foods, organic… there’s so much to take in!

Would you be shocked to learn that becoming a more naturally-minded momma has been a process for me, too? Or that it has taken me years to get here? Or that I’m still learning along the journey with you?

My 7 Steps to Natural, part 1

It’s definitely true, friends. I have not arrived to some perfection of NaturaltopiaThere is much that I don’t know and much I want to learn!

I can look back over the last 15 or so years of my life, though, and see specific steps that I took which led me to the more naturally-minded lifestyle I aim to have now. As I’m inviting you to get better acquainted with me in this series, An Extended Stay, I want to share some of these baby steps with you! My guess is that we’ll have some in common. [Read more...]

Video Tutorial: Fast & Easy French Twist

For years I thought my hair was too long to do a French twist.

All of the instructions that I’d ever seen left a lot of hair hanging out the top of my twist, and I could never figure out where I was supposed to stuff it all.

Fast & Easy French Twist Video Tutorial

Then one day a friend showed me a genius way to twist all of my long hair up into a French twist. It literally took seconds. I was shocked!

Now? It’s still my favorite way to do a French twist in my long hair, but I also do it this way in my girls’ hair that’s not nearly as long. In fact, it’s become my favorite way to do a French twist in anyone’s hair! [Read more...]

Monday Morning Blessings

Happy Monday morning, friends!

I know, sometimes Monday feels like anything but happy. But all this month, as part of October’s series called An Extended Stay, we’re counting our blessings every Monday morning.

Monday Morning Blessings 2

Even in the middle of trials or wrong-side-of-the-bed mornings, there are certainly things in our lives that can make us feel thankful.

I’m here with ten, and I’d love for you to add to my list again! You might notice that I wrote mine while eating dinner and planning a little sweet treat at the end.

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