Classic Fresh Salsa with Flavor That Can’t Be Beat!

There’s no comparison between fresh homemade salsa and the jarred kind that you can pick up from the grocery store. Classic fresh salsa has a taste that just can’t be beat! Thankfully, it’s extremely easy to make, too.

Classic Fresh Salsa from Smithspirations.com

Homemade salsa is best when the ingredients are seasonal, fresh, and simple. Summer is an ideal time to whip up a batch of fresh salsa since so much homegrown produce abounds! My recipe is actually quite minimal, but I’m convinced that its simplicity is what makes it so delicious. [Read more...]

Beautiful Handmade Girls Clothing, No Sewing Sills Required {A R&G with Joyfully Sewn Designs}

There’s something so special about a handmade dress for a little girl. If you’ve ever sewn one yourself, you’re familiar with all of the details that go into ruffles, and gathers, and pleats, and bows.

I’ve made a few dresses for my girls in the past. While I always feel so accomplished at the very end, I’ll be honest. I’m not a confident enough seamstress to want to do it all the time!

Beautiful Handmade Girls Clothing, No Sewing Skills Required {A R&G with Joyfully Sewn Designs}

The next best thing to making your own beautiful handmade dresses for girls is, of course, to find someone who can do it better and faster than you can. Actually, I take that back.

Even better than making your own beautiful handmade dresses when you’re not an overly confident sewer is to find someone who can do it better and faster than you can and let her do the sewing for you. That’s much more accurate!

If you’re not a super seamstress, as I am not, and you’re looking for beautiful handmade clothing for sweet modest girls, then you really need to meet Joyfully Sewn Designs. My husband and I are huge fans! She has something special for one of you, too, so be sure to read to the bottom of this post. [Read more...]

Beyond Baking Soda: Other Natural Haircare Options and What I’m Using Now

If you read What Years of Baking Soda No ‘Poo Did to My Long, Healthy Hair and Yes, I’m Sure It Was the Baking Soda , you’ve been left with a rather obvious question. 

What am I using to wash my hair now?

Beyond Baking Soda Other Natural Haircare Alternatives and What I'm Using Now, the final update in the no 'poo saga from Smithspirations.com

I’ll be honest. I don’t have a magic formula that I’m using to help restore my hair. I’m happy with what I’m using now, but since writing the last two posts, I’m also starting to wonder if I need to find some seriously restorative products.

I’ve gotten all sorts of suggestions from you dear readers, too, so if you have one, be sure to tell me about it! [Read more...]

Can You Really Breastfeed Multiples? {Plus, an Amazing Giveaway!}

Note from Kristen: Two posts in one day? What? I know, this isn’t typical. My friend Jennifer from Growing Up Triplets is releasing an amazing ebook today about breastfeeding multiples, and I’m proud to be offering a Lilla Rose item as part of the celebration. Since today’s launch day, you get a bonus post from me!

Jennifer is incredible in my eyes. Not only is she a mommy of triplets, she breastfed them for over two years. Three babies! I’m ever in awe of that. Hear what she has to say about her new ebook and the great giveaway she’s put together. (This post contains my affiliate links, so you know!):

We’ve been waiting for this day! Not only is it the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week 2014, but it is also the official launch day for the new book, Breastfeeding Twins, Triplets and More! This book is the culmination of many tears of experience and an attempt to help other mothers planning to breastfeed twins, triplets or more.

And because we don’t do “excited” in a boring way, we’ve teamed up with the au also hosting a fanta-bulous giveaway with prizes worth over $450! You’ll be the most prepared mama on the block! :)

Oh, and from August 1-7, 2014 you can get the book for 70% off! Buy it in my store (PDF) for $2.99 (regularly $9.99!) or on Amazon (for Kindle) for the same price. Use coupon code “WBWBreastfeedMultiples.”

Celebrating the Book Launch of _-2

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Yes, I’m Sure It Was the Baking Soda {FAQ on the No ‘Poo Disaster}

After Monday’s post on what years of baking soda “no ‘poo” did to my long, healthy hair really took off, I heard some common thoughts and questions from readers, friends, and friends of friends about my experience.

I thought it would make sense to give some more details and provide any extra information that might help clear up any confusion regarding the damage my hair experienced from washing it with baking soda. So before I share other haircare options, including what I’m using now, I want to go over some extra info and FAQ.

Yes, I'm Sure It Was the Baking Soda {FAQ on the No 'Poo Disaster}. More on the no 'poo story from Smithspirations.com

My experience is not uncommon at all from those who used the baking soda no ‘poo method for years. And, as I’ve continued to learn, it should actually be expected because of the chemical nature of baking soda.

There’s no question in my mind about what caused my hair to become so damaged. [Read more...]

What Years of Baking Soda “No ‘Poo” Did to My Long, Healthy Hair {Or, When a Natural Living Experiment Fails}

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while.

If you’re one of my long-time readers and friends, you very well may remember my enthusiastic posts about “no ‘poo” natural hair care.

I raved about it. I loved it. I had fantastic results. I had to tweak my system a couple of times, but I was convinced that I’d never want to care for my hair any other way.

What Years of Baking Soda No 'Poo Did to My Long, Healthy Hair {Or, When a Natural Living Experiment Fails} from smithspirations.com

However, as time went on, I started to wonder if no ‘poo wasn’t such a great option after all. And then I became totally convinced of it because of what it did to my long, healthy hair.

Ugh. Friends, it ain’t pretty.  [Read more...]

One Busy Mom’s Top 10 Tips for Earning Money from Home

It’s not uncommon that I hear someone remark that they’d like to earn some extra money. I imagine most of us fall into that category!

A couple of years ago I transitioned from being a stay-at-home-mom-who-gets-paid-in-love-and-snuggles to a stay-at-home-mom-who-also-does-work-from-home-for-a-paycheck-with-dollar-signs. I definitely don’t have it all figured out, but I have learned that there are some things that work, and some that just don’t when working from home.

One Busy Mom's Top 10 Tips for Earning Money from Home

Today I want to share with you ten tips for working from home. Whether you are currently collecting a paycheck with a baby at your feet or are thinking of starting in that direction, I think that some of these will help shed light into the mysterious world of working from home. [Read more...]

Yes, You CAN Buy Modest Dresses for Girls

If you are familiar with me and this blog, you know that I have a heart for modesty. With four daughters in our home, I know that it can be a challenge to find decent clothing for girls. Prior to the maxi dress fad, it was extra difficult!

When I do find a resource for sweet, modest clothing for my girls, my husband and I take note. It may be a thrift store that consistently has what we’re looking for or a typical brick and mortar store. Whatever the type of store, it ends up being a place that we’re likely to frequent when new (or new-to-us) clothes are needed.

5 Things I Love About Joyfully Sewn Designs {and a $30 giveaway!}

Recently I found one of those places, and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am with Joyfully Sewn Designs! I have something special for just my readers coming up with JSD soon, so you can consider this your appetizer.

Today I’m teaming up with a few other bloggers to bring to you a fantastic giveaway from Joyfully Sewn Designs! [Read more...]

Help Me Celebrate 2 Years with Lilla Rose with a Mystery Hostess Party!

Every now and then I mention my Lilla Rose business in a post, like the holiday style post I did this past winter, or when Lilla Rose has a really special sale going on. Well, today I’m sharing some special because I’ve now been a Lilla Rose consultant for two years, and I want to celebrate with you!

Help Me Celebrate 2 Years with Lilla Rose with a Mystery Hostess Party!

I’m doing something special at my home for my local customers on Saturday, but I don’t want to leave out my online friends. Since you can’t join me at my house, I’m inviting you to join in on the Mystery Hostess party. Three of you will win some great prizes, including all of the hostess rewards from the online party!

Read on for details and to check out my newest video, too! [Read more...]

10 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Vegetables

I love having a meal with lots of yummy veggies. A crisp salad or steamed broccoli with butter leaves me feeling so healthy after eating. And most of you are probably unaware of the fact that kale is one of my love languages. For real. It’s up there with chocolate. I swoon when my hubby brings home a bouquet or two of those curly, leafy greens.

10 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Vegetables

But enough about kale. When cooking for our growing family, I sometimes have vegetables left over, and the last thing I’d want to see is them getting old and icky after too much time in the fridge. When food goes in the trash in our home, I see money going into the trash, and my frugal heart skips a beat.

Sometimes just reheating the veggies on their own leaves them less appealing, but I won’t let that hold me back. By finding creative ways to use leftover vegetables, I can reduce food waste, make the most of our grocery budget, and enjoy healthy foods while I’m at it! Care to join me? [Read more...]