Simple Steps To Healthy Eating Habits

Written by Janet @ Frugal & Focused, Contributing Writer When you make up your mind to start eating healthier it can be as overwhelming as it is exciting. If you're not careful, your enthusiasm to improve your health through healthy eating will get derailed by the planning and extra work involved. Before you jump in determined to eat healthy 100% of the time, set aside a little time to think about what healthy eating looks like to you and develop a strategy to make the … [Read more...]

7 Easy Healthy Kid-Approved Snack Swaps

Written by Christine @ So Domestically Challenged, Contributing Writer Breaking old habits is hard and if you didn't start your kids out eating healthfully, it's hard to get them to enjoy doing so.  To avoid fighting a battle at every meal and snack time, I usually change things out slowly, making swaps:  changing an unhealthy food for a new healthier alternative.  Here are my favorites. 7 Easy, Healthy, Kid-Approved Snack Swaps 100% Organic juice with no additives for … [Read more...]

Venting To Well Meaning Friends

Written by Starla, Contributing Writer It's important to seek God first in all we do. I enjoy the fact that God gives us best friends, because there is nothing better than a girls day out luncheon. Time alone with my best friend, lunch and hot tea. They are far and few between, so I cherish each of those moments. It's a time to talk, laugh and encourage one another.  During my daily bible reading and prayer time this morning, I was brought to Psalm 19:14. "Let the words of my mouth … [Read more...]

Meal Planning and Shopping Tips

Written by Karen @ To Work With My Hands, Contributing Writer Whether you enjoy it or hate it, gathering food and preparing it for our families is something we all have to do. Sometimes I really enjoy it. At other times...not so much. But, with over 27 years of experience behind me, I've learned a few things that have helped make it a natural part of my routine. It all starts with a plan. Building The Menu: Since I shop for groceries every other week, I plan our meals two weeks … [Read more...]

3 Things To Do When Spring Fever Hits

Written by Janet @ Frugal & Focused, Contributing Writer Spring is still a few weeks away but spring fever has already hit at my house. I am ready for blue skies, green grass, colorful flowers, lots of sunshine, and time outdoors. Here in Florida, we've already enjoyed some really nice spring-like days that have me itching to get on with it. I've taken long walks in the neighborhood and strolled around my yard making plans. Whether you're already getting a taste of … [Read more...]

Embracing The Need for Rest Without the Guilt

Written by Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life, Contributing Writer My kids often ask why they have to go to sleep at all.  Why isn't an afternoon nap enough? Why do we have to sleep so much at night? And maybe most importantly to them, when are my parents going to bed and what am I going to be missing out on?  These are deep questions to young kids, and of course there's always the "because I told you so" approach to settle their queries. Honestly, there are plenty of … [Read more...]

The Birth Story of Baby #4 {Part One}

To begin this story I guess I'll have to take you back to the Spring of 2015. (if you want to skip all of the pre-story, scroll down to where it says Coby's Birth Story)  We were busy with life, work, kids' school, a 1 year old running around and our "husband and wife" time had been lacking. So I was trying to be more intentional to make time for that! ;)  We weren't sure about having any more kids but I certainly had caught the baby bug. I just count imagine that we were … [Read more...]

5 Random Acts of Kindness: Plus Free Printable

Written by Starla, Contributing Writer This year's Random Acts of Kindness Day falls on February 17, 2016. Doing acts of kindness make us feel good about ourselves. The person on the receiving end of our kindness gets extra love that day. There is just something that makes our hearts lighter knowing we put a smile on someones face - even just for a moment.   My family has this great list of things we do in honor of Random Acts of Kindness day.  Random Acts Of … [Read more...]

Natural Labor And Delivery Plans

Written by Courtney @ A + Life (originally published in April of 2015) My Natural Birth Plans I don't have plans to take these to the hospital with me. I'm not going to be the girl who shows up with a bullet point, high lighted, step by step birth plan..... mostly because my plans are "hands off, please". But, that's easy enough to say, and not necessary to be printed out on a piece of paper. I remember when I got pregnant with my first daughter, Abigail. Even though it had taken us a … [Read more...]

What About Your Spring Garden?

Written by Karen @ To Work With My Hands, Contributing Writer What about your spring garden? Even though it's still cold outside, it's not too early to think about and start planning! Starting now gives you a fun distraction from the chilly temperatures, lays the foundation for a more successful garden, and can save you a lot of money. Let's Get Distracted: I'm sure there are those who adore winter. I am not one of those people. While I'm grateful we have seasons and there are … [Read more...]