About Rachel

Rachel is a mother to three children and a wife to a wellness doctor. Her passions are faith, family, and health. You can find her writing about her family adventures and inspiring you to make healthier choices for your family.

Homeschool Student Planner {plus Free Printable}

With this being our first year full-time homeschooling, I knew I needed a plan in place. I had planned and selected our curriculum but was still trying to find a way to keep my kids accountable with their school work and responsibilities. I am not really one for the unschooling. In life there are things that must get done, even if you don't want to do it. But this is not a post about not agreeing with "unschooling".. I do like this post if you want to read more about it.  This post is … [Read more...]

A Few of my Favorite Things {August Edition}

Ok wait?!? It's August? Goodness gracious, oh my! Is 2016 flying by for anyone else? I mean at the beginning of next year my baby will be ONE!! I shared with you some of my favorite things one time last year, before I got terrible morning sickness which then lead to having that baby (at home)! And that's why I slowed way down on posting on this blog. So in less than two years, we added two more kiddos. We're now happily a family of SIX!! Anyhow, like I mentioned over a year ago, I love … [Read more...]

What’s in our Morning Basket? {Plus our read-alouds}

Going from part-time homeschooling to full-time homeschooling is going to be a transition for all of us. We haven't ever done a morning basket (or morning time, some might call it circle time) before, but looking forward to getting started this year.  The purpose of using a morning basket is to start your day off with truth, goodness and beauty. With the things that matter the most! Which are being together, reading and talking about Jesus, reading scripture, diving into rich literate … [Read more...]

Our Homeschool Curriculum for 2016-2017

Hey Everyone, I have missed you! I have been in a hiatus. Shortly after my 4th baby was born back in January, we began feeling a tug on our hearts toward full-time homeschooling. So that's where I've been... Praying. researching, Youtube watching, reading and learning all I could about homeschooling. Could I, can I, REALLY do it?  If you've read any of my homeschool posts, you know we take time to reevaluate each year. So this year we have made a decision to homeschool without … [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...]

2015 Year in Review {Free Printable}

When it comes to Christmas traditions, one of my favorites is the annual Christmas letter. I know some people dread these, but I LOVE them!   I've done several different things, including a Madlib, top 10 things of the year, and more but my favorites these past few years are "Year in Review" letters.  Last year I created this one:  This year I followed the same type of template but added a few things.      I keep our letters in a special … [Read more...]

12 Days of Christmas {Winners Announced}

Special thanks to all of you who participated in making this years 12 Days of Christmas a huge success! I hope you learned about some great businesses and will think about them when needs arise for certain products. Now to Announce the Winners: Canvas on Demand: Vivian via subscribe by email Mamaw's Many Blessings: Lisa via Subscribe by Email Batter Batter Gluten Free Mixes: Suanna via visiting Better Batter on Facebook Simple Beauty Minerals: Patti for … [Read more...]

Five Gift Christmas {Plus a Free Printable}

This is a new tradition we are starting this year. Over the years we have spent too much money and too much time late at night, the night before Christmas Eve or Christmas wrapping numerous gifts. It's not like all of them were toys; items often included lots of things like clothes, socks, underwear or others but I feel like it was getting in the way of what the season is really all about. Plus the regular ole items (undies, socks, etc.) our children need anyhow could just … [Read more...]

12 Days of Christmas {Day 12: Re-Play, Kids Recycled Products}

Today is the 12th day of the 12 days of Christmas Reviews & Giveaways 2015!   On the 12 day of Christmas, day2day joys gave to me... Products perfect for young kids, especially toddlers learning to eat with independence from Re-Play!  Re-Play products are recycled HDPE, which is #2 plastic, and is BPA free, Phthalate Free, PVC free. According to Healthy Child Healthy World, if you are unsure about safely using plastic items, look for the recycling codes 2, 4 or … [Read more...]

12 Days of Christmas {Day 9: Moby Wrap}

Today is the 9th day of the 12 days of Christmas Reviews & Giveaways 2015!   On the 9th day of Christmas, day2day joys gave to me... A comfy baby-wearing must for your little ones, especially newborns!  I wouldn't call myself a babywearer. I don't co-sleep, I modestly breastfeed with or with our a cover and I really don't like to be holding my babies all.ALL.all of the time... hope that doesn't scare anyone, lol!  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my babies, … [Read more...]