The Big Reveal (and a look back at the past 5 years)

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Today my precious blog turns 5 years old. I call my blog precious because it has been incredibly "life giving" to me over the past 5 years. This space and the community here has been a creative outlet for me while I have been home raising my children. It has been a comfort and support system to me as I've navigated life and motherhood. Plus it has been a financial blessing to our one-income family. Today, in honor of my 5 year anniversary, I am unveiling my new blog design. This look was … [Read more...]

Important Blog Announcement

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Some big changes are coming to Simply Rebekah and the first one involves how I communicate with you. If you have signed up to receive my newest blog posts in your email inbox, this post is for you. First of all, thank you so much for signing up for emails with all of my latest content. I appreciate you allowing me to take up valuable real estate in your inbox. Now for the change... Previously I have been using a company called Feedburner to send automatically send out these emails to you. … [Read more...]

12 Gift Ideas for Parents with Young Children

Here are 12 gift ideas for parents of young children that won't add clutter to the chaos of their home. I want the whole list!

Raising little ones takes a special kind of energy. It also take a ton of time and money. With that in mind, I've come up with some fabulous gift ideas for parents with young children. Most of these gift ideas for parents fit into at least one of these categories: Something to make life easier. Something to make memories. Something they might not have the money to buy for themselves. Something that won't add to the clutter and chaos of their home. 12 Gift Ideas for Parents with … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Bone Broth

Don't throw away those chicken or turkey bones! Instead you can easily make a healthy bone broth that you can use in a variety of recipes.

Last year I started to make my own chicken and turkey broth for the very first time. When Thanksgiving came around, I snatched up the turkey bones and made so much broth that I ran out of containers. I literally started to give it away to anyone that would take it. If I can do it, you can to! What is the difference between broth and stock? I've read that stock is made from the bones and broth is made from the meat. I've also read that broth is seasoned and stock is not. I don't think it … [Read more...]

Freezer Friendly: Taco Soup

This mild taco soup recipe is kid friendly, guests love it, and it is a good freezer recipe. It is a total winner!

This taco soup recipe is totally a winner. It is naturally mild enough to be kid friendly. It is impressive enough to serve to guests. Plus it is freezer friendly! This recipe was originally discovered by my aunt years ago. She had the taco soup at a cute little restaurant and the owner shared the recipe with her. Since then it has been pass around throughout my family and well beyond. Taco Soup Ingredients: 1 1/4 lb ground beef browned 1 small onion, chopped mild taco seasoning to … [Read more...]

I am really trying, but… (when intentional living is met with resistance)

I am really trying but (when intentional living is met with resistance) - One mom's story of trying to make the most of the day, but struggling to embrace it.

I've been struggling to feel connected to my life. Perhaps that sounds silly, but I bet that you know what I mean. At times it feels like my entire goal is to make it through the day. Then I turn around and do it all again the next day. It is like I am waiting for that moment when my real life starts, but this IS my real life. Do I feel this way because I'm still waiting to feel like a real grown up? Is it because there seems to be a lack of deep purpose behind preparing meals, doing laundry, … [Read more...]

Happy 5th Birthday, Grace!

Grace's 5th Birthday

Every year I write a letter to my children in honor of their birthday. This is Grace's 5th birthday letter. My dearest Grace, I am so grateful that I am able to be your mommy. We had a lot of fun this past year and you've grown up in so many ways. Happy 5th Birthday, darling! In this past year... In December we took you to the movie theater for the very first time. We saw Frozen, which ended up being a huge Disney hit. It was also a big hit in our house! Your obsession with the … [Read more...]

How Clean is Your Drinking Water? {Berkey giveaway}

This post contains affiliate links. My dear beloved readers, today I am super jealous of you. Why? Because you have the chance to enter today's amazing giveaway and I'm not able to enter! I have teamed up with several bloggers from the Positively Real Media Network to give away a Berkey water filter. I have been wanting a Berkey water filter for a couple of years now. They are super well known in the "natural living bloggers" community and seem to be the best free-standing water filter out … [Read more...]

An Awesome and Affordable Dinner Party Menu

An Awesome and Affordable Dinner Party Menu

For Grace's wedding birthday, I came up with a simple, delicious, and affordable dinner party menu. The meal was so well received that I wanted to share it with you. The main course was crock pot cheesy pasta and beef casserole from Tammilee Tips. This recipe is so much better than regular spaghetti. The homemade sauce makes all the difference. All of my guests went back for seconds! In the picture above, I used mozzarella cheese. The recipe calls for cheddar and, I like it better with … [Read more...]

My Blog’s Biggest Secret

My Blog's Biggest Secret

This post contains affiliate links. I started this blog in December 2009. Only a few short months later I wrote a post that changed my blog in ways that I could have never imagined. Suddenly this blog became bigger than a place for me to share my thoughts on saving money and living a natural life. It became a lifeline to women desperately searching for answers to the devastating question "why does my breast milk taste bad?". It all started because my 5 month old daughter, Grace, refused to … [Read more...]