ePantry: an Online Source for Natural Products I Can Trust (free organic candle + $10 credit)

ePantry: an online source for natural products I can trust (use this link to get $10 off)

The most important step I have taken towards natural living was to simply replace the products I am already using on a regular basis with something safer and more natural. Yes, it is wonderful to add supplements to your diet or use essential oils, but the first thing you should do is make sure that your current routines are safe and natural before you start adding new things to your routine. When I started my journey towards natural living, the first thing I did was buy the safest baby bath products that I could find. Then I concentrated on my cleaning products, and finally I moved on to my own bath products. I'm not making a perfect … [Read more...]

The Awesome of My Life {sorta awesome podcast 09}

Sorta Awesome Podcast - a fun celebration of all things in life that are sorta, amazingly awesome!

My third episode (#09) of the Sorta Awesome podcast was released today. As always, Megan and I shared our "awesome of the week" and answered listener questions. You can click here to listen in your web browser or you can search for Sorta Awesome in your podcast app to listen on your smartphone or tablet. Before you listen, I have 2 podcasting announcements. 1) There is now a Facebook group dedicated to Sorta Awesome. Megan and all of her regular co-hosts are in the group and we are enjoying the discussions happening there. Join us! 2) Reviews and rating are a huge help. Would you be willing to leave a review for the Sorta Awesome … [Read more...]

Happy 3rd Birthday, Noah!


Every year I write a letter to my children in honor of their birthday. This is Noah's birthday letter. (This post contains affiliate links.) Happy 3rd Birthday, dear Noah! You were in full blown toddler mode this past year. It has been a delight to watch all the ways you have grown. Highlights from this past year: Throughout this past year you have called me Mama, Mommy, and Mom. You are certainly too little to be calling me Mom, but you hear your sister say it all the time so I can't blame you. ;) There are a couple of things you have stopped doing over this past year. First of all, you've slowed down on your thumb sucking. You … [Read more...]

Before & After Photos: Desk and Closet Makeover (with Sauder furniture)

Fun Before and After Photos of a Desk and Closet Makeover using Sauder furniture

"NATE!!! Guess what! I just got an email from Sauder and they want to send us some furniture!!" Yes, that was me freaking out a couple of months ago when Sauder Woodworking Co. contacted me about partnering with them on a sponsored post. Why the big freak out moment? 1) Sauder Woodworking Co. makes amazing furniture. 2) I used to work there!!! It truly is a small world, folks. The person who contacted me had no idea that I had previously lived in Ohio and worked at Sauder Woodworking Co. for 3 summers when I was in college. She had no idea that my sister and aunt had also worked there. She didn't know that I grew up with Sauder … [Read more...]

The Day the Natural Living Community Turned on Me

It is time to start celebrating the natural living and green baby steps of those around us!

This post contains affiliate links. Last May, Erin from The Humbled Homemaker shared a post I had written in 2010 about washing disposable swim diapers.  She has a large facebook following and the post took off like wild fire. The Facebook post received 1,113 likes, over 300 comments, and 3,932 shares. All of that attention on Facebook resulted in my highest blog traffic day ever up to that point. Over 16,000 different people visited my blog that day. Unfortunately, it wasn't all good news for me, because it was also the day the natural living community turned on me. The comments came pouring in... Many, many, MANY people thought … [Read more...]

I was Nervous About Becoming a Wife, but Then…

wedding kiss

**Make sure you read all the way to the end of this post because I have a special gift I created just for you! Keep reading to find out how to snag it.** On our wedding day, Nate and I wrote letters to each other that we read during the service. In my letter I admitted that becoming someone's wife was a bit intimidating. Being a wife was for older women, women wearing aprons and making a roast for Sunday dinner. I was just a girl! Being married has been wonderful, but I wasn't completely wrong to be intimated. Real life can be intimidating. Add a couple of babies on top of it and then... …laundry, diapers, stretch marks, and … [Read more...]

14 Podcasts I’m Seriously Digging {sorta awesome podcast 04}

Podcasts I'm Seriously Digging

Hi. My name is Rebekah and I am addicted to podcasts. In June 2013 I wrote about my love for podcasts, but in that post I only shared 4 podcasts that I was digging at the time. Well honey, I am listen to way more than 4 podcasts these days. If you haven't jumped onto the podcast listening band wagon, then now is the time! First things first.... What is a podcast? Simply put, it is an audio program that you can listen to at any time on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. You can also subscribe to be notified of new episodes. There are podcasts for all kinds of different subjects and audiences. Think of it as blogging in audio … [Read more...]

Are you drowning in dirty dishes, laundry, or cleaning?

Are you drowning in laundry, dishes, or cleaning? There is hope!

This post contains affiliate links. If you ever hang out on my Facebook page, then you have heard me singing the praises of the home management class that I took this winter. The class really was fantastic. Holly Dvorak, the teacher, did a fantastic job of breaking down all the tasks that moms have to juggle and presenting solutions for each of them. We discussed laundry, meal planning, scheduling, paying bills, and so much more. Again and again Holly reminded the class that the key to surviving the chaos is to manage the mundane. Chaos in your house might be when the kids get sick, sports season starts, overnight guests are coming, or … [Read more...]

I Need New Friends {sorta awesome podcast 01}

Sorta Awesome Podcast - a fun celebration of all things in life that are sorta, amazingly awesome!

My best friend and I used to spend hours and hours talking into a portable tape recorder as we were growing up. Each sleepover consisted of Emily, me, and our tape recorder. The three of us were inseparable. Kinda weird? Yeah, maybe. Fast forward a couple decades and here I am recording my voice once again. This time I'm hoping that more than just Emily will be listening on the other end. I'm hoping that you will listen! My dear friend Megan Tietz just launched her brand new weekly podcast, and I am thrilled to be one of her regular co-hosts. For anyone who doesn't know, a podcast is a recorded audio program that you can listen to on … [Read more...]

13 Things I Want You to Know About Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding advice from a mom with 4 years of breastfeeding experience.

I nursed my children for a combined total of 48 months. That is 4 solid years of breastfeeding experience! In that time I learned just how beautiful breastfeeding can be. I also learned a lot about the technical and emotional side of nursing a baby. From thrush to pumping to weaning, here is a collection of important things I've learned about breastfeeding. 13 Thing I Want You to Know About Breastfeeding 1. Pain while nursing could be thrush. - Does your baby have white patches inside their mouth? Do they have a diaper rash that won't go away? Are your nipples sore? Those symptoms could mean that you, your baby, or both of you have thrush. … [Read more...]