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 Young Children 1) Date Night - A restaurant gift card along with free babysitting is a dream come true! One year my in-laws gave us monthly date nights … [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 matters what you call it, but for this post I'm calling it broth. Why make your own bone broth? The number one reason to make your own broth is so that … [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 taste 15 oz can of kidney beans, drained 15 oz can of pork and beans 15 oz can of corn, drained (or 2 cups frozen corn) 2 T. brown sugar 1/8 … [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, and picking up toys? It is because my spiritual life needs a tune up? Or is it simply the constant level of stress that comes from having little … [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 characters and the songs is intense. I can't imagine that you'll ever let it go. (See what I did there?) You love all things girly and anything princess … [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 there. I want one! Since I don't own a Berkey myself (yet!), I'm going to turn things over to Positively Real Media to explain the benefits of a Berkey … [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 cheddar. However, you can use whatever you have on hand. There were 10 adults and 6 children at the party. I doubled the pasta recipe, and we had a … [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 take a bottle when I was gone. I was frustrated. My husband was frustrated. Babysitters were frustrated and poor little Grace was very … [Read more...]

Our Little Girl’s Wedding Birthday Party

Grace in her Wedding Birthday Dress

This post contains affiliate links. Last year Grace went through a phase where she was obsessed with watching my wedding video. She would watch it multiple times a week. Nate and I have seen our wedding video so many times that I don't think either of us will have the desire to watch it on our anniversary for a very, very long time. Because of Grace's love for weddings, my mom gave her a Melissa and Doug wedding dress for Christmas. That dressed sparked the idea in Grace's mind to have a wedding birthday party. Surprisingly, she stuck with the idea and this past weekend we had the big event for her 5th birthday. I sent out wedding … [Read more...]

10 Safer Bath and Body Products for You and Your Kids

Unfortunately, we can't trust that every item on the store shelves is safe to use, but here are 10 safer bath and body products for you and your kids. This list covers hand soap, toothpaste, diaper rash cream, shampoo, and more. Trying out these suggestions would be a great first step towards more natural living.

Grace has fallen into the trap of kid marketing. She has started asking me to buy her junk at the grocery store that is decorated with her favorite cartoon characters. I don't deprive my kids of treats, but there are some things I don't want to buy. "Grace, I'm not going to buy that because it really isn't good for you." "If it isn't good for kids, why is it here?" "Some people still buy it and eat it even though it isn't good." I'm starting to lay down the foundation with Grace that not every item in the store is an item that is good for her. This is a concept all of us know and understand. I don't think many of us are fooled … [Read more...]