13 Baby Products That Might Not Be On Your Radar …But Totally Should Be!

Just imagine that we are sitting on my couch and I’m sharing with you all the things I wish I had known when I was creating my baby registry. These are 13 baby products you want to make sure to have on your registry.

You are thinking about your baby registry and you are stressing the heck out! The list you got from the store has approximately 1 billion suggestions on it. You know you don't need all of it. You know they are trying to sell you stuff so of course they are telling you to register for 20 crib blankets. You know that much, but what you don't know is what you actually need and what you don't. So you are freaking out and having a breakdown in the Babies R Us bathroom. Oh wait. Maybe that was just me when I was pregnant with my first baby. True story. I am here to take some of the mystery out of your baby registry. First of all, let me tell you … [Read more...]

A Day in the Life of… 2015 {link-up}

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Welcome to the 5th Annual “A Day in the Life of…” photography project! The concept is simple, but the results are awesome.  Take one picture every hour, for one day, and an unique hour by hour snapshot of your day is created. For 5 years, I’ve been taking my pictures on January 18th.  This year the 18th was a Sunday. I hope you enjoy my pictures and I look forward to seeing yours! A Day in the Life of Rebekah – January 18, 2015 8:00 AM - I am fresh out of the shower and putting on lotion (affiliate link). Each Sunday the story is the same. There is zero urgency while Nate and I are pressing snooze and showering, but there … [Read more...]

Productive Mom Day! (A Peek Behind-The-Scenes)

This behind-the-scenes peek at a productive mom day is good reminder for all moms!

I had the most productive day ever recently. (Well, it wasn't really that recent. It was back in late November. Sometimes it takes me a looooong time to get my blog posts out of my brain and onto the screen. Still...) It was amazing. I felt like super woman, but then... Well, we'll get to that, but first rejoice with me. The day started with me stuffing letters with a friend. The mailing was for friends of ours that are doing international missions. Letters for missionaries! Just wait. It gets better. I took the kids on a walk up town to see the big Christmas tree that was just put up. (Remember. This was November.) On the way … [Read more...]

Recycling Bin in the Bathroom???

This post just convinced me to put a recycling bin in my bathroom. The two benefits she listed make so much sense!

This post contains affiliate links. A year ago I read the book Green Your Life by Emily McClements. In the book she suggested keeping a small recycling bin in the bathroom to make it easier to recycle empty bottles, toilet paper rolls, etc. I tried it and now I'm ready to report back on how it has been to keep a recycling bin in my bathroom. One Year of Bathroom Recyclables?! Instead of a bin, I've been using a large bag to collect the recyclables in our upstairs bathroom. I haven't emptied it since I put it under the sink a year ago. Is this what one year of bathroom recyclables really looks like? Honestly, I highly doubt that … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Stay Warm Without Spending a Fortune

Stay warm this winter without spending a fortune on heating costs.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Holmes Products. All opinions are 100% mine. Winter heating bills can be brutal! This year I'm trying a few new things to help me stay warm without spending a fortune. Take a peek at the fun video I put together to learn all about what I'm doing, including my new Holmes Smart Console Heater. (If you can't see the video above, click over to SimplyRebekah.com) 7 Ways to Stay Warm Without Spending a Fortune (video highlights) 1. Clean Your Oven - Ovens get a ga-trillion degrees (???) with the self cleaning feature. 2. Hot Drinks - Besides my beloved coffee, chai tea is my … [Read more...]

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


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 created by the talented Mindy Harvey from Simply Designs. I have waited such a long time to hire a professional designer to give this space a makeover. … [Read more...]

Important Blog Announcement


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. Later today I will be making the switch to a company called Mad Mimi. With Mad Mimi I will be able to customize my emails more and receive better … [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 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...]