Fast, Easy, and Cheap DIY Easter Centerpiece

DIY Easter Centerpiece

I have barely decorated my house for spring or Easter this year, but I was inspired when I saw this picture from Bonni of Mom By Example. The concept is simple, the supplies are cheap, and it takes barely any time at all to pull it together. DIY Easter Centerpiece This post contains affiliate links. Step 1: Buy jellybeans for your kids' Easter baskets, hide it where they can't find it, and eat some every time you walk past the hiding spot. Step 2: Realize that nothing compares to Starburst jelly beans and decide that the generic jellybeans you bought can be used for your Easter centerpiece. Step 3: Gather your supplies. You'll need … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Ditch Antibacterial Hand Soap and Switch to DIY Foaming Hand Soap

I ditched antibacterial hand soap years ago, and I haven’t missed it one bit. Find out why foaming hand soap is cheaper and healthier for your family.

I ditched antibacterial hand soap years ago, and I haven't missed it one bit! Instead of using antibacterial soap, I use regular soap and turn it into foaming hand soap. 5 Reasons to Ditch Antibacterial Hand Soap & Switch to DIY Foaming Hand Soap This post contains affiliate links. 1. Antibacterial hand soap isn't as safe as you think. The active ingredient in antibacterial soap is triclosan, which kills off good bacteria while creating "super bugs" at the same time. Watch the video below for more information. 2. Washing with regular soap and water is all you need. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding … [Read more...]

My Love Story: The Happily Ever After {chapter 13}

My Love Story

This is the story of how my crush became my husband. It was a pleasure to share this story with you in 2013, but today I'm adding an extra chapter! Do you want to read my real life love story from the beginning?  Start here with The Window. I owe you a big apology.  Recently, we signed up for Netflix. I love a good drama, but for some reason I have been pulled to romantic movies. After watching my fair share over the past two months, I have come to realize that many of them end rather abruptly. There is a lot of build up between the leading lady and the leading male, there is some kind of conflict, and then the movie ends with their … [Read more...]

Threatened by a Telemarketer

Telemarketer calls can be annoying, but what about when they are threatening? Have you ever been threatened by a telemarketer?

This post was originally published on Oct. 27, 2010. Just a wild guess, but I doubt this phone call was recorded for quality assurance. RING-RING I answer the phone, "Hello." A woman answers me and explains that she is doing a fire safety survey.  "This is not a sales call." Ok.  Whatever. "Do you have a fire alarm or smoke detector in your home?" "Yes" "Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home?" "No"  Hmm...  Maybe we should buy one of those! "Do you own your home?" "Yes" "In case of an emergency, which of the following is the biggest concern for you: fire in the home, break-in, medical emergency, all … [Read more...]

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}

a day in the life of...

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 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...]