6 Things Moms Must Do Every Evening


6 Things Moms Must Do Every Evening

You would think I would have this motherhood gig down now since I’ve doing this nearly 24 years – but alas, I mess up and get off track too!

I began looking at my evening routine as part of some struggles I’ve been having lately keeping my patience. Ugh, I hate to admit it, but it’s true. This is even more frequent when I am single parenting and my husband is on the road. And, I am sure I am not the only one.

Here are some key pieces I have determined I need to be sure to put into motion to close out my day with a patient and gracious heart, as well as preparing my mind and soul for rest. I hope you can take a few of these ideas and incorporate them too!

Check Your Calendar for Tomorrow

This won’t necessarily make your evening better, but it will certainly make your morning better! When I can check my calendar for the next day and get a basic plan in my head the evening before, I tend to settle down more easily. Whether you have a calendar digitally or a paper version, get into a habit of checking your next day’s activities so you can do what you can the evening before to start your morning off right.

Connect with Your Husband

If you are married, this is a MUST! Since I have been caring for my body with better food, all-natural products, and using essential oils for my mama mode and moods (aka. occasional stress), I tend to not be as exhausted by evening. It has been a shift for us that as soon as our son is down for the night we can connect. Sharing about our day, talking about upcoming plans, or just watching a favorite show without distractions. My husband is my second priority and I need to be sure I am displaying that in my actions.

Practice Some Self-Care

This will look different for everyone, but for me it is pretty simple. It may be just washing my face with my favorite Orange Blossom Facial Wash to get the grime off me and apply some lavish night time face cream with a drop of Frankincense. Or it may include a nice soak in the tub for 20 minutes with some Epsom salts and essential oils. It is certainly my happy spot! Do you know what your happy spot is? What brings you joy and calms your body? Maybe it’s going for a walk – alone! These are all things that can nourish and refresh us!


I have found more joy the past few months sitting down and reading at the end of the day. It’s not usually for more than 15 minutes, because I do tend to get tired. But the wonderful books I’ve been diving into have been complete bliss. Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist was so good for me. Perfect for my season of life. I also recently enjoyed Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes but Shauna Niequist as well. My current read is The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother’s Memoir by Katrina Kenison.

Get Enough Sleep

BINGO! I know so many moms who try to burn the candle at both ends and it takes its toll. Please, for the sake of your health, your family, and your spirit – get enough sleep. This is the time your body refreshes itself. It needs this downtime to run the way God intended it to. I try to get in bed no later than 10:00pm and then I have been sleeping until 6:00am. This works for me, maybe not for you. I encourage you to find a schedule that works and try to stick to it. Research shows a bedtime routine is great and having a set bedtime and wake up that is consistent each day is even better for your body.


Ending your day with prayer is the best way to leave everything at the Lord’s feet. Some find it helpful to journal their prayers, other’s like me just talk out loud. This has helped me so much to have a grateful heart and reset my soul even if it’s been a rough evening.  

What tip here will you begin to incorporate?

Fall Nesting Tips for Your Home


Fall Nesting Tips for Your Home

We just dodged a huge storm that was to hit the Washington coast over the weekend, but it had me all giddy excited inside to experience my first coastal storm since moving to the beach. I know. I can be a bit wacky like that! 

But it certainly put me in the spirit of fall and looking for ways to make my home cozy and warm. The transition to fall is one of my favorite – grabbing blankets, cozy pillows, and changing the decor can really freshen my space for not a lot of money.

So what can you do to freshen your space this fall? I’ll share a few of my tips.

Blankets Are SO Good!

I am in love with this fabulous Faux Sheepskin Throw I was given as a gift from Pottery Barn. It is luxury to me and I tend to keep it all to myself! This one I found on Amazon is very similar and a much better price for keeping several scattered in the family room for getting all cozy. This cozy blanket also rates high and I’ll be grabbing a few to keep on hand for guests who come to the beach too.

Warm Beverages

This is a must for fall – being prepared with warm beverages for you, your family, and of course those guests who pop in. We have loved having our Keurig. It makes it super easy to make individual beverages, each on demand. This single serve version is also a big hit and I love the compact size. I love that you can grab coffee, hot cocoa, and cider in one click of a lever, having several choices for warming up after a breezy fall walk outdoors. They also have tea k-cups, but I prefer to just drink my favorite tea (Lemon and Ginger) with a mug of hot water!

Make Space

This is BIG right now for us. Clutter. It’s all about getting rid of extras and loving what we have in our homes. Having just moved, this was a huge turning point in realizing what really was meaningful in my home and what was just taking up space. I was able to get rid of a lot of stuff that was just there and really didn’t have a place in my heart.

I challenge you to really look around your home. What brings you joy and happiness? What is just taking up space? I really enjoyed reading Melissa Michaels’ book, Make Room for What You Love. It gave helpful tips on learning to let go of stuff.

It’s time to make some space to breathe in your home and really take joy in looking around your rooms with a happy heart. It will lift your spirit as well. You will feel lighter and just a bit happier. I can guarantee it.

Diffuse Something Yummy!

I love the season where I can begin to diffuse Cinnamon Bark essential oil! In the past, I was a candle person. But not anymore! Once I learned the damage that burning those candles is doing to my body – no more! Now I can enjoy fabulous scents without the harmful side effects.

Here are a few of my favorite blends to put together! The Pumpkin Pie is to DIE for, and Snickerdoodle too! I also enjoy this Pumpkin Spice Room Spray – YUM!

Autumn Diffuser Blends

Don’t have a diffuser or essential oils? No worries. I can hook you up!

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What are you excited to put into motion for fall?

11 All-Natural Kitchen Cleaning Recipes


11 All-Natural Kitchen Cleaning Recipes

Who wants to save money cleaning their home? Yep, I know – everyone is raising their hand! Here’s the deal – making your own homemade cleaning products is not only good for your budget, but amazing for your health too!

I began looking at the ingredients in my cleaning products about three years ago as I started seeing great improvements in my health when I began eliminating chemicals in my diet, my personal care products, and cleaning products.  

Pull out the products in your pantry and take a look at the ingredients and see how they rate on EWG – the Environmental Working Group. This is stuff you will want to know!

I do feel confident and empowered knowing that when I make my own products, I can control what goes in and limit my exposure to ingredients I don’t want.

My standard cleaning mix in my house is the amazing and versatile Thieves Household Cleaner from Young Living – but when I need some specialized cleaning or feel like mixing things up, I use some of these family-friendly recipes.

All-Purpose Cleaners

DIY Kitchen Cleaning Wipes via Recipes with Essential Oils

#1: DIY Kitchen Cleaning Wipes via Recipes with Essential Oils

DIY All-Natural Cleaner via TODAY.com

#2: DIY All-Natural Cleaner via TODAY.com

For Your Dishes

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent via Joyful Adorations

#3: Homemade Dishwasher Detergent via Joyful Adorations

Homemade Dish Soap via Oh Lardy

#4: Homemade Dish Soap via Oh Lardy

Natural Dishwasher Rinse Aid via Whole New Mom

#5: Natural Dishwasher Rinse Aid via Whole New Mom

Silver and Crystal Cleaner via The Greenbacks Gal

#6: Silver and Crystal Cleaner via The Greenbacks Gal

Pots and Pans Cleaner via Mom 4 Real

#7: Pots and Pans Cleaner via Mom 4 Real

For Your Appliances

DIY Homemade Oven Cleaner via Rooted Blessings

#8: DIY Homemade Oven Cleaner via Rooted Blessings

Cleaning Your Coffee Maker Naturally via The Creek Line House

#9: Cleaning Your Coffee Maker Naturally via The Creek Line House

For Your Floors

DIY Wood Floor Cleaner & Polish via O'Boy! Organic

#10: DIY Wood Floor Cleaner & Polish via O’Boy! Organic

Homemade Tile Floor Cleaner via Recipes with Essential Oils

#11: Homemade Tile Floor Cleaner via Recipes with Essential Oils

Many of these recipes call for essential oils. To learn more about the huge benefits of Young Living Essential Oils, click here.

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If you put it off, you’ll be sorry! Take time now to be proactive and protect your family. 

Online Homemaking Conference: Finding Balance


Online Homemaking Conference: Finding Balance

Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed? Has the fall back-to-school season thrown you and your family for a loop? Are you like me and perhaps in a season of transition and finding it hard to get new routines set into place?

I have got something that I know will help you get back on track and find some practical solutions to prioritize your role in your home.

Introducing the Homemaking Ministries Online Conference 2016!

The theme of this year’s conference is Finding Balance in Your Home and all of the amazing speakers will address different aspects of learning how to better balance all of the roles and responsibilities that we juggle every single day. 

20 Sessions All Addressing Different Aspects of Finding Balance Within Your Home

Online Homemaking Conference

Wonder why this conference is so special? Anyone can attend! It’s all online! It is perfect for those of us who cannot travel to attend a conference. Whatever your reason, this conference has a spot just for you!

You can view the sessions live October 25, 26, 27, & 28 or have access to them anytime! How awesome is that?  

Even after 23 years of motherhood, I have seasons of struggling – wondering if what I am focusing on is where God wants me, determining how much time and where I need to prioritize, etc. Our lives are a constant influx of change, so when we can intentionally take time to feed our soul in our most important job – motherhood and homemaking – we will be blessed and find peace that only He can bring!

Two Ticket Options This Year:

Basic Ticket ($29.95)

Includes full access to the conference and all live events during October 25-28. Great ticket if you are on a budget and just want access to the conference!

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Premium Ticket ($49.95)

Includes full access to the conference and all live events during October 25-28, as well as:

  • Immediate access to Jami’s brand new Goal Setting for Greater Balance and Purpose in
    Your Home
     course and workbook! (Normally $30!)  This offer was originally suppose to expire on October 3rd, but the FREE Goal Setting course and workshop has been extended!

Goal Setting Course and Workbook

Keep reading for more details about these amazing bonus items! The premium ticket is great for those who want to get even more out of this year’s conference for finding greater balance and purpose in your day!

Ticket price increases after October 24th. Grab your ticket today!

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I will be attending and please know I would never share this with you if I didn’t think the value and content will be helpful in your journey as a mother.  

I encourage you to pray about this and decide which ticket price would be best for you and your family.  Why not share this blog post with a few friends and start your own small group covering some of the material you will learn during the four-day course?  

What a great way to grow together! 

How to Menu Plan in Less Than 15 Minutes


How to Menu Plan in Less Than 15 Minutes

Since moving to the beach, I have taken great care to develop a system for meal planning. Being without a dinner plan when the closest market is 30 minutes away spells DISASTER!

I have always been a meal planner, but some weeks I drift from a real organized plan. Does that ever happen to you?

As I get back into my routine, I wanted to share some of my steps of how I menu plan for the week in less than 15 minutes.

Collect Recipes and Pin Them

Pinterest is a great invention if you really put it to use in good ways, like keeping a dinner recipe board of your family favorites. I just started this Family Favorites board and have found it so helpful when I sit down to plan my meals for the week. I can quickly see the photos of the meals and I write down what appeals to me at the moment! I also am a fan of using eMeals to collect meals that are easy and simple for my family. I can keep those in my notebook. See below.

Write It Down

No if’s, and’s, or but’s – put a meal title on each day that you need to have a dinner made. Don’t make general ideas. Write it down and go right to making the list of ingredients you need to make the meal. If I am in question about any ingredients, I will write them down and then can easily cross them off when I check my pantry stock. So write down your meal and ingredients at the same time.

Keep a Notebook

I will print out many of my recipes and keep them in a divided notebook for easy reference later. I also have a folder where I place all the recipes I need for that week so I am not searching for them later, wasting time, and adding to frustration. I keep the folder in the front of my notebook. I am a paper person, so even when I pin recipes, I still print it out. Call me old-fashioned, but it works for me!

Have a Weekly Menu Planner

This is a game changer. I have to write down my ideas and the days I intend to make meals, not so much for breakfast and lunch, but certainly for dinner. It is pivotal in how I carry out my intended plans. So, if you don’t have one, you can print this FREE Weekly Menu Planner out that I have for my readers. I use it and love it to keep things simple and easy.

Make Double

This is my favorite way to extend my meal planning and time. When I can I will double the recipe (or sometimes even triple it) and freeze a second batch of soup, stew, a crockpot recipe, or a casserole. It saves me time and also I will have a ready made list of dinner ideas set to quickly add to my weekly menu plan. I keep a running list of my freezer items so I can draw from it.


If you find a weekly plan that worked well, save it and repeat! This is my genius plan – seriously! I can take those meal plans and put them “as-is” through another week maybe 5-7 weeks after the original plan. This saves me a ton of time and also circulates many of my family favorite recipes in our schedule.

What is your biggest tip for easy meal planning? I’d love to hear!

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