My Secret Tips on Surviving the Season

20
Nov
2017

Tips on Surviving the Season

As busy moms, we are entering into one of the craziest and often high stress seasons of the year.  It can be so overwhelming that we are unable to keep our head above water.

Not this year – not for me.

I have had those seasons and I’ve been determined to find a rhythm that works for me as I parent, run two home businesses, volunteer in my community and be the wife I am called to be. 

Here are a few secret weapons I have in my back pocket I want to share with you!

Green Chef

Meal prep and planning have become a real burden for me.  There are seasons where I enjoy scanning cookbooks and Pinterest for delicious meal ideas, however that is not my season right now.  We live 20 miles from a major grocery store, so planning needs to be done very efficiently.  That is why I am love with my Green Chef delivery, which arrives every Friday.  I get three dinner meals, delivered with all the ingredients I need – which are organic and chosen to fit my dietary preference.  We are on the PALEO plan and I love it!  Is it a bit more costly  than me doing the work – of course, but right now my time and energy is used best elsewhere.

Well Balanced Life

Self-care of my need for regular, gentle activity and movement of my body had been pushed to the wayside.  Take into account the weather where we live, on the Washington Coast can make it tricky to get outside really had me in a pinch.  I joined a FREE Pilates Challenge back on September and I loved it!  After that ended I hopped into The Balanced Life Sisterhood, where Robin (she’s amazing!!) offers a monthly membership program which puts together a Pilates exercise routine for you – for each day of the week, Monday thru Friday.  I do love being told just what to do – no waiting time finding the workout, just click and go.  I love the variety of the workouts too, some are just 7 minutes and some are 33 minutes – so I can always find time to do one.  My goal is six days a week, and I have kept on track!  Being able to work out from home with little thought and equipment is a WIN/WIN for me!

Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules

Where have these Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules been all my life!!??  I am a huge proponent of incorporating Apple Cider Vinegar into my routine, but truly – the taste is a hard thing to swallow!  So when a friend shared these capsules with me, I was all in.   I love that Apple Cider Vinegar is so helpful for our digestive system and also our immune system.  Even better is that I can open these up and put them in a bit of applesauce and my seven year old can get the benefits too.  These are helping us stay healthy as we enter the winter season!  Wonder what else Apple Cider Vinegar can do… google it!! It’s amazing!

Essential Oils

Yes, still using and chatting about my wonderful essential oils.  They are used daily, actually multiple times a day to help support our immune system.  There is nothing that I have done in the past almost five years of my life that has made the biggest impact on the health and wellness of myself and my family.  The all natural, plant based products in our home also help us maintain a good-operating machine so we can meet each day refreshed and ready to go.  I love Lavender in my diffuser with Cedarwood to ease the stressors of the day and promote the best nights sleep, both for me and my youngest!   Having a toolbox full of helpful goodies I can use when I need it, which can often be in the middle of the night, is a wonderfully empowering feeling.

Stitch Fix

I hate the mall and I really dislike going shopping.  So, Stitch Fix saves me – a lot!!  With the holidays coming and a few fun trips I have planned, I need a wardrobe refresher.  In steps Stitch Fix.  Did you know right now, until the end of November,  you can get a FIX with no styling fee?  That means you have NO RISK!!  Wouldn’t you love a personal shopper?  That is what you get!  Someone else picks out of the clothes and they arrive on your doorstep.  AHHHHH.  You try them on in your own home, whatever you do not care for you can easily pop in the pre-paid package to return back.  You just pay for what you keep.  They have the best jeans ever!  The only jeans in my closet now are jeans I got from Stitch Fix, they just fit right!  Do yourself a favor and schedule a Fix for you now, no risk!

There are a few of my secrets for keeping things sane and smooth here as we enter this busy holiday season.  Taking time to enjoy the moments is truly the most important.

Journey Through the Bible with Kids

6
Nov
2017

hello bible activity story box
Bible teacher I am not – so I am truly grateful for a fun resource that will help me share my love of the bible with my son.

Hello Bible is a fun and engaging tool for families to Journey through the bible together.

We’ve all become familiar with the monthly box subscription services, right?  Hello Bible is just that – a fabulous box delivered right to your doorstep centered around a theme or story in the bible to share with your child.

Each box comes with a Bible Storybook, Lesson Plans (thank goodness – because I am not that organized or talented!), Keepsake Art Projects (with amazing step-by-step instructions, because that is not my gig!), and a Bible Travel Journal.  

What I really enjoyed about this box and what I felt was key to a child understanding and learning bible principles, was how it was outlined for an entire four week period, with a focus for each week!  So instead of racing through an activity and a story, you instead continue to focus on that particular story and activities for a much longer time frame.  Period for little minds and creative hands.

Our box featured a story and focus on Joseph from Genesis 37, 39, 41, and 44-46.  We had the story book, a fun magnetic craft so my son could re-tell the story and have fun with his magnet characters, and a painted bank activity.  All supplies were included and ready to go – so easy for busy moms!

instructions hello bible

We had a blast using this unique curriculum right at home to really dig deeper into the story of Joseph.  My son enjoyed the crafts and discussion questions that helped him remember portions of the story that were included in the craft instruction booklet.

Hello Bible also plays a part in helping others.  They have a partnership with the Kilgoris Project to support some amazing work in Kenya. The Kilgoris Project educates and feeds children of a Masaai village in southwest Kenya. They work with local leaders and families to operate schools, provide daily food and clean water.  I find it so impactful for my son to see how we are helping other areas in the world and making a difference, and by purchasing a Hello Bible subscription, you can do just that!

Hello Bible has a one box purchase option, a six month subscription and a twelve month subscription option – and right now they are celebrating their year birthday and offering $5 off and FREE shipping!

HelloBible is designed for kids ages 5 and older. The curriculum is for grades K – 3.   With the holiday season fast approaching this would make a meaningful and impactful gift for a child on your list – or perhaps you can add it to your child’s wish list?

I was so pleased with the content, the quality of the crafts and the easy instructions, it really helped me have some fun activity time with my child instead of creating more work for me and more frustration for us all.

Find out more details here at Hello Bible or go grab your very own subscription now!

I did receive a complimentary box for review. All opinions are my own.

5 Blogs on Motherhood Which Inspire Me

30
Oct
2017

5 blogs on motherhood

If you’re a mom looking for inspiration, encouragement, real life tips and more – be sure to add these blogs on motherhood to your must-follow list.

Over the course of my years as a mom and a blogger, I have followed a few inspiring and helpful blogs to encourage my journey.  We al need help in different seasons and it’s so nice to have a wealth of information to choose from.

This is a short list, certainly not exhaustive. If you are looking for a few new places to get ideas, you will find a great start here.

Allie Casazza-Inentional Motherhood

This is my newest and most loved new blog!  Simple, inspiring, and relevant.  I don’t have time to read stuff that is not relevant to my season.  Allie she hits it each time!  I love following her on Facebook too for the helpful prompts to focus on areas of my life that I need help in.

The Purposeful Home Podcast

Ready for some fun, mind-blowing awesomeness?  I love this sweet podcast with Allie and her friend Kelsey – they are real, genuine and just tell it like it is – yet, with powerful tips to gain back control in your life and find balance and rhythm.  I listen while folding laundry, while on a run, in my car – it’s a real treat when a new episode goes live!

Intentional Moms with Kayse Pratt

Do you need a bit more organization in your life?  This is your place!!  She really expands on my heart for helping overwhelmed moms in several ways – by focusing on bible study, planning, organizing, and finding community.  All those are dear to my heart.  She is a sweet gem of a mom and shares genuinely in her struggles too.

Inspired to Action with Kat Lee

If you haven’t’ ventured over the Kat’s amazing blog – do it now!  I love her podcast, which will brighten your day for sure and and is so encouraging when it comes to motherhood!  She always delivered just the right content at the right time for me and her genuine heart shines through her writing and her narrative on the podcast.

The Art of Simple with Tsh Oxenreider

This is one of the very first blogs I began following years ago when I started my own blogging journey.  Tsh has created an epic movement of motherhood support here on her slice of blogosphere – including a great podcast too.  Great variety and inspiration will be found!

So hop around and take a look – you will be sure to find one or two to help inspire you to be the best mom you can be right in this season!

Dinner Ideas for Busy Moms

4
Oct
2017

What’s for dinner?  Most of us moms really hate that question – that is, unless you have a menu plan and some new dinner ideas handy!  Am I right?

I have got you covered!

I recently revised my “Got Dinner – Quick & Easy Recipes from the Confident Mom” ebook with great updates you will love.  It features many new recipes using whole food ingredients, fresh vegetables, and gluten-free alternatives.  This fits in with my new focus on providing whole food meals for my family that won’t break my budget.

You’ll find a great variety of recipes from several categories that your family will enjoy:

  • Casseroles
  • Hearty
  • Soups
  • Slow Cooker
  • Side Dishes
  • Breakfasts
  • Simple Dishes

Who is ready for some new ideas?  You’ll grab recipes for over 40 dishes that will make menu planner just a bit easier.  The only thing better would be to have it delivered to your door!!

If you have purchased this ebook from me in the past – no worries, I will be sending an email to you with the updated version free of charge – my gift to you for being such a supporter here and part of my cherished community!

From now til Saturday evening, October 14th at midnight, you can grab this ebook for only $1.99 – that’s $1 off the regular price of $2.99.

use code NEWMEAL for $1 off at checkout

Need a bit more information?  You can view the Recipe book sales page here.

Have fun whipping up some new recipes for your family!!

10 Gluten Free Apple Recipes for Fall

18
Sep
2017

10 gluten free apple recipes for fall

The weather is getting cooler, and the trees are getting heavy with amazing apples just ready for picking!

We live in Washington, also known as the apple state!  We have orchards that stretch miles and they are gorgeous.  We also grab a huge box of apples in the beginning of October as part of a fundraiser our friends are involved in, so having some yummy apple recipes is a must.

Apple Muffins (grain-free, gluten-free)

Healthy Apple Pie Oatmeal Breakfast Bake

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Apple Cinnamon Scones

Swedish Apple Pie (gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, 100% whole grain)

Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites

Apple Walnut Spinach Salad 

Zucchini Apple Fritter Bread – Gluten Free 

Healthy Gluten Free Apple Bread Recipe

Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars

Easy Gluten Free Apple Custard Cake