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.

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!!

Dinner Made Easy with Green Chef

7
Aug
2017

Green Chef - dinner made easy

I am over here all excited about making dinner – yes, that is really true!!  

I know as a busy mom you are like I am – getting really burned out on the standard dinner fare and meal planning every single week.  I have used different methods over the years, all great and have their season, but I was ready for a new dinner plan.

I decided to try a meal delivery service since my season of life living in a remote area with grocery stores few and far between is the reality.  I am an Amazon spoiled girl – if it can arrive on my doorstep I am SOLD!!

In steps my new favorite thing – Green Chef!

Green Chef is easy-peasy

Here is a video I did after receiving our second Green Chef box this past week – it will rock your world!!  

I have done other meal delivery services, but this one takes the cake for ease, variety of recipes, cost and being organic.

Check out why I love it so much!

If you are wanting to give it a try – click this link here – you’ll get great an awesome deal and I will get $25 too – remember, I will never share something with you unless I would be willing spend the money on it.  This my friends… is amazing!!!

5 Lessons from Small Space Living

8
Jun
2017

5 lessons from small space living

In September of last year we moved from a 3400 square foot home to a 500 square foot carriage house, thrusting us into small space living. This was an “eventual” plan of ours, to move to our vacation property full-time, but we put things into fast forward last summer and ditched city living for a slower pace.

It has been a huge season of change, building new relationships, finding a new church, learning to truly enjoy a slow pace, but most importantly learning to let go of stuff and live small.

We are preparing to build our dream home here at the beach, but for now, we are living in a small space, the three of us and our two doodle dogs.  You can view our home, which was highlighted on one of my favorite blogs House of Turquoise almost three years ago.   It is a small space and I will tell you – it looks pretty much like that even today -with us living in it!

What I have most enjoyed about this season, is realizing that living small is an amazing freedom and I’ve learned a few lessons that are pretty powerful.

Less Indoor Space Means More Time Outdoors

We moved to the beach to slow down and enjoy the little things more.  The frantic pace of suburbia and all the traffic was exhausting us.  Here at the beach, we spend way more time outside and this includes my seven year old.  He’s outside constantly – and he doesn’t mind the wind, rain or clouds at all.  We walk the dogs more, we find a reason to go for a bike ride – and really – do you need a reason?

I don’t need 28 sweaters

Moving into a small space meant I needed to clean out my closet – BIG TIME!! I realized I had clothes that I didn’t really love – and too many of them.  Truly – how many sweaters do you really need?  I have been de-cluttering my closet now for over six months.  It is freeing and so empowering.  It means less choices in the morning and actually looking forward to getting dressed because the clothes I have I really like wearing!  

Clutter Suffocates

This is not a new discovery – but I can tell you, having less in my home means I can breathe.  Its okay that not every counter or shelf has decor or something placed there.  It provides a sense of relief honestly.  In a small space you enjoy having less – it provides room to just BE.  We must make a decision about whether we are keeping something NOW, not put it aside and wait until another time and then decide after it’s been stuffed in a drawer for five years to purge it.

Less Stuff = Less Stress

Being purposeful about what we have in our home and what we treasure has provided a huge stress relief.  The guilt about getting rid of things that I felt I needed to keep has been conquered.  This can take a bit of time, believe me – I was having a hard time with old photos and such, but then we decided to scan photos and take pictures of memorabilia instead of keeping the item.    We you begin to experience the freedom in parting with things that are in boxes and not enjoyed daily, it begins to be much easier to make decisions for the future.

The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things

I am sure you’ve heard this before, but it is true.  I have more time to spend doing activities rather than cleaning, picking up, organizing, storing, purging or doing upkeep.  We can visit friends, invite someone over, do an impromptu get together or get out of town at the last minute.  When you have a small space with less things, it provides time freedom as well as emotional freedom.

This is a season for us, we will be building a larger home and moving into a bigger space within the next year and a half, but this has been one of the best life lessons I have had – living small and learning how to determine what it really important.

Does living small appeal to you?