If you're in the child-rearing, child-birthing, 30-something stage of life, abnormal is normal. Yes, it's normal when your hormones are out of whack.

To The Mom Who Thinks Her Hormones Are Out Of Whack

  By Jessica, Contributing Writer Dear mom who thinks her hormones are out of whack, They are. The end. Ha! Just kidding. There is more to the post! But seriously - that does sum it up nicely! So many of us women experience hormonal issues! I'm a member of a local "crunchy" Facebook group where moms can post their health questions and concerns, and, oh my goodness ... it is like clockwork! About once a week,  maybe more, one of us will post something that goes like this: "Ladies, help! This week I've been having cramps/bleeding/anxiety/cravings/fatigue/hair … [keep reading...]

Two skills that can be used successfully as life ­hacks to save a busy mom's life, when utilized well.

2 Skills That Can Save a Busy Mom’s Life … Do You Have Them?

Two skills that can be used successfully as life ­hacks to save a busy mom's life, when utilized well. Guest Post by Pat Fenner of Mom's Morning Coffee Ugh. You know the feeling. The alarm clock rings at Oh:Too­Early and immediately your mind is flooded with the day’s “To­Do” list: Household chores Child­care (double this if you have pre­schoolers or babies!) Get the kids to day care or school Get to the office Keep track of after­school activities for the kids Make supper (and maybe shop for it?) and clean up Prepare for tomorrow Even if you work from home, we all … [keep reading...]

Children don't need over the top celebrations ... they just need to feel loved. Parents will appreciate these simple ways to celebrate a birthday.

Simple Ways to Celebrate a Birthday

Children don't need over the top celebrations ... they just need to feel loved. Parents will appreciate these simple ways to celebrate a birthday. Guest post by Rachel of day2dayjoys.com Birthdays come once a year, per family member, but for me, I often feel all rushed and hurried like it snuck up on me.  Some might call this procrastination (ahem!) and others might call this the "creative last-minute" adrenaline rush. When celebrating birthdays in our family, I typically do something special on the day and have a birthday party later on. I did this for our daughter … [keep reading...]

A baked potato bar is a simple, healthy, and satisfying dinner that can be ready within minutes of walking in the door.

Crock Pot Baked Potato Bar

A baked potato bar is a simple, healthy, and satisfying dinner that can be ready within minutes of walking in the door. Guest Post by Dena Norton of Back to the Book Nutrition Need some simple, healthy summer dinner ideas? I'm dishing on my favorites today, starting with this fast and easy Crock Pot Baked Potato Bar! Speaking of summer...after five years of parenting, I now understand what summer really means. We had a great first year experience in our University Model school (similar to Erin's) but, as the spring semester wound down, we were all ready for a break. On May 14th, it … [keep reading...]

Do you still need a landline phone? Check out these pros and cons that come with cancelling your landline phone service.

Do You Still Need a Landline?

Do you still need a landline phone? Check out these pros and cons that come with cancelling your landline phone service. By Sarah Mueller, Contributing Writer When we moved into our dream home, we decided we didn't need a landline phone. We'd just use our cell phones. Now, 2 years later, this decision has saved us at least $640. 3 reasons to skip the landline and use just cell phones You'll save money. Our old landline phone bill was at least $30 a month. We're saving at least $360 each year by not having a landline. We've saved even more by negotiating other utility … [keep reading...]

It's time for real moms to get happy. Here are five habits that will help!

5 Habits That Keep Real Moms Happy {Giveaway!}

It's time for real moms to get happy. Here are five habits that will help! Guest Post by Kathy Helgemo and Melinda Means of Mothering From Scratch Once upon a time, we had cheerful, compliant children. Our homes were clean, organized and perpetually peaceful. We were moms who set impossible goals and always achieved them. The above scenario is from a fairy tale known as “What We Thought Motherhood Would Be Like Before We Had Kids.” After giving birth, it didn’t take long to enter the world of “real” motherhood. That place where kids are opinionated and strong-­willed. Where … [keep reading...]

Each child is different, but if I have positive expectations for my kids, they will more than likely find a way to make it happen.

5 Reasons I Altered My Expectations for My Kids

Each child is different, but if I have positive expectations for my kids, they will more than likely find a way to make it happen. By Will Odom, Contributing Writer (and Erin's hubby!)  As parents, we always want the best for our kids, but as a parent, I don't always know how to make that happen. For me, this includes the expectations that I set for my kids. Children need clear expectations and guiding principals in many areas such as discipline, respect, chores, and other parts of life. On one hand, expectations can be a dangerous thing when misplaced, overextended, or … [keep reading...]

Because women generally take what we do and the lifestyle choices we make so seriously, simple choices can cause division between women. Here are 5 tips on making lifestyle choices without creating division.

5 Tips to Making Lifestyle Choices without Creating Division

Because women generally take what we do and the lifestyle choices we make so seriously, simple choices can cause division between women. Here are 5 tips on making lifestyle choices without creating division. Guest post by Angie Tolpin Women are bombarded with an incredible amount of choices to make with regard to parenting, education, eating, health, and so on. Because women generally take what we do and the lifestyle choices we make so seriously, simply making the choice to cloth diaper, for example, can cause division between women, regardless of one’s heart on the matter. When I was a … [keep reading...]

Want summer skin that glows? Try this frugal, non-toxic, one ingredient skincare routine!

A Frugal, Non-toxic, One Ingredient Skincare Routine

Try this frugal, non-toxic, one ingredient skincare routine for summer skin that glows! By Sarah Nichols, Contributing Writer I used to be one of those people who spent a lot of money on different beauty products.  I had face washes, toners, makeup removers, moisturizers, eye creams, spot treatments, and more.  As I slowly transitioned to a more natural lifestyle, my skin care routine was one of the last things to change. When I got married and started having kids, I could no longer justify the expense of all those products.  Truthfully, I couldn't justify the expense of ANY of … [keep reading...]

When it comes to posting on social media, we have a choice to make. I encourage you to ask yourself these 3 questions before posting on social media.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Posting on Social Media

When it comes to posting on social media, we have a choice to make. I encourage you to ask yourself these 3 questions before posting on social media.  By Will Odom, Contributing Writer (and Erin's hubby!)  Social media - be it Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, blogs, or other numerous platforms - is a powerful medium in our culture. It truly has changed the face of interactions between people, whether they be friends, family, or complete strangers. We obviously love social media around our house. Our online community is awesome when it functions as it should. As with many … [keep reading...]

10 Years of Marriage

10+ Things We’ve Learned in 10 Years of Marriage

Here are ten things we've learned in 10 years of marriage. We hope you will be encouraged by this post!  By Erin and Will Odom  Today, in a tiny village in The-Middle-of-Nowhere, Costa Rica, we celebrate our 10th anniversary. These 10 years have not come without a fight. We've had to fight hard for our marriage. In fact, during this very week six years ago, our marriage was all but over. In the past 10 years, we've been through marriage counseling (with more than one counselor), gone to marriage conferences and retreats, participated in many marriage Bible studies, read a ton … [keep reading...]

Tangy No-Cook Bean Dip

42 Healthy Too-Hot-to-Cook Recipes

Hot summer evenings have a wonderful way of making us slow down, relax...and want nothing whatsoever to do with cooking dinner in a hot kitchen! Picking up take out can be so tempting on these casual summer nights, but that can be hard on the grocery budget and healthy eating. Instead, try these 42 Healthy Too-Hot-to-Cook Recipes with tips on how to keep your kitchen cool all summer long. By Shannon, Contributing Writer Check out our 10-day forecast! Instead of our usual low to mid 70s, we're seeing temperatures of well over 100. This is the hottest summer I can ever remember here … [keep reading...]

Traveling with Food Sensitivities

Traveling with Food Sensitivities

Traveling with food sensitivities can be a challenge, but, most of the time, it's not impossible!  It can sometimes be difficult to navigate day-to-day life with food sensitivities, and traveling with food sensitivities can prove to be an even greater challenge. Our entire family is sensitive to gluten and dairy, and our firstborn is sensitive to eggs as well. My husband is also allergic to tree nuts. Despite these food sensitivities, we have been able to figure out what to eat while spending this summer in Costa Rica (although, at times, it hasn't been easy!). While there are … [keep reading...]

CR cooking class

Torrential Downpours, Dreaming of Bugs, Costa Rican Friends + More {July 11, 2015 Weekend Reads}

If you want to keep up with the reads that give me pause all week long, follow my Reads and Recipes board on Pinterest. If you want to follow along with my personal life, you can follow me on Instagram. Subscribe to our newsletter to not miss a post!  Costa Rica Trip Update #3 I can't believe we are at the halfway point of our trip!  We finished up our two weeks of intensive Spanish refresher on Thursday, and we decided to hang around the village this weekend to save money and simply because we needed to rest! I am also working ahead on some blog posts this weekend since next week … [keep reading...]

It's never too early to prepare for being a mother or father! Check out these 5 ways to prepare for parenthood!

5 Ways to Prepare for Parenthood

It's never too early to prepare for being a mother or father! Check out these 5 ways to prepare for parenthood!  It's hard to believe that it's been over seven years since my husband and I became parents. There are still many days when we feel like we absolutely have no idea what we are doing, but the truth is that we have learned quite a lot along the way. We were married for just under three years when we had our first child, and there were things that we did during that short time to prepare to be parents. If you are in the season of trying to conceive or know a friend who … [keep reading...]