Sore, Achy Muscles? WIN dōTERRA® Deep Blue!!

WIN Doterra Deep Blue!

Welcome to our back-to-school giveaway week! We will have new giveaways up each day this week, so be sure to subscribe because you won’t want to miss them! I am super excited about today's giveaway because it's for a product that has quickly become one of our family's favorite: dōTERRA® Deep Blue.  Deep Blue is a soothing solution for sore muscles and joints. This essential oil blend is great for back pain, headaches, pain, inflammation, neuropathy and arthritis. My husband and I … [Read more...]

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The Homemaker’s {Best} Friend: Review & Giveaway of Homemaker’s Friend Planner!

Homemaker's Friend Review and Giveaway

Welcome to our back-to-school giveaway week! We will have new giveaways up each day this week, so be sure to subscribe because you won't want to miss them! We will be celebrating this week's giveaways with a Facebook party at 8 p.m. EST tonight! Just show up on the page for great conversation and a chance to enter our giveaways!  I'm not naturally organized. But that's where a good daily planner comes in!  I'm excited that our first giveaway is for a Homemaker's Friend Planner! Four of our … [Read more...]

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It’s A New Season of Motherhood

It's a new season of motherhood

And then they were grown.  I'm pretty sure I will wake up and say that one morning. It will happen before I know it. My firstborn started kindergarten on Monday, and today my baby turns 2. Two!  Those years in the trenches of babyhood and toddlerhood to boot? I knew they were fleeting, and now... Before I could even catch hold of my breath between pregnancy after pregnancy after pregnancy and birthing and breastfeeding and diaper changes and potty training and first foods and … [Read more...]

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What is a University Model School? {And Why We Chose This Type of Homeschooling + FREE First Day of School Chalkboard Printables!}

What is a University Model School?

I'm a firm believer in the uniqueness of each family and that we are all not called to the exact same thing. (What a boring world that would be if we were! ) This post is not a knock at public schooling, Christian schooling or traditional homeschooling. It's simply my sharing of our family's choice of the university-model school. I am by no means an expert as we have just begun, but I hope this piques your interest for this schooling model! Make sure you scroll to the end of this post for your … [Read more...]

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101 Homemade, Healthy After-School Snack Ideas

101 Healthy After-School Snack Ideas -

School has already begun in many places across the South, and the next few weeks will see the rest of North America joining in on the fun. Today my firstborn started kindergarten, and a few weeks ago I started thinking about what I would feed her for after-school snacks. The following are links and recipes I've curated for homemade, healthy after-school snack ideas. Many of these would also be great in school lunches. A LOT (but not all) of these snacks are allergen-free. I have noted … [Read more...]

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Weekend Reads {August 16, 2014}

Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.

My weekend reads posts give a more personal look into my brain, as here I've curated the posts I loved the most from the week before. They also give a greater glimpse into my home and family life. To follow along all week, check out my Reads & Recipes board on Pinterest and follow me on Instagram.  As my teacher-hubby went back to work this week, I got back to playing solo parent (a.k.a. stay-at-home mom) again.  (I know, I know--I am so very blessed that he has summers off!) This week … [Read more...]

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5 Steps to Healthy, Sandwich-Free Lunches

5 Steps to Healthy, Sandwich-Free Lunches The Humbled Homemaker

When I tell people my family is gluten-free, one of the first questions I get asked is what in the world I feed them for lunch. But I've found that healthy, sandwich-free lunches are incredibly easy to make. In fact, the key to making healthy, sandwich-free lunches is 5 easy steps: Step 1: Protein A good protein source is a must. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues and to produce enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals. Protein is crucial to your body's … [Read more...]

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A Sure-Fire Way to Sabotage Your Morning Routine

A Sure-Fire Way to Sabotage Your Morning Routine  The Humbled Homemaker

I just couldn't keep up the pace. Several nights in a row of going to bed past midnight and getting up at 5:30 a.m. finally caught up with me. And even sleeping in past 8:30 a.m. didn't help. When my 6-year-old bounced into my room at quarter 'til 9, I still wasn't ready to get up. "Mommy! Let's go downstairs! I want to watch a movie! I want breakfast!" "Mommy is tired, " I said and pulled up my comforter. My hubby, who had stayed up even later than I had, was just now stirring … [Read more...]

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Get the Look for Less: Back-to-School Consignment Finds Online

Get the Look for Less

What's a frugally-minded mama who dislikes shopping to do when it comes to stocking her kids' closets with back-to-school clothes? Shop online consignment, of course! Enter: Moxie Jean. The online resale site focuses on baby and kid clothes. And a few weeks ago they asked me to give it a try and write about my experience. I absolutely loved it. Why? 1. I could shop from the comfort of my own home. I didn't have to leave my chaise lounge. That's right. One reason I've … [Read more...]

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Weekend Reads-August 9, 2014

LOVE this quote!

I didn't fit in quite as much reading this past week, as our family was on a trip near Washington, D.C.! We had a great time fellowshipping with friends of mine from college. They took us to the National Zoo, the National Museum of Natural History and to a fancy smanchy restaurant on our last evening there! If you want to follow along with a more personal side of this very humbled homemaker, check out more pics on Instagram. Without further ado, here are the reads I loved this … [Read more...]

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