5 Lessons I Learned at an Operation Christmas Child Distribution

Our family was able to participate in an Operation Christmas Child distribution last week in Costa Rica. Yes, they distribute the boxes year-round! Here are some lessons I learned from participating in the distribution.

Our family was able to participate in an Operation Christmas Child distribution last week in Costa Rica. Yes, they distribute the boxes year-round! Here are some lessons I learned from participating in the distribution.  Last week, our family had the amazing opportunity to participate in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox distribution in Cartago, Costa Rica!  We have been packing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for years. We started the tradition before we had kids, and once our … [Read more...]

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Weekend Reads {June 27, 2015} + Costa Rica Recap, Week 1

La Paz waterfall

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! Reads I Loved This Week 11 Sunscreens to Avoid This Summer (and 6 Safe Alternatives) @ Mothering.comFor my personal thoughts on sunscreen, check out a series I wrote a few years ago, "Safe in the Sun." You can also check out Lexie's safe homemade … [Read more...]

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5 Reasons Why We Are Taking Our Kids to Costa Rica for 5 Weeks This Summer

Have you ever considered taking your children on an international trip? Here are five reasons why are are taking our kids to Costa Rica this summer!

Have you ever considered taking your children on an international trip? Here are five reasons why we are taking our kids to Costa Rica this summer!  On Monday, our family embarked on an adventure we had been dreaming about, saving for, and planning for a very long time: We are currently in Costa Rica for five weeks, and we couldn't be more excited. Transparency with this blog is huge for me. I've built The Humbled Homemaker with the intentions of showing my own imperfections in … [Read more...]

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Blue Apron: A Healthy Alternative to Take-Out

I recently discovered Blue Apron, and I absolutely love it! I am looking forward to using the service again in the future as a healthy alternative to take-out! Check out why I love Blue Apron so much, and how I think Blue Apron can save you time and money!

I recently discovered Blue Apron, and I absolutely love it! I am looking forward to using the service again in the future as a healthy alternative to take-out!  Our family used to never eat out. OK, I take that back. When we barely had two pennies to rub together, we would eat out about once a month (and we would go somewhere cheap). Fast forward a few years, and we now, regrettably, eat out way more than we should. Most of it has to do with mama working more than she used to, and with … [Read more...]

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Weekend Reads {June 20, 2015}

My girls

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!  What a crazy summer it's been already! I feel like we've tried to pack an entire summer into just a few weeks--the girls had swimming lessons and RAD Kids Camp, and we then spent five days in Brosnan Forest, South Carolina. We leave on … [Read more...]

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Child-Led Potty Training {a Stress-Free, Laid-Back Approach to Toilet Learning}

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If you've ever been discouraged with potty training, you have to check out child-led potty training. This is a stress-free, laid-back approach to toilet learning! Hang in there, Mama. There is a light at the end of the potty training tunnel!  It's been often said that your child won't go to kindergarten in diapers, and, for most of us, that is true. But when you're knee-deep in pee, poop, and tears, and your child will still not use the potty, it's easy to think they will never learn … [Read more...]

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To The Mama Discouraged With Potty Training

Are you discouraged with potty training? I've been there, Mama! This post will give you hope for a light at the end of the potty training tunnel!

Are you discouraged with potty training? I've been there, Mama! I hope this post will give you hope for a light at the end of the potty training tunnel! To the mama discouraged with potty training, I was you, Mama. It took me two years to potty train my firstborn. Two.entire.years.  I had tried it all: sticker charts, candy, Dollar Tree trinkets, pull-ups, no pull-ups, panties, bare-bummed, potty training in one day, potty training in three days, tips aimed at potty training the … [Read more...]

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Come Hang Out with Me This Summer!

Come hang out with me at the Becoming Conference this summer!

I will be speaking at the Becoming Conference this summer, and I would LOVE to meet you in person!  I'm so excited to announce that I'll be speaking at the Becoming Conference in Asheville, NC this summer! The conference is hosted by Jen of Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and Jenny of Southern Savers. Becoming is unlike any typical conference: it's more of a girls getaway, full of encouragement and creative inspiration and priced so that nearly everyone can afford it! Share a hotel room … [Read more...]

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Weekend Reads {June 13, 2015}

Weekend Reads with The Humbled Homemaker

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!  Reads I Loved This Week Learning How to Tell Someone "No" @ Jon Acuff End of School Year Questionnaire {Free Printable} @ Lisa Appelo Recognizing the Signs of Drowning @ Life Your Way 35 Things I Wish I Had Known in High School @ … [Read more...]

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4 Resources for Talking to Children about Safe Touch

Mother and daughter relaxing in park.

Talking to children about safe touch might just save you and them from heartache for years to come. So many children are molested at sleepovers, at friends' houses, and even by their own relatives. It can happen anywhere at anytime. It's never too early to begin talking to children about safe touch!  By Will Odom, Contributing Writer (and Erin's hubby!)  Last week, I wrote a post about why our family has decided to avoid sleepovers for right now. The response was quite … [Read more...]

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