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Some of you know that in spring 2013, my husband and I joined Stephanie and Ryan Langford of Keeper of the Home to form Ultimate-Bundles. Ultimate-Bundles aims to bring readers the best eBook bundle sales possible for one low price. The results are that many readers can access a ton of eBooks they would have never been able to afford otherwise! So far, we've held brand new bundles each spring and fall--with spring's theme being homemaking and the fall theme being healthy living. We are … [Read more...]

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5 Healthy Habits for Moms

Healthy Habits for Moms  The Humbled Homemaker

I've spent this summer focusing on an area of wellness that many moms are notorious for neglecting--self-care. For some reason, we fall into the trap of thinking that taking care of ourselves is selfish. But I'm discovering the exact opposite. When we carve out time to cultivate healthy habits for ourselves, we become even more empowered to care for those around us. My perspective on this whole self-care concept began to change a few months back while listening to a Michael Hyatt … [Read more...]

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Weekend Reads {July 26, 2014}

But what if I fall But what if you fly The Humbled Homemaker

It's been a good week catching up with my husband after he spent 11 days in Costa Rica! He took the above pic of the butterfly there (although we have plenty of butterflies here in North Carolina as well!), and I paired the pic with my favorite quote discovery of this past week: "What if I fall? Oh but my darling, what if you fly?"  This quote gave me chills! It is so applicable to many parts of life. I am a dreamer. There was a time I stopped dreaming--for a season. But my motto has … [Read more...]

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Carter’s Fall Fashion Trends + a 40% off Coupon! {and $50 gift card giveaway!}

Carter's Fall Fashion Trends and coupon The Humbled Homemaker

Fashionable, stylish and trendy are words that I would never use to describe myself. So I say that God had quite the sense of humor when he chose to give me not one but three little girls--one of whom is tom-boyish but girly, one of whom is--already at 3 1/2--a fashion queen, and the other, well, she's not even two yet, but she is already trying to dress herself. I really do see myself as a "girl mom," but when it comes to dressing my girls cutely (and even styling their hair!), I need all … [Read more...]

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The Fine Line Between Apathy and Acceptance {for the Postpartum Body}

The Fine Line Between Apathy and Acceptance {for the Postpartum Body} The Humbled Homemaker

My life forever changed 6 years ago, when I birthed my first sweet baby girl. My body did as well. With it, came the constant barrage of mixed messages our culture aims at women with postpartum bodies:   Embrace your tiger stripes! But don’t let yourself go!  You now have more to love! But don’t eat too many sweets—they’ll just add more to those love handles.  And so, the past 6 years, I've teeter tottered between two extremes--that fine line between apathy and … [Read more...]

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How I’m Adding Two Extra Hours to My Day

adding two extra hours to my day  The Humbled Homemaker

My mother likes to tell people that she kept me up until midnight each night when I was a baby--because I would sleep until noon the next day. It gave her the opportunity to get lots of housework done, without me hanging onto her ankles. Fast forward 33 years, and I've always struggled with going to bed at a decent hour and getting up early.  When I have absolutely had do to it for a job, etc., I've done it, but it's never been something I've enjoyed. But as the mom of three little ones … [Read more...]

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Weekend Reads {July 19, 2014}

The heavens declare the glory of God The Humbled Homemaker

My husband and I celebrated our 9-year anniversary this past week!--albeit via FaceTime on our phones. He is currently chaperoning a 10-day student trip to Costa Rica...and I cannot wait for him to get home! He was super sweet to leave me little notes and gifts around the house while he was gone. I'm so glad we will be reunited this weekend! Also this week, I have been working a lot on a soon-to-be-revealed project, and the girls and I enjoyed a fun day at the pool. To follow along with me … [Read more...]

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Simple Baked Cabbage

Simple Baked Cabbage The Humbled Homemaker

Want to hop right to your chance to win a LG refrigerator? Click here! I don't know about your family, but the kitchen tends to be the center of our home. Life's good in the kitchen. It's where we reminisce about the dishes our mothers created during our childhoods, and it's the place where we work with our children to form new memories of our own. I recently had to laugh to myself when I realized that one of my favorite recipes to cook now involves a food I hated when I was a little … [Read more...]

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He Restores

our wedding day with roses

I had no earthly idea what I was getting myself into. And, really, I think few of us do. I had met him two years before at a party for ESL students in Costa Rica. I had flown in a few days before to spend a year there teaching the children of missionaries. It was a dream come true--moving to Costa Rica, that is. My heart and life and passions intersected. I had breathed mission work and international service and the Latino culture and Spanish language since childhood. Soon after we … [Read more...]

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My New Secret Weapon in Getting Housework Done {+ My Favorite Podcasts}

Getting Housework Done  The Humbled Homemaker

You know that just because "homemaker" is in my blog title that doesn't mean I'm the perfect wife, mother and house cleaner, right? I'm humbled. Truly, I'm very, very humbled in the area of homemaking. I think part of it is that I am just easily bored and easily distracted. If you were to tour my home on a random day, you'd likely find a half-folded basket of laundry, a partially-loaded dishwasher and the vacuum standing in the middle of the floor (because I thought of something and just left … [Read more...]

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