Weekend Reads with The Humbled Homemaker

Weekend Reads {June 13, 2015}

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 @ Lies Young Women Believe Moms, Put on That Swimsuit @ The Mom Creative What It Feels Like to Have … [keep reading...]

Do you want to save money but still have fun this summer? Totally doable. Read on to get 19 easy-to-do summer activity ideas that are budget-friendly, health-boosting and oh-so-fun!

19 Ways to Save Money, Improve Your Health and Have Fun This Summer

Do you want to save money but still have fun this summer? Totally doable. Read on to get 19 easy-to-do summer activity ideas that are budget-friendly, health-boosting and oh-so-fun! Guest Post by Prerna Malik of The Mom Writes Save money. Quite simply, it's one of my biggest goals and constant endeavors as homemaker. However, with summer here, I want that my budgeting tendencies don’t impact the amount of fun our family. Not only that, I want that the fun we have is in line with our desire to be more healthy as well, which includes eating real food and getting regular exercise … [keep reading...]

Mother and daughter relaxing in park.

4 Resources for Talking to Children about Safe Touch

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 overwhelming. The majority of comments were positive or at the very least understanding and respectful of our … [keep reading...]

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Stay-at-Home Shopping for June 10, 2015

Welcome to our weekly edition of Steals and Deals: Top Picks for Affordable, Stay-at-Home Shopping! If you're like me, you love the convenience of online shopping. As a busy homemaker and work-at-home mom, this allows me to shop at my convenience for the very best prices for everything from clothing to household goods to gifts and even groceries! I'm excited to share the highlights of my online shopping with you here each week, so that you never have to miss a good deal again!  If you want to receive an email highlighting the very best deals each week, you can sign up here! You can … [keep reading...]

For the RV-ing or camping family, summer is a time of adventure, new places, old favorites and … lousy food. The good news is healthy camping foods are not as difficult as you might think.

Healthy Camping Foods

For the RV-ing or camping family, summer is a time of adventure, new places, old favorites and … lousy food. The good news is healthy camping foods are not as difficult as you might think. By Danielle, Contributing Writer Let’s face it, when you’re camping it is very tempting to eat junk. Marshmallows, hot dogs and processed snacks are so convenient for camping, but they aren’t good for us. Healthy camping food is not as difficult as you might think. But like anything worthwhile, it takes a little planning. In the first few weeks of our summer camping it was fun to live on junk food, … [keep reading...]

From fresh-from-the-veggie-garden salads to fruit salads to pasta and potato to meat to salads with an international flair, check out these 50 scrumptious salad recipes that are sure to satisfy your cravings all year long!

50 Scrumptious Salad Recipes {at Keeper of the Home}

Check out these 50 scrumptious salad recipes! Last week, I posted a round-up of delicious salad recipes over at Keeper of the Home! Here's an excerpt: From fresh-from-the-veggie-garden salads to fruit salads to pasta and potato to meat to salads with an international flair, check out these 50 scrumptious salad recipes that are sure to satisfy your cravings all year long! Fresh-from-the-Veggie-Garden Salads Apple, Quinoa and Kale Salad @ The Greenbacks Gal Apple Walnut Kale Salad with a Citrus Vinaigrette @ Red and Honey Build Your Own Healthy Salad @ Keeper of the … [keep reading...]

Weekend Reads with The Humbled Homemaker

Weekend Reads {June 7, 2015}

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 I Wished I Had Been Born a Boy @ Blaze.com How to Choose a Natural, Non-Toxic Nail Polish @ Keeper of the Home The Art of Graceful Aging (and the big skincare lesson I learned in my 30s) @ Red and Honey 21 Delicious Recipes You Can Freeze Without Any Cooking Ahead of Time @ New Leaf Wellness Is … [keep reading...]

Do you suffer from acne as an adult? The good news is that there are ways you can begin naturally reversing adult acne!

Naturally Reversing Adult Acne

Do you suffer from acne as an adult? The good news is that there are ways you can begin naturally reversing adult acne! Guest post by Erin Josefchak Are you frustrated by frequent breakouts in your adult life? You are NOT alone! According to the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, 54 percent of women older than age 25 have some facial acne. I was among that 54 percent for much of my adult life. Two years ago, at 33 years old, I finally found the answer to my problem that had eluded me for much of my teenage and adult life – inflammation! Great skin comes from the … [keep reading...]

I'm a penny pincher by nature, but in recent years I've learned that sometimes it's OK to spend money. Here are 5 things we are spending money on right now!

5 Things We’re Spending Money On

I'm a penny pincher by nature, but in recent years I've learned that sometimes it's OK to spend money. Here are 5 things we are spending money on right now!  This post was inspired by Mandi Ehman's "7 Things We Splurge on as a Family" and Crystal Paine's "6 Things Our Family Has Chosen to Splurge On."  For many years, I could have been called a tight wad. I grew up in a frugal family, and when we married, my husband's spender tendencies contrasted greatly with my desire to save money. In fact, I never wanted to spend money on anything! But in the last few years I've come to … [keep reading...]

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Steals & Deals {June 3, 2015}

Welcome to our weekly edition of Steals and Deals: Top Picks for Affordable, Stay-at-Home Shopping! If you're like me, you love the convenience of online shopping. As a busy homemaker and work-at-home mom, this allows me to shop at my convenience for the very best prices for everything from clothing to household goods to gifts and even groceries! I'm excited to share the highlights of my online shopping with you here each week, so that you never have to miss a good deal again!  If you want to receive an email highlighting the very best deals each week, you can sign up here! You can … [keep reading...]

Simple Tips for the Rookie Gardener

Simple Tips for the Rookie Gardener

Are you a rookie gardener looking for a few simple tips to get started? It's not too late! By April Swiger, Contributing Writer As a rookie gardener myself, a few simple tips can go a long way. If you’re anything like me, taking care of plants is not an easy feat. Add in typical homemaking and mothering responsibilities and it's even more challenging! Three years ago, after starting an adoption process, I decided I was finally going to give vegetable gardening a try. My husband built me a raised bed for our teeny-tiny side yard at our first home in western Pennsylvania. We … [keep reading...]

Curse of Being a Night Owl

The Curse of Being a Night Owl {and Why I Want to Make Over My Mornings}

I've been a night owl my whole life, but I want to make over my mornings!  I've been a night owl since birth. Really, I have. My mom loves to tell about how, as a baby, I would stay up until midnight and then sleep in the next day until noon. It afforded her some much-needed alone time. (And what mama doesn't want that?!) But as I grew older, my night owl tendencies continued. It didn't seem to affect me much during high school, college, and even during most of my twenties, but once I became a mother, it increasingly became more and more obvious that I couldn't bounce … [keep reading...]

Summer is a time for relaxation, laughter and play. But it can bring a unique set of challenges for moms. Here are 5 ways to enjoy your kids more this summer.

5 Ways to Enjoy your Kids More this Summer

Summer is a time for relaxation, laughter and play. But it can also bring with it a unique set of challenges for moms. How do we juggle all of our responsibilities while still engaging our children and creating lasting memories? Here are 5 ways to enjoy your kids more this summer. Guest Post by Sarah Koontz of Grounded & Surrounded What if we all purpose (right now!) to set aside one day per week this summer to do something new and exciting with our children? And instead of spinning our wheels trying to come up with ideas on our own, let's work together! I have created … [keep reading...]

Weekend Reads with The Humbled Homemaker

Weekend Reads {May 30, 2015}

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!  If you haven't tried ePantry yet, this is a GREAT week to do so! Now through Sunday, May 31, you can get a FREE candle, a $10 credit + free shipping by signing up through my link! This deal ends soon! Reads I Loved This Week Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck @ Don't Waste The Crumbs The Best Way to Fold and Organize Kids Clothes @ Live … [keep reading...]

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3 Reasons Why Our Family Avoids Sleepovers

Our family has decided to avoid sleepovers. Before you start reading (which I hope you will do before commenting), let me start by saying that this is what we, after much prayer and consideration, have decided as a family. This is what works best for us. This is our rule for our family. This is in no way a judgement on others who do something different. We are just families that handle things differently. I recently re-read another post that was written last year about this topic. I have mulled over sharing this before and have decided it is time for me to share my own experiences.  Now … [keep reading...]