• Business,  Homeschool,  Mom Life

    How do I Run Businesses AND Homeschool?

    It’s possible to homeschool, run a business, and get time for yourself without losing your mind. People have asked me how I do it all. How can I run a blog, a business, homeschool, and keep my sanity? The answer will surprise you. First of all, I don’t do it all. And no, I don’t have a ton of disposable income (yet) to hire out everything. I try (sometimes imperfectly) to live by the following principle: You can’t do everything, but you can do the things that matter the most. It’s not a bible verse or a word from God. It’s a common-sense mindset that has freed me to say…

  • Health,  Mom Life

    Confessions of a Crunchy Mama

    I never imagined being a “crunchy mom”. I loved the smell of bleach, I owned at least 10 different scents of body sprays (Hello Love Spell!), and I loved my dryer sheets. That fresh laundry scent. Mmm. I used to silently mock people who preferred organic food, natural deodorant, and who dried their clothes outdoors. I thought they were strange, pretentious, or in a hippie cult. Boy, was I judgmental! Little did I know that their choices were based on an understanding that things in nature are far better for our bodies than those created in a chemistry lab. They understood than many things we “can’t live without” were causing…

  • Homeschool

    Simplify Art for Homeschool

    For the longest time, I desired to be that Pinterest mom. You know, the ones who make those gorgeous craft projects daily. I wanted to have the perfect themed crafts for my kids every single day so that our walls would be filled with themed crafty goodness. I’m thinking of the popsicle stick and paper crafts that I remember from my childhood. The holiday crafts and handprints that are so stinking cute. But I’m not the Pinterest mom. And as much as I would love to have the energy to organize and come up with new craft ideas daily, I don’t. And that’s okay. But I don’t let it stop…

  • Homeschool

    Don’t Let These 7 Homeschooling Myths Stop You From Teaching Your Kids

    Homeschooling kids are by far some of the most mature groups that I’ve ever encountered. They are articulate, smart, considerate, and interesting. I’ve always been astounded at how well most of these kids interact with other people. If you’re considering homeschooling or just getting started with homeschooling, you’ll likely run into a lot of different myths and opinions from other people. It’s important to help you understand that these are untrue in most cases and there are ways to break the stigma. I also want you to know that you’re not alone in your homeschooling journey and you can reach out for help along the way. I love encouraging families…

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    Faith,  Mom Life

    The Myth of the Proverbs 31 Woman

    If you’re a Christian woman, it’s likely you’ve heard of the Proverbs 31 woman. It starts like this: Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands. Proverbs 31:10-13 It’s a beautiful verse. The scripture continues and describes how she gets up early to provide food, she buys a field and profits from it, she cares for the poor, she’s kind, she creates clothing and sells…

  • Capital Gains
    Book Reviews

    My Take on Capital Gains

    I don’t have cable T.V. but Chip and Joanna Gaines have taken the nation by storm with their genuine love for each other and their cool businesses that were showcased on the show Fixer Upper. The premise is basically this: Chip remodels houses, Joanna makes them beautiful, and also keeps him in line. They’ve since written books and developed a line of home goods that is sold in Target stores. If you haven’t heard of Chip and Joanna Gaines, it’s possible that either: You don’t have cable television You haven’t stepped into a Target store recently You live under a rock But the truth is so much more than that.…

  • Faith,  Mom Life

    Motherhood is Ministry

    I want you to think about this. Motherhood is ministry. In fact, the ministry of motherhood is so important that even God Himself came through a woman. Jesus was the seed of the Holy Spirit placed inside a mother’s womb. He was all man and all God. Yet God gave the most important task of raising the Son of God to a woman. To a mother. He carried Him in her womb. She gave birth to Him in Bethlehem. And she raised Him up. God entrusted the most important ministry to mothers. Yes, fathers play a critical role. They are invaluable in shaping a child into the adults they become.…

  • Business

    The Time Management Myth

    I always remember going to interviews for jobs and the interviewer would inevitably ask how well I could manage time. As if time can be managed. Looking back, I wish I could tell them what I know now. I wish I could tell them that it’s impossible to manage time. Time management is a myth. I’m going to put it on a t-shirt, because we must stop thinking that time can be managed. Tasks can be managed. Goals can be met. But time cannot be managed. Time will come and go, and you’ll never get it back. You can’t invest it and get more back. So, what would I say…

  • Faith

    The Power of Your Words

    The bible talks a lot about how powerful our words are. It’s easy to pretend it makes no difference what we say, but the truth is that our words have so much power. I’ve let my words slip in frustration more than once in my life (maybe even more than once today). If I’m being honest, I’ve called my children brats under my breath. I’ve yelled at them in anger. And I’ve said things to my husband and others in my family I wish I could take back. But once the words have gone out, there is no taking back the damage they may have caused. Ouch. That hurts to…