When You’re Overwhelmed

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We all have those days when we just can’t seem to handle everything. Our to-do lists are 17 miles long, our dirty laundry is taking over the laundry room, the dirty dishes are taking over the kitchen and the kiddos are reacting to the chaos by trying […]

Doctors “Know Best”… Or Do They?

(Note: This is the first of quite a few posts that I’ve been wanting to write for awhile. These topics are controversial, which is why I’ve hesitated to share what I’m learning. I don’t like arguing and debating, so this is really just me sharing my heart with you. These are things I wish I had known years ago and I hope they will bless, encourage and challenge many of you!) 🙂

“Follow the doctor’s orders.”

“Just do what the doc says and you’ll be fine.”

“Doctors know what they’re doing so we’ll just have to trust them.”

You’ve heard these things before, right? We’re taught that doctors are in a league of their own. They are practically worshiped in our culture and questioning the knowledge or wisdom of somebody in the medical community is looked upon as blasphemy. Even most Christians act like the word of a doctor […]

Outdoor Toys to Inspire Exploration and Adventure

With all the focus on electronic gadgets, gismos and games, I wanted to offer some alternatives. Yes, a few high-tech items can be great, but most children’s toys ought to encourage our kiddos to be kids! I’m doing a series with several categories and most of the items are good for a wide range of ages. The lists aren’t exhaustive, by any means, but I hope they will inspire us all to search for those gems out there that will get our kiddos active and creative! Be sure to check out the other posts in the series as they are posted. 🙂

Toys to Inspire Creativity and Learning Outdoor Toys to Inspire Exploration and Adventure Craft Kits and Toys Science Kits and Toys

Besides bikes, play-sets and sports equipment, what are some other fun outdoor toys? Here are a few of our favorites!

Gardening Tools

My girls spend hours outside […]

Natural Remedies for an Upset Stomach: Part One

I recently had the pleasure of a case of food poisoning. I must say, I was actually very thankful that it was food poisoning, rather than a stomach virus that my kiddos could catch. Whether it’s food poisoning or a tummy virus, an upset stomach is never fun. Rather than reaching for a bottle of the pink stuff, I turned to my all-natural medicine cabinet for some help.

There are two things I like to start with when one of us has an upset tummy.

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay is so fantastic for either food poisoning or stomach viruses. It has a negative ionic charge that draws the bacteria or viruses and binds them to it. Then, the whole bunch… ahem, makes it’s way through the digestive tract. 😉 As a bonus, it also elevates PH in the body (a good thing!), binds to and removes heavy metals and […]

The Healthy Weight Myths Series: “The Scale Doesn’t Lie”

Are you caught in the trap of checking the numbers on the scale? Do you worry (obsess?) over an unexplained increase in your weight? It makes sense, right? If how much we weight determines how healthy we are, then gaining weight means we’re not as healthy and something is wrong, right?? After all, the scale is all about numbers and numbers don’t lie.

Actually, when they are on the scale, they do! Before we bust this myth, check out the first two posts:

Intro to The Healthy Weight Myths Series Then read about why healthy does not necessarily mean “skinny.” What The Scale REALLY Tells Us

We are taught to believe the scale. We are taught to believe in losing those last 10 (30? 50?) pounds, because we aren’t at the right weight. If we can just get the numbers to go down a little bit more, then we’ll […]

The Gift of Rest

Busyness has been glamorized by our culture. Being on-the-go, 24/7 is sought after as though it is the way we are meant to function. Some of us aim for it, others fall into it. Either way, it’s not healthy.

People tend to go to extremes. Either we work way too much (“workaholics”) or we don’t work at all. I’m not saying that we all need to laze about all day doing nothing. By all means, let’s get our work done- but then let’s rest! We all need to give ourselves a little grace.

It’s rare to hear sermons about rest, but the Bible is full of commands and encouragement to rest. I love how God built rest into our lives. As with so many commandments, when God commands us to rest it’s not a constraint to keep us from something good, it’s a GIFT! Rest is a blessing.

God […]

Homemade Powdered Sugar

Did you know that the powdered sugar from the store has “anti-caking agents” in it?? Yep, it’s not just sugar. It could contain cornstarch (almost certainly from genetically modified corn- yuck!), flour, calcium phosphate or other extras.

Why eat that nasty stuff when we can make our own powdered sugar at home?! Besides, we can use dehydrated cane juice, which is full of good minerals! So much healthier and it won’t have that icky aftertaste that the store-bought stuff has. Win! 😉

What You’ll Need Dehydrated Cane Juice, also called “Rapadura” (enter to win some, here!) or another unprocessed sugar, but I think that’s the best. A blender or clean spice grinder What To Do

Grind it up!! No, I’m serious. Just put it in the blender (or spice/coffee grinder) and let ‘er rip! If you want it extra-fine, just let it go longer or adjust the coarseness setting. […]

Toys to Inspire Creativity and Learning

Instead of more movies, video games, computer games and cell phones, how about some presents that get those creative juices flowing and maybe even teach our little kiddos something?! Whether you’re shopping for your own child or not, these will be a big hit. I’m sharing some old favorites from my childhood, along with some new favorites that our own girls enjoy. This post is specifically about indoor toys, so keep an eye out for our favorite outdoor toys, later!

Aprons

My girls spend hours in the handmade aprons their Granny made for them! They cook, clean, garden, do craft projects and play dress-up with them. Having something special to put on makes everything more fun. We offer these for sale in our store, Real Traditions, if you’re not up for sewing them yourself. 🙂

Spirographs:

I can’t begin […]

Goodies, Holidays and Other People’s Kiddos

Every single year, I hear the same story around the holidays. Otherwise peaceful and happy relationships are under attack from a very unlikely source: children’s diets. Friends, family and even strangers try to generously share foods with other people’s children. Tempers flare and the kiddos are caught in the middle.

There are a few things that I’d like for all of us to remember, myself included. 😉

Sharers (Usually) Mean Well

If you’re a parent who is at the end of your rope because of all the things that people are trying to feed your kids, remember that they usually mean well. They aren’t trying to ruin the child’s health. They want to make the child happy and they really believe that this particular food is necessary in order to do that.

Maybe your child needs to be gluten-free and your neighbor keeps trying to sneak cookies […]

Being Thankful When God Says, “No”

There are so many things we have wanted that we didn’t get. Things that we prayed for many times a day. Things that we were sure were the very best things for us. God said, “no.”

Sometimes, we were confused. Sometimes, we were frustrated. We were disappointed. We just knew that what we asked for was right and good and best. We KNEW.

Slowly, we began to look back and see… maybe our plans weren’t exactly the best thing. Maybe God had a better plan than we had. If He had just given us everything we had asked for, we would have missed out on so much.

If everything had been easy, we wouldn’t have grown.

If everything had been what we were familiar with, we wouldn’t have learned.

If everything had gone the way we were comfortable with, we wouldn’t have had to trust God.

Looking back, now, […]