Encouragement for the Sport of Motherhood

Encouragement for the Sport of Motherhood

As a mom one of our biggest roles in our child’s life is that of a cheerleader.  But moms need encouragement too!  Do you ever listen to the advice you use to encourage your children in their sports or other endeavors? My family just finished up our swim season, and is gearing up for surf season.  I personally am not athletic, but somehow my kids are.  As we allowed our kids to try different sports we became a … Continue reading →

5 steps to homeschooling and having a career

5 Secrets To Homeschooling and Having a Career Too

This past summer (and year for that matter) has been full of changes for our family. We have had to make some very hard and unexpected decisions about how our family will operate in the upcoming school year. It has really made my husband and I sit down and really look at the “why” behind our work, homeschool, and extra activities that our family pursues. The one main thing I have learned from praying and looking deep … Continue reading →

Why Saying No is the Best Thing You Can Do

Why Saying No Is the Best Thing You Can Do

If you read my blog regularly, you are probably wondering why on earth I have posted so much about “saying no” lately. The short answer is….this is something I really struggle with and am really working hard to accomplish. I am by nature a people-pleaser and I do not like it one bit. It causes me stress and overwhelm on a daily basis and I can no longer live this way. Why Say No? Neil Patel is … Continue reading →

How to Say No the Right Way

How To Say No The Right Way

How to Say “No” The Right Way That there is a right and a wrong way to say no. If you say no while your mind is really thinking yes, you eventually stop saying no. When you learn how to say no the “right” way, your behavior matches your mindset. When you tell yourself that you don’t do something, you are making a positive statement. You are telling your mind, and your emotions, that a certain activity, … Continue reading →

Saying No Doesn't Mean You're a Bad Person

Saying No Doesn’t Make You a Bad Person

When to Say No Obviously, there are times when you should say yes rather than no. If your boss offers you a raise, you would be foolish to say “No thank you.” Alternately, you probably shouldn’t say yes to a 50% drop in salary either. So, when should you say “no”? You just say no when saying yes means compromising your values, health or wellness. This means critiquing your choice before you make it. Don’t rush into … Continue reading →

The Working Mom War

The Working Mom War Inside My Heart – Is It Even Biblical?

I have this struggle in my heart and mind. It’s like an ongoing war inside my head and in my heart. It has to do with trying to be the best at all I do, but yet feeling like I am always falling short. The main questions that repeat in my mind every day are: Is it okay for me to work? Full-time or Part-time? Is it my responsibility to make sure this new business succeeds and … Continue reading →

how to organize a 4th of July party quickly

How To Organize a 4th of July Party Quickly

I have been fervently searching the internet on how to organize a 4th of July party quick because we have dear friends coming in from out of town this weekend to spend the holiday with us. Life has been so busy with putting the house on the market and trying to implement our new minimalist lifestyle (a.k.a. getting rid of a bunch of stuff!) that this holiday totally snuck up on me. So here I am, exactly … Continue reading →

how to declutter a house pod style

How To Declutter a House POD Style

I have finally found the absolute best solution on how to declutter a house! Are you ready for it? RENT A POD! Yes it is a little unsightly, and this size POD cost $180 month, but I don’t intend to keep it forever. In fact, if the things I put in this nice little storage solution stay there untouched for over a month, then that gives me the green light to implement the DST Method (Donate, Sell, … Continue reading →

disadvantages of homeschooling taming end of year paper clutter

The Disadvantages of Homeschooling – Taming the End of Year Paper Clutter

One of the disadvantages of homeschooling is the mounds of paper we accumulate. We just wrapped up our homeschooling year last week and are ready for summer…..almost!   Let me re-phrase that….the kids are ready for summer and no school work. I am drowning in all the completed lessons (paper clutter) and used books that were finished this year. I also have another confession to make….I haven’t finished grading some of the last tests my daughters completed. … Continue reading →

minimalist living tips

Minimalist Living Tips to Lower Your Stress

Recently I have been reading up on some minimalist living tips on some different blogs as well as books. I am really intrigued by the minimalist living approach. Especially at this time in my life when I have so many things going on and I feel like the clutter is getting out of hand once again. So today I’m going to talk to you about minimalism and what I’ve done, or what I’m going to do starting … Continue reading →