11 House Cleaning Hacks To Calm Your Chaos

Small chores make a big difference in the live-ability of your home

I love the expression, “Cleaning the house with kids is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos.”  Doesn’t get more real than that.  When lots of people, especially children, live together in a contained space, messes happen. But don’t despair, there are house cleaning hacks for everyone. First, let me tell you up front, I am […]

Health Struggles Can Be Overcome With New Habits

5 steps down toward better health; 7 steps to go

Do you wonder if the people who preach good health actually live by their words? You know. Walk the talk? Everyone has health struggles. What’s the difference between the ones who talk about it and the ones who do something about it? I recently read a well-known blogger who admitted she was not as militantly […]

10 Advanced Parenting Hacks That Every Parent Should Know

How to move from novice to pro parenting

Beginner Parenting, better known as common sense, involves knowing the normal things from which to protect children.  You know, like fires, climbing on the roof, or running in the street.  The catch to being a Beginner Parent is that children don’t have much common sense.  On top of that, they like to test your theories […]

Simplifying Life Is Harder Than It Sounds

How to escape the stress of too much

I could write a month’s worth of blog articles on simplifying life to avoid overload and stress. There are so many facets to this one topic. Its impact on health, mental and physical, cannot be overestimated. While simple living sounds like it should be simple, getting started can be really tough. This post contains affiliate links, […]

Caffeine Side Effects Aren’t Worth The Jolt

7 Hacks to Cut the Buzz

If there is one “acceptable” drug in our fast-paced culture, it is caffeine.  While caffeine is naturally occurring in the seeds, fruits, and leaves of some plants, such as coffee beans, it can also be crystallized and added to foods, drinks, and pills.  In fact, caffeine is a huge food and supplement business.  It is […]

Water Bottles Simplify Daily Goals

Three options for stylish and durable water bottles

Now that it’s truly summer with 100+ degree days, at least in Texas, it’s time to get serious about drinking more water. I realized recently that while I’ve been able to reduce my joint pain quite a bit, I still struggle with a fair amount of muscle weakness and pain. Then, I happened to wonder how […]

Changing Habits Changes Lives

Two simple tips to begin making big changes

Anytime I’m looking at making a change in an area, such as healthy habits or de-cluttering, I often find myself spiraling down into an anxiety attack as I try to do too much at once. Changing habits don’t come easily to most people. I know how bad white flour and white sugar and preservatives and food […]

Take The Bite Out of Homeschool Planning with Homeschool Tracker

Do you hear the Jaws music? School starts soon!

I interrupt our regularly scheduled do-nothing-related-to-school summer routine to bring you an important service announcement. Namely, homeschool planning. I know. Those voices in my head again. This time it’s like the music from the movie, Jaws. Homeschool starts in August at our house. The shark is coming to get me. Besides incorporating media with our […]

Step 5: Use Your Me-Time To Define You

Choose the inner person you want to be

Me-time. The buzz word of the mom community. It sounds so affirming, but taken to the extreme, it is mostly self-centered. That’s not to say moms don’t need some time on their own to relax and recharge. We do. But lets be clear about what healthy relaxing and recharging means. When we had babies and […]

Step 5: Overload Won’t Get You More

Six ways to stop the rush

If there is one word to describe our culture today, it’s overload. Everywhere you look there is more to see. More to hear. More to try. More to buy. Our smart phones don’t make us any smarter. They make us hyper-aware of things that don’t have anything to do with us. Our brains explode with the […]