Step 6: Simple Exercise Moves Your Health Goals Along

Walking is a good place to start

We’ve built five healthy habits in the last few months for our 12 Steps to a Healthier You Journey. If you’re still practicing them, keep up the good work. If you’re struggling or have stumbled on a few, keep trying. Every day is a great opportunity to make a new start. Now, let’s talk about […]

Life’s Manure Fertilizes Your Faith

Challenges aren't dead ends

Who started the rumor that God called Christians to a life of leisure, ease, and abundance? When and why did we start thinking that if it’s too hard it must not be God? Au contrare. We’re supposed to get muddy and beat up. If we’re not, then what in the world was Paul the Apostle […]

Kids Cooking Could Be The Best Idea EVER

Online video teaches kids to cook at their pace

Summer is starting to wind down around here. We have two more weeks before we dig out the books and start my 14th year of homeschooling. That number makes me slightly queasy. I’ve graduated one child, but I have four more to go. That means 11 more years. Now, I’m definitely queasy. You know something […]

Developing Relationships Is Hard Work That Pays Big Dividends

True wealth comes in strong relationships

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. In Matthew 6:21 and Luke 12:34, Jesus tells his followers to not bother with stockpiling things that will erode and rust or things that can be stolen. Instead, he encourages them to invest in treasures that are not affected by decay. There are few things in this […]

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 […]