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 […]

Golden Milk Soothes The Body to Sleep

Warm milk and spicy turmeric is a powerful sleep tonic

Warm milk has long been touted as a sleep aid. It never sounded appealing to me because I’m not much of a milk drinker, in the first place. And warmed? Bleh. But then, I tried a drink called Golden Milk, which tastes a lot like Chai Tea Latte. Now, that I could do. Whether it […]

Good Sleep Habits Promote Good Sleep

5 ways to get more Z's

The definition of parenting means wanting to do all the things that our children don’t want to do. PLEASE send me to my room for timeout so I can take a nap! Early bedtime? YES! Sleeping, the nemesis of all toddlers, becomes the very thing mom dreams of. This post may contain affiliate links, in which case […]

Interrupting Summer For A Word About Homeschool Planning

Use media to add sight & sound to learning without adding headaches to your day

While we’re officially on summer break from homeschool, that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking ahead to how I want to plan for the next school year. Is homeschool planning ever very far away from the mind of the homeschool mom? No. It’s not. Sometimes, it’s like voices in my head. Not like Jack Nicholson in […]