It’s a beautiful Sunday morning and my family of six is nestled together in our church pew, listening intently as the pastor brings a good word from the pulpit. No more than five seconds pass and I look over to see my 3 year old has drawn a mural on the cover the hymnal and my 5 year old has torn his bulletin into about 800 tiny pieces. While I’m distracted by this, my one year old in my lap manages to tap her snack bowl in just the right spot to baptize the women in the row in front of us with a shower of Cheerios. Yep…church is hard right now.
Is work-life balance a real thing?
As homemakers, whether we work inside the home or outside the home, the work-life balance struggle is real. It’s something that y’all ask about quite often. For years, I struggled to find that balance, I have read books, listened to podcasts, and done research online. I was trying to determine if am I giving enough to my family, my work, my friends, my church, my neighbors and my community, and myself, personally?
And you know what? I always ended feeling defeated. I felt like I was bashing my head against the wall. Like a total, complete, utter failure.
What even is work/life balance?
Dear Stacy… How in the world do you get so much done?
I get asked this ALL the time. And I promise you I do NOT do it all. Which means this is something I need to talk to y’all more about! If you think I’m going to tell you how I do it all, you’re reading the wrong blog. Today, I’m sharing how to chose what to bomb.
Don’t worry, we’re not destroying anything… in case you’re wondering about that.
Some of you follow me on Instagram, where I always share our dinners each night and our weekly meal plan on Fridays. Y’all have noticed that our family has cut way back on our meat consumption, and I’ve been getting a lot of questions and comments about it. Everyone is curious – why did we cut back on meat?
About 8 years ago, we started down our path of healthy living.
We started too fast at first. At first, I wanted to do it ALL. Homemade sourdough bread, fermented foods, buy and make everything organic. I wanted to cook everything from scratch. I didn’t want to use any chemicals or anything toxic anywhere in the house. And as you might imagine, I very quickly hit burn out SO bad. I burned out so bad, that I did a 180 and started to go back to buying processed food, eating out a whole lot more, and as a result, we didn’t feel good.
That’s why I always encourage people to go slow.
If you’ve been a follower for a while or have known Barry and me for a long time, then you know that we are very transparent. We are always open and honest with y’all. Even though for some reason talking about money is taboo, Barry and I don’t think that makes any sense, as long as we’re talking about it in the right spirit. In today’s post, we’re going to get into the details specifically about the Young Living business, because that’s where we’re spending a lot of time lately and we love it. For you, it may be something else – I get it. I still think you’ll find some value even if you find Young Living isn’t for you, so don’t move on just yet.
My husband and I are independent distributors of Young Living essential oils and when we originally purchased oils, we said we weren’t going to do the whole business thing. But that was not God’s plan! We found ourselves going down a path that we didn’t anticipate and we have been so very blessed that God’s plans were (and still are) bigger than our own.
Now, by law, whenever I talk about the business side of Young Living, I have to share the income disclosure. You’re going to see some really big numbers and it may shock or surprise you. People get uncomfortable talking about money, especially big numbers, but money is not evil, y’all. The Bible doesn’t say money is the root of all evil, it says the love of money is the root of all evil. In the hands of good people, money can do amazing things! In order to give more, you have to make more! [Read more…]
A while back I shared with y’all the solution to our breakfast woes – make-ahead breakfasts cooked in big batches for the week ahead. We LOVE this approach! This past week I made super easy, but really hearty and delicious breakfast burritos in a jar.
Breakfast burritos in a jar are so easy to customize.
Pinterest was my original inspiration for this recipe (of course!) and there were 100s of recipes with all kinds of interesting filling ideas. You could choose any protein you’d like from sausage, bacon, chorizo, ham, or ground beef to black beans, refried beans or quinoa. I used some sautéed peppers because it was what I had on hand, but you could also use zucchini, onions, mushrooms, baby spinach, or whatever else you’d like! [Read more…]
Because we eat almost all “homemade” food, I often take an entire day to dedicate to cooking things from scratch. I actually bake twice a week – Wednesday and Saturday. But Wednesday is my true Kitchen Day or “Baking Day.” When first trying to tackle a baking day, it can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be!
What is a baking day?
Did y’all know that I haven’t always been an organized person? it’s only been in the past few years that I finally learned how to keep my house from turning into crazy town, I want to help you finally get control of your home too!
When I was young child and even all the way into college, I was really messy. Lots of people say, “But Stacy, I’m just not an organized person. ” “I don’t know how to get my life under control.” “I’ve tried, but I just can’t do it.” And for a long time, that was me!
For several years, I felt like I just couldn’t get control of my home!
I couldn’t get meals on the table. I couldn’t get ahead of my laundry. My house always looked like a giant pig pen. Y’all, if someone were to stop by without giving me a heads up, I would have been so embarrassed. If you can relate, you might be saying… “Yes, Stacy!” And you might be thinking that you can never get control of your home and your life.
I’m here to tell you that YOU CAN get control of your home.
I’ve had a whole lot of questions recently about whether or not I’m still using capsule wardrobes. Drumroll please… I have said goodbye to capsule wardrobes!
If you have never heard of a capsule wardrobe before or aren’t familiar with what a capsule wardrobe is, you can check out the post I wrote a while back about it/them, but I’ll also give a quick explanation. Basically, a capsule wardrobe consists of a minimal amount of pieces of clothing – most people try for around 30 – that you can use create the maximum number of outfits. All the skirts and pants go with pretty much all the shirts and cardigans, and vice versa. All the pieces you choose for your capsule are neutral or coordinate well together.
I learned, however, my problem was I didn’t really know how to dress.
I’m about to let you in on a little secret. At night when my kids go to sleep, I eat chocolate. Chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, Hershey’s kisses, or on a really good day, my single serving chocolate cake. Sometimes momma just needs a little something sweet at nighttime after children go to bed!
If I try to eat any kind of chocolate (or any sweets) during the day, it’s like my kids have chocolate radar. They just know. Similar thing happens when I’m sweeping and I’ve got a pile of dirt in the kitchen. They somehow know to come sprinting through the kitchen.
Usually, we save special desserts for Sundays.
But it’s always nice to be able to whip these up when Barry and I have had a long day and just need a special treat! Anytime I make a single serving chocolate cake, I just preheat my trusty countertop toaster oven. It cooks almost identically to a regular oven, but preheats in no time, doesn’t waste tons of energy and won’t heat up the whole kitchen. And I don’t know about you, but I personally think that single serving “mug cakes” you cook in the microwave are gross. They taste weird and overly spongy. I don’t like those at all. But this is WAY different. [Read more…]