A while back, I asked you guys to submit questions you’d like me to answer about being a work-at-home mom, and you had LOTS of them. It has been fun to sort through them all and see how to encourage you through what I’ve learned over the past several years. I have been a work-at-home mom since Annie was 9 months old, when I started teaching local workshops in the evenings and on weekends. I taught about frugal living, living on a budget, and how to use coupons – which I don’t do anymore. This blog actually grew out of that. And it grew and grew and grew – which was a surprise to us! From there, we became distributors with Young Living where we are currently a Platinum team. So currently, we run two businesses from home, in addition to Barry’s day job and our four kids. #busypeople
Quick Note: This post is part of the Watch Your Mouth Family Kindness Challenge. It’s completely free to join this challenge, so check it out and see if you would like to participate! We’d love to have you – it’s not too late. I am sending out a weekly email, doing a Facebook Live every Monday and we’ve also got a Facebook Group for extra encouragement and discussion over the course of the challenge. Not to mention there is an amazing prize bundle for the family who wins. And huge thank you to Clay Clarkson and Our 24 Family Ways: A Family Devotional Guide for giving us brand new copy to give to the Grand Prize Winner. The giveaway includes both a book and a coloring book. Oh and they’ve also included another great book in our giveaway… Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe.) [Read more…]
I’ve been struggling with lies. I don’t mean little white lies…For years, I’ve struggle with believing lies I tell myself.
Have you ever faced this? Do you ever catch yourself believing lies about yourself? I used to feel like I had an inner voice that tells me things… you know that one that says, that girl! you rocked that! you’re awesome!
Then there’s the other voice. You know, the one that tells you LIES. “You’re a failure.” “You’re the worst mom.” “You’re not a good wife.” “You’re terrible.” “What’s the matter with you, Stacy?” “Why are you doing things like that?” “You’re not pretty.”
I always thought that voice was my friend.
Goal: Speak to your family with KINDNESS. Speak words of LIFE. Edify. Compliment. Praise.
I heard my kids speak to each other. And it wasn’t kind…it was UGLY.
I didn’t like it. But then I listened to how I was speaking to them – they were just repeating ME!! How did this happen?!
Barry and I decided it had to change. So, we wanted to work on it this summer. But we wanted to make sure everyone could benefit. Come learn with us this summer, over the next two months, as we lift up and edify each other!
And at the end, there’s something fun for someone!!! It will be worth the hard work! [Read more…]
Today’s post might be considered a tough love conversation. Not everyone thinks change is good thing! I’m sure this is one of those topics not everyone will like. That’s how it is on Sunday sometimes. When are sweating in the pew and can’t wait to get out there…it’s just a sign it was probably a good sermon you needed to hear!
I think there is this overwhelming sense that we as women have that there is a certain, right way things should be. And we are often hard on people who do things differently – when we shouldn’t be. The reason I started thinking about this was because lately I feel like a lot of women feel like they need to apologize when things in their life change.
But y’all, change is a good thing!
Sometimes I have things I’ve been doing for years, that I realize y’all might be able to benefit from too. Case in point – today’s quick little tip! This special tip for how to pare down your closet is one that really has become second nature to me, but I don’t think I have ever shared! Not only does it make choosing clothes for each day easier, but it also helps me keep my closet from getting full of stuff I don’t like, clothes that don’t fit or things that I really don’t wear.
It’s so simple, but so helpful!
I’ve been using and making foam soap for years and years. Every once in a while, when I try to use my soap, the foam soap dispenser won’t work at all. It’s become completely clogged! More often than not, I discover this clogged soap dispenser when I have raw chicken on my hands… of course! I’ll try to push down and pump out the soap, but nothing happens. The pump is stuck, clogged with old goopy soap. Yuck. After some trial and error, I figured out the best way to clean out your foam soap dispenser!
I know this is riveting stuff, and that’s why I’m here – to share incredible, amazing, err…practical tips with y’all!
Makeup is one of my favorite things! I love getting ready everyday. Seriously, y’all, I really enjoy painting my barn and putting my face on. But then when it comes the time of day to remove makeup…well that’s a different story!
I used to do this thing where I’d go to sleep without taking my makeup off. My young and dumb days, I guess you could call it. I’d always have breakouts and look like a raccoon with black circles. I don’t like using coconut oil to remove eye makeup. I know lots of people swear by it, but I’m not a fan. It always gets in my eyes, and then I have foggy eye syndrome. But no more!
Before I share my word for this year, let me just be real with you for a minute. I don’t know that I have ever actually made a New Year’s Resolution. To be honest, I always kind of thought they were stupid. But then as all the chatter around resolutions has shifted to this “word for the year” thing, I was intrigued. I figured, well everyone else is doing it, why not me? No, I’m kidding. Y’all know me well enough to know that I didn’t do it because it was popular. I just decided a word for the year was something I could benefit from doing! It is good to set a “theme” for your year to give you something to reference and see how you’re doing, just like it is good to set goals so you can measure how well you’re doing on something you want to accomplish. [Read more…]
I’ve been talking about essential oils for a pretty good while now… and y’all, it’s going to keep on being a favorite topic of mine for a LONG time to come! Today I want to share 5 things that essential oils can do for you. I know they can do these for you, because this is true of EVERYONE. Before we jump in, I probably should clarify that on all five of these, I’m specifically referring to Young Living Essential Oils, because that’s the brand I use, the brand I know, and the brand I trust. I’ve tried others and…well…I can’t necessarily say that about them. [Read more…]