For a long time, I told myself I didn’t need friends – I’m a loner. Women are just annoying and catty, and all they do is talk about each other behind their backs. Who needs or wants that?! But in the past few years, I have made some of the best friendships. And when I started sharing about my new friendships, it was amazing how many of y’all reached out to me asking how to find real, genuine relationships with women that won’t bring you down! So today, I’m sharing some of my thoughts and tips with y’all on how to make friends. [Read more…]
I know a lot of times I talk to you guys about how we try to live our lives free of harsh chemicals. And I also share all about how we try to use products that are safer on the toxicity scale. It’s been about a lengthy process, slowly ridding our home of things that were unsafe and replacing them with better – which is a natural fit with our essential oil lifestyle. But it has taken so long because we did it slowly on purpose.
We used a method called transfer buying.
When I found out that most of the stuff we were using was NOT safe according to the EWG skin deep database, I was shocked! But I didn’t go out all at once and replace my entire medicine cabinet or all of my cleaning products in one giant shopping trip. No way – that’d be both expensive and also wasteful, because of all the products I already had on hand. But the way that I could make this a lasting change that could stick long term was by replacing the products we use bit by bit. I would replace things whenever I ran out with a better, less toxic alternative. Slowly but surely, we have adapted to a house that is almost entirely lined up with our essential oil lifestyle. [Read more…]
I have been buying thrift shop clothes for several years. I started with Thred Up and I really, really liked it. Then they made some changes and I didn’t like it as much.
I am not saying they don’t have some nice clothes; I have some I really like! In the case of Thred Up, their customer service was no longer good. Their correspondence was really bad and when I did get a hold of them, they were not very nice. So I switched from Thred Up to Swap.com. Both are used clothing outlets, but Swap is my favorite place to buy thrifted styles. But in the last few months, I started to go to more events where I needed to dress business casual. That’s when I tried Stitch Fix. [Read more…]
I have spent some time chatting all things Kitchen Day over on my Facebook page using live videos. I am really enjoying sharing what’s happening in my kitchen on these days with y’all! And apparently, y’all love it too, because I have gotten so many comments and emails about how helpful it is. And can I just tell you – nothing makes me happier! This past week, I talked about prepping meats in advance and y’all had a lot to say! But before we dive into that…
When is Kitchen Day?
When we were doing the Watch Your Mouth Challenge, I got asked questions about for tips for keeping your cool. I want to be completely honest – I have a hot head, a short fuse, and a quick temper. The Lord is always working on me, y’all! I’m not in any way trying to act like I am an expert that knows what I’m doing here. But I am going to share what I know and have learned about myself. In my own personal life, there are two things that set me off… or should I say the LACK of two things sets me off! [Read more…]
I have written about meal planning before – and shared how I use this Meal Planning Printable I adapted from Jessica Fisher to make my life simple and more organized! I print a copy of this meal planning sheet EVERY week to do my meal planning. And I should add that my favorite saying is on this printable…
Feed the people, keep them alive.
I get a lot of questions about my meal planning routine and how I go about doing it. The real reason for the success of my meal planning method is actually a relatively new approach and it may come as a surprise to you! My new secret is that I actually ask the family what THEY want to eat! My new secret weapon to meal planning seems pretty obvious, but until recently I never did this! I just planned my menu based on what I wanted or what I thought they might like. Now, the day before I sit down to meal plan, I actually ask everyone… [Read more…]
There are three things I do every single day – even when it’s absolutely insane. I called these my homemaking anchor tasks. These are things I do so that whenever it’s crazy, I don’t feel overwhelmed and I don’t feel like I’m behind. And once things slow down, I’m able to pick back up the pieces and continue on with life.
These three homemaking “anchor tasks” are certainly not rocket science. Some of you might even think it’s a waste of a post to write about this. But I feel like its worth sharing because on busy days, these tasks keep me afloat, y’all.
In no particular order, here are my homemaking anchor tasks:
Working from home is very common now, but it didn’t used to be! Y’all wanted me to talk about where I find the time to be a work-from-home homeschooling mom who still manages to take care of her home and cook from scratch. For those of you who don’t know, Barry and I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I love to homeschool our kids, keep our home, and cook everything (or almost everything) from scratch. But in addition to that, I am also a Platinum leader with Young Living Essential Oils and Barry and I run Humorous Homemaking together. I get asked ALL the time how I do it all.
But the truth is – I don’t! I can’t be 100% a stay at-home mom and 100% working woman.
When I first started as a homemaker, my goal was not a healthy laundry routine. My goal was a CHEAP laundry routine. I was looking for the cheapest way to do laundry possible. I didn’t look at ingredients. I didn’t care about brands. All I wanted was cheap laundry detergent that I could buy for rock-bottom prices (usually using coupons).
That’s when I realized I could save even more money by making homemade laundry detergent.
I went thru several different recipes before I found one that worked for us. One of the reasons I tried so many options was because my son Eli has extremely sensitive skin. Not only did I want to save money, but I also needed to find a more healthy laundry routine. We have to be so careful because he has a reaction when he gets around anything synthetic, harsh cleaners or chemicals, etc. He couldn’t handle store-bought detergents or even some of the homemade detergent recipes I tried. I finally found one that wasn’t bothering him, but then our washing machine seemed to stop working. Barry decided to take it apart and clean it out to see what the problem was.
When he opened it up, I was mortified.
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