• Parenting
    Motherhood

    What Happens in the Crib…

    The problem with judging other parents is; karma!  Do I believe in karma? Not exactly.  It does seem though, as if every time I judge a parent or a situation, it comes back around to me.  Once upon a time, I judged my brother who struggled with his child staying buckled in his car seat. Well, not too many years later, my son started doing the same thing and it was a frustrating struggle.  One thing my oldest never did was remove his diapers and smear poop. I have always felt sorry for the parents of toddlers who resort to that kind of entertainment and also somewhat judgmental, thinking what…

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    Inspiration,  Motherhood,  Uncategorized

    Sugar and Spice and All that is Nice

    Soul Metamorphosis Since I was first able to write, and my deep thoughts were a boring monologue on how my day was, I’ve kept journals of one type or another. During my teen years, I kept very thorough and detailed journals of my favorite things. It was important to me to document what I loved so that I could remember them. As a teenager, a lot of my likes were dark. I loved country music, black and white photographs, black makeup, piano… My life felt pretty black and white. I had a lot of pain, and I struggled to find who I was. Without Christ, life seemed so hopeless. Since becoming a Christian and…

  • Fleeting Moments
    Motherhood

    Making Moments into Memories

    My baby is super trendy. Lately, he’s into food facials, but instead of avocado, oatmeal and the likes, it’s spaghetti, and smoothie and chocolate. All the carbs please! I didn’t get a picture of him tonight, but this is close to what he looked like.  Food facials have become a daily occurrence at our meal times since Mr. Jamesie wants to feed himself. And if you’re lucky enough to sit by him, he’ll even offer to coat your face for you. Free facial anyone? No? Why ever not?!He’s 15 months, you know, it would be embarrassing to have mom spoon feed him anymore! *eye roll* I tried once and he…

  • Herbal Healing Salve Recipe
    Motherhood

    How to Make Your Own Powerful Herbal Healing Salve

    This powerful herbal healing salve is packed full of herbs and yet super simple to make. Not only will it prevent and fight infection but it greatly speeds recovery time of acne, rashes, burns, cuts, scrapes, and sores. This is the only diaper rash cream I ever use and the number 1 item I keep in my First Aid Kit, along with band-aids. Recently one of my friends called my mom to ask what her herbal healing salve recipe is. “It’s so amazing! I burned myself and put some of your salve on it and the next day I couldn’t even tell! I have to have your recipe!” she exclaimed. What…

  • Calm down strategies for children
    Motherhood

    Calm Down Strategies for Helping Your Child to Self Regulate

    Helping your child calm down by themselves My 3 year old is rather high strung. With a mind that is constantly going and a sensitive heart, he is full of energy and easily riled up. He is easily stimulated by large crowds, tense conversations and noise. When I vacuum, flush the toilet, use the blender, or other things that are loud, if he’s not doing okay, he will get very upset. And even when he is okay, often likes to plug his ears. Since I have realized how in tune he is to all of the stimuli around him and how hard it is for him to shut it out,…

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    Motherhood

    Homemade Rainbow Play Dough

    Remember that homemade paint we made the last time we did a rainbow toddler activity? I said you could make it into play dough, here’s how. You’ll need: Sauce Pan Cream of Tartar (affiliate link) Oil Homemade Paint Flour Directions: Use rubber scraper to scrape one of the paint colors from its container into a sauce pan. Turn on medium heat and add a tsp of oil and a tsp of cream of tarter. Stir thoroughly. It will quickly thicken when it warms up, use the rubber spatula to continuously fold and stir until it is a smooth ball. Dust a surface with flour and knead the play dough until it…

  • Motherhood

    How to Make Homemade Paint

    When my oldest was still my only, and I had more time and creative energy, we loved to paint and do other fun projects together. Lately I have been regretting that I don’t do projects with him much anymore. Today while my little one was napping I had some time and I decided to spend it with Jacoby. He loves painting and recently I saw a recipe on Facebook for homemade paint so I thought it would be fun to give it a try. So we got out the ingredients that we needed and we mixed and stirred and voilà! It was super quick and easy project with stuff we…

  • Motherhood,  Organization,  Uncategorized

    Everything You Actually Need for Baby – A Minimalist Guide

    *This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. I do get a small commission from any purchase you make at no extra cost to you, which helps to keep this blog running. The first time I got pregnant I had no idea what I actually needed for baby! As first time parents, we want to make sure we have everything that we need. Our nursery is perfectly decorated with whatever the newest baby fad is. Their closets and dressers are neatly organized with these tiny little newborn outfits. And our houses are crowded with all the baby furniture that baby equipment designers tell us we need for our baby. I…

  • Motherhood

    8 Ways to Make Camping with Children Super Simple

    *this post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. I make a small commission from your purchases at no extra cost to you.  The husband and I are rather spontaneous people. Just a week before our big camping trip we decided to go. We have only camped one other time by ourselves without my family and it is a lot more work than I realized. Being responsible to remember to pack everything and to cook the meals over a campfire that sometimes doesn’t burn and never burns at an even temperature. To decide where and what we are doing every day and all those other small details that don’t occur…