January 2018 Clean & Easy Meal Plan

After the holidays I’m ready to shed a few holiday pounds. Do you know what I mean? No matter how hard I try, the holidays always seem to sabotage my healthy habits of diet, exercise, and sleep, so after the dust settles and the last of the Christmas decorations are boxed up, I’m ready to get back on track.  So, if you too have fallen prey to the Christmas candy, cookies, and treats, then January is the perfect month to reclaim your health, to start afresh, or to cultivate new habits. One … [Read more...]

20 Family Favorite Christmas Books

One of our family's favorite Christmas time traditions is pulling out our humongous green storage tote filled to the brim with our much loved Christmas books. What a joy to find an old favorite to curl up with under a fleece blanket! If you're looking for a few new GOOD Christmas books, I encourage you to be on the lookout for some of these. I've found mine at Goodwill and other thrift stores as well as library discards and Amazon. Over the years I have accumulated quite a collection of … [Read more...]

Our Holiday Homeschool Plans — 2017

I haven't shared about our homeschool this year because I've just been too busy, but we are trying out a new Charlotte Mason-based curriculum called The Alveary, which is providing our school-age girls with a FEAST of living ideas from a BUFFET of subjects, many of which I personally never had in school, or not in so lovely a way. It has truly been enjoyable. No mindless memory work or tedious worksheets. No lengthy school days (we're done by lunch). I could go on but that's a whole 'nother … [Read more...]

A Quick & Simple (but Healthy) December Meal Plan

December is a notoriously busy month for most of us. Between last minute gift-buying and holiday functions, shopping and baking, wrapping and decorating, there's little time left for all the everyday chores of cleaning, cooking, and laundry. So it's easy to skip meal planning and order pizza. Every once in a while take-out might be the sanity saver you need, but it's hard on the wallet and one's health. Having a meal plan in place can help tremendously during the busy holiday season. (If you … [Read more...]

Prayer as an Involuntary Muscle

I remember learning about voluntary and involuntary muscles in school. The teacher explained how some of our body parts function without our conscious effort. She went on to explain how our hearts beat, our eyes blink, our lungs inhale and exhale without any help from us. They simple do their God-given function because that is what they do. Some of our muscles work without us even thinking. What if our prayer life resembled such a muscle? What if we lived a life of prayer, in constant … [Read more...]

November Meal Plan

Last month was my second-ever endeavor to meal plan for an entire month, and it was SUCH a blessing! One less thing to plan. One less thing to ponder over. I simply wrote down ingredients I needed and went shopping. Easy-peasy. So, I'm doing it again because we're entering the busy season, and I know supper will be the last thing from my mind amidst all the activities, baking, crafting, shopping, eating, and running from place to place. While it's tempting to chunk the meal plan when … [Read more...]

What We Eat for Breakfast: Our Family’s Daily Spread

When I posted our meal plan for the month, I mentioned how on Fridays, I usually plan all our breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for the week. Doing so helps me see what I need to buy at the grocery, and it means one less thing for me to think about during the week when my mind is already on overload. The reason I only listed our dinner plans in my October Meal Plan is because we generally have the same breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day of the week. I've found that the fewer decisions I … [Read more...]

October Meal Plan

I'm a meal planner. While a weekly meal plan is usually my go-to, I'm finding that planning meals for the month frees up my time during the week. I know some people prefer to be spontaneous, but that doesn't work for me. I enjoy cooking but need a plan or else when 5:00 rolls around, I lose my cool. It's not pretty. Usually, I plan meals for the week. On Friday afternoons, I sit down with my computer and family cookbook and look at what's on sale at the local grocery store. Then, I plan … [Read more...]

Lessons in Motherhood: Learning to Embrace the Excess

Home organization does not come easy for me. I like the idea of simplicity, and a clutter-free home sounds like the answer to all my problems. But nothing about minimalism comes natural to me. I like options. I like choice. Right now I'm reading 6 different books. I have 18 tabs open on my phone that I intend to come back to later. Perhaps I should stick with just 1 book but that's boring. I'm ever finding new ideas that I'd like to delve into but, alas, a child is crying or the pot … [Read more...]

Summer Meal Plan: Cool Meals for Hot Days

It's only the middle of June and we've already hit 90 degree weather here in Tennessee! While I love sunshine and warm weather, I do not like a hot house. In fact, earlier this week I turned the oven on in the afternoon to fix a roast and could not cool down until I took a cold bath later that night! That's when I decided to create a Summer Meal Plan. My Summer Meal Plan consists of recipes that do not require the use of the oven. Instead, I'm opting to use my crockpot, Instant Pot, … [Read more...]