Secret to Sanity

As summer beckons, I wanted to share our secret to keeping a (mostly) sane mom when kids are around all day every day. While our children are not exclusively homeschooled and attend some classes, most of my kids are home most days. With a hard working husband, most waking hours are attended by mom.Enter Quiet Time. Each and every afternoon, each boy who no longer naps is required to spend 1 hour quietly by themselves in their room. They may read, play with legos, or play a game as long as it … [Read more...]

Call Mrs. Piggle Wiggle!

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My 8 year old son recently told me I needed to be more like Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, who just understands children. In a certain sense I agree, I could be more patient and understanding at times, but with the huge caveat that I don't have a cupboard full of magic potions to cure many childhood bad habits.We have been going through a "Heedless Breaker" stage (if you are familiar with the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle stories), and, while I am all for natural consequences, the bill for all the things broken r … [Read more...]

Simple Meal for a Crowd

Somewhere in a giant stack of recipes I pulled out this oven-baked paella recipe. It sounded impossible to dump chicken stock on rice and bake it, but it turned out great and would be very easy for a large-ish crowd. We have many friend on different diets, especially gluten-free ones, so I am always looking for something not overly labor intensive for company that everyone can eat. These were the ingredients called for, but you could easily swap out proteins and veggies and spices. All you have … [Read more...]

Preach it!

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Whilst I am guessing that I do not have a ton in common with the author of this NYT Moderlode post, Shouldn't the Breast Pump Be as Elegant as an iPhone and as Quiet as a Prius by Now?, I couldn't agree more with her in this case. Having spent, to date, about 4 years of my adult life strapped to a pump 4-8 times per day due to a circulation disorder, I would love nothing more than a small, discreet, quiet pump. I field more questions about pumping, its challenges and benefits and logistics, than … [Read more...]

A Thought and A Hymn for Ash Wednesday

As I have spent many hours the last few days rocking a feverish 2 year old, I realized how easy it is for everything to come to a grinding halt when your little one really needs you. There is nothing I would rather do than put my cool cheek against his warm one as I rock and sing quietly to him. Instead of doing playdough, unloading drawers, or climbing bookshelves, he wants me to hold him and to be quiet and still. He is soothed by resting on me.As I have been contemplating the beginning of … [Read more...]

My Favorite Picture by a 5 year old

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Any guesses on what it is depicting?? … [Read more...]

Clean Sweep

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Is it just me or are norwex/microfiber cloths and homemade cleaning solution mops all the rage now? I am hearing about them everywhere!I admit I feel the urge to do some deep cleaning at this time of year. I think it is getting all the Christmas decorations packed away and seeing surfaces covered in glitter and pine needles that makes me want to shake up my cleaning routine. But do I need to run out and get Norwex/ecloth/flylady purple swipers? … [Read more...]

A Pill A Day?

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So there have been copious news articles recently surrounding the efficacy of vitamin supplements: see here and here. But I am wondering has anyone actually ditched their daily prenatals or multivitamin?Our family strives to eat whole, real foods and minimize processed foods, but even with much of our food budget going to organic produce, grains, dairy and meats, I have also read that the vitamin content in these foods is not what it was 50 years ago. We get our Vitamin D the old fashioned … [Read more...]

Joy to the World

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She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means 'God is with us.'" Matthew 1: 21-23 … [Read more...]

Let it Snow: Texas Style

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Wintry weather in Texas normally means ice. So we make the most of it. With all of our sledding-type apparati at the grandparent's in Colorado, we have to improvise a bit.3' vertical drop on a sheet of ice, we can rip it up! No board, no problem. Just grab a cookie sheet.P.S. Mom, I think you were right that I do need new cookie sheets for Christmas.  … [Read more...]


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