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When Mommy Loses Her Cool {God’s Grace is Sufficient}

When Mommy Loses Her Cool {God’s Grace is Sufficient}

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I had given a very specific instruction before I left to go to the basement to get laundry out of the dryer. I was probably gone for two minutes – not long at all. But one of my children greeted me at the top of the stairs. “I’m sorry, Mama.” Do you know that feeling of dread that settles over you when you hear those words without seeing what’s going on? It’s like your stomach falls into the floor. Oh. No.

My coffee. Everywhere. My instructions had not been followed and because of that, coffee had been spilled all over my Home Management Notebook that I had spent days making – and all our school papers – and my calendar. And it had spilled down the counter and leaked into the cabinets and drawers. Basically, it was everywhere. You know they say “Don’t cry over spilled milk!” Well, this was coffee, so I felt like it didn’t apply.

I don’t know if it was because I was so tired from lack of sleep the night before (Eli dealing with growing issues) or because my instructions hadn’t been followed or because something I had worked so hard to make was now a total mess. But, whatever it was…I lost it. I totally lost it. No excuses and no reason for it…but I went raving around the house like a complete lunatic.  (more…)



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How to Host a Birthday Party without Breaking the Bank!

How to Host a Birthday Party without Breaking the Bank!

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Post by Contributing Author, Becky Norvell from UnabridgedBecky.com.

I don’t know about you but it seems like kid birthday parties have gotten out of hand. From custom designed cakes to paying hundreds of dollars to rent bouncy houses for your backyard, the bill can easily rack up. Maybe you’re thinking… What? I don’t waste money on petting zoos?! Yet you still find yourself searching Etsy for the perfect personalized birthday tee under $35 that your little one will only wear for a few months but you have to have.

Sister, this can be stressful and expensive. Can we take a moment to reminisce about our childhood birthday parties? There wasn’t the sense of competition that we have today. We played outside, ate pizza or hot dogs, blew out our candles and then played some more. Things were simpler back then.

A simple search for “pirate birthday party ideas” brings ideas of homemade treasure maps, DIY planks and the easiest way to make a cake shaped like a pirate ship in 5 simple steps using only 3 ingredients, none of which are eggs, gluten or dairy. (What about sugar?!) I’m not sure about you, but I just don’t have time for that. With two kids in their toddler years, I’m just trying to stay above the fog. Pinterest can give us great DIY ideas but instead of trying to reinvent someone else’s party and focus on idealism, let’s look at how we can plan a fun birthday party without breaking the bank or losing our mind. (more…)



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Why Our Family Ditched the Laptop for a Desktop

Why Our Family Ditched the Laptop for a Desktop

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Signs that your laptop might be dying:

  1. You’ve glued the screen on multiple times.
  2. It sounds like the joints of a 200 year old woman every time you open it.
  3. It randomly shuts off.
  4. You get the scary rainbow screen of death quite often.

I had to get a new computer…and I wasn’t happy about it. While the normal person gets excited about new technology, it makes me freak out. I hate learning new techy stuff. When I get comfortable with something, I want it to live FOREVER. Don’t die on me! I’ll never let go, Jack!

So – we got a new computer. After some long thought, I decided that I didn’t want another laptop. Main reason: (more…)



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Life is Short…Buy the Dryer Sheets

Life is Short…Buy the Dryer Sheets

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Note: this is a satire. I am not looking for advice or recommendations for dryer sheets. I’m using them as an example. ;-)

I hate static. It’s the bane of my existence. Who wants to lean down and kiss a sleeping baby only to shock both parties senseless? Who wants to kiss their husband and get whiplash from the head jerk after that unexpected electrification? You’ve been there. Ugh. It ain’t cool.

So, let me tell you…I’m hard headed. When I went through my EVERYTHING MUST BE NATURAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! phase, I determined to find a static solution that would work and wouldn’t kill me with cancer because everyone knows that dryer sheets and using the dryer will make your hair fall out and give you a permanent eye twitch…or something like that. Instead, what I ended up with was a permanent eye twitch from STATIC!

Now, I know this is only a problem I deal with in the winter. In the warm months, I dry everything outside and it’s humid so I don’t have the issues with static. I don’t have to worry that my Sunday skirt is sticking to my behind when I walk down the aisle in front of God and everybody.

I’m cheap too – so part of me didn’t really want to use dryer sheets because I could use that money for something else like uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Hmmmm. I’m not sure what else, but that’s what I kept telling myself. I’m really starting to doubt my sanity.  (more…)



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How I FINALLY Helped My Kids Sleep Better

How I FINALLY Helped My Kids Sleep Better

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I’ve mentioned several times on this blog how my children aren’t exactly good sleepers. Barry and I joke around that we haven’t really slept in almost 6 years. My Annie (currently 5 1/2) didn’t sleep through the night until she was over 4 years old. Four. Years. Old. FOUR. YEARS. OLD. I hated getting all the “does she sleep all night” questions…because really it made me want to lash out irrationally and poke someone’s eyeballs out. I’m just sayin’.

I read every. single. book out there. Really. Every single one. I thought each one would be a magic pill for me. Guess what? There is no magic pill. For every single child in the world, there should be a sleep book – because each child is different. And there isn’t a box you can put your kids into…because they bust out of there – I’ve tried. Even with duct tape. Okay, that was a joke (for those of you who are way too serious and were dialing the police).

Annie would have nightmares – she would wake up randomly – she would get up to pee – she would sing – she would talk in her sleep – she would walk in her sleep. It was as though she was afraid that by being asleep she would miss some great world event.

Andy has been a fairly good sleeper -but sometimes he has difficultly relaxing at night so he can go to sleep. I’ve started using some Relax essential oil from Plant Therapy and that’s helped him out a lot.  (more…)



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