Thought for the Day: Jane Austen

Thought for the Day: Jane Austen

 

Spending time outdoors is a great way to refresh your mind and body.  Whether you’re taking a walk, playing outside, or simply sitting under a tree and enjoying the quiet, it’s good to be outside.  Taking a quiet walk outside is one of my favorite ways to calm my mind and to refresh my spirit.

 

And with the coming of spring – here in our little patch of the Colorado Rockies it feels like spring has already arrived, although I know we’re not done with snow yet – it’s easier to spend time outdoors.… Continue reading

Refilling Foaming Hand Soap Containers

Refilling Foaming Hand Soap Containers
Our foaming hand soap containers, refilled and ready to go.

We go through a lot of hand soap in our family.  While foaming hand soap is expensive to buy in the store, it is very inexpensive and simple to make on your own.  In addition to cost effectiveness and ease, you can control the ingredients to make certain they are free of chemical nasties. … Continue reading

Healthy Snack: Avocado and Sauerkraut

When you’re looking for a snack that both tastes delicious and nourishes your body, here is a perfect candidate: half an avocado topped with a scoop of sauerkraut.

 

Sauerkraut not only has all of the health benefits of cabbage, but – as long as it is traditionally fermented and unpasteurized – it is also filled with healthy-gut-supporting probiotics.  In addition to supporting digestive health, raw sauerkraut can boost circulation, stimulate your immune system, and reduce inflammation (Organic Facts, 2015). … Continue reading

Thought for the Day: Shaw

Thought for the Day: Shaw

 

Playfulness and laughter are good for the heart and good for the mind.  With two young boys in the house, laughing and playing are part of our daily life.

 

It’s all too easy, when I feel tired or busy or frustrated, to skip out on the fun and play and focus instead on completing the tasks before me.  And while taking care of necessary business is important, I often remind myself that it’s also important to engage in and cultivate playfulness in life. … Continue reading

Simple, All-Natural, Homemade Deodorant

Simple, All-Natural, Homemade DeodorantI make a lot of my own natural skin and body care products.  Amazing Face Serum, DIY Foaming Hand Soap, Homemade Bath Salts, Homemade All-Natural Diaper Rash Cream, Hand Sanitizer, and Fizzy Bath Bombs.  These simple recipes are all a part of our everyday household life (with the current exception of the diaper rash cream, since we’re now done with diapers), though that recipe also makes a great skin salve for other body areas that need some extra support.… Continue reading

Fractions, Compassion, and Sharing

Fractions, Compassion, and SharingMy son approached me and asked, “I can’t remember which is bigger: one-half or one-twelfth?”

 

This, of course, led to an impromptu math lesson.  We talked about fractions.  I explained that the denominator – the bottom number – of a fraction tells you how many equal parts something is divided into.  I explained that the numerator – the top number – of a fraction tells you how many of those equal parts you’re discussing.… Continue reading

Toilet Readiness, or Remembering to Simply Trust your Child

Toilet Readiness, or Remembering to Simply Trust your Child
Our remaining cloth diaper stash, ready to pack up and give away.

Whenever the topic of potty training comes up (and it does when you hang out with other parents of young children), I joke that our dog toilet-trained my oldest son.  And I say it only half in jest.  One night when I was cooking dinner, my son – at age 2.5 – came in and announced, “I peed outside, just like Mazel[-dog].”  He declared that he wanted to wear underwear, and he was going to pee outside like the dog all the time. … Continue reading

A Day of Snowed-In Fun

A Day of Snowed-In FunThis past week we had a lot of snow.  In fact, there was so much snow that we got snowed in.  My Sweetie graciously takes care of the snow blowing when he’s in town, but he was on the road during this storm.

 

While the boys and I were a bit disappointed to cancel a brunch-date with a dear friend, it felt nice for the weather to declare a day of rest on our behalf.… Continue reading