Restore Your Home Series – Kitchen: Fermentation and Probiotics | Ep. 01

As the first episode of the Restore Your Home Series – Kitchen, listen in to learn more about probiotics and the vital role they play on our digestion and health.

Holiday Gift Guide for the Family in 2021

When it comes to showing your loved ones you care, the Christmas season provides a sweet opportunity to do that and do it well. This family holiday gift guide has a little something for everyone…

Making Beef Bone Broth at Home

Once you use this beef bone broth recipe, you’ll never want to go back to buying store bought again! I’ve taken a lovely and decadent recipe by Rhoda Boone I found on Epicurious and adapted it to make a more affordable, bulk batch of delicious beef broth. Be sure to visit my Chicken Broth Recipe […]

homemade maple granola

Homemade Maple Granola

Look, I know you don’t think you need anything else to make from scratch in the kitchen. I get it, but…this is a must try. Homemade Maple Granola is something you have to make from scratch at least once. You’ll save money, your house will smell divine, and your kids will think you’re the coolest […]

Homemade Bone Broth Mac+Cheese

Listen, I’m going to tell you right now…you don’t need to buy another boxed mac n cheese again in your life. This homemade bone broth mac+cheese is the only recipe you’ll ever need to make all of your from scratch comfort food dreams come true. This post contains affiliate links, meaning when you click on […]

Homeschool Planning Lower Elementary

Last year I homeschooled a first grader, kept a pre-schooler busy, and worked around a baby. This year’s homeschool planning includes teaching two lower elementary children in second grade and kindergarten while keeping a toddler busy…

garden fresh tomato soup

Garden Fresh Tomato Soup

Don’t let this title fool you! Before you think you need garden fresh tomatoes to make this garden fresh tomato soup, allow me to set the record straight. You can totally use canned or jarred tomatoes instead to make this delicious soup. Garden fresh just puts it over the top incredible! After trying a lot […]

Simple Meal Plan Rotation for the Busy Family

Finding a meal plan rotation that works for your family is the only way meal planning will ever work for you. It’s totally ok to get meal ideas from other families. However, if you’re using someone else’s favorites and they’re totally new to your family, you might end up with funky looks and little eating. […]

Azure Standard Staples for Home & Groceries

After nearly a decade of ordering household goods and groceries for my home from them, I definitely have a good record of Azure Standard staples that I purchase on a regular basis. Some of the items here are ones I save the most on verses buying from other places like the local grocery store, Thrive […]

Making Chicken Bone Broth at Home

If you’re not already making your own bone broth in your kitchen: you’re spending either too much on the good stuff or too little on the imitation of the good stuff. Chicken bone broth is so versatile in home cooking, as well as extremely nourishing and sustainable. This post contains affiliate links, meaning when you […]

First Grade Reading Book List

As we wrap up this year of school, looking back on our first grade reading book list gives me all the feels. Whether you homeschool or choose an alternative learning method for your family, I believe having these books available to read will only enrich your child’s education as well as your connection with them. […]

Mid-Summer Garden Planting

Knowing what to plant in your garden this summer is a great first step in extending your growing season! Did you know that places located closer to the equator have more than one growing season during the summer?

The Family Centered Home Birth of our Third Baby

All photos of this Family Centered Home Birth courtesy of Stephanie Shirley Photography.Be sure to head to the end of this story to find the beautiful birth film she also created in addition to these images! That Morning The mid-December day started quiet and slow. My 6 year old joined me in bed first thing […]

Backyard Garden Fall Planning and Planting

If there’s anything that 2020 has caused an increase in within our family, it’s making our home more sustainable. Starting a backyard garden became a high priority when food shortages were on the radar. After realizing just how hard they work, I feel a much deeper sense of gratefulness to farmers. When I considered what […]

love your neighbor

Love Your Neighbor: (Fill in the Blank)

I’m sure, like me, you’ve come across it. You’ve faced it at the grocery store, or in conversations with neighbors. Perhaps it’s come up in your personal relationships, maybe even within the conversations between you and your own spouse. There’s a dangerous trend going around, one which I have witnessed myself over and over again. […]

Sore Throat and Cough Relief Recipe

When I need relief for a sore throat and cough strike in my house, I am super grateful when I have all of the ingredients on hand for this quick recipe to find relief. It can also be useful for a pesky cough, as pineapple juice is fantastic for that. It’s actually surprising that I […]

Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss: Healing

September of 2015 The weather was a typical California “fall” that September. We were tiny living in our fifth wheel as a family of three with our firstborn and our dog, Gracie. It wasn’t too hot that month, we were still longingly awaiting the cooler weather. Our long pants were still neatly tucked away in […]

If Only You Could See Above a Storm Cloud

Another mass of darkness is approaching. By the time you can see it, you know there’s not much you can do to avoid what’s coming. You can make wise choices and seek shelter. You can do your best to protect things that might become damaged in the wake of the storm. Before you know it, […]

Within the Throes of Motherhood

Motherhood. It’s enough to break you and put you back together in the very same breath, isn’t it? It’s the thing that I always circle back to being the biggest priority in my life, next to my relationship with God and my husband. Every time I’ve become too overwhelmed in my life, I’ve had to […]


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