Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Homemade Natural Bug Spray

I don't know why I didn't do this years ago but maybe it took some really horrible little black flies that are new to our area to make me finally find a safe bug repellent for our kids that was easy to apply and didn't leave a lingering bug repellent odor.

I had already long since given up traditional bug sprays because of the ingredients in them and had since found this natural bug balm for our kids.

The only trouble is, I can't spray it on them and the application process times four is more than I care to do every time my kids want to be out doors (which is pretty much all of the time when the weather is good). Plus, even though the bug balm is effective, it has a strong smell to it that I don't care to smell all day long after it is applied. (This brand does make a spray variety but it's almost $12 for 4 oz and I'm pretty sure we'd go through that in nothing flat.)

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Easiest Meal to Make When Dinner Hour Catches You Off Guard

Today I'm guest posting at My Joy-Filled Life and I'm sharing my favorite go-to meal when dinner hour catches me off guard. Here's a preview of my post:

Ever get that feeling around 4 or 5 in the afternoon when suddenly you realize you have nothing prepared for dinner? Even if you try to be organized by meal planning, sometimes you forget that the leftovers are gone or that the next several meals scheduled were for the slow cooker and now you have to quickly come up with a meal for your family.

Some days we just get caught off guard and other days we're scouring a nearly empty fridge trying to come up with a meal for our family. That's when we need a simple meal that tastes great.

When I'm caught off guard and need to come up with something I quick, I make what we like to call, UnBurgers.  

I almost always have the ingredients on hand for this meal which makes it easy to pull together in a pinch and when the kids find out that's what's for dinner they are thrilled.

UnBurgers are pretty simple really, but I think you'll love them. What I know you'll love even more is how quickly and effortlessly they come together while at the same time satisfying your family's hunger cry.

Join me at My Joy-Filled Life to check out this yummy recipe!

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Benefits of Meal Planning


Something that has made the biggest difference for me in my role as a homemaker is learning to meal plan. A few years back, meal planning was something I'd never even heard of, but I am so glad I have started implementing it.

The benefits of meal planning are fantastic because meal prep runs smoother, we eat healthier, we eat more variety and I save money at the grocery store (although it's hard to tell these days with rising food prices!)

Let's talk about the benefits of Meal Planning.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Easy Refrigerator Pickles

It's just about time to plant our garden and one thing we love to plant a lot of is cucumbers. We enjoy eating them throughout the summer but what we love best is using them for Refrigerator Pickles. Ever since we started making our own pickles a couple of years ago the store-bought varieties have yet to make their way back into our home.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Dear Mom of One

Dear Mom of One,

Please don't compare yourself to the Mom of Many. I don't want you to miss out on the incredible job you're doing with your precious little one just because you think maybe you're not doing "enough" when you compare yourself to the Mom of Many.

I know it's easy to look at the Mom of Many and say "I don't know how you do it!" but here are some things I would love to share with you.  

I Don't Do It All

While I do try to keep the house generally picked up, it is not 100% neat and tidy. On any given day there WILL be dishes in the sink, dust on the piano and laundry waiting to be washed, dried, folded or put away. I will never be caught up on everything and I'm okay with that. There will come a day when I'm not doing 10 loads of laundry per week and the dishes probably won't be sitting on the counter for days at a time but those days are long off. For now, I'm loving my life with my husband and all of our little people.

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