8 Tips for Taking Down Christmas Decorations

8 Tips for Taking Down Christmas Decorations 8 Tips for Taking Down Christmas Decorations

5 Make-Ahead Christmas Morning Breakfast Recipes

5 Make-Ahead Christmas Morning Breakfast Recipes 5 Make-Ahead Christmas Morning Breakfast Recipes

Twelve Weeks of a Simple Christmas — Week 12

Twelve Weeks of a Simple Christmas — Week 12 Twelve Weeks of a Simple Christmas -- Week 12

Totally Unprepared for Christmas? Just do this.

Totally Unprepared for Christmas? Just do this. Totally Unprepared for Christmas? Just do this.

Twelve Weeks of a Simple Christmas — Week 11

Twelve Weeks of a Simple Christmas — Week 11 Twelve Weeks of a Simple Christmas -- Week 11

Sometimes life plays hardball, throwing curve ball after curve ball until you’re one strike away from throwing in the towel. Other times life piles so much on the plate that you barely have time to scratch your nose. Whether good or bad, life’s activity list can leave a person a little overwhelmed.   Case in point: Currently we are on tour with my husband’s music…

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April showers bring May flowers, as they say…whoever they are. Even in our desert, the spring rains bring with them a burst of opportunistic flowers known (un)affectionately as “those blasted weeds.” And so starts allergy season. Not being allergy sufferers, most of my littles and I look forward to the rain and flowers. (Honestly, people, don’t little ones make everything, even rain, just a bit more…

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Today I’m participating in the Ultimate blog Swap. You’ll find me posting over at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers about how we roadschool (that’s Simple Homemaker lingo for homeschooling on the road), and I’m excited to welcome Amanda from Coping with Frugality at the Simple Homemaker. Pouch Cooking: Baking Fish in Foil I love all types of cooking–grilling, baking, fresh food. There is one cooking method that…

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How to Soothe a Crying Baby

Someone once told me that her son never cried. Not ever!  Not even once! Two things come to mind: 1) That most definitely was not the experience I had with any of my seven babies. 2) Liar, liar, pants on fire. Babies cry.  It’s just one of those things.  Your job as a parent or caretaker or babysitter or the lucky person on nursery duty…

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Real Food

Grace. We all need it in every aspect of life. One area that generally lacks grace is the mainstream Real Food Movement. If you are feeling overwhelmed, discouraged, or anxiety-ridden by the heavy-handedness among many (not all) real foodies, you have come to the right place. I am honored to be joining three terrific ladies offering you grace through these four posts on The Real…

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How to soothe a colicky baby

Colic. The word sends shivers down the spine of even the most strong-hearted. According to the dictionary: col·ic [kol-ik] noun paroxysmal pain in the abdomen or bowels colic, fussy, irritable, colicky, sleepless infant or baby According to the pediatrician: “Well, uhhhhh, to be honest, we don’t really know what colic is.” According to me:    If your baby cries inconsolably most nights, is in obvious…

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Free Nursing Smock

There are two things I’ve learned as a discrete nursing mother traveling to churches across the country with my Christian musician husband: You know that really cool one-way glass that allows you to see out of the nursing mothers’ room, but supposedly doesn’t let anyone see into the nursing mothers’ room…emphasis on “supposedly?”  It doesn’t work.   As soon as this nursing mother is situated…

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