• Recipes

    Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies

    Love no-bake cookies, but hate the calories and sugar that come with them? Try these skinny chunky monkey cookies! Full of fiber and protein, these cookies are chunky in nature but won’t make you that way! ūüėČ My family loves these cookies, not only for their flavor and nutrition, but also because they’re so versatile. They are soft enough for children with little or no teeth to chew on, and a quick and easy snack for adults. They’re sweet enough to count as dessert (though no added sugar!), yet healthy enough to eat for breakfast. These cookies have some of our favorite ingredients: Bananas – use well-ripened ones! Chocolate (cocoa…

  • Children,  Homeschool

    Why I Am Homeschooling My One-Year-Old

    The typical age for children to begin formal schooling is either 4 or 5 years of age, beginning either preschool or kindergarten. The definition of “school” is simply obtaining knowledge in a structured environment. Many children obtain knowledge before they reach the age of four, whether it is a structured environment or not. I have already been doing activities that promote motor skills and social abilities with my little one (see my¬†Weekly Activity Plan for Baby’s First Year!), but starting this Fall I am planning on being even more intentional with the way that I teach and train her. She reached her first birthday last month, and though it may…

  • Recipes

    Zuppa Toscana

    Olive Garden is one of my favorite restaurants, however when you’re dairy free and gluten free there’s a lot of things on the menu that are off-limits. One of these famous items is the Zuppa Toscana soup, which has milk and/or cream in it. Both my husband and I love the Zuppa Toscana, so I went about creating my own recipe that wouldn’t make me sick but would also satiate our cravings for this unique soup. This recipe has almond milk, which gives it a little creaminess, and the potatoes add to the heartiness. I love having a filling soup recipe that doesn’t have beans in it! It’s also one…

  • Recipes

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

    When I became dairy free, I was afraid I would lose chocolate forever. But over time, I discovered brands of chocolate that didn’t contain milk, but most of them were pretty expensive. I’ve never been a huge fan of fudge, but this Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge satisfies my cravings for a high fat, cocoa-driven treat that is easy to make and doesn’t break the bank. In most fudge recipes, the high fat comes from milk or cream – from animal fat, which is generally regarded as less healthy for you. This fudge uses coconut oil which contains good saturated fat. This fudge will be cheaper than most “regular” fudge you…

  • Homemaking,  Money,  Organization

    Meal Planning on a Budget

    A large part of being a SAHM is the handling of food, whether it’s planning, preparing, or cleaning up. One task I find takes many moms a lot longer than it needs to be is making the meal plan and grocery list. As moms we always feel like we’re making the same thing over and over again, though our family doesn’t (usually) complain about it. We want to try something new but we don’t know where we’ll find the time or the ideas. For some of us there is the added constraint of having to stay within a budget. As if planning healthy meals everyone will somewhat like isn’t hard…

  • Gifts,  Relationships

    Father’s Day Gifts for Every Love Language

    A couple days ago I heard on the radio that mothers have it better on Mother’s Day than fathers do on Father’s Day. Moms get flowers, chocolate, clothes, jewelry, gift cards, soaps – and what do dads get? A tie, or maybe some grilling tool. While I don’t think it’s¬†that¬†extreme of a difference between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, I will admit that dads are usually harder to get gifts for than mothers (and in general, men are harder to shop for than women). But maybe dads don’t necessarily want a material gift for Father’s Day. Maybe they want some of the things that most moms get more frequently than…

  • Recipes

    Chicken Fried Rice

    Legal Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links which means if you purchase a product I recommend using my link I may receive a compensation for it, but it does not affect your purchasing price in any way.¬† Rice is a staple for a gluten-free household. This Chicken Fried Rice has been a favorite of my family’s for a couple years now and even my one-year-old likes it! It’s quick and simple to make, healthy, and most importantly – gluten and dairy free. I’ve made it several different ways but the recipe you will see below is the most common concoction. To make 6 servings of this Chicken Fried Rice (each…

  • Motherhood,  Postpartum

    3 Myths About Losing the Baby Weight

    When I was pregnant with my first child, all I wanted to do was make it to delivery. Of course, I read a few things about taking care of newborns, but I didn’t really read up on how to take care of¬†myself¬†post-delivery. I mostly didn’t want to think about it, because I know recovery can be different for everyone depending on how your labor and delivery goes. But one thing that just about all postpartum moms have in common is¬†that darn baby weight. Gaining weight during pregnancy is a good and natural thing, but once the baby’s born you don’t really need all of that extra weight. Some of it…

  • Homemaking,  Money

    3 Resources for Low-Income Families

    As a child, I grew up in the suburbs in a middle class family. We didn’t have a lot of money for extra things like vacations or expensive toys, but we were never in want of anything. Now, my husband and I are several years into seminary life (rigorous 4-year Master’s program), have had a child, and are regularly on our knees praying for financial provision. Sometimes God has provided through extraordinary means – an unexpected check from a family member or leftovers from a wedding reception – but other times He has provided through resources that are available to other low-income families like us. Until being in this stage…

  • Children,  Relationships

    Why We Don’t Celebrate Our Child’s Birthday

    Our little one just had her first birthday this past week. The “1st Birthday” is probably the most Instagrammed and publicized birthday in our culture. Whose little baby will look the cutest with their smash cake? How many gifts did your little one get? Will they wear a tiara or crown? Pinterest is teeming with first birthday party ideas, decorations, and cakes. Our little girl didn’t get a smash cake (though the grandparents did want to have her taste a bite of cake – more about that funny episode¬†here). She didn’t get a party, or any presents from us. Now, we aren’t trying to be cruel, we just don’t think…