• Children,  Organization

    How to Organize Your Kid’s Stuff

    When we were preparing for our first child, it was like we literally had a new roommate moving in (go figure!). During the pregnancy, we kept accumulating more and more clothes, toys, contraptions – whether it was hand-me-downs, gifts, thrift store finds, etc. – these little people come with a lot of stuff! Now that she’s a year old, I thought it would slow down, but it hasn’t really. Anytime we visit family our little one always receives gifts, and since she’s always growing I’m always stopping by the local thrift store to pick out new sizes of clothes for her. A couple months ago I got pretty overwhelmed by the amount…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Homemaking,  Motherhood

    To Do List vs. Done List

    I believe that no Stay-at-Home-Mom (SAHM) can say that feeling fulfilled or productive in their work is an easy thing. I wrote a post a while back about Setting Goals and Priorities as a Stay-at-Home Mom, which I think is a really good thing to do to keep you grounded and on track with your desires and the needs of your household. But sometimes life swoops in and makes a wreck of our goals for the week, or our priorities have to shift. It happens all the time for SAHMs, because we are not dealing with stuff, we are dealing with people, who are unpredictable and ever-changing (especially little people!).…

  • Children,  Homemaking

    5 Activities to Teach Your Children about Easter

    As the Easter holiday approaches, grocery stores fill with decorations, eggs, candy, and more candy. Easter is my favorite holiday, and as such I find myself saddened to see that it has become just another “candy day”. In my mind, it’s fine for Halloween and Valentine’s Day to be that way, because they are primarily secular holidays. But Easter? There is so much more to Easter than candy. As Christians we know that but we don’t know any good ways to celebrate Easter with our kids and don’t want to deprive them of the annual Easter egg hunt. I’m not saying you have to deprive them of any of the…

  • Children,  Motherhood,  Organization

    Weekly Activity Plan for Baby’s First Year

                As a mom who tries to be intentional in raising her sweet little baby, I have searched Pinterest numerous times to find activities to do with my baby that will stimulate growth and development. The results that I found were overwhelming – 60 things to do with your baby before they turn one, 30 activities to do with your 0-3 month old baby, and even a week-by-week activity plan with 2-3 involved activities per week. As a mom that also works 20-25 hours a week outside the home, I don’t have time to do prep work for a lot of activities, especially when keeping…

  • Breastfeeding,  Money

    How to Make Money While Breastfeeding

                By my calculations, for the first 4-6 months of a child’s life, a breastfeeding mom will spend an average of 3 hours a day breastfeeding (*see my calculations at the bottom of this post!). Now you can feel justified when you complain to your husband that you feel like you spend your whole life nursing.J Although for some women breastfeeding will be difficult (especially the first few weeks) and may require both hands and your full attention, once you’ve “got it down” it can seem a little boring. For someone like me who likes to be productive all the time, it felt a little like…

  • Children,  Organization,  Sleep

    The Unscheduled Baby

                When that first sweet little bundle of joy enters your life, everything changes. Just as you lost some control over your life when you got married, you lose even more when you have a child. Even being pregnant is a huge change. You no longer have control over your body it seems – the little nugget determines whether you can or can’t eat, what you eat, and your sleep patterns – amongst other things. Then, once they’re born, they’re even more in charge of your life! It seems like the world revolves around their needs (or wants) and their “schedule” – whatever that may be. I…

  • Homemaking

    Pinterest in Homemaking: Pros and Cons

    Social media is both a blessing and a curse. I love social media because it can connect me to people in a way that I couldn’t be connected otherwise, but sometimes I definitely spend way too much time on these websites. One of my favorite social media sites is – you guessed it – Pinterest. I have had my Pinterest account for several years now and have gained a lot of knowledge and skills from it, but there are days when I do waste time on it. Does one simple recipe hunt turned into an hour of pinning sound familiar? I think most of us are all way too familiar…