Delightful Links for the Weekend


I hope you had a wonderful week.

Today my family and I are spending the day with friends and I’m looking forward to getting some sunshine and good conversation!

This week was a busy one and I didn’t do a lot of reading online. So, I only have a few links to share:

Sharing Food When You’re a Real Foodie @ Kitchen Stewardship

Homemade, Fermented Ketchup @ Red and Honey (on my to-do list)

If you missed the lastest installment in the Self-Care series, read it here. Be sure to check out the posts from other bloggers in the links at the bottom of the post.

Cowgirl Dirt – Not a blog post, but a fun find! This is an American made, all-natural, mineral make-up line. I’m really excited to find them and will be ordering some goodies soon! I’m especially interested in trying their mascara!

Upcoming. . .

The homemaking bundle is coming around again next week. It looks great. Lots of new books and tons of physical product bonuses. I’ll have a post up on Wednesday with all the details.


I don’t know how they keep making these bundles better, but they do. Yet, the price stays the same!


Have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy your family!

Embracing Self-Care: Peace in the Home

Embracing Self Care

Peace in the home.

Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?

What provides peace in the home will be different for every one, but I venture to say there are a few methods that are the same for most of us.

For me, I’ve got three main areas that I’m working on to being more peace to my  home. Some of these have to do with knowing myself, and what works for me.

This is the week four in the 5-week series on self-care. Next week we will end by discussing ways to get some rest and relaxation.

Without further ado, here are the three ways I’m working on creating more peace in my home:

1. Speak Up

Sometimes the best way to get peace in the home s to talk about what you actually need.

A few years ago I was really struggling with my responsibilities and felt extremely overwhelmed. There was one particular area that I wanted help with and even though I felt that I “should” be able to do it myself, I asked my husband if he would take over the job.

It was teaching the kids math lessons.

Actually, I asked him to do it a few times a week, not every day, but he decided to take on the role of math teacher and it has been a blessing to all of us.

My kids like having their dad as the math teacher and my husband gets the benefit of spending more time with them and also has a better understanding of what homeschooling looks like from day to day.

I have reduced stress and more time for other things, like helping my 4 year old, preparing meals, or taking a shower!

If there is an area in your life where you need help, speak up. Tell someone. Even if you don’t know how to resolve it, start the conversation.

2. Reduce clutter – physical and visual

My house is fairly small. This is what happens when I open the fridge and the dishwasher at the same time:

small kitchen

BUT, but, but! Let’s be honest, at least I have a dishwasher and refrigerator!

Living in a smaller home means that things can get out of control very quickly. I’ve made efforts to reduce clutter over the years, but am upping the ante again. I need things to be easy to put away in order to actually get put away.

I’ve discovered that I am pretty sensitive to visual clutter, too. I think a lot of us are.

Too much stuff on the walls and counter makes me feel overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed. As if I am behind and I can’t catch up.

I spend a lot of time at home, so it’s important to make my environment as peaceful and harmonious as possible.

You know, an empty shelf actually helps make that happen?

A closet that’s not crammed full but actually has space for more items, make me breathe easier. (I’m not saying my closet has space for more items, just that when it does, I breathe easier. It’s a work in progress here).

I’m not a neat-freak by any stretch of the imagination, but having more room and space to breathe allows me to function at a higher level. It benefits my physical and mental health.

In Happier at Home, Gretchen Rubin says, “Every drawer should be easy to open.” That is one of my goals. Just thinking about it makes me happy.

3. Know what you’re doing

Uncertainty can undermine peace.

The days I have no idea what I’m cooking for dinner are more stressful that the days I have planned.

Realizing I have an appointment, just minutes before I should be there = stress!

So, even though it’s not necessary to plan out every minute of every day, having some type of routine in place is helpful. (Beth is onto something with her flexible schedule).

Planning saves time and money.

Sitting down to map out the week and at least write up a meal plan goes a long way in creating more peaceful days.

I’m working on a whole system for my home, which I’ll share in another post soon.

So, tell me, how do you find more peace at home?


DIY Rosemary Hair Oil (and Mom Conference Bonuses!)


Rosemary is great for hair. Rosemary had been known to invigorate the scalp, stimulate hair growth, and soothe itchy skin. This makes it a great addition to hair and scalp treatments. One easy way to utilize the benefits of rosemary is to make rosemary oil. Rosemary oil is very simple to prepare. I’ll give you […]

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Delightful Links for the Weekend

sunshine day

I spent a lot of time listening to the Mom Conference this week, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I even tried a few new hairstyles from one of the videos. That was fun! (It feels a little weird to walk around with my hair in an actual style, but it actually gave me a boost!) If […]

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Embracing Self Care: Health and Spirituality

effect of diet

This is Week Two in the Embracing Self-Care Series. Find the introduction here and Week One here.  Our own health and spirituality are two of the largest factors determining the quality of life we enjoy and also that of our own family. Yet, these are the things that often slip by the wayside. I know […]

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How to Make Cocoa Powder Eye Shadow {DIY Make-Up}


Most make up is full of chemicals. I buy the most natural make up I can find. But it can be expensive. I recently stumbled upon the fact that some foods can be used as make up! This is usually super frugal and relatively easy too. One of the simplest methods for creating an all-natural […]

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Margin, Priorities, and Time for the Important Things


As moms most of us are forever hunting up better ways to manage time, keep margin in our lives, and make room for the most important things. Today I’m sharing a few podcasts, posts, articles, and books that have helped to me. I hope you find them useful: Picking Your Priorities – Podcast from Power […]

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Delightful Links for the Weekend

Enjoy the flowers

I read the above quote in Hands Free Mama and it really got me thinking! Some weekend reading for you: Thought provoking reads for parents: We want good thinkers over good students @ Brave Writer You Must Live in the Present, Launch Yourself on Every Wave @ I Take Joy The Overprotected Kid @ The […]

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Embracing Self-Care: Know Thyself

time for rest

When I was a new mom, people kept telling me to take baths and naps. I can see why, and they do sound rather nice, but I just didn’t want to. I was younger then. When I transitioned to living a life that focused mostly on caring for another human being, I craved intellectual stimulation […]

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Delightful Links for the Weekend


Do you know what’s awesome? Having a potter for a mother-in-law! She made the bowl pictured above. I just love it! The carving is my favorite (as well as the rustic coloring). I’m excited for her to open an Etsy shop in the coming months. Today I’ve got some great reading for you. Before I […]

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