Book Review: It’s OK NOT to Share…

and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids by Heather Shumaker Browsing through the library, my eyes caught this title, which certainly evokes an emotional response. Today children are pushed to always share, but this book presents why that may not be what is best for a child’s development, along with 28 other…

At Peace with My Closet

I’ve had a couple big purges of my closet in the past few years (Taking Control of My Clothes and My Closet Update-Experiment Turned Lifestyle), but I have still felt stressed with every season change as I’ve had a three-drawer dresser stuffed with the clothes that were out of season. The dresser is a plastic one, so I…

Missing the Mountains

I miss hiking up mountains. It is such a calming experience. There is so much beauty to see. There is a great power and wonder felt to be climbing hundreds or thousands of meters above the city. I lived in South Korea for almost a year in 2014 and 2015. A country which is 70%…

Extreme Makeover: Banana Edition

I was out of bananas and wanted more from the store but had no desire to go out. I asked Ezekiel to get some for me. Trying to hear over  cranky baby, he misunderstood and thought I wanted bananas for recipes. He came back with these bananas: No problem. I became inspired to bake a…

Heavenly Breakfast Muffins

Loved by vegans and non-vegans alike, this breakfast muffin is sure to please and start your day off right! Here is my first recipe post. These muffins are adapted from a recipe in my Vitamix cookbook. Basically I changed half of the ingredients to more healthful and vegan options. My husband said these were the…

Stay in the Moment

Watching the colors of the sky change as the sun rises. Giggling as the wind drops leaves around you like snow. Relaxing in the beauty of calm. These things are only experienced when you stop and stay in the moment. Matthew 6:25-34 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will…

Food Therapy

Last night we went out for Thai food. After a long week with a teething baby and a sick husband, I needed a night out and some good food! I’ve been starving because I’ve been stuck with food I can grab quickly and eat with one hand as Oliver wanted constant attention. One tooth finally…

Race Report: Mankato Marathon-Half 2016

I finished the half distance at the Mankato Marathon on October 16th with a time of 2:10:32. That’s about 40 seconds behind my PR from 2013 (2:09:53) and a little faster than my last half (2:12). I was hoping to finally beat 2 hours or at least get a PR, but I can’t complain that…

My Thrive Market Box

Grocery shopping can be difficult. I have to go to multiple stores to get the best prices and the variety I need. Some items I prefer I can only find at Whole Foods, but the nearest one is 30 min away (or worse if it is at a bad time of day; when I’m usually…

Cloth Diapers-6 Months In

We have been using cloth diapers for 6 months now. I’ll share why we like them and what we are struggling with. The main reason we chose cloth diapers was because it is so much cheaper! Since he is our first baby, we got many diapers as gifts or used giftcards. The only money I…

Renewed-Round II

2 years ago I posted “Starting Over.” I left my old blog and began a new one with no pressure and just a place to write whenever. However, saying “I’ll just write whenever” quickly turns into “once in awhile” and then to “never.” It’s good to try have a set time so things actually get…