Blueberry Picking and a Blueberry Spritzer Recipe

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For the last several years we’ve made a trip to the local U-pick farm to go blueberry picking. This year we just barely made it before the farm closed for the year, so pickings were slim! But we had a great time as always.

Not only do the kids love picking the blueberries, but they also love getting to see the chickens and pigs, and getting to sit and play on the tractor. I love coming home with fresh picked blueberries and stocking up on local, raw honey at a good price!

Isaac’s blueberry picking skills could use a little work, but at least this time he didn’t pick any green ones!

blueberry picking

If you have a U-pick farm nearby, I highly recommend hitting it up before blueberry season is over. Before you go, check out Blueberries for Sal to read to the kids. (I had Charlotte read it to Isaac on the way there!)

We love blueberries just on their own, but I also made this delicious blueberry syrup for blueberry spritzers and Italian sodas. It’s the perfect summertime treat, and a healthy alternative to soda. Of course, I think this blueberry syrup would taste great on pancakes or drizzled over vanilla ice cream as well. The possibilities are endless!

 

Here’s a few more yummy ways to enjoy blueberries:

 

Picks of the Week {6.14.14}

This week I’m starting what I hope to make a new weekly post–my picks of the week. Feel free to share in the comments any good finds from your week as well!
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Instagram

My beautiful girl at her dress rehearsal.

ballet

Pin

10 Oils with Natural SPF (this is the pin with the most re-pins from this last week). You can find me on Pinterest here.

Post

Vaccinating my Child: 15 Reasons I’m Looking for Middle Ground | Live Renewed. My friend Emily so perfectly described my exact feelings on vaccines.

Printable

how to summer | You Are My Fave. You know I love a good list!

Amazon Find

The Wet Hair Brush. Many thanks to my friend Nicole for sharing about this brush. Ours just arrived yesterday and I’m happy to report there were far less tears when brushing out Charlotte’s hair after her bath last night.

Book

Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen: A Novel by Susan Gregg Gilmore (Kindle version only $1.99 at time of posting). Quick, engaging story of love and forgiveness. Great summer read!

Kid’s Book

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. Charlotte’s been loving this novel from the author of Because of Winn Dixie (which she also loved). I intended it to be a book we would read together aloud, but she keeps reading ahead on her own because she loves it so much!

Enjoy the Weekend!

The Family Spring Cleanse

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Are you tired of your children begging for junk food?

Does processed packaged food always seem to find a way back into your kitchen?

Are you feeling like you need to do a diet clean up?

Now is a great time to clean things up a bit. That’s why I am participating in The Family Spring Cleanse. I am super excited about this program because I have not seen anything like this before. Most cleanse diets are created with an individual person in mind but this program was created with the FAMILY in mind. It is safe for everyone to participate, has delicious kid-friendly recipes, and has a simple step by step get started guide.

Let’s face it, we’re moms, and we don’t have time to make separate food for everyone. That’s why this program is perfect for busy moms and their families. All recipes have been kid-tested so you don’t have to worry about trying to negotiate with your children to eat “weird” food.

Imagine your family happily eating nutritious whole foods and feeling satisfied with their new choices.

Here’s What People are Saying About Past Programs from The Holistic Mama

Getting Your Family On Board:

“I’ve been dabbling with real foods for a few months now, but your challenge has given me more focus. I could eat this way with no problems whatsoever; I was raised mainly on a real food diet. However, the rest of my family…not so much. I really wanted to show my daughter that there are many yummy options other than junk. Thanks for your daily guidance!” – Lisa Belles

Trying New Things:

I believe that this challenge has led me on a road to more discoveries. I plan to purchase only real foods from now on, at least the majority of the time. I will incorporate some items I already have in the cupboards (that are not real) until they are used up. A couple of new purchases that I have never tried before were coconut oil, chia seed and brown rice flour. There are so many new choices out there and I plan on continuing to try new items to see what I like and what I don’t. – Jodi Cooney

So, What is The Family Cleanse?

A simple, easy to follow, cleanse program made with families in mind. You will have a system to follow to help you save time and get the process started as soon as you download the cleanse guide. You will also have some AMAZING support during this program – not only from me – but also from all of these fabulous bloggers:

For those of you who think cleansing might be way too hard to do – you have all these experts here to back you up and help you meet the challenge. It’s not only these bloggers that will be doing this program but many of our readers will be following along. We will have a special Facebook group for discussions about the challenge and a place to reach out to everyone for help and support.

There are two ways you can participate in this family cleanse program:

Option # 1 (Free)

Join us and make the commitment to clean up your diet and get rid of processed packaged foods. Work on your own to create a meal plan full of healthy real food – heavy on the veggies, low on junk. You will receive:

  • Free Cleanse Guide: A free get started Cleanse Guide
  • A 10 Day Meal Plan Worksheet: An easy meal planning worksheet so you can plan your 10 days of clean eating
  • Giveaway: A chance to win one of our fabulous real food prizes

To enter this program for free & download the free guide click here

You will have the option to upgrade to the premium option anytime before May 28th.

Option # 2 – Premium Membership ($49)

You will receive:

  • Your Cleanse Guide: a 14 page step-by-step guide showing you exactly how to get started immediately. This fully customizeable program will fit any dietary restriction.
  • A Recipe Guide: You will have 51 recipes that are designed to be healthy and kid-friendly.
  • Daily Email Support: You will receive daily emails from me supporting you through this entire process.
  • A 10 Day Meal Plan Worksheet: This worksheet will help you customize your own personal meal plan based on the dietary needs of your family.
  • A Goal Setting Success Guide: This 10 page guide will help you get clear on why you are doing this cleanse, create your vision of the future to give you what you need to make your detox success last a lifetime.
  • Email access to me: for questions and support during the 10 days.
  • Life time Membership to our Private Facebook Group: a community forum for all participants to support each other through this process.
  • Giveaway: the change to win some fabulous real food prizes (giveaway opens up when the program begins).
  • And some other surprises!

You’ll Also get these Bonus Discount Codes:

PLUS…these awesome bonus videos from Wardeh Harmon!

How to Make Cinnamon Honey Grain-free Granola

wardeh grain-free-granola

How to Make Fermented Fruit Leather

wardeh fermented fruit leather

How to Make Yogurt in a Dehydrator

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This is a group program that starts on May 28th through June 6th.

Are you ready to clean up your family’s diet??

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$500+ of Giveaways

This program includes the chance to win one of these wonderful prizes from our sponsors. This giveaway will go live once the group program begins on May 28th.

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Also, as a participant of this program (free or paid) you are entitled to enter the giveaway for the chance to win some prizes from our real food sponsors! These are some of the things you can win:

  • 1 Quart of Gold label Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions ($40.00 Value)
  • 2 sets of Crimson series knives and 2 sets DUO Tongs and Kitchen Shears from the Ergo Chef – 2 winners! ($315.00 Value)
  • A 4 Pack of Soaps from Irish Twins Soaps ($25 Value)
  • A variety pack of Products from Redmond Trading – This bundle includes a 10 oz. jar of Redmond Clay, a 10 oz. Real Salt shaker and a 8 oz. Real Salt Organic Seasoning shaker and FREE Re-Lyte bottle and 5 Real Salt Pocket shakers ($48.28 Value)
  • A copy of “Weeding Out The Wheat” eBook by Tricia Gilkerson ($9.95 Value)
  • A case of Raw Honey from Really Raw Honey ($100 value) – 6 winners!
  • A copy of “Healing Candida with Food,” and eBook by Paula Miller ($17.95 Value)
  • One Pound of Almond flour from Nuts.com

If you have any questions about this program please don’t hesitate to Contact Roxanne.

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Gardening with Kids

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I’ve always had potted plants: herbs, flowers, and often some cherry tomatoes. Last year we were able to expand our gardening a bit and we had a small raised bed to garden in. And this year we’re using another small area of our yard to plant some of our favorites: tomatoes, zucchini,  peppers, and melons.  I’m just a beginner at this gardening thing, but I do love it and my kids do too.

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There are lots of great reasons to garden with kids:

  • Learning: Kids can get hands on, real-life experience on how plants work, and what they need to survive.
  • Responsibility: Kids can learn how to take care of something, and see first hand the rewards that come with hard work and care.
  • Grows their love of vegetables: For some reason, my kids will try something that they’ve been refusing for years if I say it came from a friend’s garden or our garden.
  • Family Time: Spending time together as a family outdoors, working on a common goal is fun!

Even before it’s time to plant your garden, you can begin to get the kids excited about gardening by reading with them. These are some of my favorite children’s picture books about gardening, planting, and spring:

Water, Weed, Wait by Edith Hope Fine: This book about a teacher who encourages her students to plant a garden at their school shows how team work and community can make something beautiful! It also has a helpful section filled with information on starting your own garden.

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney: This lovely story is about making the world a more beautiful place and does a great job at showing what can happen from some little seeds.

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert: This gorgeous book is all about the flowers! It teaches kids how to plant, nurture and grow flowers and shows all the flowers from each color of the rainbow.

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After doing some reading and learning about how things grow, let your kids help plan what you’ll plant in the garden. You could have them draw out a picture of the garden and what they might want to grow. You can help them figure out what each different flower, vegetable, or herb needs to grow. Teach them how much sunlight each plant needs, and which plants do well together.

Then, let them come with you when you get your seeds or plants. We have so much fun every year taking our trip to the gardening store. Letting the kids take part in the planning and purchasing helps them feel invested in the gardening process and increases their interest.

And of course, let them help out with planting. Last year my son basically just moved dirt from one area of the yard to another, but he had fun! I love this Kids Garden Tool Set, and find it’s much easier if they have some of their own special tools to use so mine don’t disappear when I need them.

Remember, you can start out small! Start with a few flowers and herbs in pots. Or even a couple tomato plants. Nothing is better than garden fresh tomatoes!

Here are some more ideas for gardening with kids.

Do your kids help out in the garden?

A DIY Mother’s Day

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I love gifting homemade gifts. I love spending a little time making something special and from the heart.

Since Mother’s Day is just a few days away I thought I’d share some ideas for a DIY Mother’s Day. Each of these are sweet and simple gifts that you still have time to make before Mother’s Day. Or, if you already have a gift for your mom, I have some yummy ideas for brunch so you can treat her to a day free from the kitchen!

Whether you’re making your mom a DIY gift or treating her to brunch, you’re sure to find something here that your mom will love.

DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

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{Photo credit: Melissa Camara Wilkens}

2 Simple Homemade Gifts to Pamper Mom this Mother’s Day (Energizing Body Scrub and Relaxing Linen Spray)

Simple (and Natural) Hand Lotion | A Delightful Home

Meditation Stones (for counting your blessings) | SortaCrunchy

Chocolate Peppermint Lotion Bars | A Delightful Home

DIY Mother’s Day Gift Basket | Life Your Way

Homemade Mother’s Day Brunch

Restaurants tend to get a bit crowded on holidays, and especially on Mother’s Day. Why not make a special brunch at home for mom? Try one of these delicious dishes to serve to mom on Mother’s Day:

Blueberry-Lemon Cream Cheese Danish | Kitchen Simplicity

Southwestern Breakfast Frittata | The Nourishing Home

Lemon Pancakes with Yogurt + Berries | The Sprouted Kitchen

Mixed Berry Muffins | The Nourishing Home

Chocolate Crepes with Bananas and Cream | Red and Honey

 What are you doing for your mom this Mother’s Day?

Embracing Self-Care: Taking Time to Rest & Relax

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Welcome to our fourth and final week in the Embracing Self-Care Series!

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This is a good one! I mentioned in the introduction to this series that sometimes I feel guilty for resting. But I don’t believe that’s how God intended rest to be. In fact, he created a day just for rest!

In one of my favorite books, Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller he says ” Rest is an essential enzyme of life, as necessary as air. Without rest, we cannot sustain the energy needed to have life. We refuse to rest at our peril–and yet in a world where overwork is seen as a professional virtue, many of us feel we can legitimately be stopped only by physical illness or collapse.”

Whether you take a full day of Sabbath for rest, or work it into your schedule in other ways, rest is important and can prevent us from burn-out, illness, and exhaustion.

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Rest should be something restorative. It should be something that fills you up and enables you to continue to give of yourself where you are needed. Rest can be:

  • a relaxing walk
  • sitting with a cup of tea and reading a good book
  • sleeping
  • enjoying a meal with friends
  • a long shower or relaxing bath

Rest & Relax with a DIY Spa Treatment

I love to treat myself to a home spa day or mix up one of my favorite body scrubs to enjoy in the shower:

Rest & Relax with a Good Book


Another way I love to rest and relax is reading. There’s almost nothing I enjoy more than reading a good book. If you’re looking for some amazing books at an unbelievable price, check out the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.

Not only is it filled with a great collection of over 80 ebooks, but there are also a ton of amazing freebies that more than make up the cost of the bundle. There’s even a section of ebooks entirely devoted to self-care. How perfect is that?!?

You can find all the details on the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sale here.

How do you make time for rest? What are some of your favorite ways to relax?

Don’t forget to check out the wonderful posts from the other hosts this week:

Stacy from A Delightful Home
Beth from Red and Honey
Nicole from Gidget Goes Home
Mindy from This Crazy Wonderful Life
Leigh Ann from Intentional By Grace
Emily from Live Renewed

Now it’s your turn! Link up below and share any of your posts on taking time to rest & relax or leave a comment sharing your thoughts.



How to Massage Kale and a Kale Salad Recipe

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I’ve been receiving an abundance of kale in my CSA boxes this last month or so and while I do love adding it to smoothies and juices I’ve also been wanting to try a kale salad. But if you’ve ever tasted kale it has a bit of a bitter taste that can be hard to get past when you’re eating a whole salad full of it.

There’s a solution though. You just have to show your kale some love first! You know, give it a little massage. Massaging your kale will remove some of the bitter taste and leave the kale silky and sweet.

There are two ways to massage kale. In the first method, you simply massage the kale by taking a few bunches of kale in each hand and rubbing them together until they begin to soften, deepen in color, and become silky.

The second method works great for salads where you are making your own dressing using olive oil. For this method you first chop up the kale (removing the ribs) and add it to a large bowl. You can fill it to the top because it will shrink down a bit as you massage it. Then add some olive oil (approx 1 TBSP per bunch of kale) and massage it into the kale for 5-10 min. You will notice the kale deepen in color and shrink down a bit.

To check if it’s ready, just try a taste. You should notice a difference in taste and texture (sweeter and more soft/silky). If it’s not there yet, just keep on massaging!

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Kale Salad with Blueberries & Apples

Ingredients:

2 bunches of kale
2 TBSP olive oil
1-2 TBSP lemon juice (about half a lemon)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1-2 TBSP honey
1 cup blueberries (strawberries or blackberries would be good too)
2 small apples, cubed
2 oz. crumbled goat cheese
1/4 cup slivered almonds (chopped walnuts or pecans would be good too)

Directions:

1. Wash and chop kale (removing center rib) and place in a large bowl (it will shrink down a bit after you massage it so it’s okay if the bowl is really full).
2. Add the 2 TBSP olive oil and massage it into the kale for 5-10 minutes.
3. Squeeze half a lemon, add 1/2 tsp. sea salt, 1/2 tsp. black pepper and 1-2 TBSP honey and mix in with kale.
4. Add blueberries, apples, goat cheese and toss.
5. Top with slivered almonds.

This salad also will keep better than your typical salad so you can enjoy any leftovers the next day.

Have you ever massaged your kale?

Embracing Self-Care: Peace in the Home

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Welcome to Week 3 of the Embracing Self-Care Series.

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As an introvert, having a peaceful home is a huge component of self-care for me. My home is my sanctuary. When things get a little too chaotic, my life feels chaotic too. So, it’s important to me to work at creating a peaceful home environment.

There are 3 primary ways I’m working towards a more peaceful home.

1. Clear the Clutter

Now, I’m the first to admit I tend to accumulate clutter. Our home is on the small side, and so the stuff really seems to accumulate quickly and I struggle with keeping it under control. I know my personal threshold with cleaning and clutter and when I start to near that threshold I know I have to take action. I’ve been doing the Just Clean Something Challenge this month, and it’s been helping me tremendously with keeping things maintained so I don’t have to get near my breaking point.

One helpful resource I highly recommend if you’re needing to declutter is Tsh Oxenreider’s book Organized Simplicity.

2. Reduce the Shouting

I’ve been working with the kids recently on not shouting across the house when they need something but instead, coming to find me wherever I am. This is definitely a work in progress, but for my introverted self, when there’s lots of shouting it really does not make for a peaceful home environment for me.

Also, my son is very loud and when he gets frustrated and upset he tends to get even louder! I’m working with him on using a whisper voice. In this post on 6 Survival Strategies for the Introverted Mom, she mentions that when things get too loud in her home she institutes whisper time. So that is another new strategy I am trying with my kids.

3. Set the Mood

I love using aromatherapy to set the mood in our home. If we’re needing some peace and calm, I break out the lavender and roman chamomile. If we need a little boost of energy, I use some wild orange or grapefruit. And on a cold, rainy day I love to have something warm baking in the often filling the house with yummy, warm aromas.

I’m also trying to be more intentional about setting the mood in our home using music, lighting candles, and implementing other techniques, (especially during chaotic times in our day) to create a more peaceful environment. I love this post from my friend Beth of Red and Honey on 3 Ways to Rescue the Dinner Hour from Chaos. The strategies she discusses in her post are also ones that could be used during other  parts of the day to create a more peaceful mood.

Don’t forget to check out the wonderful posts from the other hosts this week:

Stacy from A Delightful Home
Beth from Red and Honey
Nicole from Gidget Goes Home
Mindy from This Crazy Wonderful Life
Leigh Ann from Intentional By Grace
Emily from Live Renewed

Now it’s your turn! Link up below and share any of your posts on peace in the home or leave a comment sharing your thoughts.


 

Using Essential Oils to Impact the Mood in Your Home

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I love the aromatic powers of essential oils. They can bring relaxation, peace, and calm or they can bring energy and focus. They can brighten your mood and purify the air. I almost always have my diffuser running with some type of essential oil mix depending on what we need.

Using essential oils in my home is one of the ways I set the mood for our home. Whether we need some calming, uplifting, or focus I can find the perfect essential oil for every situation. Plus, I love the way essential oils make my home smell and not only am I able to avoid toxic air fresheners but I am able to fill my home with the therapeutic benefits that essential oils provide as well.

But there are other ways to enjoy the aromatherapy benefits of essential oils in your home as well.

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4 Methods of Using Essential Oils Aromatically

1. Diffuser

This is my most used method. I have this diffuser and it’s been going strong for me for almost a year now. The blend I use all throughout the winter months is 3 drops on guard essential oil, 3 drops wild orange, and 3 drops frankincense. Smells amazing and keeps our immunity up.

2. Room/Linen Spray

I mix up several different blends of these room sprays for different purposes. Just take a small glass spray bottle (mine are 2 oz.) and fill it almost to the top with distilled water. Add in 10-15 drops of essential oil, shake and spray. I love a blend of lavender and roman chamomile for bedtime. Or try one of these homemade air fresheners.

3. Steam Inhalation

This is a method I usually use in the shower. Once my water is hot and the shower is beginning to steam up, I drop a few drops of essential oil on the shower floor and breathe in. I have some favorite essential oils for the shower that I keep in there and use on a regular basis.

4. Direct Inhalation

This is a super simple method. You can either just remove the top off of your essential oil bottle, hold it up close to your nose and breathe in, or you can add a few drops to a tissue, cup the tissue in your hand and breathe in.

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Oils for peace and calm:

  • Lavender: relaxing, calming, helps with anxiety
  • Roman chamomile: calming, relaxing, helps eliminate anxiety and irritability
  • Balance (this blend from doTERRA brings feelings of peace, calm, and relaxation)
  • Patchouli: calming and relaxing
  • Sandalwood: calming, balancing
  • Vetiver: stress relieving, promotes restfulness
  • Ylang ylang: calming and relaxing

Oils for stress reduction, depression, to bring  joy:

  • Bergamot: uplifting, helps with depression
  • Geranium: eases stress, promotes peace and joy
  • Grapefruit: relieves anxiety, balancing and uplifting, helps with depression
  • Lemon: invigorating and purifying
  • Wild Orange: helps with depression, calming and uplifting
  • Citrus Bliss (this blend from doTERRA contains wild orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, tangerine, clementine and vanilla bean extract and smells amazing)

Oils to Stimulate memory, promote concentration:

  • Frankincense: helps with focus, improves concentration
  • Peppermint: stimulating, helps with memory
  • InTune (this blend from doTERRA is formulated to help with focus and concentration)

You can also blend essential oils together to find the perfect mix for your needs.

I use and love doTERRA essential oils.

Do you use essential oils to impact the mood in your home? What are your favorite blends?

Embracing Self-Care: Health & Spirituality

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Welcome to Week 2 in the Embracing Self-Care Series.

To be honest, this is probably the area of self-care that I struggle the most with. And it’s a big one.

I’m quick to worry about my kids’ health, or my husband’s health, but not so good when it comes to taking care of myself. That goes for my spiritual health as well. For some reason these two things often get the least of my attention when in reality, they should be getting the most.

I’m sure we all can agree on the importance of taking care of our physical and spiritual health, and rather than dwell on the fact that I’m not a superstar in this area of my life, I’m going to take a look at what I’m doing well and target a couple areas for growth.

Health

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What’s Working:

Sleep: One thing I know about myself is that I need to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night on average to function well. This is something I’m pretty good about. I try to be in bed by 10:30 most nights and am usually up by 6 or 6:30 so I’m getting my 7 hours in. If you struggle with sleep, here are 13 things to try if you’re having trouble sleeping.

Areas for Growth:

Diet: I love making healthy food and I know how I should be eating, but I am not very disciplined about making that happen. Last year in April I did the Whole30 and that was great but I quickly slipped back into old habits again. I have tossed around the idea of moving back in that direction by cutting out sugar and eating a mainly Paleo type diet but haven’t pulled the trigger yet.

One thing that works well for me is menu planning. I find that when I’m good about planning my meals for the week it helps me avoid eating out too frequently or grabbing something unhealthy. I use Plan to Eat and absolutely love it.

Exercise: I am terrible when it comes to exercising frequently. Basically, I need a personal trainer–someone to drag me out of bed in the morning and tell me what to do. As a mom, it’s already hard finding time to fit it into my schedule and then when I have hardly any motivation, it just so easily becomes the thing that I let slide.

Recently I have started walking weekly with my neighbor. It’s only 2-3 times a week, but it’s better than nothing! I’m hoping to find another walking partner for a couple of the other days too because I just need someone in it with me or I’m completely unmotivated.

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I also recently signed up for Stay at Home Yoga, which is great because I can do it from the comfort of my own home and I don’t have to coordinate a time in my schedule when my husband’s home to watch the kids so I can get out. Also, I love it because there are not only full length yoga classes available, but also short options for when you only have a few minutes. So basically I have no excuse not to be doing some form of exercise daily!

Spirituality

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I think back to the days before I was married and had kids and remember how diligently I had my quiet times each morning, all the bible studies, prayer groups, worship services and discipleship times I was involved in and what I’m “doing” today just pales in comparison.

But I have learned to give myself grace. There are seasons of life and in this season of life I’m in, it’s just not realistic to expect that I can do all that I could do then. And most importantly, it’s not all that “doing” that enables us to have a close relationship with the Lord in the first place.

So while I’m careful not to get caught up in all the “shoulds” of how often and for how long I spend time with Jesus, I do know that I want and enjoy the time I spend with Him. It is the ultimate self-care for me to be in more constant communication with Him, and something I desire to make more space for in my daily life.

What’ s Working:

Prayer is the only thing I do consistently. For me,  it’s an easy practice to fit in amidst the everyday duties of being a working mom. I can pray on my commute to work, I can pray while I clean the house or make dinner, or any number of things.

Last year my husband and I started praying together every night after we put the kids in bed. It started out with being a prayer time specifically for our kids. We actually used a book to get us in the habit for the first month. Now it has evolved to being a time when we pray for our kids, friends, and anything we need to be praying about!

The other time I do a lot of my praying is actually in the shower! I even have a waterproof notepad that I add prayer requests to so I can be reminded of people in my life I want to be praying for.

Areas to Grow:

I’d love to start a daily family devotion time with the kids and I even have several books we could use. I just need to build it into our day and get a habit going. I’d love to hear if you have something like this that you do with your kids that is working for you!

I’d also love to have some more consistent time with the Lord each day and so today I’m starting to get back in the habit of beginning my days with prayers and meditation from the book  Common Prayer.

Let’s give ourselves grace, encourage ourselves for the successes in our life, and challenge ourselves to always be growing and making positive changes.

Don’t forget to check out the wonderful posts from the other hosts this week:

Stacy from A Delightful Home
Beth from Red and Honey
Erin from The Humbled Homemaker
Nicole from Gidget Goes Home
Mindy from This Crazy Wonderful Life
Leigh Ann from Intentional By Grace
Emily from Live Renewed

Now it’s your turn! Link up below and share any of your posts on health or spirituality and how they relate to self-care or leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

What are your struggles with health and spirituality? In what areas are you experiencing success?



Join us next week as we talk about Peace in the Home.

And don’t forget to follow our Embracing Self-Care Pinterest board for all kinds of wonderful self-care tips and ideas.