Health, Taking care of Me

Living with Depression

How exactly does it feel to live with depression?

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live with depression? What does it feel like to be depressed? Click here to find out more!

Trying to describe what it’s like living with depression is like trying to describe a sunset. You know all the correct adjectives and nouns, but the description always falls short of seeing it for yourself.

I have blogged previously about my experience recognizing my depression. I am currently on medication which helps, but I am not “cured” of my depression. It’s much more manageable than it once was and my good days far outnumber my bad. But I still feel some of the depression symptoms. read more

Family, Making Memories

How to Choose Outfits for Family Photos

Three easy tips to help you choose outfits for family photos!

How to Choose Outfits for Family Photos

I’m a huge advocate for taking family photos. Our family has a yearly tradition of taking family portraits. I treasure these photos because as Jodi Picoult once said “This is what I like about photographs. They’re proof that once, even if just for a heartbeat, everything was perfect.”

But taking family photos can be stressful. Finding the time, the money, the location, and the outfits! Picking out the perfect outfit for each of your family members that makes them look and feel great can be a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be! I have a three-step system that I use to coordinate our family outfits. Let me tell you about it. read more

Family, Parenting Tips

How to Organize a Routine with Young Children

Five easy steps to organizing a routine with young children.

Do you feel like you are in survival mode with your kids? In this post learn how to organize a routine with young children to bring joy back into your home.

Do you remember the day when you were left alone with the kids for the first time? Those few weeks after birth certainly aren’t the easiest but most moms have their husbands or moms, mother-in-laws, or sisters around to help them. If you didn’t, oh my word do I pray for you.

But eventually everyone goes home and hubby goes back to work. I may have cried that first night my husband went to work and left me home with a toddler and a newborn. If you are in those trenches, I feel for you. Those early days of motherhood are really, really hard. BUT setting up a routine for your family is one way you can help yourself out. A simple but structured day can save your sanity. read more

FAQ, Homeschool

Homeschool Plan 2017-18

Our homeschool curriculum choices for the 2017-18 school year!

Homeschool Curriculum for 2017

This year I will be teaching a 7-year-old and a 9-year-old, and my how things will look different this year. Up until about May of last year, our kids’ schooling could best be described as being kids. They played with their toys, read books, built things, and played outside. We had a very, very loose curriculum that suited their personalities and learning style.

More on our past unschooling/preschool curriculum plans here!

This year my kids are ready for big kid work. For the past couple of years I have purchased workbooks, much like these Brain Quest workbooks, and one day a week we would have workbook time. The other days were library day, game day, Magic School Bus kit day, and one day for homeschool outings or errands. Homeschool is all about adjusting, and I felt the kids needed something more challenging than just workbooks this year. read more

Health, Taking care of Me

5 Tips for Healing from Anemia

Tips for treating anemia, five things I did to aid in my recovery.

Menorrhagia anemia is when your heavy menstrual bleeding causes you to become anemic. Check out this post for five tips for treating anemia.

Recovering from my endometrial ablation in 2016 was rather quick and painless. Recovering from the anemia as a result of my menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding) was a much longer and more difficult process.

For almost three months I was having constant heavy bleeding. I didn’t feel the impact of the severe bleeding until about a month in. I was hanging laundry on the line and I was out of breath and my heart was racing. Like, I-just-worked-out racing. A few days later the doctor’s office called with my blood results saying I was anemic and should start taking an iron supplement. read more