The Secret to Self-Care with Littles

Practical advice on how to practice self-care when you have little kids in the house.

Self care for moms

Raise your hand if you have ever felt this way since becoming a mom: overwhelmed, stressed, exhausted, or lonely? Of course you have! Motherhood is hard. It’s amazing, rewarding, and so much fun, but it’s also challenging. That’s why it’s so important we practice self-care as moms.

Self-care leaves you feeling calm, restored and recharged. It lifts your spirits, energizes you, and leaves you feeling positive. And when we neglect ourselves, we feel the domino affect from lack of self-care. read more

Physical Health, Self-Care

My Story with Endometrial Ablation

The secret to stopping heavy periods. 

Heavy periods don't need to take over your life. Endometrial ablation can help you stop heavy bleeding and let you live your life.

I knew there was a problem when I was making a late night run to Walgreens for pads. I knew there was a problem when the nurse called with my lab results. I could hear it in her voice, “The doctor is concerned about your lab work. You need to start an iron supplement since your levels are very low.”

Today, I realize how serious it sounds, but at the time I was thanking the Lord it was just menorrhagia (heavy periods) and not something more dire. read more

Hobbies, Self-Care

Why Jigsaw Puzzles Are The Best Hobby

My favorite hobby, jigsaw puzzles, is perfect for homeschool moms: fun AND educational!

best jigsaw puzzles for adults

Raise your hand if you are as obsessed with jigsaw puzzles as I am?! I don’t know when I turned 80 years old, but I’ve come to the realization that I’m “ecstatic-for-my-puzzle-of-the-month-club-puzzle” years old.

Benefits of Jigsaw Puzzles

As homeschool moms, we like to frame many things in the “how does this help us learn” category. Jigsaw puzzles are an excellent way for mom to practice self-care, but the whole family can benefit from this activity. Besides being fun and relaxing, puzzles help with reasoning, analyzing, sequencing, deduction, logical thought processes, problem solving skills, hand-eye coordination, and spatial arrangements. They also increase concentration, creativity, and helps sharpen our memory. But how? read more

Hobbies, Self-Care, TV

25 TV Shows to Binge Watch on Netflix

Netflix recommendations guaranteed to be your next obsessive binge watch! 

25 Netflix Recommendations for the tv lover

I am self-admitted tv addict, and I think settling down with my favorite tv show is the ultimate in self-care. So for those of you wondering what to watch on Netflix, I am gonna share with you 25 of my favorite shows you can binge watch on Netflix right now!

I want to add that I have watched all of these tv series, so when I say I am a tv connoisseur I am not joking!

Check out this post if you are wondering what to watch on Amazon Prime and HBO NOW. read more

Hobbies, Self-Care, Surly's Reading List

10 Books to Revive Your Love of Reading

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There once was a girl who loved reading so much she would read 5 books at one time. She would read one chapter from a book, set it down, and read a chapter from another book.

She loved reading so much she began to write her own stories and plays. She lived for the Scholastic book order and read some of her favorite books over and over again.

She later grew up to major in English in college because writing about great books was the best thing ever! But then her life got side-tracked and she lost her love of reading. Too many textbooks and not enough fun reads makes reading a chore. read more