Our 4 year old's bedtime habits had gotten out of control lately. One more toy, one more kiss, one more hug, one more drink... if we said no to something, dramatic tears ensued. Perhaps you can relate? Any one of those things on any given night wouldn't be an issue. But, slowly we had let our 4 year old be in charge of her bedtime, and it was spiraling into ridiculousness. Here's the thing about kids: they want parents to be in charge. Sure, it's in their nature to test you and say no and … [Read more...] about The Parent Led Home
It all started when I had a 10 month old. We had just moved across the country and my husband was in a crazy intense masters program. I was staying home in our tiny 3rd floor apartment, with no family nearby, no friends, and no car. AND we'd just found out we were pregnant with our second baby... surprise! Weary described my every day life. I was straight up exhausted all the time. And lonely as all get out. Well, there was this Bible verse CD my baby loved. It seemed to be the only thing … [Read more...] about Let Us Not Grow Weary of Doing Good, Mommas!
People often feel like they don't have enough... like the solution to their financial problems is making more money... like they have an income problem. While it's possible that you do have an income problem, it's also very possible that you have a spending problem or an expenses problem. So how can you tell which it is? If you feel constantly stressed about money, like your budget is just too tight, this post should help! Today, we'll figure out how much you should be spending in each category, … [Read more...] about Do you have an income problem?
Budgeting and tracking your spending are helpful habits for anyone who wants to achieve financial goals. But, when you're financially sinking, it's a whole 'nother ball game. If you are exhausted by your financial mess, or not sure what the first right step is, this post is for you! If you want to get your head above water, you'll have to identify the problem, attack it with a vengeance, and learn what to do differently in the future. This post will tell you exactly what to do, step by step, to … [Read more...] about Budgeting When You’re In Survival Mode
(Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a commission off purchases from customers I refer, at no additional cost to you of course. Read my full disclosure policy here.) Have you ever said something to your kids impulsively? You know... where the words are coming out of your mouth before thinking and it's too late to stop them? I did this recently, and learned 3 practical parenting lessons from it that I wanted to share with you. Situation The … [Read more...] about 3 Parenting Lessons I Learned From Losing My Temper
Sometimes your baby will wake up screaming 30 minutes after you put them down for a nap, and you're thinking: what's wrong? Aren't you tired? What do you want? This post is meant to answer those questions, and to help you help your baby learn to take good naps. It is possible for most babies to develop a basically consistent nap routine, and you can help them get there! The younger your child is, the easier these strategies will be to implement. This post will focus on what to do when your baby … [Read more...] about Helping Baby Learn to Take Longer Naps
Wanna hear a little love story? It goes like this. Boy: "Hey, girl hey. My name is Ben, what's your name?" Girl: "Oh, hi, Ben. I'm Renee. Nice to meet you." Boy: "Wow, you're nice. Wanna get married?" And they lived happily ever after Okay, okay, it wasn't quite that fast. But close. When people find out we got married less than a year after we met, they usually have 1 of 3 reactions. They think we're nuts. We get this reaction less now than when we first got married. They … [Read more...] about Meeting My Husband (Aka: We Got Married 10 Months After We Met)
Do you ever feel like you 'should' read the Bible more, but you're not quite sure how? Maybe you feel like you need to find the perfect Bible study guide or devotional to walk you through because it's hard to understand sometimes? Perhaps the idea of opening your Bible feels so daunting, and you can't get past the question: where do I start? I want to suggest to you today that you can read and understand the Bible on your own. I recently read through 1 John, and a section of chapter 2 popped … [Read more...] about You Can Understand the Bible
I'm a notetaker. Are you? I love taking notes. I took notes diligently throughout school. I loved when they would grade our notes. I love writing everything down - it's how I process. My love for note taking has extended into the margins of every Bible I've ever owned. It's kind of a problem because I eventually run out of room. I'm reading through the Old Testament chronologically this year, which brought me to Exodus 13-15 the other day. And I spotted this little note in my … [Read more...] about Don’t Forget to Pack a Tambourine
How's your grocery budget? Do you know what you spend on groceries? Does it feel like plenty of money or are you always scrambling to get by on the 2 items left in your fridge at the end of the month? In the last couple years that we’ve been paying off our student loan debt with gazelle-intensity (aka: Dave Ramsey Style), I have had a few different systems for trying to keep the grocery budget down. Everything from price matching at Walmart to shopping at Aldi to meal planning … [Read more...] about How To Finally Figure Out What Your Grocery Budget Should Be