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February 14, 2020
Loving our husbands feels like something that should just come naturally. But once you've been married for longer than 10 minutes, you realize that loving your husband takes real, intentional work and thought. Today on the podcast we are going to be discussing some practical ways you can love your husband...for a closer marriage. Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Book recommendation: 100 Ways to Love Your Husband by Lisa Jacobson Book recommendation: 100 Words of Affirmation Your Husband Needs to Hear by Lisa Jacobson Book recommendation: 100 Ways to Love Your Wife by Matt Jacobson Book recommendation: 100 Words of Affirmation Your Wife Needs to Hear by Matt Jacobson Our sponsor today: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50
February 12, 2020
Do you want to raise your children to be readers? In this episode we are going to dive into encouragement and resources for creating a culture of reading in your home - for kids and mom! Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Book links by reading ages mentioned: Reading to your baby & toddlers: Board books and visually pleasing books (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Llama Llama Red Pajama, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Little Engine That Could, etc) The early reader: This is the 5-8 range. With emerging readers of my own, I know that this is a long process. Read aloud ALL the time during this age. The Usborne My First Reading Library Our very early reader books: Dash Into Learning More suggestions: Ralph S. Mouse, The Ramona Books, Henry and Ribsy, The Magic TreeHouse Books) The Middle grade reader: Ages 8 and up. Let them choose what interests them. Help guide them but let them explore worlds and ideas! Keep reading aloud at these ages. (The Redwall series, How to Train Your Dragon book series, etc.) Your Teen Reader: Keep an eye out for books labeled YA. You will still want to keep a close eye on what they are reading while also letting them explore! Help them explore reading outside their school requirements. As adults: Do the same thing!! Find the books that make you excited and don't want to put the book down...and ditch the others. Especially as busy moms, life is TOO short!! Links: Our homeschooling picks for this year (and how to instill a love of learning) – Hf #239 Get TWO WEEKS of free meal plans from PrepDish! PrepDish.com/Homemaking Resources for learning more about morning basket time: Your Morning Basket Podcast with Pam Barnhill – an entire podcast dedicated to this topic! How We Homeschool – Morning Time – by Read-Aloud Revival Simple Morning Time Plans – by Read-Aloud Revival Books to recommend: How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo The Read Aloud Family by Sarah MacKenzie Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson Honey for a Child's Heart By Gladys Hunt Jim Trelease's Read Aloud Family Handbook - New 8th edition Sources for books by age: SonLight Sources for books by age: (many are preprints of old classics) The Good and the Beautiful Library Meal Planning Help for Eating Healthy: I am really excited to share with you the sponsor of today’s podcast episode: PrepDish! If you ever feel like you wish you had a little help in your meal planning, then I highly encourage you to check out PrepDish. They offer gluten-free meal plans and paleo meal plans. But you don’t have to eat a gluten-free or paleo diet in order to take advantage of all that PrepDish has to offer! In fact, almost half of their customers don’t eat those diets. The meals are healthy and non-processed and work well for anyone who is trying to eat a healthy diet. And PrepDish is offering a super special TWO week free trail when you sign up through this link (how awesome!!) When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After only 1-3 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. I absolutely love how easy they make it. Free TWO week trial of PrepDish
January 24, 2020
The Bible calls us to encourage one another in Christ. We are to be there for those in our lives and we are to encourage them. But what does this look like on a practical level? This episode will explore how we can be encouragers to those in our life and what the Bible calls us to do in this regard. Listen in here: Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Article by 9 Marks: Encourage One Another: Giving Grace with Your Words Book recommendation: 100 Ways to Love Your Husband by Lisa Jacobson Book recommendation: 100 Words of Affirmation Your Husband Needs to Hear by Lisa Jacobson Book recommendation: When a Woman Inspires Her Husband by Cindi McMenamin Book recommendation: Loving Well (even if you haven't been) by William P. Smith Book recommendation: The Peacemaker by Ken Sande "WHAT IS ENCOURAGEMENT? Biblical encouragement isn’t focused on complementing someone’s haircut or telling them how good their homemade salsa tastes. That kind of encouragement is important, but the encouragement the Scriptures refer to is explicitly Christian encouragement. Encouragement is shared with the hopes that it will lift someone’s heart toward the Lord (Col. 4:8). It points out evidences of grace in another’s life to help them see that God is using them. It points a person to God’s promises that assures them that all they face is under his control. The New Testament reveals that encouragement was a regular part of the early church’s life together (Acts 13:15, 16:40, 18:27, 20:1-2, 27:36). They shared Scripture-saturated words with each other to spur one another on in faith (Acts 14:22), hope (Rom. 15:4), unity (Rom. 15:5; Col. 2:2), joy (Acts 15:31), strength (Acts 15:32), fruitfulness (Heb. 10:24-25), faithfulness (1 Thess. 2:12), perseverance (Heb. 10:25), and the certainty of Christ’s return (1 Thess. 4:18). Encouragement was and is an essential way of extending grace to each other." - 9 Marks article: https://www.9marks.org/article/encourage-one-another-giving-grace-with-your-words/ Scripture used today: We are told to be encouragers:  1 Thess 5:11 "Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing." Being an encourager takes time and investment:  Hebrews 10:23- 25 "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." Encouragement comes largely from our mouths and how we communicate with those around us:  Ephesians 4:29 "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear." We are to be there in good times and bad:  Galatians 6:2 "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Do it all in patience and love:  1 Thess 5:14 "And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all." 1 Peter 4:8-10 "Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace"
January 23, 2020
It might sound funny to assign goals for my spiritual disciplines this year. But I want to make sure I'm being intentional with my relationship with the Lord in 2020. So here are my 4 spiritual goals that I'll be working on this year. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Want a simple method for Bible study? Listen to this episode: #115 Bible study book recommendations: Jen Wilkin & Katie Orr's Bible studies My spiritual disciplines notebooks I use Follow me on Instagram (my post discussion on this episode will be coming in a couple of days) Get TWO WEEKS of free meal plans from PrepDish! PrepDish.com/Homemaking
January 16, 2020
One of my big goals this year is to establish a better morning routine. I have 3 areas I want to tackle in my new morning routine and in today's episode, I'm going to share my new 21 minute morning routine that is simple to implement! Want to join me, listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Our Sponsor: Get 50% off your first Care Of box by going to TakeCareOf.com and using promo code home50 at checkout! Podcast Episode: Setting up a good evening routine Podcast Episode: Establishing a morning routine with 3 minutes (an interview with Kat Lee)
January 9, 2020
This week on Instagram we've been chatting a lot about routines, getting more done, and saving time. So in today's podcast episode, I'm sharing my 5 tips for how to be more productive...when you have no time. Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Look through our meal planning archives here Need help investing in yourself? Start here. Join me over on Instagram: Instagram.com/JamiBalmet Our Sponsor: Get 10 free meals plus free shipping with Hellofresh.com/Foundation10 and use coupon code Foundation10
January 3, 2020
If you are looking for the MEN'S companion reading challenge for 2020, you can find it here! Happy reading!!  Welcome to the 2020 reading challenge! It's my favorite time of the year and I am so excited to see how many books we all read this year. This is our 4th year in a row running our reading challenge and it's been a blast. Jason and I have always been big readers, but having 5 kids (and one on the way) and running our own business started to squeeze the love (or the time) out of our reading life.  So in 2017 we decided to run a little challenge for ourselves (and invited you to join in) and the result has been three fabulous years of reading! We have both read more in the past 3 years then we could have thought possible with this busy season of life we are in.  So we are back in 2020 with our 4th reading challenge...and it's our best one yet! Below you will find out 2020 reading challenge, lots and lots of amazing book recommendations, as well as a podcast episode all about the reading challenge this year that you can listen in to! Listen to the Podcast: Listen in to my podcast episode from this week to find out more about why I developed this reading plan, tips for following along, and the reasoning behind the books and categories I chose. Or skip the podcast and head down below for all the info 🙂 And don’t forget to subscribe to my podcast in iTunes.  Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. While this is our 4th reading challenge, all of the books in the actual challenge below are all new! That means if you've been following along these past 3 years, you won't have any repeats!! However, we do have categories down below if you want to pick other books to read – or feel free to swap out and put your own books in the categories.  I’m ALL for broadening my reading horizon, which is why I was so excited about this new reading challenge. I think we often reach for the same kinds of books over and over again. But I want to stretch you and challenge you to reach out and pick up books you wouldn’t normally.  Plus, doing a challenge like this will make you read more throughout the year. So wanna join us?!? Grab the Toolkit:  The very best and easiest way to follow along is to grab my toolkit right here! The toolkit includes the full reading challenge for 2020 (for both men and women) as well as tips for finding more time to read (even when you are super busy) and how to find more books for free or cheap.  Grab the Toolkit! Subscribe to my new reading challenge newsletter to follow along throughout 2020 AND get my 2020 Reading Challenge Toolkit for FREE! Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. First Name Email Address We use this field to detect spam bots. If you fill this in, you will be marked as a spammer. Subscribe Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form { /* divider image */ background: #fff url(data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQADAIABAMzMzP///yH/C1hNUCBEYXRhWE1QPD94cGFja2V0IGJlZ2luPSLvu78iIGlkPSJXNU0wTXBDZWhpSHpyZVN6TlRjemtjOWQiPz4gPHg6eG1wbWV0YSB4bWxuczp4PSJhZG9iZTpuczptZXRhLyIgeDp4bXB0az0iQWRvYmUgWE1QIENvcmUgNS41LWMwMTQgNzkuMTUxNDgxLCAyMDEzLzAzLzEzLTEyOjA5OjE1ICAgICAgICAiPiA8cmRmOlJERiB4bWxuczpyZGY9Imh0dHA6Ly93d3cudzMub3JnLzE5OTkvMDIvMjItcmRmLXN5bnRheC1ucyMiPiA8cmRmOkRlc2NyaXB0aW9uIHJkZjphYm91dD0iIiB4bWxuczp4bXA9Imh0d...
December 27, 2019
This is a long-requested episode! Today I'm sharing all my pregnancy favorites but I'm sure I missed some, so make sure you share all your favorites as well over on Instagram. Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.  Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Favorite Pregnancy Books: Taking Charge of Your Fertility The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth The First 40 Days: The essential art of nourishing the new mother Awakening Fertility: The Essential Art of Preparing for Pregnancy Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way Husband-Coached Childbirth Betsy Bosom's Baby Book: A Girlfriends Guide to Using Essential Oils From Bellies to Babies Gentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants, and Young Morning Sickness Remedies:  Sea Bands - Motion sickness bands  High amounts of vitamin b - my two favorite Vitamin B complexes are Dr. Axe's Vitamin B complex & the one I use now is Super B by Young Living (it's AMAZING!!) Heartburn remedies:  The only thing that has ever worked for me for heartburn is: Alkalime supplement by Young Living Pregnancy tea: Mama's Red Raspberry brew - My favorite pregnancy blend!! Mama's Milk tea - Great for lactation and milk production! Earthley also makes a great pregnancy tea Pregnancy workout dvd: Lindsey Brin's pregnancy workout DVD set Vitamins and supplements: Take a good prenatal - I use Master Formula + Super B as my prenatal vitamin (both from Young Living). You can read about this combo here.  Dr. Axe also has a great prenatal I recommend I also take a good probiotic. I switch between Young Living's Life9 and some of Dr. Axe's probiotics. It's a good idea to switch up your probiotic from time to time to get different strains. Dr. Axe has a bunch of good ones but I recommend his Women's once a day as well as his SBO probiotic.  You will also want a good omega/fish oil supplement for pregnancy. No surprise here but I recommend one of Dr. Axe's Omega's but all four are currently sold out. The one I take now is Young Living's OmegaGize. A good omega supplement is crucial during pregnancy, but a GOOD one from a good source is going to be expensive. Just keep that in mind. I usually take mine 3-4 times a week instead of every day just to lesson that expense a bit.  I also take Magnesium and iron - see my favorites below Other supplements I LOVE: TriLight Health has an entire line of pregnancy herbal blends that are affordable and rock! Their ingredients are outstanding. I recommend getting their Pregnancy essentials kit for everything you need.  Earthley is my next favorite store to recommend. It's owned by a mom who has a passion for providing home remedies at an affordable price. Here are a few of my favorites from Earthley:  Pregnancy tea -a Premade blend for pregnancy Fertili Boost herbal extract - Want help getting pregnant? This tincture might help.  Post Partum balance - I am SO getting this tincture for this time around - helps balance things out after pregnancy Mama's tummy relief - I wish I had seen this during my first-trimester sickness  Nourish her naturally - Another possible option for a ...
December 19, 2019
One of my big goals for 2020 is getting into a better fitness routine. I know that if I can work on my physical health, it can help me have more energy for my family and ministry. Listen in to this awesome interview today between myself and Beth Learn! Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.  Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Visit Beth over at Fit2B Studios Follow her on Instagram Visit our Sponsor: Vistaprint.com use coupon code HOME for free shipping on all business cards Visit our Sponsor: MEL Science - get 25% off your first box & free shipping when you text HOME to 64-000
December 14, 2019
For the first time in 3 years, Jason and I are both hitting our reading goal this year! Next week we are releasing our 2020 reading challenge and I’m preparing for that by reflecting on my favorite books from 2019. Listen in for some good books to add to your reading list for next year.... Read More
December 13, 2019
I love this time of year! It’s time to make new goals for next year and I have 5 areas I want to work on as we head into 2020. Another great episode to listen to in conjunction with this one is my Word for 2020.  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog... Read More
December 5, 2019
This is my 6th year picking a word for my year. It’s always a tough decision to nail down my word, but this year was particularly hard because I had a hard time really pinpointing what I wanted to work on in 2020. I felt a little all over the place trying to decide so... Read More
November 27, 2019
This is a super fun episode and next installment in our series, Finding Joy in Your Home. Today we are chatting about specific hobbies and ideas for investing in yourself. I’m going to share ideas from YOU guys on what you do for fun. Listen in!  Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the... Read More
November 26, 2019
An important part of this series we are working through here on the podcast is finding more joy and peace in your life and home. A HUGE part of that is turning to the Lord and making him of ultimate importance. But there are some other things to consider in a well rounded life. And... Read More
November 22, 2019
As women, we have a unique ability to set the tone in our homes – for the good or the bad! With our thoughts, actions, and speech we can either drive our family towards God or tear them away from Him. this lesson is going to cover what it looks like to set a God-glorifying... Read More
November 22, 2019
Intentional, Biblical rest is an important part of finding more joy in our home and in our lives. In this next installment of our series, we will dive into the WHY behind getting rest and the HOW to make it happen.  Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click... Read More
November 18, 2019
Do you have people always looking to you for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks? Jamerrill will show you how real life freezer cooking can help you streamline and simplify your family meal times. She will show you freezer cooking strategies, tips for big batch cooking, and more! Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to... Read More
November 12, 2019
Developing a mission statement for your life, for your family, and for your home can be a powerful tool to help give you clarity and direction. It doesn’t have to be a long or complicated process, with just a few minutes, you can put some real thought and intentionality behind why you do what you... Read More
November 7, 2019
Welcome to the next installment in our Finding Joy in Your Home Series. Today we are chatting about a topic that is easy to overlook but SO important: How to figure out those BIG priorities are for your family so you can start building your ideal schedule and calendar. Let’s dive in!!  Listen to the Podcast:... Read More
October 29, 2019
Part two of our brand new series, Finding Joy in Your Home is focused on taking care of ourselves physically so that we can thrive mentally, emotionally and spiritually! It’s a key piece of finding more joy and peace in the every day.  Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right... Read More
October 24, 2019
Welcome to episode #1 of our brand new 12 week series: Finding Joy in Your Home. We are kicking off this super practical series by laying the groundwork for everything we will talk about: what do you do when you struggle to find joy? Where do we turn? Listen in!  Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe... Read More
October 21, 2019
I am SO excited to be kicking off this series on Finding Joy in Your Home. Over the next 12 weeks we are going to dive into this topic and cover some really helpful lessons. I can’t wait to dive into. This introductory episode will set us up well for lesson #1 coming next week! Let’s... Read More
October 10, 2019
Join Jason and I in this episode as we share our journey with family worship. Hint hint: It did NOT happen naturally and we didn’t know what it was suppose to look like. We’ve got some great resources to share in this episode.  Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.... Read More
October 4, 2019
Do you ever feel like your day is drudgery? Do you wake up facing another un-important feeling day? What about when you are just not sure why you work so hard day in and day out? If you identify with any of these – listen in today for some encouragement and hopefully a dash of... Read More
September 26, 2019
Are you stuck in a season of not being in God’s Word? I know I go in and out of seasons of being in the daily habit of reading God’s Word and faithful prayer and then I have super dry seasons. In this episode we are going to cover some simple ways you can establish... Read More
September 23, 2019
Are you dealing with fatigue, stress, over daily overwhelm? Then this episode is for you! In it we are going to cover physical as well as some emotional and mental tips you can do to overcome that daily fatigue and stress. Get ready, this is going to be a fun and practical episode!  Listen to... Read More
September 12, 2019
Our big aim and goal this year with homeschooling is instilling a love of learning in our kids. That’s a tall order but also a fun goal to work towards. In this episode I am going to share our homeschooling picks and curriculum for this year and how we are trying to instill that love... Read More
September 5, 2019
Self care is a popular term and discussion item right now. But what about self care from a Biblical perspective? Should we invest in ourselves? Do we need to think about self-care? In this episode we are going to talk about three important topics: spiritual health, physical health, and emotional health.  Listen to the Podcast:... Read More
August 30, 2019
It’s that time of year again: back to school! And over on Instagram all week we’ve been doing homeschooling Q&A’s and it’s brought up a ton of fun discussions. So we are bringing the Q&A to the podcast. Listen in:  Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here... Read More
August 22, 2019
This has been a BIG topic the past few months in our house: How to create a Gospel Centered Home! In today’s episode we are going to chat about 4 important ways to do this: 1) Centering yourself on the Gospel, 2)Centering your home on the Gospel, 3) Using your home as a jumping-off point... Read More
August 9, 2019
As we head into the Fall, I’m desperate and ready for some better routines! I really want to tackle better morning routines, but I know that that morning routine needs to first start with a better evening routine FIRST. So today I’m sharing a little encouragement on routines in general (and giving grace during tough... Read More
August 2, 2019
In the past episode we talked about what happens when we grumbling and complaining take over our home. We discussed the heart of the issue and why we need to address grumbling in the home. Today, we are going to dive into some practical resources and ideas for creating a grumble free home.  Listen to... Read More
August 1, 2019
We all know how destructive grumbling and complaining can be. We want to cover our ears when our kids are complaining in the back seat of the van that they are hungry. We roll our eyes when our husbands complain again about the air conditioner making that noise. But how often are we stopping to... Read More
July 26, 2019
I’ve been on a long time quest for a healthier kitchen. A couple of years ago I took a giant step in that quest that has become one of the best things I’ve ever done in my kitchen: I started grinding my own grains. And while that might sound crazy, it’s actually super simple and easy (plus... Read More
July 12, 2019
Meal planning and grocery shopping can be so hard to fit into a busy schedule. But one mom I know does it beautifully (and she has 8 kids)! Listen in to the podcast today as Jammerill Stewart from Large Family Table shares her tips for getting food on the table and your family fed…every single... Read More
July 12, 2019
I’ve got my favorite guest back on the show today! My husband Jason is cohosting with me to do a little Q&A. We are going to chat about date nights, strengths and weaknesses in marriage, what our thoughts were finding out we were having twins, our upcoming travel plans update, and more! Listen in here: ... Read More
July 8, 2019
Are you feeling burnt out? Do you often feel overwhelmed? Do you lack joy on a daily basis? I’ve experienced all of those. And I’ve also learned some really good ways to avoid that burn out and overwhelm. Listen in today for tips on creating a culture in your home of rest and nourishment. Listen... Read More
June 28, 2019
Friendships are so hard for so many of us! And figuring out how to balance friendships and relationships well is a life long struggle! I know this is something I’ve been wanting to grow in for a long time. Join my friend Angie on this episode as she shares some tips for maintaining health and... Read More
June 27, 2019
Social media, and the internet at large, can be very helpful tools (such as listening to this podcast)! They can also waste massive amounts of time and become problems. How do we evaluate if we are spending too much time online? And how can we use social media and internet to God’s Glory? Listen in... Read More
June 27, 2019
Today we are chatting about all our favorite natural summer tips and ideas! I’ve got my sister Sienna on the show today and between the two of us we have (almost) 8 kids 6 and under and we are always on the look out for new summer favorites. Here are the tips we’ve been learning: ... Read More
June 21, 2019
STRESS, lack of sleep, and hormonal imbalances have been very big struggles for me over the past few years. I found myself struggling with health issues that I didn’t know how to identify and didn’t know how to start researching them. Here I am over two years later and I am so thankful for the... Read More
June 20, 2019
There is not place like the family…for conflict and fights to rage! It’s easy to let home life and family relationships suffer form unresolved conflict and failing to know how to deal with these issues in a Biblical way. In today’s episode we are going to share 4 simple commitments to creating a peaceful family.... Read More
June 14, 2019
I’m on a mission this year to recapture the joy and passion in my motherhood (and family as a whole)! I want to make sure I am not letting these years pass me by by being too busy to stop and chat or read a book with the kids. Toady we are going to chat... Read More
June 13, 2019
I am not naturally very good at keeping up on the home but as I’ve learned some tricks over the years it has helped so much! In this episode, Marci is going to share some of those practical tips and systems for keeping up on your home without all the stress!  Listen to the Podcast:... Read More
June 7, 2019
Marci Ferrell from Thankful Homemaker has been a huge encouragement and mentor in my own personal life. And today, she is on the podcast sharing encouraging with all of us on loving and cherishing our homes (all aspects of it)! Listen in:  Listen to the Podcast: Thanks for listening in today! You can find all... Read More
June 6, 2019
We kicked off a reading challenge this week with our kids and it’s been rally fun! We built in some goals and incentives and the whole family is on board and excited to our reading goals. Every member of the family has their own reading goals – including Jason and I! Listen in today as... Read More
May 31, 2019
I want to be really intentional this summer with my time in the Word. I crazy sweet moments with the Lord and time set aside to do this. So whether you are facing a realizing and calm summer, or more likely, a crazy and hectic one…let’s all brainstorm together how we can creatively get in... Read More
May 30, 2019
I have a passion and a dream this summer to make more space to hang out as a family, go on more hikes together, and make sure that we are creating the time and the space to teach our children about the Lord. I want to slow down this summer and make more time for... Read More
May 24, 2019
It’s been on my heart a lot lately to make sure that I have a proper view of motherhood. I know in my head how important motherhood is and the grand end goal of raising up these kids. But it’s really easy to forget how important the every day average moments are when I’m drowning in... Read More
May 23, 2019
I am wrapping up this current homeschool year and starting to plan and collect resources for next year. So now is a great time to do a little recap of our homeschool curriculum we’ve used the past 2 years and what we will be using going into next year! I’ll also share a little bit... Read More
May 20, 2019
I love doing Q&A episodes here on the podcast because it allows me to cover a bunch of smaller/random topics that we don’t normally get to cover. So join me today as we chat about our RV life update, my ideal weekly/daily schedules, our church denomination, favorite book recommendations, and more!  Listen to the Podcast:... Read More
May 16, 2019
Rest has been a big battle for me. Finding the time for rest, knowing the best way to rest throughout my week, and not feeling GUILTY about taking adequate rest. In this episode we are going to look at how Biblical rest is a necessary part of your day and week. Listen in!  Listen to... Read More
May 9, 2019
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and under-appreciated on a regular basis. Do you ever wonder “I wish they would just notice all I do this for this family?” or do you feel think “If only they realized how much I work and all I do?” You are not alone in these feelings! But what do... Read More
May 3, 2019
Are you struggling to develop new habits and routines (I’m over here raising my hand!)? Listen in to this episode today and Kat will share how just 3 minutes (yes, really just 3 minutes) can change your morning routine and have a big impact!  Listen to the Podcast: Thanks for listening in today! You can... Read More
May 2, 2019
One of my favorite books of all time is  Refresh by Shona Murray. It’s a reminder to live a grace-paced life in all we do. And today she is on the podcast sharing with us how to do just that!  Listen to the Podcast: Thanks for listening in today! You can find all the links & resources... Read More
April 26, 2019
I talk about reading a LOT. It’s a hobby of mine but it’s also an important tool I use in my Spiritual growth. Because I read a lot and talk about it a lot, I get a ton of questions about reading and the best ways to fit it into a busy homemaker’s schedule.  I get... Read More
April 25, 2019
I got a comment from a friend who was feeling overwhelmed and like her work in the home is just plain pointless sometimes. And my heart went out to her!  Last week I addressed the first part of her question: When Your Work Just Doesn’t Feel Worthwhile. In that episode I addressed the heart aspect of... Read More
April 19, 2019
Last week I shared an episode giving some tips for dealing with busy hectic seasons and it’s been a really popular one! I just posted it last week and I’ve already heard from several people who have listened to the episode multiple times. And I think I know the reason – we are all busy!... Read More
April 17, 2019
One of my big reading goals this year is reading more classics. The next series I’ve reading is Little House on the Prairie and I’ve fallen in love with this series! It’s been teaching me a lot of life lessons and cementing the importance of other lessons. Listen in to today’s episode where I share the... Read More
April 15, 2019
For the past month we’ve been renovating our house getting it ready to sell and we got really really sick. It hasn’t been the worst month but we have been in a busy season the last 3-4 weeks. Because of this, I’ve been getting a ton of questions about how we function in busy seasons. ... Read More
April 5, 2019
It’s health week here on the podcast! In the previous episode we focused on healthy eating, and today we are talking about establishing other healthy habits. This is a fun topic to talk about (and SO motivating)!  Listen to the Podcast: Thanks for listening in today! You can find all the links & resources mentioned... Read More
April 4, 2019
This week on the podcast we are talking about all things healhy! In the next episode we will be chatting about getting moving and exercise. Today on the show we are chatting about cooking healthy food and how to make it yummy!  Listen to the Podcast: Thanks for listening in today! You can find all... Read More
March 29, 2019
One of my big reading goals for this year (that I kind of forgot about) is reading more classic books. I recently got back on the band wagon and I’ve read 3 classic books and I’m loving it! Join me in this episode today as I share what I’ve been learning about reading classic books, how it’s... Read More
March 23, 2019
Do you ever have seasons where it just feels harder to connect with God? Have you (or are you) walking through a difficult or particularly busy season and you just don’t know how to fit it in or where to find the time? Jump into this episode today to discuss different ways we can connect with... Read More
March 7, 2019
One of the best things we can do when raising our kids is teach them essential life skills. One of those is cooking and getting comfortable in the kitchen. In this practical and hands on episode, Laura Coppinger shares her secrets for getting kids to help in the kitchen. Listen in here:  Listen to the... Read More
March 6, 2019
I’ve read 25 books so far this year out of my goal of 104 books. Today I’m sharing my top 9 books I’ve read so far this year:  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do... Read More
February 28, 2019
Contentment has become a major theme in my life. It’s something that I keep coming back to again and again – especially in the past 2 years. Today I’m sharing about contentment, discontentment, trusting in God, and 3 questions to ask yourself to determine the areas you are discontent in! Listen in here:  Listen to... Read More
February 18, 2019
A good evening routine is KEY to a good day and routine for me! But it took me along time to figure this out. I focused so long on an effective morning routine but I finally discovered that the key to a good morning, is an awesome and functional evening routine!  Listen to the Podcast:... Read More
February 16, 2019
The podcast is ALL about productivity and organization this week and we are kicking off the discussion with one of my favorite planning gals, Laura Smith from i Heart Planners. She’s share her 6 secrets for staying organized!  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want... Read More
February 14, 2019
When life is hard – you add another baby, you lose someone close to you, financial or job loss hits, and the list goes on – it can be hard if you don’t know where to turn. In today’s episode I’m sharing a bit about some of my struggles over the past 6 years and... Read More
February 9, 2019
The idea that I need to return to again and again in my life and daily routine: is treasuring the Gospel in my home. So in today’s episode, we will be discussing what it means to make the Gospel known in your home and some practical ideas for making it a true priority throughout your... Read More
February 7, 2019
With 5 young kids, a house to take care of, and a growing business people often ask me how I find the time to bake or read a book. And while I don’t have a lot of extra time for any of these things, I do manage to find a little bit of time in my... Read More
January 25, 2019
Wanting to work on goal setting this year or getting your year off to a good start? We have 3 fabulous books for you today that take you through a great system for planning…and doing it all according to God’s priorities for our days! Listen in here:  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this... Read More
January 23, 2019
I’ve been having a lot of fun this year planning out my goals for our family, business, and even my crazy reading goals! But throughout this process, it leads me to one discussion again and again. And that discussion is – what is my ONE THING and my own main focus this year? listen in... Read More
January 17, 2019
We are back today with our second book discussion. This time Jason and I are chatting about Charles Spurgeon’s book All of Grace. If you haven’t read the book yet, no problem! Jump into this episode anyway because we give a reading challenge update, chat about some of our favorite classic Christian books and more.  Listen... Read More
January 16, 2019
I really love the start of a new year! It’s a fresh slate to make goals, plan for a terrific year, and plan in the most important things in life. Listen in to the 9 goals I’ll be working on in 2019.  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio... Read More
January 12, 2019
It was my birthday last week and I’ve seen a few of these fun lists going around lately so I figured it was the perfect time to take a pause in the podcast and share a fun little chatting episode. Here are 29 very interested (AKA random things I think about) things about me on... Read More
January 11, 2019
During 2018, our family had a huge emphasis on healthy eating (in fact, I think it’s one of the areas that I actually did really well in – and a large part of that was out of pure necessity)! You can read about my health struggles from 2017-2018 here. I always thought of myself as a... Read More
December 30, 2018
This is my fifth year picking a word for my year and I am just as excited as that first time to pick a word and a general direction for my year. In today’s episode I am going to share my word for the year, what goals and ideas this will entail, and then I’ll... Read More
December 23, 2018
I’m so excited to have Jason taking over my blog today. I shared my own 2019 Christian Reading Challenge for Women earlier this week. If you’re a man, feel free to follow along with this challenge by yourself OR wrangle your wife into the women’s companion challenge to do it with you. If you are a woman... Read More
December 20, 2018
If you are looking for the MEN’S companion reading challenge for 2019, you can find it here! Happy reading!!  Welcome to the 2019 reading challenge! This is our 3rd year in a row running our reading challenge and it’s been a blast. Jason and I have always been big readers, but having 5 kids in... Read More
December 13, 2018
Today we are wrapping up our November and December read aloud: The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. Listen along to if you finished the book or you just want to listen to us chat about the lesson’s we’ve been learning about contentment in our lives. Listen in here:  Listen to the Podcast: You can find... Read More
December 9, 2018
Over the course of our marriage, we’ve noticed one very important thing about staying best friends: we love to laugh and play together! The busyness of life can choke out those good intentions though, so today we are chatting about our favorite games together and hopefully giving you a little dose of encouragement to laugh... Read More
December 8, 2018
Out of the 80 some books I’ve read so far this year, 10 stand out as clear favorites. Tune in today to hear my top 10 favorite books of 2018. And then go back and listen to my top 10 favorite books of 2017.  Listen to the Podcast: You can find all of the links... Read More
November 30, 2018
As a busy mom, it can feel so hard to know how to keep up on pictures and preserving family memories! What’s a busy woman to do today and what are some cool new ideas for doing this? I’m glad you asked, listen in today:  Listen to the Podcast: You can find all of the... Read More
November 28, 2018
Anger within the home can be a really hard problem to address and deal with. With a large family of 10, and as an adoptive mom of 7, Tricia knows a thing or two about battling anger in the home. In this episode, Tricia and I will discuss anger in the home and family and... Read More
November 24, 2018
This is a departure from my normal topics, but since we have two sets of twins, it’s something I get asked about all the time. So today I’m sharing all of my favorite tips for life with twins, multiples, or just surviving early motherhood! Listen in for our story about our twins and some of... Read More
November 21, 2018
It’s the season to be thankful…but what do we do when troubled times have hit and it’s not so easy to focus on being thankful, grateful, or joyful? In today’s episode we are focusing on how we can choose thankfulness even in the tough times…all throughout the year! Listen in here:  Listen to the Podcast:... Read More
November 20, 2018
Are you struggling to stay motivated in your home and priorities? Do you struggle with the energy or even the desire to want to get into better habits and routines? I get it. I’ve been there and today we are going to talk about what happens when that laziness strikes…and also when maybe it’s more... Read More
November 16, 2018
We get asked a lot about our favorite marriage and parenting books. So we complied a list of our favorite books broken up by category: marriage, family life, and parenting. Listen in to hear Jason and Jami discuss their favorites:  Listen to the Podcast: You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today... Read More
November 13, 2018
As we venture into homeschool life in our family, one thing has become clear: the organizing of it all can be a hassle…and I am only homeschooling two of my kids so far! Today I’m chatting with Lisa Woodruff all about how to organize our homeschool from future curriculum options, to weekly work, and more.... Read More
November 9, 2018
When I got married, I had zero cooking skills. I had no idea what I was doing in the kitchen and felt like I had a lot of catch up to do. So today we are going to chat about my favorite cookbooks, tips, and other resources for cooking on a budget!  Listen to the... Read More
November 7, 2018
The Christmas season is almost here and can bring wonderful family times and memories. Or it can be full of stress and unmet expectations. In today’s episode, Victoria shares how we can be intentional with our holiday planning and expectations.  Listen to the Podcast: You can find all of the links and resources mentioned today... Read More
November 7, 2018
The holidays are almost here and it’s time to start thinking about your holiday traditions and what you want to accomplish over the next 2 months. Listen in today as I share what we are hoping to accomplish (and focus on) this holiday season.  Listen to the Podcast: You can find all of the links and... Read More
November 5, 2018
We have got some exciting news around here for all you readers (or those who want to read more)! Jason and I have a brand new podcast launch on Monday November 5th – listen in today for all the amazing details!  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast.... Read More
October 29, 2018
God’s design for the family is a good and wonderful gift…and vary widely! From the single mom, to the family adopting, to the single gal, to the couple trying to conceive, and so many more situations.  In today’s episode we are going to open up the discussion on how do we respond when “family” doesn’t really... Read More
October 23, 2018
I’ve got my favorite guest back on the show today (and my partner in crime) Jason! Today we are chatting about how to cultivate friendship within marriage and what has worked well for us to actually have FUN together. Listen in here:  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio... Read More
October 20, 2018
For October, I’ve slowly been working on making better habits in my day. After a busy Summer and busy September, I’m desperate for some better routines in my day. And today I’m sharing what those things are that I’ll be working on.  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio... Read More
October 14, 2018
It’s been almost a year since I revolutionized my kitchen and started grinding my own grains. I know it sounds crazy that I grind all my own grains. I originally had the idea that grinding my own grains would be hard, complicated, and more importantly take way too much time.  I was shocked to find... Read More
October 1, 2018
Is your life feeling out of order? Does your home feel like it’s in constant chaos? There’s a really good chance that you need to DECLUTTER! And decluttering isn’t just for the junk drawer – when you figure out how to declutter all the areas of your life – it leads to much greater joy... Read More
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