Thankfulness Project 2014 - November 2, 2014 (With LINK UP)

Thankful for the Grace of GodTears can mean so very many things.We cry when we injure ourselves physically.We cry when we get horrible news or something tragic happens to us or to others.And we cry tears of joy when things work out to save us, to provide us with a great blessing. We cry at weddings. We cry when new babies are born. We cry at our children's high school graduation....more

Thankfulness Project 2014 – November 1, 2014 (LINK-UP)

In the grave... who will give You thanks?This may seem a strange, depressing way to start a month long focus on Thankfulness. But it is somewhat timely.Last night, in the U.S., was Halloween. Today is All Saint's Day....more

Do Babies Have to Learn to Self-Soothe?

Do Babies Have to Learn to Self-Soothe?Has anyone ever said to you, "Stop picking that baby up, you're going to spoil him/her..."?In Western societies, the U.S. in particular, we have a bizarre obsession with children being made independent as quickly as possible....more

Help! My Son Hates His Car Seat!

Reader Question: My son is 10 weeks old and HATES the car seat. It's the only place where I obviously can't pick him up to soothe him when he's crying. He'll seriously go from being a happy and content baby to crying even before we've strapped him in. Is there a way I can make the car seat a happy place for him?...more

The Great Homemaking Ideas Party

Come Join the Great Homemaking Ideas Party!This isn't just any party... and it isn't just any linkup, either! I am working on the final draft of my book, Hacking Homemaking: Homemaking and Housekeeping Tips and Tools to Make Your Life Easier, Greener and a Lot More Fun! And now it's your turn......more

Non-Toxic Breast Cancer Prevention?

Anyone who knows my family history would understand my interest in finding anything that might lower my risk of breast cancer....more

Building the Chicken Run!

It seems a whole lifetime ago that we bought our little chicks for Jon's 4H project. At the time, we figured it would be no problem to get a coop built and move them outside as soon as weather and size permitted....more

Getting the Garden Started

Well, we've had the garden supplies ready for quite some time now. In fact, we've had seeds since last year (I love heirlooms!) Since the weather has been so wacky (not to mention our lives so crazy!) this is the first chance I've had to get out into the yard and start working on getting it ready for this season....more

Can ANY Mother Breastfeed?

When I tell people that I am a board certified lactation counselor, I tend to get one of two reactions.The first reaction is, "Oh, cool! That's interesting..." or something along those lines....more

Is that Sale Price REALLY a Good Deal?

With the economy the way it is, food prices higher than ever and budgets stretched ever tighter... most people realize that they need to do something to help bring their food costs under control. So, with the best of intentions, you clip coupons and watch the sales ads for your local grocery stores... but did you know that you don't always get the best price possible?...more