Homemaker Hack: toothbrush jar holder board for small bathroom

Homemaker Hack: toothbrush jar holder board for small bathroom

Having six kiddos is a blast. But it’s also challenging. One of the challenging aspects is keeping track and organizing everyone’s stuff: shoes, socks, multiple pairs of underwear (I’m always getting “Mom! These aren’t mine! These are ____!” Somehow they always seem to know.) A tough one for us personally is toothbrushes. Since we began our new and exciting journey with Carrie Ibbetson and her Oral Health Coaching program, each of the kids now have multiple toothbrushes and tools for…

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A Different Green Smoothie

A Different Green Smoothie

After making enough food to satisfy the stomachs of six starving tiny humans I often don’t feel like eating the same thing or don’t feel like investing more time to make food for myself. Smoothies are a simple way for me to pack in nutrients without spending a lot of extra time in the kitchen. Here’s what I had this morning: Here’s what was in it: 3/4 cup plain, homemade yogurt 1 tsp maple syrup Splash of vanilla 1/8 tsp…

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Real/Grace Moments

Real/Grace Moments

GETTING REAL Those squeeze fruit pouches for babies: love them and hate them; especially after your foot unknowingly finds a half finished one on the floor. Kids’ toothpaste seems to be getting low. You find out your son wanted to try it out as hair gel. Kids down their food like industrial vacuum cleaners and dash away from the table insisting they are “stuffed”. Mom: “Are you SURE?” Kids: “Yes! Yes!” Mom: “You’re going to be hungry in 10 minutes…”…

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Real/Grace Moments

Real/Grace Moments

KEEPING IT REAL Those squeeze fruit pouches for babies: love them and hate them. Especially after your foot unknowingly finds a half finished one on the floor. They sure can shoot. Kids’ toothpaste seems to be getting low. You find out your son has been trying it out as hair-gel. The small humans down their food like industrial vacuum cleaners and dash away from the table insisting they are “stuffed”. Mom: “Are you SURE?” Kids: “Yes! Yes!” Mom: “You’re going…

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A Sense of Wonder

A Sense of Wonder

A friend and I were talking about Christmas last week. We were remembering what Christmas used to “feel” like when we were younger. I remember. To me as a child, there was a very defined “Christmas feeling”; it was so strong it was almost tangible. It was a magical feeling. It was that feeling I got when I woke up in the morning and beheld a new world glistening in white. It was in the smell of pine. It was…

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Praise

Praise

The Magnificat And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud…

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Real/Grace Moments

Real/Grace Moments

KEEPING IT REAL The Baby grabs your coffee off the table and onto your lap. You make oatmeal for dinner. You buy a Costco pack of paper plates to combat the mass of unwashed dishes cluttering the kitchen. After a week of using paper plates you admit it’s pretty cool… The alarm bleeps in your ear. You are faced with two options: sleeping another 10 minutes or getting up to exercise. Bwahahahaha!! The three year old asks to help setting…

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A Brief Morning Prayer

A Brief Morning Prayer

In the quiet of this morning, when anything at all seems possible, secure my heart and my thoughts for you, Oh Lord. My plans, my expectations must fall apart before your sovereign plan; give me open hands and an open heart. When tiny feet sound on the stair, signaling the end of the stillness (and hot coffee!), give me your love for them. May the fullness of my hands cause my heart to burst with reasons to give you glory….

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Left-over Oatmeal

Left-over Oatmeal

Coffee in the mornings. Sweet smell of – (fill in the blank). Days like this…summer colors in full bloom…the innocence of childhood…wearing sandals on the beach, leggings are my best friend, blah, blah, blah… You know what? You clicked on this because you were interested in how I used my left-over oatmeal, not to hear how amazing pumpkin spice is or how much I love that my brown leather boots go with EVERYTHING (except that they really do and that’s…

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Real/Grace Moments

Real/Grace Moments

“By the grace of God I am what I am…” KEEPING IT REAL Your brain is serenaded 24/7 by the strains of the latest favorite animated movie soundtrack. There’s a sticky spot on the table in which you keep setting your book or your hand. Why even bother wearing socks in the house; there are puddles EVERYWHERE. The undone laundry is the towel load. That night, two children throw up…and there are NO towels. Nice weather keeps the kids outside…

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