Controversial Posts

Hey everyone! So it’s been about four months since I last posted, because it has been a busy summer for us. Not busy in the sense of running around everywhere, but busy in our home. My daughter is growing so fast, learning everyday, and running all over the place. We have been spending many days swinging at the park (one of her favorite things to do).


I’m soaking in every. single. minute. I have seriously never experienced any greater joy (outside of salvation in Christ and marrying the love of my life) than motherhood. I’ve been busy playing with her, laughing with her, doing activities, being outside (a lot!), and doing life together with her (like gardening, laundry, cooking, etc.). She is the best little helper.

As cooler weather approaches (well, it was 91 degrees out today, so maybe it’s not coming too quickly), I plan on getting back into writing a bit. I’m not sure that my posts will be weekly, but after my baby girl is all tucked into bed, I enjoy spending time unwinding from the day through reading or writing.

Since it’s been a while since I’ve posted, I wanted to sort of re-share what my heart is behind this blog. I find that so many people have a voice online today through social media – and so many people get so quickly offended by one another (especially mom’s it seems). My blog is not to target mother’s who are different than me, but to encourage mother’s who are similar, or to help a mother who is searching for encouragement in an area she’s unsure of.

Please remember, just because I post something that I’m passionate about, does not mean I’m claiming it to be the best or only way. My husband and I continually seek the Lord’s heart on how we should live and raise our daughter, and I’m always open to however God wants to change me and shape me as His child. I hope that in sharing my heart, other hearts are changed if it’s the Lord’s will for your family.¬† I also hope that you’ll comment and share your heart with me as well. I have so much growing to do, and am not an expert on being a wife, mother, or homemaker.

Many things I post about are things I’m passionate about, things I enjoy, or personal convictions. So if you feel a lot of passion in my posts, please keep in mind that I’m not posting anything to come against anyone who chooses to do things differently.ūüôā

So here is a quick glimpse of some things I’m passionate about:

-My faith in Jesus first and foremost

-My husband / Being a godly wife

-My daughter / Being a godly mother / Allowing the Lord total control in planning our family

-Being a homemaker / Taking care of our home through cooking, cleaning, etc. / Sharing recipes

-Living a natural, toxic free lifestyle (with food, body products, household products, etc.)

-Using natural remedies before medicine when possible

-Eating organic / Growing our own organic, non-GMO food

-Attachment parenting (I think labeling is a little silly – but I definitely fit into this category) / Baby-wearing / Co-sleeping (safely) / Breastfeeding (past the typical one year mark), Cloth diapering

Hopefully this can give you an idea of what’s to come (and some of what’s already been shared on this blog). I can’t say enough how great it is when I receive your comments – they encourage me, and motivate me to continue on this walk of striving to be a godly woman.

Cold & Flu Natural Remedies for Babies

I remember being filled with worry as a new mommy, when my baby girl got her very first cold at just a¬†few months old. I had always told myself that I only wanted to use natural methods when she got sick, but now those natural remedies would be put to the test, and if they didn’t prove to be successful, I wasn’t going to watch my baby girl suffer! Thankfully the natural remedies¬†I tried really did (and still do) work for her.

Our culture has become so used to grabbing medicine for every ache and pain. There are times where medicine is truly needed, but more times than not, it’s really not needed. It can seem a lot easier to just grab some children’s acetaminophen next time your baby or child is sick, but do you know how harmful it can be to your child’s health in the long run? There is so much research out there, showing just how harmful it can be. There has been a lot of research linking acetaminophen to liver damage, and there are reports of babies and children dying from taking it. Although I’m just pointing out acetaminophen, most medicines are better to avoid altogether and replace with natural remedies when possible.

Did you know fevers are a good thing? They are the result of your body trying to fight off the infection. There are dangerous levels of fevers, so be sure to know the difference between a safe fever and a concerning fever.


There was a time when natural remedies were all we had! Of course, the invention of certain medicines has been live-saving, so I’m not trying to downplay that. But our bodies can take care of themselves more than we give them credit to. Sometimes we just need to give them a small boost – through a natural herb or supplement, to help it do it’s job more efficiently.

My 13 month old has been sick about 3 times in her life, and each time she was only really sick for one day. Each time she’s been sick, I have used the same natural remedies, and each time I saw her health improve very quickly. I hope these remedies will help your family next time cold or flu season comes around!

Cold & Flu Natural Remedies for Babies:

-Luke warm apple cider vinegar bath

-Mix a little apple cider vinegar into a fruit smoothie (Use lots of citrus fruits for vitamin C.)

-Drink lots of bone broth (My daughter actually loves drinking this cold in her straw cup.)

-Zarbee’s Naturals Baby Immune Support+Vitamins (I use this as soon as I feel like she’s been exposed to someone that’s sick, or as soon as I see any symptoms of her getting sick.)

-Probiotics (I actually use these frequently anyway, but I especially don’t miss a dose when she’s sick.)

-Humidifier at night (I’ve used it during the day when I felt she was really miserable.)

-Nose Frida

-Lots of nursing! (Breast-milk is filled with antibodies that help fight off all kinds of things, and breast-milk¬†actually changes based off of your baby’s needs. It is so amazing that our bodies can know when our little ones are sick.¬†So nurse away! Plus, they need the extra comfort when they’re sick anyway.ūüôā )

-If you breast-feed, make sure you take care of your health also. I usually take probiotics, elderberry, and make an extra vitamin C smoothie with apple cider vinegar.

-Coconut oil on the nose to keep from getting sore (And since coconut oil is so amazing, I actually give her a spoonful to eat and she loves it!)

-During nap time and night time, keep your child’s¬†head elevated by putting the mattress at an angle (I use a rolled blanket under the mattress at one end.) Or let baby sleep on you to help make their night more comfortable (I usually do this. Make sure you follow safe co-sleeping guidelines if you do¬†this.)

-Run a really hot shower and don’t turn the fan on in the bathroom, or boil a pot of water. Let baby breath in the steam (Be careful not to allow them to come into contact with the hot water.)

I hope you’ll find this list beneficial for your babies and children. Please remember, I’m not a doctor so the methods that I’ve shared should be researched for yourself.

What natural remedies do you use for illnesses in your family?

Trusting Jesus & Counting Pennies

The real reason I’m able to be a stay at home mom? The Lord! God worked everything out and is still working everything out. My husband and I took a huge step of faith when we had our daughter.

Just a few weeks before our daughter was born, my husband entered into a new position at his job, but on paper, it looked as though I’d still need to return to work. I had always longed to be a stay at home mom, but came to peace about working part time when I was pregnant. Then I had my baby girl and that peace was shaken quite a bit. I couldn’t imagine leaving her, and longed to invest all my time and energy into taking care of our home through cleaning and cooking, nurturing my baby girl, loving on her, and (most importantly,) prayerfully raising her up to know and love Jesus as her Savior. My husband felt the same.

We began to pray and seek God. Then we sat down and looked at everything financially, and realized that we could do it – but we wouldn’t have much wiggle room. No room for any big surprises in life (in other words no major car or home repairs etc.). We continued to pray for the Lord to reveal what His will for us was. He spoke to us clearly, that we were to take this step of faith and trust in Him.

Since that day, we’ve had our heat break, our washer break, had issues with plumbing, had to replace big appliances, etc. God provided for every single need.¬†We were able to¬†buy a home closer to my husband’s job, save on gas, save on utilities, etc. By trusting in the Lord, even though we couldn’t see what all was in store for the future, God made a way for us to cut down the cost of living and provide over and above our basic needs.

If you’re hesitant to take a step of faith in this area (or in another area), seek the Lord with your spouse. If your desire is one that is godly, sometimes you may be called to take a step of faith. It may not always be a smooth road, but God will provide and make a way.

“Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase;” -Proverbs 3:9

God instructs us to be wise with our money, so we are careful to budget out every penny, and try to save in every area that we can.  I decided to share some basic ways we have been able to cut down the cost of living, and since I love finding new ways to save money Рplease share your tips in the comments!


Money-Saving Tips:

-Try using utilities less in general. Open up the blinds instead of turning all the lights on. Hang your clothes up to dry. Open up your windows in the summer, and dress warmer in the winter (but don’t roast or freeze yourself!). Take shorter showers. Join a cheaper phone company (I’m with Republic Wireless and pay $22 a month!).

-Cloth diapers! This has been a huge money saver for us. And I love it! It’s not complicated at all (don’t be intimidated). I also love that I’m putting a natural cloth against my daughter’s skin instead of chemical filled diapers (yes, even the companies that are all natural, free of dyes etc., and are organic are still filled with junk).

-Speaking of cloth, try to use cloth whenever possible instead of paper towels or napkins. Use cloth rags and cloth napkins.

-Cook/Bake from scratch. This really is a huge money-saver and not nearly as tough as it may appear. This includes making baby food from scratch – definitely way cheaper.

-Coupon. I’m not able to find incredible deals too often on organic products, but am still able to save a nice chunk of money through coupons. Check out this post.

-Start a garden and freeze or can extra produce for the winter. For a cheaper start-up, start your own compost, and save egg shells to start your seeds.

-Take a hobby or craft that you love and turn it into an Etsy shop. That’s how I started Garden Light Candles.

-Phone apps. I love to use these apps: Raise, Ibotta, Checkout51, ReceiptHog, and Swagbucks.

-Save on health insurance by joining a medical sharing program such as Christian Healthcare Ministries. Message me if you have any questions about this amazing ministry, at (If you sign up, please let them know you heard about their ministry from member #165214)

-If you homeschool or if you’re looking to homeschool in the future, check out my friend’s¬†blog post over at The Woolly Homestead.

-Celebrate your birthday with freebies! Check out this list of birthday freebies.

-Buy kids clothes from yard sales. My daughter wears like-new clothes and they are all either hand-me-downs or from yard sales. I spent probably $30 and was able to get enough clothes in the next size she’ll be in just from going to a few yard sales.

-Simplify your home. There are so many items that we really don’t need. I started selling items on my local Facebook mom swap, and was able to earn some extra cash,¬†and enjoy having a less cluttered home.

-See if you can clean someone’s home, or a church for a little extra money. I have two cleaning jobs, and each of them take just under two hours, and are only once a month (and I can bring my daughter along).

-Look for free activities to do with your kids. My local library has a baby class that I go to once a week, as well as a ton of free summer activities to get involved with. In the summer, look for free concerts at local parks.

-Start making homemade gifts to save money on birthdays and holidays. Check out my post on homemade gift ideas.

-Follow money saving blogs by downloading the app, Bloglovin’. After downloading the app, follow blogs such as, The Krazy Coupon Lady, The Penny Hoarder, Passionate Penny Pincher, Hip2Save, Money Saving Mom, Passion for Savings, The Savvy Bump, Thrifty Littles, Thrifty Nifty Mommy, and The Greenbacks Gal.

-Make your household and body products. Try making some homemade cleaners, laundry detergent (I use this recipe with a bar of castile soap), lotion bars, etc.

-If you’re looking to go out to a restaurant or other fun outing, look for local deals, coupons, etc. first. We almost always refuse to eat out or do an activity without a coupon. Also, consider splitting a meal with your spouse. Here’s an example: go to Texas Roadhouse and get free rolls (you could even ask for extra), use a free appetizer coupon (they send these frequently if you sign up for their e-mail or text list, but they can only be used when dining in), and split the Texas Size Combo of BBQ Roasted Half Chicken with Pulled Pork. All for only $13.99!

I hope these money saving tips help you out. I’d love to find new money-saving tips, so comment away!ūüôā

Garden Light Candles – Official Grand Opening!

My Etsy shop, Garden Light Candles, is open for business!


I’m so excited for this new journey! I’ve been enjoying making homemade candles for the past few years, and have spent a considerable amount of time researching the most natural ingredients. I use a natural soy wax for candles and wax melts, and fragrance them using 100% organic fragrance oils.



Organic is very important to me, so I also wanted to have a completely organic candle. What better wax to use than beeswax? Beeswax candles are my favorite kind to make, because they are the most non-toxic and natural candles out there. Beeswax purifies the air when burned, and is thought to help with allergies and asthma. How incredible! My beeswax candles are made using organic beeswax and organic, unrefined, non-GMO, coconut oil. Some are left plain (they have a lovely light, honey fragrance), and some are scented with organic fragrance oils.


All of my candles are hand-poured into a lead free and BPA free glass jar. To start off, I have four amazing fragrances. Honeysuckle, Cinnamon Bun, Lemon, and Vanilla Sugar. I’ll be releasing a new fragrance (watch out for a giveaway!) in one month.

This month ONLY, you can get 10% off using the code: MAY10. If you are local to the area that the candles are made, you might qualify for free shipping, so message me to find out (and if you live in the area, orders placed by Wednesday, May 4 by midnight, will arrive in time for Mother’s Day). You can reach me several places:




And of course, Etsy:

10% of each candle sale will go to a ministry.


What fragrances would you like to see available?

Baked Pancake – A Quick & Healthy Breakfast!

Do you ever lack motivation, time, or energy for fixing breakfast for your family? I know I often do, especially with a baby who doesn’t like to sleep at night.ūüôā Mornings can be rough, but I like to start each day preparing breakfast for my family. One morning, I wanted pancakes, but lacked the motivation to pour and flip, pour and flip (we don’t have a big griddle either, just a cast iron pan, so I usually make them one or two at a time). So I came up with this alternative – baked pancake! The first time I whipped it up, it was an instant hit, and I still find myself making it often. The best part is, we always have leftovers for the next day or two (these freeze up great too). Oh, and they’re pretty healthy too. You really can’t go wrong with these!

The only thing you will need to prep ahead of time, are the oats. This literally takes two minutes right after dinner, or right before you go to bed. It is important to always properly soak oats for maximum nutrition and better digestion. So here is how you’ll prepare the oats for this recipe:

Soaking Oats:

1/2 cup of organic rolled oats

1/2 cup of filtered water

1 tablespoon of organic lemon juice (could also use yogurt or apple cider vinegar)

1/4 teaspoon of sea salt

Mix these ingredients together, then toss them into a mason jar, seal with the lid, and let it sit overnight. It’s that easy!

If you forget to prepare your oats, you could just sub in with another 1/2 cup of flour for this recipe.

Baked Pancake:

1/4 cup butter (melted)

2 eggs

1 1/2 cup milk

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 cup soaked rolled oats

1 1/2 cup sprouted whole wheat flour (or other flour of choice)

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 350¬į F. Lightly grease “9×13” glass baking dish with butter or coconut oil. Mix together the butter, eggs, milk, and honey. Mix in the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and sea salt. Pour and spread the batter into the baking dish. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until lightly golden brown and toothpick or knife¬†comes out clean. Cut into 8 squares, and enjoy your delicious baked pancake!


What easy breakfast recipes do you like to make?

The Role of a Wife


flowers-260897_1280.jpgYesterday my husband and I celebrated four years of marriage. As I think back to life before my husband, lots of memories come flooding back. Specifically the years before we met. When I turned 20, I had an encounter with God, and truly understood what it meant to really follow Jesus (and not just ‘believe’ in Him) for the first time in my life. In the years following, I sought out what it meant to be a godly woman.¬†My heart longed to be a wife and mother, and to serve my family from home. I prayed that if it wasn’t God’s will, He would¬†remove that desire in my heart.

God fulfilled that longing in my heart¬†with a man far beyond my deepest desires and dreams. Throughout our courtship and engagement, I studied God’s word to discover what God says about a woman’s¬†role in marriage. I spent my days preparing and praying that I would be an encouraging wife, a praying wife, a selfless wife, a submissive wife, and a loving wife.

I remember anticipating becoming¬†a wife, and sharing with others how excited I was to cook for my husband every day, pack my husband’s lunches, take care of our home through cleaning and doing the laundry, and I was just giddy about spending forever together. I was quickly informed by many, that I would start out that way, but quickly lose motivation for things like packing my husband’s lunch etc. Some women¬†thought it was ridiculous that I would even desire to do those things. “He can pack his own lunch!” was a phrase I heard from so many women, many of which were Christians. They thought my ideas were old fashioned.

Well… maybe they are:

“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” -Titus 2:3-5

“She gets up while it is still night;¬†she provides food for her family.” -Proverbs 31:15

Four years later, and I still enjoy doing those things for my husband. I take great joy in being the one to keep house for my family. Don’t get me wrong, my husband helps out a ton at home! He regularly takes care of yard work, and is constantly jumping in to do dishes or vacuum or clean. In fact, when we first had our baby girl, he was so incredible with making sure laundry and things at home were kept up with.

My husband works so hard to provide for our family and protect¬†and lead our family, as Scripture teaches him. I delight in working hard in the home so that he has a hot meal to come home to, and a peaceful environment. I want him to feel that our home is a place where he can be encouraged and feel the Lord’s Presence. I love being able to pack his lunch or wash the clothes he works hard in.¬†I’m a blessed wife and so thankful for a man who loves the Lord!

I’m not saying any of this to boast, but instead to show that when you seek the Lord about your role as a woman, you can find great joy in the daily tasks of being a keeper at home. In fact,¬†I realized on my fourth anniversary, that I haven’t really dug deep into studying my role as a wife in a while. I know it’s something I should never stop praying about and reflecting on. I want to grow as a child of God, and I want to grow as a wife and mother. I thought I’d dig in to some Scripture and share it with all of you.¬†I should continue to pray and study that topic just as much as when I prepared for marriage four years ago!

When I’m striving to fulfill my role God gave me as a woman, everything in my marriage and life flow so much better. And when I try to resist the role I was designed for, I face nothing but trouble and end up feeling miserable. God’s plan for man to lead their spouses and families, and His plan for women to be gentle in spirit and submissive, is such a beautiful representation of Christ and His love for us. In a world that is getting further and further from what male and female roles are supposed to look like, I encourage each of you to study what God’s Word says about your role as a man or woman!

Here is some Scripture on what God says a woman’s role is as a wife:

“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.” -Ephesians 5:22-24

“The Lord God said, ‚ÄúIt is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.‚ÄĚ” -Genesis 2:18

“I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing‚ÄĒif they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.” -1 Timothy 2:9-15

“In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. Your adornment must not be merely external–braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses;¬†but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.” -1 Peter 3:1-6

“A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.                                               Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.‚ÄĚ
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” -Proverbs 31:19-31

A Special Announcement!

I have a special announcement! (No, I’m not pregnant.) I haven’t posted anything the last two Thursdays, because I’ve been busy investing my spare time somewhere else. Nap-time here equals blogging time or cleaning time or gardening time etc. I have to choose how to spend that time wisely. Recently, I’ve taken on a new project that has been consuming a lot of my spare time.

So my special announcement is… that I’m opening my very own, natural and organic candle shop online! I’ve been making my own candles for over two years now, and it has become a true passion of mine. I love all things natural and homemade, and finding ways to provide a toxic free lifestyle for my family. Regular paraffin candles fill the air up with toxic chemicals and waste products that are harmful when inhaled. My line of organic beeswax candles will actually help purify the air when they are burned. I’m so excited for this, and decided to share this news with you all first. I plan on opening the shop just before Mother’s Day, and giving an exclusive discount code to my blog followers. I look forward to continuing blogging¬†each Thursday too.

Here’s an inside look at what I’ve been up to:


Since most of the candles and wax melts have been made, this week was all about getting the products photographed for the website. Look for more details and an official website in a few weeks!

Thanks for following me at Hillside Blessings!


A Ladybug Birthday Party

Today my baby girl turned one. We had a very special¬†day together, and enjoyed her baby class, picking out a new toy, and going to the park. Saturday we will celebrate again with Papa, by taking her to a local creamery that sells pastured cows milk and ice cream. She’ll get her very first ice cream cone, and get to see and pet some calves.

Countless people have told us how fast time would go, and they were right. This first year has flown by, but it’s left us with wonderful memories of loving on our sweet girl.

This past Saturday, we threw her a ladybug themed birthday party. It was a blast preparing for it! I thought I’d share some pictures, and¬†point you to where I got most of these items, so that you can throw a ladybug party too.

Ladybug centerpieces. Mason jar, ladybug stickers, ‘Easter grass’, and a homemade ladybug cutout (used a cricut).


Plates and napkins from Party City.


These little boxes are from amazon, and the beautiful custom label from Evermine. I made lemon sour gummy snacks from one of my favorite blogs, mommypotamus.


This adorable monthly banner is from Little Bits Homemade.



Pin the dot on the ladybug from Amazon.


Bought colored clothes pins from Amazon and filled snack bags with grapes for ‘dragonflies’.


Cream cheese roll-ups for ‘snail shells’.


Crackers, veggie dip, olives and cherry tomatoes for ‘ladybug crackers’.


Lemonade and some blended blueberries and strawberries for ‘Ladybug lemonade’. Paper straws from Target.


Happy Birthday banner from Amazon, cupcake containers from Dollar Tree, and cupcake stand from Target.


Although I followed some cupcake recipes, I decided on calling them muffins, since the consistency of my ‘healthy cupcakes’ came out more like a muffin. I did chocolate, with maple buttercream frosting, vanilla with maple buttercream frosting, and carrot with honey cream cheese frosting. I followed this frosting recipe and used honey in place of maple syrup for the carrot muffins. They were all so delicious!


These ladybugs are actually rings! Perfect cupcake/muffin toppers, purchased from Amazon.


I love these custom name banners from one of my favorite etsy shops Little Bits Homemade. Oh, and did I mention we also did a surprise party for my husband?ūüôā


We had a wonderful time celebrating!


Encouragement for Busy Moms

Do you sometimes long to have more time to just read a good book, talk to a friend about life, or grow in your walk with the Lord? Sometimes mom’s need a little encouragement during the week, and it can be tough to find time to read, or call a friend, or get involved in a Bible study. It’s hard to find quiet time, and once I finally have it (usually during my daughter’s naps), I’m usually trying¬†to catch up on cleaning and laundry and cooking.

While I was pregnant with my daughter, I discovered a wonderful way to gain some encouragement, listen to some parenting advice, grow in my walk with the Lord, and learn about hobbies that I’m interested in. I discovered the world of podcasts! I could be encouraged in motherhood, marriage, faith, gardening, etc. all while cleaning or cooking dinner for my family. I’ve been listening to several great podcasts since becoming pregnant, and still listen to them today (I actually just finished one on motherhood just ten minutes ago while cooking).

I thought I’d share my top favorite podcasts, so that you can be encouraged in your walk with God, gain wisdom with parenting, or just enjoy learning more about managing your household (gardening, cooking, homesteading, etc.). While I enjoy all the baby talk conversations with my little one, sometimes it’s nice to tune in and hear from other moms or godly role models. These podcasts have actually made me look forward to certain cleaning duties that I would otherwise dread. I hope you find encouragement from some of these as well!

The first podcast I began listening to, was Dr. James Dobson’s familytalk. My parents used to read Dr. James Dobson’s books on parenting when they were raising me, and I’ve been enjoying learning from him as well. I love the wisdom he¬†shares, and enjoy the wide variety of topics discussed on each different¬†broadcast. So¬†many different topics are covered, from parenting, to marriage, to health, to politics, and so much more. I’m constantly feeling encouraged and growing in my walk with God through this great program!

I really enjoy learning about homesteading, as we have recently purchased a home with more land than we previously had. Homesteading is a dream of mine, and I love learning all about it! Melissa K. Norris’ podcast helps me learn about homesteading, as well as ways to build up a natural pantry, how to can foods, make broth, and so much more! Her podcast is so much fun to listen to and easy to learn from. I love the knowledge she shares about her homesteading journey.

Since we’ve moved, I’m so excited¬†to have a larger garden than we’ve ever had before. Specifically an all organic garden. The Organic Gardener Podcast has been great to listen to for tips and wisdom on having an organic garden.

I love learning all about how to feed my family nourishing, organic foods. I believe that the¬†desire to nurture our bodies, comes from the Lord. Dr. Eric Z has so much knowledge about eating and living healthy, and puts a complete Biblical perspective on it. You do have to sign up to gain access to the podcasts, but it’s totally free and well worth it!

The God Centered Mom podcast is my newest discovery. I’ve been really enjoying going through some of these podcasts, and can totally relate to the busy life of a stay at home mom. I enjoy listening to the¬†different mothers that are interviewed, and hearing the journey’s that God is taking them through. I’ve already found myself in tears after listening to an¬†interview with September McCarthy. This is truly a wonderful podcast!

I like to hop around through these podcasts depending on what mood I’m in, but¬†I definitely am not able¬†keep up with all of them! I enjoy having a variety of great options to listen to during my cleaning and cooking times. These are all great podcasts, and I encourage you to listen to one next time you’re dreading cleaning the bathrooms or scrubbing the floors. What podcasts do you enjoy listening to?


I Love Sugar


As my daughter’s first birthday approaches, I have been realizing how much sugar our culture consumes for holidays, birthdays, and everyday life. (I’m also realizing how much sugar I consume.) Birthday parties are usually full of cake, candy, ice cream, and other sweets. The amount of sugar most of us consume, should actually make us sick. But our bodies have become somewhat adjusted to the unhealthy amount of sugar we eat.

My daughter has never actually tasted sugar at this point in her life, outside of the natural sugars that are in fruit. We feed her lots of bone broth, grass-fed meats, wild caught salmon, organic fruits and veggies, dried fruit, pastured eggs, and homemade yogurt. We will soon be introducing grains, but only ones that have been prepared properly (organic, non-gmo, and soaked or sprouted grains).

I recently began preparing muffins with icing for her birthday party, and followed some¬†wholesome recipes¬†that only used natural sweeteners (no actual sugar).¬†My husband and I strongly disliked the first batch of icing I made. There wasn’t anything to sweeten it besides a banana. Our daughter on the other hand, enjoyed it a lot! At first we wondered how she enjoyed something we so strongly disliked (and we aren’t picky eaters). Then it dawned on me, she hasn’t been exposed to sugar and wasn’t used to the amount of sweetness that we’ve become so used to with foods. It was probably just the right amount of sweet for her. Needless to say, we realized that if we didn’t enjoy it, most likely not many guests at her party would either. So I attempted another icing recipe using maple syrup to sweeten it. This one was truly delicious!


Our family is¬†really striving to cut back on our sugar consumption, and find recipes that use only natural sweeteners (in small amounts) when we do get a craving for something sweet. God calls us to take care of our bodies, and¬†God has placed my husband and I in charge of nourishing our baby girl’s little body. I don’t want to fill her body with toxic, unhealthy foods. We have to teach her by example.

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;¬†you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” -1 Corinthians 6:19-20

While organic cane sugar is better than non-organic bleached sugar, it’s still not good for you. So we are starting a new sort of journey with our food, and trying to find ways to eliminate sugar and use mostly natural sweeteners (in limited amounts). If you’re unsure of what sweeteners are natural, check out this great post by Food Renegade. Natural sweeteners are better than the white stuff, but should still be used in moderation.

I look forward to sharing¬†some recipes¬†with all of you¬†as I discover sweet treats to make using natural sweeteners. For starters,¬†let me share this delicious maple buttercream recipe¬†with you!¬†I’m also making these yummy gummy snacks¬†for party favors.

I would love to hear from you! What yummy dessert or snack recipes do you make that use natural sweeteners?