Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Anniversary Box *Update*

Hi Guys!

A few weeks ago i shared my idea for an Anniversary Box. Well, since yesterday was our anniversary i thought i would share how the Anniversary Box went.


Here's what my husband and I ended up putting in our box:


We had a lot of fun doing this. Other things we both thought about adding to the box, but didn't get around to doing, were:
  • Movie tickets
  • Wine
  • Massage oils
  • Cookbook (to try new recipes together)
  • Small decor items for the bedroom
I think this will be a new tradition for us every year, because it was so much fun! If you end up doing an anniversary box of your own, let me know! I'd love to hear about your experience.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

15 Year Wedding Anniversary

Hi Guys!

Today is our 15th wedding anniversary!

wedding anniversary 15

In the past 15 years we've been through a lot...

6 pregnancies

5 births

1 miscarriage

7 deaths in the family

lived in 3 different states

4 dogs

1 turtle

12 chickens

2 rabbits

and several goldfish...

Through all the ups and downs there is one thing i know for sure, there is no one else i'd rather be on this crazy journey with.

Happy Anniversary Babe!


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Monday, August 20, 2018

5 Marriage Books

Hi Guys!

I'm back with another Monday Marriage post. Today i'm sharing with you some of my favorite marriage books.

marriage books

The 5 Love Languages - With over 11 million copies sold, Gary Chapman must be onto something right? What i love about this book is, it can be applied to every relationship, not just marriages.


The Love Dare - A 40-day challenge to understand and practice unconditional love.


For Better or For Kids - Remember that even when you feel worn out, over-extended, and neglected, you promised to be a team. Marriage with kids may not always be what we expected, but it is good. We need to make a vow to love our spouse with kids in the house.


Love Unending - A 21-day challenge to discover the best way forward is by looking back at the beginning.


No More Perfect Marriages - No marriage is perfect. But every marriage can get better.


What's your favorite marriage book(s)?

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A Homeschool Mom's Schedule

Hi Guys!

A few weeks ago i shared my 8th grader's homeschool schedule. I thought today would be a good day to share my current schedule.

homeschool mom schedule

5:00 - Wake up - Drink coffee, let dogs out, bible time, blog, drink water, release chickens, chores, etc.
7:00 - Wake children up, breakfast time..
7:30 - Clean up, get dressed...
8:00 - School time
11:50 - Prepare lunch, lunch time, clean up, chores, etc.
1:00 - Put baby down for nap, finish up school with kids
2:00 - Workout, shower, laundry, office work.
4:00 - Get baby up from nap, prep dinner, dinner time, clean up
6:30 - Family time, play with kids, etc.
8:00 - Start getting kids ready for bed; bath times, pj's, etc.
9:00 - Tuck kids in, lock chickens up for the night, spend time with hubby.
10:00/10:30 - Lights out, bedtime.

That's my schedule for Monday-Thursday, Friday's we don't have school so my days look a little bit different on Friday's.
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Monday, August 13, 2018

Marriage Surviving Through Hard Times

Hi Guys!

I'm back with another Monday Marriage post.

Today i'm talking about how to have your marriage not just survive, but thrive during hard times.


We all face hard times in our lives. Whether it's for a day, week, month, or even years. There are going to be hard times.

My husband and i went through a really rough patch during the recession of 2008/2009. We lost just about everything. However, our marriage was able to survive. How did we do it?




We had to keep a strong faith that everything would turn out just fine in the end. Otherwise we would have been just miserable. When you have a positive attitude, even during the hardest of times, it makes those hard times easier to bare.

Keeping open lines of communication is always a must in relationships. Just being able to say to your significant other, hey i'm having a bad day and having them talk you through it is major.

Fighting for your marriage. Fighting for your significant other. It's so important.

If you do all those 3 things; keeping faith, communicating, and fighting for your marriage during hard/challenging times, you will see at the end of your troubles your marriage has not only found a way to survive but it has thrived. You both are more connected then ever.

And if any new troubles come your way, you now have the knowledge (and first hand experience) of how to survive them.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Bikini Body Mommy (Intro/Progress)

Hi Guys!

I've decided i'm going to try to post fitness/wellness stuff on Fridays.

I started doing Bikini Body Mommy back in October/November 2017 and had great success with it, however the holidays hit and i stopped doing it.

Now i'm back at it.

So what exactly is Bikini Body Mommy?


It's free YouTube workout videos, however she also has a website with more stuff to offer like; meal plans, cookbooks, etc.

I've just been using the free YouTube videos. I'm doing challenge 1.0

I'm on day 25 of a 90 day challenge.

What i love about these workouts is that most of them are under 20 minutes. Which makes it so easy to fit into my day. I also love that they don't require any extra equipment, just some weights.

If you haven't heard of it before, and are looking for something to do from the comfort of your house i would definitely give Bikini Body Mommy a try. But be prepared to be incredibly sore for the first 2 weeks.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Lincoln's 2nd Birthday

Hi Guys!

I can't believe my littlest guy turned 2 today!

lincoln 2

It seems just like yesterday i was bringing him home from the hospital after a really scary delivery.

I'm so glad he joined our family.

lincoln 2 2

Life just wouldn't be the same without him in it.

I love you kid, happy birthday!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

House/Life Updates

Hi Guys!

It's been awhile since i've updated on how things are going with the new house, animals, etc. So today i thought would be a good day to share all that.


My parents visited last month and while they were here they built us an amazing chicken coop!

My girls are so spoiled!

chicken coop

*This photo was taken before the chicken coop got painted red.*

Speaking of the chickens, they are all still doing really well. Hazel, our crooked beak chicken, is struggling to gain weight. However, we think we have found a better way for her to eat and she seems to be doing well.


A few months ago i shared with you all our new family members, well we have since grown...




She is about 5/6 months old.

And also introducing...



He is an 8 weeks old black lab.

We have added on grass to the backyard, and we have also fenced part of it in.We have a pool and a trampoline back there. We love living out here in the country.


That's all the updates for now, thanks for reading!

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Anniversary Box

Hi Guys!

This month my husband and i will be celebrating 15 years of marriage. So i thought it would be fun to do a marriage post every Monday for the rest of August.

Today i'm going to share with you, this idea that came to me a few years ago, after reading a sexy stocking post from The Dating Divas.

An Anniversary Box.


Here's the general idea, you and your spouse fill up the anniversary box with fun stuff for the both of you to enjoy together (movie tickets, lotions, dvd's, massage oils, etc.) and then on your anniversary you open it up together.

I just used an old Bath & Body Works box i had laying around, but you could really use anything you want.

Since our anniversary is the 21st of August, we would start filling up our anniversary box on August 1st, and by the 21st we should have plenty of goodies inside.

I hope you enjoy this idea, if you try it be sure to let me know!

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

August Reading List

Hi Guys!

It's another new month, so you know what that means, another monthly reading list!

august reading list

Samuel (13 years old/ 8th Grade)


Bound For Oregon

Dasean (10 years old/ 5th Grade)


I Rode A Horse Of Milk White Jade

Karina (7 years old/ 2nd Grade)


Wake Up, Sun!

Cruz (4 years old/ Preschool)


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Veronica (Me)


Prodigal Summer


Idaho: A Novel

That's what we're reading this month. What book(s) are you reading?

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