Modest Monday and a Link Up!

Happy Monday! We leave this week to head to our first homeschool convention of the year with our Character Badges company and life feels crazy busy! We have to assemble all of the boxes with the Character Badge sets today and tomorrow, pack, get all the food ready and make sure I have all the extra items ready that I bring along to AirBNB homes. Simple things like a can opener (one house we stayed at didn’t have one!), and of course our Instant Pot. I’m planning on having meals cooking all day so we can come home to dinner!

When I see this outfit in a picture I realize I really don’t like those blue TOMS shoes with it at all! Oh well. I thought I could pull the denim jacket together with blue shoes. I really need to go shoe shopping soon for some comfortable shoes for spring and summer!

In other news I pulled out all of my maternity clothes and got them washed up. It feels so comfortable to be wearing maternity dresses, even though they always make me look huge. Seriously. We have a picture when I was expecting our first and I literally look like I was carrying twins, and it was just because of the dress! The dress I have on in this picture is probably the most slimming one I have because of the cut.

These pictures were taken at the end of the day, after I had taken a late nap. 🙂 I take a nap almost every day still, and I’m so thankful for educational DVD’s, quiet time for the little ones, and a husband that works from home. 🙂

I sent out an email with pictures of my hair curled with a curling wand. This is day three of those curls, I wanted to see how it would look after several days and I like how it softened! I’m definitely going to save up and get a curling wand, I just need to decide on which one to get.

What I Wore

Dress – ThredUP

Jean Jacket – My Mother In Law gave it to me

Shoes – TOMS brand from Zulily

Flexi Clip – Lilla Rose (you don’t want to miss the March clip this month!)

Earrings – Meadowland Designs Etsy Store (I love her work!)

Link Up Time!

Please feel free to share posts about anything concerning being a godly, feminine woman. Topics include: modesty, being a wife, mother, homeschooler, homemaker, cooking, sewing, etc.


How To Cook Brown Rice In The Instant Pot

I love my Instant Pot! The more I use it, the more I fall in love with it! A few months ago I started searching for how to cook brown rice in the Instant Pot and I finally have a method that we all like!

If you haven’t jumped on the Instant Pot crazy fan club yet, I’ll try to convince you. I use my Instant Pot as the pressure cooker and as a crock pot. Recently I used it both ways for a recipe and it was so wonderful! You can use it as a yogurt maker and so many other ways!

I’ve honestly just touched the surface with what I can use this amazing kitchen tool for. I haven’t begun to do anything fancy with it, like make cheesecake. I want to get some more accessories to use, but for now I love it for cooking chicken, potatoes, soups, and making brown rice!

Making brown rice in the instant pot

Making brown rice in the instant pot is so easy! I love that you can put it in, walk away and not even think about coming back to check on it!

I use four ingredients, brown rice, chicken broth or chicken bouillon that I get from Costco, parsley and water. I really don’t know why I always put parsley in, I just like parsley so I always sprinkle some in. 🙂 If I am out of chicken broth I add salt, but if I’m using chicken broth I don’t see the need to add extra salt.

Making brown rice in the instant pot

Recipe for Brown Rice

1 cup brown rice (can be short or long grain)

1 ½ cup water or chicken broth (most people say to do a 1.1 ratio of water and rice. You can do this as well, I just found we prefer the rice to be softer so I add extra liquid).

A dash of dried parsley (anywhere from ½ tsp to 1 tsp)

If using water, add some chicken bouillon to flavor the rice. I love the natural bouillon that Costco sells!

Add all of these ingredients together in the instant pot, close the lid and turn the Instant Pot on manual.

Adjust the + button to 22 minutes.

Making brown rice in the instant pot

Make sure you turn the vent lock to closed.

It takes several minutes for the Instant Pot to heat up, and once it reaches the heat needed it will start counting down from 22 minutes.

You can walk away and leave it. Once the time is over it will automatically shut off and can naturally release the pressure around 20 minutes afterward.

If you need the rice right away, you can manually release it. I just use a butter knife and lift the vent up and over to let the pressure release, then you can open the lid. Make sure you know that a lot of steam will come out! Don’t do this where the steam will go directly in someone’s face (I never let a child near me when I vent my Instant Pot), and don’t have it pointing directly to a cabinet.

Making brown rice in the instant pot

This is how it looks when you open it up!

Making brown rice in the instant pot

And this is all fluffed up. You can see it is a little more sticky since I add more water, so feel free to do the 1.1 ratio (1 cup water to 1 cup brown rice) if your family prefers that.

It’s really easy to do, so give it a try if you haven’t yet!






Modest Monday and a Link Up!

Happy Monday! It feels good to get back to the Modest Monday posting! I’m still trying to figure out what I’ll do next month as we will be traveling to three different homeschool conventions three weeks in a row. I might just have to schedule the posts without pictures, so this is your warning if that happens!

Striped Dress for pregnancy

Sometimes I just randomly say to the children “Guess what? we are having a baby!”

That might sound silly, but I’m just getting so excited now that the morning sickness is pretty much gone. I’m four months along, and if life continues to stay crazy busy then August will be here before I know it!

I know I’m large for 4 months. Between this being baby #7 and having diastasis in my tummy muscles, I definitely feel large for 4 months. It is what it is, I’m trying to eat well and take care of myself and just accept it.

This dress is not maternity, it actually was a size to big for me, but I realized it fits perfectly right now (for about a month or so!). It’s still chilly enough here to wear the leggings under it.

I think I’m starting to feel little flutters and it’s so sweet. It just melts my heart!

Flexi Clip and Hairband

I used a Lilla Rose Hairband and twisted some hair back into the elastic part in the back, then pulled it to the side using a coordinating Flexi Clip.

What I Wore

Dress – Main Street Exchange

Cardigan – From a Stitch Fix Box I received

Leggings – Costco

Shoes – ThredUP

Flexi Clip and Hairband – Lilla Rose

Makeup – Younique

Link Up Time!

Please feel free to share posts about anything concerning being a godly, feminine woman. Topics include: modesty, being a wife, mother, homeschooler, homemaker, cooking, sewing, etc.



Triple Braid Hairstyle Updo For Women and Girls!

This triple braid hairstyle works for both women and girls! I tried it on our 9 year old daughter and loved how it turned out! She is trying to grow her bangs out (it feels like it’s been a year now with very little growth, but that’s beside the point!). This hairstyle worked great to braid her bangs and get them out of her face.

Triple Braid Hairstyle Updo

This hairstyle is very easy to do, and there is no french braiding involved! For those of you who only know how to do basic braids, this hairstyle will be perfect.

Supplies Needed: a brush,  3 small elastics, and a flexi clip. 

First you want to brush out the hair really well and remove all the tangles. We have struggled with tangles more this winter and lots of static in our hair. Use a water bottle to lightly mist it if needed.


Then you want to part the hair in the middle, and gather up a section of hair the length of your part. This helps keep the braid in the middle of the head as shown below.

Tripe Braid Hairstyle - step one is to braid two small braids on each side of hair.

Braid each side of the hair with two small braids and put an elastic in each braid. Don’t use the super thick elastics, make sure and use small ones like these so they won’t show up later.

Triple Braid Hairstyle Updo

Once you have the two side braids done, gather them into a regular braid going down your back. Just split your hair into three sections (include the small braids into each side section) and do a quick braid).

Triple Braid Hairstyle Updo

Once you have the braid done, flip it up and tuck the ends behind the braid and use a Flexi Clip from Lilla Rose to secure it. I’ll include a sizing chart below to help you figure out what size you need. We used a size large here, but could probably use the medium as well. Those are larger sizes for thicker hair.

The Flexi Clip holds up your hair all day long, and work well for children and for adult women! No headaches or pulling on your hair!

Triple Braid Hairstyle Updo

If you need a sizing chart for Lilla Rose, here you go! Just pull your hair back into a ponytail and test the thickness. Don’t worry if you get the wrong size, Lilla Rose offers amazing exchanges and refunds!

I’d love to know if you try this hairstyle out! Leave me a comment and tell me how it went! 

Triple Braid Hairstyle for girls and women!