My Book Reading List For Fall!

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Come see what I'm reading for my fall list! Homeschooling, Motherhood, and Marriage books are all here!

I’ve been trying to get some reading time in lately and I’ve really enjoyed it! There is nothing like being encouraged by a good book, and feeling refreshed in that area you need a boost in!

You might notice a lot of these are from the library. I tend to only buy books for myself that I know I will read over and over again. Since we are blessed with a really good library system I can find a lot of books there!


Sparkly Green Earrings - A great book on mothering if you are in the young baby stage!

Sparkly Green Earrings – I found this book in the Christian book store and requested it because the Pioneer Woman endorsed it. I almost didn’t start reading it, but I’m so glad I did! If you are in the heart and soul moment of mothering a baby, this is a book for you. I literally laughed and cried for 2 hours while I read this book on a trip. My children kept asking what was wrong with me. :)

The book is a little more sarcastic and up to date on modern life (like tv shows that I don’t know about), but I could so relate to her story of pregnancy and birth, and tending to her little baby. As a mother of a fussy baby I appreciated the first half of the book. She puts her daughter in preschool at 2, and is not a homeschooling mother, so while I am close to finishing the book it was really the first half that spoke to me.

Mama Needs A Do-Over, Simple Steps to Turning  A Hard Day Around I have enjoyed reading Lisa Pennington’s blog, so I’m looking forward to this book! It looks like an easy yet really encouraging book from a mom who understands hard days.

Self Help

Nourished, A Search for Health, Happiness and a Full Night's Sleep

Nourished, A Search for Health, Happiness and a Full Night’s Sleep – I might be crazy to read this right now. A full night’s sleep is high on my list of what I really need, but low on the list of what I’ll actually get. I’ve got a cute baby who loves to be up at night to eat, multiple times a night! However there is a lot more than just getting a good night sleep in this book.

It tackles the “Top 10 Stressors” such as cluttered surroundings, crowded schedules, negative body images, etc. Crystal from Money Saving Mom recommended it, so I added it to my book list.


Teaching From Rest, a MUST HAVE book for Homeschooling Moms!

Teaching From Rest – This is high on my “every homeschooling mama must own” list. It’s the only one in this stack that I actually own. If you need hot chocolate for your weary soul, this is the book. :) Reading her book and blog has helped me relax and fall back on all the principles I’m very familiar with. Having been homeschooled K-12th grade I know all about days that fall apart, but I remember how well my mom would pull those crumbing days together.

Homeschool Made Simple – This is not a book, rather a DVD set that Carole Joy Seid made. She is a veteran homeschooling mom, and it was like sitting there listening to my mom. Once again, this is an absolute must have if you want to homeschool with a literature approach. I’ve really enjoyed watching this while I fold laundry, or late at night while I’m up with Sophia (I’ve discovered that she enjoys watching videos, the little stinker! She can be screaming and instantly stop if I turn something on).

Deconstructing Penguins – I’m probably going to just skim through this book and get the main points. :) I’ve heard the author of Teaching From Rest recommend it. It’s supposed to help a parent create a bond of reading with their child, and learn how to ask the proper questions about a book. While I have a good bond with my boys already when it comes to reading, this book is written in a totally new approach to me.


The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages

The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages – I’ve read a few of Shaunti Feldhahn books before. Out of all the marriage books out there, I think I appreciate her books the most. A well balanced approach to marriage.

I’ve found marriage books are very healthy for me to read. They keep you focused on what is important and help keep the spark there!


Love The Home You Have

Love The Home You Have – Love, love love! This book was one I read on a trip alone with Sean and it was so refreshing! I don’t love the house we live in (small for our large family), but this book helps you focus on how important it is to truly take care of your home, and all the little things you can do. Very good read!

The Perfectly Imperfect Home, How to Decorate & Live Well – This is a coffee table type book, I want to get some ideas from the pictures.


Money Making Mom – This book is only available for pre-order right now, but it’s a new book written by Crystal Paine on moms working (I assume from home since she does). I can’t wait to read it!

Fall Book List for Mom! Good suggestions for books on homeschooling, motherhood, marriage, homemaking and more!








A New Resource For Teaching Girls About Modesty!

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When it comes to teaching modesty to our daughters, I haven’t found many resources I like. There was one little booklet that I picked up at a used book sale, but honestly it didn’t fit our family standards at all. I try really hard to not teach my daughters what modesty is based on a list of strict rules. I am also quick to say that these rules are for *our* family – not everyone might say no earrings until you turn a teenager, no shorts, etc.

I have been looking forward to this study being released, because it fills a great need! As mothers, we need to teach our girls about modesty long before they turn a teenager, and this study is for girls ages 8-14!

It’s The Heart, Not The Hemline is a five week unit study. The five weeks address, what is modesty, a modest heart, a modest appearance, modest speech, and a modest behavior.
It's the Heart, Not the Hemline Unit Study on Modesty

What I love about this study is that it directs the girls back to their parents. They are told to go and ask their parents certain questions, as the authors believe the parents hold the authority to lead their daughter in the specifics on what is appropriate to wear, based on your family guidelines.

If you reach your daughter’s heart as a young girl, it will help her stay the course when all the confusing and conflicting voices come. This study will help you reach her heart!

This is so much much more than just a 5 week study, it’s full of scripture cards, memory verse cards, flash cards, quizzes, and lots of activities to do together!

Normally this study is $15.99, but you can save $7.00 with the code: modestmom7 which is only good through September 30th! This is a digital pdf download, so make sure you check your email for the link!

Modesty Unit Study


To the Mom With a Baby Who Cries All Day…

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To the Mom with a Baby Who cries All Day. I get it. I've been there before. I'm there again.

I get it. I’ve been there before. I’m there again. You waited 9 months for this miracle. You might have fought hard battles to get pregnant, or to just stay pregnant. Your birth might have been difficult, but it was all worth it to have this beautiful baby lying in your arms.

Life was bliss. A baby to snuggle and love on.

Until the crying started. It might be from an allergy, colic, teething, reflux, or just a fussy baby that can’t be diagnosed. Whatever the cause, the crying causes distress to the entire family. But for mom, it can cause a lot of mommy guilt.

You might be a first time mom. Or you might be an experienced mom of 4. It really doesn’t matter. Mommy guilt can come because you can’t fix the problem. The crying continues. Some babies cry even when you hold them, others cry all day long unless you hold them.

I’m currently a mom of six children, homeschooling, running a business and this blog, and I’ve been given a baby who often cries if I am not holding her. Her siblings are seldom good enough, and sometimes daddy isn’t either.

The exersaucer sits in the corner of the room, mocking me because I know it doesn’t amuse her. Rocking her is a joke, the only thing that works is standing up and holding her, so I thank the Lord for my Tula baby carrier, and the fact that she does actually nap in her crib. Being out in public seems to distract her more, so people seldom see what she really is like here at home.
The Tula Baby Carrier is my favorite baby carrier ever! I love how comfortable it is to hold my baby in it!

I worked extra hard to get this baby here. She is the sweetest thing, giving me lots of smiles and giggles, but there are times I’m just so exhausted from being up half the night with her that I complain about how much work she is. Then the guilt comes on. Thick and hard. I can’t believe I complained about my precious baby.

You know what? A fussy baby IS a lot of work! It’s overwhelming and stressful when you have been given a not so calm baby. We moms worry about sharing the struggle, because we don’t want people to think we don’t want our baby. Especially in a society that does not value children like they should.

Do you have a fussy baby? Here are some tips to help you get through this season of life!

A fussy baby is not a bad baby. When people ask you if your baby is good, it’s not like that child is choosing to be that way. You love your fussy baby just as much as that baby who was practically perfect.

So how do you survive this season? Remember that it’s just that, a season of life that will pass. The teeth will eventually come in, the colic will go away. Here are some ways I survive though.

1. Sleep in later than normal. Take a nap if at all possible. Don’t feel guilty over this! You can only survive so long on a few hours of sleep each night. The other night I was up until 2:00 AM with my baby, and I just couldn’t get up at the normal time. I woke up several times after that to nurse, and finally slept in until 9:00 AM. I was finally dressed at 11:00 AM.

Is that normal life?


Should I feel guilty over days like that?

Not really.

It can be frustrating, but it’s totally out of my control.

I will say, I don’t sleep in every day. There are many days I get up even though I’m tired and get going on the day. However on days when I’m up so late with my baby, I do sleep in.

2. Cry a little. Cry a lot. Just release some stress though tears if needed. Hormones don’t go away just because the baby comes. If I’m super tired and getting stressed (normally around dinner time!), sometimes I do just cry for a few minutes and then pull myself out of it and go on my day. Again, it’s not every day, but there is no shame in a few tears.

3. Ask for help. This isn’t always possible, but see if your husband can hold the baby so you can have at least 10 minutes alone in your room. When he is home on the weekends, he should get an idea of how difficult your days really are. Call or text your husband, mom, or friend when you need a pick me up. Consider hiring someone to clean your house if you are extremely overwhelmed and behind on things.

4. Pray during the low moments in the day. This is not the time in your life to expect an amazing study time at a scheduled point in your day with the Lord. However cry to the Lord for help, put the scriptures on an App on your phone, and go to church! I skipped Wednesday evening church recently because I had been up until 2:00 AM with her for days in a row, and physically couldn’t keep going on. I normally am encouraged to press on by attending church, and you need the fellowship of others!
Fussy babies can be a lot of work, but oh what a sweet blessing they still are!

5. Realize that parenting your other children might look a little different. Some days I’m the mom that has it all together and we are on a great homeschool schedule. Other days…I’m just going to say it because I think every mom should understand. My children can get by with attitudes I don’t normally allow because I’m distracted by a crying baby, or else I’m so exhausted I can’t think to deal with it. Yes, it’s discouraging to know you aren’t doing the absolute best job as a mother, but God gives grace for these seasons!

6. Sing to your baby! Sometimes if my baby is crying a lot while I change her diaper, I’ll just start singing her hymns. Honestly it hasn’t seemed to calm her down so far, but it calms me down!

7. There are lots of natural things you could try, but I really hesitate to suggest very much here because we are talking about such a young child. If it’s a serious problem like reflux or allergy, find a good doctor to help! For teething, I really like this teething oil from Herbs for Kids (not to ingest, just to rub on their gums).
Every few weeks your baby might change. My little girl did not start out as a really fussy baby, and I don’t anticipate her staying this way forever. It’s a season of life that we are currently in.

 Finally, Step away from your baby if you feel out of control. I’ve never, ever had this happen to me, but I know that the shaken baby syndrome comes from frustrated, angry parents. If you ever feel like hurting your child through your frustration, leave your child crying in the crib and call someone immediately!

Don’t forget, take lots of pictures of you with your baby, even if you look exhausted! It’s what real life is like, and your baby will want pictures with you when he/she grows up!

How Wholesale Shopping Can Help New Moms

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How Wholesale Shopping Can Help New Moms.

This post was sponsored by Sam’s Club®, however, the text and opinions are all my own.

When I think of the months that follow the arrival of a new baby, survival is one of the words that comes to mind. It’s a joyful and exciting time, but just trying to keep up with nursing, feeding a family, for some – homeschooling, and somehow sleeping is what I consider being in survival mode. :)

There are a few things that help me out, and after having had several children I now consider these things essentials.

1. I buy in bulk. It does me no good to run to the store for toilet paper, only to need to run back again a few days later. I buy big cases of toilet paper that last us over a month. Containers of laundry detergent and dishwashing detergent are other items that I always buy in big quantities.

2. Snacks can get expensive and with a large family, they don’t last long! However when a new baby comes I need quick and easy snacks that are full of protein. Cheese sticks are one item I like to have on hand, and it’s a good buy to just purchase a big bag of them.

3. To keep up with breastfeeding I need to drink plenty of water! Lately I’ve been trying to get down 64 ounces a day, but it’s hard for me to get that much down. Getting fresh lemons and squeezing some into my water bottle has been a huge help!

4. Diapers in bulk are a must!! I’ve had the unpleasant experience of running out of diapers, and it’s crisis time to get to the store! :) I purchase wipes and diapers in large boxes and it’s oh so convenient that way! I have a basket in the changing table that I keep full, and the extra diapers are kept in the girl’s closet. I’ve always used Huggies diapers. While they are a little more expensive than the off-brand, they seem to work the best for me and my babies.

5. Other things I like to buy in bulk are oats, honey, flour, sugar, shredded cheese, and meat. I will buy whole chickens (I found these all natural chickens with no hormones from Sam’s Club®) and cook them up, shred the meat and freeze it. Meals are much easier with the meat already being cooked.

I love being a member of a wholesale warehouse store. Sam’s Club® is a great store to join, and here are five reasons why!

1. A membership is only $45 a year. Honestly for the convenience of getting all the items I need in bulk, this is totally worth it.

2. Savings on buying in bulk! Even though it costs more up front, you save money on a lot of the items (such as buying diapers – the cost per diaper goes down significantly). Besides buying diapers in bulk, they also have other items for babies there, such as these Diaper Genie refills!

You can find diaper genie refills in bulk at Sam's Club! #ad

3. You can get name brand items, PLUS brands exclusive to Sam’s Club® only! I like having the option to choose. Many times the store brand is just as good as the name brand but you get to keep the savings.

4. Sign up for and you can have items like diapers delivered to your door! This is my preference; I love getting diapers mailed to me. The subscription service lets you decide how often you need the diapers (or other baby items you need!) so you won’t run out, but you also won’t get them too often. You receive free standard shipping on almost all the diapers and wipes!

5. I love this option…order online and pick up your order ready to go! This saves so much time. You receive a text when your order is ready, and you can save your shopping lists for future orders! Find out more details here.

One item I would like to try from Sam’s Club® is the Member’s Mark diaper wipes. I’ve used low quality wipes before and end up feeling like I’m not saving any money at all….I have to use more just to get the baby clean! The Member’s Mark wipes have 3 layers to them, with the outer two being quilted. At just 2 cents per wipe, these are definitely worth a try!

When you join Sam’s Club® through the link in this post, for a limited time offer you receive $80 in savings on items that new moms want!A Sam’s Club® membership would make a great gift for any mom. Did I mention they have paper plates in bulk? :)

You can help reduce on stress in your life as a new mom and buy in bulk! I’m sure you will appreciate it like I do!

Sam’s Club provides big savings for growing families, join and get $80 in special savings on baby basics, only through the link links in this post!