Tuesday, February 28, 2012

What I Learned from My Hotel Room

This past weekend the entire family, plus a friend from church headed out for a mini-vaca. We stayed for two nights in a two bedroom suite with full kitchen in a favorite hotel. When we arrived home, I found that I missed that hotel suite. It was very relaxing there! I even told my mother on the phone that I wanted to go back to it! Why?

I decided that it was the lack of clutter and only having what we needed with us. I didn't have extra gadgets, appliances, clothes, toys, etc etc etc. Sure, we were on vacation, so that is different from every day life, but it really made me think about all the stuff we have. Do we really need it? Really? It felt really good to be able to sit down and put my feet up because I didn't have a mess to clean up, something to organize, or stuff to put away!

The dishwasher, extra bathroom, and maid service helped, too. ;b

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Lenten Purge

My denomination in general does not observe Lent. Every year, though, Lent feels like something I should make a point of. This year, things are a bit discombobulated, so I'm settling for using the Lenten season to purge my home of excess STUFF.

This past weekend, I went through my dressers and closet to purge and organize. I already feel better!

I plan on repeating the purge with my children's clothing and toys, my kitchen cupboards, paperwork, catalogs and magazines, and excess baby gear. If I have time, I will tackle my sewing supplies.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Itchy belly, Braxton-Hicks contractions, navel pain....yep, baby and belly are going through a growth spurt! Only 16 (technically) weeks left to go! I can hardly believe it!

I also found out today that my doctor has listed me as a high risk pregnancy. Now, I'm not sure what that means, as I don't really consider myself high risk. Someone stuck on bed rest with imminent preterm labor is high risk. Apparently, a placenta in a low location, 3 previous miscarriages, 3 previous preterm births, and some pretty nasty BH contractions qualifies me. I'm fairly confident things are ok and are going to be ok.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Introducing Beyond Granola

Upon the request of my lovely aunt, I started a blog for healthy living. If you are interested, check it out HERE.

Oh the Smell of Wood Fire

My outdoor wood boiler after I filled it this morning before the sun rose.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Like the Best Weekly Magazine!

Every Wednesday night when I can I set aside time to sit down, put my feet up, fire up my laptop and head on over to the Raising Homemakers Link Up. To me, it's like the best weekly women's magazine out there!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

When Your House Smells of Sick

Wednesday, my children and I came down with a nasty 24 hour stomach bug. As soon as we recovered, I set to cleaning and disinfecting the house before hubby came home. He walked in the door Friday evening and wrinkled his face. He said that he could tell we've been sick. The house smells of sick.

Now it is Sunday evening and hubby caught this illness. Once again, the house stinks of sick. If it wasn't 10 degrees outside, I'd sleep outside it's so stinky, or at least open the windows! How do you minimize or eliminate sick-smell odors in your house without resorting to dangerous chemicals and air fresheners.

As a side note, don't even mention Febreeze to me. It gives hubby and I pounding headaches.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Over night cloth diapering

All 3 of my kiddos wear some form of diapering at night. My 5 year old still has accidents. He is the heaviest sleeper I know!! Thankfully, he's starting to grow out of it, so I've replaced his disposable pull ups with Antsy Pants. The Antsy Pants didn't work before. Even with the nighttime doubler for heavy wetters, he'd soak right through it all. He also complained that they hurt him. Now that he's older and wakes upon wetting them, it's not so bad, other than being summoned from bed and having to help him change.

My 3 year old still wets at night, too. She's also a heavy wetter and I have yet to find a cloth solution for her, so she's in disposable pull ups.

My 1 year old is also in disposable diapers at night. He, too is a heavy wetter, and sometimes soaks through his sposies.

I have two problems with cloth diapering at night:

1. Not enough absorption for my heavy wetters.

2. They sleep for 12 hours. That's a long time to have urine-soaked fabric against their skin. My 1 year old gets red and irritated after 2-3 hours in a cloth diaper, let alone 12!

I would still like to figure out a way to cloth them at night. I'm thinking a liner of a mesh material....like a barrier between skin and the urine soaked cloth underneathe....would be the way go. Now, if I can just figure absorption.

Any ideas? Tricks of the trade?

Thursday, February 02, 2012


One thing I'm finding with homeschooling my children is that it is so refreshingly stimulating! I love putting my mind to work organizing their lessons and planning their curriculum. I love coming up with creative projects to do. I love taking time to research their questions.

Being so stimulated has also shown me just how mindless life can be for many. Mindless TV. Mindless Internet. Mindless Video Games. Mindless Movies. Mindless Magazines. Sure, we all need a little break from stimuli with a bit of mindlessness now and again, but mindlessness seems to have become the norm. Mindless day in and day out droning away.

Where's the pursuit of a new hobby? Where's the pursuit of learning something new?

That's what I love about homeschooling. It opens those doors, not only for my children, but myself!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Herbal Smoothie

Thanks to THIS RECIPE from Bulk Herb Store, I started making my own herbal smoothies at breakfast time. I am following the herbal blend portion, but not necessarily the smoothie portion of the recipe. Instead this is what I'm doing:

frozen fruit
homemade yogurt
raw milk
organic unrefined coconut oil
acerola powder
herbal blend

Whirr away and enjoy!

Yum yum yum!

And filling!

The herbs in this smoothie are all considered safe to consume during pregnancy, though if you're concerned, please contact your appropriate health care provider.

The herbs are considered a great alternative to consuming synthetic vitamins.

The neat thing, too, is that I didn't have my major afternoon crash like I usually do! That's a HUGE plus for me!