Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Is Breast Really Best??

My son is going on three years old and still attached at the...mammary gland. He loves nursing. Loves it. At about two years, I was thinking he "should" stop, "should" wean, and "should not" be so attached. But then..why? I mean, what's wrong with him still wanting my milk? We adults still drink milk so why wouldn't he still want milk? Aside from social norms, why would he need to stop? And so this journey of gentle weaning has begun. I want to sleep better and so he must sleep better for that to happen so for that reason, I've weaned him off the nightime feedings. But aside from that, I've decided there's just no good reason to stop until he's ready. My breastmilk has literally grown his brain, his bones, his BODY from his infancy and I just can't see how it can hurt. So what do you think? Have you felt pressure from society?? Let me know your thoughts!

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

To Spank or Not to Spank

For a long time, I believed that my hands should do nothing more than comfort my little babies, wipe their tears, and wrap them up in warm hugs. That all may be true, but there is something much needed that all kids can benefit from when administered the proper way- spanking. I was never a proponent of spanking until my hubby and I had a few intense conversations and I had a few prayer sessions with the Lord. The thing is, I always thought spanking was a way angry, out of control parents vented their frustrations but once I dug into God's word, I discovered that there was a place for spanking. The Bible explains that kids are called to obey their parents, parents are expected not to exasperate their children and that because folly is bound up in the heart of a child, the rod drives it far away (Proverbs 22:15). It also says that parents who don't spank actually HATE their children (Proverbs 13:24) can you believe it?!? If you're on the fence or unsure, pray about it first and dig in to God's word to see what HE has to say. If you trust God to lead you in your life and the way you raise your children, you can't go wrong!

Monday, January 17, 2022

Homeschool!

Today I began my homeschooling journey and while it is a scary ride, I'm excited that God has granted me the opportunity and freedom to educate my children the way my hubby and I feel is best! There are many reasons one might choose homeschooling and for mu husband and me, the list looks like this: - More control over our schedule. My hubby can teach the kiddos on his day off and share the burden with me. - Less driving back and forth for drop off and pick up. We also have a toddler so this one is tough! - More flexibility in what we teach. - Ability to pray, have bible time, and teach our kids what God's word says about the world. - Less exposure to bad influences. Look, teachers with thirty kids just can't monitor what kids are doing, saying, seeing...period. So with all that being said, we jumped in today, all the way into the deep end! I'm getting organized and planning the year as we go and honestly, I'm so excited! I never thought I would say that since I'm a mama who needs peace and quiet, time to myself and love to work on my blog, YouTube channel, and food business but all that will have to be worked in. My kids are the most important job I have and I want to do the best I can with the resources God has given us. Pray for me and feel free to ask questions if you are on the homeschool path yourself! Also, I can use all the tips I can get :)

Friday, November 19, 2021

Holiday (or anytime) Treats!

Here are a few recipes I wanted to share that you can enjoy all year long but that are especially fun to make and share during the holidays! Chocolate Fudge 3 cups sugar 1 1/2 sticks butter 2 tablespoons vanilla 1 1/2 bags (12 oz.) chocolate chips 7 oz. marshmallow fluff nuts or other toppings, if desired Line a 9x13 pan (or 8x8 if thicker fudge is desired..) with wax paper. Melt the sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla until boiling. Allow to boil 4 min then take off heat. Stir in marshmallow fluff and chocolate chips. Mix well then pour into pan. Top with desired toppings then allow to cool at least 4 hours. Enjoy!
Peanut butter brownies 1 box fudge brownie mix 2 eggs 3 tablespoons coffee 1/2 cup oil 4 peanut butter cups, chopped 1/4 cup peanut butter Heat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients, except peanut butter and pour into greased loaf pan. Swirl peanut butter into top of batter. Bake 45 minutes or until set. Frost or dust with powdered sugar.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

All Things Discipline

How do you know when discipline is too much or too harsh?? Well, God's word is an excellent source of wisdom and encouragement when it comes to this topic. The bible has many verses that speak of discipline, spanking and the relationship between children and parents. I believe that if you follow God's word, interpreted correctly, you will never fail. We are all doing our best on this road to parenthood and through prayer, support from your spouse and devotion to raising your children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, you will find the road less traveled may be the road to success! Here are a few verses that I rely on to strengthen my resolve when the going gets tough, I feel lazy or I simply don't feel like adulting lol! "Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of correction will drive it far from him." Proverbs 21:15 "Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod he will not die. You shall beat him with a rod and deliver his soul from hell" Proverbs 23:13-14 "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with promise: "that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth." And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord." Ephesians 6:1-4 I hope you are having a great day with your children today and find joy in the responsibilities of parenthood. Some days are easier than others, but they are all a gift from God!

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Breast Is BEST!

As the challenges of weaning my two year old lie ahead, I am compelled to encourage you not to give up if you are frustrated with nursing or weaning...or both. Hang in there and remember that breast really is best. No formula or other source of milk can compare to mommy. Breast milk changes as baby grows and changes depending on circumstances, too. Did you know that if your baby is sick, your breastmilk will change to accomodate your baby? It's amazing and while it can be a hassle, breastfeeding is free, readily available, is always at the perfect temperature and provides a host of health benefits including weight management, allergy prevention and creates bonding. Let me know if you have any questions. I've nursed two babies and am working on weaning my third so I'd say I've been there! I get all the frustrations that come with feeding your baby!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Stock up on Savings

Hi Guys! Just wanted to check in and give you some tips on how to save on groceries! You don't need to be the crazy coupon lady to save! - First of all, be flexible! If you had your heart set on chicken parmesan but ground beef is on sale, then make meatballs instead. If you are too stuck to your list, then you won't be open minded and alert to savings. - Second, stock up on sales! Meat, dairy and a lot of vegetables freeze well so when you can, stock up and freeze. For non-perishables like cereal, baking goods and snacks, designate a shelf or closet for "overflow". Yes, you will spend more up front, but you'll be stocked! - Third, purchase toiletries and sundries from dollar stores. Napkins, foil, kitchen tools and more are almost always cheaper at dollar stores. Make sure you ALWAYS check the price per ounce, though, to make sure you get the best deal! - Lastly, take advantage of store coupons and online deals! Sign up for the email alerts and rack up points when applicable. I hope this helps and I hope you find ways to make your dollar stretch!