Kids & Crunches

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kids-crunchesI always so feel guilty doing something “just for me”. That chocolate bar sneaking into the cart hoping the kids don’t see. That half hour taken for a bath and good book. Quietly slipping out of the house to take a walk or go to the grocery store alone. Sticking in a DVD for the kids just so I can have a few minutes of quiet…..

I know, I know…. it’s important as moms to take care of ourselves, to take those moments we can to regroup and relax and to make our own health as important as our focus on our family, but it still brings that occasional feeling of guilt.

Of course, when I make health changes for myself, I often try to make them for the whole family when it is feasible. Over the last few years as I have learned about the importance of our core and how pregnancy often leaves some resulting core issues that need to be addressed and healed, I have been on this path to healing and strengthening my own core.  As I have educated myself and learned more and more in the fitness world I have realized like many areas of healthy living, things are ever changing. As we continue to learn about the body and its incredible design we learn new and better ways to treat, heal, support and strengthen the body. One of these areas is in the idea that sit ups and crunches will strengthen the core effectively and are safe for everyone. This just is not true.

Read these thoughts……

When Crunches Make Your Pooch Worse

“Abs” without Crunches

How to have a Stronger, More Flat Stomach

Why Crunches Don’t Work

How Sit-ups Hurt Veterans with Diastasis Recti

Researching Diastasis Recti and Tummy Safe Gym Routines (excellent printable here)

6 Fitness Guidelines for Everyone

The Personal Trainers Guide to Diastasis

{Please do read through those links…. I am not going to reiterate what was explained so well by those experts above, but rather continue my thoughts based on my understanding of those articles!}

Now, I know most of those articles were aimed at the mom crowd and healing an existing diastasis or weak core but here’s my concern…..

It is said that “Form Follows Function”

If this is true, and I do think it is, then this concept that sit-ups and crunches are an effective way to strengthen a growing core and to build a strong core in our children as they grow needs to be addressed!

If doing crunches and sit-ups is not beneficial to me, {as a mom, who has had 8 pregnancies, carried 6 to term and vaginally delivered all of them and has since healed an 8+ wide diastasis after my youngest!} then are having my growing children doing sit-ups and crunches really beneficial for them? For my boys, they love to test each others strengths and be strong. You will often find them wrestling each other, racing in the yard, challenging each other – “look what I can do, can you do this?”. They are pretty typical boys 😉
And for my girls, while they may not roughhouse around like the boys, I still want them to be physically fit and to grow and strengthen their sweet bodies as they grow and I want them to go into their own childbearing years in a good and strong place, knowledgeable about their bodies and its capabilities.

And so, as they are getting older and exposed to more of the ‘mainstream fitness’, I struggle when I see them doing those crunch moves that are so common in children’s exercises. I have discussed this with my older boys and explained much of what I have expressed above. And thanks to the wonderful resources at Fit2B, (read this article and watch the video at the end), the boys and I have put together a few “better options” for them to do when others around do sit-ups and crunches. Ideally, they would rotate through a couple of these during those times and continue to strengthen their cores, just in a safer manner for their long term health and growth.

See, here’s the thing, doing a few crunches and sit-ups here and there as an 8 or 10 year old probably isn’t going to cause any long term damage or concern. However, continuing to do these in high quantities as they are older, into their young adult years, they could be setting themselves up for some concerning issues.

And so, we should be training them from the start to do exercises that will be beneficial long term, that will effectively strengthen their core and set them up for strong bodies and a healthy core down the road!

And so, here are the exercises, along with some examples…. forgive us that they are not always in perfect form…. they are still learning and working on it! But, I share this with you in hopes that you might be encouraged to research this topic and be comfortable with alternatives to the mainstream options and as we can teach others, one by one, we can strengthen those around us as well.

Planks – As explained in the photos, you can vary the height of your plank and challenge your strength and switch from on the front to the side and add in the various leg lift options

With planks, someone with a weak core would need to use caution, however, with my boys knowing they are at a point of growing and strengthening, I think this is a good option.

Mountain Climbers– this is one the boys like cause they can do them “so fast”, but if you are intentional about your alignment and actively engaging your core with each interchange, they will be more effective than just “running in place” 😉

Knee Wipers – these are also a nice way to stretch and get some good core work in at the same time. Again, actively engage the core and breathe well as you switch from side to side

Shoulder Bridge – this is one the boys have learned through wrestling, and while it may not be a good one for a damaged or weak core, as long as the core is engaged well during the entire bridge, I am ok with the boys doing this one, especially as it especially works the core well as you extend the leg.

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So, I encourage you to consider this and perhaps encourage those kids in your life to be more intentional about strengthening their core with some alternatives to those “old fashioned” crunches and sit-ups. What are some other exercises that you could add to this list?

 

{Hey parents, do you have kids in public arenas and would like to share this information with their coaches and teachers? Please feel free to share this post with them and you may also find this printable for teachers and instructors specifically helpful as well!}

A Fit2B Sale

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You all know how much I love Fit2B and their workouts and Beth’s heart for encouraging and strengthening women by providing awareness, education and healing helps for diastasis.

{Oh, you don’t know how much I appreciate Fit2B, check out this post from last year 😉 }

{No idea what a diastasis is? Check out THIS LINK – seriously, I so wish I had known this much sooner than I did!}

 

Anyway, Fit2B offers a great wholesome online family workout site, with a huge list of workouts, everything ranging from easy to hard, from aerobic to relaxing and everything in between. There is truly something for every level of need and desire. While their workout access membership plans and their variety in e-courses is incredibly affordable and economically priced to begin with, each year there are a couple sales that pop up….. TODAY IS ONE OF THOSE DAYS!
{Today being Monday, October 3rd, 2016….}

FOR TODAY ONLY – To celebrate the 6th anniversary of Fit2B –

Get 1 year of Fit2B for $89
No Startup Fee for monthly memberships
NEW Premium Package for $109 (reg $159) – Find out more about the this new package here – it’s incredible!

No discount codes needed.

You can CLICK HERE to access the membership and products page to see all the details!

 

PLUS – For the rest of October, take 20% off all ecourses and tangible products!

 
{Oh, if you have never tried the tummy crème or other “on your skin” line….. they are fabulous!}
 

 

 

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Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2016!

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Do you ever feel overwhelmed by healthy living?

It’s not that you don’t understand or agree with why it matters. You’re sold on the merits of eating whole foods, raising healthier kids, avoiding toxins and chemicals, getting fit, and using alternative remedies.

But sometimes it’s a whole lot easier to say than to actually do, right? Believe me, I’ve had the same struggles and questions as you. What on earth do you eat (and especially, what do you feed your kids)? How do you afford to buy healthier products? And where do you find the time to make and do all this stuff?

I know what it’s like to feel that healthy living shouldn’t be this hard, and it shouldn’t have to cost so much, either! Don’t you ever wish someone would just tell you exactly what you need to know and how to make these changes for less?

Because when you have the right info and tools at your fingertips, it all comes together so much more easily.

You know what to cook for your family. You’re more confident in choosing natural alternatives. You find ways to save money without comprising on what’s important to you.

You learn to replace store-bought products with DIY options that actually work and are easy to make. You feel better (and even look better, too). Healthy living becomes less stressful and more enjoyable.

That’s why Stephanie and her team have put together the popular Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle for the fifth year in a row (hurray!). They’re amazed at how many families are saying “yes!” to their health (over 64,000 and counting!) and taking them up on this super short opportunity to get a complete library of natural living resources for one teeny tiny price.

You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes 83 digital products and it’s worth over $2,400!

{uh yeah, seriously….. I was very impressed by the line-up of books in this bundle…. there are many gluten free and paleo resources as well as a brand new e-course from one of my favorite-ist people on earth, Beth from Fit2B!}

  • For the cost of a small bag of groceries, you’ll get a complete healthy living library to help you:
  • prepare whole & delicious real food
  • get the toxins out of your house for good
  • understand and use natural remedies
  • breathe new life into your exercise habits
  • learn about important women’s health issues
  • raise exceptionally healthy kids in an unhealthy world
  • plus learn about gardening & homesteading, meal planning, weight loss and so much more!

Plus, it comes with over $250 worth of bonus offers including:

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12. Meal Garden – 6 months of Meal Garden FREE (value $35.70)

Besides being so incredibly helpful and inspiring, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering the bundle for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over $2,400 worth of high-quality eBooks, eCourses and printables for a whopping 98% off!

Here’s how it works:
Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click the green “Buy now!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.

You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus offers.

Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the topic you want to tackle first and start making healthy changes!

{even if you just download a couple of the items, you will have paid for the bundle….. plus the freebies make great gifts and you may gift any e-books or courses you are not going to use, just send them as a gift and then delete off your computer!}

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just six days! After Monday night, September 26th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

It’s even backed by a full money-back happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you.

No one should have to put off a healthier lifestyle because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need.

Our family has felt so much better by making changes to the way we eat, the products we use, and how we take care of ourselves. It’s made all the difference in the world and I want the same for you.

Get what you need for your healthy lifestyle. Learn more or get your bundle HERE.

(Psst… the bundle goes away at 11:59pm Eastern on Monday, September 26th, so don’t wait!)

Use this ^^^ to get more details and specifics!

 

{So, yes…this is a pre-scripted blog post…. but it has all the info in it you need to learn about the bundle, so it made sense to use it 😉 Links included in this post are affiliate links, I get a little kickback when you make a purchase…. but I am really loving all that is included in this bundle, so I happy to be able to offer it to you as well! Use the link just above to go to the sale page and get more details!}

 

Lifestyle Learning

_Think Outside the Classroom_

It’s a little book with a pretty aqua and cream cover. A short read, only 56 pages long. But, as you read it, prepare to be encouraged, strengthened and renewed in your homeschooling vision and direction. Think cover 1

I don’t know that I read anything new to my brain personally, {however, if you follow a strict “school classroom at home” format, you may be greatly challenged by some new concepts!} but I was so encouraged as I read through the book one evening because as Kelly shared her family’s approach to their home-school, I found myself agreeing. Those truths I knew in my brain and heart Kelly was able to articulate in writing. Those dreams and goals I have for my children, those ‘end results’ I desire to have in our own home-school, Kelly and her family were using and achieving. 

Kelly Crawford is a lady I greatly admire and consider one who is worthy of offering advice, truth and encouragement into my life. Though I have never met her in person, her blog posts and the life she lives has shown me that she is a mama ahead of me on a similar journey, a mama of many children, a mama who has “graduated” several of them and so I know the words she speaks come from not only Godly wisdom but practical life experiences too.  Her other book “When Motherhood Feels Too Hard” is one I keep near and have read through often over the last few years.

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I would encourage any homeschooling mama to pick up a copy of this book and read it through. The concept of “Lifestyle of Learning” is so key, I believe, to a quality education. That concept that we are teaching our children to not just recite facts and figures back to us but rather teaching them how to learn, how to find answers to their questions, how to think and how to articulate clearly their own thoughts. Kelly includes in this book not only a concept and style of learning, but practical ways to implement this in your own home.

 

“With life-learning, there is no start of finish, no taking off, no being behind….. just a constant readiness to learn something else.” ~ Kelly Crawford

 

This short phrase sums up so well this book “Think Outside the Classroom”, a desire to teach our children to learn, to view each day and each moment as an opportunity to learn and grow. A lifestyle, that once mastered in the childhood years will carry on throughout their lives, well preparing them for their lives ahead.

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{I did receive a copy of this book to read and review, however all thoughts and the review above are my own!}

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Yellow Chicken {A recipe}

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This was a quick dinner I put together this week. One of those “something with chicken” was what I knew what I was doing and this was what appeared 😉  I did sort of start thinking I was going to follow an Arroyo Con Pollo recipe I have, but I ended up making enough changes it didn’t resemble the recipe once I finished – lol

It went over well with everyone but the 3 year old who thought it was a little too spicy so he had mostly rice. It even got a thumbs up and second helping from the husband- which is fairly impressive for a made up meal 😉

This easily served all of us, with 1-2 servings leftover. I served it over rice. And if you wanted a green salad would go nicely with it as well.

Yellow Chicken
Serves 8
Chicken pieces in a creamy turmeric flavored sauce with peas and basil, served over rice
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 chicken breasts (2-2 1/2#), cut into small chunks
  2. 2-3 TB olive oil for cooking
  3. 1 small onion, diced
  4. 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 4 oz can diced green chilies
  6. 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  7. 10 oz can beef consumee (or equivalent of bone broth of choice)
  8. 14 oz can coconut milk
  9. 1 tsp oregano
  10. 1 tsp basil
  11. 1 tsp pepper
  12. 1 tsp paprika
  13. 2-4 tsp turmeric ( I used 4, but start with 2 and taste and add accordingly, it can get spicy for little ones or those who prefer milder taste)
  14. 1 - 1 1/2 cup frozen peas
  15. 1/2 - 1 cup fresh basil, slightly chopped
  16. Arrowroot or the like to thicken
Instructions
  1. Cut up chicken and place in large saucepan with a bit of olive oil and begin cooking.
  2. Add onion and garlic while it's cooking.
  3. When chicken is almost finished, add all remaining ingredients EXCEPT peas and basil
  4. Simmer 15-20 minutes till flavors are combined and chicken is cooked completely.
  5. Add peas and basil and bring back to a simmer - 5-10 minutes
  6. Thicken sauce to desired consistency, I used 2-3 TB arrowroot in a bit of water and stirred in to get a sauce that wasn't too runny and watery but creamy enough to pour nicely over the rice.
  7. Serve hot over rice.
Notes
  1. This easily served 2 adults and 6 medium size kids with a couple servings left over.
  2. Would also be nice with a green salad.
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Who is your ‘everyone’?

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As I read this verse a couple weeks ago, I was struck by the words in these few sentences. “Christ in you, the hope of glory” is the overarching theme, this is bottom line, Christ is in us and we have the hope of heaven and glory with Him.

And then I was struck by the “everyone” that is repeated 3 times….. “warning everyone & teaching everyone” – this pretty much sums up the life of a homeschooling mama 😉 Most days if I am not actually teaching the kids something at any given moment, it seems that I am disciplining, training or reminding of rules or manners…. and yep, “everyone”, all 6 kids, going from one to the next all. day. long. From keeping the bigger boys on track to complete tasks, school and chores, to spending time teaching the kids and making progress there, to training them in words, actions and attitudes. It never ends.

And yet, keep reading….. what’s the goal dear mama? “to present everyone mature in Christ”. Honestly, this is my bottom line goal with my kids. Yes, schooling and learning is important. It is good that they know to flush the toilet and wash their hands, they need to be motivated to complete tasks and take pride in their work. But at the end of the day it’s growing these little souls into strong, deeply rooted and mature in Christ and that their hearts and souls belong to Him.

It seems to be an overwhelming task. But I love how the verses close out….. it’s with HIS energy that HE powerfully works in me. Yes, we toil and yes, we struggle but He gives us the strength to complete the task He has set before us. In His energy and His power He chooses to work through our lives to reach their little lives.

As I read this and saw my children in “my everyone”, they are my focus and task in this season of my life, but perhaps you are in a different season. Maybe your “everyone” is different from mine. It doesn’t change the fact that God desires for His energy and His power to work within you, to reach those in your sphere for Him, to show His glory and truth to those around us.

Who is your everyone? How can you be encouraged today by these words?

Perspective {10 years after a miscarriage}

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Perspective…… so much of what we see depends on the perspective we have. We may not see the big picture of all that is happening around since. “You cannot see the forest for the trees in the way” or “Hindsight is 20/20”, pithy little sayings reminding us that our view of life is limited.

 

I remember my second pregnancy quite well. It lasted just 10 weeks. Exactly 10 years ago today. And when it ended in a miscarriage, one Tuesday afternoon in the doctors office there were many different emotions playing through my brain and body that day. Driving home that day with my 10 month old firstborn in his carseat and a small specimen container holding the remains of our baby, I was sad and yet at peace, the miscarriage happened in the best possible scenario; my husband was with us, able to drive me to the doctors office, everything happened quickly and completely with no complications. We were given the option of keeping the baby and we able to bury him in a special spot. This provided good closure and completeness to his short life. As we drove home, we talked about the fact we both were both fairly sure the baby would have been a boy and choose to treat him as such. I asked if we could name him, without realizing it at the time, this was a big part of the healing process and allows us to treat this child as that…. one of our children. All of our kids know who he is and that they have a brother in heaven. 

As we talked about it, a song came on the radio. It was a popular one at the time, “Great is our God” by Chris Tomlin. As we listened to the song play, Kieran asked if we could find a name that meant “great is our God”. Once home I started searching through names, I found one, Gedaliah, that meant “God is great” and so that was his name. 

While we mourned the loss of this baby, God in His grace gave us another just a short time later and we welcomed our second-born 11 months later. When the kids ask about Gedaliah and how old he would be, it’s hard to comprehend that had he lived we wouldn’t have our Colm. God knew who we needed and He is working His good for His glory in our lives and each of our children.MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

Gedaliah’s short life has given me a great appreciation for the sanctity of life. Seeing his small body, just forming, yet with head, arms, legs, belly and even the start of fingers and toes able to be seen, I was given a glimpse of the hand of God as it forms each little person. And it has given me an empathy I can share with other moms who experience a miscarriage, it’s a hard process to go through, yet I am thankful for the growth and strength that comes from it.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. (Psalm 139:12-16 ESV)

And perspective; Gedaliah’s life gives my life perspective….. it’s a reminder that heaven is real and I can look forward to the day when we are able to see him again….. it’s a reminder that life is precious, each and every life….. it is a reminder that our God is great and greatly to be praised, that He holds each detail of our lives in His hands….. that little life accomplished much in my life and I am thankful today to have experienced it and be able to share him with others.

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This photo above was taken from near the spot where we buried Gedaliah, a peaceful piece of ground with a pretty view as a reminder to us of the greatness of our God.

Have you experienced a miscarriage? Tell me about your little one and what you learned through their life in the comments below.

 

Shredded Chicken Burritos {A Recipe}

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Shredded Chicken BurritosShredded chicken in the crock-pot is super easy-peasy. A wonderful meal for quick, on the run or hot days.

I usually put a couple chicken breasts in the crock-pot, frozen or thawed, just allow a bit longer if they are frozen 😉 For the sake of reference; I typically use 2-3 breasts, totaling 2-21/2# and, more often than not, start them frozen. The chicken is shred-able in around 8 hours, though with the added salsa it will not dry out if you put it in early and leave all day. If I have chicken thawed or am only doing a smaller amount, I don’t put into crock-pot till noon time and it is done by dinner.

Once they are completely cooked, use a fork and shred the meat. I find that the bit of juices left usually work into the chicken as I shred it but if you would rather you can certainly drain off first.

Once the chicken is shredded you can then you in burritos, tacos, burrito bowls or a chicken salad. It will save in the fridge 5-7 days or you can freeze for later as well.

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I also often make chicken this way for soups and chili as well….. you’ll find a simple shredded chicken is rather versatile 😉

Use the meat for tacos, burrito bowls, enchiladas….. or whatever you think of!

Here’s the recipe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shredded Chicken Burritos
Serves 8
A simple chicken burrito recipe, easily adapted to tacos, enchiladas, burrito bowls or salads as well
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2-4 chicken breast (1-3# approx total)
  2. 1-2 cups salsa
  3. 1-2 cups black beans (or a 14 oz can)
  4. 1/2 cup diced green chilies (or a 4 oz can)
  5. 2-4 TB chili powder, depending on how spicy you like!
  6. 1 TB cumin (less for for mild)
  7. Salt to taste (try it, you might not need any!)
  8. 1 TB garlic powder and onion powder (OR you can add a couple cloves of fresh garlic and a chopped onion to your chicken while it's cooking)
  9. 12 Burrito size tortillas
  10. 2 cups shredded cheese
  11. 1/4 cup olive or coconut oil for frying
  12. Optional toppings: Sour cream, avocado, additional salsa or cheese or green chili sauce
Instructions
  1. Place in crock pot, 2-4 chicken breasts (1 1/2 - 3 # of meat approx)
  2. Pour 1 cup salsa over top, if using fresh garlic and onion - add in as well
  3. Place lid on crockpot and cook on low till chicken shreds easily with a fork.
  4. {The more meat, the longer it will take, frozen will take longer than fresh or thawed, you can also cook on high if needed for those days when you didn't get dinner in as early as you planned! Just for reference sake, I usually do around 2# of chicken frozen, and it shreds easily by 8 hours of cook time, if it's thawed it will shred easily in 5-6 hours.}
  5. Leftover chicken can be saved for another meal!
Once chicken is shredded, add
  1. Black beans and green chilies and mix well.
  2. Add all seasonings and combine.
  3. Spoon chicken mix into tortilla, add a small bit of cheese and wrap burrito.
  4. Place burritos into hot oil and fry on medium heat till outside is crispy.
  5. Repeat for as many burritos as you are making and serve hot with desired toppings.
  6. Leftover burritos can be re-warmed in oven on 300 degrees till warmed through.
Notes
  1. These make a quick and simple lunch or dinner. Or for a more complete dinner meal, serve with rice, green salad or a mexican bean salad on the side.
  2. You can also adapt this to tacos, burrito bowls or enchiladas; just use the shredded chicken and serve as you like!
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Having a Martha Home the Mary Way {Book review}

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“Who is woman? She is the redeemed life-giver, enlivened by the love of Christ and is continuously renewed by Him as she nurtures others.” ~ Barbara K. Mouser

As a woman, a wife, a mother the desire to make a home beautiful and peaceful, to have a tidy space and organized areas is common. To have calm and clean is often an ultimate goal of the homemaker. In this book, Having a Martha Home the Mary Way” by Sarah Mae you are given a desire and achievable steps to reach for this goal. Sarah walks you through not only the nitty-gritty of housecleaning and breaking down the house into bite-size chunks but also walk you through the heart of the homemaking and the God-given desire for this clean space and how in serving those around us we are serving God. That concept of either having a “fun and peaceful mom” or the “clean and tidy” house has gone by the wayside as you realize that having that Mary heart of sitting at the feet of Jesus and enjoying the moment given can be merged with the Martha hands of having a clean home and dinner on the table. This book in a nut-shell is the “hearts and hands” of homemaking, it’s “31 days to a clean house and a satisfied soul”.

All women are life-givers; God made us that way. Life-giving, in its most basic sense, is raising life above the level of mere existence. We give physically and spiritually, in many forms. We also give life intellectually, socially, and artistically. We as women have been blessed with the very nature of life-giving! At its core, life-giving is all about love-loving others with what God has given us……. {Sarah Mae}

And for those of you who tend to be more a Mary than a Martha, this book will encourage you – not discourage you in your homemaking skills, it’s coming from a lady who doesn’t like to clean and in the midst of her own homemaking journey has found that middle of the road that works for her. And as you read and walk through the book you will be enabled to find your own path of what works for you.

For me personally, I was encouraged that I was on the right path with my every-present challenge of balancing all the spinning tops of life. That keeping the house clean, dishes washed, laundry dealt with and raising my children well, schooling them & loving them and being the wife and mother I am called to be. It’s not a matter of perfection, but allowing yourself to grow and change and influence your sphere of home, husband, children and chaos.

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One new habit I have gleaned from the book is her “6 things list”….. it gave me a fresh perspective on my daily planning and a way to tweak my days and plans to better serve me and my family. (It’s in Day 5 ;-))

“You can give life to your home by making it warm and inviting, fresh and invigorating! You can give life to your home by making sure there are clean dishes to eat off of and clear spaces to walk in and organized papers that are easy to find when you need them. You can give life to your home by filling it with loving, true and good words! You can give life to your home by building up the souls in your care and the souls that enter it. You home can be a place where weary bones rest and burdens are lifted and laughter ripples through every room. All of these things make a home….. you are a creator of beauty and peace and safe spaces…. You are a homemaker.” {Sarah Mae}

I would encourage you if you struggle with finding balance in your home and are discouraged by the constant clutter and chaos of your space, this book is a great read. It’s divided into 31 days so you can take a chapter a day and work through it quickly as this is a great time of year for Spring Cleaning. Or you can go at your own pace and take a chapter every few days. It would also make a great challenge to do with a few friends to help keep you motivated and moving in finding your balance of clean and happy.

And if you are interested, there is challenge STARTING TODAY, APRIL 4th, as a large group of ladies work through the book, encouraging and helping each other through the process…… find details here on Sarah’s blog!

You can click the box below to order.

There is also a companion journal to go with the book, you can find it here:

 

{There are affiliate links in this post, I appreciate your support of this site when you click through these links to order! I was given a free copy of this book- thanks Tyndale Momentum and Sarah Mae! – to review and share my thoughts with you, however, all thoughts are my own and I do recommend this book wholeheartedly!}

It’s a sale!

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Just wanted to give you a quick heads on a really great-money saving- sale at Fit2B!

Fit2B is having a HUGE SALE to celebrate 6 years of filming and Beth’s 37th birthday. Just apply the code “Fit2b37” at checkout on March 24-25 to save 37% off ecourses and initial membership payments! Other products will be marked down 15% too! Tell your friends they can get a year for $129 – 37% = $81.27 or start their monthly membership for $14.99/month + $19 startup fee – 37% = $21.41 for your first month!

You can read more about my thoughts on Fit2B on this post here, but suffice it to say, I truly love and appreciate the workouts and ease of use and variety and Beth and her team’s sweet heart and care for each member!

Click here to go to the shop and choose the membership level you would like or any of the other great products!

Remember to use coupon code “Fit2b37” and the sale only runs March 24 -25, 2016!

>>>>>>> SHOP THE SALE HERE! <<<<<<<

Fit2B sale

 

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