If you listened to the podcast from Modern Homemakers I mentioned last week and enjoyed it then tune in for the whole series. You can hear Donna Otto speak on being a ‘Standing Woman,’ and Amy Cavness speak about the, ‘Priority of Motherhood.‘ I’ve listened a couple times that’s how good it is! Happy Listening!
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I need encouragement on a fairly regular basis on this mothering journey. I can’t tell you how often I’ve turned to Donna Otto, Founders of Modern Homemakers (formerly Homemakers by Choice). It’s amazing how someone I’ve never met could be such a mentor to me in my personal life. If you haven’t listen to her podcasts, you really are missing out.
Recently, Modern Homemakers had an event in Phoenix, AZ with Donna Otto and Amy Cavness on being a counter cultural woman. Unfortunately, I don’t live in Arizona or otherwise I would have been there front and center row! But, we have the next best thing… The podcast!
If you get a chance during your busy day, I implore you to listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of a “Standing Woman,” where once again Mrs. Otto encourages, inspires, and gives nuggets of wisdom that you’ll want to store in your heart. Make sure you check back for Part 3 and subscribe you will be hooked!
Write Your Top Ten Goals Down and Then Rewrite Them Everyday for 30 Days!
How can we keep our goals fresh in our minds? Well, we can write…repeat…write…repeat! As I mentioned awhile back I read this great book by Terri Savelle Foy, “Dream It, Pin It, Live It,” and she discusses how to set goals and more importantly how to follow through on them. One of the steps she mentions is writing down your Top Ten Goals, not just once, but rewrite them everyday for 30 days. This keeps your goals in the forefront of your mind. If your writing and you forget one of the goals it may be a sign that particular goal may not be that important to you.
Did you write those goals yet? If you did, then get ready to write them 30 more times! Let’s get determined!
Check out her latest video on Five Rules for Successful Goal Setting
I have fallen head over hills for Terri Savelle Foy! Her outlook on life, her book, and her motivational words and podcasts have really touched my heart in a way that is pushing me to make changes in my own life. If you are in search of some motivation and want to kick start your life, your dreams and your vision check out her Podcasts! I’ve been listening every day! Take a moment to watch this video on, “How to Overcome Small Thinking,” and get hooked! Then subscribe to her Podcasts today!
Tired of Screaming? Try the Love and Logic Approach to Parenting!
I always find the Homemakers By Choice podcasts invaluable and my resource pick of the week is plucked from another one of Donna Otto’s broadcast. Donna and Kathy Downs an educator discuss the technique of “Love and Logic Parenting.” I found the first 2 parts of this podcast to be very interesting with some practical advice and tips that all mommas out there can find useful. Love and Logic Parenting comes from a place of of empathy, but incorporates discipline and love. If you are interested in learning more about this parenting approach, check out the podcast and the Love and Logic website:
When we compare ourselves to others we set ourselves up for exhaustion, disappointment and a never ending discontent that lies in the pits of our hearts. Comparisons stop us from being unique individuals that rejoice in our gifts and instead keeps us stunted and unhappy. As a mom and especially a single mom the comparison trap is a dangerous one that leads to burn out and if we aren’t careful is contagious to our kids. Our kids are growing up in a society that is very materialistic and self worth is often based on what you have and what can you achieve leading so many of us feeling empty and inferior on the inside. I think this is a such an issue that I’ve devoted a chapter in an eBook I’m writing about the danger of comparing ourselves with the Jones’.
Today, I heard a great broadcast on Focus on The Family, entitled “Escaping the Comparison Trap,” with speaker and blogger Kay Wyma, who also wrote, “I’m Happy for You (Sort of … Not Really): Finding Contentment in a Culture of Comparison.” I encourage you to listen if you get some time to Kay’s thoughts and practical advice on avoiding the comparison trap.
Register for the Online Mom Conference
How would like to attend a Conference for moms by moms that is FREE and you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home? Sounds like a dream right? Well dreams come true because you can register for the FREE Online “Mom Conference“, on October 13th, 14th, and 15th! That’s three days filled with 20 speakers, authors and bloggers! (Including Rachel Ramsey Cruze, Crystal Paine and Amy Mccready to name a few)
Visit http://conferenceformoms.com/ to look at the topics, see a complete list of speakers, register and receive 3 fun free gifts! I already registered and wanted to share this cool opportunity!
We love our kids right? But, do we always like our children? What are the stress factors that can make you less than fond of your kids and how can you recognize them and change them? Head on over to Homemakers By Choice and listen to Donna Otto’s podcast on, “Being Fond of Your Children.” Mrs. Otto’s podcast are a constant source of inspiration to me and I encourage you not only to listen to this podcast, but to subscribe so that you can be blessed by her wisdom and sound godly advice.
I hope all your lovebugs will have a great kick off to the new school year! Single moms know the morning can be a challenge when you’re trying to get the kids out the door along with yourself. Here are a few tips on making your routine easier that have worked for me.
- Prepare lunches the night before. Some lunch items you can prepare for the week. For example, if you pack fruit, prepack your fruit in 5 ziplock bags for the week. Then you can just grab them and throw them in the lunchbox. Whatever you can pre-baggie for the week do it!
Getting dressed is half the battle. If your child wears a uniform to school have them washed for Sunday for the week and simply hang them up to be ready to go for the week. This will work for you too! Think about what you want to wear during the week and have it ready to go!
3.Prepare bookbags the night before. Make sure the homework is in the bookbag and the bags are near the door or in a closet ready to grab. Try to get the kids into the habit of putting their books into their bookbag once they’re finished with their homework.
- Purchase a dry erase board calendar and hang it where everyone can see it. Make this central command! On this calendar put all classes, PTA meetings, field trips, and special homework projects due. If you find one that has a cork board use it to post invitations, permission slips, etc.
I’m a big advocate of eating around the dinner table so preparing a menu for the week keep us from ordering out. During the weekend talk about what dinners you want for the week. But the food, slice and dice veggies ahead of time, and try to prepare a couple meals for the week so you can just heat it up and skip all the prep time. Also remember that the slow cooker is your friend, utilize it as much as you can.
If your kids have activities after school, like mine does make sure those uniforms are clean and packed in a separate bag for the week. For example, my daughter takes ballet on Monday, so on Sunday I have her ballet gear packed in her ballet bag and in my car so we are sure not to forget it.
Preparation is key to getting out of the door on time! Make your mornings less stressful with just a few extra worthwhile steps!
I have lost countless hours pouring over lifestyle blogs, they are such a treat for the eyes. If you’re looking for home decor, crafting, cooking, fashion or lifestyle tips you’ll want to check out these blogs.
My Top Ten Favorite Lifestyle Blogs
- The Glitter Guide– This is a chic site that covers everything from fashion, trends, beauty, and lifestyle. You could literally spend days on The Glitter Guide getting ideas that you could implement in your own lifestyle.
- The Jungalow– Justina Blakeney owner of The Jungalow will draw you in with her unique style of decorating. She makes you want to live life in color! After reading her blog you’ll be inspired to create your own jungalow. Explore her recipes, crafts, decor and you may even be inspired to buy her book or take a course.
- Made By Girl– Jen Ramos is a hip New Yorker and Christian whose topics cover art, food, fashion, home and she’s absolutely lovely. She’s also an artist who creates these darling prints and sells them at Cocoa & Hearts. She and her husband just adopted a baby and I’m so happy for them! Read her story and you’ll be thrilled for her too!
- Thrifty Decor Chick– If spring has got you in the mood to renew the look of your house, check out Thrifty Decor Chick. The owner, Sarah has a billion posts on DIY projects where she gives you detailed step by step instructions. The best part is that these projects are affordable and doable!
- Poppytalk- I just came across this dream! Poppytalk is visually beautiful! Clear an afternoon on your schedule, brew a pot of coffee and dive into all the posts on home decor, entertaining, and DIY projects. Warning, don’t be surprised if you end up spending on a whole day on Poppytalk.
- iheart organizing– This site is invaluable to all you organizing lovers out there! The owner, Jen covers every aspect of organizing that you can imagine. iheart organizing is a must for all of us moms who are always looking for creative ways to utilize space.
- hi sugarplum-This website is as sweet as it’s name! There are tons of DIY projects for every area of your home along with posts on organizing, recipes, travel and fashion.
- Mrs. Potter -Who would’ve thought Monica Potter from Parenthood has a serious craft side? I was obsessed with Parenthood and I’m falling equally in love with Mrs. Potter. She covers holidays, crafting, cooking, gardening, and beauty. She also opened a store in Ohio so if you live there I’m so jealous! If you check it out let me know what you think!
- Lauren Conrad– Lauren Conrad has come a long way from The Hills! I really love her website. She has some great ideas on dining, crafting and decorating! I made the flower crowns DIY for my daughter’s party and they we’re lovely!
- Young House Love– This adorable couple Sherry and John are the ultimate go to people if you are looking on ways to improve your home. Unfortunately, they aren’t really blogging anymore, but they don’t have to because of the wealth of projects that are stored up on Young House Love. They’ve been featured on a number of television shows, wrote a book and another one being released in October 2015, along with their own collection of lighting, hooks, and rails being sold at Target.
I hope you love these blogs as much as I do!