Balancing it All!


The Better Mom is doing a series this month about balancing it all.  Join me there today where I talk about how balancing it all doesn’t always happen and if you are there right now, it is OK!!!  That is when resting in HIM is exactly what you need!

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Doing Family Life Together

Today I am at The Better Mom sharing ways you CAN do family life together.  Join me over there!!puzzle-55882_640

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Favorite Weekend Links!

Newspaper Weekly LinksThis is Saturday and it is when I post my favorite links around the web from this week!  There were some great links about the home this week, everything from meal planning to doing a home office!

Are you always wondering whats for dinner?  I thought this plan sounded nice and simple and a great way to organize meal planning!  It is from Andrea Dekker.

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I’m a work at home mom so I LOVE this home office from Living Well Spending Less!

DIY office space on a budget!

With all the snow across the country, this recipe would be perfect to make the most out of it!  Snow Ice Cream from Serving Joyfully.

Snow Ice Cream from Serving Joyfully

How to Create a Cleaning Schedule That Works For You(some great printables for you), another one from Living Well Spending Less!

Cleaning Schedule that Works

If you are a homeschooler or just a mom that likes to do educational things with your kids.  There are some BEAUTIFUL  Free Artist Notebook Pages if you subscribe at Harringtonharmonies!

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Winter time can be brutal and hot soup recipes can hit the spot!  Here is a great post with 8 great recipes from princesspinkygirl.

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Simple Ways to Make Memories

simplememories_1280Sometimes we feel like we have to GO totally out to make a family night ,special memory, or even a recipe the best it can be . We have magazines, blogs, and pinterest screaming to us that everything needs to be perfect and time consuming.

I’m here to tell you that it is just not true! 

I’m a work at home, homeschooling mom of three.  I’m also a wife, sister, daughter, and friend.  Life can be full and busy and that shouldn’t keep you from connecting with your kids in the memory making department.  I want to encourage you to stay simple!  There are some of you out there that are super creative and you enjoy going all out, if that is the case by all means do it but be CAREFUL.  Sometimes you wait so long trying to make it perfect that it never happens.  Most of us are NOT super creative and can often feel like failures as moms when we don’t make the perfect craft or that homemade recipe!

Tips to stay simple:

It doesn’t have to be homemade – I’m hoping to share here on Together with Family simple fun things you can do in the kitchen with your kids that don’t take all day!  Maybe it won’t be homemade, maybe you will use canned soup or premade cookies.  You can still create wonderful memories in the kitchen!

Pick simple crafts – if you are not crafty but still want to do crafts or activities such as scrapbooking (why I love Project Life) with your kids-STAY simple.  Pick the easy ones.  Pinterest is FULL of ideas, it is not hard to go through your boards and pick the ones that only need a few supplies and are simple to do.

Write down a list of family night ideas – Do the easy ones-  board game and movie nights, park days, and wii nights.  These are simple but create a lot of conversation and bonding time!

Plan simple dates with your children – if you have a large family you may not have enough time or money to take each child out.  Pick an errand and assign a child to go with you.  For example- one child may go grocery shopping with you each time (maybe you can stop for a hot or cold drink together) , take a different child with you when you get your car washed or paying bills (banking).  Then the next month rotate them.  It will give you special time with each child!  This is great for dads too!

Read together - This is pretty simple, pick up a great read aloud according to your child’s age and just start reading.  We have had some great memories reading books or listening to books in the car on audio together!

Themed Nights – Do NOT have to be hard.  Pop in some pre made cookies (they always have holiday ones that are already decorated) make s simple meal that goes with the theme,  and then pick out a movie or game that goes along.  Voila a perfect themed night that didn’t take a week to plan!

Your kids want your time SO much! They are not going to worry if it is not perfect, they are just going to BE SO EXCITED you are spending quality time with them!  You are making memories that they will remember FOREVER!!!

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Favorite Weekend Links!

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Every Saturday I would love to share with you some of my favorite links I found during the week.  I love to find great things that inspire me or help me out with family life!   This week was Valentine’s Day so there were some fun links about marriage and love!  I know it is too late for some of them but they would be great to pin for next year.

I LOVE Ann Voskamps message yesterday called How Tired People Make Love & Have an “Anything But Boring” Weekend

Matt Jacobson wrote a beautiful piece on marriage on For the Family called Start the Journey Toward a Great Marriage . . . No Matter How Long You’ve Been Married!

I thought this recipe for Valentines Pretzel hugs on Becky Higgin’s blog looked SO good  and would be a perfect treat you could make with the kids for Valentines Day!


Confessions of a homeschooler has a tutorial on making DIY Sharpie Mugs, I love them!


My sweet friend Lisa Jacobson and her husband Matt just released their new ebooks, 100 Ways to Love Your Husband, 100 Ways to Love Your Wife!  Matthew and Lisa Jacobson offer practical and inspiring wisdom for a loving, godly marriage that will go the distance.   These are BEAUTIFUL books, don’t miss them!

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Our 10 Favorite Winter Family Nights

winter postWinter can be a tough time.  It has been icing and snowing day after day here for a month straight and everything (including church) has been cancelled a LOT!

Cabin fever can set in fast!!

However, winter can also be a nice time to really connect with your family.  Why?  You are often stuck inside TOGETHER!  You might as well make the most of it!  This is a great time to have great conversations with your kids, play games, and just savor the time you have with each other.  The best memories can be made during this time!

“The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.” -Thomas Jefferson

I wanted to share some ideas for planning winter family nights that we have enjoyed.  Here are 10 of our favorites!!

1. Board Games – Board games bring out so many great things in family.  Well they can’t bring ou the bad too (but even there, we have opportunities to teach about being a gracious loser and winner, taking turns, being respectful, and more)

2. Wii Nights – We have so much fun with our Wii-to me it is the best gaming system for famiy play.  A great game of bowling ,  Wii music or even a little dancing will have your family laughing and enjoying great times together!

3.  Museum Visits – Sometimes we change family night into family day because there is just something we really want to do that is only open in the day.  This usually has to be a Saturday so the whole family can participate.  Museums are great in the winter because you are inside enjoying something together and staying warm.  You can even stop for ice cream to make it an extra special treat.

4. Tent Making – My kids LOVE tents.  Enjoy this while they are young, they won’t want to do this forever!  My husband has made some of the great tents on family night right in our living room.  Make them out of sheets, blankets, or anything that you have that will work.  There is just something special about being snug in a tent that kids love.  You can read books in there together, watch a movie, have snacks, listen to a great audio book, and more!  Yes, it makes a mess for a while but messes clean up-enjoy this moments!  They will be gone way too soon.

5. Playtime in the Snow – build a snowman, have a snowball fight or go sled riding.   Once you get back inside, make hot chocolate or snow ice cream!  The kids will LOVE it!  If it is scheduled in as a family day or night you will be more likely to make it happen!

6.  Movie Nights – I have so many memories of the great movies my family have watched together on family nights.  We always get out the blankets, make the popcorn, and cuddle in for a night of movie watching.  Now with netflix and redbox, it is so easy to have a great movie night!  If you are new to family nights, this is an easy one to start with!!!

7. Kitchen/Baking – Have a baking/cooking night together.  Grab a kids cookbook and let them create or make something you have seen on pinterest together!  GREAT conversation time, plus the pride that comes with creating a masterpiece of something that screams YUM!!

8. Creating Something Together -  it may be crafting/scrapbooking or building legos (this is the perfect time to help a child build something you have been promising to help them with!

9.Watching Home Videos - my kids LOVE watching old home videos.  Have you done this yet?  They love seeing themselves when they were little, what our house used to look like and seeing loved ones (including past pets)  that have passed on.  My kids still get to see the grandmother that they loved so much who is home with the Lord now.  They get to hear her laugh and see her.  It is so great keeping her memory alive for them!

10. Holiday Events If it is the Christmas Season, there are plenty of local community events to head to for a fun family night.  You can look at lights, pick a live Christmas Tree or see a local event!  We always have plenty of things to do at the holiday times  (many are free)

Winter doesn’t have to be so dreary and depressing when you just look at it from another perspective.  Look at it as a time to bond and get to know each other even better and don’t forget the important part!  HAVE FUN!!

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Together with Family!!

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I’m so excited to introduce you to my new blog called Together with Family!  I wanted to create a space where parents could come and get practical ideas of things they could do with their family!  We live in  such a fast pace culture that often robs us of true connection and deep relationships right in our own homes.  I want this to be a place you will come when you are looking for ways to connect with the ones you love the most.

Posts that are coming here are:

Specific family nights that are simple and frugal but FUN!

Specific conversations to have with your kids.  Also when and where to have these conversations!

Ideas for cooking in the kitchen with your kids.

Character building ideas

Connecting in your marriage

Crafts/DIY projects

Parenting Teens-some parents find it hard to connect with that age.  I hope to help you in this area!


Favorite Books, board games, movies and more that you can share with the family!

How to create traditions in your family!  And MUCH MUCH more!!

The facebook page still says Mom with Heart but that will be changing next week, because I am changing my name I had a waiting period because of facebook rules but feel free to like me there, the name will change soon!

You can read more about me Here.  Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you stay and subscribe!-I would love to build a beautiful community of parents that want to live intentional lives with their families.  We only get them for such a short time, lets make the most of our time!!

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Not Letting Anger Destroy My Family!

It is not easy for me to share deep personal issues, I am a very private person but I really felt the Lord’s nudging in sharing my anger issues with other women in hopes to encourage them. So today I’m at The Better Mom for the Grouchy to Great sharing my personal testimony of what anger can do to your family and hopefully give you some hope if you struggle in this area too!


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New Things to Come!!

My husband and I have been praying a LOT about this site! For a long time I have had a vision for this blog in my head but I couldn’t see it clearly. After doing some reading, brainstorming and praying we have it!!! We are so excited and after the new year you are going to see a new blog with a name change and a new mission statement that will apply to all families! I believe it is a unique idea and will meet a need we all have for our families.

I hope you hang out here with me for the announcements and upcoming news on it. I can’t wait to share my vision with YOU!!!

Also because of the changes you will see some maintance around here so like now, when you see NO header-you will know why. Can’t wait to share all of this with you!!

Weekly Finds!

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I love to surf the internet and I can read very fast.  I have always loved when bloggers have a post to showcase all the great articles they find during the week.  I thought I would love to do that here.  Here are some of my favorite from this week!

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I don’t always enjoy the bandwagon post about hot topics in the news (it can be too much)  but I did enjoy these two on the Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke, these posts were excellent!

So many moms comparing themselves:  As an older mom now I have totally let this stuff go-So freeing!  I don’t feel like I have to share the same diet or make the same decisions as other moms.  My top priority should be pleasing GOD!  Not so much man made stuff-if I want to live a healthier lifestyle, homeschool, or make any other decisions God and my husband are the only ones I need to seek!  If I want the advice of a friend (and sometimes we really do)  Great, if not-I don’t ask for it!  Great post on the mommy comparison!

Love this post from The Better Mom on being content:

From someone who loves doing blogging for business (mostly on my other blog)  loved this post about the mommy blog class!  Something to save for!

And last but not least I’m SO excited about Ann Voskamps new book about Christmas Advent Season, I love her Christmas study with the ornaments and this book is going to be SO great!

Hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

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