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With cold and flu season upon us, the advertisements and marketing campaigns are in full force to get our health care dollars for the latest and greatest remedy for the cold or influenza. Browse any drug store and you'll quickly be overwhelmed at the dizzying array of products that are "guaranteed" to unstuff noses, silence coughs, eliminate fevers and put an end to the discomfort sickness brings.
The benefits of drinking bone broth are vast. It is said to heal leaky gut, boost the immune system, as well as provide many essential vitamin, minerals and amino acids.
As if the health benefits weren't enough, it also tastes amazing! Homemade bone broth is the secret base to the most flavorful soups, stews, and casseroles. It's my secret ingredient to many dishes my family loves.
Before I started making bone broth (or any stock or broth), it seemed like a daunting thing. In truth, it is really easy!
The school year has begun, along with the many extracurricular activities that accompany it, which means one thing: Busy mamas are even busier!
If you are like me, spending hours in the kitchen is not only undesirable, but it's just not even possible. But I still want to feed my family well and (relatively!) healthy. That, ladies, is the inspiration for the next installment of our Keeping Mealtimes Simple series:
As a busy homeschooling mama to 5 kids, simplifying breakfast has become my life's mission. I have spent years questioning fellow homeschooling mamas, scouring the internet, and simplifying my own recipes in an attempt to make breakfast prep as quick and easy as possible while still maintaining good nutrition.
Today's recipe feature is my number one go-to, easy, and nutritious breakfast recipe. As soon as I discovered it my first thought was: Mission accomplished. Game over. Hallelujah!
I hope you'll find Money-Saving Mom's Baked Oatmeal as amazing as I have! (It's okay if you don't. I fully realize that my passion for breakfast recipes is slightly over the top.)
A very common thing for Rachel and I to hear from other women is, "How do you do it all? I don't know where you find the time!" or "You two are so organized. I wish I could be like that." Today I would like to take a few moments to answer those two questions by dispelling the long-standing myth that some women (the "elite") are just naturally blessed super-organizers while the rest of us are doomed to a lifetime of chaos and clutter. Did you notice I said "us"? That's because most people who know me (apart from immediate family) would be shocked to know that my natural tendency is to be lazy, messy and chaotic. My love for checklists and "to do" list printables does not spring from my natural ability to be organized, but out of necessity due to my lack of self discipline.
I will be the first to admit that we are not 100% all natural in our house. I try to find a good balance between natural ingredients, expense, and effectiveness, but let's be honest. Sometimes the most natural options are either downright expensive or just don't work as good as a chemical alternative. (Who likes funky smelling clothes? Anyone?)
So when I find something that uses natural ingredients, is actually cheaper than its chemical-laden equivalent, and is effective, I just have to pass on the news. Here are my top 3.
Part of the process of maturity is children learning responsibility necessary to complete tasks they know need done without being reminded (also known as nagging). Different children mature at different rates and I recognize the definite need for grace as that happens. Often if a child struggles to remember it's not that they don't want to be responsible, but their mind and body are in a process of gaining maturity and self-regulation. They are being trained to acquire the habit.
We are all given the same 24 hours in a day.
I've lost count of the number of times that I have said or thought, "I wish I had time for that." But when I really think about that statement, I realize that it just isn't true. The reality is that I have the time to do the things I prioritize and purpose myself to do.
Motherhood is a juggling act. We are teachers, secretaries, nutritionists, disciplers, janitors, chauffeurs, cooks, and a hundred other things, all in the same day. I have found that I can juggle more balls, so to speak, if I keep myself organized and my priorities straight with a Weekly To Do list. I've used various systems in the past, but currently use a simple one that is available at the bottom of this post as a download.
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