Health, Life & Lovely Chaos

6 Health Boosts Every Mom Needs In Her Routine

Let’s face it, being a mom is hard. Whether you work, go to school, stay home, homeschool, or anything else… it’s hard! The day to day routines get old and those dishes and laundry never seem to end. It gets old quick and yet there is no calling in sick just to catch a break. Sure, we love our little, beautiful, chaos-making monsters but that doesn’t mean that we can’t hope and dream for a break. And heaven forbid you try to take a day a little easier- have you seen the resulting disaster?! I quiver just thinking about it. And by the end of the night, I am sitting here realizing that tomorrow I will do it ALL OVER AGAIN. *sigh* Being a mom is tough business! So every day I wake, chug my cup of coffee, and go about the daily tasks of motherhood, wifehood, and everything else…

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Life & Lovely Chaos

Oh No! Mom Is Sick.

Well, it happened- Mom caught a virus and it was a real “oh my gosh-kill me now” type thing. Where it came from still baffles me. What I thought was just me catching up on catching that flu my kids had a couple of weeks ago quickly turned into something much worse. I kept asking myself “Why me, what did I do to become so unhealthy?” as I lay on the couch day after day trying to sleep away this illness. As we skipped a week of lessons, well-rounded home cooked meals, and all of my work and college courses all I could think was “Oh No, Mom Is Sick!” Let’s face it- all hell doesn’t break loose until mom gets sick! Time seems to stop completely and things begin to pile up around the house. Nothing makes me feel worse than I do while sick than watching my house…

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Life & Lovely Chaos

Why I Don’t Budget On Groceries

If you search on Pinterest you will find numerous posts about budgeting on groceries. I have been amazed by some of them really, wondering to myself “how do they do that?” I mean really, I have read some articles where a family of 5 spends $200 a month on groceries- how do they do it?! For a while I was inspired to try. I was convinced that I could budget and shop in this magical way and our family of 6 could spend even $400 a month on groceries, instead of the average of $1000 we were currently spending. After all, who wouldn’t want to save hundreds of dollars- especially since we lived on a very fixed income. So many times I tried to lower our grocery spending. I tried so hard to only shop the sales and to eat less meat. I clipped coupons, compared prices, and utilized leftovers.…

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Parenting

Connecting With Your Eldest Daughter

Being a mother has been the most rewarding adventure of my lifetime. I have birthed 3 beautiful children and was given a 4th blessing the day I met my husband, my oldest daughter. Raising babies was a breeze! They eat, sleep, poop, and play. Toddlers were exciting; all of their firsts in life happen and every moment was a new milestone. Children are fun! You get to teach them things, play with them, and watch their character form. My youngest is 6 and he is so full of an imagination that his older brother and sister still enjoy. But somewhere after the joys of being a child, things change. My eldest daughter turned 12 this summer, although at times I swear she is already much older than that. She is beautiful and creative and the biggest help in our home. She takes on every task when I am consumed with…

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Parenting

What To Say To Your Bullied Child

We hear too often now stories of children who have been bullied in school. For some of us, we have had to deal with the heartbreaking reality that our child has been bullied. Whether it be physical or verbal, it is never easy mending the heart of a hurt child. Of course, there are steps we take to try to ensure that these occurrences do not happen again; we talk to teachers, the principal, and sometimes even the parents. Sometimes this works, and sometimes it doesn’t. As parents we try our best to protect our children and set them up to be able to handle any type of situation properly. I have always been an advocate for teaching a child to stand up and defend themselves; even more now with bullying becoming a larger issue in our schools and society. I do not condone violence, but I encourage everyone I…

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Parenting

Why I Won’t Give Into “That Thing”

Have you noticed how quickly something can become a hot trend, some new toy? Especially with kids! And it seems kids pick up on how popular something is no matter how much or how little exposure to “that thing” they have. I can’t say that I am surprised really. Kids are like sponges. They see a toy’s commercial a few times and they just have to have it, Mommy! In fact, I think back and recall that Hatchimal trend that went around. All I remember thinking when my kids all jumped at trying to persuade me to buy it was “you want to care for and hatch a fake bird?” All I could respond with was “we will see.” As time went on they talked about this thing more and more; at times begging me for one. Disregarding the cost and difficulty in locating one, my answer quickly became a…

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Life & Lovely Chaos

Welcome To Our Adventure- Start Here

Hello & welcome to our adventure! I am very excited to launch my new blog, Life & Lovely Chaos today and look forward to this amazing journey with you all. For many years now I have considered starting a blog and after much contemplation, I have decided to jump in and do it! There is so much that I know I can share with you all and that many of you will benefit from. Of course my favorite thing of all to share are all of my recipes. I am a huge food lover- I love to cook, eat, and talk FOOD! So I am sure there will be plenty for us to connect with there. Getting to know each of you is my personal goal, so I look forward to all my subscriber emails, questions, and even input; because as I said- this is OUR adventure and I want you…

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