12 Reasons Why You Should be Oil Pulling

Think about your mouth for a minute. Cleanest place in your body, right? WRONG! Did you know a typical clean mouth has 1,000 – 100,000 bacteria (some are good, but others are not) living on each tooth? Now consider all of the viruses, diseases, and other infections that are primarily transmitted orally. Still think your mouth is clean?

cooking oilBrushing your teeth is great, but it only cleans your teeth. Oil pulling, however can do so … [ READ MORE ]

Life with Migraines

I’ve been living with migraines most of my life. It probably started when I was a teenager, but I don’t remember for sure. They weren’t very frequent when they started, but they’ve always been really bad. The longer I’ve had them, the more frequent they’ve become. I used to be able to take an Excedrin and it would go away (for the most part) within 30 minutes. In the last couple years my migraines have … [ READ MORE ]

7 Things to Remember when Your Kid Comes Home Post-Op

Once my three year old, Cylus, was released from the hospital after 19 days, I was elated but wasn’t thinking about what challenges we might face once we got home. Here are some things to keep in mind when you are getting ready to bring your child home after surgery.

  1. Take it slow
    When your child gets home, he/she will want to get into their normal routine, which they probably aren’t ready for yet. Set

19 Days in the Hospital with My 3 Year Old

Words cannot describe what it’s like to have your child experience tremendous pain. Your heart breaks more with every scream and plea for relief. You are supposed to be their protector and make everything better. And when their fate is in the hands of another, it can be terrifying. When they have to experience something horrific to help them get better, it’s almost unbearable. You would give anything to take their place and bare their … [ READ MORE ]

How to Earn Money Taking Surveys

There are tons of survey websites on the internet these days. It’s hard to be sure which are legitimate and which are scams. You certainly don’t want to be putting your personal information in the wrong hands. Below are some survey sites I use and recommend.

My Five Fave Survey Sites

  1. InstantCashSweepstakes.com – You don’t make a ton from this survey website, but it is the funnest one. You can take 3 question surveys for

Homemade Carpet Stain Remover {DIY}

If you have carpets and kids (or pets) you probably have spots on your carpets. We have them EVERYWHERE. Today I got down and dirty, scrubbing spots. I want to share the safe homemade stain remover I always use. You probably have the ingredients already. It takes a minute to make and works great! Plus, you don’t have to worry about your children or pets being exposed to harmful chemicals.

stain remover before/after

All you need is 2 … [ READ MORE ]

My Struggles with Potty Training

When my youngest was about 18 months, he showed a huge interest in using the bathroom. My thought – Yes! This is going to be EASY! He has two older brothers and kids can learn things a lot earlier if they are eager to imitate their older siblings. Unfortunately, but not shockingly, my genius baby’s early potty training attempts were short lived. Those that have been there know that you can’t rush kids into it … [ READ MORE ]

Chipped Beef on Toast {RECIPE}

When I was a kid, this was one of my FAVORITE dinners! My mom made it for me and my sis and we couldn’t get enough. I thought about it for the first time in ages and thought I’d make it for my kids. It was a hit! You just can’t beat chipped beef on toast!

chipped beef on toast

I don’t know my mother’s exact recipe, but here’s a very close one from The Meaning of Pie. … [ READ MORE ]

Homemade Coconut Milk {RECIPE}

A while back, I experimented making some alternatives to cow’s milk because my little one seemed to have a problem with it. First, I made homemade almond milk, then I tried homemade coconut milk.


You need a fresh coconut, a cheese cloth, and a blender for this recipe. First, remove the flesh and juice from the coconut. For help, read about how to open a coconut. Pour coconut contents and 1 cup of water … [ READ MORE ]

Homemade Fabric Softener {DIY}

Hopefully you are already using homemade laundry detergent and want to switch your fabric softener as well. Fabric softener can be quite expensive and I’m about to share two inexpensive alternatives to your average fabric softener.

Method 1:

Homemade fabric softener ingredients: baking soda, hot water, and white vinegar.

fabric softener ingredients

Combine 1 cup of baking soda with 2 cups of hot water. Stir until mostly dissolved (will not dissolve completely).

Slowly add 2 cups of white … [ READ MORE ]