Sunday, March 30, 2014

Considering Cloth Diapering? Let Me Persuade You...

"Cloth diapers are an investment. They can be a money-saving option for you and they are more environmentally friendly than disposables. Most importantly, cloth diapers are an investment in your baby’s health, keeping dangerous chemicals away from your little one."

To read the entire article, click below!
Cloth Diapers: Their Countless Off Grid Benefits 

So, are you considering? Well, perhaps now is the time to jump on in. (And, no worries. There's nothing that says you can't use an occasional disposable diaper or even mix your diaper use half and half between disposables and cloth. Anything is healthier for your baby and the environment!) 

Happy Diapering!

Linking up with - Mama Moments Monday, Mommy Moments Blog HopThe Modest Mom Monday Link UpMommy Monday Blog Hop and Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Two Conferences for Better Living - Online and Free!

Here are two conference you might want to check out in April. Both are free and sound like they will be packed with good information for healthier, simpler and happier living.

Let me know if you're attending!

Online Conference for Moms by Moms
April 7th - 14th 
Thirty inspiring interviews and videos brought to you by bestselling authors, parenting experts, fitness gurus and DIY pros! Visit their page to see more of the speakers and topics!

April 10th - 12th
Workshops and Seminars on 
aromatherapy, herbalism, and natural health!
Giveaways during the event!
Brought to you by people connected to the Franklin Institute of Wellness who focus on an evidence based, scientific approach.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Chicks Arriving Soon! Find Out What You Need to Know

 "There’s nothing that hints of spring quite like newly hatched chicks. If you haven’t ordered yet, now is the time to do so, either through a nearby breeder, the local feed store or a mail order hatchery. You’ll also want to have your brooder set up so you’re all ready to go when that peeping box of precious fuzz arrives."

Are you ready for your first batch of spring chicks?

Read the rest of my article to find out.

Monday, March 17, 2014

What We Ought To Be Writing - T.S. Eliot

 What We Ought to Be Writing

I took a few blissful moments of relaxation before bed last night to read “Religion and Literature,” an essay by T.S. Eliot. As I rested back against the pillows, I was struck by the following quote. “It is our business, as readers of literature, to know what we like. It is our business, as Christians, as well as readers of literature, to know what we ought to like.

Sometimes we fail to see that there is a distinction between what we like and what we ought to like. Our writing reflects this too. There is the potential for a gap to form between what we write and what we ought to write.

We’ve been given a challenge, “for the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions” (2 Timothy 4:3, ESV). Is what we write appealing to the passions of today alone or is it also offering something more? 

What I believe to be incumbent upon all Christians is the duty of maintaining consciously certain standards and criteria of criticism over and above those applied by the rest of the world; and that by these criteria and standards everything that we read must be tested” (“Religion and Literature,” T.S. Eliot). 

Let’s embrace our calling as both Christians and writers and offer something more!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Tackle Spring Cleaning In One, or Forty, Days!

 Spring is sending out hints of its upcoming arrival! Now's the time to tidy up the house, get rid of all that winter build-up and prepare yourself for a fresh start this lovely season!

Clean slowly, tackling one small project each day, 
over the next month and a half.
(I've found this the only way to make it happen with a toddler.)

Visit Clover Lane to learn how Sarah 
tackles Spring Cleaning over 40 days! 
(This is the process I'm using this year, 
though I'll admit, my list is a bit longer than 40.)


You can tackle spring cleaning all in one day.
(Get a babysitter first if your children are young.)

Caitlin M. offers two handy PDF printables for
spring cleaning done all in one day.

Happy Spring Cleaning and God Bless!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Secrets to Making Soft Whole Grain Bread From Scratch!

Making whole grain bread from scratch takes a little knowledge 
and a healthy amount of elbow grease, 
but the rewards are immense. 

Homemade bread is by far one of the healthiest foods. 
As a girl, I ground wheat berries and baked bread from scratch. Delicious, soft loaves 
of warm, whole grain goodness were the result!

Read more of my article here . . .  

Monday, March 3, 2014

I lost a piece of my heart flying over Montana

My trip to Seattle and the AWP Writer's Conference went wonderfully! Words cannot express everything. As I try to catch up here at home and get over a mild case of jet lag, let me share this picture with you.

I had never seen the Rockies,
They stole a piece of my heart.
I will be a Pennsylvania girl,
as long as I shall breathe,
but the mountains of the west 
have not seen the last of me.