So my littlest brother put up this great post about a sweet outfit for us busy mamas. He really seems to know what’s up…who knew a 20 year old boy could know so much about moms. :)

Originally posted on A Sovereign Style:

mom on the go!

Joules striped sweater, $120 / American Eagle Outfitters cropped jeans, $50 / Maiden Lane thong sandals, $49 / River Island black purse, $135 / Humble Chic art deco jewelry, $48 / Crate and Barrel glass water bottle, $6.95

Who’s up for round 2?!

Per my sister Meghan’s ( request, I put together an easy and stylish look for all you busy moms.

Disclaimer: I am not a busy mother, so if this doesn’t work for y’all forgive me. This is just what I picture myself in if I were a mother out running errands.

Alrighty, let’s begin.

What I enjoy the most about the look is the effortless vibe it gives off. It looks like you’re very put together, but its just something you can throw on quickly before heading out…

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Learning the Hard Way

Today I find myself in the midst of a personal conflict.  I am not going to share what or who the conflict involves,  but I would like to share what I have learned.  Well, of what I am reminded.  This conflict has been on my mind and although I was hurt, I know that I could have avoided the hurt in a number of different ways.  Conflict takes at least two so all the blame cannot be placed on someone else.  I got to thinking about some Scripture that I had bookmarked in my Bible app and wanted to review it and copy it into a little journal for better access. This was today’s Verse of the Day:

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

Well, if that don’t beat all.  I am certainly in a period of rebuking and correcting because my actions have not been in-line with the principles that I hold dear.  What I should have kept in mind is:

“Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.  Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.” Proverbs 9:7-8 (NIV)

Please do not think I am calling anyone wicked or that I am calling myself particularly more clued into what right and good.  This verse reminds me that when trying to correct, or more humbly, alter, someone’s viewpoint it is best to have those types of discussions with one that is already seeking change.  That may seem counter-intuitive because the Christian’s main missive is to share the Good News, but that should be done by telling them of Christ’s love and letting God go about convicting their hearts of aspects of personality that need changing.  We all know there are “fruits of the Spirit”, but those fruits aren’t produced unless the Spirit is there.  My job in trying to make the world a better place is to live by example and let God take care of the rest.  I have not done so very well in this respect recently.

As we continue on the travels through verses I have tucked away, we come to these:

“Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; drop the matter before dispute breaks out.” Proverbs 17:14 (NIV)

“Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook and insult.” Proverbs 12:16 (NIV)

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)

“Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.” Proverbs 14:29 (NIV)

I worked in the social services for a long time and, naturally, spent a lot of time working with angry young people and their parents. There were a couple phrases that we would say, typically to young people: “It is OK to be angry, but not OK to treat others badly.” And, “The only behavior you can control is your own.” These are both quite true and you can find Biblical support for these.  No matter how justified I am in my stance, encouraging dispute and reacting to personal insult is never acceptable.  This truth can be found here:

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” James 1: 19-20 (NIV)

I struggle with this because I have always been someone to speak up, quickly, when others are being treated poorly.  No, that does not imply that I do not or have not treated others poorly, but it is in my nature to speak up for those that cannot speak for themselves.  My current conflict has caused me to feel that I need to refrain from this more, but the following gives me heart and points me toward a better way of interacting:

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversation always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:5-6 (NIV, emphasis my own)

This conflict needs to be resolved and will be, eventually.  Through it all, I must always remember the forgiveness I have received through grace, undeserved and unearned.  I can do this by abiding the following admonishment:

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32 (NIV)

Perhaps I should spend more time memorizing Scripture because things would have turned out much differently if I had remembered and heeded these words.  Or maybe, I needed this conflict to reinforce the lesson.  I had good intentions, but as they say, the road to Hell is paved with those.



Canning in 2012: How the heck did I do that?!?

Here is another recycled post from my old business blog.  It was originally posted on October 15, 2012 so please don’t get the impression that this happened recently!  With having a baby and two kiddos with medical problems, last canning season was a little dismal.  We did beets, banana peppers, green beans, sauerkraut, and frozen corn.  Not too bad, considering, but not really up to my standards.  We are hoping for a better year and our family is getting excited about the growing season! I hope to also post a practical skills/information post this month as we move toward our Of Course I Can! Blog Hop.

Canning.  A topic that is near and dear to my heart.  I am so very close to being done with this season’s round of canning: just 400 pounds of tuna and a few more pints of tomatoes to go.  Continue reading

Food: Our Sacred Duty

If you haven’t seen it yet, I am planning to host a blog hop this coming August.  The idea is to encourage more home canning!  I am not going to pretend to be an expert, but I do come from a long line of home canning enthusiasts and think this is such an important skill to cultivate.  Each month leading up to the blog hop, I intend to share a post to help the novice embark on this new adventure.  I will start that in March.  Right now, I have a couple posts from my old nutrition coaching site that I want to share to help provide inspiration before we get down to the nuts and bolts of the thing.  I have re-worked a few parts of this post, but if you want the original, un-edited version, please see the original post.

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Back when I was pregnant with Teddy Bear and didn’t know it, I received the most incredible gift: my great-grandmother’s canning book from 1942.  I knew that my aunt would be sending it to me and I was so excited to forge a relationship with the great-grandmother I never knew by following the same recipes that she had used so many years ago.  What is even more wonderful about this gift is that each generation since the original purchase has followed this book.  I have a direct line to the women who came before me through this book.  For me, that is powerful. Continue reading

I’ll give you six months, you give me food in jars….

Thanks to Snotmaggedon and Snowpacalypse 2014, I’ve had a lot of time on my hands.  I am letting Crazy Pants watch so much TV I’m sure his brain has been reduced to green goo, but he’s so sick that I just need him to sit still, rest, and stop screaming about EVERYTHING.  So, when I’m not cleaning up runny noses (yup, Teddy Bear has it too) and other random messes around the house (read: dog vomit), I’m blogging, updating my blog, and reading/commenting on other blogs.  Pretty enjoyable, minus the sinus pressure and the lack-of-sleep delirium. Continue reading

Freestyle Fridays: “My Power. My Choice. My Forgiveness.” by Mathair Fiona


I have a guest post over at Winding Road! This is possibly a triggering subject so please be aware of that and reach out if you need someone to talk to. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to share this part of me and hope that it is a blessing to you.

Originally posted on Winding Road:

Mathair Fiona is a blogger whose posts I never miss. I can’t exactly put her in a nutshell which is what I think I like best about her. Meghan is inspiring, thought-provoking, honest, curious, and very smart. I am particularly honored to be hosting this post as she shares very defining moments in her life.

When Kerry asked me to guest post, I wasn’t even remotely sure what I would write about. Luckily, she has a topic list for her Freestyle Fridays so that gave me a place to start.  I’ve landed on a defining moment in my life.

Typically, the posts on my blog are inspired by whatever is going on in my life at the moment, things I’m reading/studying, or current events. The topic I am going to share today has been one that I have been wanting to write about for quite some time, but I have…

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