How One Book Changed Me As A Mother

How One Book Changed Me As A Mother

I really, truly, didn’t expect it.

I was lucky enough to be an author for the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle that ran last April and, with my participation, received a free copy of the bundle for myself. I downloaded all of the books, redeemed the bonus items, and went along my merry way. As a new mom, I appreciated the resource that this would be to me at some point, but I figured that I didn’t have time to dive into eBooks with my busy, sleep-deprived life.

It wasn’t until a few months later that I realized what development, encouragement, and growth I was missing out on. Several other authors were raving over the books that they were reading, so I decided to devote just a few minutes of one naptime each day to reading a bit of a book from the bundle. The first one I chose was “The Unwired Mom” by Sarah Mae. Formatted as a 2-week challenge, it seemed attainable and primed to both encourage me and help be grow as a parent. I had no idea.

Through reading this book, I realized just how much I was missing out on in my steadily-growing daughter’s life. How often I was looking at my phone instead of at her. How I spent many days trying to keep her occupied so that I could get work done for my business. How I was writing blogs about being an intentional, present mother, but I was not practicing that at all in my life.

I was broken.

I was undone by these discoveries within myself.

I quickly instituted new rules for myself and my technology use, especially when my daughter was awake. Phone would be for communication only. Social media and business were to wait until naptime, after bedtime, or designated business hours when I knew that Daddy was being present with her. I didn’t want to miss out anymore. I didn’t want to be a slave to novelty, to the approval of others, to a piece of technology. I wanted to be wholly consumed and fulfilled by being Mama.

It dawned on me the other day that I very easily could’ve missed out on this new focus in my life. What if I hadn’t decided to devote a bit of time to reading and challenging myself? What if I had doubted the importance of investing in myself as a homemaker?

Friends, this could be you in just a few months. I don’t care if you buy the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle from me, or whomever- but please, buy it for yourself. Take a few minutes each day to see yourself grow as a mother and a homemaker.

What book will it be that changes you as a mother?

Will it be a book with tons of gluten-free recipes that will revolutionize how you cook nourishing meals for your family?

Maybe it’ll be a book that teaches the importance of celebrating the Christian calendar as a family, and shows you ways to incorporate it into your household celebrations!

Will it be a book that teaches you about home remedies for your family, and encourages you to celebrate the gifts that the Lord has given us on this earth?

Will it be an eCourse on essential oils that will empower you to take control of your family’s health?

Maybe it’ll be the free amber teething jewelry you’ll receive as a bonus item, or the mouth healing essential oil blend. Maybe the 4 months of at-home yoga will inspire you to live a healthier lifestyle for your family. It could even be the free yogurt culture you’ll receive as a bonus item that takes money off of your budget each month.


Who knows what that one special, impactful thing will be for you?!

Friends, investing in yourself as a homemaker is priceless. You need to be encouraged, to grow, to be challenged, and to be inspired- and I truly don’t know of a better resource than the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. It will revolutionize you as a mother, a wife, and a keeper of your home. Take a step. Invest in yourself and in your family!

A Necklace for Teething Pain? Seriously? {a skeptic’s review of baltic amber}

amber necklaces review

“It all seems a little hocus-pocus if you ask me.”

I remember saying those word sot my husband as we strolled through a local natural medicine store. Shelves full of pretty rocks had caught my eye- and as I looked closer, I learned that these treasures were actually crystals used for their certain powers and characteristics they possess. Some would bring you courage, others would increase productivity, still others would help you embrace positivity. He who possessed the crystals had the powers. “This is weird… I can’t get into this.”

That slightly-creeped-out feeling followed me into the early stages of my pregnancy, where I was first exposed to the therapeutic use of Baltic Amber to treat teething pain in infants. The premise of a certain type of stone being able to take away my baby’s pain hearkened me back to the pretty shelves of rocks that promised to make my dreams come true. I was NOT HAVING ANY PART OF IT.

And yet… more and more mothers, whose opinions I respected, seemed to be turning to these amber necklaces and having good results! “The placebo effect doesn’t exist in babies,” a friend told me, “they can’t fool themselves into thinking something works. It either helps, or it doesn’t- and this definitely does!”

So, reluctantly, I put some baltic amber jewelry on my baby registry- and I was blessed with both a necklace and a bracelet! Of course, being a first-time-mom and believing that, given the right tools, I could forgo the horrible months of teething altogether, sweet Hallelujah was christened with her amber at the first sign of teething- a bit of drool and putting things in her mouth around 3 months old.

Now, of course, I realize that she wasn’t teething at all- rather, she was simply experiencing a normal developmental milestone for her age and experiencing the world with her mouth! So, off came the amber, and we continued on with our lives.

Flash forward several months and a cross-country move later, and Halle is SCREAMING for an entire day. Make that almost a week. Why? I have no idea. Until one afternoon, when I swipe her mouth after she inevitably puts something in it, and a small sharp something grazes my finger…


Yes, at 7 months old, an adorable, solitary little tooth had made it’s entrance into the world. Into my world. Into my daughter’s mouth, causing her great pain. Causing her to SCREAM ALL WEEK! It all made sense now! But… where was the amber? I knew I had seen it somewhere int he move….right?

Finally, after about an hour’s frantic search, I found it. The glorious, golden necklace of supposed promise. I clasped it carefully around her neck and waited for the screams to continue. I even walked to the bathroom and grabbed the Lavender oil to apply to calm her down…

….but nothing happened.

There were no more screams. Ever. Even as I write this, weeks later, she’s not once screamed out of pain (and mamas, you know that you can tell the difference). Oh my, did I just become a believer in these amber necklaces?

Yes, friends. Yes I did.

So, let’s talk about how this stuff actually works. First of all, baltic amber isn’t actually a stone, it’s a resin. Like pine sap or maple syrup, when it hardens it forms a resin? Same kind of deal. So, when your sweet one wears the baltic amber jewelry on their skin, it is warmed ever so slightly. When this happens, it begins to break down- not nearly enough to feel sticky or like it’s disintegrating, but enough to release some therapeutic benefits onto your child’s skin and, subsequently, into their bloodstream.

One of these therapeutic benefits is the release of a substance called succinic acid. This acid, present in amber in up to 8% by weight, has a gentle analgesic effect, relieving the pain that the baby is experiencing.

Pretty cool, huh?

What’s even cooler- you can get some baltic amber jewelry FOR FREE this week, with the purchase of an Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle!

That’s right, my friends- when you purchase this incredible library of homemaking and healthy living resources (hey, my book is in there, too!) you get your choice of a FREE baltic amber baby bracelet or adult bracelet from Sweetbottoms Baby!


It’s Here!

We all want to make better health and lifestyle decisions for ourselves and those we love. We want to lose some weight, have more energy, use greener products, create nutritious meals for our families, get fit, and feel confident that we’re doing all we can to prevent serious diseases.

But it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the masses of healthy living advice out there – to the point where we’re frozen into complete inaction instead!

That’s where The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle comes in. For the ridiculously low price of just $29.97 (for the PDF version) or $39.97 (for the eReader version), you can get access to a carefully curated collection of eBooks and eCourses with a total combined value of $1,030.

The bundle contains a wealth of information from the very finest healthy living writers out there – but there’s no risk of getting overwhelmed! A useful Getting Started Guide is included with your purchase, which will help you identify the most valuable resources for your specific health priorities.

The Ultimate Bundles team has done all the hard work for you – finding the top experts across a number of healthy living fields and combining their products into one essential collection. If you want to take control of your health, there’s no better way to start!

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, September 10 until 11:59pm EST on Monday, September 15.

But don’t wait until the last moment – there are only 30,000 bundles available and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

You can buy with confidence because your purchase is covered by the Ultimate Bundles one-year guarantee: you have a full year to enjoy all the books and courses in the bundle, and if you don’t feel like it’s made a huge difference to your family’s health, you’ll get your money back in full!

Click here for more info or to buy now.

As if this great collection of eBooks and eCourses wasn’t enough, the Ultimate Bundles team has also partnered with 10 fantastic companies who’ve each agreed to give a special bonus to every buyer. The bonuses have a total value of over $200 – more than 5 times the price of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle itself!

The bonuses include free goodies aplenty: a bottle of Healthy Mouth Blend from OraWellness, a baltic amber bracelet from Sweetbottoms Boutique, and a starter culture from Cultures For Health. You’ll also get gift sets from Made On Skin Care Products and Homegrown Collective.

There are virtual goodies, too – a 4-month membership to and a 3-month premium membership to meal planning service Tradishen. And as if all that weren’t enough, there are also $15 gift certificates for, and Trilight Health. There is a nominal shipping charge for many of the bonuses, based on each company’s standard shipping rates, and is usually $3-5.

Here’s what you need to know about the sale:

When? 7 a.m. EST Wednesday, September 10 until 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, September 15

What? 73 eBooks and 7 audio & eCourses, PLUS over $200 worth of bonus products you’ll really use!

Where? Purchase the bundle HERE.

How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth $1030, and it’s selling for less than $30. Sweet deal, right?

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Want to know exactly what’s included in the bundle?

Take a look through the categories, as well as the full list of eBooks and eCourses.

We think there’s something here for everyone, and don’t forget… our Getting Started Guide will show you exactly which resources cover the topics and health concerns that matter most to you!

Alternative Health & Home Remedies

Audio Courses & eCourses


Gardening & Homesteading

Green Cleaning

Healthy Children

Meal Budgeting & Planning

Natural Beauty & Skincare

Real Food Recipes


Special Diets

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 7 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, September 10th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, September 15th.

Disclosure: I have a book that is included in this bundle, so your purchase will be a direct blessing to my family! Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.


A Farm Mama’s Little Beauty Secret

I like having pretty nails.

Yes, I preach simplicity and frugality and Christlike femininity- and I don’t think that any of those are discounted here. I don’t have an addiction to expensive manicures that fill my lungs with chemicals and empty my bank account. Nope, wrong blog.

I just…. I like my nails to be pretty!

But you know what? I’m a MOM.

And I’m BUSY.


So my nails? Gross. Total afterthought. Always broken and chipping and dirty. We farm girls call it the “farmicure”- it looks like a french manicure with dark tips, except it’s actually just dirt under your nails. I know, REAL CUTE.

This is my life.


Yes, Jamberry Nail Wraps. You’ve heard of them, yes? Well, for good reason. These little gems are transforming the nails of mamas everywhere. You are still skeptical? Well, I was too…

So, yes. I am a mom, and a farm wife, and all that those things entail- diapers, dishes, groceries, bills, cooking, the occasional planting, washing really dirty laundry. But, I’m also a blogger and I run a successful business from my home- which has me working several hours a day, while my little love is sleeping, typing away on my computer. All of these things have it out for my nails- and they were winning. I can’t find a polish that will last more than a day without chipping. Even the few times that I’ve been blessed with a fancy set of gel nails at a salon, I hardly get more than 2 or 3 days without chips- hardly worth the money.

Knowing how much I loved having my nails pretty and yet seeing my frustration at the wasted effort as they were quickly ruined, the promise of “14 chip-free days” that Jamberry made appealed to me instantly. I was sent some samples to put to the test! (you can get a free sample this week by joining our party on Facebook!)


These are my nails on day 1. Yes, you have to apply them yourself, which can be a little tedious- but Jamberry lays out the steps clearly for you, and the whole process doesn’t take longer than half an hour. The best part- they aren’t wet. EVER. So if your sweet little wakes up mid-application? No big deal. Pick it up at your next nap time. I was thrilled with how these turned out, and I just used the tools that I had at home- a blow drier, nail file, and some scissors (not even nail-specific ones).  Best part? THIS is how much I have left after this manicure! SO MUCH LEFT!


Here are my nails on day 16- yes, two days longer than the promised 2 weeks. Really, I took them off because I wanted to change them. They still looked great and would’ve lasted MUCH longer. I love them- and I am hooked!


The dealbreaker for me about Jamberry wraps, though, is the price- just $15 for a sheet, and then if you buy 3 sheets, you get 1 FREE. So, 4 sheets for $45, and each sheet gives you 2-3 manicures average- I fins it will give me 4-5! So you’re talking anywhere from 8-20 manicures for $45. HELLO FRUGAL BEAUTY JACKPOT!

Even more frugal? Getting them for free…which you can, if you win my giveaway! YAY! You can find me giving away sheets on my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts! Get to it, y’all!

You can also get more information about Jamberry, free samples, and enter to win even MORE free stuff over at my pop-up Jamberry Party! Thanks to Megan Dequine of CA for setting up this great opportunity and being an incredible consultant. Also, if you’re in FL, look up my sweet SIL Monica Von Herbulis- she’s selling, too!