Shouldn’t This Just Work

6 Nursing Tips No One Every Told Me

Mother Breastfeeding a Child

Having now nursed six babies in my motherhood journey, I can tell you that it hasn’t always been easy. One would think that it would come completely natural, but unfortunately, that is not always the case.

Right off the bat let me say it can be painful at first. Usually, the reason for this is a bad latch especially if the pain continues past the first week or so.

Within the first week, you can get chapped and be in pain just because it’s all new, even if you are doing everything entirely correct. My favorite balm to help soothe chapped nipples is a product called Earth Mama Angel Baby Non GMO Natural Nipple Butter Nursing Cream. I know, I know that names of some of these things make me laugh, but if you are in enough pain to need it, you will not care what they call it.

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6 Kids and a Mom

Lessons Learned from Road Tripping

Road Winding Through Desert Landscape

We just got back from a cross-country road trip. While we had a great time, we did spend a lot of time in our car. The first leg was about 22 hours straight through, though on the way home we decided to break things up a bit. It was a long trip.

In life we can learn from any situation. Having six kids with us, five of them under seven, it was quite challenging at times. I was amazed however at how well the kids did. I think my two-year old got the prize for the best behaved out of the under seven category! I definitely wasn’t expecting that.

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Inspecting What You Expect

How to Raise Productive Kids

Kid Doing Dishes in the Sink

If you want a job done right, you should do it yourself. I’m sure you’ve heard that saying but does this have to be true? I often find myself trying to do every job in my house. singlehandedly. Unfortunately, I am completely outnumbered. Nine people live in my house, and I’m just one person fighting against all of them quite frequently.

It is imperative for our children to learn to help. However, I find myself getting frustrated because they aren’t doing things exactly how I would. Even worse, I catch them shirking a responsibility that they know exactly how to do. It’s a job in and of itself just to inspect what they are doing.

One day their bosses, spouses, children, even they will thank you if you teach them while they are young how to work hard and do a job well.

Today, I want to share some of my favorite tips on how I get my troops assembled to do a job to the best of their ability.

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Being a Shopping Survivalist

How to Get Groceries with a Gaggle of Littles

citrus produce in crates shopping

I survived! I made it! I went shopping with five kids under the age of six. And I am proud to report not a single breakdown! This accomplishment is huge.

I made four different stop and managed to get all of my groceries for the week. Yeah, I can barely believe it myself.

If you are a mama of littles, you know the relief after a successful shopping trip. You also know the look of an unsuccessful excursion. The whining, the crying, the begging, the throwing, the random things in the cart at checkout. Sometimes it keeps me awake at night.

But this week I made it.

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Taming the Tongue

Mommy 911 for the Spicy Tongue - 10 Verses to Call On

Child covering ears

In a house of nine you can imagine we have a lot of mouths speaking pretty much all of the time. Not to mention, as I have said before, we have a family most would describe as spicy. This potentially lethal combination leads to a great need to turn to Scripture for direction on how to deal with this.

The Bible, specifically Proverbs, has a lot to say about the tongue. It can be used to build up or tear down, to speak life or death.

I recently posted on how are children are image bearers, how they absorb everything they hear and see us do. Well, mothers here are ten great verses for ourselves as well our children to memorize and hide in our hearts. The hope is in times of conflict we can speak life into the lives of those precious people that God has entrusted to us.

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Turning from the Idol of Food

3 Ways to Overcome a Food Addiction

sweet looking-cupcakes

I have a love-love relationship with food. I wouldn’t say I am gourmet or even adventurous with my food choices. But I do have comfort foods; lots of them! I eat when I’m happy, stressed, sad, and bored. I derive much happiness from food. Is this you? Read on my friend.

The last several months, I’ve been on a weight loss journey. My health odyssey of sorts. Coming up against my food problem has been difficult. No, downright hard. A few weeks into my journey life happened and stressful days ensued I wanted nothing more than to get myself a Mocha Moolatte plop down on the couch and watch some Biggest Loser. It’s true.

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How to Get the Most Out of a Homeschooling Convention

5 Musts for Navigating a Homeschool Convention

stacks of school books

When you walk into that huge, huge vendor hall and see all of those booths with their marketing signs and loads and loads of books, it’s very normal to get completely overwhelmed. When I’m overwhelmed, I become stress paralyzed. Yes, it is a real thing I promise!??

To help you avoid stress paralyzation, I swear it’s real, here are five tips that I use each and every year as I navigate the vendor hall at the GHS convention.

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