New Uses for Wool Dryer Balls

wool dryer balls

Do you already use wool dryer balls in your laundry? If not, you should. They are essentially balls of wool that are felted, that get thrown into the dryer with your wet clothes. Pop a few in the dryer and they bounce around to help your laundry dry more quickly by absorbing moisture and separating clothing, keep your laundry soft and help with static. Dryer balls are a natural alternative to fabric softeners and dryer sheets that can have a ton of chemicals in them.

You can buy wool dryer balls, or you can make them. I have made them and they are very cheap and easy to make. If you’re interested, check out the DIY tutorial here. {read more}

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Friday Favorites: Cooking Shortcuts

friday favorites cooking shortcuts

Congratulations to all of us mamas who survived another Winter Break! It was fun and brutal and awesome and tiring over here. I love January because it feels like such a great time for a fresh start, for a renewing. I’m personally working on being more “still” in the New Year (read more about my Word to Live by for the New Year here), and trying to purge and clean now that there is some breathing room from all the fun that is the holidays.

Today’s Friday Favorites are my favorite five tips for making your life easier in the kitchen. In short, my best cooking shortcuts. I have been a stay at home mom for almost a decade now and I do the majority of the cooking. So, it’s safe to say that I know my way around the kitchen after I’ve prepared at least a zillion meals in the last ten years. That’s a rough calculation. {read more}

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A Word to Live By for the New Year

“She sits still before the Lord.” – Psalm 37:7

Last year I was introduced to the idea of choosing a word to live by for the year. We talk about resolutions and goals, but I think of this as more of a heart and soul work. The idea is to pick a word that represents how you’d like to live your life moving forward into the coming year; something that trickles down into many areas of your life.

Last year, it was obvious to me that I wanted to focus on being more “present” – and that was my word for 2017. I’ll admit I started out strong and faded a bit, as we always do. I was much more intentional with my time, my distractions and not multitasking the day away. Practically, this meant I put down my phone and devices more, I focused on getting more sleep and quiet time, and I made a concerted effort to give my kids and husband more of my full attention. {read more}

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Holiday Stitch Fix Review

stitch fix december 2017

It’s been a long while since I’ve done a Stitch Fix Review! I requested warm weather layers and some black jeans for this fix, and specifically wanted something in plaid. My stylist delivered! I would have loved to keep all the items in this fix.

stitch fix review december 2017

If you are new to Stitch Fix, start here to learn all about how the online personal clothing styling service works. And don’t forget, you can give someone the gift of Stitch Fix with a gift card (last-minute shoppers rejoice!)

These pictures are crap, but hey I never said I was a #fashionblogger. It’s almost Christmas, all of the children are home full-time (OMG) and it’s just hard to get anything done. My six-year-old daughter was insistent on “helping me” as my photographer, so…here’s to being the mom that says “yes”. {read more}

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Friday Favorites – Christmas is Coming!

Another Friday is here and I’m back with a few Friday Favorites. Are you feeling ready for Christmas? I secretly really want it to snow here, I am crushing on my Instagram feed of all the beautiful snow pictures across the country.

Christmas is hectic and exciting for kids, and I like to take a minute with my kids to remind them what all the symbols of Christmas represent. My son just asked me last night why we put Christmas lights up on our house right now. My answer was, “because it’s pretty, it’s dark a lot now, and it can remind us that Jesus is the light of the world.” He’s four, so he just said, “Oh”. But I like to think these little conversations will stick around for the long haul. Check out this handy little printable of Christmas symbols, over at the Crafty Classroom. So simple, but so important. {read more}

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