15 safe summer scents for your home

I love scenting my house with beautiful fragrances, but when I learned about the toxic petrochemicals that most air fresheners and candles are made with, I knew I needed to find something safer to use around my kids (and myself!) Thankfully a friend turned me on to Young Living essential oils.  I bought their Premium Starter Kit, which comes with a diffuser and voila, I was in business again! In case you’re wondering what a diffuser is — it’s a {Read More}

what to do when you feel overwhelmed

5 tips for finding soul space

The past four years have been tough on our family.  Every time I thought I was getting a little breathing room, another crisis, health problem, or another big move with the kids would rear up and I would find myself on my knees again. During these times, I’d often lay awake in bed — all my worries and hopes and thoughts swirling around me.  I would wake up tired and be distracted throughout the day — the little problems and {Read More}

here’s to the globetrotting moms out there…

…to the moms who sort and organize all their stuff into piles of Bring Immediately, Bring Later, Store, Sell or Donate …to the moms who manage mountains of preparations — passports and visas, doctor’s appointments, goodbye trips to family and friends, the change of address, shipping the car, and so many other things …to the moms who walk their babies up and down the aisle of the plane, who hold the hands of their older kids and tell them it’s {Read More}

the box is half full

5 good things about moving

When I first found out that I’d be moving overseas, I was excited. I went to the bookstore and looked at the travel books and maps. I started learning a few words of a new language. It didn’t even bother me that I had committed to live for several years in a country (actually a continent!) that I’d never set foot in. I was young and ready for adventure.

The next move, I was a little less excited. I knew how much work there’d be — unpacking boxes, trying to make new friends, finding my way around a new city. By the time I started preparing for my third move — with a 2 year old and four month old! — the novelty had REALLY worn off…  {Read more}