Real Family Life

This category is for all blog posts related to everyday family life. You’ll find subjects like fun traditions, tips on traveling with kids, managing the family calendar, seasonal adventures, arts & crafts, and games.

My “Happy, Healthy, and Fit” Goals for 2017

My “Happy, Healthy, and Fit” Goals for 2017

Last year I started the year off with one theme in mind: simplified living. My entire year was primarily focused on improving my health through simple living - less chemicals, less stress, less rushing, less chaos. You get the picture.

This year my main focus ...

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Saying Goodbye to 2016: My Year-in-Review

Saying Goodbye to 2016: My Year-in-Review

Last week, as I traveled around town finishing up my Christmas shopping, I decided to listen to my favorite podcast - This is Your Life with Michael Hyatt.

As is typical for this time of year, Michael was talking about goals. Now, his advice was ...

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Simple Family Traditions: 25 Days of Christmas Movies

Simple Family Traditions: 25 Days of Christmas Movies

The Christmas season is one of my favorite times of year to create special memories with my family. One simple tradition we have that the entire family enjoys is watching lots of Christmas movies.

Most are classic Christmas movies, but we - or should I ...

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From Stay-at-Home Mom to Working Mom: 6 Tips to Help Your Transition Go Smoothly

From Stay-at-Home Mom to Working Mom: 6 Tips to Help Your Transition Go Smoothly

Today marks my 2nd week of employment at my new job. That, along with getting the kiddos ready for back-to-school, is to blame for my lack of writing here at the blog lately. I promise. I'll get it together! Ha! 😀

The truth is, I'm juggling ...

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What I’ve Learned About Death

What I’ve Learned About Death

My husband's parents are always on my heart and mind this time of the year. If they were still alive, they would be celebrating 55 years of marriage this month. Unfortunately, we lost both of them (way too soon) a few years back.

They were ...

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8 Baby Steps You Can Take to Give Up Your Control-Freak Status

8 Baby Steps You Can Take to Give Up Your Control-Freak Status

I've been a control-freak most of my adult life.

I can think of a handful of reasons why I've always felt the need to be in-control of every aspect of my life - and yes, even the people in it. The root cause being that ...

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Hospitality: How to Host a Healthy Get-Together With Friends

Hospitality: How to Host a Healthy Get-Together With Friends

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

~ 1 Peter 4:9

Yes, the Bible encourages us to open our homes and our hearts to others.

I actually love to have guests over to our home. Putting on a big spread and entertaining family or ...

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What to do When You and Your Spouse are on Opposite Sides of the Fence Regarding Natural Living

What to do When You and Your Spouse are on Opposite Sides of the Fence Regarding Natural Living

Not long ago, my daughters and I shopped at a favorite health and wellness store in our quaint little town. I love the products they sell in that store and could have looked around for a good hour, but on this particular day, I only needed ...

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A Word of Encouragement: Your Breakthrough is Coming

A Word of Encouragement: Your Breakthrough is Coming

It's peaceful.

The birds are singing. The sun is starting to disappear into dusk, and the breeze sends me reaching for my sweatshirt. I scoot back into the lawn chair and take a sip of my ice water.

As I watch my daughters playing joyfully ...

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40 Thoughts About Becoming a 40-Something

40 Thoughts About Becoming a 40-Something

Today I turn 43-years-old. It seems like just yesterday I was freaking out about leaving my 30's and becoming a 40-something. I've had some time to live it for a few years, though, so I'll share my perspective on the whole 40-something age group. Warning: ...

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