Wise Words

The faults we cannot overcome in ourselves and others we must patiently suffer until our good Lord otherwise disposes.

Work today, therefore, and always to be patient with the failings of others, for you have many things in yourself that others must endure.

If you cannot become the person you want to be, how can you expect perfection in others?

We would gladly have others be perfect, but we will not amend our own lives.

We would like others to be corrected immediately for their failings, but we resist correction.

We resent the freedom of others, but we will not be denied anything we desire.

It is evident that we seldom think of our neighbor as we do ourselves.

God has ordained that each of us shall learn to bear another’s burden. For in this world no one is without faults, no one is without burdens, and no one is totally wise.

~Thomas a Kempis~

From the book True Serenity


DIY-All Natural Deodorant

Last year I found this recipe and it’s what my family and I have been using ever since. I was looking to replace my antiperspirant with a natural alternative. This recipe is super easy, and you may have some of the ingredients on hand. If not, you can order them online (I ordered mine from amazon.)

*Note: If you are not used to all natural deodorant, your body may go through an adjustment period. It took me at least 2 weeks to get used to it. At first, I experienced some burning and itching. Also, you will still sweat! That is normal. This is not an antiperspirant. But the baking soda helps to neutralize any odor and the Tea Tree oil helps to kill bacteria.

You can find the recipe here

My double boiler


The recipe filled 2 1/2 regular size containers
Ingredient list: coconut oil, baking soda, shea butter, arrowroot powder, beeswax, essential oils, containers, mixing spoon
Shea butter
Melting the oils
Any containers will work. Even a small glass jar with lid.

The Snack Bin aka Simplifying Life

I tend to get a little stressed out when the kids come to me and say “what’s for snack?” Or “can I have something to eat?” Or “I’m huuuuungry!” I know that sounds pretty lame but it’s true. We already have 2 set snack times a day, 10:30am and 3:00pm. But I was not actually planning snacks out and that was the problem. Snack time would come and I wouldn’t know what to give them. So, yesterday I had a light-bulb moment. Wouldn’t it be a lot easier on everyone if their was a specific “snack bin” where the kids could get their own snack?!?!

Introducing the “snack bin” Original I know. But it’s the little things people:)



All Natural DIY Dusting Spray *Easy

Here are the ingredients I use (minus the olive oil) You can really use any essential oil. The sprayer is from $Tree.


For a while now I have been using all natural/non-toxic cleaning products in our home. We have seven kiddos in our home which is a good enough reason! Plus, every time I would use “regular” cleaning products I would get a headache! There are some excellent recipes out there(pinterest anyone?) that are not only all natural but are super frugal alternatives.

I was super excited when I found this recipe on Do It On A Dimes website for Dusting Spray

She also has an excellent youtube channel with tons of thrifty ideas and DIY projects.

This recipe is great. It’s all natural and it works really well. You may already have the ingredients on hand. Here is the recipe:

1 3/4 cups water

1/4 cup white vinegar

2 tps. olive oil

1/2 tsp. essential oil of your choice (I used orange oil)

Add to a spray bottle. *Make sure to give it a shake before use as the oils tend to gather at the top of the bottle.

I have made this three times now. It smells amazing and it really works. Let me know if you try it and what you think of it!




Giving Up Sugar


I will be allowing myself these on occasion. Yes, that tag says .99 cents! It’s from our local discount store. I will be doing a post on it in the future!


Oh the dread. The title of the post was written with as much enthusiasm as I could muster. I guess It’s because I have tried again and again to give up sugar only to fall back into my bad habits. I CRAVE it. But it is beginning to cause some annoying health issues. Not to mention as I get older I am finding my metabolism isn’t what it used to be:) I will be allowing myself the occasional treat of honey or coconut sugar.

So, I need your help! Have you tried giving up sugar? What helped when the cravings hit?

I am planning on doing occasional updates on my progress. I think putting this out there will help hold me accountable! My short term goal is to go one week without it. I really need to take baby steps otherwise it seems overwhelming! I will report back next week!