April 24, 2014

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

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By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, and it's better than ever! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is a complete library of great eBooks on homemaking—a truly valuable knowledge base you’ll use for many years to come. Unlike a library, though, you don’t have to spend years building it up. The Ultimate Bundles team has done the hard … [Read more...]

10 Uses for Thieves Essential Oil

10 Uses for Thieves Essential Oil | TheMarathonMom.com

  Each week, I've been sharing about one of the ten oils that come in the Young Living Everyday Oil Kit, and today, I'm so excited to share with you about one of my very favorites! I know, I say it every week, but this is one you don't want to run out of, friends. Thieves is a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils, and is called "Thieves" because it … [Read more...]

Menu Plan 4/21/14 {and Our Easter Weekend}

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What a weekend!  I spent Good Friday morning in surgery, then came home and rested the remainder of the day with  my family.  I felt well enough Saturday to go to my sister's house where we let our kids color eggs and play outside in the gorgeous spring sunshine!  The fresh air and rays felt great, but I tired quickly.  Once home again with all the boys and their colored fingers, I rested, … [Read more...]

He Has Risen!

He has risen!

  So grateful for my Risen Savior!   Happy Easter, friends! Image credit … [Read more...]

Natural Soap Giveaway!


A while back, a fantastic company called Third Day Naturals contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in reviewing their all natural soaps and a few other products. I'm so glad I did, because not only  have I enjoyed their deliciously scented soaps, but their lotion bars and lip balms are amazing, too!   The Lavender Oatmeal Soap and Mint Rosemary Sugar Scrub that you see here … [Read more...]

Why I’m Volunteering for Surgery

Why I'm Volunteering for Surgery | TheMarathonMom.com

Ugh.  The surgery I've been dreading is tomorrow. Tomorrow I have periodontal surgery, the first of two surgeries, since we're doing only the top now.  It's been a long time coming.  Almost 20 years ago, I had braces.  Boy, did I need them.  And since I worked in the dental field, I was told by a few people that I was a future perio patient due to the extreme manner in which we had to … [Read more...]

10 Uses for Purification Essential Oil

Purification 10 Uses

  Purification is one of the ten oils that comes in the Everyday Oils Kit, and it is so awesome!  It's a blend containing Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Rosemary, Melaleuca alternifolia and Myrtle essential oils, and it's another one that I use all the time! Here are just ten of the many ways you can use Purification essential oil blend. 10 Uses for Purification Essential … [Read more...]

HoneyBaked Ham is Awesome!

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*This is a sponsored post, and when I was asked to share about HoneyBaked Ham in time for Easter, I didn't have to think too long and too hard. We've been fans for a long time.  I used to buy their delicious, glazed hams for Christmas Eve, but in recent years, I like to have one for Easter Sunday. And with my upcoming surgery this Friday, yes, on Good Friday, I figured I wouldn't be too … [Read more...]

10 Uses for Joy Essential Oil

10 Uses for Joy Essential Oil | TheMarathonMom.com

I sparkly heart Joy essential oil blend.  It makes me happy....er...I mean....Joy-ful.  :) I've always been very affected by smell, and let me tell you if there is one oil that smells so great it instantly helps change my mood, it's this one! I used to wear Lavender almost every day, but I've fallen in love with the sweet, vivacious scent of the amazing Joy essential oil blend.  Comprised … [Read more...]

Making Home a Haven: A Morning Routine Makes a Difference


Making my home a haven takes a heart for my home, sure, but it also requires some practical work to keep things running smoothly.  I'm the most present, and the most effective mother when I'm not frazzled, and a bit of prescribed order at the start of my day can be a huge help. A morning routine can help you start your day off productively, and sometimes just setting this tone for the day can … [Read more...]