April 23, 2014

Lincoln Sleeps Through the Night!


I can't begin to describe how wonderful it is to sleep several hours a night uninterrupted after a few long years of NOT sleeping through the night.  It's a long, complicated story of why Levi, then Landen, then Lincoln all took almost two years, so we'll just pick up with Lincoln. Hallelujah, the boy is sleeping til morning these days! Any weary mama can vouch for me when I say it changes … [Read more...]

Amber Teething Necklaces for Babies {and a Giveaway!}


I've attempted to be a more natural-minded mother since our first child was born, and yet, since he was born back in the 1900s, sometimes I feel like I'm just now learning some natural applications to use with our more recent children.  Take the amber teething necklace for example. They've been around for a long time, but I was taught that if a cold teether, and then maybe some Tylenol didn't … [Read more...]

Natural Mothering eBook Bundle


  Have you ever wished motherhood came with a manual? Whether motherhood makes you feel overwhelmed or whether you feel like you've found your stride as a mother, we are here to help you be the best mother to your children that you can be. We can also help you deal with infertility and prepare you for giving birth confidently and joyfully. We've got the resources you need to help … [Read more...]

Homemade Baby Food

How to Make Baby Food

Whether you begin feeding your baby solid foods at an early age or follow more of a baby-led weaning later on, homemade baby food is easy to make. Not only is homemade fresher and often more nutritious, it can also be much less expensive than the store-bought varieties With our eighth baby, I waited until he was 8 or 9 months old, and tried to take my cue from him for when he was ready to try … [Read more...]

Homemade Baby Food – Pears

Baby Food Pears | TheMarathonMom.com

Lately, when we've had an abundance of a certain type of fruit that the boys just aren't eating quickly enough, I've been turning them into baby foods, jams, and preserves. Since I have to wash, peel, and boil a large of amount of fruit, instead of making preserves and baby food separately, I just knock it out all at one time by removing a portion of the cooked fruit to make baby food before … [Read more...]

Homemade Baby Food – Carrots

Baby Food Carrots | TheMarathonMom.com

Carrots have been a favorite food for all eight of our babies! And like its orange friend, butternut squash, carrot puree is not only a perfect first food for babies, but can easily be added to other soups, chili, and pasta sauce to sneak in a few extra nutrients when dealing with picky eaters. Steam and Mash To make baby food carrots for your baby, simple wash carrots, cut off tops, and peel … [Read more...]

Making Home a Haven: Praying Mom

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As a mom, have you ever been desperate?  Have you ever cried out to God for mercy, for help, for strength?  For a miracle? I know I have.  I hope this post inspires you, even if - and especially if - you feel you've lost hope in praying to your Heavenly Father. So far in this Making Home a Haven series, we've discussed how God wants us to thrive, to live life abundantly, and last week, … [Read more...]

Free Printed Nursing Pillows, Slings, Carseat Canopies, and More!

Free Nursing Pillow

Wow! There are a lot of great promotional offers going on right now for you to take advantage of! If you're expecting a baby, or know someone who is, be sure and grab one or all of these great products for free!  You can click on each graphic to take you to an order page, where you simple use the promo code ENBABY to check out for free. Free Nursing Pillow If you can't click the graphic … [Read more...]

Sweet Swag by Sarah {A Giveaway!}

Sweet Swag

Lincoln recently had the privilege of receiving in the mail this beautiful, hand-made taggie (tactile blanket) from Sweet Swag by Sarah.  I just love the owls!  But Lincoln, of course, loves all the different ribbons and textures. Here is a close-up so that you can see it in better detail. This is a small blanket made specifically for baby to hold and cuddle! It is approximately 12" x … [Read more...]

Organizing Room-by-Room: How I Became the Accidental Hoarder

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It all started this cold and flu season.  Well, actually it all started when we had the first of our eight sons, 15 years ago, but that's another story.  This is the story of how I accidentally started a massive room-by-room over-haul of our family's home and how we're reaping the benefits. (And no, the baby shoving an entire orange into his mouth has nothing to do with this story, minus the … [Read more...]