April 17, 2014

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...]

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...]

All-Natural Sunburn Remedy

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If you've just popped on over from The Pennington Point, welcome!  I'm so glad you're here for the Detox Your Home Spring Cleaning Blogger Series! For this series, we're exploring natural remedies from the booklet, Chemical Free Home, by Melissa Poepping. It just so happened that our 13 year old son, Hayden recently had an all day track meet and got a horrible sunburn. While I'd love … [Read more...]

10 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

10 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil | TheMarathonMom.com

I truly love Lavender essential oil!  So versatile and good for so many different things, it's one that I never let run dry!  And it smells divine! For years, I wore this as a daily perfume, and still do on occasion, but I use it for a lot more things these days.  Not too long ago, I had a terrible accident in the kitchen and poured boiling water on my hand and the inside of my arm and … [Read more...]

Four Phrases Every Homeschool Mom Should Embrace

4 Phrases every homeschool mom should embrace

As I gain experience in the homeschool life, I'm learning that homeschool is less and less about what I'm teaching my children and it's more and more about what God is teaching me. Kids are natural sponges. They learn despite my weaknesses, and they bounce back from setback quicker than I do. I, on the other hand, need constant reminders about what's actually important in life. I'm learning to … [Read more...]

Menu Plan 3/3/14 {Plus Coupons!}

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Wow, we're frozen again here in Texas, yall! Saturday, we were in shorts and flip-flops, and Sunday, we were bundled up indoors watching the sleet and freezing rain hit the windows.  WOW! It still surprises me how quickly Texas weather can change, but I'm telling you, I'm a Texas girl! So I'm not complaining.  And you know what the cold weather does to me?  Or is it the fact that I'm … [Read more...]

The Young Living Premium Starter Kit {and a Thieves Kit Giveaway!}

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By now you've read a post or two about how much I love Young Living essential oils.  And yall, I have to tell you - I really do love them!  They are the only essential oil company I really trust for therapeutic grade oils. Not long ago, I shared a few of the ways I use essential oils every single day.  I use them for so many things - from making my house smell amazing, to helping kids fight … [Read more...]

Crock-Pot Makes Super Bowl Food Easy and Delicious {and a Giveaway!}


I don't know about you, but Super Bowl is a big day at our house.  And with 8 sons, I can imagine it will always be a big day in our family. My favorite thing about Super Bowl Sunday is, of course, the food!  I love preparing yummy treats and savory eats that we can munch on all day while enjoying our day together and watching the ridiculous commercials.  Oh, and then there's the football.  … [Read more...]