When Your Child Has A Tonsillectomy

When Your Child Has A Tonsillectomy

The ENT (ear/nose/throat) doctor tells you that your child needs to have a tonsillectomy. Now what happens? Often for parents, your hearts may start beating a little faster, and lots of thoughts race thru your heads. Many questions can pop up, and a certain amount of uneasiness from not knowing what to expect. “Helpful” acquaintances may regal you with their own not-so-pleasant experiences. Parents may also turn to their friend Google to try to find out details. Preparing yourself for what to expect when your child has a tonsillectomy is important. But you want to…

Healthy Family Fun Doing a 5k Run

Healthy Family Fun Doing a 5k Run

Traditions are an important part of a person’s childhood memories. They also influence how each of us raise our own families. So I believe we need to create good traditions for our kids. Doing a 5K run together is a fun, healthy tradition that can be enjoyed as a family.  Last year my son and I participated in our first 5K Color run together. This past weekend we were able to do it again. It’s a family-friendly event, that even strollers are allowed in. Participants may run or walk based on…

Chicken Egg Excitement At Our House

Chicken Egg Excitement At Our House

Woo hoo! Celebrate! We got our first chicken egg today! This is definitely cause for excitement for any backyard chicken owner! This morning I went out, and peeked in the nest boxes. I was proud to see our first little brown egg! We have been getting a bit impatient with the girls, thinking it’s time to see a little something happening around here. I have been stating that our chickens must be dysfunctional the last couple weeks.  And I have been analyzing them, looking for signs that indicate they might…

Canning Green Beans

Canning Green Beans

This is the time of year that gardeners become super busy trying to preserve the abundance that a well-kept garden yields. Green beans are one of these produce items that I like to preserve for the rest of the year for my family.  I have found green beans from my garden superior to most purchased at the grocery store. In fact, it was just in the past year that I found some frozen green beans that were actually good. *This post contains affiliate links.  I may receive compensation if you choose…

Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas

Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas

I am not a morning person. Getting up early to make a wonderful breakfast every day is not my thing. But neither do I want to feed my kids cold cereal daily for breakfast. I can imagine that this is true for other parents, especially those that have a job to go to as well.  That’s why I am going to share a collection of recipes that are fairly healthy options and can be made ahead if you prefer to. I did not create these breakfast recipes, but I have personally cooked every…

Homemade Breakfast Cereal

Homemade Breakfast Cereal

Today I want to share a recipe to make your own homemade cereal. Breakfast cereal is something that can be expensive, and not always have a lot of health benefits. Too often, it can be full of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. While I am not going to claim that this particular recipe is the most healthy cereal out there, I like to think it ranks better than many of those on the market. And I recommend finding a source like Aldi’s to purchase most of the ingredients in order to be more frugal….

The Benefits of Having Chickens

The Benefits of Having Chickens

So our new project this year is raising chickens in our backyard! We have a couple main reasons for trying this, as well as some other benefits we are hoping for. One of the big ones is because we want to produce healthier meat and eggs for our consumption. It started with knowing my husband has some cholesterol and heart issues in his genetics that we hope to beat by improving his diet. As a nurse, I believe a healthy diet and exercise can do so much for everyone, but…

Raising Healthy Pork for Less

Raising Healthy Pork for Less

Last summer, my husband and I had one of those conversations that begins with me saying, “Honey, I have a crazy idea,” and him responding, “Oh boy, what’s that?” My reply that time was, “I think we should raise our own pigs for meat.” “Well,” he said, kinda laughing, “that is crazy coming from you.” Although my family, especially my parents and siblings like to imply that I am not the farm-girl or “roughing it” type, it’s not a completely far-fetched idea for me. I did grow up on an…

Make your own strawberry jelly

Make your own strawberry jelly

  FACT: Kids can happily live off peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  I have one child who tried to request them for both breakfast and lunch. But that was probably better than when she wanted Oreos for breakfast. Anyway, if you have several children who like to eat these sandwiches, it’s good to have an extra jelly jar handy in the house for when the current one gets empty. So why not make your own? It’s not hard. I’m going to tell you how I make mine. To clarify for those…