Living in the Comfort Zone

Living In The Comfort Zone

Editor’s Note:  This post was written by Rach from Project Breathe.  To find out more about Rach, please visit her website here and her contributor page here at Our Small Hours.  Be sure to follow Project Breathe on social media:  Instagram, Twitter, G+ and Pinterest. Living in the Comfort Zone I had a realisation this week. I’m living very nicely within a comfort zone. This thing is that I’ve been telling myself that I’ve been pushing myself out of Continue Reading →

Top 5 Places to Visit in Alabama

Top Five Places to Visit in Alabama

Editor’s Note:  This is a sponsored post for which I was compensated to share my honest opinions and experiences with Alabama food and travel. Top Five Places to Visit in Alabama Sweet Home Alabama.  It’s more than just a song.  It’s the place where the dialect is sweet and the tea is even sweeter.  It’s the home of sugar-white beaches and sticky, delectable BBQ.  Even the air is sweeter in Alabama with its honeysuckle-scented breezes. Continue Reading →

The Best Natural Deodorant

The Best Natural Deodorant

The Best Natural Deodorant Well, you know you’re a hippie when . . . Yes, I’ve crossed the last threshold into the world of natural living. However, I don’t fancy smelling badly. I’ve had my eyes water on more than one occasion while talking to someone who had fully embraced the natural life.  I don’t want to be that person.  I do love natural living and I often don’t wear deodorant when hanging out at home, but Continue Reading →

Natural Cleaning with Bio Green Clean

Best Natural Cleaning Products

Editor’s Note:  I received a bottle of Bio Green Clean to use and review.  I also received compensation in exchange for my honest review of this product. Natural Cleaning With Bio Green Clean I’ve cleaned my home with natural cleaning products for years.  Most of the time I like to make my own natural cleaning products because I can control the ingredients that go into them and because DIY is a frugal option.  Still, I Continue Reading →

How to Convince Your Husband to Homeschool

How to Convince Your Husband to Homeschool

How to Convince Your Husband to Homeschool Although we’ve been homeschooling since 2008, we almost didn’t homeschool at all.  My husband was not supportive of homeschool in the beginning.  Since he’s a pretty easy-going guy who is open to experience, I had never had to convince him of much.  His hesitation to homeschool was difficult to take because I knew beyond doubt that homeschooling was right for our family.  Still, my passion for homeschooling did not immediately transfer Continue Reading →

Emile Noel Organic Olive Oil and Sesame Oil

Best Organic Olive Oil

Editor’s Note:  I received two bottles of Emile Noel oil for this review.  In addition, I was compensated in exchange for trying the oils and writing about my honest opinion on my website and social media. Emile Noel Fair-Trade, Organic Olive Oil and Sesame Oil If you’re a real-food foodie, I’m sure you already know that fat is your friend.  If you’re new to real food, let me assure you . . . Fat is Continue Reading →

Primal Low Carb Kitchen Cookbook Review

Primal Low Carb Recipes

Primal Low Carb Kitchen Cookbook Review You know what I love?  Recipes that taste amazing and are healthy.  You know what I love more?  Recipes that my children love that taste amazing and are healthy.  The Primal Low Carb Kitchen cookbook provides exactly what I love. Kyndra of Peace, Love and Low Carb has long been one of my favorite real food bloggers.  Her story is inspiring and her recipes are delectable.  Recently, Kyndra so kindly sent Continue Reading →

How to Homeschool Your First Grader for Free

Homeschool For Free

How to Homeschool Your First Grader for Free When I was a new homeschooling mom, I spent way too much money on two complete homeschool curricula for my sons, who were then in 2nd grade and Kindergarten.  It was not a good use of my money.  You can read about my experience (and how to homeschool your Kindergartener for free) here. As I looked for alternatives to the curriculum that didn’t work for us, I was happy to Continue Reading →

Baiden Mitten: Natural Remedy for Smooth Skin

Baiden Mitten

Editor’s Note: I was compensated and provided with a Baiden Mitten to try in exchange for my honest review of this product. Baiden Mitten:  Ancient, Natural Remedy for Smooth Skin It’s that time of year!  The weather gets hot and for the sake of comfort, we’re forced to expose more of our skin.  Feet, knees, and elbows that were hidden away for the winter are now peeking out of cute sandals, short sleeved shirts and bathing suits. The Baiden Continue Reading →

Space Scouts Subscription Boxes for Kids

Subscription Boxes for Kids

Editor’s Note:I was compensated and provided with a Space Scouts Subscription box in exchange for my honest review of this product. Subscription Boxes for Kids — Space Scouts If you haven’t discovered subscription boxes yet . . . well, you haven’t been paying attention.  They are everywhere.  There are makeup subscription boxes, healthy snack subscription boxes, subscription boxes for men, for women and for pets.  Even though I’ve known about the various subscriptions boxes for years Continue Reading →

How to Talk To Your Teenager About Drugs

Teen Drug Abuse

Editor’s Note:  In this post, Temple from Mom of Two Teen Boys shares her story about her teenage son and drug use.  To find out more about Temple please visit her blog and her social media pages on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.    How to Talk To Your Teenager About Drugs Temple’s Story Teens can be complicated. I heard someone once say ” Little kids, little problems. Big kids, big problems. I must say I have to totally Continue Reading →

How to Manage a Busy Life

How to Manage a Busy Schedule

Editor’s Note:  This post was written by Samara from My Adventure Called Life.  To find out more about Samara, please visit her website here and the contributor page here at Our Small Hours.  Be sure to follow Samara on social media:  Instagram, Twitter, G+ and Pinterest. How to Manage a Busy Life Since I was young, I have always been someone who moves quickly, works quickly and gets as much done in a small amount of time as possible. When Continue Reading →

My Husband and I Disagree on Discipline

My Husband and I Disagree on Discipline

My Husband and I Disagree on Discipline Disclaimer:  This post is written specifically for mothers who practice gentle, positive discipline.  Our Small Hours supports the use of attachment parenting and gentle, positive discipline and does not support the use of physical punishment. My husband and I are compatible in many ways, but we also disagree on our fair share of things.  One of the most difficult things that has happened in our marriage is when my husband Continue Reading →

$500 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

 $500 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway It’s that time again!  It’s time for an amazing giveaway for you, my dear readers.  I love co-hosting these Amazon giveaways. The $500 Amazon gift card prize is out of this world! There are so many ways to get multiple entries, too.  Giving away essential oils samples and useful new products is great, but giving away an Amazon gift card or cold, hard cash is my absolute favorite way to Continue Reading →

3 Essential Skills for Moms with Chronic Illness

Moms with Chronic Illness

Editor’s Note:  This post was written by Tiffany from Mommy Methodology.  To find out more about Tiffany, please visit her website here and her contributor page here at Our Small Hours.  Be sure to follow Mommy Methodology on social media:  Facebook, G+ and Pinterest. 3 Essential Skills for Moms With Chronic Illness Chronic illness affects tens of millions of Americans, many of whom are moms.  I am one such mom.  Perhaps you are too.  It’s good Continue Reading →

How to Start a Blog

How to Start a Blog for Income

How to Start a Blog When I started Our Small Hours in 2011 I was looking for a way to reach out to other moms on the subjects of positive parenting, homeschooling, real food and natural living.  I had learned a lot in my parenting and natural living journey and wanted a place to share that information outside of private message boards, where my ability to reach others was limited.  I decided to start a Continue Reading →

FlavFusion – The Best Infuser Water Bottle

FlavFusion Infuser Water Bottle Review

Editor’s Note:  I was given a FlavFusion infuser water bottle to try and review.  Flavored Water is Refreshing, But is it Healthy? When I was child my mother didn’t allow soda in the house. She knew it was not healthy even before the news media told us it actually is.  So, we drank milk and, occasionally, juice and . . . ugh . . . Kool-Aid.  But mostly, we drank water.  Lovely, filtered water. Then Continue Reading →

What is Guided Imagery?

What is Guided Imagery

Editor’s Note:  I received a Path to Resiliency download to test and review.  Read my Disclosure and Disclaimer Policies for more information.  What is Guided Imagery? Meditation is a practice that is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  The benefits of meditation are numerous and can help to improve the functions of your body systems and to support mental wellness.  Sometimes, though meditation can be difficult to do.  Maybe you struggle to keep your mind calm Continue Reading →

My Husband Doesn’t Make Me Happy

My Husband Doesn't Make Me Happy

My Husband Doesn’t Make Me Happy My husband doesn’t make me happy.  I would like to tell you that there was a time when he did make me happy, but the truth is that he has never made me happy.  There was a time when I wanted to believe that he made me happy.  I bet you believe (or have believed) the same about your husband, but, hopefully, you’ve finally admitted (at least to yourself) Continue Reading →

How to Make Zucchini Noodles with the Brieftons NextGen Spiralizer

How to Make Zucchini Noodles

Editor’s Note:  I received a free Brieftons NextGen Spiralizer to test and review.  Read my Disclosure and Disclaimer Policies for more information. Zucchini Noodles Are an Easy Grain-Free Pasta Alternative Have you gone completely grain-free but miss the comfort brought to the table by a plate of buttery or saucy noddles?  Zucchini noodles make a great alternative to traditional spaghetti noodles.  If you’re wondering how to make zucchini noodles and you think it might be Continue Reading →

What to Expect in the First Weeks After Birth

The Weeks After Giving Birth

Editor’s Note:  This post was written by Kandice, owner of Green-Eyed Girl Productions and a Coordinating Blog, The Vintage Event, and her personal blog Cotton N’ Kandi.  You can find out more about Kandice by following her on social media on Pinterest and Facebook.  In addition, please check out her contributor bio here. I definitely remember telling myself after the birth of our first son, “I will always remember these moments and cherish these first few weeks Continue Reading →

Frugal Gluten Free Books Event

Frugal Gluten Free Books

Have you met Buck?  If not, let me introduce you. I first introduced Buck here, when I told you how I get books for a dollar or less.  I used to scour Amazon for deals on books, but it was pretty time consuming.  Buck Books, who is clearly a genius, has provided a way to get the latest Amazon books that are a dollar or less. The process is really simple:  You sign up, completely Continue Reading →

How to Homeschool Your Kindergartener For Free

How to Homeschool Your Kindergartener

How to Homeschool Your Kindergartener for Free When my family first began homeschooling I thought that I needed a fancy-schmancy complete curriculum.  I plunked down big bucks for an everything-included boxed curriculum for my 2nd grader and his preschool-kindergarten level younger brother. About three weeks into our school year, I realized with dread and embarrassment that we hated the curriculum.  I had just a couple of months earlier convinced my husband to give homeschooling a Continue Reading →

How to Have a Daily Quiet Time for Kids

How to Have a Daily Quiet Time for Kids

The Importance of a Daily Quiet Time for Kids I first implemented a daily quiet time with my children when my oldest was around 3 years old and had begun to give up naps.  It’s tough work keeping a little one entertained all day.  Although I don’t believe that it’s a parent’s job to entertain his or her children that doesn’t change the fact that the children may not know how to entertain themselves.   Having Continue Reading →

How to Make Bone Broth in the Slow Cooker

How to Make Bone Broth in the Slow Cooker

The Benefits of Bone Broth  If you don’t know about the health benefits of bone broth by now, you haven’t been paying attention.  In fact, drinking bone broth has become down right trendy. Bone broth is delicious, comforting and incredibly nutritious.   Now, I’m not talking about that tetra pak of salty liquid or those msg cubes that you can find at your local grocery store.  That’s not bone broth and it’s not good for Continue Reading →

Is Homeschooling Better? Ending the Homeschool Debate

Is Homeschooling Better

Editor’s Note:  This post was written by Tiffany from Mommy Methodology.  To find out more about Tiffany, please visit her website here and her contributor page here at Our Small Hours.  Be sure to follow Mommy Methodology on social media:  Facebook, G+ and Pinterest. Can We End the Home School Debate? Decades ago I was home schooled during my middle school years.  The school district in which we lived had a sub-par education system.  I literally finished Continue Reading →

Does Parenting Ever Get Easier?

Does Parenting Ever Get Easier- (1)

Does Parenting Get Easier as Children Get Older? When I was a young mother with three children under the age of five, I often wondered if parenting would ever get any easier.  When I asked moms with children older than mine if parenting gets easier when the children get older, they would smile and say, “No.  Parenting doesn’t get easier.  It gets . . . different.” I hated that answer then and I still hate Continue Reading →

Free Printable Meal Planner

Printable Meal Planner

Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to deal with the hassle of figuring out what’s for dinner every night?  Part of the reason that folks find it difficult to stick with a real food lifestyle is that it’s hard to create, shop for and prepare real food as you need it.  Eating real food often requires planning in advance. Planning meals on the fly is a task for even the most creative cooks.  In Continue Reading →

Free Printable Gratitude Journal

Free Printable Gratitude Journal 1

Are you making a mindful practice of gratefulness?  If not, you are missing out on the many benefits of gratitude.  I know that most of us are thankful for what we have.  We understand that our lives are filled with blessings.  We are happy that we have a roof over our heads or food in our pantry.  But, do we dwell on our blessings?  Do we really take time to feel just how incredible they Continue Reading →

How to Ask Your Boss to Work From Home

How To Ask Your Boss To Work From Home

 Would your work-life balance be better if you telecommuted instead of working from the office?  It just might!  There are no shortage of articles that talk about how telecommuters are less stressed.  In addition, telecommuting employees are more productive and tend to be more loyal to their company and dedicated to getting the job done. Unfortunately, many companies struggle to understand how telecommuting employees can benefit their business.  If you work for one of those Continue Reading →