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 →

Holmes Humidifier Console for Winter Dryness

best humidifier

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Holmes Products for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. It’s that time of year again.  Holidays and family and warmth.  Gratitude and food and winter dryness.  As much as I adore the fall and winter months, I do not enjoy being shocked every time I touch metal, flyaway hair, flaky skin and a dry nose. I prefer to take care of these cold-weather issues Continue Reading →

My Mom Criticizes My Parenting

My Mom Criticizes My Parenting

 My time spent working with families and interacting in parenting communities has taught me several things.  One of those things is that no matter how you choose to parent your child, you will meet with criticism from someone at some point. Often I hear, “My mom criticizes my parenting! How can I get her to stop?” Other times the criticism comes from friends, other family members or other authority figures.  The first thing you need to understand is Continue Reading →

Black Friday Sales 2014


Happy Black Friday, you guys! So, I don’t do Black Friday.  Because crowds.  And because . . . yeah, mostly just because crowds.   But, I do like a sale.  Especially if it’s online.  And because I love the online sales, I have a Black Friday sale to share with you. And it’s a good one.  I have teamed up with several of my fellow lifestyle bloggers to bring you a great Black Friday Sale of classes, meal Continue Reading →

Book Review: Mediterranean Paleo Cooking

Mediterranean Paleo Cooking

Mediterranean Paleo Cooking When my copy of Mediterranean Paleo Cooking arrived yesterday I did a little dance.  When I opened it, I had to sit right down.  I found myself doing something that I have never once done with a cookbook:  Reading it from cover to cover!   The photos in Mediterranean Paleo Cooking are vibrant and beautiful.  Two of my boys were looking over my shoulder while I read and they ooh’d and aah’d Continue Reading →

How Long Does it Take to Adjust to a Life Change?

How Long Does it Take to Adjust to a Life Change

If there is one thing that I know for sure it’s that life is never constant.  We are always facing change or in the midst of change.  Humans are creatures of habit and we’re comfortable with routine.  I’ll be the first to tell you that routine is a good thing and having a solid routine helps to lessen stress in both children and adults. Unfortunately, Life didn’t get the memo on what helps us to Continue Reading →

Ylang Ylang and Citrus Fresh Sample Giveaway!

Ylang Ylang Giveaway

As I write this, I’ve got my new favorite oil combo difussing close by.  It’s no secret that I love citrus scents.  I also love sweet flower scents, as well.  Ylang, Ylang is one of my absolute favorite scents.  The sweet, but crisp scent that is floating through the room is both uplifting and calming.  You’ve just got to try this combo! Ylang Ylang essential oil is known for its ability to soothe tension and Continue Reading →

Paleo Thanksgiving

Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes

Are you ready for a paleo Thanksgiving?   Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with grain-laden, dairy-heavy comfort food dishes.  It can be tough for the paleo follower to find typical holiday recipes that are grain-free, dairy-free and wholesome.  It’s not impossible, however, to have a wonderful paleo Thanksgiving dinner with everything from turkey to pie. Read on for a great roundup of delicious paleo Thanksgiving recipes! Maple Bacon Turkey from EatPlayLoveMore Roasted Butternut Squash from Continue Reading →

How to Apologize to Your Child

How to Apologize to Your Child

Should You Apologize to Your Child? First things first, right?  Maybe you don’t believe that apologizing to your children is such a good idea.  That was a common belief among a generation of parents.  The idea goes that the parent is always right, even if he or she is wrong.  There are situations in which we need our children to take our word for it and not question us.  Sometimes their safety may depend on Continue Reading →

Homeschool Burnout

Homeschool Burnout

 By:  Lisa, Founder of Rest for the Weary Editor’s Note:  Today we are blessed to have Lisa from Rest for the Weary as a guest poster.  Homeschool burnout is a subject I’ve long wanted to cover, but I didn’t feel that I had enough personal insight to cover it well. Lisa’s website is dedicated to helping parents who face homeschool burnout.  As a mother of 7, she understands the demands of homeschooling well.  Having suffered from Continue Reading →

How to Stop Yelling at Your Kids

How to Stop Yelling at Your Kids

Yelling is the new spanking.  While many parents have taken physical punishment out of their discipline toolbox, many have replaced it with yelling. It’s not uncommon for a parent to resort to yelling when they are left with a empty toolbox and no idea how to disipline a child without the tactics that they were shown by their own parents.  Discipline is not always easy, and so parents can come a little unhinged when they are Continue Reading →

Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Although I am no longer a vegan, I certainly remember how it felt to participate in meat-centered holiday meals with friends and family when I didn’t eat meat.  When the standard image of Thanksgiving food is a turkey, planning a vegetarian Thanksgiving menu can be tough.   It’s not impossible to have a real food vegetarian Thanksgiving if you plan ahead.  In the end, a meatless Thanksgiving looks more like a collection of typical Thanksgiving side Continue Reading →

Grade Level and Homeschooling

Grade Level and Homeschool

 If you are already a homeschooling parent, you have probably been asked what grade your child is in.  While my children are mostly working at specific grade levels, some subjects are at one grade level while others are at another.  For history and science, I don’t follow any specific grade level curriculum.  History is at the elementary school level and science is at the college level for all three of my children who are currently Continue Reading →

Why I Buy Arrowroot Powder

Why I Buy Arrowroot Powder

I discovered arrowroot powder a few years ago when I began my real food journey.  When I was avoiding grains in order to help improve my digestion I couldn’t use flour or cornstarch (corn is a grain) as a thickener.  Arrowroot powder is an excellent thickener and, as I happily discovered, does not have a negative impact on my digestion.   As I added grains back into my diet, I had concerns about how cornstarch Continue Reading →

20 Minecraft Gifts Under $20

Minecraft Gifts

Do you know anyone who loves Minecraft?  I know three folks who love Minecraft very much.  My boys live and breathe Minecraft.  Whether they are building together or alone, they find the game to be relaxing and fun. As they create their holiday wish list, they are adding Minecraft gifts this year.  I am happy to see several Minecraft items on each of their lists because I’ve found that several of the Minecraft gifts they Continue Reading →

10 Ways to Save Time Daily

Save Time

 We’re all so busy! Who couldn’t use a few tips to help save time daily?  If you’re as busy as I am, sometimes you can’t keep all of the plates spinning.  Friends have often asked me how I do it all — work a full-time job, homeschool three children, attend graduate school, write part-time, have a son on a travel soccer team . . . oh the list goes on.   Of course, as I’ve Continue Reading →

Grass Fed Steak Recipes

Grass Fed Steak Recipes

When I was a child, I hated steak.  One dry, chewy steak was all it took to turn me off from steak.  Fortunately, when I was in my late teens a group of my friends persuaded me to eat with them at a popular steak restaurant and give their steak a try.  I gave in and have never looked back. Years later, when I discovered the nutrition benefits of grass fed beef, I found that Continue Reading →

Contempt in Marriage

Contempt in Marriage

What is contempt? Contempt is easily defined as an emotional mix of anger and disgust.  Contempt is the feeling that something or someone is undeserving of consideration or deserving of scorn.   If you’ve ever said, “Oh, I would never do that!” when referring to the actions of other people, you have expressed contempt toward their actions.  If you’ve ever said, “Oh, I would never be like that!”, then you’ve expressed contempt toward a person. Contempt Continue Reading →

Joy Essential Oil

Benefits of Joy Essential Oil

Before I started using Young Living essential oils, I heard so much about Joy essential oil.  I was excited to find out that the premium starter kit offered the Joy blend as one of the Everyday Essential Oils.   Joy, which is a blend of rose, bergamot, tangerine, ylang ylang, lemon, geranium, jasmine, palmarosa, roman chamomile, and rosewood, is simply luxurious.  It contains some of the most expensive and precious essential oils. The scent is Continue Reading →

30 Free Homeschool Planning Printables

Free Homeschool Planning Printables

Free Printables for Homeschool Organization Need lesson plan printables?  Schedule forms?  Grade book sheets?  Check out these free printables for your homeschooling organization needs. 1. Donna Young’s site is packed full of useful homeschool printables.  From planners to recording keeping, this site has it all covered. 2. Find daily assignment sheets that can be laminated at Homeschool Creations.  Great for planning the day and they are reusable when laminated. 3. These daily Continue Reading →

Grain Free Chicken Nuggets #2

Grain Free Chicken Nuggets

Remember the days before you knew about real food when you could, completely without guilt, dump a bag of frozen chicken nuggets on a baking sheet and call it dinner? Yeah.  Me, too.  Sometimes knowing too much is so inconvenient.  (But it’s worth it!) You may have tried my first grain free chicken nuggets recipes (find it here).  It’s a good one, but sometimes I don’t have time to watch the frying pan while the Continue Reading →

5 Daily Practices for a Healthy Marriage

Healthy Marriage

Today is my husband’s and my anniversary.  We’re celebrating 14 years of wedded . . . ah . . . marriage.  Because as much as I’d love to tell to you that it’s been all bliss, it hasn’t.  Oh, I love him and he loves me —  there is no doubt about that. But love isn’t what keeps us together.   I hate to burst your bubble, but love is not enough for a healthy Continue Reading →

Spinach and Feta Frittata

Spinach and Feta Frittata

First things first– Yes, the kids love it!  Because I know what you’re thinking!   That looks yums, Allison, but spinach and feta?  I have children to feed! I know that it doesn’t seem like a kid-friendly dinner, but my boys loved it.  Any recipe I create has to be approved by my family before it makes it on to the blog.  If they don’t like, I don’t post it.  They are excellent taste testers. Continue Reading →

Children’s Books About Fall

Best Children's Books About Fall

Oh, sweet Autumn!  It’s that time of year again when we all feel a little more snuggly.  There are few things more precious on a cool fall day than snuggling up with my boys (or at least the one who is still young enough to seek impromptu snuggles!) and a good book. One of easiest ways to incorporate a little “unschooling” into your children’s life is through beautiful children’s books.  For the child who thinks Continue Reading →

Thieves Essential Oil

Benefits of Thieves Essential Oil

Thieves essential oil is a great blend of several essential oils that has been used for centuries.  The story of thieves oil tells of a time during the plague in Europe when robbers went from home to home, stealing the belongings of those who had succumbed to the plague.   Despite their exposure to the germs causing the plague, the thieves never fell ill.  When it was demanded that they explain how they were able Continue Reading →