People Are Good: 5 Actions That Prove It

People are good. Not everybody is good, but most people are. Yes, we all have a lot of stuff we need to face. We have a lot of accountability we need to accept. We have a lot of work we need to do to make this world, and the US better. I do not believe […]

Sexism and Racism are Parenting Issues

Since I have been posting about things like racism, sexism, and xenophobia this year, many people have either publicly or privately demanded that I “stick to my parenting posts”. It seems they do not see the connection between parenting and these very real issues. My passion has always been children. It’s why I keep at […]

When We “Choose Love” Do We Opt Out of Healing Our Nation?

It sounds beautiful, I know. I mean, who could disagree to “choose love” in any situation, right? I do. I disagree. I do not necessarily believe that the way people are throwing the phrase “choose love” around will heal our country. I worry that when we say this we are opting out of what it means to “choose […]

My Hope in the Wake of the Election

Today is surely an historic day. None of us knows what it means or what it will look like. Even those in the know agree on this. I read a line on our Facebook page today that said “children need hope”, and I realized we adults do too. How do we move forward without hope? […]

People Pleaser to Authentic: Overcoming the Expectations of Women

I was a people pleaser for too long. Now, I am recovering and moving toward living an authentic life. Even while I am a mom.  People whom I admire kept talking about how something almost magical happens at 40. Self confidence is gained. Worry about what others think is lost. Living life to please others […]

Anger is Not My Contribution to the World

A couple of weeks ago at the Free to Be Unschooling Conference, Sandra Dodd gave me a gift. She, and the conference, have given me many gifts toward my journey of creating a happier life. Like all those gifts that have come before, this one was timely. Sandra gave a talk called “Being Calm”. All […]

Overcoming Negativity: Switching My Life Feed to Positive and Intentional Living

Being intentional about what fills my world is a priority for me, so I had to eliminate the negativity that surrounded me. This includes social media and my in-person circle of friends because it is all part of my life feed. I have been adjusting my family and friend relationships to shield myself from negativity. I […]

5 Easy Changes I Made to Feel Better

A couple of years ago I was about to turn 40. I felt lousy. I was significantly overweight, and couldn’t move in the ways I wanted. My skin looked old and frail, I had no energy, my sleep was horrible, and I lived in a near constant mental fog. Lovely. I knew something had to […]

I am Happy to be 40!

At the beginning of 2014, I posted this picture. I wanted it, but I did not understand what it meant, or how I could possibly achieve it. It was sort of a pipe dream. Except it wasn’t. Because the day I posted this, something shifted, and for the first time, I understood that I could […]

I Am Finally Turning 40!

We should celebrate the wisdom, growth, and experiences that we gain each year. I am not dreading turning 40, I am finally turning 40! Do you ever have those moments when you look in the mirror and do not  recognize the person looking back at you? I had one the other day. I have had them […]

10 Tips to Exercise with Kids

Finding time to exercise without our kids often prevents us from working out.  Here are 10 tips to exercise with kids: 1.  Be Realistic.  You probably aren’t going to have 90 minutes to spend on weights and the treadmill.  Be serious about how much time you have, and then maximize it.  Your workouts may have to be at […]

Loving Myself without Make Up for My Children

Loving Myself without Make Up for My Children was inspired by a piece written by Violet’sMama called “I’m Not Pretty Enough”.  Whether you have children or not, this is a piece that should be read. My daughter, 3, has started asking me to straighten her gorgeous and curly locks- that’s what she sees me do, […]

My Weight Does Not Define Me

I have not always been overweight, but I am now.  I made the mistake of things this gave me less worth.  Now I know that my weight does not define me. Welcome to Our Muddy Boots!  Follow us on Pinterest and Google+ for conversations and updates! I am done fighting it. I have been overweight […]

Mommy Wars and Judgment Prohibited: Freeing Ourselves

I am about to share a novel, brilliant and simple suggestion.  You will not be prepared for it. When you hear it, your shoulders will sink, a weight will be lifted, and you will be filled with lightness and hope.  I think. Ready? Let’s stop talking about judgment and mommy wars.  These things are ridiculous […]

Recipe Share: White Bean Dill Soup & Sweet Potato Biscuits

I would not share it if I did not love it. I doubled the amount of pasta and beans.  Once they were cooked I removed about 3/4 of the pasta and beans and stored them in the fridge. Throughout the week I added the cooked pasta and beans from the fridge a little at a […]

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