Romance in Marriage is Different than I Expected

My husband and I had to go on a retreat before we got married. One of the seminars was about romance looking different than we expect. It’s not that I didn’t believe it, I just didn’t understand it. Now, I do. Each morning Kris gets my coffee all ready so that all I have to […]

Creating a Safer World for Our Children: Why We Must and How We Can

Creating a safer world for our children is essential, but what can we moms and dads do?  Way more than you think. When I was four months pregnant with my first child I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer.  I had been observant before my diagnosis, but this was a wake up call of a much […]

I Would Not Marry My Husband Again

I hear partners speak of knowing that they were “meant to be”, that it did not matter when in life they met, the result would be the same.  In all honesty, my husband and I would not have chosen to marry if we had met when we were older. We are just so different.  I […]

30 Days to Positive Parenting (sort of) week 3

Here we are, more than half way through our 30 Days to Positive Parenting (sort of).  Don’t know what I mean by “sort of”?  You’ve got to read this so that you are not disappointed with this “program”. Hopefully by  now you see that there is no ten step program to becoming a positive parent. […]

Parenting Tips and Observations 17-21

The fourth installment of parenting tips and observations gleaned from what works and what doesn’t in my own family. If you enjoy this post, please consider pinning it or sharing it on Facebook or Google + using the icons above and below the piece.  Thank you!        Click here for the previous installment […]

Ways to Save While Eating Out with Kids

Kris and I like to go out to eat.  We have figured out how to manage our time at a restaurant with our kids, but what about how much it costs?!  Seriously, it could break the bank!  Here are 7 ways that Kris and I save money while eating out with our kids: 1.  Go […]

Parenting Tips and Observations 3

The next installment of parenting tips and observations from Our Muddy Boots. . . . .

Parenting Tips and Observations to Connect with Our Children #7-11

Parenting tips and observations gleaned from carefully observing what works for creating peace in my family, and what does not. If you enjoy this post, please consider pinning it or sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ using the icons above and below the post.  Thank you! . . . . If you enjoy this […]

Practice What you Preach Parenting

We speak easily of how we do and do not want our children to act, but do we mean it?  Maybe we need practice what you preach parenting! If you enjoy this piece, please consider pinning or sharing it on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ using the icons above or below the piece.  Thank you! If […]

Parenting Tips and Observations 1

The first round of a regular installment of parenting tips and observations, all gleaned from what is (and is not) working in my own home. If you enjoy this piece, please share it!  Pin it or share it on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ using the icons above or below the piece. . . . . […]

5 Summer Activities for Kids

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Netflix. Summer is different for homeschoolers too!  The weather is warmer, activities are more crowded, and it feels like a time for popsicles and movies.  Summer also gives me permission to just enjoy my kids and reminds me to do this all year long. […]

30 Days of Workouts for Women and Men with Kids WEEK 1

Home workouts can be a drag!  Here are 30 days of workouts for women and men, that are fun, and get right to the point! Each week will bring 4-5 new videos so that you can literally do a different workout every day- you’ll never get bored! Best of all, you do not have to […]

How Do I Move Toward Positive Parenting?

Many parents want to move toward positive parenting. They want to abandon controlling, bullying, and being punitive with their children. Instead, they want their relationship to be authentic, open, and genuine. These mothers and fathers ask “how do I do this? Where do I start? What do I do?” There is no easy answer. This […]

5 Ways I have Stopped Bullying My Kids

I am still bullying my kids. It is not intentional, and I wish I did not, but when the days are long, and I am tired, I lose my patience and yell, threaten, shame or withhold affection. This happens with less severity and frequency than it used to, but it still happens. Here are 5 […]

Tips for Eating Out with Kids

Miss going out to dinner, but do not want to leave your kids with a sitter?  Here are some tips for eating out with kids! This post is sponsored by Netflix.  As always, all opinions are genuine and my own! 1.  Choose the right time. Maybe we should call it “linner”. Restaurants are not busy […]

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