Category Archives: h o m e



What happened?

I keep trying to make this blog something it doesn’t need to be. On a paid server, with my other endeavors (Etsy, Creative Coterie printable, SarahLynn Photography) and what I end up with is overwhelmed.
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Tonight I find myself feeling ready to take on the task of living intentionally. Maybe it’s winter being over, maybe it’s being tired of not having a plan and being ran over full blast. Or maybe it’s just the ebb and flow of life: the ability to take on the responsibility of doing more than just coasting through life. I have this really amazing planner that I made the insides to with planning pages for every day, week, and month. A few pages filled in here, a weeks worth never to be taken to task.
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Heard of Dave Ramsey? I’m sure you have. He has been blessed with so much wisdom for finances. I love to read his little images on facebook. They’re encouraging and helpful.

The half year mark just passed. Only 5 months ’til Christmas. This marks the
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I have added a few things to the site. I wasn’t sure whether to or not. I kind of like this being my haven for thoughts and reflections. But, also, I want it to be a place where as readers you might be able to find encouragement not only for your spirit and mind, but also encouragement in day to day things like healthy eating and financial goals. Continue reading


I seen these awesome wallets inspired by Dave Ramsey on Etsy. I’ve been wanting to make one ever since, but just haven’t taken the time to get the fabric needed to craft it. I did that today! I thought I would share it on here. Since I haven’t posted in almost 2 months. (give or take).
This was my inspiration:
I really wanted to buy the vintage seafoam one. It was too pricey for me though, unfortunately. So, I bought a pattern instead. That I could handle. Then I realized I had no idea what colors I wished it to be, or whether it should be neutral enough that both myself and the man could handle it in public if necessary. haha. So, it was pushed to the back burner. This week I decided I needed to sift through all the many options and pick something. This is what I came up with:
The center picture will be the outside. And the others will be the inside and zippered “envelopes.” I like colors and patterns. And vintage! I’ll keep you posted with how the process is going. I will be learning how to put zippers in. Wish me luck. 😉


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This morning I started out my day with my muffin in a bowl from Trim Healthy Mama and a diet coke. YUM! I can’t believe this stuff is good for you! The spring cleaning bug bit me soon after that, and I found myself cleaning outdoors and planting in one of the flower beds around the house spontaneously. I can’t wait for our herb garden to start growing. I just hope I can keep all the tiny creatures out of it.

We had been out of laundry powder probably about a week. For a family of 6 this is a huge deal. I probably don’t even have to tell you. We do laundry every day (when I’m on the ball, which is, uhm. Slightly irregular these days.) I was quite proud of the fact that the last time I remember making our massive batch of laundry detergent was back around Christmas time. I remember specifically because manfriends son was with us. Hard to believe it’s been nearly four months since he was herescents. Anyways, we were well overdue. So, last week I ordered our laundry making necessities through my link for They seemed to have the products cheapest this time around and I could get free shipping, cash back, and not stood in one single line to wait for checkout (unless you would like to account for the time I waited for our internet connection which invariably dies at checkout time. That’s a whole ‘nother story!)

Mix it

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Dry it

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You can BUY IT here!

Plain and simple

This will be the new name of my Etsy store. I wanted something that reflected the products I make more accurately, but all of the things I came up with were already taken! This was close enough.

What do you think?

My girls and I are going to try our hand at making lip balm tonight, I believe. It will contain fresh bee’s wax (from Ohio farms!), pure cold pressed coconut oil, and vitamin E oil. That might just be it! I have not decided whether to include a tint or not. I do not have the supplies for that right now, anyways. So, we will start simply. I cannot wait to try it out! We will list it on Etsy for $3.99 a tube (maybe, still working on this part). I don’t think these little babies will need any flavoring, either! The coconut oil is very fragrant as are the beeswax bars. Look at that beeswax can’t you just smell the honey! I cannot wait to get these things put together and on our lips!

After we try them with vitamin E we may try our hand (after we’re experts!) with adding almond oil. I have many different oils to try out! So stay tuned!

beeswaxlip ingredients


I was driving home this sunshine-y day in the quiet as I most often do now, I realized I was thinking about how lucky I am. And I say lucky because most people don’t really get it when you say ‘blessed.’ They somehow begin to tie it with some religious thing they will never understand, nor want to. But lately, I have been reading books about Grace-Based Parenting and Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts (Yes, mainly when I should have been reading for classes.)

It started sinking in that though we may think we are lucky or blessed (if you’re the religious type! 😉 ) but all it really translates to is g r a c e . I looked up the definition on the free dictionary. This is what it said:

The state of being protected or sanctified by the favor of God.

This thought, it lifted my spirit and nearly brought me to tears. I had been running from (and being relentlessly pursued by) the One who put me on this planet. Oh, He had been slowly but surely bringing me back to His side for awhile now, and I haven’t been afraid to put this faith and reliance on the outside. But, oddly enough, I was realizing that I wasn’t letting it be on the inside. I was still afraid. Afraid that I was unable to be that person again because of many things. So many things! I don’t care anymore. I am only judged by One that makes a difference. He knows me, He knows my struggles and my heart. He tells me It’s okay. It’s not okay to stay where you are and be indifferent, but it is okay to be striving towards righteousness. It takes time and cannot always be done r i g h t n o w .

Maybe it was His Spirit pulling me. Maybe it was there all along, but I didn’t feel worthy. I don’t know. But, I feel it again, this grace that is all around me. I speak freely of it. I cling to it, because I know what it is like on the other side. Feeling like there is no such thing. And it is miserable and rotten.

Sometimes we get stagnant or fearful and forget that really everything around us is grace. If you feel blessed or lucky. I know people out there who are feeling anything but! Remember it is all grace to grow us and prepare us for what is to come. Hold fast, Help is on the way. 🙂

raising home

I really have never thought of myself as a ‘farm girl.’ It never appealedmenu to me before I had lots of tots. Honestly, if the cost of living wasn’t so sky high and the whole economy about to topple over, I probably still wouldn’t want to deal with all of the challenges that come with raising animals Continue reading