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The Homemaking Foundations Podcast

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Rank #52 in Kids & Family category

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Tools, inspiration, and encouragement to craft a gospel centered home.

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Tools, inspiration, and encouragement to craft a gospel centered home.

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Best Podcast Ever

By ChelseaPeurifoy - Jul 25 2019
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I can’t say enough. Literally cannot day enough good things about your podcast. I have recently had the chance to quit my job and stay home and I was struggling with a way to get consistent about implementing habits I was happy with and I started listening to your podcast every morning and not it’s one of my favorite parts of my day. I have shared it with MANY of my close friends and now we all listen together and I am just so thankful.

Used to be 5 stars.

By Serena Basham - Jun 26 2019
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There has been a significant shift in this podcast. I loved this podcast, I looked forward to every episode. They were helpful and Gospel centered. The content just isn’t what it used to be. The content is now very repetitive and everything seems like a sales pitch. I’d never thought I’d be unsubscribing to this podcast after all this time, but the time has come for me to part ways. All the best.

iTunes Ratings

377 Ratings
Average Ratings
342
22
6
4
3

Best Podcast Ever

By ChelseaPeurifoy - Jul 25 2019
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I can’t say enough. Literally cannot day enough good things about your podcast. I have recently had the chance to quit my job and stay home and I was struggling with a way to get consistent about implementing habits I was happy with and I started listening to your podcast every morning and not it’s one of my favorite parts of my day. I have shared it with MANY of my close friends and now we all listen together and I am just so thankful.

Used to be 5 stars.

By Serena Basham - Jun 26 2019
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There has been a significant shift in this podcast. I loved this podcast, I looked forward to every episode. They were helpful and Gospel centered. The content just isn’t what it used to be. The content is now very repetitive and everything seems like a sales pitch. I’d never thought I’d be unsubscribing to this podcast after all this time, but the time has come for me to part ways. All the best.
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The Homemaking Foundations Podcast

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Tools, inspiration, and encouragement to craft a gospel centered home.

Rank #1: Creating a grumble free home – Hf #234

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In the past episode we talked about what happens when we grumbling and complaining take over our home. We discussed the heart of the issue and why we need to address grumbling in the home. Today, we are going to dive into some practical resources and ideas for creating a grumble free home. 

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Aug 02 2019
38 mins
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Rank #2: Baby steps to a healthier home – Hf #121

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This is a topic that I am very passionate about and have been for the past 6 or 7 years. I think in our world today, it’s very important to know what’s in our food, our cleaners, and our beauty supplies. 

This is obviously a huge topic, but I’ve been wanting to do a talk on this for a while. We’ve been chatting a lot lately about healthier eating, so I wanted to switch gears a bit and talk about the other areas of having a healthy home. Listen in here: 

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I started getting interested in more natural things before we got pregnant with our first set of twins. I was starting to see more articles and things about toxins and began doing a little research. 

Then when I got pregnant with our first baby (which turned out to be twins), I really started investigating things. Suddenly, I wasn’t just eating for one, I was eating for three!! Suddenly, the things I was ingesting and putting near my body were more important. 

Then of course the babies came and I wanted to know even more: What about laundry detergent? Do they need baby lotion? What’s a healthy way to deal with stomach pain and spitting up? And the list goes on and my healthy living journey began…

Of course it’s been a long journey and I’ve learned a lot along the way! So today I wanted to share some of what I’ve learned. And my favorite resources for healthy living (PLEASE leave your favorites in the comments below)! 

Start off Slooooooow

 When working on our health, or switching to natural cleaners, it can easy to want to jump in with both feet! When I first started realizing how dangerous all of my go-to cleaning products were, my temptation was to throw it all out and go out and buy everything new. 

The problem? I didn’t have the time to research all those new products and most importantly, I didn’t have the money!! So as I would run out of one item, I would replace it with a natural option and so on. 

So start out slow, don’t get overwhelmed! Pick one product, or one item at a time and slowly start replacing things. 

HELPFUL HINT: Use EWG’s Skin Deep database (for cosmetics) and their healthy living database (for cleaning supplies) or download their app to make it easy! You can look up all your household products and get an individual safety rating for each! Our family personally tries to stay at about 3 or 4 and under depending on the reason for the rating. 

It doesn’t have to cost a ton to switch to healthier options! 

I used to think that “healthy” and “natural” was synonymous with “expensive” and “costs too much”! But that’s simply not true. 

YES, there are some overly expensive items and companies out there. And YES, I think it is worth it sometimes to spend more on quality items (deodorant has often fallen into this category for me). But many other items tend to be a lot less expensive than the alternatives! 

For example, I’ve been using Grove’s concentrated kit which is simple, easy, and very cost effective! They sell a 3 pack of their concentrates for $7.95!!! You get their glass cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, and tub and tile cleaner. You just have to add the concentrate to water and for less than $8 you have three fabulous natural cleaners that replace a ton! 

They also sell each concentrate on it’s own and glass bottles with colors that match. So I got their complete kit which contains all three concentrates, three glass bottles in the three colors, AND three microfiber clothes in the matching colors as well. This is currently sold out on Grove’s website because one of the colored glass spray bottles is out, but I’m hoping it’s coming back soon! You can get started with the concentrates and two glass bottles though, or use your own bottles! 

In fact, it’s often easier! 

Like I just shared, switching to natural options often is much simpler. Instead of 12 different cleaners, you can switch to 3 very good natural cleaners that serve many purposes! It’s been great to simplify! 

A good example: If you are used to buying box after box of dryer sheets, you can replace these with a one time purchase of wool dryer balls. Not only are these a natural dryer sheet, they also cut down on drying time, AND you can put essential oils on the balls and then throw them in the wash for a natural scent on your clothes! 

HINT: Our favorite scent for cutting out icky mold smell, is Plant Therapy’s deodorizing blend essential oil(works great and smells great)! I put a few drops of this on my wool dryer balls. And because I always get asked this: Grove has a GREAT set of 3 wool dryer balls for only $15.95 (remember, you basically re-use these for life so it’s a great one time investment). 

Where I Shop Online: 

I pretty much exclusively shop for natural cleaning and household products online, it’s just so much cheaper! But it’s so nice now that you can often find healthier brands at your local stores in a pinch! This was not the case even 7-10 years ago! Here are my three favorite stores:

VitaCost -Vitamins & Supplements

Vitacost is a great and affordable source for good vitamins and supplements. They carry EVERYTHING so you definitely have to sift through to find the actual healthy items. 

Some of my favorite items include:

Honest Company 

Honest company is a brand I love, but more and more I’ve found replacement items from places like Grove. So I don’t do orders with Honest very often anymore but my favorite items include: 

You can order individual items from Honest but it’s much more expensive. Or sign up for one of their “bundles” and get 5 items for $35 ($7 each)! Last summer I did a bundle order and got 5 of the spray sunscreens to last me the summer  It was wonderful! PLUS you can get $10 OFF your first bundle order if you sign up through my link  

My newest favorite: Grove! 

Grove has stolen my heart in the last 2 years or so. I used to do almost all of my shopping on Vitacost but more and more my natural cleaning and household products have gone to Grove! 

They are super selective about the brands and products that they work with, and as a result, their selection is carefully hand curated and very affordable. You have to be signed in to see specific products, so after you create an account, just search for these names  

To get a free Spring cleaning kit: sign up for a new Grove account and get a free spring cleaning kit!! All you have to do is do a $20 order (which isn’t hard) and then you will get free shipping, a FREE VIP trial account, and the cleaning kit for free! Here are a few ideas to order:

  • Real Simple Brand (granite counter top cleaner & washing machine cleaner (I just started using this one)!
  • ApotheCare Booster shampoo and conditioner (I’m currently obsessed with these for me!!)
  • Any of the Zarabees products for the kids (especially during sick season)
  • Yes to Carrots Shampoo and conditioner (for the whole family)
  • Method daily wood cleaner
  • Seventh Generation (dish soap and dishwasher gel in particular)
  • Schmidt’s deodorant!! 
  • ANYTHING Grove brand (wool dryer balls, the concentrated cleaners, healthy candles, hand lotion, etc)

And I just ordered a set of Aunt Fannie’s pest control cleaners! I got the ant remedy and all purpose pest remedy that I should get today. I can’t wait to try them out – right in time for ant and spider season! There are a lot of other items I love but I’ll leave that here for now!

This is a photo I took in October 2016 as I was falling in love with Grove with that year. I’m even more in love today

FREE Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Kit! 

For all of my listeners, Grove is offering a wonderful Spring cleaning kit for FREE! All you have to do is check out with $20 in your cart (see all of my amazing suggestions above) and your order ships for FREE with your $20 order PLUS the spring cleaning kit. 

If you are wanting to try out Grove or you just want to take your first baby steps to healthier living, then this is an awesome deal! Here’s what you will get: 

  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap
  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap
  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Spray
  • Free Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges

Sign up for your FREE spring cleaning kit here!

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Apr 18 2018
46 mins
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Rank #3: Hf #47: Setting Up Your Day for Success

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When you picture a “successful” day, what do you picture? Is it that extra long to do list with everything checked off? Is it a clean kitchen and a hot dinner on the table by 6?

Whatever your definition of a successful day is, it can mean the difference between feeling accomplished and like you are getting things done…and feeling overwhelmed and hopeless.

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Today I want to talk about setting up our days for success. What are some things or habits that we can start building into our day for greater success and more importantly, what does a successful day even look like?

Our family has grown so fast…

In the span of two and a half years, we went from a family of two to a family of six and now within four years we will be a family of 7! I can hardly believe it myself when I put it in terms like this. There are days (and weeks and months) where I feel like I’m living in total and utter chaos.


But what it has forced me to do, is get super crystal clear on my priorities and our family’s priorities in order for me to even get the basics done: the cooking, the dishes, everyone in clean clothes, making church a priority, etc.

It has forced me to think long and hard about the things that I spend my time on. If I want to work a shower into my day at some point, then I need to make sure I’m using my time well! I’ve had to get really specific and laser focused when it comes to my priorities and where I spend my time…
So I’ve had to fight to be in God’s Word daily, I’ve had to fight to cultivate a deeper prayer life, I’ve had to fight off worry and anxiety…and throughout all of that it causes me to examine where I spend my time on a daily basis.

Because if I want to cultivate the daily habit of Bible reading, it might mean that I need to take the Facebook app off of my phone in order to make the time for it. Living in this season of chaos (not that I would trade it for anything in the world) has actually caused me to be a lot more “productive” and feel like my time and energy is spent where it truly matters.

What is a successful day?

Is it getting more things checked off your to-do list, making a sale in your Etsy store, or having dinner on the table by the time your husband gets home? These might all be things that are part of your successful day, but I want to challenge you that having a successful day goes deeper than that. 

It’s about using our time well.

I don’t want to look back in 10 years and feel like I’ve wasted this precious time I have scrolling through Facebook and staying glued to the tv.

I want to look back in 10 years and know that while some seasons are really tough and sometimes my time is vastly more limited…overall, I spent the time well.

I want to look back in 10 years and know that I got things done that needed – like paying our mortgage and doing the dishes – but to know that I did it with a larger purpose in mind and that my real focus was on those things that are truly important. A part of loving my husband, raising my kids, and focusing on the Lord is getting these chores and tasks done – but it’s all for a larger purpose.

Reading a book while I cuddle with one of my sleeping babies <3

So in order to really define what a “successful” day is, I want you to start with the basics for YOUR family. Be realistic and think through the season and stage of life you are currently in.

Creating Your Top Priorities

The first thing to do is create your top 3-7 priorities for you life and thus your homemaking. I don’t recommend you try for more than 6 or 7 because it becomes unmanageable.

Back in episode #7 of the podcast, I shared how to determine where you should spend your time as a homemaker and in that episode I shared how to come up with these big priorities. So go back and listen to episode #7 if you need some help in developing these.

My top five priorities are:
  1. Always maintain a strong, deep, and vibrant relationship with the Lord 
  2. Purposefully and passionately pursue my husband 
  3. Pursue Christ-Centered Parenting 
  4. Craft a healthy home for my family 
  5. Write and manage my blog and ministry 

For me, in this season, these are my priorities. And they are in order. My number 1 priority is my relationship with the Lord. Everything I do is informed by that or works out of that. Next is my husband, then my kids, and then everything else.

 

The older twins helping me cook!

Writing down these priorities really helps you to set up a successful day, because now you can start to define what a successful day looks like for you.

For me, a successful day means I’m focusing on the Lord throughout all I do. So this means that I start off my morning before the kids are up with my bible reading and prayer. Because when I do this, my perspective and attitude is focused on the right thing from the get go.

I’m better able to love my husband and my kids and joyfully serve around my house because I spent that focused time with the Lord in the morning. It makes such a difference in my day when I slow down and make that time for Bible reading and prayer.

Setting up my day for success

So now I can go about setting up my day for success. I’ve got my 5 main priorities and I can work backwards from there.

So if I want to get up early and do my Bible reading (something that has a profound impact on my day), then I need to make sure the night before that I’m in bed before 11pm. And I also like to have the kitchen clean and the dishwasher running by the time I go to bed because it helps my morning routine so much.

All of this starts to flow together when I look at what the top priorities in my life are. Then I can take those priorities and break them down into goals for each day…before I know it, I am having more successful days than chaotic and overwhelmed ones.

Yes, this season of little kids is really tough sometimes. And yes, my big plans and ideas often go out the window when someone wakes up sick or the babies are teething. But I also know (from my top 5 priorities!) that my kids are a huge priority for me…and so I can let go of that to-do list, the mama guilt, and the super woman complex for a little while and just snuggle my sick toddler on the couch…

Knowing that right then and there…I’m living out a successful day because I’m intentionally spending my time and focusing on those big priorities in my day…Even if that means the sink is full of dishes when I head to bed.

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Going Even Deeper

If you want to go even deeper into this concept of using your time well and learning how to better balance it all, I want to invite you to come check out the 2016 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference!! Registration for the conference just opened up yesterday and this conference is going to be our best one yet!

We are back for a third year with a full line up of 17 Titus 2 women all addressing different aspects of Finding Balance in Your Home (this year’s THEME!) during this four day LIVE online conference.

Find out more about the conference >>

The conference isn’t until October 25-28th but enrollment is now open! Pre-register today to get $10 off your ticket and get immediate access to an awesome bonus that you can start going through TODAY. 

When you purchase a premium ticket, you will get access to my brand new goal setting course and workbook – it’s a 5 part video based course that walks you through setting big priorities for you day, breaking those down into bite sized manageable pieces, setting SMART goals, and combining this all into a schedule that you LOVE.

Sign up TODAY! >>

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Sep 30 2016
27 mins
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Rank #4: 6 Secrets for Staying Organized with Laura Smith – Hf #196

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The podcast is ALL about productivity and organization this week and we are kicking off the discussion with one of my favorite planning gals, Laura Smith from i Heart Planners. She’s share her 6 secrets for staying organized! 

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Sign up for the FREE workshop!! 

Join me later this week for an awesome free workshop taught by one of my favorite bloggers and authors, Beth Anne from Brilliant Business Moms. She is teaching a free class called Craft Your Perfect Evening Routine and it’s going to be SO good! In fact, in the next episode, I am going to share all the lessons I’ve been learning this week from Beth Anne – so make sure to sign up to so you can follow along too. 

Sign up for the free workshop here! 

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Feb 16 2019
39 mins
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Rank #5: Cheering for your husband (for a closer marriage) – Hf #112

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One big thing in my marriage that I’ve been wanting to be better at, is being my husband’s cheerleader! Coming alongside him, encouraging him, cheering him on, and being a godly wife who will help him focus on God more in his days. 

I hadn’t ever thought of my self as Jason’s cheerleader until I read a great book called When a Women Inspires Her Husband. So our talk today is going to be based on this topic of forming a closer marriage by becoming your husband’s cheerleader! 

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Cherishing My Husband More

If I’m honest, in the busyness of life, I don’t cherish and love my husband the way that I should. Sure, he sins. Yes, he messes up. And no, he doesn’t always respond rightly. 

After you say “I Do“, we all go through this awakening period where we realize that marriage is going to be a whole lot harder than we thought it was going to be. We fight, we tear each other down, and we both sin. A lot. 

But I also want a marriage that is focused on Christ. I want a marriage where we can laugh, and talk, and play board games together. And I want a marriage where my husband trusts in me and my heart. 

This ideal is obviously not always easy to come by or it might seem impossible for some. But learning to love my husband more and becoming his cheerleader can make a huge difference! This is a topic that I have to revisit again and again. 

Because the stresses of life like to come in and choke out my joy, choke out my resolve to love and respect my husband, and choke out my determination to be a godly wife. 

So today we are going to talk about how we can all learn to be our husband’s cheerleaders a little bit more. Here’s what Cindi says about that term, “He needs a No. 1 fan to cheer him on, support him, encourage him, and believe in him even when he isn’t too sure if he believes in himself. And ladies, that No. 1 fan of your husband needs to be you.” – When a Woman Inspires Her Husband

We all know that being a loving and supportive wife like this doesn’t happen overnight, so how can we practically become cheerleaders for our husbands? Cindi shares 5 points through her acronym CHEER. 

Jason graduating college!!

(Listen to the episode for a more in depth discussion on these!) 

C – Come Alongside Him

Back in Genesis 2, woman was created so that man wouldn’t be alone. We are created for companionship, for being best friends, for comingalongsidee to help and encourage! 

Woman was created so that Adam didn’t have to live alone and so that he would have the help he needed in ruling the earth! 

H – Help Him Look Good…Always

Okay this is one that I know I need to work on!! 

I would hate if we was constantly correcting me in front of others, etc so I want to make sure to show him that same love. But sadly, women tend to do this a lot! 

E – Encourage Him Personally

I want to specifically point out and mention the things he does and how I’m thankful for him. I want him to thank me for doing the dishes and keeping up on the house, why wouldn’t he want the same recognition when he spends his saturday working on the van, or sweeping the sidewalk? 

Elye Fitzpatrick wrote, “I know it’s easy to forget, but a wife, because of her nearness, is usually the most powerful human influence in her husband’s life.” 

E – Elevate Him in Front of Others

This is another one that I want to work on more! 

R – Respond to Him Enthusiasically 

In my stress of life, the every day busyness, I don’t often respond to Jason with as much enthusism as I should. I don’t like it if he reponds to me out of stress, so why is it okay that I do the same thing? 

14 Days of Praying for Your Husband & Marriage

I’ve got a special treat for you!! A free printable pack that includes scripture and prayer prompts for 14 days of praying for your marriage and husband! Download it for free here. You can print it out or use it on your phone/computer. 

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Feb 10 2018
25 mins
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Rank #6: My new evening routine (cuz I gotta get back on track!) – Hf #235

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As we head into the Fall, I’m desperate and ready for some better routines! I really want to tackle better morning routines, but I know that that morning routine needs to first start with a better evening routine FIRST. So today I’m sharing a little encouragement on routines in general (and giving grace during tough seasons) and what I am implementing for new evening routines. Listen in! 

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Join us for the 2019 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference!! 

The theme for the conference this year is Creating a Gospel Centered Home and it’s going to revolve around everything we talk about in today’s episode. Get your ticket for the lowest price of the year through August 21st. 

Check out all 23 speakers, sessions, and more at: HomemakingMinistries.com/2019Conference

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Aug 09 2019
29 mins
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Rank #7: 10 Habits for an {almost} Always Clean Home with Marci Ferrell – Hf #221

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I am not naturally very good at keeping up on the home but as I’ve learned some tricks over the years it has helped so much! In this episode, Marci is going to share some of those practical tips and systems for keeping up on your home without all the stress! 

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Thanks for listening in today! You can find all the links & resources mentioned in today’s episode down below. 

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Jun 13 2019
50 mins
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Rank #8: Refreshing my routines for the fall – Hf #151

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Each new season it’s important for me to evaluate what my priorities are, how my routines are working, and what I need to change. As I head into the fall, I can sense that there are several big areas that I want to revamp. Join me as I take some great advice from my friend Brittany and share what I’m working on for this year:

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Think through those big priorities for your day 

  1. Our new homeschool routine.
  2. For September it will be our conference
  3. Making sure I am sticking to our grocery budget and meal planning efficiently
  4. Carving out time for Jason and I to talk, and most importantly right now, have some fun together!
  5. Better routines overall: meal planning and grocery budget and especially my spiritual disciplines 

Does your schedule reflect your priorities? 

This is something that both Jason and I have been trying to work on this Summer. I honestly feel like I’ve been in some sort of survival mode for about 3.5 years now. 3.5 years ago I was pregnant with our second set of twins and our first set were 2. Then we had them, then when life was calming down and they were 9 months old, we found out we were pregnant with Magnolia. She was born in January 2017 and once life started settling down as she got older, I had some challenging health issues with my hormones and chronic fatigue. As I am now coming out of about a year of figuring out my health issues, I’m starting to feel like I can jump back into things again! 

So I’m excited as I face the Fall. I need to remember to add things in slowly, very slowly. Because my personality is the type to want to jump in with a whole new schedule with every second blocked out and allotted, but I know that isn’t realistic or practical. 

So while there are many things I want to revamp, I need to start slow. So the first thing we want to change immediately is bringing back a better morning routine. So to achieve this, we need a better evening routine. For us, they go hand in hand! So Jason and I are both working on these two changes to help everything else! 

What am I wasting time on now? 

Honestly, my biggest waste of time right now is just not being intentional. Letting the nighttime hours slip by, then it’s too late, then I can’t get up early, etc. I am letting my schedule happen to me instead of scheduling it. Now of course, especially with little kids, I can’t schedule everything and a lot of what I do can change at the drop of the hat. 

Is there a disconnect between what you want your priorities to be and what they actually are? 

During the actual conference, the next thing that Brittany does is show you on screen how to actually build those priorities into a manageable schedule which is really cool! But we don’t have time to share that part on the podcast today. So let’s move to the next topic which is her second deep dive session on how to deal with distractions when planning your priorities and routines. 

Dealing with Distractions 

Leave plenty of margin! I use to over schedule down to the minute or 15 minute blocks and it use to work reasonably well for me. But now with kids, that simply does’t work anymore! Good advice to leave margin and plenty of white space. 

Leaving room for joy and spontaneity

This might be my favorite suggestion yet! I am a scheduler and a go go go person. And while raising my kids, part of this can be good and organized and other times I need to be flexible and joy filled as I raise them. We try to leave open blocks of time throughout our day and week where we can have a picnic on the lawn, enjoying an evening at the park while we eat dinner, etc. 

I want to make sure I’m being intentional about this throughout the week! 

Brittany then goes on in the rest of session #2 to discuss specific obstacles for time: kids interrupting, oversleeping, social media distractions, being tired and unmotivated and more. I love how she addresses each specific problem with practical advice! 

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Aug 16 2018
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #9: How to study the Bible for beginners – Hf #86

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been receiving email after email from women who are wondering how to begin studying the Bible.

I share a lot of Bible study resources on my blog, but a few weeks ago I shared an episode on “Does my quiet time need to be first thing in the morning?” And I think that spurred on a lot of questions. 

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So my intention with this episode is to give you a complete beginner’s guide to reading the Bible. We will cover the purpose and the methods.

So this episode is for you if: 1) You’ve never studied the bible on your own and want to know where to start, or 2) You’ve read the bible here or there but don’t know if you are doing it correctly or how to go deeper or 3) You want to be able to help other study the bible for themselves as well. So hopefully all of you fall into one of these three categories.

WHY do we study the Bible?

Jesus commands us to love him and know him,

“And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” – Matthew 22:37

We are to be hearers and doers of His word:

“But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” – James 1:25

God’s Word is meant to sustain us in a way that food alone cannot: 

“Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4

To carry the food analogy farther, we are to CRAVE God’s Word:

“Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—” – 1 Peter 2:2

To be true discipline of Christ:

“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”” – John 8:31-32

We are to share this treasure with others:

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” – Colossians 3:16

God’s Word is profitable for everything,

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

And we know that God’s Word is powerful!

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”- Hebrews 4:12

HOW do we study the Bible? 

On some days, it feels like it would be great if God had left very clear instructions on HOW to study the Bible. But as I’ve grown, I’ve seen the beauty that God has given us the freedom to study God’s word how it works best for us and our learning style. Now with that said, there are good practices to follow and some helpful tips. 

So let’s do an overview of the different methods for studying the Bible and the pros or cons of each.

While there are different ways to explain these methods of reading/studying God’s Word, I love how Jen Wilkin explains them in her book, Women of the WordYou can read about all 6 approaches here

The Personal Shopper Approach

The Xanax Approach

The PinBall Approach

The Picky Eater Approach


 So what’s the best method for reading God’s Word?

One of the best ways to deeply study God’s Word and be in the entirety of God’s Word is a systematic approach to Scripture where you read through entire books or sections at a time, preferably with repetition.

“The historical, cultural, and linguistic gap that exists between the Bible and its modern-day reader makes repetitive reading a critical tool in our attemps to build comprehension. Simply put, we are probably not going to catch what the author intended to communicate in one reading. The first step is comprehending a text is reading it several times from start to finish.” – Women of the Word, 91

So this might look like picking a book of the Bible and every day in your reading time, read through a portion. Or read through the entire Bible cover to cover. Or endeavor to read through the Gospels.

We will get into those specifics in a minute.

But first let’s cover how you study. When studying God’s Word we have to be careful to follow a few specific phases: Phase 1 is to read it. Phase 2 is to interpret it. And then phase 3 is apply it. Most people today jump immediately to #3 and ask “how does this apply to me?” without first interpreting or understanding what the text actually means.

First we find out what the text says, then phase 2 is what does the Bible mean by what it says? In this stage we have to understand what the original author meant. And to understand what the original author meant, some 2,000+ years ago, we need to understand the passage the way that the original hearers of it would have understood it.

That’s why it’s so important to understand the cultural and historical context of the people and when it was written. Without that context, we have no way of understanding what the original authors and hearers would have understood the text to mean. That’s where commentaries and study Bibles can come in handy.

After we accurately understand what the text means, then we can move on to application and ask what does this mean to me today? But remember – we should always be reading it with GOD at the center of the text, not ourselves.

“If i read the Bible looking for myself in the text before I look for God there, I may indeed learn that I should not be selfish. I may even try harder not to be selfish. But until I see my selfishness through the lens of the utter unselfishness of God, I have not properly understood its sinfulness. The Bible is a book about God. As Moses would learn during the Exodus, who he was bore no impact on the outcome of his situation. Who God was made all the difference.” – Women of the Word, page 27

ACTUAL methods to follow?

Read straight through the bible

If you’ve never read the entire Bible, I highly suggest you start here. Yes, it will take you a while. But it is so worth it. There are apps and charts that can help you keep track as you ready. 

But you can just pick up Genesis and start reading, even if that’s only 1 or 2 chapters a day. Another great option is using a One Year Chronological Bible which has the sections broken down for you. 

Read through the Gospels

Another good option is start with the Gospels. If you are on a kick, then just keep going through the entire NT! 

Our 30 day plan

This is our weird plan that Jason and I have been following for almost two years. You can read all about the plan we follow here

But basically you pick a book of the Bible, like 1 John, and read it everyday for 30 days. This works really well for small books that less than 6 chapters. If it’s a larger book, like Acts, then you can break it up into 2-4 months. The amazing part of this method is that you get so familiar with the text. 

Bible study Resources for deeper study

Get a good study bible:

If you are looking for a solid study Bible, I highly recommend either the ESV Study Bible or the MacArthur Study Bible

A caution with using study Bibles: Don’t just read the text and then look down at the notes for an explanation. Work for it, wrestle with it, write down the question to look into later, etc.

A great way to do it: Print out that section or the book double spaced. Then you can mark it up, write down questions, circle any repetitive words that you see, jot down connects, etc. Study it through a few times and see if the text doesn’t just answer your question before turing to a commentary or your study bible.

Get a good journaling Bible:

I’ve been on the search for a good journaling for years. I’ve been using one for the last few years that was okay but didn’t really have enough room for me. Then just recently, ESV released a brand new line of journaling Bible’s and I finally found my journaling Bible. 

It’s called the ESV Interleaved Edition. The special thing about this Bible is that every other page is a BLANK page. This leaves me plenty of room to write in notes, prayers, and compile study guides within my Bible. 

Jen Wilkin’s Studies:

Jen has some great Bible study books that you can use. Her goal is that after you go through one of her studies, you would be equipped to then go study the Bible on your own. So far she has a study on 1 Peter and a study on Sermon on the Mount

Katie Orr has several studies as well that you can find on Amazon

Welcome to our Sponsor! 

I am so excited to once again be partnering with Jelly Telly for the month of July! We have been using Jelly Telly now for about 6 months and my boys are hooked (so am I)! Think of Jelly Telly as a sort of Christian Netflix for kids. 

They have become my boys’ very favorite iPhone app as they have over 100 Bible based Christian tv shows for kids! Whether they’re discovering God’s great rescue plan in What’s in the Bible?, singing along with Yancy and Friends about how much God loves them, or discovering what it means to follow Jesus with the beautifully animated series Owlegories, I know they are safe as they browse. 

I love that it’s all Bible based and I don’t have to worry about what they are watching. I love to hear them singing along to hymns in Theo and learning deep theology through What’s in the Bible. And you can try out Jelly Telly for FREE for one week AND get a 10 page Jesus coloring book download by using coupon code: HMF at checkout. 

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Jul 26 2017
55 mins
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Rank #10: Hf #165: Decluttering Your Home; Decluttering Your Life…for more Joy! with Dana White

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Is your life feeling out of order? Does your home feel like it’s in constant chaos? There’s a really good chance that you need to DECLUTTER! And decluttering isn’t just for the junk drawer – when you figure out how to declutter all the areas of your life – it leads to much greater joy within the home! Listen in today: 

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Oct 01 2018
53 mins
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Rank #11: Our healthy eating journey this year (and how Jason lost 55+ pounds) – Hf #187

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During 2018, our family had a huge emphasis on healthy eating (in fact, I think it’s one of the areas that I actually did really well in – and a large part of that was out of pure necessity)! You can read about my health struggles from 2017-2018 hereI always thought of myself as a healthy cook but we’ve taken a lot of steps in 2018 to cut out processed food and take care of my entire family better. 

So today we are going to chat about what some of those changes have been and we want to invite you to join us for a healthy eating 30 day challenge!! 

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Jan 11 2019
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Rank #12: HF #002: Creating Simple Homemaking Routines That Work with Katie Bennett

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Welcome back to the second episode of my brand new podcast: The Homemaking Foundations Podcast Where we give you the tools, inspiration, and encouragement you need to craft a Gospel-Centered Home. In case you missed it, you can listen in to episode #1 here: What Does it Mean to be a Homemaker?

I had the privilege of interviewing Katie Bennett from Embracing a Simpler Life in this inspiring episode. She is a mama of three little ones and knows what it means to juggle a full schedule and struggle with the motivation and organization of keeping a home. I walked away from interviewing her with so many ideas to implement into my own home – and I know you will find the same inspiration and practical tools from listening to this episode! (If you are reading this in your email, you might need to click over to my blog to listen to the episode)

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If you have been waiting to listen to my new podcast through iTunes, then please be patient! It should be coming soon. We’ve had a little snag getting our feed just right (or something – you would have to ask my husband!) and iTunes takes a while to approve a show before it shows up but it’s coming soon I promise!

And I have to apologize – in the opening part of this episode, you can hear my cats meowing in the background! I didn’t even realize it when I was recording and you will probably notice it too now that I’ve pointed it out Our kittens are LOUD and need to be fixed so we can send them outside haha.

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • What it looks like when your home is out of control
  • How to start implementing simple 1 minute tasks into your daily routines
  • The importance of pairing down and decluttering so you can live the life you want
  • The secret of managing your home effectively
  • How to get started simplifying your home – TODAY!

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Episode summary

Katie is a mom in the trenches with three kids under 4 and has such a strong focus on eternity and the Gospel. Once she began a journey of implementing simple homemaking routines and getting rid of junk, her life and her home really changed! In this episode, Katie is sharing her secrets on pairing down the stuff in your life so that you have more time to spend on the things that are truly important.

How do we figure out what we should be focusing on within our home? How do we even start to implement simple homemaking routines when our house feels out of control? Katie is going to give you some awesome inspiration in this episode for getting started with very simple and easy routines that can slip right into your life – wherever you are at!

Do you want to get a better handle on your home? Then get ready to be motivated to get rid of stuff and create a more manageable home.

Links & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

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Jun 09 2015
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Rank #13: Creating a Gospel-Centered Atmosphere on a ZERO Budget – Hf #87

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I talk and share a lot about creating a Gospel-centered home. My focus throughout my ministry is to encourage you (and myself) to focus on Christ more and more within our homes. 

This week I got a question from a reader about how we can create a Gospel-centered atmosphere in our home on a ZERO dollar budget. And it got me thinking. 

Yes, there are some things you can buy that can be helpful in your home. And I love sharing resources here on my blog. But more than that, creating a Gospel-centered home can easily be done without spending a dime. So today we are going to cover that topic. Ready? Let’s jump in! 

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The Gospel for our entire life

At the heart of it – the Gospel needs to be for our entire life, not just for that moment of salvation. Here’s a related podcast you might want to listen to: Hf #12: What does it really mean to manage a Gospel-Centered home?

“We never ‘get beyond the gospel’ in our Christian life to something more ‘advanced.’ The gospel is not the first ‘step’ in a ‘stairway’ of truths, rather, it is more like the ‘hub’ in a ‘wheel’ of truth. The gospel is not just the A-B-C’s but the A to Z of Christianity. The gospel is not just the minimum required doctrine necessary to enter the kingdom, but the way we make all progress in the kingdom.” – Tim Keller, The Centrality of the Gospel

What is the Gospel? 

We talk about the Gospel so often, that sometimes I wonder if we all have a clear grasp on what it is? I know that for me, I had years of “knowing” what the Gospel was. But when push came to shove…I couldn’t explain it all that well. And I certainly didn’t understand how it applied to all of my life. 

Yes, the Gospel is for that moment of salvation when you repent of your sin and trust in God. But how do we define it? 

“In short, the Gospel is the life-altering news that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, lived a sinless life under the law, died for sinners, and rose again to reconcile them to himself, enterally victorious over every enemy that stood between God and man.” – John Hendryx

And this Gospel should impact ALL areas of our life, on a daily basis, rather than just that moment of salvation. And that leads us to creating a Gospel-Centered home. 

A Gospel-Centered home simply implies that we are daily focusing on Christ and the Gospel within our homes. So what are some practical ways to do that? 

Family Worship

The idea of family worship can be elusive. It’s hard to know what sort of things we should focus on within our homes. It can be tough to know what that should look like and how to go about it. I love this definition of family worship:

“Family worship isn’t a full-on Church service every day; instead it’s a brief time of devotion before the Lord. The elements are singing, Scripture reading, and prayer. That’s it! You sing together, pray together, and read the Scriptures together. Giving fifteen to twenty minutes a day to these simple practices will transform your family.” – Voddie Baucham, Family Shepherds

I think in the past I’ve made the idea of family worship something so big and structured that it was too much. I wanted to make it too complicated. Family worship simply implies creating a family culture of studying God’s Word and worshipping Him. 

That can be as simple as reading a passage of Scripture, singing a song, and closing in prayer! It doesn’t need to be huge or complicated. 

Becoming a Discipling mother

A note to mothers: I love love love this encouragement to disciple our children. I need to focus on the Gospel within my home for myself and my husband. But another huge responsibility God has entrusted to me is instructing and discipling my children!

“Mothers can tremendously impact the future of the Lord’s heritage, as Paul testified about Timothy’s start for the Lord: ‘and that from childhood you have known’ (2 Timothy 3:15). Young Timothy, in a home with an unblieving father, was shaped by a Word-filled mother. Everyday I prayerfully set out to do the same. During this short life on earth – this prelude to eternity – God has assigned us parents the role of standing in His place to show our children what He is like. My husband says, ‘God has given us their tiny hands to hold, to walk with in this world, step by step, until we lead them to their heavenly Father, and place their hands in His everlasting hand.” – Bonnie Barnett, Word-Filled Families: Walk in Truth

When you feel unworthy

There are so many times and places when we will feel unworthy. When we will feel our own sinfulness, our own failings, and our own shortcomings so acutely. We are not perfect and we will never have the right answers all of the time, no matter how hard we strive. 

This is an all too common feeling among women, especially for mothers. Here’s some encouragement: 

“God will help you, as you keep a steady focus on the Lord and search for His unchanging truths, to increasingly model the characteristics of a genuine disciple of Christ. Does He expect perfection? No, for that is impossible this side of heaven. Remember: God isn’t after your ability, but your availability. Simply put, God wants your heart. As you surrender yourself unreservedly to Christ, the Holy Spirit will use the Word of God to conform you into the image of God, for His Glory. (Romans 12:1-2). ” – Bonnie Barnett, Word-Filled Families: Walk in Truth

Being Gospel-Centered

So what does it mean to be Gospel-Centered and to try to craft a gospel-centered atmosphere? Like Bonnie’s quote from above, we need to remember to rely on Christ and His strength each and every moment. We need to turn to Him when it feels tough and when we need wisdom. 

This passage from Joshua, while located in the Old Testament, gives some great guideline for doing so:

“Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:7-9

We should not turn from God’s Word. We should not look to this culture, or pop psychology, or the latest trend for guidance. We are to look straight to Scripture and we are to stand rooted and firm in Scripture as our guidance. 

Be strong and courageous as you boldly follow Christ! 

Here are a few practical things you can use in your home as well! 

Seeds Family Worship

Seeds Family Worship is a company that puts together Scripture based music for kids. It’s a wonderful way to focus on the Gospel more and more each day. 

You can buy the CD’s but if you use the free app, Spotify, you can listen to most of their CD’s for FREE! You can stream them right in your kitchen, living room, or on the go! 

Where to get: Seed’s Family Worship | on Amazon | Listen free on Spotify

Jellytelly – Christian tv for kids

JellyTelly is a sort of Christian netflix for kids. It has over 100 different tv shows for kids that are all Bible based. We have been very impressed with it! To get a subscription, it is $4.99 a month or $49.99 a month. You can try out a FREE week here with coupon code: HMF. 

They do have some great family devotional guides on their blog that are FREE. You can browse through them here

New City Catechism

We use the New City Catechism with our kids nearly every single day. We’ve been doing this for almost a year. Now that our oldest boys are 4.5, they are really catching on! 

Most people are surprised when they hear about catechisms because they think they are a Catholic thing. But a catechism is simply an easy way to memorize truths about God’s! A catechism is a question and answer format. So Jason will ask a question, and the boys will answer. 

It asks questions like “What is our only hope in life and death?” or “How do we glorify God?” It’s amazing what our kids can memorize and repeat back. It ends up being a great activity for the whole family and something so easy to fit into a “family worship” time. 

Where to get it: Download the free app here | Get the book

Other Resources: 

If you want to dive in to other topics related to this, here are some great resources for you: 

Welcome to our Sponsor! 

I am so excited to once again be partnering with Jelly Telly for the month of July! We have been using Jelly Telly now for about 6 months and my boys are hooked (so am I)! Think of Jelly Telly as a sort of Christian Netflix for kids. 

They have become my boys’ very favorite iPhone app as they have over 100 Bible based Christian tv shows for kids! Whether they’re discovering God’s great rescue plan in What’s in the Bible?, singing along with Yancy and Friends about how much God loves them, or discovering what it means to follow Jesus with the beautifully animated series Owlegories, I know they are safe as they browse. 

I love that it’s all Bible based and I don’t have to worry about what they are watching. I love to hear them singing along to hymns in Theo and learning deep theology through What’s in the Bible. And you can try out Jelly Telly for FREE for one week AND get a 10 page Jesus coloring book download by using coupon code: HMF at checkout. 

Our current favorite shows are Theo, Owlegories, and 321 Penguins but I can’t wait to check out a few more. They have over 100 tv shows for kids – how fun! Remember to use coupon code: HMF at checkout!

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Jul 31 2017
42 mins
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Rank #14: Managing a Home Full of Little Ones with Amy Roberts – Hf #162

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As a mom of many littles (5 kids 5 and under), I know how HARD and exhausting it can be to manage a house full of littles one. That’s why I always love and value Amy Robert’s input as an experienced mom with a house full of littles. Listen in today and she shares her wisdom, encouragement, and practical advice as a mom of 10: 

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Sep 19 2018
45 mins
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Rank #15: Finances, family, and how to struggle well with Erin Odom – Hf #120

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I have a wonderful guest on the show today. It’s Erin Odom from The Humbled Homemaker! I’ve known Erin now for almost 7 years. We’ve walked through having several babies at the same time, I’ve watched as her family has struggled to make ends meat, and I’ve celebrated as she authored two fabulous books. 

The road has not always been easy for Erin and her family, especially when it comes to finances. And I am delighted to have Erin with us today as she shares some of the struggle their family has had when it comes to finances and what she has learned in the process. 

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Meal Planning Help: 

I am really excited to share with you the sponsor of today’s podcast episode: PrepDish! If you ever feel like you wish you had a little help in your meal planning, then I highly encourage you to check out PrepDish. They offer gluten-free meal plans and paleo meal plans. 

But you don’t have to eat a gluten-free or paleo diet in order to take advantage of all that PrepDish has to offer! In fact, almost half of their customers don’t eat those diets. The meals are healthy and non-processed and work well for anyone who is trying to eat a healthy diet. And PrepDish is offering a super special TWO week free trail when you sign up through this link (how awesome!!)

When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After only 1-3 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. I absolutely love how easy they make it. 

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Apr 16 2018
42 mins
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Rank #16: When Laziness Strikes (and maybe also your hormones!!) – Hf #176

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Are you struggling to stay motivated in your home and priorities? Do you struggle with the energy or even the desire to want to get into better habits and routines? I get it. I’ve been there and today we are going to talk about what happens when that laziness strikes…and also when maybe it’s more than simply laziness! 

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Meal Planning Help for Eating Healthy:  

I am really excited to share with you the sponsor of today’s podcast episode: PrepDish! If you ever feel like you wish you had a little help in your meal planning, then I highly encourage you to check out PrepDish. They offer gluten-free meal plans and paleo meal plans. 

But you don’t have to eat a gluten-free or paleo diet in order to take advantage of all that PrepDish has to offer! In fact, almost half of their customers don’t eat those diets. The meals are healthy and non-processed and work well for anyone who is trying to eat a healthy diet. And PrepDish is offering a super special TWO week free trail when you sign up through this link (how awesome!!)

When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After only 1-3 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. I absolutely love how easy they make it. 

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Nov 20 2018
39 mins
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Rank #17: HF #167: 5 Habits to Cultivate for a Successful Day

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For October, I’ve slowly been working on making better habits in my day. After a busy Summer and busy September, I’m desperate for some better routines in my day. And today I’m sharing what those things are that I’ll be working on. 

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Oct 20 2018
38 mins
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Rank #18: Forming Deeper Friendship (even when it’s hard) with Christine Hoover – Hf #122

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Friendships. That’s a tough word sometimes. We all want to form deeper friendships, but we often stumble about and don’t know how to go about it. 

Or we get hurt from our friendships and don’t want to reach out again. I think all of us women want to form deeper relationships, but it can be so tough to know where to start or what that looks like. In this honest conversation with Christina Hoover, we get right into the heart of messy, beautiful friendships. 

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Christine is Speaking!! 

At the 2018 Enjoy the Word Online Conference! If you enjoyed this conversation with Christine, you will love her session during the conference. She will be speaking on Understanding the Big Picture of the Old Testament – it’s going to be so so good!! 

You can purchase a ticket to the conference here

(even if it’s already over – you get lifetime access to the sessions)!! 

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Apr 25 2018
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Rank #19: Loving and cherishing your home with Marci Ferrell – Hf #220

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Marci Ferrell from Thankful Homemaker has been a huge encouragement and mentor in my own personal life. And today, she is on the podcast sharing encouraging with all of us on loving and cherishing our homes (all aspects of it)! Listen in: 

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Jun 07 2019
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Rank #20: My Favorite Podcasts for Christian Women – Hf #70

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A secret weapon in my homemaking is listening to things out loud during my day while I work around the house. It helps motivate me to get to work, helps me stay energized while I work, and becomes an incredible opportunity to learn and grow.

I regularly listen to the Bible, many good podcasts, and audiobooks. Because I talk about this so often, people always ask me what podcasts I listen to. Today I’m sharing all my favorites. 

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When I Listen to Things:

The more you get into the habit of listening to things out loud, the more you want to listen to things out loud. I love finding pockets of time in my day. Here are my favorite times to listen to books and podcasts throughout my day: 

Cooking & Cleaning

I do probably 50% of my Bible reading while I’m making breakfast. If I didn’t get up early enough to do my Bible reading before the kids get up, then I love to listen to the Bible out loud while making breakfast. I also love to listen to podcasts and audiobooks out loud while I do other meal prep, clean the bathrooms, do the dishes, etc. 

Driving

We live in the woods so we are a good 20-45 minutes from anywhere. I love to use this time to listen through some things…driving becomes one of my favorite things. In fact, sometimes if I am having a particularly rough day (if the kids woke up at night, someone’s not feeling well, or so on) then I will throw everyone in the car and go for a drive. It helps!

Projects at Night

Before bed, I like to do a good 15-30 minute pick up around the house. This is a great time to listen to stuff. OR Jason will read out loud to me while I work or we will listen to an audiobook together. We will also do this if I’m doing things like working on a painting project, decluttering, etc.

All My Favorites:

The Bible

I use the YouVersion Bible App. It’s a free app that gives you access to hundreds of Bible translations. Several of the translations allow you to play the audio version of the Bible as well as read it. I listen in the ESV and the guy who reads it does such a good job! 

Like I said, probably 50% of my Bible “reading” is actually done while listening to it out loud. If you are really struggling to establish a good Bible reading habit, then this is a great thing to add into your day! 

Podcasts for women: 

Homemaking Foundations Podcast with Jami Balmet

What is this podcast doing here?? I wanted to include my very own podcast just in case you are not familiar with it yet. If you are looking for something to listen to for Christian women, I encourage you to check it out!

Flower Mound Women’s Bible Study by Jen Wilkin

I adore Jen Wilkin and love her advice! I’ve read two of her books and plan to read the rest of them. I’m just starting to go through her Bible study podcasts and highly encourage you to do the same! 

Cultivating the Lovely Podcast

My friend MacKenzie’s podcast is probably top of my list right now for favorite podcasts for Christian women! She’s always so encouraging and motivation and I love the guests she brings on the show. And hint hint: You might just see MacKenzie popping up on my very own podcast very soon  

Inspired to Action with Kat Lee

I would say that this podcast is definitely geared more towards moms but it’s very encouraging and inspiring for anyone! I find that I get a lot of good, practical take aways from this podcast. 

At Home with Sally Clarkson

I’ve honestly not listened to a ton of this podcast but I do love Sally Clarkson and have loved what I’ve heard! 

Modern Homemakers by Donna Otto

I love and appreciate Donna Otto’s wisdom. Her book Finding a Mentor, Being a Mentor is one of my very favorite books on the topics of mentoring and relationships. Donna covers all kinds of topics in her podcast, you will love it! 

NOTE: This podcast used to be called Homemakers by Choice.

The Busy Mom by Heidi St. John

This podcast is one that is aimed towards moms (obviously). But Heidi brings so much Biblical wisdom and insight into this podcast. I try to listen to as many of her episodes as I can! 

What Should I Read Next? With Anne Bogel

If you love reading, especially if you love reading classics like Pride and Prejudice, then you will love Anne’s podcast. It’s a really fun podcast! But I don’t tend to read the same kinds of books that she does. You might love it though!

*NEW* Raising Arrows Podcast

Amy is the mom of 9 kids and she has so much wisdom and advice for juggeling all the day to day demands. I love Amy’s heart and her practical, no-nonsense advice! 

*NEW* Embracing a Simpler Life

Katie is a sweet friend who will encourage you and convict you to keep your eyes on eternity in the midst of everyday life. She will also encourage you to get to the core things of life while simplifying! 

*NEW* Thankful Homemaker Podcast

Marci is amazing and you need to go listen to her podcast RIGHT NOW! She is sweet, encouraging, and will hold you to God’s Word! I love the truth and conviction she brings in these episodes while still being encouraging and motivating! 

Podcasts for Christians: 

These are some of my favorite podcasts that are not geared specifically towards women but also rock! 

Mortification of Spin

This is kind of a random podcast that covers all kinds of different topics. I don’t listen to every single podcast but I love the ones I do listen to! I really love the female co-host in particular, Amiee Byrd. 

5 Minutes in Church History

This is a fun podcast that Jason discovered! It’s a quick, 5 minute podcast on Church History. It’s an easy but informative one to listen to. This one would work well to use in your homeschooling as well! 

The Gospel Coalition

This has become one of my newest favorite podcasts! This recent episode from Jen Wilkin and this episode from Tim Keller in particular have been incredible!! 

Podcasts for Business: 

Jason and I owe a LOT of our current business and business knowledge to listening to these podcasts. If you currently have a side business, run a blog, or want to make an income from home, these podcasts will be so so helpful! 

Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn

This was the first business podcast I really started listening to. Jason and I owe SO much in our business to Pat and his podcast. If you want to learn how to make an income online, I highly recommend you start here

Online Marketing Made Easy Podcast wit Amy Porterfield

I listen to every single one of Amy’s podcasts! It has become one of my favorites and contains so much practical insight into running a business, Facebook advertising, launching products and more! 

My Wife Quit Her Job Podcast

If you have a business that involves physical products (t-shirts, an Etsy store, etc.) then this podcast will teach you all kinds of stuff for producing, launching, running a store, and more. 

Youpreneur FM 

I’ve been listening to Chris Ducker’s podcast for a long time. If you are building a personal brand (like a blog or website) then his podcast is incredible helpful! 

Social Media Marketing Podcast with Michael Stelzner

I try and listen to every one of Michael’s podcasts. He is the go to guy on anything social media! 

Brilliant Business Moms with Beth Ann Schwamberger

This is my newest FAVORITE podcast. Beth Ann took a break for a while in her podcast and just came back in January. I make sure to listen to each and every one of her podcasts!! 

Christy Wright’s Business Boutique 

Christy’s podcast is great for any female entrepreneur but is especially helpful to those who run other businesses like coffee shops, run a day care, own an Etsy shop, and more! 

Audiobooks:

The last option is to listen through audiobooks! I don’t listen through as many audiobooks as I do podcasts because it’s harder for me in a book if I miss a thought or something because the kids are loud. But audiobooks work especially well at night or in the car!

Christian Audio

We don’t own a membership to Christian audio but I have purchased several books when they run some of their deals for $4.95 or $6.95 for an audiobook. And I usually download their free audio book of the month! 

Audible

Jason and I have a membership to Audible and have for a long time. Audible is owned by Amazon and they have the very best selection of audiobooks from what we’ve seen including a huge selection of Christian books. Most of our audiobooks are from Audible. 

Try Audible and Get A FREE Audiobook <— If you are thinking about trying out audiobooks, you can sign up for a free trial of Audible and get any book that you want for FREE! 

Check Your Local Library

Don’t forget to check your local library! Most libraries now have apps and programs where you can borrow eBooks and Audiobooks! 

Now it’s YOUR turn!! I am always on the lookout for new podcasts to listen to. What are YOUR favorite podcasts??

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