When Life Hands You a Concrete Slab

We came home from the lake on Sunday to see this little petunia making her way through a crack between the spot where are driveway, garage floor, and house meet. She somehow fought her way through winter and found her new home right here in our driveway.  A less than ideal spot, I’m certain. I’m sure this flower did not dream of growing roots right there. If I had to guess, she would have dreamed of a luscious green field, with lots of other beautiful color and growth. Certainly not a little crack between concrete, asphalt, and brick. But sometimes life doesn’t allow you to grow roots where you may have dreamed. Sometimes life uproots you from your perfect pasture, your safe little flower pot, and it asks you to grow somewhere else.

Sometimes a tough situation is needed for us to grow even more abundantly. Sometimes a slab of concrete is what’s needed to learn and become wiser. Sometimes, it’s because God needs us to teach someone else, to help someone else grow and prosper.

Life isn’t about having the perfect pasture. It’s about learning to push through the concrete, it’s about learning to love where you’re at. Having the strength to push through, with goals of beauty on the other side.

And I’m sure that if this tiny petunia can do it, you and I can too my dear.

Here’s to living a life that makes your soul smile,

♥ Kaley

How to Brew Your Own Kombucha

I’ve been a big fan of Kombucha for some time now. I would buy it every now and then as a “treat yourself” kind of situation. But kombucha just has so many health benefits that I wanted to be consuming it on a more regular basis, it just wasn’t in our budget. So I finally got around to brewing my own, a much more bank account friendly way to get more of this bubbly goodness in my life! Woo hoo!! If you have everything you need, the process is really not hard. So what do you need and how did I make it? Read more

Dandelion Jelly Recipe (Yes, that’s a thing!)

Most people see dandelions in their yard and see only annoying and frustrating weeds that just keep multiplying by the thousands (millions maybe??). I use to be in that group! And while I do still enjoy a nice green lawn, I am learning that they are worth so much more than a therapy session of plucking them on by one, making a wish, or a princess crown. You can actually eat dandelions! Yep, you read that right, you can eat dandelions, root and all! But WHY??

Some see a flower. Some see a wish. Some see… J E L L Y

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Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

I wasn’t going to dye Easter eggs with my little {almost} 2 year old this year. But I was home all day the Friday before Easter, and decided to get crafty! I wanted to take a try at dying eggs naturally anyhow! Some people may want to do this as they don’t want to use the commercial dyes for a health purpose, some for a consumerism purpose, others (like me) just like to see what types of things they can DIY (along with those before mentioned as well!) There are many foods you can use to naturally dye eggs, this time around I used things we had around the house!  Read more

Healthy Homemade Popsicles

The other day Nora and I made popsicles together for the first time. Our babysitter is unofficially the official “Popsicle Queen.” Nora has been enjoying her homemade popsicles for some time now, and with the warm weather approaching, it just seemed right to go out and get some popsicle molds for Nora and I to make our own. It’s been years since I’ve made homemade popsicles, boy did it bring back some great memories! Homemade popsicles are so easy to make, so much healthier than store bought, and still so yummy! You so should give them a try! Read more

How to Start Seeds Indoors

We are blessed with four beautiful seasons in Minnesota, though many would argue that we only have two: winter and road construction and that neither of those are beautiful. And I will agree, of the four, winter is my least favorite. I mean, I love the beauty of the first snow fall, the way it perfectly coats the trees, and there’s nothing better than a cozy white Christmas, but come December 26th, I am about ready for old man winter to pack his bags. To me, the real beauty of winter is that it allows for new beginnings and quiet possibly my favorite of seasons; spring! But then, maybe spring is my favorite because it leads to summer- yeah I think summer is the favorite. They all just have so many wonderful things to offer! For your enjoyment, if I had to rank them my ranking would go: 1. Summer 2. Spring 3. Fall 4. Winter. (Fall only lands in that pecking order because it leads to my least favorite- winter, but boy is fall a beautiful, colorful time! And I can guarantee you my husbands favorite season. *Ahem* Hunting Season.)  Read more

Crockpot French Onion Soup

When your husband says “This is the best french onion soup I’ve ever had” you take a picture and share your recipe.
I often do “research” on a recipe I want to make, incorporating a bunch of different recipes (to modify for nutrients, quality of ingredients, and what we have on hand etc.), so when I hit the nail on the head, meaning it’s husband and toddler approved, I figure I better write it down! This recipe was so simple to make in the crockpot, with only a few ingredients! And let me tell you– I. Like. Simple. So when I say simple, I mean simple!  This recipe fits the bill! Read more

12 Minute Workout For Busy Mommas

I am a big believer that starting your day with some personal development for the mind, body, and soul is so important to set the tone for the rest of your day. Exercise for me has always been an important part to my day, especially in the mornings. There is just something about getting your blood pumping and releasing all those endorphins in the morning before you tackle the rest of the day! But lets face it, finding the time as a mom can be nearly impossible. And then to have the energy to tackle a long work out… you can forget it most days! I needed to find something that I could do in a shorter time frame but that was still effective. In walks the Tabata workout! I had done these workouts before in a group setting at the gym, as an hour long class. And while those classes rocked, an hour of Tabata is so awesome, it turns out just a few minutes of raising your heart rate can be equally as effective for releasing endorphins and boosting your mood for the entire day! And while you may think that you couldn’t possibly get the same results as hitting the gym for an hour, you will be pleasantly surprised to find out you can actually get better results in a shorter amount of time! Studies show that doing HIIT (High intensity interval training) such as Tabata can actually give you more improvement in aerobic and anaerobic results than working out at a moderate level for an hour! Less time- same or better results? I’m in!  Keep on Reading!

Immune Boosting Morning Tea

I like to start my morning with a routine that sets the tone for the rest of my day. Part of that routine is drinking a cup of tea to fuel my body with essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. In the winter months, this is especially helpful to add an armor of protection against all the bugs and viruses that come our way in Minnesota. I am not a huge fan of conventional tea however (not for a lack of trying though), so I drink a DIY “tea” that still has many (if not more) health benefits, and it’s one I enjoy drinking!  Keep on reading!