Using a FitBit: Do you know how many steps you take a day?

The Fitbit


I don’t know about you but I sit A LOT! I used to be very active especially when the kids were young but as they’ve gotten older I seem to be on my ipad, computer ,or sitting at the dining room table homeschooling my kids for way too many hours a day. During my numerous hours of reading on the web I’ve come  across MANY articles about health and wellness and growing older gracefully. In almost every article, it talks about exercise and/or movement of some kind as one of the major keys to longevity and healthful living. In fact, they say walking at least 10,000 steps  a day is minimum to acheive a high standard of living.

Here are how YOUR steps are classified:

Do you even know how many steps you take a day? I didn’t…. I bet most of you don’t. Once I found out I knew I needed to crank it up a notch!

This gives you a good idea of what you should be striving for. I’ve started out with the goal of 10,000 steps. I did not realize how hard it was for me to get to that number. I bought a regular pedometer that clipped on you but I just could not find one that worked accurately. Well, I have now found a simple one that has an app that I can check anytime. Especially, when I want to see how close I am to my goal. It even messages me through my phone to tell me I’m close or that I’ve made my goal. Sounds corny but it is truly exciting to hit your goal! It is very rewarding and motivating. One of the best features is that you can follow any of your friends who also use a fitbit and you can be motviated just by that! I’m sooooooooo competitve so just seeing a friends number move ahead of me makes me want to get up and start walking! The monitor is worn like a bracelet and keeps track through the movements of your arm when you walk. Or you could put it on your ankle.


Here are some simple but impactful health reasons to walk everyday of your life:

exactly my point


There are many different types of monitors out there now and they all have there merits.   But for the average person  just wanting to be more active, the Fitbit(the flex is what I have) is perfect.


Let me know if you get one…we can help motivate each other!


“Solvitur ambulando, St. Augustine said. It is solved by walking.” 

Fall simmering pot recipe

oranges cinnamon and cloves


It’s that time of year…. the temperature is starting to is in full swing… and summer is getting kicked to the curb! To honor the change in seasons, I like to decorate and bringing in Autumn means starting my Fall simmering pot. The smell of oranges, cinnamon, and cloves…conveys warmth and hospitality.

*My fall simmering pot*

*My fall simmering pot*

After adding in the oranges (you could use just orange rinds),  whole cinnamon sticks, and a smattering of cloves… fill a small pot with water. Then turn on low to simmer and enjoy the fall/holiday like fragrance. I love candles and burn them a lot in the fall and winter but this is a much more cost effective way to create a homey, warm, and inviting space. I use a small pot so I periodically throughout the day refill the water. One batch can last up to a week! Fall tip#1 One word of caution..Don’t forget to shut off the stove before you leave the house!



FALL TIP #2 You can always share in the season by using muslin bags filled with your spices and give them as gifts with a printed out recipe card!

I’m ready to use my fire pit!

“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn–that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness–that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.”
― Jane AustenPersuasion

Daily reading calenderSomething else that I like to do is put one of my daily devotional calenders up on the ledge above my kitchen sink. You know you stand there EVERYDAY of your might as well fill your mind with gratitude! In the fall, we are more into a routine and I tend to be much more consistent in my readings! I love to fill my soul with positive words!

All I’m waiting for now are the leaves to change…..

What one thing do YOU do to honor the change in the seasons?

**Share the Road**


June 8, 2008 was a clear, blue, beautiful, Sunday morning.  While driving to the national debate tournament in Birmingham Alabama, I received a phone call that I will never forget. …My husband’s good friend had been hit and killed by a drunk driver that morning, while out training on his bicycle. We were in complete shock!  It’s still incomprehensible to this day!…………… He was my husband’s best riding buddy. They did all kinds of cycling rally’s together. Read about it here.

This is, of course, every cyclists nightmare and I pray every time my husband goes out to ride that he comes home safe. I bought him this so I at least have some piece of mind that if something were to happen, they would know who to contact. This is also the extreme with the driver being drunk on a Sunday morning. But in the years since I have heard story after story of how motorists came close or did indeed hit a cyclist. I have also heard many stories about motorists purposely trying to mess with the cyclists. WHY??????

It may be annoying when it seems you can’t pass the cyclists. I get that! But they are NOT trying to annoy you. You will be able to pass at some point. In fact, this may come as a shock..IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT YOU. If you’re that upset maybe its time to stop and think about what is going on in your own life that you have to get so upset about a group of people trying to exercise and have some fun. Harsh? maybe..the TRUTH absolutely!

So my message today is SHARE THE ROAD..not only is it the law. Check this link out! This is someone’s Husband, Father, Brother, Son, their precious loved one! Check out the stats below lest you think I’m being sexist.

Here are the hard fast numbers:

Who is getting killed in bicycling crashes?

A detailed breakdown of the age, gender, and location of bicycle crash victims is available from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Some of the more noteworthy trends and numbers are:

  • In 2009 the average age of bicyclists killed in crashes with motor vehicles was 41 years, up from 32 years in 1998, and 24 in 1988.
  • 87 percent of those killed were male.
  • 64 percent of those killed were between the ages of 25 and 64; 13 percent of those killed in 2008 were under age 16, down from 30 percent of those killed in 1998.
  • The average age of bicyclists injured in crashes with motor vehicles was 31 years, up from 24 years in 1998.
  • 80 percent of those injured were male.
  • 51 percent of those injured were between the ages of 25 and 64; 20 percent of those injured were under age 16.


*You may need to rethink your road rage or your driving habits if you are angry at cyclists for being on the road or you are not even aware they exist.*

My kids and I thank you!


May you live long and prosper…


Yea..that’s right..I like to ride too!

I want to ride my Bicycle..I want to ride my bike




Rustic Gingered Peach Tart

Peach Gingered Tart

Peach Gingered  Tart


Every summer when peaches are in season, we eat soooo many, its hard to keep them around for very long. This summer was no exception.  While visiting my parents in Colorado, my mother made a peach tart that was to die for!…thus the Rustic Gingered Peach Tart was born. I’ve made it about once a week for the last couple of months and we are not tired of it yet.

Preheat oven to 400:


Combine 4-6 peaches ( not white)

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Stir in medium skillet cook then cover over medium heat then let cool slightly

Place pie crust on well oiled baking sheet

Once cooked mound peaches into the center of the crust

Fold edges up and over leaving the center exposed

Sprinkle with sugar

Bake until golden brown about 30 minutes!..woohoo it smells divine while baking…

Now if your in* my* family you better have some vanilla ice cream to add a la mode!

Pie crust to start

Pie crust to start

Aren't these beautiful?

Aren’t these beautiful?

Here are your main ingredients: the simpler the better!!

8-2013importing pictures 117After you have turned on the oven, greased your cookie sheet, and laid out your crust..its time for the fun part…



and more peeling...

and more peeling…

until they are all peeled..then chop into bite size pieces..

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Once all chopped..add to the pan…

I love summer desserts!

I love summer desserts!

Now comes the sweet part……………..come on! its a happy..just make sure its top quality processed crap sugar lol

If God hadn't meant for us to eat sugar, he wouldn't have invented dentists.

If God hadn’t meant for us to eat sugar, he wouldn’t have invented dentists.

Then add the ground ginger..

 Did you know:After ginger was first introduced in Europe (approximately 800 AD) it ranked second to pepper as a spice for centuries.

Did you know:After ginger was first introduced in Europe (approximately 800 AD) it ranked second to pepper as a spice for centuries.

Now stir it all together..and cook until you think its done………… you are not really surprised I just said that without a specific time, are you? I don’t always have exact times…tap into your inner wild child and just



Texas peaches babyyyyy!

Texas peaches babyyyyy!

next step..pour onto pie crust.

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Notice there is not a lot of liquid....

Notice there is not a lot of liquid….

Fold up edges on the dough!

Fold up edges on the dough!

Notice the sparkle of the sugar..

Notice the glitter of the sugar..

A pre made Gluten Free choice..for dough!

A pre made Gluten Free choice..for dough!

I love my mini crate and Barrel crocks.

I love my mini Crate and Barrel crocks.


about 30 minutes later..Perfection!!

Finished Gluten Free Tart!!

Finished Gluten Free Tart!!  I love you honey(Hubby is GF)!

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Creamy Goodness!

Creamy Goodness!


One does a whole painting for one peach and people think just the opposite - that particular peach is but a detail. Pablo Picasso

One does a whole painting for one peach and people think just the opposite – that particular peach is but a detail.
Pablo Picasso


No_image Peach - Yellow (Raw) Serving Size: 1 peach (175 grams), Calories: 68, Fat: 0g, Carbs: 17g, Protein: 2g

  • 1 peach (175 grams), 68, 0g, 17g, 2g













**GF Eggplant Parmesan Sammies**

My daughter has an Italian boyfriend..He loves all kinds of Italian food….well quite frankly we all do….so when I asked him to give me some of his favorite dinner ideas..(he and my daughter eat dinner here often)..he said Eggplant Parmesan sandwiches of course!! Gluten Free Eggplant Parmesan sandwiches   Doesn’t that look delicioso? OF COURSE IT DOES… this recipe is so easy and filling!   GF Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches ingredients: EVOO 2 large eggplants ( cut into 1/4 inch thick rounds) it made 7 sandwiches sea salt (sprinkled on the eggplant) mozzarella cheese (cut in thin slices) Fresh basil (cut in thin slices) Finely shredded Parmesan ( to sprinkle on at the very end) GF hamburger buns or focaccia bread, or rustic Italian bread DSC_0164     Preheat oven to 400; then cut eggplant into rounds ..I cut the eggplant length wise in half and then used a biscuit cutter like this one to make round pieces..then cut them in half because the rounds were so thick.. DSC_0167   baste eggplant with EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)*thats Kenny’s actual hand..haha  and sprinkle with some sea salt THEN put on a cookie sheet and bake for about 15/20 minutes DSC_0166   cut some fresh basil into long skinny strips to add to sandwich at the end DSC_0171cut mozzarella into neat thin pieces perfect for melting… DSC_0172here’s a pic of the ingredients..then turn the oven to 425 broil DSC_0173Time to load up the bread(which has been drizzled with EVOO) by adding the already baked eggplant rounds..DUMP  spoon the marinara sauce on top DSC_0174then add the mozzarella slices DSC_0176put them into the oven on broil..for only about 4-5 minutes sure to keep watch as you don’t want it to burn..add the basil strips.. DSC_0180look at the melted goodness…. oh you have to see another one.. DSC_0181   OHHH YEA…..mouth watering isn’t it? time to….sprinkle on some  parmesean DSC_0183 DSC_0184BOOM…an eggplant Parm sammie..easy peasy people che perfetto!   This recipe would be perfectamente for meatless Monday’s Don’t you agree???

BOHO family book list…Read Alouds


LOVE books….I love books about books….. that’s  right, books about books… a few of my favorite books ABOUT books are:

The Read aloud handbook by Jim Trelease  For three decades, millions of parents and educators have turned to Jim Trelease’s beloved classic to help countless children become avid readers through awakening their imaginations and improving their language skills.

Honey for a child’s heart by Gladys Hunt   Now in its fourth edition, Honey for a Child’s Heart discusses everything from the ways reading affects both children’s view of the world and their imagination to how to choose good books.

Who should we then read? by Jan Bloom This 250-page reference guide includes biographical material on 140 authors of great books for children and young adults, and it also lists alphabetically several quality series such as Landmark, “We Were There,” Vision Biographies, Childhood of Famous Americans, etc.< I got Jan to autograph my copy at a homeschool book fair conference once>

According to Sonlight curriculum ( we used this curriculum with all of our kids, some homeschooling moms just order the catalog to get book ideas from it because they are tried and true) some of the benefits of reading aloud to children are:

  • To introduce your children to great literature that is beyond their personal reading capacity.
  • To develop within your children a life-long love of reading. (Even though they may not be able to read a good book on their own, when you read great literature to them, it creates a thirst to read. They begin to think, “I love books! One day I’m going to read books like this!”)
  • To expand your children’s vocabulary.
  • To build listening skills–including the ability to visualize the meaning of spoken words.
  • To develop an “ear” for good oral reading.
  • To develop oral reading skills. (Having heard quality oral reading done by you, your children will imitate you. And,
  • To give you and your children a context for sharing mutually significant times together.

ok This will be a smattering ( you’ll thank me because I could go on and on) of some of our family’s favorite read alouds…FYI..when I started to read a loud to my kids every day, years ago, their reading comprehension and vocabulary jumped grade levels..and they were already excelling.

These are in no particular order..

The books in the following picture represent some of my absolute favorite books to have read to my own kids from the time they were babies and of course give as gifts whenever I can!

Blueberries for Sal~ I loved reading this one

Make way for ducklings~Mr. McCloskey has created a host of well-loved children’s books, including Homer PriceLentilBlueberries for SalTime of Wonder, and One Morning in Maine. They are all great!!

Hank the cowdog~ this is best listened to on CD with the author reading it

Witch of Blackbird pond~Elizabeth George Speare’s Newbery Award–winning novel portrays a heroine whom readers will admire for her unwavering sense of truth as well as her infinite capacity to love.

Caddie Woodlawn~which has been captivating young readers since 1935, was awarded the John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Little Britches..LOVE THIS series~Little Britches was the literary debut of Ralph Moody, who wrote about the adventures of his family in eight glorious books, all available as Bison Books.

The golden goblet~the first couple of chapters are a little slow but after that you get sucked in..Ranofer struggles to thwart the plottings of his evil brother, Gebu, so he can become master goldsmith like their father in this exciting tale of ancient Egyptian mystery and intrigue.
Newbery Honor Book

The Children’s homer~ One of my middle sons favorites..Published in 1918, Colum’s stirring telling of the Greek epics is still unequaled as an introduction to the classic myths for young readers.–Publishers Weekly

Where the red fern grows..OMG fantastic..tear jerker~An exciting tale of love and adventure you’ll never forget.

Cheaper by the dozen…awesome!!!~Translated into more than fifty-three languages and made into a classic film starring Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy, Cheaper by the Dozen is a delightfully enduring story of family life at the turn of the 20th century.NOTHING to do with the Steve Martin film by the way NOTHING…

Carry On Mr. Bowditch..~all three of my kids LOVED THIS BOOK!!

Johnny Tremain~”Johnny Tremain” is a classic that tells the story of a young boy caught up in the turmoil of 1773 Boston and the start of the American Revolution.

Miracle on Maple hill~ delightful for the elementary set

Notice a trend of american history books?? YEP..american historical favorite time period!


Jothams Journey trilogy~Written as a devotional for parents to read to their children during Advent, Jotham’s Journey unfolds day by day leaving you with a cliff hanger every chapter.. until the exciting climax on Christmas Day. Each day’s installment of the story is followed by a short devotional which will challenge your family to share in Jotham’s discoveries.

Best Christmas pageant ever~

The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant.

None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale — the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating — has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year’s pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever.


read aloud



ONE of the very best things you can do for a child is to read to them on a daily basis..

This link will take you to the 1000 good books list..AMAZING..look no further for what you should read to your kids!!

Ok this should grab your attention..


So share with me your family’s favorite read alouds….

A Book by Edgar Guest“Now” – said a good book unto me –
“Open my pages and you shall see
Jewels of wisdom and treasures fine,
Gold and silver in every line,
And you may claim them if you but will
Open my pages and take your fill.“Open my pages and run them o’er,
Take what you choose of my golden store.
Be you greedy, I shall not care –
All that you seize I shall gladly spare;
There is never a lock on my treasure doors,
Come – here are my jewels, make them yours!

“I am just a book on your mantel shelf,
But I can be part of your living self;
If only you’ll travel my pages through,
Then I will travel the world with you.
As two wines blended make better wine,
Blend your mind with these truths of mine.

“I’ll make you fitter to talk with men,
I’ll touch with silver the lines you pen,
I’ll lead you nearer the truth you seek,
I’ll strengthen you when your faith grows weak –
This place on your shelf is a prison cell,
Let me come into your mind to dwell!”



Power corrupts..

  What is the role of government? To work for us? or for us to work for it? I think Mayor Bloomberg of New York needs a refresher course. Check out this article…. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Sunday: Sometimes government does know best. And in those cases, Americans should just cede their rights. “I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom,” Mr. Bloomberg said, during an appearance on NBC……………………. WAIT….WHAT? ANYONE else see the slippery slope we have found ourselves on?  Mr. Bloomberg thinks he’s knows whats best for ME?..For YOU? Listen I already have parents..Oh and I have a brain that God gave me and I use it…mostly LOL

Here’s the definition of LIBERTY: The state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life.  Ummmm HELLOOOOO Do I need to go all Give me liberty or give me death up in here….<nevermind>*snort

ANYWAY… in the meantime he wanted to ban soda drink cups over 16 oz.  I’m all about eating healthy but I am also all about the government NOT telling me what and how much to eat. I agree we need education about what causes obesity and diabetes but AGAIN its not the governments role.

I will be a lactivist until the day I die… it’s NOT the governments role to tell us what to feed our children. Breastmilk is a live substance made perfectly for the growing human brain…formula is a dead mixture that is constantly evolving as they discover yet one more thing breastmilk has that needs to be added to the formula. Yet despite my passion that every baby be given the perfect food for them..its still up to the mother, the government has no role in it.

Then last but not least…Gun Control…OMG..we have a mental health problem in America……. an “evil” is alive and well problem..but mostly a lacking of Jesus in your life kind of problem…not a gun problem…and certainly not a we need more government intervention as the solution to the problem.


Do you care?…I do and you better believe I care through my vote and what I teach my kids…


Bohemian Mama’s homemade granola bars




My Family LOVES this granola recipe…Its from a friend of mine, Monica Brown. Here is her web site. We’ve been making it for years!


Here’s the recipe:

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup of your favorite crunchy cereal (like brown rice cereal—rice crispy type)
¼ cup sesame seeds, whole
1 ½ cups dried apricots (I used chopped Medjool dates)
1 cup organic raisins
¼ cup chopped almonds (soak them ahead of time if you want them to be softer)
¼ cup ground flaxseed (golden flaxseed is my favorite)
½ cup protein powder (or flour, your choice)
1 TBL. Butter or coconut oil
¾ cup brown rice syrup
½ cup raw almond butter or natural peanut butter
1 tsp cinnamon
Pour all of the ingredients except the oil, syrup, almond butter, and cinnamon into a larger mixing bowl.  Mix completely and break up any chunks of dried fruit.

In sauce pan, over medium heat, melt coconut oil, brown rice syrup, almond butter and cinnamon until creamy.  Pour over dry ingredients and quickly mix together.  You may need to use your hands.  Pour into a 9 * 13 inch pan.  Pat mix to fill pan. . .press down like you would rice crispy treats.  Refrigerate 4 hours or until you can’t stand it any more and have to eat some!   Cut into bars and wrap in wax paper, or plastic wrap.  Store in fridge. SUPER TASTY!!


A look at *all* of the ingredients..(minus the rolled oats. They are  in the recipe I just forgot to put them on the counter to get their pic taken)…I didn’t take a pic of each individual step this time…. just a  few of the more interesting FLAXSEEDS …all you ever wanted to know and more….lol


Golden Flaxseeds are super nutritious! The key to eating Golden Flaxseeds is to grind them fresh before you use them. According to (Yes, even though Lance is a cheater(ugh) the foundation is still valuable) Flaxseed is an excellent source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. However, when eaten whole, flaxseed passes through the gastrointestinal tract undigested. Sooooo To obtain the health benefits from flaxseed, it is important to grind it. Pre-ground flaxseed is available in the marketplace, but buying it whole and grinding it yourself will yield a fresher product as flaxseed can become rancid quickly. Once the flaxseed is ground, it can be added to many foods such as cereals, baked goods, smoothies,granola bars(duh) or salads.



this pic above is actually of the blender in motion…’ll.get.out.of.this pic…..#iamusemyself



See how easy it is to grind the flaxseed? fascinating picture of the before and after of grinding..I just used my Blendtec blender or you could just use a coffee does not matter!


chop up some apricots ( or you could substitute with dates or cranberries)


add some protein powder…Ours is vanilla flavored..we don’t do regular wheat flour here because of gluten sensitivities(if your wondering if you are allergic to Gluten or have a sensitivity to it go here  and learn more about it)


mix all dry ingredients together….now time for the fun part..


sticky brown rice syrup.. I use Lundbergs Brown rice syrup found here . It is a  nutritive sweetener about one half as sweet as sugar, brown rice syrup is the perfect healthful, tasty alternative for those of us who are trying to watch our sugar intake.


I’ve already dropped in the coconut oil (white clump in pan lol)by Tropical Traditions. check out their site here and now I am adding the Brown rice syrup..some serious goodness right there..ok I have a sweet tooth I’m not going to lie.. next is the creamy almond butter


Here is the brand of almond butter I used…I bought it at Market street. You can read about it here. Notice the measuring cup I am using for the brown rice syrup and almond butter..well its from Pampered Chef back in the day( the yellow color is the dead give away)I would prefer the white one they sell now. You can find it here. I could** not** live without this fabulous tool when using things like nut butters or sticky things like honey or Brown rice syrup..A unique adjustable plunger design cleanly ejects the solid ingredients…LOVE IT!… time to add the almond butter


see how easy if just falls out? should see how easy honey slips out..


Of course last but not least is the cinnamon..cinnamon has some serious health benefits found here!! wow you’ll want to start having some erday ::snort::



Now melt and stir the wet ingredients over medium heat…


aren’t the swirls pretty…if you’ve read the blog for any length of time you know I’m weird like that…lol


once mixed and melted, spoon onto the dry ingredients and start stirring like crazy….


This next part is kind of like when you make rice krispy treats..only not quite as sticky..and actually good for you..YAY!


once in 9×13 dish…put in fridge to let set for a few hours.. then using a knife..cut whatever size you desire and try to not to eat the w hole thing yourself in one sitting …you might as well make two batches up front…everyone will love these granola bars..and you will feel like little Susie homemaker because they are from scratch and well when you are in charge of the ingredients have control over the crap stuff, that goes in your family’s mouth…seriously these don’t really take very long to make..the waiting for them to set so you can eat them is about the only torturous thing about it..even  clean up is a breeze…well if you count that the 13 yo has dish duty. . lol

one last pic of the wrapped end result…


Enjoy!!* these are  perfect for a snack on the go* Please let me know how you liked these if you make them…the comment section is at the top of the blog post so scroll back up and tell me a thing or two…

Do you live life with a monkey on your back?

Every time I have ever watched the show has made me want to go clean out a drawer or get rid of something ..ANYTHING…..I think there is an interesting correlation between an actual hoarder( where you have to maneuver around piles of stuff) and someone whose house is clean and organized but they have to spend inordinate amounts of time keeping it that way because of their collection  of junk stuff.

Both have the proverbial monkey on their backs at all knowing(or possibly being told) they should be cleaning up and organizing but because its a mental illness somehow can not..and the other if they can not(because of work) or choose not( some form of fun or play) to clean or organize, or God forbid go do something else, usually end up feeling tremendous guilt, because they think they should/need to be dealing with the mess or the  possibility there of.

Hopefully we are all somewhere in the middle..not a deranged mess and not ocd…However, ask yourself..How much time do I have to devote to my precious belongings in order to keep it looking presentable so that I can live my life in peace? I would guess the answer is WAY TO MUCH TIME

Here’s my point…I think we all need to embrace a more minimalistic lifestyle when it comes to our belongings… I think so many of us live our lives around, dealing with our possessions, dealing with our mess, dealing with our clutter, that we waste precious hours and days and weeks just trying to keep up. Some of us are better at it than others…and I am fully aware of how first world this is, as far as problems go, but I truly think it gets in the way of our being able to enjoy our lives. to be present to do Gods will..  We carry this burden of feeling that we need to be cleaning or organizing something or we will be taken over by our” must have” junk or at least the paper that comes into our homes!!

OK here’s a test…what does your garage look like? your closet? your kitchen counter… your desk?.what kind of reaction would you have if someone just dropped by your house RIGHT NOW?..maybe your one of the few who truly does not care if its a mess( I only personally know about 2 people that fit this category)..but most of us WANT to live in a clean and organized and tastefully decorated makes us feel good and we can think and be creative and have a more peaceful home when it is that way…it certainly frees up more time to spend doing what we want, like spending time with family or volunteering or actually doing “insert your hobby of choice”.

Do you think if you got rid of some of your stuff and didn’t have to spend so much time thinking about AND THEN doing something about, cleaning and organizing “it” might have more peace of mind?….as we get older time seems to fly by more quickly…how do you want to spend it? The only true way to make time slow down is to be fully present in the moment (read 100 gifts) and you can do that more easily by living a simple, purposeful life.

Click here to visit a website that can help you start or encourage you to continue on a journey of not being enslaved by our stuff…

Now those of you who know me would probably not describe me as minimalist..( I love TJ maxx wayyyy too However.. I am a work in progress..I just know I want to use the hours and minutes of my life well and at the same time live in a clean, organized, and peaceful environment…meshing the two is my goal…

Are you with me?


How to receive a compliment BOHO style!

Have you ever noticed how you respond to a compliment? If you simply say Thank you and nothing else this post is not for you..However, if your like a lot of women I know, you don’t know how to take a compliment without adding some self deprecating comment right afterwards. I learned long ago to just say thank you to most compliments…but I noticed the other day that when given a compliment I said thank you but then gave a lame excuse right after..UGH.. thinking about it later on I regretted making the excuse..

Etiquette expert Lizzie Post (great-great-granddaughter of Emily) points out, “It’s actually rude to discredit their compliment.” Simply say thank you..or thank you that means a lot coming from you. AND NOTHING ELSE if its not positive.

Here is a web site that can give you some practical advice about giving and receiving compliments. Scroll 3/4 the way down and she gives some insight and asks you to think about a few things to see why you respond the way you do.

If you always feel the need to downplay a compliment take a step back and ask yourself why you can not receive the praise the other person wants to bestow on you…start handing it to God and just say Thank’ll feel better and so will the giver of the compliment!