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Summer Giveaway Bash – BlendTec, doTERRA, NYR Organics

What does this summer giveaway have to do with *you*? Well, if you like smoothies (ice cream? soup? dip? food?), could use some pampering or want to add some awesome essential oils to your arsenal, keep reading! Are you excited for summer? We are! In fact, we're excited to be bringing you an amazing chance to get all the tools you need to be healthy this summer. With three winners being selected and over $700 in prizes it's sure to be fun! We have a giveaway this month geared towards anyone wanting to be healthy and even a little pampered. We're starting with spa products, then moving on to natural healing, and finishing with the perfect blender for smooth summer treats. Let's take a … [Read more...]

How Long Does Frozen Breast Milk Last?

So you've figured out how the pump works (a feat worthy of a celebration!) and now your breast milk is piling up. Yay! But, quick, freeze it so it doesn't go bad! Ok, so now the freezer is filling up...how long will all this frozen breast milk last?  Frozen Breast Milk - How Long Will it Last? You ask a very good question, my friend! It would be such a shame for that liquid gold to go bad, so I've put together some information to help you figure out a good system for using up the oldest milk first and determining how long your little one's frozen breast milk will last. Once I finished pumping (I rented this one from the hospital for many months!), I ended up with enough frozen … [Read more...]

Helping Others: Sexual Temptations and Teens

Today, Tim and Barbara Lane are sharing their perspective on parenting your teens through sexual temptations. If you missed the beginning of this conversation with the Lanes, you can catch up here and here. Those Sexual Temptations...and Your Teen Jennifer: Let’s say my daughter just told me she has feelings for a girl in her youth group and is afraid of what this might mean, wondering “am I gay?” How would I help her see the hope of the Gospel in this situation? Tim: The fact that your child feels safe to share that with you is an evidence of grace itself! Hopefully the things we have already talked about have encouraged an environment where confession and asking forgiveness are … [Read more...]

Helping Others: An Honest Look at Parenting Teens

Today, Tim and Barbara Lane are sharing their perspective on protecting our children and the challenge of parenting teens. If you missed the beginning of this conversation with the Lanes, you can catch up here. An Honest Look - Challenges of Parenting Teens Jennifer: It’s so easy to assume that our children will be different from the “bad kids” we know. But the reality is - we live in a fallen world with sin encroaching at the doors of our hearts. How can we as parents prepare our hearts for the fact that our children will sin - against us, others and, most importantly, God? Barbara: An understanding of the human condition and our need for God’s grace is probably the most critical … [Read more...]

20 Tips for Pumping Breast Milk

"Mama, meet The Pump. Pump, meet Mama. Now, you two play nicely and have fun." Does it feel as if you've been handed a strange contraption and now must figure out how to get those breasts to put their milk in those bottles? Well, hang tight because I've got ya covered with some essential tips for pumping breast milk. Whether you're a mama for the second, third, fourth (or more) time around and just need some reminders or you're a brand new, first-time mama, with these tips you'll be well on your way to becoming a Pump Pro. (There really should be such a title. Pumping is hard, but rewarding, work, y'all!) 20 Tips for Pumping Breast Milk As a brand new mother of triplets, I knew the … [Read more...]

Helping Others: What Does This Mean for Parents?

It was such a delight to be able to interview Tim and Barbara Lane for this series! I worked with them briefly a few years ago and was impacted by their genuine love for others that was obviously a result of their love for Christ. I wanted so badly for you guys to be able to also hear their heart for the church - how we can live out helping others, and even help our own hearts!, in this sticky journey called "parenthood." Join me for this 4-part conversation with the Lanes - I think you'll truly be encouraged to find what parenting biblically can look like!  Helping Others - What Does this Mean? Jennifer: Tim and Barbara, thank you so much for sharing with us your thoughts for … [Read more...]

We’re Moving!

It's true! I can hardly believe it, but it's true. In a few short weeks we'll be saying goodbye to Orlando, Florida and heading to Nashville, Tennessee! We both love the area (it's actually Franklin, and David has lived there before). And, possibly best of all, the group of churches we're a part of (Sovereign Grace Ministries) is planting a church smack in the heart of Franklin - Redeeming Grace Church! Though I've traveled to four other countries more than half a dozen times, I've lived fairly close to home. I was actually born and raised 15 minutes from where we currently live. In fact, my parents just sold the house I spent twenty years growing up in! So this is hard. Really, … [Read more...]

Is Breast Milk Enough for Premature Babies?

It’s not something anyone hopes or plans for – to go into preterm labor and deliver prematurely. But it happens often. In fact, 1 in 8 babies is born prematurely in the United States! Often, babies born early may face unique challenges that require medical supervision. So, is it safe to assume? Is breast milk enough for premature babies? Will it help them grow and develop their minds and bodies during the weeks they were missing from the womb? As a mom of triplets born at 32 weeks and 4 days, I have experience with giving my children both formula and breast milk (my own and donor milk). I wish I knew then what I soon learned after their birth. Read the rest here: Breast Milk for … [Read more...]

Can I Breastfeed Triplets? One Mama’s Journey

Is it possible to breastfeed triplets? Many told me no. They acted uncomfortable and I knew they pictured me with babies hanging off of me, nursing all the time. And it was kinda like that, but...well, let's go back to the beginning. Here's a peek at my story I shared over at The Paleo Mama. Can I Breastfeed Triplets? This Mama's Journey “Well, the good news is - it’s triplets!” Not the sentence I was expecting to hear from a doctor I’d never seen before. The day I learned my husband and I were expecting spontaneous triplets was one of the most memorable days of my life. I had a deep desire to birth any babies we were blessed with - naturally. I had a midwife, we were planning a home … [Read more...]

Sourdough Bruschetta Nachos with Balsamic Glaze

I have a love affair with food. But with food that is beautiful and tastes good - because food should be beautiful and taste good. I usually give recipes an extra point or two when the ingredients alone sound fun and enticing. And I'll often toss another point at it if my mouth waters while reading the recipe or looking at the pictures. Makes sense, right? But the real kicker is when the end result looks as if I've slaved all day over it...when I haven't. And this bruschetta, my real-foodie-lovin' friends, is one of those recipes. Kids will love that it's called nachos and you can get them involved with stacking everything up. Or you can make this as a more elegant summer dinner with … [Read more...]