6 Things Moms Must Do Every Evening


6 Things Moms Must Do Every Evening

You would think I would have this motherhood gig down now since I’ve doing this nearly 24 years – but alas, I mess up and get off track too!

I began looking at my evening routine as part of some struggles I’ve been having lately keeping my patience. Ugh, I hate to admit it, but it’s true. This is even more frequent when I am single parenting and my husband is on the road. And, I am sure I am not the only one.

Here are some key pieces I have determined I need to be sure to put into motion to close out my day with a patient and gracious heart, as well as preparing my mind and soul for rest. I hope you can take a few of these ideas and incorporate them too!

Check Your Calendar for Tomorrow

This won’t necessarily make your evening better, but it will certainly make your morning better! When I can check my calendar for the next day and get a basic plan in my head the evening before, I tend to settle down more easily. Whether you have a calendar digitally or a paper version, get into a habit of checking your next day’s activities so you can do what you can the evening before to start your morning off right.

Connect with Your Husband

If you are married, this is a MUST! Since I have been caring for my body with better food, all-natural products, and using essential oils for my mama mode and moods (aka. occasional stress), I tend to not be as exhausted by evening. It has been a shift for us that as soon as our son is down for the night we can connect. Sharing about our day, talking about upcoming plans, or just watching a favorite show without distractions. My husband is my second priority and I need to be sure I am displaying that in my actions.

Practice Some Self-Care

This will look different for everyone, but for me it is pretty simple. It may be just washing my face with my favorite Orange Blossom Facial Wash to get the grime off me and apply some lavish night time face cream with a drop of Frankincense. Or it may include a nice soak in the tub for 20 minutes with some Epsom salts and essential oils. It is certainly my happy spot! Do you know what your happy spot is? What brings you joy and calms your body? Maybe it’s going for a walk – alone! These are all things that can nourish and refresh us!


I have found more joy the past few months sitting down and reading at the end of the day. It’s not usually for more than 15 minutes, because I do tend to get tired. But the wonderful books I’ve been diving into have been complete bliss. Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist was so good for me. Perfect for my season of life. I also recently enjoyed Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes but Shauna Niequist as well. My current read is The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother’s Memoir by Katrina Kenison.

Get Enough Sleep

BINGO! I know so many moms who try to burn the candle at both ends and it takes its toll. Please, for the sake of your health, your family, and your spirit – get enough sleep. This is the time your body refreshes itself. It needs this downtime to run the way God intended it to. I try to get in bed no later than 10:00pm and then I have been sleeping until 6:00am. This works for me, maybe not for you. I encourage you to find a schedule that works and try to stick to it. Research shows a bedtime routine is great and having a set bedtime and wake up that is consistent each day is even better for your body.


Ending your day with prayer is the best way to leave everything at the Lord’s feet. Some find it helpful to journal their prayers, other’s like me just talk out loud. This has helped me so much to have a grateful heart and reset my soul even if it’s been a rough evening.  

What tip here will you begin to incorporate?

Insanely Yummy #21DSD Chocolate Energizing Shake


Insanely Yummy #21DSD Chocolate Energizing Shake

Oh my word – I can’t believe I haven’t shared this recipe with you all sooner! I apologize now, because once you begin to add this to your daily routine, you will see why I love it so much.

I recently completed my second round of the popular 21 Day Sugar Detox program and this shake was part of my success. The thought of eliminating the sugar from my diet seemed impossible, but I have done it without losing my mind.

I like chocolate and I need quick and easy food. This powerful breakfast shake has become an integral part of my most productive days.

Insanely Yummy #21DSD Chocolate Energizing Shake Recipe

  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 cup almond milk (be sure to get a brand that does not have carrageenan)
  • 1 scoop unsweetened protein powder (I use this)
  • 2 Tablespoons organic cacao powder (I use this)
  • 1 teaspoon organic maca powder (I use this)
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic cinnamon (I use this)
  • 1/3 cup organic pumpkin puree (I use this)
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla flavoring (I use this)
  • 1 green tipped banana

Add all of the ingredients to your blender. Turn it on for 30 seconds and ENJOY!

Insanely Yummy #21DSD Chocolate Energizing Shake Recipe

It may take your taste buds a bit to get use to this less sweet version of a shake, but it is so satisfying and packed full of food our body can really use. Sometimes I use 1/2 cup of brewed coffee that has been cooled too. Feel free to change it up a bit to meet your taste – just NO SUGAR!

A Couple Notes About the Ingredients

I recently discovered maca powder. Check it out. Maca powder has been shown to support healthy hormone levels, enhance vitality, and sustain natural energy levels. It also promotes a radiant complexion and glowing skin. It is packed full of minerals, fatty acids, and plant sterols which offer a wide range of benefits for your body. I have noticed a difference on the days I do not start my day with a shake. I definitely have seen an increase in energy, focus, and motivation!

Pumpkin puree is a great source of fiber, rich in iron, and a great source of Vitamin A which in turn is great for your eyes. It is a low calorie source of a great punch for the body.

I have lost five pounds in my second round of the #21DSD. My taste buds have changed. My body has changed. I have more energy and less inflammation. I wake up feeling ready for the day. I especially love knowing I am reducing the risk of illness from the food I choose to eat. I dare you to do any research about what sugar does to your body and how it is hidden in everything. I am thankful to have education and knowledge. That is power for helping us be the best we can be!

Now, go enjoy this fabulous shake recipe and comment when you have. You will want to share it with everyone! Have you done a round of the #21DSD before? Did you have a favorite recipe?

Vibrant Living Just Got Easier


Vibrant Living Just Got Easier

I just returned from an amazing road trip with my family through Yellowstone, the Tetons, and Salt Lake City. Watch for a blog post on that next week where I share some fabulous tips to make a road trip much easier!  

Our stop in Salt Lake City was to attend the Young Living International Convention – and it was a blast. They released some new products and I had to share with you all in case you missed it! If you’re not a member yet, scroll down to see a special just for you!

Check out the Newest Members of the Young Living Family

New Young Living Products for Your Whole Family

I have a few favorites I would love to share with you. These products are game changers in how busy moms can care for their families with all-natural, chemical-free options. I am over the moon thrilled!

AgilEase for Inflammation

I have struggled with joint inflammation over the years, however I have been able to reduce it with diet and other natural means. But never the less, the announcement of this product had me perked up! It will be so helpful for me to support my joints in a way that will keep me on the go and ready for action!

AgilEase is especially beneficial for athletes, as well as middle-aged (I think that’s me!) and elderly people who may experience acute joint discomfort after exercise. AgilEase is a supplement that’s perfect for healthy and active individuals who are looking to promote joint mobility and flexibility through the reduction of inflammation.

Oil Infused Over the Counter Registered Products by Young Living

These two beauties are OTC registered products! An amazing duo!

Cool Azul Pain Cream

Young Living’s Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream provides cooling relief from minor muscle and joint aches, arthritis, strains, bruises, and sprains. The plant-based formula combines the power of Wintergreen essential oil with the exclusive Cool Azul essential oil blend. With two powerful, synergistic active ingredients, this cream provides pain-relieving benefits in two ways: methyl salicylate found in Wintergreen helps alleviate pain deep in the muscles and joints, and natural menthol found in Peppermint provides a cooling effect. If you need relief without synthetic ingredients, Young Living’s Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream is the answer!  

Great for after a long run, hiking, lifting weights, or maybe when you’ve over done it in the yard!

Thieves Essential Oil Infused Cough Drops

The power of Thieves® and menthol in a cough drop! The triple-action formula of Thieves Cough Drops offers comfort by relieving coughs, soothing sore throats, and cooling nasal passages. Minty, spicy, and sweet without processed sugar, dyes, artificial flavors, or preservatives, these cough drops are made with naturally derived ingredients, including Young Living’s pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and menthol from Peppermint.

These tasty cough drops are easy to take anywhere you may need relief. Keep some in your purse, laptop bag, or next to your bed at night so they’re always on hand to soothe. I use these anytime my throat is feeling rough or dry and needs soothing. My entire family loves them – even my six year old.

So, any of these products perk you up too?

Maybe it’s time for you to jump in with two feet and join me in this amazing journey of wellness. I know I chat a few times a month about essential oils, or supplements, or my healthy living choices – it’s because I care. If someone had not shared information with me, I would still be in the same hopeless phase of my life and feeling tired, worn out, and stressed.

This means you can get started today with a kit of your choice (essential oils, our amazing NingXia Red antioxidant beverage kit, or our amazing Thieves kit to bring chemical free options into your home!) 

You will also receive incredible support, education, lots of resources, access to our private educational group, informative ongoing classes, both local and online, and free wellness coaching with me.

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Five Favorite Devotions for Moms


Five Favorite Devotions for Moms

The favorite part of my day is morning. I get up before everyone else, grab a cup of coffee, and sit down with God – reading my Bible, jotting down notes, journaling, and reading some awesome devotional material.

As Mother’s Day approaches, I wanted to share five of my favorite devotionals for moms. I am sure there will be a few little people in your life, wondering what you might like to receive on Mother’s Day. So why not share this post and give them a few heart-centered ideas. 🙂

The Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings by Nancy Leigh DeMossThe Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings

This is one of my all-time favorite devotionals. I will cycle through it every other year. Picking it up and hearing some familiar phrases and stories is a comfort. Do you ever read a devotional more than once? I enjoy Nancy’s writing, her style of vulnerability, and bringing her heart to the pages. I have it on my Kindle, so I can easily access it from my iPad or my phone too. But the imitation leather edition is really a nice gift idea. This is a full year devotion, which I love! Grab it HERE.

5 Minutes with Jesus by Sheila Walsh

5 Minutes with JesusLooking for a devotion that has several verses to get your journaling jump-started? This is the one. I enjoy that at the end of each day’s section, there is a “Five Minutes in the Word” section listing at least 4-5 verses that relate to Sheila’s writing. I enjoy simple and things that relate to my life. This one fits that perfectly. She gives a real strategy, even when we are so busy that we can and are blessed when we stop to take a few minutes to spend time in His word. Grab it HERE.

Devotions for the Beach and Days You Wish You Were There by Thomas Nelson

Devotions for the Beach and Days You Wish You Were ThereYes, I am a little beach crazed, so it should be no surprise that I enjoyed this devotion as well. Even in the Kindle version you have some images that are so nice and often overlooked in these versions.  

You have a verse, a writing, and a short prayer you can end with. If you are looking for something to change up your routine, this one is great, only 90 days long, and perfect for spring!  Grab it HERE.

Quieting Your Heart: 6-Month Bible-Study Journal by Darlene Schacht

Quieting Your Heart: 6-Month Bible-Study JournalThis is not necessarily a devotion – however, it will help you focus and begin journaling your prayers and observations during your quiet time. I often find it difficult to focus and really dig in a bit deeper, so this book has been a great resource and guide for me. I love that I can doodle and color on the pages, yet it has some points which help me clarify what I am reading: 3 things I am thankful for, finishing the sentence “God is…”, and more. If you struggle with what to journal, this one is great. It’s a 6-month book and the price is very reasonable! Grab it HERE.

First 5 AppFirst 5 App

If you have not discovered this App full of incredible devotions and teaching – hang on – it is going to ROCK YOUR WORLD! It is created by the folks at Proverbs 31 Ministries and it is incredible. They are covering complete chapters of the Bible with teaching, some memorization, and on the weekends you get a video wrap-up, which is my favorite part of all! It’s like you are sitting in the living room with these ladies. GO NOW to grab it, and it’s FREE!

Do you have a favorite devotional you would add to this list?

My Favorite Self-Care Practices Right Now


My Favorite Self-Care Practices Right Now

Fictional Reading

Most of my reading tends to be non-fiction, self-help type books – which are great, but there is nothing like picking up a story to just sink into and enjoy. I recently read this one – All the Way to Heaven – because it was free on Kindle and I loved it. I also picked up this one to read next – Out of a Dream – because it was free. I enjoy being frugal for sure! Do you have a book recommendation for me?

Moving My Body

I feel so much better when I get some daily movement. I am an avid runner, but different seasons of my life required me to slow down my running schedule or cease it all together. I am getting older and my body doesn’t perform as well as it once did. I have done Shaun T’s Focus workouts before, as well as the 21 Day Fix, but have recently started PiYo and I think I have found my love! It is a combination of yoga, pilates, and stretching – but gives an incredible workout. I am adding in walking on my treadmill as well as some occasional running. It is perfect for me now, as I don’t want to spend money on a gym membership and I need something I can easily do from home.


I shared in my post last week that our family has been implementing a Sabbath each week. If you are interested in exploring this more, I enjoyed this book – Do No Work: Beat Burnout, Find Inner Peace, and Strengthen Your Faith by Studying the Most Overlooked of the Ten Commandments, by Andrew Gilmore. One of the activities we’ve been doing as a family is hiking. It has truly been such a wonderful experience for me. I do enjoy the outdoors but would often find excuses to stay behind my desk and work. It certainly refreshes my soul and creates great family memories too.

Social Media BLACKOUT

Oh, how this one is hard for me! However, I am desiring some change in my life and it involves getting off social media and truly being in touch with those real people in my life – my family. I honestly feel like it is a slight addiction for me and a struggle to shut things down each day. I have blocked out time on my planner where I am focusing on different areas of my life, so it means that I cannot multi-task. I need to be 100% present. So evenings are one time I am devoting to my kids and my husband. To say it is easy would be a lie. This is extremely hard, so for me I know it is a problem and addicting for me. So it needs to be broken.


I am known to play Pandora in my home 14 hours a day. I love music, especially praise and worship music, to help settle my soul and help me focus on His strength to get me through. Motherhood can be tough sometimes! My favorites right now playing on my rotation are Lauren Daigle, (How Can It Be), All Sons and Daughters (Live), and Bethel Music (Have It All). What favorite music do you have playing in your car or in your home?

Lifting My Mood

I have been using essential oils for over three years now to help support my emotions and boost my mood. Each day I have my diffuser running (well actually several in our home) and I love that I can choose from a variety of oils to permeate the air in my home and give me more energy, increased joy, decrease my stress, or diffuse bad attitudes – and yes, sometimes that bad attitude is my own. The incredible power of inhaling essential oils has literally been a lifesaver for my family. It can change the atmosphere within minutes!

What are you favorite ways to care for your soul and refresh yourself as a mom?

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