February Wrap-Up: Eat Well Spend Less, What I’m Reading, and More

Wow! It is March already. That just blows my mind! As usual, the month has been busy. Keep reading to see what we’ve been up to!

{Links to Check Out}

Our Eat Well, Spend Less series was a hit this month with our round-robin of q&a’s with all of the bloggers:

My husband also contributed this month, and will wrap up his Reality Checks for Raising a Family series next week. If you need to catch up, here are the first three posts in the series:

Also, be sure to enter to win a BubbleBum Inflatable Booster Seat! The giveaway is open through Thursday morning.

{What I’m Reading}

I am still working through the Charlotte Mason series, and have also started Leigh Borton’s The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education.

I am considering doing the Whole30, so I am also reading It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways.

{A Day in the Life}

Life is crazy, as usual! Cam turned 5 months old on the 23rd. He is growing so quickly!

Reese is gearing up for her 7th birthday this month, and we are on a birthday count-down. She is so excited!

Homeschool has turned to focus almost solely on Classical Conversations, as Abby Grace is working to become a Memory Master. We have about 4 weeks left, and she is doing really well.

Basketball is wrapping up for both Abby Grace and Reese. We still haven’t made a decision about playing soccer. Our Saturdays have been non-stop for months, and we are ready for a break!

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January Wrap-Up: Eat Well, Spend Less, What I’m Reading, and a Day in the Life

Happy February! This year is already cruising by. Here is a little update on the happenings around here.

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Our Eat Well, Spend Less crew got back to the basics this month. Be sure to visit the other ladies who contribute to this fantastic series:

{What I’m Reading}

I just realized I forgot about Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend, by Andy Stanley, as it is on Shane’s Kindle, rather than mine. I need to finish it.

Next up on the reading list:

{A Day in the Life}

For those of you who would like to get to know me better, I shared a “homeschool day in the life” over on Amy Loves It. I had planned in advance to share my Thursday, not knowing what a crazy day it was going to be. Life would be boring without a bit of chaos, right?!

Plus, be sure to come back early next week for a special guest contributor!

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Introducing the Newest Member of the Kingdom First Mom Family

It’s really hard to believe that nine days have passed since our little man made his way into the world! I also cannot believe that I am just now announcing his arrival! Can I blame mommy brain?!?!

So, without further ado, let me introduce you to our newest addition.

Campbell “Cam” Shane Norton was born at 2:13 pm on Sunday, September 23. He weighed 8 lbs, 8 oz, and was 20 inches long. Cam is precious and sweet and beloved by his three big sisters (aka, the three little mommas!).

Both Cam and I are doing well, and I will be sharing his birth story soon. Until then, things will be quiet and slow around here as we adjust to a newborn once again living in our house!


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Enjoy today. It will be worth it.

From contributing writer Meagan of Frugal Fun and Fortune

Rush. Rush. Rush.

Summer is coming to an end, and with it comes the back-to-school craze.  Driving the kids here.  Racing across town there.  Grocery shopping.  Bill paying.  Cooking.  Cleaning.  Laundry.  Work.  To-do lists.  Errands.  Doctor’s appointments.

It’s seems like we can never get a moment to breathe.  We run ourselves ragged, miss out on much-needed sleep, and often over-commit.  In this 9 to 5 society of non-stop GO, sometimes it’s truly necessary to force ourselves to s-l-o-w-d-o-w-n.

When was the last time you carved out some precious time for some of the following stress-relieving, relaxing, and enjoyable activities?

  • Journaling
  • Reading
  • Baking cookies… just for fun
  • Lying under the stars and taking it all in
  • Watching the sun climb higher in the sky
  • Spending a day at the park
  • Dancing freely
  • Singing your heart out
  • Laughing until you cry
  • Writing a letter to a friend
  • Chatting over coffee
  • Taking snapshots of everyday life
  • Taking a nap on a rainy day
  • Choosing the scenic route on the drive home
  • Painting your nails a crazy color
  • Looking through old photo albums
  • Finding adventure outside
  • Having a tea party
  • Exercising
  • Taking a bubble bath
  • Spending a little extra time on your hair and makeup
  • Listening to music on a lazy afternoon
  • Exploring nature trails
  • Feeling the wind on your face
  • Watching wildlife
  • Turning off the sound (electronics, Internet, TV)
  • Taking a stroll, hand-in-hand with your spouse
  • Creating meaningful art

Maybe these seem childish, or perhaps this list seems like whimsical dreaming.  But maybe, just maybe, this list can inspire some therapeutic ideas for simple and enjoyable living.

Whatever it is that clears your mind, soothes your heart, and relaxes your body… it’s very important that you find time for it.

We keep going… and going… and going.  We get depressed.  We stress out.  We destroy our physical and mental health.  We are TIRED; all the time.

That to-do list can be put aside from time to time.  It will always be there, pressuring us to extend ourselves beyond our limits.

Today, let’s take some time to enjoy life. Let’s be kind to ourselves.

And tomorrow? We will be well-rested.  We will feel refreshed and ready to tackle that to-do list.  We can accomplish more.

It will be worth it.

God created that day of rest for a reason.  He knew it was necessary

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What is your favorite way to relax, unwind and enjoy life?

About Meagan Newsome
Meagan authors Frugal Fun & Fortune, where she writes about saving money, giving to others, delicious Vegetarian recipes, simple living, and her life adventures. Her greatest passions include chasing after God wholeheartedly, social justice and being a good wife. You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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