4 simple steps to stress free homemaking

Are you a stressed-out homemaker? Don’t stay overwhelmed! Check out this free eCourse: 4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking!

4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking

Are you tired of getting behind on laundry?

Do you struggle to keep your kitchen clean?

Does the dinner hour have you harried?


If so, you cannot miss a FREE 4-part mini eCourse that is available for a limited time: 4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking!

In this eCourse, you will learn:

  • how to never get behind on laundry again,
  • how to wake up each day to a sparkling clean kitchen,
  • how to avoid the 5 ‘o’clock scramble with a super simple meal planning method, and
  • how to set yourself up for success with a quick nighttime routine.

Control My Spin’s Holly Dvorak, a popular speaker and home management coach, and her long-time homemaking mentee, Erin Odom, of The Humbled Homemaker, have put together this eCourse to help curb homemaking overwhelm and give you the tools you need to run your home like a well-oiled machine.

4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking will not take you long to complete, but what you learn through it can totally revolutionize your home.


What comes with this eCourse?

  • 4 videos: These videos are all less than 10 minutes long, so it won’t take up a lot of time to watch them. But they each pack a punch!
  • 4 printable worksheets: We don’t want to just leave you with the teaching; we want you to brainstorm ways to implement it in your life!
  • FREE REWARDS by sharing this FREE eCourse with your friends as well!

What rewards can you earn?

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We let a sampling of bloggers get a sneak peek at this course, and this is what they had to say about it:

Kayse Pratt

“I absolutely loved the course! It was so encouraging for me to hear someone else’s homemaking struggles, and the tips I learned are so practical, I can implement them immediately! Each video is less than 10 minutes, and well worth your time. I’m recommending it to all of my friends!” ~Kayse Pratt, blogger at Kaysepratt and author of Worth the Fight

Angi Schneider

“I was really encouraged by the videos to really think about the little things that make my day go smoother when I do them. Thank you!” ~Angi Schneider, blogger at Schneiderpeeps and author of Hope: Thriving While Unemployed

Jill York

“I cannot tell you how much this simple free course has helped me already! I’ve watched them with my oldest daughter, and we are putting them to action! The motivation it provides can be life-changing! It made me really look forward to digging into the rest of what’s in the bundle.” ~Jill York, blogger at Jill’s Home Remedies and co-author of Homeschooling Day-by-Day

Kristen Smith

“The four mini lessons taught in this eCourse aren’t overwhelming, won’t load you with guilt, and are really doable. There’s also room to tweak the lessons for your family’s unique needs, which I appreciate as a homeschooling mom of give younger children. Instead of feeling like a failure by watching it, you feel motivated to make the small changes that Holly explains.” ~Kristen Smith, blogger at Smithspirations and author of Strengthening the Heart of a Homemaker

Don’t miss out on this FREE eCourse that can help take the stress out of homemaking! Get immediate access by signing up here, now, or click on the button below! 

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Koru Naturals ~ Review

I am in love! It’s true. I have finally found a lanolin product that doesn’t stink like lanolin and it works. Koru Naturals has some amazing products. I was able to try their Emu Oil and the Koolpurrie Restoring BalmI admit to being a bit hesitant about this review. I grew up raising sheep. I’ve been covered in Lanolin many times and I hate it! I’ve also been around Ostriches and Emu a handful of times. I checked out the website and the reviews and decided that the benefits sounded like they would outweigh any of my least favorite smells. 

I grew up in California and never had very dry skin. Then I moved to Idaho for college. I discovered how quickly super cold weather can dry out your skin. I think I’ve tried every product you can find in stores and something might work for awhile but as soon as my hands would get wet it would just come right off. Nothing would absorb completely into my skin and make a noticeable difference. That was my first reason for trying these products. Colby was my second reason.

That poor boy started throwing up twenty to thirty times a day around five years ago. I cannot even tell you how many different medications ad techniques we tried to keep him from doing that. His right cheek was constantly red and raw from throwing up while he was laying down. Underneath his chin would get raw and underneath his hair on the back of his head would get that way also. I had two problems when that would happen. First how do I keep his face from getting more raw and second, how do I get the throw up off him without taking the protection away from his face


Koru Naturals Review

I hoped that the emu oil would help my skin and that the Koolpurie Restoring Balm would help Colby. They both worked so well that I am continually amazed at how moisturizing they both are. All the reviews of the Emu oil I read said how little you needed to use to make a difference. It’s true, you don’t need very much at all. The size of a pea or a dime is plenty for your hands. The lotion itself is milky and has no odor to it at all. This oil is not clarified but refined which means that none of the healing properties have been removed. It soaks into your skin fairly quick and when I wash my hands I couldn’t see any of the product washing off and my hands still felt moisturized.

I used this on my face as well and loved it. The only issue i had was when I used to much and got it a little too close to my hairline. My hair would be a bit greasy that day but the next day would look fantastic!  If you use a small amount on your hair it helps with static and frizz. Jahnna has super thick hair that gets very frizzy in the winter and this helped a lot!


This is what Colby looked like a lot during this winter. He was sick so often that it was almost impossible to use anything but a barrier cream I got from the hospital or using a diaper rash cream that had a lot of zinc in it. He went to school like this on the days he went to school. Shortly after receiving the Koolpurie Restoring Balm I used a small amount on Colby’s face. I don’t know that I really expected this work but it did. His face looked so much better the next morning. I kept putting it on and haven’t had to use any barrier cream since. 

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I love using the balm on my knuckles as well. The emu oil takes care of the knuckles but at night I rub a little balm on them and I haven’t had any of the deep cracks I usually get each winter. It’s so nice not to have my hands hurting all the time. The balm makes a great lip moisturizer also. I’ve stopped using my other chapsticks and have started using this each morning instead. I cannot tell you how much I love that this has lanolin in it and doesn’t remind me of sheep.

Both products are incredibly affordable. A 4 oz bottle of Emu oil is $18.20 and it will last you a long time. The Koolpurrie Restoring Balm is $12.50. We haven’t even used a quarter of the container because it is so moisturizing. I plan on having both of these on hand at all times.

If you want to connect with Koru Naturals you can find them on Facebook and Pinterest.

Other Crew members were able to review these products from Koru Naturals.

Pure Lanolin Lip Balms
New Zealand Pure and Simple Lanolin Cream
Manuka Oil and Honey Shampoo and Conditioner

Click the banner below to see what they had to say about the products they reviewed.

Koru Naturals Review

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SchoolHouseTeachers.com ~ Review

I you’ve been following my blog for awhile you might remember that I was on the 2013 Schoolhouse Review Crew. I skipped the 2014 year due to John’s cancer treatments but decided I missed the Crew and wanted to be back on the 2015 team. So here I am with my first review. I was given the opportunity to review a full year online membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com

It’s a fantastic site for online learning, full of resources for everyone not just homeschoolers. There are semester long courses or year long courses in a variety of different subjects. Jahnna has been begging to learn how to play the violin so I was excited when I saw that there was now a violin class available. I just might have to break down and get her one after she sees that. So far I’ve been able to direct her attention to other classes but I know she will see that one soon.

There is a variety of levels and interests some include

  • Nature/Outdoors (Elementary to High School)
  • Family Fitness (All age levels)
  • Home Economics (a 6 month course for ages 6 to 12)
  • Statistics (Middle to High School)

There are way too many to list all of them over 100 but a few more of my favorites are the Whole Foods cooking, ASL and guitar classes.

In the Families tab there is a Special Needs course that consists of 19 lessons and goes over topics like Adaptive Technology, Adaptive Learning Techniques, and Choosing Materials. I don’t homeschool Colby at this point because quite honestly I need the break when he goes to school. He makes it difficult to get shopping and chores done at times. Eventually I can see teaching him at home depending on how the transition to middle school goes in a very short year and a half. There is very useful information and links to other sites and programs in this course that will benefit special needs families even if you aren’t new to special needs. If you are new to having a child with special needs then this is even more helpful for you. It’s positively written with good encouragement and practical tips to school your child or even with after school enrichment.

Another feature I enjoy is the course checklists. It’s easy to get overwhelmed on a site with this much information. These sheets let you keep track of which classes your kids are using and how they are progressing in them. There are several different options available as there is no one right way to keep track of things. This is also useful if you live in a state that you have to show your progress to the school district.

Being a member of SchoolhouseTeachers.com also gives you discounts to other homeschool companies and products, lets you access past issues of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, access to Schoolhouse Expo recordings, Schoolhouse planners, bonus ebooks, and the AppleCore Record Keeping System.

If you’d like to follow SchoolhouseTeachers.com on Social Media here is that information”

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SchoolhouseTeachers/

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/tosmag/schoolhouseteacherscom/

Jahnna really enjoys computer-based homeschool. It is a great resource for her to either supplement her learning with or in the case of the violin possibly start learning something completely new and different. For those of you out there that aren’t interested in a Christian homeschool curriculum this is probably not for you as this was developed by the The Old Schoolhouse company and has a religious tone to it. Personally, I enjoy that but I know that not everyone is looking for the same in a curriculum.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com is having a huge sale right now and through Christmas Day at 11:59pm ET.

40% off the monthly membership ($7.77/month) or 50% off the Yearly Membership ($64.26/year). Homeschool families who join at this rate will keep it forever as long as they maintain a continuous membership.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com Review

If you would like to see what others on the 2015 Review Crew have to say about the site head on over and check out their reviews.

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More medication changes

I know I’ve been saying this a lot lately but is it really the end of November? I’ve sat down to write several blog posts over the weeks but monitors beeping kept interrupting or projects on the house needed to be done. Colby spent most of October with a 101 degree fever and a tremor in his right hand. He had good lab work, his chest x-rays didn’t show pneumonia. I was stumped. His pediatrician was stumped. Colby was miserable. I finally sat down with a calendar and all my apps that I use to track his seizures, his blood pressure and medication changes.

The fever didn’t start until I upped his seizure med to his final therapeutic dose and weaned him off his old seizure medication. Weird, right? I called the neurologist to find out her thoughts on it. I left her a message saying labs were good, x-rays were good and urinalysis was good so the only thing I was left with was medication related.  Nope, not the cause is what the nurse passed on to me. I explained that I could find no other explanation and that I was going to try and back him off the dose and see what happened. She said the doctor agreed to that plan but was sure it would do nothing. When it did nothing she wanted us to get a urinalysis done. Again I relayed the information that he’d just had a urinalysis that was clean. The “uhhhhhh, huuuuuhhhhmmmm, went on for a long time while she thought about that. She agreed that if he had just had a clean UA than it was quite possible that the medication was the cause.

Twelve hours after lowering his dose the fever was gone and twenty four hours later the tremoring was gone. I was convinced. If the tremor had stayed I think it would have been a fluke or some crazy long virus but because they both went away I was pretty convinced that was the source of the problem. So what happens when you lower a seizure medication from therapeutic dose? More seizures of course!

His longest seizure was three minutes. Do you know how long three minutes is during a seizure? It feels like forever! Up to this point his longest seizure was just under two minutes. I had a rescue medication when he first started having seizures but it was only good for three months. Three minutes is way too close to the five minute point of needing a rescue med for me! Luckily by this point his appointment with the neurologist was only a few days away.

The appointment went well. The doctor agreed that the medication had caused the fever and that he should not be on that dose anymore. We discussed the possibility that he might need low doses of his previous medication and a low dose of the current medication to control his seizures. For now that is what we are doing. No matter how many times I try to get him off of lots of medication Colby throws something else at me and needs another. I told Colby I didn’t think that was very funny at all and he laughed! Typical of him right?

It’s been two and a half weeks since he’s been on his current doses of both medications and so far so good. Hopefully it stays that way. This last week Colby and I went down to Primary’s and spent the night in the Rapid Treatment Unit or the RTU. He had a pH study done which means they stuck a probe down his nose for 24 hours. Every time he threw up or burped I had to record it on a little monitor attached to the probe. Neither one of us slept well for a variety of reasons and we were both so happy to be done the next day. I have not gotten the results of that study back yet but the radiologist that read his chest x-ray checking for the correct placement of the probe said he still has hazy lungs. It’s looking like he’s aspirating a lot more than anybody thinks he is. Hopefully the study will tell us what we need to know to make a decision on doing the stomach surgery or not.

A lot more happened this month but that is a post for another day. Did you know that when a water main two houses down from your house blows through the street it can cause your garbage disposal to blow all the gaskets out and cause crazy water leaks? It can. I’ll tell you more soon!

House Buying Adventures

Holy crud the last month flew by and drug on forever all at the same time! When that happens I’m always surprised when the month ends and I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished very much. We’ve done a lot but at the same time we’ve been in limbo. Typical with any kind of move I suppose but it’s been seven and a half years since we moved here and I forgot what it was like.

This is the first move since we’ve been married that I haven’t had a newborn or been 9 months pregnant so in some ways it feels easier. The last time we moved Colby hadn’t had a stroke so we didn’t have medical equipment and an entire cupboard full of medication. We sign the papers on the house tomorrow but the moving company hasn’t even done their walk through yet. That will come tomorrow evening. We had originally planned for them to come next week to pack us up and move us but maybe we’ll see if they can come sooner.

The big issue is once Colby’s equipment and medicine go, he and I have to sleep at the new house. I can’t have the movers pack up his stuff because he needs oxygen, his feeding pump, his food, his oxygen sensors to monitor his oxygen and heart rate. Tomorrow we figure out the best way to do all that and go from there.

The next few weeks will be a little crazy. I honestly think short moves are much more difficult than moving several states or even hundreds of miles. This is the second time I’ve moved a mile or less away and it’s always a challenge to figure out the best way to do things. I’m hoping that everything will go smoothly and that we’ll have started getting stuff moved over by my birthday this weekend. Did I forget to mention that I’m totally considering this the best birthday present ever? Well last years present of taking John home from his second brain tumor resection was a pretty fantastic day too but I knew that chemo and radiation would soon take over and I wasn’t really looking forward to that. John has finished his chemo and hopefully this next year and many more will be cancer free. So that means I’m hoping we get to move in, get settled and enjoy some good health for awhile.

In honor of all that is going on I joined a big giveaway that will open on the 3rd. I don’t get to enter but I hope one of you will win the big prize and have fun spending what I can’t. That’s all I’ve got to say about it. To find out what the big prize is head back on over tomorrow morning and get entered! Good luck!