Let’s Keep It Real This Year

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Guest Post by Jessica of Life as Mom Admit it: You had good intentions back in January or at the start of summer. You were going to take the world, your homeschool, your housework by storm. You were going to get things in order, rock the sandbox, and, otherwise, be the best mom you could imagine. Unfortunately, not all those good intentions have come to fruition. I know that’s the case for me. As a homeschooling, work-at-home mom, I tend to be a big dreamer. […]

Conversation: Balancing Healthy Food and Real Life

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By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer When I first started eating real food, I was pretty strict. I would not buy any white sugar or white flour.  I would not use wheat (spelt, then grain-free).  I was convinced all that stuff was “poison” and I was pretty proud of my high standards. Fast forward four years. Yes, I buy white flour and white sugar (although I try not to use it too often).  Yes, I use wheat.  Yes, I buy the occasional packaged item (but I do […]

The Great Debate: Is it Wrong for Christians to Be Wealthy?

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By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer I walk into my bedroom. I see the naked white walls. I imagine them with a small collection of hanging prints and unique pieces like this one, or maybe a bunch of printed instagrams, like this. It would really make the space into something special, I think to myself. Maybe add a few colourful throw pillows and a couple of new matching alarm clocks to replace the 15-year-old one we scrounged from his parents’ basement. Because everyone deserves matching alarm […]

A Day in the Life: Stephanie (Home Business and Homeschooling with Children Ages 7, 5, 3 and baby)

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My days are full to overflowing. As if being a mom to four little ones didn’t keep me busy enough, our household also stays buzzing with: homeschooling our family business, Resound School of Music (the office is based out of our garage) our other family business, this blog that you happen to be reading :) gardening and preserving, as well as cooking plenty of real foods Tonight my husband and I made a video montage of our children to send to the grandparents, and watching […]

A Day in the Life: Work-At-Home Mom with 3 Kids (4.5, 3, 1 and pregnant)

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I’m a busy mom. Obviously I’m not alone!  Is there really a way to be a mom and not be busy?  Probably not.  I guess if you’re rich and you can afford a live-in nanny…but how many of us are in that boat?  I know I’m not! I am the owner of the Modern Alternative family of websites (there are now four — Modern Alternative Mama, Modern Alternative Kitchen, Modern Alternative Pregnancy, and Modern Alternative Health) as well as mommy […]

Managing Life as a Work-at-Home Mom: How to Juggle It All, Part 2

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Did you miss the first two posts in this series? Find them here and here.  Let’s continue on with the practical, shall we? Making Work More Productive Part of the balancing act is learning to work smarter, not harder. This includes developing the ability to see what doesn’t need to be done, and not just learning to do too many things more efficiently. Doing unnecessary work “efficiently” is still a waste of time! Here are some productivity tips that work for me: Batching. Rather than processing emails […]

Managing Life as a Work-at-Home Mom: How to Juggle It All, Part 1

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As I shared last week, I think that working-at-home is an amazing and viable opportunity for many women who wish to (or need to) work but still want to remain at home with their children. Today, I want to get really practical and start sharing some of the things you can do to really make it work for you. There’s no denying that it is a challenge to manage the tasks of maintaining a home and a business, while still having time to care for […]

Managing Life as a Work-at-Home Mom

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As someone who has a firm conviction that being home with my children and keeping my home is the best thing that I could possibly do in this season of life, I never really considered any sort of career or business work once that first sweet baby arrived. Becoming a work-at-home mom was not part of my original plan. I love the idea of focusing only on my home, my children and my husband and not balancing hours of other work on top of it […]