Year: 2016

Life. And Death. And Books.

The closest I’ve ever come to understanding death was the moment I gave birth to my first child.

There were no complications, neither I nor the baby were in distress, and my daughter was born perfectly healthy.

Still, in that moment, consumed in the un-medicated haze of labor pains and heavy acceptance of new life leaving my being to form its own – I experienced a profound connection to the intensity of both life and death all at once. Life and death, two journeys we all must pass, inevitably, once at our beginning and once at our end. Read more…

Peck Family 2016 Christmas Vegas Vacation

If you know me, you probably think I’m one of the last people ever to enjoy Las Vegas. I mean, I like eating and drinking and hanging out by the pool and all that – but I’m not really a huge fan of crowds and loud music and the party scene. However, for some reason, I really like Las Vegas. In small doses of course.

Having kids has changed the way we’re able to do Vegas, but that hasn’t stopped us from making the 4-5 hour trip out there from L.A. I went once when pregnant with my daughter, once when she was a baby, once when my son was a baby, and now we just went again this week with both kids AND with being pregnant.  Read more…

An Election. Marriage. Communication and the movie ARRIVAL.

To make things simple, let’s for a moment think about our country as a rather simplistic dualism, made up of two groups of people: the right/conservative and the left/liberal. The two sides don’t always have to agree on things, but for better or for worse, we’re united together as citizens of the same country. And we must find a way to work together.

Hmm. For better or for worse. That phrase sure sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Read more…

Why “Never Speak Negative” About Your Spouse Is Bad Marriage Advice

A couple weeks ago, someone in my facebook feed posted about a facebook group they’d recently been in where women were complaining about their husbands. My facebook friend’s status scolded these women who were bashing and trash talking their spouses, adamantly stating that we should NEVER speak negative things about our spouses in public. Ever.

As to be expected, there were lots of “you go girl!” type of replies, and even more post likes and loves and general agreeance.

Buuut…

Instead of just agreeing with the post, it got me to thinking. Read more…

Why I Blog. Why I Will Keep Blogging.

See, I tend to take on too much. I’ve always been like this. I’m not good at waiting for things to come to fruition, and so, during inevitable slow periods that wax and wane over the journey of each project I bide my time by finding something new and interesting and jump on that bandwagon instead. And then I throw myself into it…until the initial excitement slows down and I find myself at yet another pause in that project’s journey. Then I layer on another something else to distract and divide my time with.

The cycle never ends, and I always burn myself out. Previous promising ideas get left by the wayside because I lack – ok, truthfully it’s because I lacked even from the very beginning – the dedication to the follow through….all the way though. Read more…

The Complete List of At Home Date Night Subscription Boxes (& promo codes!)

While I also cover heavier marriage issues in my blog, this post deals with something a bit lighter, but still very important to the success of marriage relationships: Spending Quality Time Together, aka Date Night.

If you’re in a rut of trying to come up with ideas for date nights, or if you don’t really have time for date nights, or you don’t want to spend the money to hire a babysitter, these at home date night subscription boxes take care of most of the work for you. Read more…

2016 Ultimate HEALTHY LIVING Bundle Review – Real Food & Nutrition

Where possible I include Amazon (affiliate) links for your further review, as well as my personal review after a quick skim.  Click here to be taken back to my main review page to see the other books/courses/bonuses included in the 2016 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. (OC) denotes Online Course ** denotes Amazon link Creating Wealth by Catherine […] Read more…

2016 Ultimate HEALTHY LIVING Bundle Review – Healthy Lifestyle & Paleo

Where possible I include Amazon (affiliate) links for your further review, as well as my personal review after a quick skim.  Click here to be taken back to my main review page to see the other books/courses/bonuses included in the 2016 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. (OC) denotes Online Course ** denotes Amazon link DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes […] Read more…

2016 Ultimate HEALTHY LIVING Bundle Review – Gluten/Grain Free & Healthy Kids

Where possible I include Amazon (affiliate) links for your further review, as well as my personal review after a quick skim.  Click here to be taken back to my main review page to see the other books/courses/bonuses included in the 2016 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. (OC) denotes Online Course ** denotes Amazon link **Affordable Gluten-Free Living by […] Read more…

2016 Ultimate HEALTHY LIVING Bundle Review – For Women & Gardening/Homesteading

Where possible I include Amazon (affiliate) links for your further review, as well as my personal review after a quick skim.  Click here to be taken back to my main review page to see the other books/courses/bonuses included in the 2016 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. (OC) denotes Online Course ** denotes Amazon link (OC) Fix Your Blood Sugar […] Read more…

2016 Ultimate HEALTHY LIVING Bundle Review – Essential Oils/Natural Remedies & Fitness/Weight Loss

Where possible I include Amazon (affiliate) links for your further review, as well as my personal review after a quick skim.  Click here to be taken back to my main review page to see the other books/courses/bonuses included in the 2016 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. (OC) denotes Online Course ** denotes Amazon link **Common Sense Health by […] Read more…

2016 Ultimate HEALTHY LIVING Bundle Review – Alternative Health & DIY Beauty/Skincare Topics

Where possible I include Amazon (affiliate) links for your further review, as well as my personal review after a quick skim.  Click here to be taken back to my main review page to see the other books/courses/bonuses included in the 2016 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. (OC) denotes Online Course ** denotes Amazon link (OC) Heal Your Gut Summit […] Read more…

Grove Collaborative or Amazon Subscribe & Save for Natural Cleaning Products?

If you’ve heard of Grove Collaborative, you may be be wondering: Grove Collaborative or Amazon Subscribe & Save? What’s the difference? Is one option better than the other?  (if you’re interested in buying natural food groceries online too, you might enjoy this post: Where to Buy Natural Food Online Groceries (& promo codes) ) I […] Read more…

“The Good Dinosaur” Birthday Party – A Dinosaur Party For Girls & Boys

My daughter turned 5 this weekend. Months and months and months ago, she decided she wanted a The Good Dinosaur birthday party. I’d never planned a “real” kids birthday party and my daughter never wavered on what she wanted.  In the months before the party, C and I would spend time on Pinterest researching and pinning […] Read more…

Affecting the Smaller Moments to Make a Bigger Difference for Marriage

(I’m no grammar shark, but I *believe* that “affecting” is the proper word in the title, right? Not ‘effecting’. If I’m wrong, someone please **politely** correct me and I’ll fix it, ok?) A few weeks ago, I received an email inviting me to be part of an affiliate program for a website that specializes in providing […] Read more…