A Homeschooling Story

“Ok Vanessa, you can do this! You were homeschooled, sure it was like 20+years ago when you were in 1st grade and you were a kid so you weren’t taking notes from your mom, and you had no idea how much pressure you’d feel being completely responsible for the intellectual formation of one of the Read More

Slow Days Ahead

Hey friends!!! Gosh, I haven’t had this long of a hiatus from blogging since starting, over three years ago. The reason for it was simple, I felt the Lord pressing on my heart: “Do less, be more present. Be fiercely devoted to your priorities and do away with all that is secondary.” My poor sweet Read More

Five Ingredient Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

Five ingredient recipes are my jam. As much as I love cooking, when I see recipes with 20+ ingredients in the list, my eyes start to glaze over and I just can’t. But five ingredients?? I can do five. And this recipe is AMAZING – my family (including my kids) all love it. Here’s what Read More

Raw Vegan Cheesecake

So, this past week I did an experiment, I decided to go raw. It was sort of spur of the moment, and never in my life have I had a desire to go raw. It seemed boring and scary and totally overwhelming. I never saw myself as THAT crunchy. I’m only moderately crunchy. However, after Read More

Less Dishes, Less Stress – My Meal Prep

I’m constantly evaluating my life. What isn’t working, what is working, what could I do better, where do I need to focus my energy and change? It might sound exhausting to some, but for me, it’s fun! I learned a few years ago that anything I’m not doing well isn’t something to shrink back from Read More

Garbanzo and Spinach Hash

This meal was so simple and delicious so I knew I HAD to blog it and share the goodness. You really only need three ingredients plus some seasonings and olive oil. Start 1 turkey kielbasa and sauté with a small amount of olive oil until cooked and browned. Take the kielbasa out of the pan Read More

Speak Life

I’ve always been fascinated with the power of words. You can’t touch them. They don’t cost anything. But they have unparalleled power. I wonder if there is anything that has more power than words. I’ve recently started doing morning affirmations with my daughter. I noticed her experiencing some negative self talk, getting really down on Read More

This is How We Grow

Through dirt. Through repetition. Through failure. Through hard places. Through persistence. Over a year ago I was at a personal development seminar and we did a visualization exercise – I closed my eyes and had to imagine myself getting into a boat and this boat took me down a river. The river was time and Read More

I Am the Driver

So, my Christmas tree is still totally up. I’m not even ashamed – today is the day it all comes down! (Although I’ve said that at least four times now) To be fair, yesterday was my husband’s first day back to work – he’s a teacher, so as long as he’s on “Christmas break” it’s Read More