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The Sweet Life

Have you ever stared in the mirror and not recognized the person staring back at you? I know I have. Our body can tell us a lot about how we are faring in our life, and it can be one of the best metaphors for introspection, interpretation and possible change.  I will never forget the […]

When Your Body Becomes the Metaphor for Your Life

Healthy Living

Just like nutrition, exercise recommendations, programs and slogans range greatly. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, it is recommended that we get 150 minutes of moderately intense exercise each week in order to maintain optimal health. But getting to that golden number does not need to look the same for everyone. In fact, […]

The 60-Minute Workout Myth: Why You May Need to Pack Your Day with “Exercise Snacking”

Healthy Living

Every diet works but not every diet will work for you! Read on to find out what makes or breaks a diet and how to find out which diet will work for you! Virtual show of hands: who has seen the plethora before-and-after photos from those who lost 60 or more pounds by following the […]

Why Every Diet May Not Work For You

Healthy Living

I always wanted to go on a juice cleanse when I turned 40. When the time came, I decided to seek help from more experienced people and signed up for a 5-day juice cleanse at a wellness center. One of my goals when I turned 40 was to do a 10-day juice cleanse. I knew […]

All About My 5-Day Juice Cleanse at a Wellness Center

Healthy Living

With all the food allergies and sensibilities of kids these days, signing up to be the snack parent for team sports is a mental load that most of us parents just don’t need…  Kids are busy these days. It seems like by the time our littles are out of diapers, we are filling their days […]

Why the Snack-Parent Protocol Needs to Go

Mamahood + Homeschool

We are what we eat. Food can have a tremendous impact on our moods. Here are 5 foods that will improve our state of mind! The holidays are often filled with food, friends, and shopping frenzies. But this time of year can also be a time of melancholy. The holidays can remind us of loved […]

Eat, Drink, and Be Happy: 5 Foods that Improve Your Mood

In the Kitchen

For the first time in nine years, I have been able to fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans. Boy am I glad I didn’t give them away! From skinny and jegging to bootcut and flares, and even from boyfriend to mom, there is a jean style for every woman. The styles come in, they go out, […]

Why Moms Should Keep Their Favorite Pre-Pregnancy Jeans

Healthy Living

While on a walk with my son, a lightbulb moment came up to me. Why not make our little walks more intentional, more meaningful and more deliberate? I have never been the type of mama who loved to take my toddlers for a walk. Let’s face it, by the time they can walk, they want […]

Making the World More Beautiful One Walk at a Time

Healthy Living

The dangers of heart disease, obesity, and depression are only a few reasons why you should invest in nutrition. In 2019, there were nearly 65 million gym memberships in the United States, totaling nearly $35 billion in revenue. Why then, with so much of the population having access to gyms, are so many Americans unhealthy, […]

Why You Should Make Good Nutrition a Priority

In the Kitchen

Billions of people consume coffee or other caffeinated beverages every day. And although research and coffee companies tout the health benefits of this scent-alluring drink, everyone should give up coffee (caffeine) at least for a little while.  There are a few benefits to continuing to drink coffee, but few are actually reaping the rewards. Organic […]

7 Benefits of Quitting Coffee—At Least For a Little While

In the Kitchen

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I am obsessed with healthy living, gratitude, gardening, mindfulness, and raising kind kiddos... and I write about it all. May my words spur you on to cultivate a home infused with the sweetness that comes from living a life devoted to Jesus.

Wife and mother, Chief operator of the Mathews Homestead, homeschooler, not-so-novice gardener, resident goat herder, and your new Jesus-loving friend.