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The Sweet Life

Backyard chickens are more valuable than the fresh eggs they provide. How you may ask? Well, the extra benefits are for the family raising them—especially for the kids. The benefits of raising kids with farm animals are not only vast; they are invaluable.

The Benefits of Raising Kids with Farm Animals

Mamahood + Homeschool

Gardening is not for the instant gratification at heart. You rarely see immediate results from your crop, and for a kid, that can be almost unbearable, as their attention spans are usually equated to their age (and I find that to be true as my 4-year-old’s attention is just about 4 minutes!). But the benefits […]

Why You Should Teach Your Kids How to Garden

Mamahood + Homeschool

Teach Your Kids How to Garden

Every season here in northern California has its signature traits. Spring brings about green hills in every direction and beautiful, colorful flowers. Summer season usually greets the area with dry, brown surroundings, but gardens are full of summer fruits and veggies. Winter comes with cool days and even cooler nights, and the decorations during this […]

Why I Love Decorating for the Fall Season

House + Homestead

Explore my latest book for a fresh outpouring of joy, hope, and gratitude. Warning, you won't be able to put it down!


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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.