Early Nights, Early Mornings

I’ve been waking up at 6 AM for the past few weeks, and while it’s been helpful, it hasn’t given me the early morning quiet, alone time I need. That’s probably because, for some reason, my oldest sun seems to have radar that is triggered by my getting up at 6 AM. He thinks that when I’m up, he needs to be. Ummmm… no. So, today I naturally woke up at 5 AM today and have had a whole hour, let me repeat A WHOLE HOUR, in peace and quiet by myself. This I could get used to.

To do this I had to go to sleep early, like at 9 PM. These days it’s not too hard because with being pregnant I’m pretty much ready to go to bed around 7 PM, but as every mama knows, that probably isn’t reasonable most days. For now, I’m going to aim for a 9 PM bedtime and 5 AM wake time, daily. Of course, to do this some things may not get done at night and I’m going to have to be OK with doing what I can and letting go of the rest. My soul needs this daily quiet time. With the new baby coming and things changing over the next two years, I need a consistent way to tap into me without taking too much time away from my family. I will make this work!

My plan is to wake, shower, read something inspirational, light a candle, put on some music (in my ear buds of course), make some tea, and write. Eventually I’d like to add in a workout. As for today though, besides thinking I heard the boys wake up 50 times, I actually did all of the things I mentioned, minus the workout. Heavenly, I tell you. I think I may be onto something here, mamas.

How do you find time for yourself daily? Share with me.

My Favorite Family-Focused Podcasts and YouTube Channels


This post has been a long time coming, y’all. I’ve meant to write it for months now, but just hadn’t gotten around to it until now. I’m a BIG fan of podcasts and YouTube vloggers, family-focused ones in particular. I just love to see how other families spend their days, and I especially love to learn of other mama’s journies through motherhood. These podcasts and vloggers cover a wide range of topics I’m very interested in at the moment, such as pregnancy, marriage, homeschooling, budgeting, natural living … you know family stuff.

Here are my living lists of  favorite podcasters and vloggers for your listening and viewing pleasure.


I was late to the party when it came to podcasts (I didn’t start listening to them until last year), but I’ve made up for it by indulging my passion for learning on-the-go. Earlier this year, I posted some business-focused podcast I listen to, which are still awesome, by the way. Today, I’m shifting gears and sharing the family-focused podcasts I listen to quite frequently. I listen to them through my iPhone’s Podcast app, but they’re all available through the different hosts websites, as well.

Everything Stay at Home Mom

The Happy Home Podcast

Savvy Homeschool Moms Podcast

One Extraordinary Marriage

Mandi Ehman Podcast

Pea in the Podcast

Love to Homeschool Podcast
YouTube Channels

This list is one that continues to grow and is a constant source of entertainment and knowledge. There are some awesome vloggers out there, y’all. Check out some of my favorite here.

Do you listen to podcasts? Who are your favorite vloggers? Share them in the comments!

Pregnancy Vlog :: 19 Weeks

Here’s my 19 week update, friends. Anyone else out there pregnant and vlogging your journey? If so, share your video link in the comments. I’d love to follow along with you!

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