3.24.2016

Having A Martha Home The Mary Way - Book Review



Book Description

Get your home and your heart in order in just 31 days!

Sarah Mae wants to let you in on a little secret about being a good homemaker: It’s not about having a clean house. She’d never claim to be a natural, organized cleaner herself―yet, like you, she wants a beautiful space to call home, a place where people feel loved and at peace. Where people can really settle in with good food, comfy pillows, and wide-open hearts.

Is it possible to find a balance? To care for your heart―and your home―at the same time?

Journey with Sarah Mae on this easy, practical 31-day plan to get you moving and have your house looking and feeling fresh. But even more than that, you’ll gain a new vision for the home of your dreams, and how to make it a place of peace, comfort, and community. Originally published as the e-book 31 Days to Clean and now revised and expanded in print for the first time, Having a Martha Home the Mary Way will inspire you to find a happier, healthier . . .cleaner way to live.


My Review 

Sarah Mae is a wonderful author. I have enjoyed reading many of her books. They have all been a blessing to me.. just as this one has been. I am a Homeschool Mom of two little boys. So keeping a perfectly clean house can be a challenge for me. I jumped at the opportunity to read, Having A Martha Home The Mary Way, a book that can help me have a cleaner home... YES! 

This book is a 31 day devotional and cleaning challenge. Each day as you read you will enjoy a short devotional by the author along with cleaning tips. There is also space to journal and scripture study... then you will proceed onto the daily challenge.   

I found this book to be very inspirational. It's nice to see that having a clean home can be a way of serving God... having a home that can be used for His service. 

I HIGHLY recommend this book to every Mother out there in need of a little encouragement and a clean home.. haha. 





3.09.2016

Our Florida Vacation!

Warning: This post is picture heavy... because.. well.. I love pictures! 




It's that time of year again.. where the days are getting warmer and my heart starts longing for a nice family vacation. We are homeschoolers so I guess I should say a nice family field trip. This year we decided on a road trip.. yay!! We were gone five days and every moment of it was magical. I couldn't have wished for anything more. Ok, maybe for it not to be snowing when we traveled to TN. But otherwise it was perfect!

Saturday night we left around 2am and traveled to Florida.. where we would spend three nights. On the way there we visited St. Augustine, Daytona Beach (Ponce De Leon Lighthouse), Blue Spring State Park and then traveled to Orlando to our hotel (Cabana Bay Beach Resort). 

We stopped in St. Augustine to enjoy lunch at Steak N Shake 




Daytona Beach (Ponce De Leon Lighthouse): Daddy and Aidan went to the top of the lighthouse. Noah and Mommy made it up two flights of stairs and chickened out, haha! 












Blue Spring State Park: This park was amazing! If you travel to Florida you don't want to miss it. Several hundred manatees can be viewed from the overlooks. This became my husband and sons favorite part of our trip! 











Cabana Bay Beach Resort: Our hotel.. right in the middle of Universal. We loved it here. There was a bowling alley, arcade, Starbucks, two pools with slides, a lazy river, fitness center, places to shop and multiple restaurants all inside the hotel! There were also many activities going on at the hotel.. roasting marshmallows, movie night at the pool and more! One thing that was very convenient was the bus stop at the front of our hotel every 10 mins... a nice air-conditioned free ride to anywhere inside Orlando.  










Monday we hopped on the bus and spent the day at Universal Studios! This park is incredible! The detail put into the rides, the characters who COMPLETELY stay in character.. I could go on and on. We loved it!!




















If you visit Universal Studios you have to try Butter Beer! It's non-alcoholic and amazing.. kind of like a cream soda with caramel (We liked it frozen). 




Another wonderful drink, Pumpkin Juice. It was like drinking a bottle of fall! 








When the park closed at 7pm we stayed a few hours at CityWalk right outside of the park. Many shops, restaurants and just tons of fun things to do! 






Tuesday morning we traveled to Cocoa Beach (around an hour from Orlando). It was a nice scenic drive (except all the toll booths).. we even passed Kennedy Space Center which we will definitely be visiting in the near future.











The boys loved visiting The Dinosaur Store in Cocoa Beach. A must stop for children! 



Wednesday was travel day. We left our hotel and drove a little over eight hours to Chattanooga, TN. We stopped to enjoy fun things along the way and the boys loved driving through Atlanta, Georgia with all the big buildings. Another place we will visit again soon! 






Thursday morning we visited Ruby Falls and Rock City. We had plans to visit the Incline but with the snow and cold weather it was shut down for the day. Unfortunately, Rock City was a bit of a let down since we couldn't see anything but fog from the overlook... but we made the best of it and "tried" to enjoy the snow. 

Ruby Falls



 



Rock City












Our adventure had ended and it was time to head home... however, we did have to make a stop in Knoxville, TN at Aubrey's for their wonderful desserts and Pizza Rockefeller . 






It's nice to be home and sleep in our own beds.. see our family and friends... but we are also counting down to our next family adventure.. stay tuned!