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Learning to embrace my body was a major step in finding mental and emotional well-being. It's not easy, but you can do it! I just finished watching Taryn Brumfitt's incredible body image documentary, Embrace. Have you seen it yet? Wow! (warning: there are a few instances of language and some nudity--it is about body image, after all...) I just had to sit down immediately to get my thoughts on paper (or the screen, in this case).

I Take My Body Shape For Granted

First, I should begin all of this by saying that I've never had major body issue struggles and I absolutely take that for granted. Seriously, the things so many of you Mamas deal with make my insecurities seem ridiculous. In the same vein, our insecurities are crippling for exactly that reason: We compare ourselves to each other, letting guilt and shame dominate our emotions about our bodies. The thing that struck me the most after watching Embrace was the fact that I never considered writing about body image here on BohemiMama. That's how often I think about it. But as I listened to other women's stories and heard these beautiful girls and young …
Taming the Toys | How to gain control over the chaos and experience the surprising benefits for your children too!   If you haven't already read about why and how I took my kids' toys away, you should start here, just so you know I'm not some crazy, domineering mom type! (Not all the time, anyway...) When I took my kids' toys away, it was a moment of desperation, a time when something had to give. I'm so glad I did and I'll never look back. So here's what we did.
1.Pack it all up!
I used big plastic storage totes left over from our move so I could keep things in the garage and go through them slowly, but boxes or garbage bags would work just as well. Collect all the toys, all the odds and ends, all the lost pieces hiding under the couch, and put them somewhere together where your kids can't come in and dig through it without you.
2. Implement your system.
Ours works like this: 5 cards per child. If you hit someone, you lose a card. If you throw a fit, you lose a card. If you disobey, you lose a …

Sometimes you're just blue. How do you shake off the funk when it won't go away? Click through for 10 ideas and a free printable with 50 more!

(This post contains affiliate links) As someone who has dealt with depression at some level for the last 9 years, I totally understand the funk. I often describe it as a wave. The sadness builds slowly, picking up momentum under the surface of whatever other emotions I might be feeling, and then crashes over me at the most (seemingly) random times. It wasn't until I started seeing a therapist that I began to recognize those triggers and do something about them before the wave drowned me. Today, I want to share with you some of the things that help me keep my feet on the ground. Whether you're battling depression or just having a bad week, these tips can help you find your happy place again. (Please note: If your funk has lasted more than a few months or you're thinking scary thoughts, then please, please, please stop trying to pull yourself out of it and go see someone!  Talk to your doctor, …
DIY All Purpose Cleaner for a greener, safer home | With only three ingredients and two minutes, you can mix up your own eco-friendly, pet-safe, child-safe all purpose cleaner! Click for the recipe. I've been on a personal mission over the last 2 years to rid my household of all commercial cleaners and I'm almost there! This DIY all purpose cleaner is just the thing I needed to meet that goal. When we moved into our new house, I wiped the slate clean. In the packing process, I left all my old cleaners out of the boxes (since cleaning the empty house was the last step anyway) and ditched them all at the curb on my way out. I brought only four store-bought cleaners with me to the new house--toilet bowl cleaner, laundry detergent, wood floor cleaner, and disinfectant wipes. These are the only things I haven't replaced yet, but we'll get there.

Out With The Old, In With The New

One of the first things I replaced was a disinfecting countertop spray in my kitchen. I threw out the old and replaced it with a vinegar based DIY version that is much healthier, way less …
The Best Money Saving Tip Ever | If you've ever felt like you can't get ahead, no matter what you do, you might just be failing at this one simple thing. Do you have what it takes to gain control again? Are you ready for this? This is the biggest money saving thing we have ever learned and implemented in our financial lives. Since we started following Financial Peace University almost seven years ago, we learned to tell ourselves... ...no! I know!!! Too lazy to cook dinner? Want to spend too much on dinner out or pizza in? Just say no. Tired after a long day and want nothing more than to hit the salon for a mani-pedi? Just say no. Blow through your spending money but now there's a new movie coming out that you just can't wait to see? Say no. Car having a rough time and thinking about trading it up for a newer model with a newer price tag? No! Sounds easy, you say. I know it sounds easy, but have you tried it? It's anything but. When we first started telling ourselves no, the half-grown woman-child inside me started throwing a hissy fit like you wouldn't believe. She'd whine about how much she …
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