A part of exercising our soul in the journey for health and holiness is creating a well-rounded resource list. Over the years (and decades!) of being a mom, wife, mentor, daughter of Christ, culinary explorer, teacher and lover of health I’ve discovered a hardy resource list that provides others with the content they need for encouragement and inspiration. First and foremost, is the Bible. The best and ONLY guaranteed guide to your quest for health from the kitchen to the classroom. But beyond the Bible, are many, many wonderful resources.
All of these resources I personally recommend and have used previously or currently.
Disclosure: Please note that I have included affiliate links for certain ones at no additional cost to you. I will earn a small commission from some of those if you decide to purchase. I’ve included the affiliate links because they were available and help support my ministry but all links and resources are included because I truly do love them! Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals within your home. Not all resources I have listed are from affiliate links (the ones that are affiliates I’ve marked with an asterik*) and therefore are being recommended at no benefit to me–just enjoy!
Looking for tools to help you in your quest for homemaking? Part of the health of the home, is to have a healthy home atmosphere which is only possible through Christ.
Make Over Your Mornings *
This 14 day course is all about making over your mornings and establishing a sense of calm to the chaos. Who doesn’t need that? I’ve had seasons as a mom of little ones, big ones, and a mixture as well as being a busy wife, stay at home/homeschool mom. Often I craved a balance to my schedule and Crystal Paine does a remarkable job of encouraging us to established godly routines and schedules…which is a lesson we could all learn at any season. The lessons are short, sweet, and simple and don’t take up much time (about the length of a cup of coffee…naturally!) This course is NOT about regiments but rather creating a healthier and happier lifestyle by organizing your chaos. To register for the course click here.
Molly Green *
Molly Green is a terrific website for that extra ounce of encouragement and inspiration on frugal living, healthy, green homemaking, delicious recipes, and encouragement for joyful parenting. Molly Green’s desire is to help others in the craft of homemaking through tips, tricks, and encouragement on homemaking, homesteading, homeschooling, and home industry. They’re pretty much a little bit of everything and have been a great resource for me to use over the years. Click HERE to subscribe to their newsletter or to check out their website!
Healthy & Natural Living
When you can’t DIY–you’ve got to buy products somewhere and below you’ll see my favorite online resources to buy wholesome, healthy, and most importantly inexpensive products!
The largest hurdle for most in the journey for healthy living is the price tag that comes with it. Many people think that in order to create a wholesome pantry, it means big $$$. While, that can be true…resources like Thrive Market make it possible to purchase healthy and wholesome products at an inexpensive price. They have a wonderful subscription program that allows you to register for a 30 Day Free Trial, just to test out whether you like their products or not. After that, you can cancel at anytime. I haven’t personally used the subscription program, but have heard wonderful things about it!
Again, the ability to purchase quality products at a wonderful price is terrific and Vitacost is another great resource to buy supplements, body care products, health food–all at a reasonable price. The quality of their products has been impressive, without compromising your wallet or the quality of products you’re purchasing for your family. More proof that you don’t have to spend big $$$ for quality products.
Homeschooling is such a gift, but it doesn’t come without its challenges. Which is why, as homeschooling mom’s and dad’s (or prospective ones) we need to surround ourselves with encouraging and inspiring resources that help us out in those moments of stress, chaos, giving up, and feeling unable. As a veteran homeschool mom of 20+ years, I’ve found my fair share of helpful (and not so helpful) resources, which is why I want to share with you the most encouraging ones below. Because there are just so many wonderful tidbits of help out there, I’ve only listed a few helpful resources. For a complete list of helpful resources, email me and I’ll send you a PDF format of my favorite homeschooling books, curriculum resources, and resources for educating a student who learns differently. From curriculum resources, to daily encouragement, to planners, you’ll find these resources very helpful!
Rainbow Resource is the “Bible” of homeschool curriculum, supplies, books, etc. They sell traditional curriculum of all kinds for reduced or wholesale price, versus paying the curriculum publisher the full price. They are a wonderful Christian company that has dedicated their business to making homeschooling a joyful experience and they certainly make it easy with their products! You can order online, over the phone, or in person if they happen to be at a convention close by!
We all love a good magazine, but especially a magazine that presents us with gospel centered encouragement, motivation, and inspiration for those hard homeschool days! Homeschooling Today was one of the first magazines I got when I first started homeschooling and can give parents that extra “oomph” they need when the days seem long, the tears have come, and joy is missing. One of the greatest forms of encouragement in homeschooling is surrounding yourself with mentors and individuals who have “been there, done that,” and that’s exactly what Homeschooling Today does. You’ll read stories of successes, failures, and ideas which can encourage you to press on! It does cost to receive the magazine, and I have not purchased the magazine in some time…however, they do run specials on the cost of the subscription. You can also subscribe to their email newsletter which is free.
It’s hard to know where to start–but since joining Classical Conversations a few years ago, I can’t say enough good things about their philosophy and community. Classical Conversations is a Classical Style Education, that is singularly focused around the Cross. Every subject that is taught has a Biblical perspective. Classical Conversations builds a community of homeschoolers in an area that gather together weekly to work on these subjects, which provides parents extra encouragement and motivation knowing that they aren’t in this alone. The style is terrific for parents of students with learning differences, as it still is 100% parent control, work at your own pace, and can be modified for a learning struggle. This is such a terrific option for homeschoolers, and I strongly encourage you to look at some of my other resources to get a feel for what CC provides. Also, check out their website or email me to learn more to find out where a CC Community is located.
Go to a Convention!
This is something that I encourage any parent considering homeschooling to do. All over the country, each state has their own homeschool convention that is established to bring support, options, and resources to homeschool parents. Conventions are filled with motivational and seasoned speakers, curriculum fairs, giveaways, and like-minded individuals (i.e. single moms, single dads, one income parents,) Conventions are highly encouraging, albeit overwhelming at first because of all of the resources at your fingertips–but well worth the time and travel. To find a convention in your state, click HERE
Blogging & Christian Living
The Gospel Coalition is a great resource for anyone desiring godly and uplifting encouragement on modern and cultural issues. Their host of bloggers, authors, speakers, and pastors provide readers with exemplary and sound biblical wisdom on daily life as well as issues that we as a nation, a world, and a culture face. From parenting to culture battles to hearty biblical instruction, The Gospel Coalition has been an almost daily read for me.
Green & Clean Home
Norwex is a wonderful company dedicated to keeping our homes chemical free AND clean. I love their products and I appreciate their mission to making our homes a healthier place. They have a wide variety of quality products, from toothbrushes to chemical free cleaning products, all which fulfill my mission for a clean and green home.
100 Days of Real Food is a website created by a mom who desired real foods for her family. Only she had one problem, she needed to figure out a way to accomplish this feat without breaking the bank. Lisa accomplished this task, and so much more, and provides her readers with meal plans, recipes, all with a one-income based family in mind (plus Food Stamps). She has a great list of her own resources, which I highly recommend you check out, especially if eating a real, whole food based diet is your mission. I have personally used her meal plans and her recipes and love the ease and practicality of the meals, coupled with the helpful shopping lists!