The One Thing That Will Change How You Potty-Train

The One Thing That Will Change How You Potty-Train

I read everything I could find on Pinterest, every article and every suggestion. What I discovered seriously changed everything for me. I truly believe it's what made potty-training nonstressful and easy. In my opinion, it is the best potty-training technique out there. Don't be alarmed if you are a full- time working mom because I am, too.  I know it is hectic and there never seems to be enough time, but I promise you this is attainable.

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The seemingly impossible potty-training stage doesn't have to be dreaded. I have a boy and a girl and this technique worked on both of them. I had the exact same results, within three days both (at different times) completely potty trained (during the day) before they turned two. Night training comes much later, so don't even worry about that yet.


Dinosaur Valley State Park Review

If you or your children love dinosaurs then Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas is the place to go.  It is a beautiful park where you can actually see dinosaur tracks not to mentions lots of hiking and the gorgeous Piluxy River to swim in.

I love going to state and national parks.  I'd rather take my kids to a park than anything else. Why? Because my parents always did it with us, and we loved it. My kids and I went to visit my parents this summer, in Texas.  We visited various state parks and had a lot of fun but there was one that stood out above the rest.  It is called Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas.


Three Ways To Maintain Calm in the Chaos

This past month has been difficult for me. We are an evangelical (Assembly of God) missionary family living in Honduras. We have lived here for 5 years and for over a year, now, we have been living in a state of political instability. Thankfully, we live in one of the cities that is less violent and the majority of what is happening in the rest of the country is not happening here.
Three Ways to Maintain Calm in the Chaos- This is a personal testimony of  what I am experiencing as a misisonary in Honduras which is going through a humanitarian crisis. Three ways I have learned how to deal with the chaos. Your chaos may be different but it affects us the same. #centralamericaliving #howtomaintaincalminthechaos

This post is not a political post.  I'm not going to get into the details or explain what is happeneing. If you are interested you can google the political situation.  This post is about my personal experience of adapting and trying to maintain calm in the chaos.


Survival Tip: Trust Your Guide

The journey....it's what makes the reward, well, so rewarding. In this case, after the difficult uphill and unstable hike for over an hour, we arrived at one of the most beautiful waterfalls I've ever seen.

You have to enjoy the journey.  You may be hot and tired but you have to keep thinking about your destination. Each step you take is one step closer to your destination. One step closer to the prize.

The path may be unstable. It may be rocky and all uphill. There may not even be a clearly marked trail, at times, but all you do is continue to follow your guide.

wooden hanging bridge over a river

Honduras is a beautiful country. There are so many things to do in Honduras. We have lived here for five years and have been able to explore quite a bit on our side of the country. I love hiking and I love waterfalls. The hikes here are typically not for children so I don't get to go as often as I would like.  We have brought our kids along on some hikes that are children friendly but when it is a first time hiking a trail I leave them back to see if they would be able to do it or not. There is no way I could have done this hike with them.

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Once we arrived at our destination it was like a hidden paradise that we had all to ourselves. Ice cold, crystal clear water with no trace of trash anywhere. It was so cold but so refreshing after the difficult hike. After I got used to the water I dove into the deep part and swam toward the waterfall. It was a bit difficult because the pressure of the water pushed the water away and into your face. It felt as if you were swimming against a current and someone spraying water into your face.
Big, beautiful waterfall in Honduras

I had someone help me climb onto the rock. Again, because of the pressure of the waterfall, it was hard to get up but once I did it felt amazing.

I only made it there because I followed my guide.
Following a guide up a steep, unstable moutain,

That guide is the key to your survival.

The word guide is a noun and also a verb.  As a noun, it means, "a person who shows the way to others." As a verb, it means, "show or indicate the way (to someone).

Your trust you guide because he knows where he is going. It may appear that you're lost but you don't worry because you trust the guide. He knows the way.

You don't even second guess him; you just go where he directs.

God is our guide. So why do we doubt and worry and second guess Him? He knows where to go and He knows what's best for you.

I looked up some verses to meditate on when you feel lost or struggling to follow your guide.  Copy these verses down, mark them in your Bible, and memorize them.

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 Deuteronomy 31:6
"Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

 Psalm 16:8
"I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken."

 Proverbs 3:5,6

 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.

 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight."

Psalm 25:4

"Lord, direct me throughout my journey
so I can experience your plans for my life.
Reveal the life-paths that are pleasing to you."

Psalm 3:5,6
"I hear the Lord saying, “I will stay close to you,
instructing and guiding you along the pathway for your life.
I will advise you along the way
and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide.
So don’t make it difficult; don’t be stubborn
when I take you where you’ve not been before.
Don’t make me tug you and pull you along.
Just come with me!”


4 Tips For Raising Bilingual Children

This is about my personal experience with raising my children bilingual.  My experience is unique because my husband and I natively speak two different languages.  In this post I will share some tips that worked for us as we are raising our children bilingual from birth.

Little boy and girl holding hands walking on a ocean pier.

We are a bilingual, multicultural family. I am bilingual but I learned Spanish, as an adult, at a language school in Costa Rica. Since learning Spanish I have lived overseas. I dreamed that I would have bilingual children because I understood the difficulty of learning a language later on in life. It's not impossible, but much more of a challenge. I married a Salvadoran who does not speak English so I am continuously practicing my Spanish. It is a journey that I am still on.

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How I Fit in Quiet Time as a Busy Mom-4 Strategies to Ensure You Do Too

New born baby with big pink headband.

I used to have my morning devotional routine down pact. And if for some reason it didn't happen in the morning I could just do it when I got off of work.

That was bk (before kids). A time of my life I now barely recall.

I remember thinking I didn't have time back then.....looking back I had all the time in the world.

Those were the days.


Why You Need to Change Your Sunblock Now

Spring Break has already started. Social media is filling up with pictures of people in bathing suits showing off their burns (oops I mean tans.)  Families are going on cruises, Florida's shorelines are filling up, and the adventurous ones are trying out an international destination.

In Honduras and all the Latin American countries, that I am aware of, we do not have Spring Break but we do have Semana Santa (Holy Week) which is the week before Easter Sunday.

For others, Spring break has come and gone, but the weather is starting to warm up and that means summer is around the corner.

So what's all this news about certain places banning sunblocks? What does it mean?

Sunblock may be good for humans, but it is harmful to the environment.  

Why You Need to Change Your Sunblock Now! Sunblock is good for people but it is bad for sea life. There are two popular chemicals in sunscreen that is kiling coral reef and causing coral bleaching.  Here are two easy ways to help protect your skin and protect the ocean.With a small change in our sunblock we can help make a difference. #sunscreenbadforcoralreef  #protectwhatyoulove



Fabulous Honduran Escapes-Three Things You Must Do in Trujillo

Do you enjoy history, talk of pirates, fortresses, cozy back alleys, beautiful beaches and cuisine? Then, Trujillo is the place for you. 

Fabulous Honduran Escapes-Three Things You Must Do in Trujillo. Trujillo, Honduras is a sleepy caribbean town with lots of history, gorgeous crystal clear beaches, and delicious food.  It's a great, off the beaten path, kind of place and definitaly a great place for budget travelers. I would highly recommend visiting this tropical gem


Trujillo, Honduras is a sleepy Caribbean town full of history and gorgeous sites.  You can find hotels ranging from as low as $20 USD all the way to resorts.  They have banana boat rides for less than 2 bucks a person. Most hotels provide kayaks and paddle boards free for their guests. 

 The beach is beautiful and the people are friendly.  It's now a cruise port so this little gem in the Caribbean is starting to get more exposure. Honduras is one of the best countries to visit in Central America because they have so much to offer and on a budget.