All posts by Susie @ Kirby's Kabin Blog

First and foremost, I am a daughter of the King.​ I am also a slightly crazy, square dancing Momma with a houseful of babies (9 to be exact), a little bit of coffee, and a whole lot of Jesus! I thank God for each and everyday He has given me and for the days ahead. I know we are not promised tomorrow and we need to cherish every minute of everyday we have here. We need to hold our loved ones close and make sure they know how much we love them and care for them. I have been through a lot in my time here on earth and I know God is preparing me for a bigger plan. I do not know what His plan is for me and sometimes I don't understand. I know that I must keep my eyes on Him and keep my faith in His promises. I am not perfect and I do not pretend to be. I am sinner saved by grace and I just want to bring honor and glory to His name. I pray that my blog will help to inspire others and that they may find hope and encouragement in knowing they are not alone in their battles. Let us each strive to be a light to others in their darkness. That our light may lead others to Him and cause others to come to know Him. I pray that everyone who reads this may be touched by His loving hand and receive Him so that they may also be heirs to His glorious kingdom.

When the rainy days just don’t seem to end

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 –Thank you

Do you ever feel like you have a dark cloud over you that you just can’t shake? Well, it’s been that way for a bit here. We’ve had more downs than ups but I know that it won’t last forever.

A few months back I mentioned that we had tried to get a house and it just didn’t work out. We haven’t given up but things have been quite a bit tougher than we ever imagined during this process and honestly, I’m about to lose my ever-lovin’ mind with paperwork on top of paperwork. (I’ve been hinting about a big surprise and was hoping to have some major housing updates by now but so far NADA.)

This quaint little cabin has some major issues and we have been working on them a little at a time but sometimes I just wanna throw my hands up in the air and quit. Seriously, it’s hard living in 600 square feet with 7 people and a doggie. I do love this little cabin and its location but in all honesty, it’s not been an easy transition for me. Continue reading When the rainy days just don’t seem to end

Life Without Plastic Back To School Essentials

Where has the summer gone? It’s so hard to believe that many kids will be headed back to school soon. I know we’ve been plugging along with our schooling here… slowly but surely we are getting through our On The Banks Of Plum Creek Academic Adventure as we’ve had some unexpected chaos come up this summer… more about that soon.

Many kids will be needed packed lunches for one reason or another and as you know we did the Plastic Free Challenge last month and we did really well with even though I didn’t get to post a lot about it. Just because July is over it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to stop using so many one time use plastics. I remember the lunch packing days with the plastic sandwich bags and all but over at Life Without Plastic they have all kinds of plastic-free alternatives for lunches. Why not check them out and see if you find anything that interests you? Change starts with one thing at a time and I know in our house I have been slowly replacing plastic items with more durable glass and/or metal items.

Heres a few of the items they have available on the site:

  • Container Back to School New Everyday Container: The perfect sandwich and lunch container. It fits neatly in a backpack, is made of 18-8 food grade 304 stainless steel and is completely airtight. It is the perfect size for a sandwich and a side salad, a sandwich, and chips, a large salad… you name it.
  • Lunch BagWool Insulated Natural Lunch Bag – Olive Trim: (also available in orange trim) This bag has been loved by our customers for years now. The bag and lining are 100% unbleached certified organic cotton and the insulation is 100% wool. This one has an olive trim that is hand-dyed with all-natural, non-toxic vegetable dye.
  • Stainless Steel Airtight Watertight Food Storage Container – 8cm: The perfect size for yogurt, dips, a little snack of fruit, you name it. Lid & container made of 18-10 food grade 316 stainless steel. Safe for you and safe for the environment.
  • Stainless Steel Airtight Watertight Food Storage Container – 14 cm: For little meals, salads, bigger snacks, this container is our go-to size. It is made of a high-quality 18-10 food grade 316 stainless steel. Airtight and perfect for school.
  • SPORK  Stainless Steel Foldable Spork: Its size and convenient organic cotton carrying case make it the ideal school lunch accessory. Our Spork (Spoon + Fork) is made of 18-8 food grade 304 stainless steel; pouch made of certified organic cotton and printed with all-natural, non-toxic vegetable-based inks.
  • PPC Reusable Thermal Insulated Bottle PPC Reusable Thermal Insulated Bottle:  The bottle is double-walled with a lid that is vacuum-sealed to prevent leaks and keep your beverage exactly the temperature you want it. It keeps drinks chilled up to 24 hours and warm for up to 12 hours. The best part about this bottle is that it is safe; its 100% BPA-free and phthalate-free making it healthy for your day-to-day use.

They have a ton of great products so why don’t you head on over to the site and check them out… you may still have enough time to order a few items before school starts back too and your family can be a leader in the Plastic-Free movement!

Want some more plastic-free/zero waste ideas? Check out my Zero Waste Ideas Pinterest Board for some great ideas on ways to go plastic-free!


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 –Thank you

Cozi Family Organizer + 2019 Back to School Planner!

You guys have been read about how much I love our online Cozi Calendar. It helps to keep this crazy Momma from losing her everloving mind! (Well, for the most part it does.) I love that I can access it from anywhere and I can add users to it so EVERYONE can access it for doctor’s appointments, outings, and Mr. Awesome’s favorite thing – dinner plans.

It’s so easy to signup and set up that anyone can do it. They have been adding lots of great new features to make it even simpler as well. They have a ton of checklists and such that you can access to help keep your chaotic life organized… if it can help us, it can help anyone! Check out this new Back-to-School Planner!

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Now FREE with Cozi – the snazzy 2019 Back-to-School Planner. Cozi is the free and easy-to-use family organizing app that keeps everyone in sync. Get the free app and make this the most organized school year ever! #promo

If you are using your computer then try this link:

Create a free Cozi account and you’ll also get the 2019 Back to School Planner!


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 –Thank you

[STARTS MONDAY] These experts could help you start a keto diet!

We’ve teamed up with Dr. David Jockers for The Keto Edge Summit, starts THIS Monday –>Register for free now!

Tens of thousands will learn from the expert wisdom so important to leveraging the mighty power of KETONES to first return to health, then thrive in life!

Will you be there? You should be. “Keto” is one of the MOST SEARCHED words on the internet today, and for good reason…

Ketones help you burn fat for energy, powerfully reduce inflammation and show promise in preventing and eradicating diabetes, cancer, autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and many, many other health concerns!

These are the experts you definitely DO NOT want to miss on Monday!
+ David Jockers, DNM, DC, MS: Top 7 Benefits of a Ketogenic Lifestyle
+ Drew Manning: Fit to Fat to Fit with Keto
+ Isaac Jones, DC, BS: Keto For High Performance
+ Rodney Habib: Using Keto To Help Our Pets
+ Joe Anderson, PhD: Testing Ketosis and the Fat Burning State

1. Register immediately to make sure you’ll see the free talks!

2. [SALE ENDS MONDAY! SAVE UP TO $40] Support the mission to help the world heal when you buy the expert talks to learn from at your OWN pace (thank you)!

When you purchase the talks, you gain long-term access to learn from them at your own pace, plus access to the transcripts AND you unlock the bonus eBooks and eGuides from the amazing speakers!

See you at this important learning event!

Be sure not to miss these expert talks, free gifts and — if you’d like to keep these talks in your health library — take advantage of the sale prices before Monday!


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 –Thank you!

Check Out Kirby’s Korner Shop on CafePress!

We are excited to announce that we have a ton of new products available on Cafe Press and we are working on getting more added shortly! Get some ‘Mr. Awesome’ or ‘Mrs./Ms. Amazing’ gifts for your special person while you’re there!

Check out our shop HERE!

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100 Days of Summer Freezer Meals – the series!

I know it’s the middle of summer but I just found this great program that I had to share! I’m always looking for ways to cut back on the craziness around here and I am a big supporter of meal planning. (I do apologize for dropping the ball lately on getting those posted but I promise you I have a very good reason which I’ll share soon!) The one thing I need to incorporate more into my meal planning is freezer cooking.

At MyFreezEasy.com you can find all kinds of help in this area and I’m loving this Summer Freezer Meals series. I have been trying to eat healthier and the whole family is getting on board with this change as well. Being prepared is half the battle when it comes to making healthy choices in the kitchen. It’s much more tempting to order pizza or grab something quick to make when you haven’t already planned out what’s for dinner. An easier solution would be to have something already prepped in the freezer for these situations.

Grab your FREE Guide to Freezer Cooking and Meal Planning Success (Yours FREE.  Pay only shipping.)

I admit that I’ve about used up all the freezer meals I made a few months ago and this series is just the motivation I needed to get myself back on track. Things have been so crazy here lately and it seems that if something can go wrong it will and has… just last week the dryer conked out on us so we’ve been air drying everything. We haven’t put up a clothesline so I’ve been using a couple of portable clothes drying racks set up on the porch. Well, of course, it has been very humid and we’ve had thunderstorms almost every day which has made this chore a little bit more difficult than it should be… that’s life though!

With this Summer Freezer Meals series, there’s nothing to worry about. Everything you need is right there and all you need to do is go grocery shopping and follow the directions. With the Walmart Grocery Pickup, you can get the grocery shopping done in a fraction of time… I’m patiently waiting for our local Walmart to start this service soon.

Check out the site, the workshops, and grab your Summer Freezer Meals series while you’re there!

Did you read the post about $5 Meal Plans? If not check it out HERE.


**This post does contain affiliate links to products and/or services that we use. We may earn a teensy weensy small commission (at NO EXTRA cost to you) if a purchase is made through these links. These links help to support our family, our blog, and our homeschooling mission. You can find a full list of our affiliate links HERE.

 –Thank you

What are ketones (and are they healthy)?

If you’re up-to-date on health news or follow anyone in the health field, you’ve likely heard the term “ketogenic diet.” After all, it’s one of the most searched terms on the internet today.

The goal of the ketogenic lifestyle is to adapt the body to utilize FAT as its primary fuel source instead of SUGAR. Sounds good, right?

—>>Learn more about keto when you register for The Keto Edge Summit! 

For our ancestors, eating three meals a day just wasn’t a thing. Instead, they’d hunt and forage for the foods they could find.

When there wasn’t food, they wouldn’t eat.

Sometimes they’d go for days without food. To sustain life during times of scarcity, the body is thought to have developed the ability to utilize fat as an alternative fuel source.

We don’t have to hunt or forage for food; we’ve become “sugar burners.”

Today, there’s an abundance of food available to most of us at all times. We regularly eat three meals per day with intermittent snacking between them.

This kind of frequent eating, along with an overemphasis on carb-rich and sugary foods, causes a REDUCED ability to burn fat.

As these sugar-laden foods damage our bodies, we rely MORE on sugar and lose the ability to produce ketones — as a result, massive blood sugar spikes, inflammation, hormone imbalance and ultimately many of the chronic diseases that plague us today.

In a traditional nutrition course, you’d learn that sugar is the body’s PRIMARY fuel source, while fat is secondary.

Hmmm.

What we’ve learned now: fat can be a healthier and more sustainable source of energy.

—>>Don’t miss The Keto Edge Summit (online and free) when you register today!

Luckily, by adopting a more ketogenic style of eating, you CAN reverse damage to your body and revert back to the efficient fat-burning machine you were meant to be!

Join me when you register now!


**This post does contain affiliate links to products and/or services that we use. We may earn a teensy weensy small commission (at NO EXTRA cost to you) if a purchase is made through these links. These links help to support our family, our blog, and our homeschooling mission.

 –Thank you!

Try out $5 Meal Plans for FREE!

If you’re anything like me or thousands of other moms the last thing you want to think about is meal planning. Meal planning for me is a necessity as it keeps the dinner time drama to a minimum but if you really don’t know where or how to get started then maybe it’s time to check out $5 Meal Plan.

You may be asking ‘what is $5 meal plan’? Well here is how they describe it on the site:

What is $5 Meal Plan?

[$5 Meal Plan is a weekly meal plan service that can make your meal planning as simple as possible.

We surveyed 2,134 families and, on average, they spent two hours a week on meal planning. Those same families say they hate meal planning because it’s time consuming, boring, stressful, and they’d much rather spend that time with their families!

For just $5 a month, we will send you a delicious meal plan where every meal will cost about $2 per person, and in most cases less. (Erin makes these meals for her family of 6 for $5 per meal!)

We will save you money, save you time, and save you the stress of having to spend hours each week planning your meals instead of enjoying quality time with your family, unwinding with your favorite show/book/beverage, or whatever else you’d rather be doing!]

When I first started my meal planning I did join a meal plan subscription site for a year. This gave me tons of ideas and recipes to try out and add to my collection. Now I have them organized on a recurring schedule on my Cozi calendar along with the recipes so that my meal planning is a lot simpler.

Why not give it a try?

Start My Free Trial Today!

100% risk-free, cancel anytime, no questions asked!

 

Also, check out my upcoming post ‘100 Days of Summer Freezer Meals – the series!’ for more great meal planning ideas! Remember with the Walmart Grocery Pickup, you can get the grocery shopping done in a fraction of time… I’m patiently waiting for our local Walmart to start this service soon.


**This post does contain affiliate links to products and/or services that we use. We may earn a teensy weensy small commission (at NO EXTRA cost to you) if a purchase is made through these links. These links help to support our family, our blog, and our homeschooling mission. You can find a full list of our affiliate links HERE.

 –Thank you

FREEBIE ALERT: Ultimate Spa Package e-Book

The Ultimate Spa Package is your guide to a natural girls’ night in! We know that not everyone can fit in a trip to the day spa, but with the Fresh Facials and Scrumptious Scrubs e-Book, you can enjoy being pampered anytime!

This time of year is perfect to share for a great “girls’ night” before school starts again or a bridal or baby shower! Who will you invite to your natural DIY spa party?

Be sure to grab your free copy TODAY! 

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**This post does contain affiliate links to products and/or services that we use. We may earn a teensy weensy small commission (at NO EXTRA cost to you) if a purchase is made through these links. These links help to support our family, our blog, and our homeschooling mission. You can find a full list of our affiliate links HERE.

 –Thank you

Can everyone on the planet benefit from “keto?”

As a young doctor at the age of 28, Dr. David Jockers developed skin cancer.

He knew his lifestyle, although it was better than most other people, was part of the problem.

So, he began following a ketogenic diet and lifestyle. Amazingly, in 6 months the cancerous nodule had vanished.

He also noticed, within weeks, he felt significantly more energy, mental clarity and improved performance.

Dr. Jockers became a firm believer in the ketogenic lifestyle, and has spent much of his time since then understanding how YOU can leverage this powerful tool… so much that it has become his life’s mission.

—>He brings this wisdom to you at The Keto Edge Summit — register for free now!

Dr. Jockers believes everyone on the planet could benefit from the ketogenic lifestyle. Every day he works with clients from all over the world who have a wide variety of health challenges and goals… and they are seeing improvement and progress by living a ketogenic lifestyle.

He’s even seen those with a TERMINAL diagnosis get their lives back through a ketogenic lifestyle.

We’re truly fortunate that Dr. Jockers has gathered the top researchers, practitioners and lifestyle coaches to bring you the truth about keto — because it could be the BIGGEST breakthrough in health in THIS century.

—>>That’s why I encourage you to register for The Keto Edge Summit now!

The ketogenic lifestyle may help you reduce suffering and give back the life, energy and vitality you’ve been seeking! Learn more when you register today!


**This post does contain affiliate links to products and/or services that we use. We may earn a teensy weensy small commission (at NO EXTRA cost to you) if a purchase is made through these links. These links help to support our family, our blog, and our homeschooling mission.

 –Thank you!

Back To School Sale at Productive Homeschooling Starts Wednesday!

I don’t know if you’ve heard of the Productive Homeschooling site or not but if you homeschool then you should probably go check them out. They have thousands of notebooking pages on every subject and area that you can imagine.

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP SALE

Please note: This sale does not apply to monthly or yearly membership options.

  • When: Wednesday, July 24 – Friday, July 26
  • Where: ProductiveHomeschooling.com
  • What: Save $20 on LIFETIME ProSchool Membership w/Page Generator … $147 $127

The LIFETIME ProSchool Membership includes:

  1. all current & future printables and notebooking pages
  2. all current & future homeschool helps & tutorials
  3. lifetime access to the online Page Generator tool (quickly add your own topic/images to our printables)

What are you waiting for? Head on over and check out the deals they have going on right now! Be sure to share this with all of your homeschooling friends as well.


**This post does contain affiliate links to products and/or services that we use. We may earn a teensy weensy small commission (at NO EXTRA cost to you) if a purchase is made through these links. These links help to support our family, our blog, and our homeschooling mission.

 –Thank you!