secrets to a simple & clutter-free life. Simple tips for decluttering, simplifying, and protecting your mind space and your home from too much "stuff".

5 secrets to a simple & clutter-free life

  Jenny’s eyes flitted around her home, tears threatening at the cluttered scene. Mounds of laundry – both clean and dirty, lay in jumbled heaps.  Random objects littered corners and floors – pictures to be hung, projects to complete, and items not yet put away.   *This post may contain affiliate links.  Should you choose to purchase certain advertised items, I will receive …

How to save money on brand name fashion with Thredup. Classy women's winter fashion trends and deep savings (up to 80% off). Learn how you can use Thredup

How to save money on brand name fashion with thredUP

I’m a sucker for brand name fashion and I’ve loved clothes for as long as I can remember.  Growing up, my mom, the professional seamstress, sewed all my dresses. I’ll never forget my first maxi.  Mom stitched the purple crushed velvet dress out of leftover material after fashioning the bridesmaid’s gowns.   It was my first crushed velvet and I …

Is God really good when bad things happen? Spiritual life lessons and Scripture truths for when life is hard to accept.

Is God really good all the time?

Last year, my dad lost his teeth in a restaurant and they almost ended up in a dumpster. I’m in the sandwich generation of life – with two small grandbabies, four grown children (two of which live at home), and my elderly parents.  If you’re in that stage of life, bless your heart. It’s challenging – mentally changing gears to …

31 days to a clutter-free mind challenge for distracted moms; ideas on how to eliminate anxiety and get free from cell phone addiction.

31 Days to a clutter-free mind challenge for distracted moms

A couple of years ago the media covered a story about a woman texting while walking in a shopping mall. She fell right into a fountain because she wasn’t paying attention to where she was going. While no one wants to get caught texting their way into a pool of water, we moms have to admit – we’re living in …

Top 10 parenting, marriage, and faith posts from Rear Release Regroup, capturing joy in the transitions of parenting. Advice on raising children to adults.

Top 10 parenting, marriage, and faith posts from Rear Release Regroup

Today we’re featuring our top 10 parenting, marriage, and faith posts of 2016 because moms need quick fixes during this busy season. A.  I’m a mom B.  You’re a mom C.  We’re both swamped right now and can’t remember what day it is #becauseholidays   Hi.  I’m Ruthie, the owner and writer of this parenting blog.  Here at Rear Release …

Why we fail to achieve our goals; how to rock 2017 and get on track today! Ideas for personal goal-setting using Grace Goals.

Why we fail to achieve goals & how to rock 2017

  I whispered this prayer on Saturday morning, December 10, seeking to prioritize my 2017 goals.   Father, I thank you for all I’ve gone through this year, because you’ve shown me where to start next year.   The first reason we fail to achieve goals If you’re like me, you’ve got plenty of aspirations, but you also have a …

The secret that helped me overcome my anger; breaking free from my inner "momster" and flourishing into a graceful mother.

The secret that helped me overcome my anger

  Wanna know the secret that helped me overcome my anger?  Here’s a video of yours truly, along with a bit of my story. You’re welcome. 😉   To learn more about Grace Goals, click here (aff link) Plucking a gallon of milk and a quart of creamer from the grocery refrigerator, I turned to find my cart missing.  I …

7 mindsets for goals; achieving self-motivation in 2017. How to find motivation to carry through personal long-term goals; inspiration for your spirit.

7 mindsets for goals; achieving self-motivation in 2017

    Ever have trouble with self-motivation?  I took a personality test last week and learned something new about my goal mindset.         The quiz presented a unique perspective on how people accomplish tasks according to their personality types.  The theory is, pinpointing your target personality: Obliger, Questioner, Rebel, or Upholder, enables you to better set goals and achieve …

To the mommy surprised by her anger; get control today! How the Enemy targets our weakest areas and how God supplies tactics to overcome mommy anger.

To the mommy surprised by her anger; get control today!

Last summer I was surprised to find shark’s teeth on the Gulf of Mexico. For years, I’ve traveled to the gulf of Florida with my husband.   For years, I’ve visited beaches in South Carolina with my family.  For years, we’ve picked up shark’s teeth in Myrtle.  And for years, I’ve never seen any on the gulf. For years, I assumed …

Dear Mom, it's not as bad as you think! All those years of wiping snotty noses and scrubbing dirty floors counts in your faithfulness. God is using you, little eyes are watching you. Even though you don' think what you do matters - it does. ©Depositphotos.com/egal

Dear mom, it’s not as bad as you think; you don’t have to be perfect

I know you think God’s not using you today as you dash to Krogers, toddlers in tow, just trying to scramble for something to cook for dinner and keep the kids from having a conniption in the store.

You didn’t go to church last Wednesday night. You’re not going to make it through the Bible this year in your daily devotions. If only you’d gotten up earlier, been faster, eaten healthier, been wiser….

STOP.

Just stop.

Currently - a peek into my day from Ruthie at Rear Release Regroup dot com

Currently – a peek into my day

Currently-a peek into my day; guiding my son into the world of cooking long-distance with very few ingredients. Empty nesting, cooking, and fashion for the middle aged mama.

Blessed, not stressed Christmas giveaway for moms - Christmas prints, books on motherhood, and more! Runs December 1-7

Blessed, not stressed Christmas giveaway for moms

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but it can get a little stressful too!  Shopping for and wrapping all the gifts, falling snow and temps, making Christmas cookies, getting your house cleaned and ready for all of the family festivities…and the list goes on! So I’ve teamed up with 8 other authors and artisans to bring you a little …

10 ultimate Christmas gifts moms love to use year-round

  Christmas gifts moms love to use year-round The day of my wedding, my mind raced with anticipation.  Not because of the wedding night (silly), but because of my mom’s long-awaited promise of: The Bestowal of Our Beloved Betty Crocker Cookbook. Not hers, mind you.  Oh heavens, no.  She got hers in an unairconditioned country church the summer of 1961. …

How to eat healthy when your husband doesn’t

  We have an ongoing struggle at our house called, How to eat healthy when your husband doesn’t.  It’s a thirty-year documentary. I started the 21 Day Fix–a  portion controlled program with color-coded containers for food, and daily thirty-minute workouts.  My daughter, Taryn, had such success with the program that she became a Beach Body coach. {Which is a big deal, considering she used …