The Days are Long

The Days are Long But the Years are Short

The days are long. The years are short. 

The days are long. This is true. Sometimes I count the hours down until bedtime because I am so exhausted. I count the hours down until nap time because it's a reset in my day. A moment of silence in this home. A moment of hearing myself think. Or maybe even just a moment to eat cookies and milk without little hands taking them all from me. 

The days are long. This is true. Sometimes I wonder if I'm failing. How did God see me fit to raise up all of these humans? How did he see me fit to pass along his values, his words and his life?  Why didn't he give me more patience, more grace? How come some days I feel like I am sinking in a fish bowl and other days like I am thriving in an ocean?

The days are long. This is true. Most days my floors can't be swept enough. I've wiped down the countertops more than they probably needed and the clothes just keep piling up. Toys are scattered out and about and no matter how hard I try, it's almost pointless to always go behind  picking them up. But I do. And I do it again. 

The days are long. This is true. Sometimes I have to find my grace. Sometimes I have to force myself to stay awake and pray because motherhood exhaustion sets in the second my head hits the pillow. I hear the sounds of prayers trailing off into the black hole of nowhere, but I hope that somewhere in my heart, Jesus hears what I was trying to say. Like a broken record that just keeps spinning without any purpose, yet the sounds are being heard over and over. 

The days are long. This is true. Sometimes I wonder if I am enough. Am I doing enough? Why can't I find the strength to do more crafts together? Why can't I rise before the sun? Why can't I think of new things to cook? Am I letting exploring and wonder take over? Am I fueling imaginations and letting joy overflow?

The days are long. This is true. There is never enough time in the day. Never enough time to squeeze it all in. No matter how long the day may seem, there's still so much to be done. There's coloring pages that I never got to sit and color together. There's a puzzle we never put together because dinner had to be made. There's novels galore floating around this home, yet how come I can't pick one up more often? 

The days are long. This is true. 

But they will never be long enough to be with you.

The joys will always outweigh the hardships. Sure I may on occasion count down the hours until nap time, but what I am also counting down is the days until you turn five. Or the days until you turn just one, or twelve. I'll celebrate each birthday with a bittersweet heart; because I know that another year flown by. Another year has come and gone, and my moments with you will become memories dancing in the sunlight of yesterday. And my heart may ache just a tad the closer each new milestone gets. 

Our moments of cuddling, laughing and dancing to your favorite songs will seem further away as each year passes by. I'll silently countdown the years and thank God for yet another year with you and then bask in joy at the person you are becoming, all while feeling my heart ache just a tad for the child you once were. 

So while the days are long and the years are short, I'll always remember to embrace the LITTLE you. The YOU that you are now, the you that you were yesterday and the you that you tell me you'll become one day. And during these very short years that will pass us by in the blink of an eye, I'll watch you become who you're meant to be. I'll embrace each new year with a fresh start and I'll lock away the memories of the years before like a treasure chest overflowing at the brim. 

And I hope that in the days of hardships and the years of not enough time, that we sit and color more. That we do those puzzles. That we run through the fields and bask in the sunlight and that the little you will enjoy the heck out of your childhood.

And I hope that I imprint these memories on my heart and leave the hardships at the door. 

Because while yes, the days may be long. The years are oh so short. 




Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos. 

Spring Cleaning with Nature

Why toxin free? Why Nature? Gosh, where do we start. 

Look at our health today. We all know someone who suffers or has suffered from cancer, infertility, anxiety, unexplained weight gain, hormonal issues, allergies and/or asthma. In fact, that list may unfortunately describe many Americans in one way or another. 

Recent university research is showing that the lungs of a woman who cleans regularly is similar to that of someone who smokes around 20 cigarettes a day, thanks to her cleaning products and chemicals she is exposed to. Source.

It is crazy to think that our cleaning products could be to blame for this (along with personal care products and diets, etc…). Who would think that what we clean our homes with daily, wash our hands with daily and brush our teeth with could be so harmful for us? Isn’t there people out there looking out for us to make sure we don’t have harmful ingredients coming into our homes? Unfortunately NO, at least not like you’d think. 

Our chemical laws are old, weak and need massive help. 

In so many ways, other countries have it better than we do. Boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese contain better ingredients in other countries simply because those countries ban those toxins. Here in America, we have nothing really banned too often, so Kraft makes their mac + cheese just the way they like it, full of the bad ingredients. This is not the only company to do this or the only brand of food. Unfortunately this is a huge issue. 

In the European Union over 1100 cosmetic ingredients are banned! In America LESS than 10 of those same ingredients are banned. You mean to tell me that out of a thousand ingredients, our people in control only thought 10 were bad? What the what? Crazy, right? 

US Chemical Law

We need change. We need to change our lifestyles to ensure that we are doing our best to live long and healthy. We need to give our children fresh air to breathe. 

Did you know that the air within your home is much more polluted than the air outside? Open the windows and air out your home a little this spring! 

But why? Why stress about it all when it’s just a little bit of toxins? Because that little bit turns into a LOT over time. The average woman comes into contact with around 300 chemicals a day and 80 of those are often before breakfast time. Seems like a lot right? But think of how many times you wash your hands, wipe down the counter tops, wash your face, apply your makeup, brush your teeth, breathe in your candles and plug ins and spray your perfume. It’s a never ending pattern of chemicals and toxins all coming to you!

It takes around a mere 26 seconds for the products that you apply or that come into contact with your skin to reach your blood stream. 

Common toxins found in products that I avoid. These are just some of the biggies, but there are many more: 

  • Parabens are in so many skin care products; they preserve other ingredients and extend a product’s shelf life. There are many types of parabens: methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, etc. They are also dangerous and something I avoid completely because Parabens disrupt hormones. Parabens have been found in many breast tumors, which is no surprise since parabens actually mimic the estrogen hormone. 
  • Fragrances is an ingredient that I stay far away from. The term fragrance is considered a company’s trade secret and therefore thousands (literally) of ingredients are housed under that term. Here is where phthalates usually lurk and these are hormone disruptors as well and can even be cancerous.  It’s where big companies can hide lots of ingredients. 
  • Triclosan is actually considered a pesticide by the EPA yet it is in most of our soaps, hand sanitizers and even our tooth paste. It has the ability to stay on the skin for many hours after use and damages human cells. It can cause birth defects, decreased fertility and organ damage. 
  • The Material Safety Data Sheets for propylene glycol warns that the chemical can be rapidly absorbed through the skin, with prolonged contact leading to brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. This is a common ingredients found in toothpaste! 
  • Around 90% of liquid soaps, shampoos, etc… contain SLS. SLS is the same active ingredients in garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers and more. Why would you want the same thing you degrease an engine with on your skin? It can cause cell damage, hair loss and has been linked to eye and skin irritations, reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity and quite a few other things. 
  • Ammonia and Chlorine are both capable of irritating our respiratory health and contributing to respiratory issues. 
  • 2-Butoxyethanol is commonly found in multipurpose cleaners and is actually the law does not require company's to list this ingredient. However in addition to causing sore throats when inhaled, it can also contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage if it reaches high enough levels in a room that is not ventilated very well.
Thieves Products

Did you know that burning a candle for one hour is considered to be just as harmful as smoking a cigarette?

The toxins you breathe in are just as dirty thanks to all of the synthetic fragrances and more in there! If you don’t smoke because you want to be healthy, then why breathe those toxins in another way? #justsayinggirl #diffuseoilsinstead

When our bodies take in too many toxins, we experience toxin overload. Basically our body can no longer break the toxins down properly and this becomes damaging to our health. Toxin overload is not something you are going to be diagnosed with at the doctor’s office. This is something that people discover after plenty of research and after changing their lifestyle. Toxin overload can be disguised as any of the following: anxiety, weight gain, hormonal disruption, poor sleep, fatigue, reproductive complications, cancer, allergies, asthma and more. 

Also, think of how many products and cleaners you have stored under that kitchen sink or in the laundry room cabinet? Can you imagine getting rid of all of those, taking them off of your shopping list and never having to buy them EVER again! ONE bottle of cleaner can safely clean and disinfect it all!

So what can YOU do differently? It's easy really. Below are some great steps for small changes that have a BIG impact on your health! 

Think Dirty App
  • Scan your products! Download the Think Dirty App (free) onto your phone and scan all of the products around your home. The results will SHOCK you! This is usually the push many people need when they see their shampoo rates a 10/10 for cancer. Yikes!
  • Toss the cleaners! Yes, ALL of them. You can do this if you use the Thieves Household Cleaner. It is safe for all surfaces and it disinfects naturally. 
  • Invest in baking soda and vinegar. Use the two together to make a scrubbing paste that is the bomb!
  • Get rid of fake smells. Sorry guys, but candles, plug ins and air fresheners are the worst! Replace them with essential oils or soy/beeswax candles scented with pure essential oils. 
  • Toss the dryer sheets! These are a huge pollutant. Invest in wool dryer balls instead and add essential oils to them and then toss into the dryer!
  • Ditch the tupperware. Plastic tupperware contains many chemicals that leach into your food. Slowly switch over to glass dishes (we like Anchor and Pyrex brand). 
  • Consider switching your personal care products. The first step is cleaning up your home products and your children's skin care. When you're truly ready, invest in yourself! 
  • Join our community! This is a fun step if you want support along the way. We make this transition to healthier products easy and we help guide you on healthier living! 
 Thieves household cleaner is a super concentrated formula. One capful in a spray bottle of water is all it takes to clean EVERYTHING. One bottle of Thieves cleaner makes around 30 spray bottles of cleaner. It is also effective at stain removal and for mopping. To learn more about Thieves and the home cleaning kit, message me or visit  this link  for more info! 

Thieves household cleaner is a super concentrated formula. One capful in a spray bottle of water is all it takes to clean EVERYTHING. One bottle of Thieves cleaner makes around 30 spray bottles of cleaner. It is also effective at stain removal and for mopping. To learn more about Thieves and the home cleaning kit, message me or visit this link for more info! 

Happy Spring Cleaning! Share your cleaning types and schedules with us below! How do you spring clean? 

15 Tips and Tricks to Homemaking with Kids

Homemaking and Motherhood

1. Put a load of laundry in every morning. This is some of the best advice my mom ever gave to me. On the days where we are too busy or out and about for this, it really sets me back if I don't get around to do it.

2. Avoid the clutter. I absolutely can't stand clutter. Sure it happens from time to time here, but the best way to avoid it is to restrain from making piles of little things here and there. Don't just pile up bills, art projects, clothes to put away, or items that you don't know how or where to organize them. Take the time to sit down and work through each pile, each day until there are no more piles of clutter. Another great trick is to go around the house with an empty basket and collect all of the piles of clutter and then sort through the basket as you can. 

3. Less is more. Well that is, if it's your style. Some people enjoy a cozy home filled with decor coming out from everywhere and treasures tucked into every crook and nanny. For me personally, I enjoy space and bareness but I am guilty of enjoying things too so it is always a battle. I strive for the less is more mindset and try to have myself only buy the things that I truly love. But in this case, it is all about what really makes you happy! 

4. Have a speed clean. As much as I want to clean during the kid's nap time, I often find myself either working (like I am right now) or napping myself. We live in an old house and I like to not run around during time as it can creak a little here and there. Once the kids are up from nap time, I have a power hour or speed clean. We do this before we can go outside and do anything else! Usually I put a movie on and put the baby in his jumper and I go around cleaning anything that needs it or putting up anything that needs to be put up. 

5. Clean up before leaving. One of the things that leaves me crazy is leaving the house a mess. I try my hardest to clean before we go somewhere for the day. I also make sure that before we head to go play outside or ride bikes, that the kid's room is picked up as well as my living room. I refuse to go make a mess outside before a mess inside is picked up. 

6. Teach them while they're little. My two year old and four year old know how to make their own beds. Sure sometimes I have to go behind them and sometimes my two year old refuses, but they can and often do this daily for me. 

7. Make the beds. As stated above, make the beds. A made-up bed makes for a happy home!

8. Have one cleaner for everything. Yes, that is right! One cleaner that can clean everything and eliminate nearly every other bottle you have hidden under your sink! We use the Thieves Household cleaner around our home because it is plant based and essential oil infused yet it is a natural disinfectant and safe for all surfaces! No toxins here from typical store bought brands. If you want more info on this, send me a message or email! 

9. Clean before the weekend. I don't always succeed at this, but I try. I try to do as much laundry before the weekend as I can and I try to have the housework complete. Doing this means that I can enjoy my weekend and if we are super busy, I won't fall behind too much. 

10. Fall in love with baskets. Wicker baskets are timeless classics to me that can work with nearly any home decor. Really any sort of basket with natural fibers is just purely beautiful and has endless possibilities. We have baskets hidden all over for quick toy pickup and more. It's easy to clean the living room quickly before leaving if there is a beautiful basket right there to put it all in. 

11. Have your children respect your home. While we are not super strict on something like this, there are boundaries. My children know that our sofa cushions and throw pillows are not made for taking off of the sofa for various play/activities. We have a few throw pillows in a basket that are used for lying on the floor, forts, etc... They know which they can and can't use. There's a lot of money and work that goes into making a home a home. While it should always be a fun place, there should also be a level of order that keeps things functioning and looking nice (and lasting -which is harder said than done with children). 

12. Always fear the unexpected visitor. Occasionally your grandmother or mother in law may stop by unexpectedly and you're embarrassed at the sight of your house. Believe me, it's happened to me too! Some days things just don't get done, but if it helps you any, always fear the unexpected visitor. Try to keep your home looking decent enough that you wouldn't have to defend yourself or feel embarrassed over a messy home if someone stops by. And if that does happen, cut yourself some slack and just remember that you are raising little tornadoes. Shish happens. 

13. Have a cleaning rhythm. I personally do not do this, but many people enjoy a cleaning schedule. Find what works for you and stick to it. Perhaps writing or printing out a schedule may actually help you get things done more efficiently. 

14. Don't be afraid to ask for help. As a stay at home mother to three children, it's easy to assume that I just do it all. My husband works hard and shouldn't have to come home and work some more. This is true, BUT, he still will. Most of the times I don't even have to ask, we just have things that we do together (like bathing the kids or cleaning the kitchen) that is part of our rhythm. Yet sometimes I do ask if he can help me catch up on folding clothes or unloading the dishwasher. Don't be afraid to admit when life gets too busy and you need a partner to have a cleaning power hour together!

15. Make it a happy home. Duh, right? We ALL want a happy home. Isn't it crazy though to think that we actually have to concentrate on this? The truth is though, sometimes we do! Life is busy, children are hard and sometimes we have to stop and remember to do the fun things that makes our home a happy home. Stay outside all day with the children. Grill outside as a family. Bake cookies or eat smores together on the kitchen floor. Turn the screens off and just live. There's various things that I try to do with my children that probably makes for more work for me, but I want my children to have the happiest memories to look back on. I want them to have simple memories of being at home and enjoying our time together. 

What are some of your tricks for homemaking with children? Obviously different things work for different people, and these are just some of the things that work for me. Share below some of your tricks as I plan to do a PART II soon on this post! 

Now, go clean something and go make some happy memories!