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Nourishing Food: Feeding my Large Family

Sometimes life can get so hectic we can lose ourselves and finding our way back can seem daunting. I am an artist on many levels, but have been missing the time to express myself in a culinary fashion. With running a business and blog while homeschooling my six children, I have ached to get our diet straightened out and provide nourishing food for my family. Now is the time that I’m taking my kitchen and my family’s health back.

Mother of 6 Chooses to Nourish Her Family | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*this post is sponsored by Blue Apron and is 100% my own opinion.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you would know that we have had some heart-wrenching losses with two of our children returning to their heavenly home too soon. I have always been a proponent of healthy eating, but when a few things were amiss in the health of my family, I began to study in-depth. It wasn’t until I made some drastic changes to our diet that our family began to be fully nourished. I’ll elaborate on more of those details in time, but for now I have had a heavy heart about going back to Read more

Last-Minute Cleaning for Guests – Chemical Free

I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all been in that panic mode when we find out that guests are coming and our home is nowhere near ready for them to see it. Life happens, especially in a family. No fear! I’m here to share my tips on how to get your house looking like you’ve been cleaning for days, but in reality it’s a last-minute cleaning for the record books. YOU CAN DO THIS! {giveaway alert!}

Last-Minute Cleaning Tips for the Guests on the Way | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

*post sponsored by HomeRight and includes affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

It’s no joke that my house doesn’t stay clean. For the most part, that’s just fine with me as it means my family is here and happily living. However, when folks come over for a visit, I really don’t need them to see that…er… love. ahem. Read more

Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel Reveal

Do you hear that? The proverbial angels are singing because we have come to the day that I can finally show you our farmhouse kitchen remodel reveal. It’s been a long time coming and this post definitely won’t be short and will have MANY pictures (no apologies, ahem). So, come along as I take back to our beginning and fill you in on our DIY adventure.

First, let me say a HUGE thank you to my awesome family. JC worked wonders in all aspects of this project. For instance, he took on things he’s never worked on before, all while working many jobs. To our six wonderful kids for being patient as we worked when we could, and for coming along and helping us complete our dream. We couldn’t do it without you! And, for my Lord as I know we couldn’t have done it without Him.

Why the drama you say? It’s just a kitchen, right? Well, to us it’s much more than that. About 3 years ago (2.833 years ago to be exact). While we didn’t work 24/7 on it for that length of time, it still took up much of our free time. And if you know what it’s like being a homeschooling family of 8, that “free time” really doesn’t exist. Also, because of the seasons here, we had to take breaks from it in the summer and work on outdoor projects. In addition, when a vehicle went bad, or overtime at day jobs comes up, we have to stop. So frustrating.

However, we decided it was time to fix a few bugs that were still existing in our home after a quick remodel we did after we moved in. You can see our first post back in 2016 HERE, but I’ll update here as well.

Here is what you would have seen when we bought our home in 2003.

Outdated Kitchen in Before State | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Ranch Home with Carpeted Dining Area "Before" by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

As I mentioned in my first post, Read more

Upcycled Bookcase Farmers Market

The times that I find most exhilarating is when I have an idea and can’t wait to get it complete. Do you ever do that? I mean, in this instance, I was inspired on first glance of this little cutie at a thrift store. What it would become for sure didn’t hit until I got it home, but there was no doubt in my mind that it would become something new. Yes, I’m quirky, but you’ll understand when you see what I do with my upcycled bookcase. Let the fun begin!

Thrifted Bookcase Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

You may be wondering what I see in this thing, but really, it’s all about function. I adore pieces that can go in most any room. In spite of the wear, this one is made solid enough, but just needs Read more

God’s Grace ~ Sharing from the Heart

How often do you find yourself in a position to do an amazing thing for someone else? Maybe it’s just sharing a meal, or carrying groceries, or even taking care of a bill for someone. Whether BIG or small, all you do to show  love to someone else really matters. Countless times I’ve been the recipient of someone else making time for me. It doesn’t go unnoticed and I yearn to pay it forward and go as BIG as I can. Daring to be different and showing love pays back tenfold. I’m sharing from the heart today of God’s grace in recent days.

Dare to be Different ~ Farm Fresh Eggs Demonstrate God's Grace | prodigalpieces.com

I feel I should apologize for not making more time to do this type of post because I always have so much to share. However, in my defense, I do share on Read more

Reclaimed Workbench Made from Underbed Drawers

You know I love our Trash to Treasure Tuesdays and this one is easily one of my top 5 projects. Not only that, but I get to join in with a few ladies who share the same passion. Be sure to read through to see what they have to share with you as well. Okay, let’s take a peek at what I found on the curb during city cleanup. That there is about to become a reclaimed workbench DIY style. yeah!!

Underbed Drawers Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

If you don’t know what that is, it’s a set of underbed drawers custom made out of pine and has plenty of life left to it. I can’t say enough how blessed I was to not only be able to source awesome things I’ve been sharing over the last few weeks, but it’s exactly what I asked God Read more

Habitat for Humanity Campaign ~ Home is the Key

Home. Isn’t that one of the sweetest words there is. You can have a house, an apartment, even a yurt, but it isn’t a home unless there is something to make it so. I’m an blessed to have a home and family to share it with, but not all are so fortunate. Today, I’m delighted to share with you and invite you to take part in the Habitat for Humanity campaign “Home is the Key”.

Antique Crock full of Tulip Blooms on Farmhouse Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

*post sponsored by Habitat for Humanity and other corporate partners. (see full disclosure)

What you see right here is the hub of our home. Our kitchen dining area is nothing more than a room to most folks. However, if you fill it with all the things I love, this is where we come together for Read more

Child’s Tea Cart from Repurposed End Table

There’s only one thing better than doing what you love, and that’s when you get to do it with other like-minded folks. Today is Furniture Fixer Uppers day and my blogger friends and I have quite the assortment of makeovers for you. My project begins with this thrifted side table and ends with a child’s tea cart. Let the fun begin!

Vintage Side Table Before | prodigalpieces.com

This cutie-patootie table came home with me and it sat for a bit because I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. I had many ideas, but I couldn’t pick one that jumped out at me. I had done one like it before as seen in this table post. Sometimes when I need to decide I will bring the piece in question into my home and just let it Read more

Nectar Mattress Review by My Family of 8

As a mom to 6 children there are a few precious things in the life: my faith, my family, my health…and MY SLEEP. For real though, I am one of those people that can do anything, but if you mess with my sleep, this mama ain’t happy. I can deal with babies at night, kids being up all night sick, and so on no problem. However, I just want a good night of rest on all the other nights, k? So, my first reaction when I got asked to do NECTAR mattress review was…umm…maybe. hahaha. Here I am, along with my gang of 8, to give my honest explanation of my sleeping saga.

One Blogger's Review of the NECTAR Mattress in Full Honesty...seriously. Read the story at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

*post is sponsored by NECTAR Sleep and includes affiliate links. All opinions are the honest truth from yours truly and my family. (see full disclosure)

I never jump into anything blind or recommend something to you without trying it myself first. So before committing to trying something that would affect my health and way of life and report it back to you, I researched. My goal in my health is Read more

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